November 1, 2020

Episode 14 - Pub Talk 1:Teaching during an election and a pandemic

Today’s episode features the first ever Teatime Teaching Podcast Pubtalk. One of the things that I’ve missed as a result of the pandemic is the chance to talk with other professionals in a relaxed environment. For me that usually involves a beer, a coffee, or a cup of tea. With the wonders of the internet, I was able to chat to friends of the podcast, Chris and Megan, and meet Jared, someone I hadn’t spoken to before. We decided that as we are in the final days of an election campaign, we would alleviate some of our anxieties and talk about the state of all things education in the context of the election and of course the ongoing ramifications of the COVID 19 global pandemic. We all share a history of working in the same school district at various points in our careers, and the things that happen there are like the stories I hear from other school districts around the country, so I’m sure there will be things that resonate with you as you listen in.

As you know, usually I like to keep episodes to less than 30 minutes, but as with a real pub talk, there was a lot that we all had to say. For the purposes of this episode, I’m sharing the highlights of our conversation. There is so much we could continue to talk about, so it’s likely that we will have another pub talk soon.

I cannot thank Jared, Chris, and Megan enough for taking the time to talk and share their thoughts at this time. There is a lot for us to ponder and reflect upon. However, this is a time where educators are working hard to make a difference for their students in challenging circumstances. The more we can do to hear their voices and their stories the better. I look forward to learning more from our participants, and from other folks willing to speak out, share, and try new ways to make public education better for all students.

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