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Teaching, Simplified

21 EpisodesProduced by D. Ed. HoggattWebsite

Being a teacher is not as easy as it sounds, but that won't stop us from trying to find ways to make it easier than it is.

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Get in the Zone

April 2nd, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, Mr. Hoggatt speaks to three zones - the comfort zone, the learning zone, and the panic zone.

Parental Support

March 31st, 2019


Here is a list of 20 things I need parents to consider in order to support their students in the classroom.

Getting Students to S.O.A.R.

March 12th, 2019


Our ultimate goal is for students to S.O.A.R.  At our school S.O.A.R. stands for Show respect, Observe safety, Accept responsibility, and Resolve …


March 10th, 2019


Teachers are raptors.  R.A.P.T.O.R.S.  That is, Revealing A Passion To OuR Students!  How do we become RAPTORS?  How do we reveal our passion for our chosen careers in education?  There are several talons upon which our …

Ten Reasons I Don't Use Textbooks (Part 2)

March 5th, 2019


Here are five more reasons I don't use textbooks for my students.

Ten Reasons I Don't Use Textbooks (Part 1)

March 2nd, 2019


I have never effectively used textbooks in my classroom, especially in the traditional sense.  Of course, I'm not exactly what you would call a …

Comprehension Before Fluency?

February 25th, 2019


Is it possible teach comprehension to students who have not yet developed the ability to identify words?  In this episode of Teaching, Simplified, I'll explore the possibility.

Embedded Callbacks and Brain Breaks

February 22nd, 2019


Callbacks aren't just for getting students' attention and quieting them down.  Brain Breaks aren't just for keeping up the energy between lessons.  Think of ways to integrate your callbacks and brain breaks into your …

Stand to Speak

February 12th, 2019


Ever watch those old shows with one-room schoolhouses and notice the kids stand when they responded to the teacher?  That kind of respectful action …

Notice and Wonder

February 10th, 2019


There are two questions that have become sort of a backbone to rigor in my teaching.  They are two magical questions that cause students to enter the conversation - no matter the topic or subject.  I use them in …

Start with Art

February 5th, 2019


How about projecting or displaying some art for your students to observe?  I've found both classic pieces and modern artworks to be useful in …

Music to Inspire Writing

February 2nd, 2019


Do your students tell you they have nothing to write about?  Here's an idea adapted from my own elementary school experience (back in the good ol' …

Reading Fluency and Music

January 29th, 2019


In the past few years, I have collected lyric videos from YouTube.  Students love our "choral reading" by singing along with the words as they zip, …

A Counterintuitive Use of Music

January 26th, 2019


In my workshop (titled Stop Not Reinventing the Wheel), I encourage teachers to use available items (especially music, art, and videos) in ways in which they were not intended.  In this episode of the podcast, I'll …

Core Behavior: Follow Instructions

January 22nd, 2019


As a teacher, you've probably noticed that students do not always follow instructions.  That just might be because they don't know how.  Here are …

Core Behavior: Getting Along

January 20th, 2019


Kids don't always get along, but that could be because no one has ever explicitly taught them how.  In Episode 4, you will here about some of the …

Core Behavior: Participation

January 17th, 2019


How do you get students to participate.  I mean, besides creating engaging activities and wowing kids with technology, how do you get students to …

Core Behavior: Greeting Others

January 12th, 2019


It's amazing to consider how significant the simple handshake can be to a classroom of students.  I've found that greeting others and sharing a handshake is uplifting and liberating.  Not only this, but student self …

Posting Objectives

January 6th, 2019


Do you post your objectives?  When do you you reveal your objectives to your class?  In this first full episode of Teaching, Simplified, I give you …


January 6th, 2019


In the last 29 years of teaching, 24 of those years have been in the fourth grade classroom.  But mine is a different kind of classroom.  You'll get to know me more as we move forward, but here is a quick introduction, …


January 5th, 2019


Here is the introduction to our new journey through teaching, simplified.

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