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The Balance, by Catlin Tucker

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The Balance, by Catlin Tucker

The Balance, by Catlin Tucker

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As an educator of 16 years, I have dedicated the last few years to training, coaching, and supporting teachers and see a need to help educators establish balance in both teaching practices and their lives. In each episode, I’ll talk with thought leaders to explore this complex issue, striving for ways to achieve a healthier work-life balance and address the question, “How do we empower ourselves to create and implement boundaries both inside and outside of the classroom?” Presented by StudySync.

Latest Episodes

Self-Care with Dr. Maria Hersey

Teachers are often asked to incorporate social and emotional learning into their instruction, but what about their own well-being? In episode 11 of The Balance, Catlin Tucker talks with Dr. Maria Hersey, founder and CEO of Global Education Advisors, about how educators can prioritize their own self-care and, in turn, better support student social and emotional learning (SEL). Dr. Hersey’s background as both as an educator and a former director at MindUP (the signature mindfulness program of the Hawn Foundation) allows her to speak both in researched data and personal experience. Catlin and Dr. Hersey discuss best mindfulness practices for teachers themselves and then extend those ideas to SEL strategies in the classroom.

56 MIN2 w ago
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Self-Care with Dr. Maria Hersey

The Home Stretch

What a whirl-wind the last few months have been for educators. Teachers and students can finally see the light at the end of an emotionally exhausting year. “So many kids,” says Catlin Tucker, “aren’t getting that closure… that celebratory ending that they really crave at the end of the school year.” With summer close, Catlin suggests a few ideas for teachers in the home stretch, including a creative project to celebrate a year of learning. Catlin also talks honestly about recovering from an emotional few months, accepting an uncertain back-to-school future, and finding fun ways to grow professionally. Presented by StudySync.

10 MINMAY 27
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The Home Stretch

Rachelle Dene Poth

In this episode, Catlin Tucker talks with Rachelle Dene Poth,an emerging technology presenter, Spanish/STEAM teacher, author, and lawyer, about the power of relationships in education. They discuss solutions designed to help teachers build stronger connections with students, maximize their time when implementing new technology, and remember their “why” in terms of what they are teaching or asking of their students.Catlin reminds educators that they are “lifelong learners, teaching lifelong learners” and encourages teachers to have a continuous dialogue with students about what works with a new technology or lesson or what didn’t work. Catlin and Rachelle also wrestle with the question of how do you work a sense of balance into your life when you are juggling so much?Rachelle shares that, in addition to self-care, another important element to achieving balance is to connect with your peers and build your personal learning network (PLN) so that you can share ideas….and have an avenue to vent, learn, and move forward. Listen, rate, and review The Balance so other educators will find this amazing resource.

48 MINMAY 12
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Rachelle Dene Poth

Distance Learning (Part 2)

We all have so many questions in our heads—How can I teach effectively given this new situation? How can I build relationships with all of my students via online conferencing platforms? How will distance learning and screen-time impact my students in the long run?In this mini-episode, Catlin Tucker shares ways to build community online and engage students. She reminds us that, just like in the classroom, students need to feel safe, so plan to start with simple, online ice-breakers to build trust and increase students’ comfort levels. She also stresses the importance of personalized feedback and recommends assigning both online and offline work.Seeking helpful tips for achieving greater balance in this new teaching environment? Listen now.

7 MINAPR 28
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Distance Learning (Part 2)

Distance Learning

How do you balance the needs of family members, working from a new space, and still teach the way you want to teach? Recognizing that most of us are feeling totally off-balance, Catlin acknowledges that navigating this shift from teaching face-to-face to teaching entirely online is a new challenge that leaves us wondering if balance is even possible right now. In this mini-episode of The Balance, Catlin talks about this sudden transition to teaching online and shares three suggestions to help you feel more confident navigating this new learning landscape.

9 MINAPR 13
Comments
Distance Learning

Dr. Shaun Woodly

Catlin talks with Dr. Shaun Woodly about his personal experience teaching in urban schools with culturally diverse students. Catlin and Shaun discuss the need to consider, “What learningreallylooks like?” and whether teachers are creating spaces to foster authentic learning experiences for kids.Listen to Shaun and Catlin as they discuss the four elements of urban education-–awareness, achievement, alliance, and artistry–and encourage teachers to consider which areas they can develop in their work with students to achieve balance.Please rate and review the series—it will help other teachers and administrators find this amazing resource!

55 MINAPR 9
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Dr. Shaun Woodly

Jason Green

Catlin Tucker talks with Jason Green,a School Transformation Expert and Co-founder of LINC (Learning Innovation Catalyst),about leading innovative change that is scalable, building culture on school campuses, and shifting from performing to being present in the classroom.When looking at a school culture, Jason cautions that school leaders may get sucked into the urgency of what is happening at the moment. Instead, he urges them to step back and ask, What is important? What is urgent? Does this lead to student learning or build a better school culture? Do our teachers feel they have the agency to innovate? Don’t miss Catlin and Jason’s conversation about how leaders and educators can collaborate to advance culture and innovation. And, they also remind us not to forget about the importance of our own continuous learning and to be compassionate with ourselves!!!

50 MINMAR 13
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Jason Green

Travis Lape

Catlin Tucker talks with Travis Lape (@travislape) an Innovative Programs Director entering his 7th year with the Harrisburg School District in Pennsylvania. Travis is passionate about creating learning environments that leverage the best instructional practices that get the largest effect on learning. Catlin talks with Travis Lape about school and classroom design, and student agency, with a reminder to listeners to maintain their own balance.

46 MINFEB 15
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Travis Lape

Lisa Highfill

Catlin Tucker talks with Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill), a technology integration coach and a classroom teacher for over twenty years, about balance in the classroom and beyond! Lisa weighs in on how teachers can shift their roles from being the disseminator of information to true architects of learning experiences for their classroom and how to stop stealing the "Ah-ha!" moments from their students. Learn more about Lisa at the Hyperdoc websitehttps://hyperdocs.co.The Balance is presented by StudySync. Visit studysync.com/blog for details. Learn more about SyncBlasts atwww.studysync.com/products/syncBlast.

45 MINJAN 22
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Lisa Highfill

Adam Welcome

Catlin Tucker converses with Adam Welcome,a former educator, principal, and director of innovation, now EdTech consultant about balance in the classroom! Adam advises teachers to focus on what is sustainable for their classroom and to consider letting students be the experts on a variety of topics. Facilitate learning for your students. Create lesson plans that don't have your students just sitting, listening, and consuming. Shift some of the responsibility to students so you can focus on things in your job that bring you joy!

28 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Adam Welcome

Latest Episodes

Self-Care with Dr. Maria Hersey

Teachers are often asked to incorporate social and emotional learning into their instruction, but what about their own well-being? In episode 11 of The Balance, Catlin Tucker talks with Dr. Maria Hersey, founder and CEO of Global Education Advisors, about how educators can prioritize their own self-care and, in turn, better support student social and emotional learning (SEL). Dr. Hersey’s background as both as an educator and a former director at MindUP (the signature mindfulness program of the Hawn Foundation) allows her to speak both in researched data and personal experience. Catlin and Dr. Hersey discuss best mindfulness practices for teachers themselves and then extend those ideas to SEL strategies in the classroom.

56 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Self-Care with Dr. Maria Hersey

The Home Stretch

What a whirl-wind the last few months have been for educators. Teachers and students can finally see the light at the end of an emotionally exhausting year. “So many kids,” says Catlin Tucker, “aren’t getting that closure… that celebratory ending that they really crave at the end of the school year.” With summer close, Catlin suggests a few ideas for teachers in the home stretch, including a creative project to celebrate a year of learning. Catlin also talks honestly about recovering from an emotional few months, accepting an uncertain back-to-school future, and finding fun ways to grow professionally. Presented by StudySync.

10 MINMAY 27
Comments
The Home Stretch

Rachelle Dene Poth

In this episode, Catlin Tucker talks with Rachelle Dene Poth,an emerging technology presenter, Spanish/STEAM teacher, author, and lawyer, about the power of relationships in education. They discuss solutions designed to help teachers build stronger connections with students, maximize their time when implementing new technology, and remember their “why” in terms of what they are teaching or asking of their students.Catlin reminds educators that they are “lifelong learners, teaching lifelong learners” and encourages teachers to have a continuous dialogue with students about what works with a new technology or lesson or what didn’t work. Catlin and Rachelle also wrestle with the question of how do you work a sense of balance into your life when you are juggling so much?Rachelle shares that, in addition to self-care, another important element to achieving balance is to connect with your peers and build your personal learning network (PLN) so that you can share ideas….and have an avenue to vent, learn, and move forward. Listen, rate, and review The Balance so other educators will find this amazing resource.

48 MINMAY 12
Comments
Rachelle Dene Poth

Distance Learning (Part 2)

We all have so many questions in our heads—How can I teach effectively given this new situation? How can I build relationships with all of my students via online conferencing platforms? How will distance learning and screen-time impact my students in the long run?In this mini-episode, Catlin Tucker shares ways to build community online and engage students. She reminds us that, just like in the classroom, students need to feel safe, so plan to start with simple, online ice-breakers to build trust and increase students’ comfort levels. She also stresses the importance of personalized feedback and recommends assigning both online and offline work.Seeking helpful tips for achieving greater balance in this new teaching environment? Listen now.

7 MINAPR 28
Comments
Distance Learning (Part 2)

Distance Learning

How do you balance the needs of family members, working from a new space, and still teach the way you want to teach? Recognizing that most of us are feeling totally off-balance, Catlin acknowledges that navigating this shift from teaching face-to-face to teaching entirely online is a new challenge that leaves us wondering if balance is even possible right now. In this mini-episode of The Balance, Catlin talks about this sudden transition to teaching online and shares three suggestions to help you feel more confident navigating this new learning landscape.

9 MINAPR 13
Comments
Distance Learning

Dr. Shaun Woodly

Catlin talks with Dr. Shaun Woodly about his personal experience teaching in urban schools with culturally diverse students. Catlin and Shaun discuss the need to consider, “What learningreallylooks like?” and whether teachers are creating spaces to foster authentic learning experiences for kids.Listen to Shaun and Catlin as they discuss the four elements of urban education-–awareness, achievement, alliance, and artistry–and encourage teachers to consider which areas they can develop in their work with students to achieve balance.Please rate and review the series—it will help other teachers and administrators find this amazing resource!

55 MINAPR 9
Comments
Dr. Shaun Woodly

Jason Green

Catlin Tucker talks with Jason Green,a School Transformation Expert and Co-founder of LINC (Learning Innovation Catalyst),about leading innovative change that is scalable, building culture on school campuses, and shifting from performing to being present in the classroom.When looking at a school culture, Jason cautions that school leaders may get sucked into the urgency of what is happening at the moment. Instead, he urges them to step back and ask, What is important? What is urgent? Does this lead to student learning or build a better school culture? Do our teachers feel they have the agency to innovate? Don’t miss Catlin and Jason’s conversation about how leaders and educators can collaborate to advance culture and innovation. And, they also remind us not to forget about the importance of our own continuous learning and to be compassionate with ourselves!!!

50 MINMAR 13
Comments
Jason Green

Travis Lape

Catlin Tucker talks with Travis Lape (@travislape) an Innovative Programs Director entering his 7th year with the Harrisburg School District in Pennsylvania. Travis is passionate about creating learning environments that leverage the best instructional practices that get the largest effect on learning. Catlin talks with Travis Lape about school and classroom design, and student agency, with a reminder to listeners to maintain their own balance.

46 MINFEB 15
Comments
Travis Lape

Lisa Highfill

Catlin Tucker talks with Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill), a technology integration coach and a classroom teacher for over twenty years, about balance in the classroom and beyond! Lisa weighs in on how teachers can shift their roles from being the disseminator of information to true architects of learning experiences for their classroom and how to stop stealing the "Ah-ha!" moments from their students. Learn more about Lisa at the Hyperdoc websitehttps://hyperdocs.co.The Balance is presented by StudySync. Visit studysync.com/blog for details. Learn more about SyncBlasts atwww.studysync.com/products/syncBlast.

45 MINJAN 22
Comments
Lisa Highfill

Adam Welcome

Catlin Tucker converses with Adam Welcome,a former educator, principal, and director of innovation, now EdTech consultant about balance in the classroom! Adam advises teachers to focus on what is sustainable for their classroom and to consider letting students be the experts on a variety of topics. Facilitate learning for your students. Create lesson plans that don't have your students just sitting, listening, and consuming. Shift some of the responsibility to students so you can focus on things in your job that bring you joy!

28 MIN2019 DEC 10
Comments
Adam Welcome

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