Math Wheels for Note-taking?

Teaching Podcast To Inspire and Empower Educators

Listen to this inspiring and empowering teaching podcast full of helpful information and relatable content to help you not only survive but thrive as a middle school teacher.

Some days, it feels like I’m on a perpetual sprint, racing from one thing to another. I have music playlists, and I sing to my heart’s content. On the other hand, sometimes I want more to fuel my brain as I drive around or go on walks. That’s when I stumbled upon the vibrant universe of teaching podcasts. From there, I started adding them like crazy. I learned so many tips and tricks I used in my classroom. As I immersed myself in these podcasts, the hosts started feeling like old pals, understanding the highs and lows of my classroom journey. One day, a lightbulb moment hit me. Why not pay it forward to the teaching community with my own teaching podcast?

I envisioned sharing my own insights, tips, and strategies. Then I thought, why go solo when I could team up with a teaching pal? That’s when Brittany from Colorado Classroom and I joined forces to create The Teaching Toolbox Podcast. Today, we’re sharing our podcast, its mission, and the valuable insights we have to empower you and your students!

What is a Teaching Podcast?

You may be new to the world of podcasting, especially teaching podcasts. So, what exactly is a teacher podcast? A teacher podcast is an audio series created to talk about anything related to education. Educators, new and experienced, or education enthusiasts host these podcasts to chat about best practices, innovative classroom strategies, the ups and downs of teaching, how to make more income, and other avenues in the education world.

A teaching podcast is an audio series for you focusing on best practices, innovation in the classroom, helpful strategies, and relatable stories.

At its core, a teacher podcast makes the listener feel like they are in the room with the hosts. The material being talked about is shared in a conversational format. This allows the hosts the opportunity to share personal experiences, lead interviews with fellow educators, and explore perspectives within the education world. This conversational style allows for valuable insights while creating a sense of community. Educators are then united in a collective journey of shared victories and challenges.

Teacher podcasts offer convenient and flexible educational enrichment. These podcasts can fit into the rhythms of educators’ lives, whether during commutes, workouts, or relaxation time. Plus, they serve as an ongoing source of professional development. This helps educators to stay on top of the latest while not being bogged down by fancy jargon.

Most importantly, beyond their informational role, teacher podcasts grow a supportive and collaborative educational community. Through shared stories, challenges, and victories, hosts and listeners come together to connect, learn, and draw inspiration. Finding space in this environment contributes to the collective growth of the education community.

Meet The Hosts of Our Teaching Podcast

Brittany – The Colorado Classroom

My good friend Brittany brings 17 years of teaching experience to the table. Her time has also been split between the charm of elementary school and the hustle of middle school. Although she’s worn many subject hats, history and math hold a special place in her pedagogical heart.

Brittany says, “Since 2013, I’ve been crafting teacher curricula, finding immense joy in supporting educators’ growth. Come visit me at The Colorado Classroom! I have a collection of resources geared toward upper elementary and middle school social studies. I love any opportunity to bring the past back to life with my young historians! Beyond the classroom, I’m a devoted wife to my high school sweetheart and a proud mom of two.”

“In my educational journey, which began in ’98, I’ve developed a fondness for hands-on teaching, celebrating students in all ways, and problem-solving. I’m looking forward to you joining us as we navigate the realm of growth, inspiration, and an enhanced teaching experience.”

Ellie – Cognitive Cardio Math

I’m Ellie, a dedicated wife, proud mom, delighted grandma, and devoted “mom” to two fur babies. My life has revolved around the school bell, accumulating almost three decades of educational experience. During this time, I’ve worn various hats. I’ve taught all subjects in 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades and dove into Math, ELA, and Science in 6th-grade middle school.

Since 2012, I’ve been crafting valuable resources for teachers and I also immersed myself in the eLearning industry. I’d love for you to come visit me at Cognitive Cardio Math. I have a whole library of resources to help make math more approachable for your learners. As an active educator over the last 30 years, my journey has been anchored in teaching math (among other subjects) across 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Math isn’t just a subject for me, but a true passion.

I embody the mindset of being a life-long learner, always seeking solutions and embracing the role of a teacher-coach. I look forward to you joining us on our podcast as we explore ways for continuous growth as educators!

Our Podcast’s Mission for You, the Listeners

We have created The Teaching Toolbox Podcast as a go-to sanctuary for any educators in search of strategies and inspiration. Our hopes were to create a space where teachers could immerse themselves in relatable, relevant, and approachable information. From the knowledge we’ve gathered through our time as educators to bringing on knowledgeable teacher guests to share invaluable tips and strategies, we are guaranteeing to elevate your classroom journey.

From the art of lesson planning to the intricacies of classroom management, this podcast is your compass for navigating the challenges of teaching. We’ve been where you’ve are. Together, we offer you a cumulative teaching experience of over 50 years. Each teaching podcast episode brings a blend of knowledge, expertise, and real-life insights, with some current research added here and there. With each episode, you’ll be able to walk back into your classroom ready to apply the strategy, advice, or new mindset!

Topics of Teaching Podcast Episodes

We completely understand how valuable your time is as an educator! When we choose to give an activity our attention, we are making it a priority. With that in mind, we set out to create episodes that give you valuable information relevant to today’s classroom. Let’s be honest: how many times have we sat in a PD wondering when the last time the presenter set foot in a classroom? Many more times than we’d like, I’m sure. Brittany and I cover recent topics that give you actionable tips, strategies, and ideas to immediately take back to your classroom.

The amazing news is that we already have a slew of episodes for you to explore and start being inspired by! We have chatted about “Establishing a Positive Classroom Culture” and “Scaffolding Learning in the Classroom.” We’ve delved into practical strategies with episodes like “3 Games for the Classroom You Can Take and Play Today” and explore the ins and outs of “Behavior and Discipline in the Classroom.” From navigating the challenges of substitutes to insights on “Celebrating Holidays in the Classroom,” each episode unfolds with actionable advice.

Brittany and I share valuable tips on grading efficiency in “How to Grade Efficiently with 10 Tips and Tricks” and master the art of “Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences in Middle School.” The podcast further dives into study skills, effective transitions, utilizing color, and implementing a classroom economy. We even address issues like burnout and depression while teaching. With featured experts, including Danna Rodebush on “Math Fact Fluency” and survival strategies for “Evaluation Season,” The Teaching Toolbox Podcast equips you with various tools to thrive in every aspect of your teaching journey.

Where to Find The Teacher Toolbox Podcast

We hope you take some time to join us anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Some of the major platforms to listen to The Teacher Toolbox Podcast are Apple Podcasts and Spotify. By exploring our pod link, you’ll see all the podcast platforms and a directory of all of our episodes.

You can also visit our podcast’s website, The Teaching Toolbox Podcast. Here, you can read about us and learn more about each episode. The show notes give you a summary of the episode, any resources we used or recommended, and how to connect with us online.

Brittany and I want this experience to be more than just us talking to each other and you all on the outside listening in. We want to ensure we cover topics and invite guests you’re eager to learn about and from. If you would like to share something on a future episode, from questions to insights to ideas, please feel free to visit our Contribute page. To invite a guest for a future episode, visit our Recommend A Guest page on our website. You’ll fill out a questionnaire that gives us some background information about the recommended guest speaker and how to reach out to them. If you ever want to contact us, head to the Contact page on our website. You’ll be able to email us with your message!

Join our Teaching Podcast Family

Our teaching podcast is a living space where we, as educators, come together, learn, and find inspiration. Our listeners and ourselves feel seen and heard. Each episode, spanning a wide range of topics, imparts valuable information while, at the same time, fostering a sense of community. It truly feels like we share victories and work through challenges to weave connections. On top of all that, we are living out our promises of being lifelong learners and continuously growing for the benefit of our kiddos.

As you join us, I hope you feel empowered and refreshed to take what you learn to your classrooms. Brittany and I are excited to move along this journey with you! We hope you find this space beneficial to your career and classroom life. Never hesitate to contact us, contribute to our podcast, or send suggestions. We are committed to creating a collaborative community space! Thank you for being part of our podcast family!

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Welcome to Cognitive Cardio Math! I’m Ellie, a wife, mom, grandma, and dog ‘mom,’ and I’ve spent just about my whole life in school! With nearly 30 years in education, I’ve taught:

  • All subject areas in 4th and 5th grades
  • Math, ELA, and science in 6th grade (middle school)

I’ve been creating resources for teachers since 2012 and have worked in the elearning industry for about five years as well!

If you’re looking for ideas and resources to help you teach math (and a little ELA), I can help you out!



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