6 Podcasts for Those of Us Who Love, Teach, or Live with Teen Students
“Teenagers are so easy!”
-said no one ever.
Teaching teens middle school and high school can feel joyful and rewarding most days, but can also frustrate you with one challenge after another. They go through so many changes and so many ups and downs at this stage of life.
Young adult brains are still growing. Contrary to popular belief, students’ brains do not stop developing after childhood (or even until partway through their 20’s!) and brains are also greatly influenced by their environment.
Teen brains are physiologically different from adult brains, and these differences need to be taken into consideration. To catch up on the neuroscience, read What Teachers Need to Know About Teen Brains.
Here are some podcasts to help you in your journey of teaching teenagers. Whether you’re trying to understand adolescents’ thoughts and actions, or looking for classroom tips these podcasts are for you!
1. Inside the Mind of Teens and Tweens
This podcast, for teachers, parents, counselors, or anyone who deals with teens goes into the science behind why teens think and act differently. Dr. Regina Lamourelle brings on guests, and together they provide insights and neuroscience behind the minds of adolescents.
2. The Unstoppable Teen Podcast
This podcast delves into details that can help parents, teachers, caregivers, and teens themselves to elevate daily life. It covers so many topics, ranging from essential elements of teen health to how teens can learn more effectively.
3. She’s Mindful Podcast
The hostess, Tina Mavadia, teaches moms and teen girls with Mindful Living to live better, stress-free lives. She discusses the highs and lows along with the challenges and rewards of parenting or teaching a daughter in their teen years. Each episode is easy listening, so grab a cup of coffee, go about your day and hit play if you have teen girls close to your heart.
4. The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast
This weekly podcast for K-12 teachers shares useful tips and tricks for using G suite and other google tools in your classroom. Their goal is to empower teachers to transform student learning with Google Tools.
5. The Creative Classroom
The host, John Spencer, hopes to help teachers transform their classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. These high-quality podcast episodes discuss things like how humor in the classroom boosts creativity and problem-solving, and making rest a priority in the summer.
6. Talking to Teens
This parenting podcast is directed for… you guessed it- parents of teens. However, I think this podcast is so relevant for teachers of teens, too. Afterall, you spend a lot of time with them, and can have a significant impact on their lives. This podcast centers on conversations with experts on the art and science of having conversations with adolescents.
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