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The Student-Centered World Podcast

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My name is Jenn Breisacher and I am CEO of Student-Centered World. I help teachers create a fully engaged classroom through student-centered learning, reducing teacher stress, and increasing student success. Are you overwhelmed as a teacher? Do you find that your passion just isn't where it used to … read more

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Thanks for Listening to Season 3!

September 4th, 2021


As our 3rd season comes to a close, let me know if you would like to be a participant on next season's podcast (or if there is someone you would like …

Engaging Disengaged Students

August 28th, 2021


Episode Summary: When it comes to simple engagement strategies, teachers often get nervous. There is a common misconception that in order to have all students engaged, it is way more work on the teacher. I am here to …

Classroom Management Skills Necessary for Success

August 21st, 2021


Episode Summary: A simple Google search will show you that teachers trying to find the classroom management skills that will work for their students …

Uses for Technology in the Classroom to Engage Students

August 14th, 2021


Episode Summary: In today’s global society, students want to learn how to use the technology around them along with understanding how the uses for …

How to Spot Behavioral Engagement in the Classroom

August 7th, 2021


Episode Summary: When you are looking for behavioral engagement in the classroom, you are trying to observe students being actively involved in the …

Engaging Classroom Activities for Middle Schoolers

July 31st, 2021


Episode summary: There are many Engaging Classroom Activities for Middle Schoolers that can be used in school, at home, or at after-school …

9 Simple Engagement Strategies You Can Use Tomorrow

July 24th, 2021


Episode Summary: When it comes to simple engagement strategies, teachers often get nervous. There is a common misconception that in order to have all students engaged, it is way more work on the teacher. I am here to …

Easy Ways to Measure Student Engagement in the Classroom

July 17th, 2021


Episode Summary: There is nothing worse than thinking a lesson is going well and then realizing once you are at the point of no return that it is missing the mark with your students. It is important to be doing checks …

How to Create (and implement) a Student-Centered Curriculum

July 10th, 2021


Episode Summary: A student-centered curriculum is developed based on the premise that the students have both choice and the responsibility to …

Teacher-Directed vs. Student-Centered Instruction (5 Importance differences)

July 3rd, 2021


Episode Summary: Teacher-Directed vs. Student-Centered Instruction is a common comparison in today’s educational spectrum. However, there is generally some confusion between not only what each one is, but the …

Creating a Classroom Management Plan to Increase Student Engagement

June 26th, 2021


Episode Summary: One topic that always comes up when discussing the student-centered model in the classroom is classroom management. A lot of days it is a work in progress, but over time your students really do …

What does student engagement look like in the average classroom?

June 19th, 2021


Episode Summary: As teachers, so often we are trying to find the latest gimmick to get our students involved in the classroom. But it seems to be a …

What is Student Engagement (and why is it alluring now)?

June 12th, 2021


Episode Summary: While the conversation about student engagement is always the rage in educational circles, it’s important to be able to specifically answer the question, “what IS student engagement?”

Teachers, …

The Future of Technology in the Classroom with Drew Purcell

June 5th, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I had the opportunity to talk with Drew Purcell, who is a history teacher by trade, but now is moving more into the tech sector as a Google …

The Student-Centered Classroom

May 29th, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, we're going to start off by looking at the five characteristics of student-centered learning. And basically, that means, how do you know if …

My Journey to Student-Centered Learning

May 22nd, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I wanted to talk about myself. No, but seriously, a lot of people ask how I got here. So, I talk about the fact that I created Student-Centered …

Toxic Positivity vs. Positive Mindset

May 15th, 2021


Episode Summary: Toxic positivity. It's a buzzword today but what does it actually mean? Toxic positivity is when you overly look at the bright side …

Top 3 Mistakes in Student-Centered Teaching

May 8th, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, we're going to be talking about mistakes. Now, that's not something people usually like to talk about. But I have found that when people start out …

Making Your Teacher...and Personal...Life Easier

May 1st, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I wanted to take today I want to talk a little bit about why student-centered learning makes your life easier. Now, a lot of times when I try to …

Grading as You Go with Student-Centered Learning

April 23rd, 2021


Episode Summary: Hey friends, and welcome to the Student-Centered World Podcast, where you might be listening while you are grading papers or in lieu of grading papers. But I wanted to talk about grading papers today. …

Stressing Less as a Teacher

April 17th, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I want to take time to help you with a little bit of a mindset shift, as I like to talk about what seems to be all of the time, about …

Teaching Generation Z

April 10th, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I wanted to take this week and take a couple of steps backward, because I've …

Dealing with "Imposter Syndrome" as a Teacher

April 2nd, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I wanted to talk to you about something that I know of in the business world that is directly relatable to the teaching world. Now, so often we …

Simplifying Classroom Differentiation

March 25th, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I wanted to talk about something that we all are obviously required to do in the classroom, which is to differentiate for every student that is in …

Clarifying Student-Centered Learning Prep with Rocio Gonzalez

March 19th, 2021


Episode Summary: On this episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, you get to listen in on a coaching session that I have with one of our "A Passion for Progress" teacher-students named Rocio Gonzalez. Rocio is a …

Classroom Transformation with Choice with Kyra Sandstrom

March 12th, 2021


Episode Summary: Today's podcast episode is really a student-centered learning success story. We get to chat with Kyra Sandstrom, who is one of our Passion for Progress students and I love how this is all worked out for …

Utilizing Student Choice

March 5th, 2021


Episode Summary: In this week's podcast episode, I wanted to take a couple of minutes to chat about something that I am extremely passionate about. Not only was it a technique that I mastered in the classroom, but it is …

Social-Emotional Learning with Dr. Marissa Kase

February 27th, 2021


Episode Summary: In today's podcast, I was able to sit down with Dr. Marissa Kase who specializes in social-emotional learning. Now we know that SEL is very much a buzzword and buzz term in education right now, but a …

Changing School Culture with the Namaste Project

February 20th, 2021


Episode Summary: If you've been looking for a way to lower the stress level and increase the productivity and positivity within your school building, …

Handling What You Can't Control

February 12th, 2021


Episode Summary: As teachers, we like to be in control. We like to know what's happening. We like to know what the plan is a long-distance, and we …

Mindfulness Options for Teachers

February 6th, 2021


Episode Summary: I hope you are feeling calm this morning but if you are not, today's podcast episode might be just what you are looking for. We're …

The Silver Linings of our Current State of Education

January 30th, 2021


Episode Summary: In this week's podcast, we're going back to a Facebook Live I did back in the spring, not long into the school shutdowns. While some …

Listening to Your Students' Needs with Christi Hartley

January 23rd, 2021


Episode summary: In today's episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I get to chat with Christie Hartley, a 61-year young teacher from New Mexico, who is also one of our "A Passion for Progress" students. In our …

Building Teacher / Student Relationships

January 16th, 2021


Episode Summary: In this week's podcast, we're going to be talking about creating meaningful relationships with your students in a year where you …

The Importance of Relationships with Bridget Hocutt

January 9th, 2021


Episode summary: In today's podcast, we get to go on a trip, sort of. I got to talk to one of our “A Passion for Progress” students, Bridget Hocutt, who teaches eighth grade. At the time of our recording, she and her …

Making a Lesson Fully Digital

January 2nd, 2021


A lot of the teachers that I have been talking to have been saying that they are beyond frustrated and exhausted because their schools or their …

Determining Timing as a Teacher

December 26th, 2020


Let's talk all about scheduling for the crazy. Typically, we have an idea of how we want our lessons to play out, how we want to schedule them, …

Keeping Faith in Yourself as a Teacher

December 19th, 2020


In today's (short) podcast, I want you to have a little bit of a conversation with yourself. We often know that not only are we our own worst critic, but we are also a lot of times the person that we listen to the …

Changing the Higher-Ed Dynamic with Dr. Joe Lizza

December 12th, 2020


Episode summary: In today's podcast, I had the opportunity to talk to one of my dearest friends, Dr. Joe Lizza, who's Director of Campus Activities at Rowan University. We had a phenomenal conversation about the shifts …

Transitioning from the Distance/Hybrid Classroom with Val Shindo-Uehira and Sarah Iverson

December 5th, 2020


Episode summary: On today's podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with Val Shindo-Uehira with a cameo appearance by Sarah Iverson, who is an …

Easily Adapting the Classroom with Steph Sperber

November 28th, 2020


Episode summary: On today's podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with 14-year teaching veteran Steph Sperber who is currently teaching in a middle …

Defining Classroom Routine

November 21st, 2020


Episode summary: Today I wanted to take a couple of minutes to talk about routine in the classroom. So, if you listened for the last two weeks, you know that the first episode that we had talked all about engagement. It …

Structure in the Classroom with Bridget Burlage

November 14th, 2020


Episode summary: In our very first interview of season three of the podcast, I was able to catch up with one of my former coworkers, Bridget Burlage, …

Student Engagement Strategies

November 7th, 2020


Episode summary: 

To say this year (2020) has been a roller coaster is an absolute understatement. Every moment, it seems like something has changed, …

Blended Learning for Fall 2020?

May 22nd, 2020


Everything is up in the air for fall 2020 in the classroom, but most districts are seriously considering blended learning. This podcast episode …

Lesson Planning for a Pandemic

May 16th, 2020


As teachers, we so often rely on our own experience each year that passes in the classroom when it comes to developing lesson plan ideas. Currently, we are in a unique situation in education. Teachers have been thrust …

Teacher Observation Tips

May 9th, 2020


Teacher evaluations and classroom observations are nerve-wracking for any teacher. Make it easy for an administrator to know how to write a classroom observation for you with these ideas and teacher observation examples …

What Do You Do With a Toxic School?

May 2nd, 2020


Hopefully, you haven't been there and you've only heard the horror stories, but when you work in a toxic school environment, everyone you love about …

Teacher Self-Care and Preventing Burnout

April 25th, 2020


Remember back to what probably seems like a lifetime ago. You became a teacher to:

*Make a difference in the lives of students
*Be the person a child …

Why the School Shutdowns Can be Seen as a "Silver Lining" in Education

April 17th, 2020


Teachers have been thrust into distance learning, but did you know that it will, unequivocally HELP teaching once everyone returns to the classroom? What seems like a complete uprooting is actually one of the greatest …

Reaching Your Students while Distance Learning

April 11th, 2020


Much like within the classroom, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to reaching students outside of the walls in our buildings. When it comes to a lack of communication, it's important to determine why before coming up …

Tackling Distance Learning

April 4th, 2020


Conquering distance learning can be very intimidating for a teacher who is unfamiliar with the process. Here are three action steps to help it go smoothly and be en effective means of teaching your students online. …

Handling School Closings While Teaching

March 28th, 2020


The extensive school shutdowns are stressful on everyone...and trying to manage it all as a teacher is exhausting. We are in an unprecedented time in …

Stressing Less in the Classroom

May 18th, 2019


Teaching is becoming an increasingly difficult career path each year that passes.  There are some tweaks you can make to your teaching methodology …

Keeping Perspective

May 11th, 2019


As educators, we so often get ourselves all wrapped up with the little things that we lose perspective of the big picture.  In this week's episode, we look at the slippery slope of life when this happens and brainstorm …

Overcoming Empathetic Distress

May 4th, 2019


As teachers, we want to help all of our students do big things.  But what happens when we immerse ourselves in our own personal traumas every day?  How do we make sure that we are still in a good place to help them?  In …

Taking a Teacher Brain Break

April 27th, 2019


We know how important student brain breaks are to their mental health and productivity in the classroom, but what about teachers?  Should they also …

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

April 20th, 2019


What if it isn't an external voice that is getting you down.  What if it is your own negative self-talk....and upon examination, it's unnecessary and incorrect?  On this week's podcast, we take a look at your internal …

Stop Listening to the External Voices

April 13th, 2019


External voices are all around's wonderful when they're positive and uplifting, but what happens when they're negative?  What happens when …

The Stress of Teaching

April 6th, 2019


In this first episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, we look at teacher stress and discuss a quick way to start to organize your thoughts.

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