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Greg and Jenny are elementary instructional coaches in Iowa. Join them as they discuss topics of importance in education around teacher leadership, student achievement, best practices, climate and culture, and school leadership.
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Is it better to be motivated or disciplined?  There is a big difference between the two.  Listen as Greg dives into the difference between motivation and discipline.

We have all been told a lie – we often believe that our choices are the easy or the hard path.  The truth is our decisions typically involve a hard choice and another hard choice.  The good news is we get to choose that hard.  Listen to find out more.

Kick off your shoes because we made it! Who would have thought at the beginning of the year we would have but here we are. Join Greg and Jenny as the reflect on one the most unique and challenging school years we will most likely ever face.

Doing something once wont do much for you as you work toward your goal, however, doing it again and again over time will. Join Greg has he discusses an equation for meeting your goals.

As you work toward your goals you will begin to realize there are aspects and things in your life that no longer fit the new you. What do you do with these things? Simple…BURN THE SHIPS!

Jenny is back as we sit down and discuss the past three goals principles: If you think you can, our dark passengers, and making better bad decisions.

When we set out to begin a goal we will be bombarded with a lot of decisions. Each one of these will take us either closer or further away from our goal. Making better bad decisions is a way to stay on track but also live a little too.

Sometimes as we work toward a goal we get in our own way. We are often unwilling or unaware of our internal struggles and conflicts that have caused us to fail in the past. In this episode Greg dives into naming and calling out these aspects of our…

Our mindset and self-talk are what will determine the achievement of our goals. Henry Ford said it simply, “If you think you can or cant you’re right.” Join Greg as he shares the number one change in his journey.

It wont be long into your goal process that you realize you are going to have struggles. How we deal with these struggles is crucial in meeting our goals. Join Greg as he talks about what we often want to do during struggle and what we should…

In episode two Greg dives into the struggles we face simply to get started when we set a goal. It is also one of the most pivotal times as we can often get stuck in the ‘I will start this on Monday cycle.’ Join Greg as continues to share learnings…

Working toward a goal is challenging to say the least. I have been on a lifestyle change and have learned a lot about what it means to work hard toward a goal. Through this series I will be sharing those learnings. Yes, I will use my weight loss…

In our final episode on team work we dive into the idea of focusing on the right things for success. It is important to know what your team is trying to do and how to measure it. If it sounds like knowing your teams goal that would be correct!

On a team we rely on the other members. So, what happens when that breaks down? Do we just ignore it or do we have the conversation?

In this Motivational Monday short Greg talks about the failure. It is crucial to remember that failure does not define our actions!

2020 has been something else. Light the yule log, plug the Christmas tree in, and cozy up as you listen to our annual Christmas special. Merry Christmas everyone!

Join Greg and Jenny as they continue their dive into effective teams. Building commitment in teams is crucial for success. However, in order to do that we must avoid the desire to simply build consensus and the lack of clarity.

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In this Motivational Monday episode Greg and Jenny discuss a proverb of planting trees. Often times the best time to do something has past…which means the next best time to do it is NOW!

Join Greg and Jenny as they dive into another strategy to support healthy teams. Yes, you read the title right – CONFLICT. Believe it or not healthy conflict is crucial in the function of a team. Listen to find out more.

Its late October which could only mean it is time for our annual spooky story. Dim the lights, lock the doors, and enjoy a bit of short horror fiction on us. This year’s story ‘The Petting Zoo’ is written by Peter de Niverville who also gave us…

Teams often fall apart and fail to strive due to lack of trust within the team itself. The best way to build trust is to get vulnerable…

Teams are an essential part of our schools and really any organization. Truth is though we often don’t function as teams as well as we would like. In this series we try to give tips and pointers to building strong and functioning teams.

2020 has left us with so many unknowns. A lot of this leads to fear and anxiety. Join Greg has he shares a story from his six year old son as he walks into fear and overcomes it.

The first step to improvement or growth is often acknowledging that we need to improve and grow. At some point you have to say “That wasn’t good enough” join Greg and Jenny as they dive into this often tough but beneficial statement.

Self-care…the word can often bring an eye roll or gripe. However, if we aren’t careful especially in these times we are going to find ourselves burnt out running on the hamster wheel of life. Join Greg and Jenny as they take a simple dive into…

Join Greg and Jenny as they dive into a bit of person first language when it comes to students as well as the importance of us being there for all the students within our building.

The 19-20 school year has certainly been the strangest one in our lives. We met with students for 73% of the year while the other 27% was spend in shutdown due to Covid-19. Join Jenny and Greg as they discuss some reflections from the year.

Have you ever been asked how your weekend was and responded that it was busy? No worries we do all the time as well. In this episode Jenny and Greg dive into additional phrases and words that we can use in place of busy.

The word meeting doesn’t typically have the best vibe. It is a word that often brings boredom and dread, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it shouldn’t as meetings are one of the most important things a coach does. Listen to hear Greg…

We are in the midst of a global pandemic and lives are both being lost and turned upside down. Through all the dread though there are things we can learn to lead us to a better normal. Listen to hear Jenny and Greg’s thoughts on getting to a new normal.

We apologize a lot out of respect for people’s time. Have you heard, “Hey sorry to bother you?” Nothing really to apologize for. Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into this idea. Sit back and enjoy this minicast.

As many schools across the country close for social distancing efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 educators are still finding ways to connect with their students. Listen to hear how some connection is still taking place and how we can be…

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During the Covid-19 shutdown of 2020 parents, teachers, and students have all found themselves at home. Join Greg, Jenny, and some special little guests as they give you an update on what they have been up to during these unprecedented times.

In today’s fast pace world time is tighter than ever for many families. Join Greg and Jenny as the dive into one of Greg’s thoughts that quality time is byproduct of quantity time together. Enjoy!

Join Greg and Jenny as they kick back and dig into some concepts from one of Jon Gordon’s books ‘The Power of a Positive Team’ We have all been on teams and we know when we are on a good team and when we are not. Join us as we talk about what makes a…

Join Greg and Jenny as they dive into the concept around the word meraki. This concept changes the way we approach the teams we are on and the things we do. Enjoy or latest episode in the Greek word suite :).

Join Jenny and Greg as they sit down with the whole Western Dubuque Instructional Coach team and talk through quotes, advice, and reflections leading into 2020. There are a lot of great insights in this one. Enjoy!

Join Greg and Jenny as they sit down with Dr. Jan Richardson to discuss the power of word work in guided reading. We reference Jan’s new word work book which can be found here:…

Join Greg and Jenny as they sit down with guided reading specialist Jan Richardson to discuss what intervention is, why it often doesn’t work, and how the RISE intervention model works. The RISE book is referenced often in this episode. Feel free to…

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Grab the hot chocolate, turn on the fire, sit next to Christmas tree, and snuggle in as we bring you another Christmas special. A lot of fun in this episode!

Love is a tricky word right? You can love a spouse and you can love bacon… Love is a huge motivator as well, maybe the biggest of all motivators. Join Jenny and Greg as they dive into the word Love.

Spelling…a word that brings shivers and controversy to many educators these days. Well, Jenny and Greg dive into the issue of spelling as it comes to sight words and words that have been taught. Enjoy this quick episode for their thoughts on this…

Join Greg and Jenny for this literacy tip that follows up on our ‘How Guided Reading Works’ series. Ever wonder what to do with kids when they are beyond grade level or maxed out on text levels? Listen to hear a couple of quick ideas and pointers.

Grab a blanket, get comfortable, and dim the lights for our annual Halloween special. Join Jenny and Greg as they read a classic short horror story. Enjoy!

What do you do when you hear someone make a comment or act in away that goes against one of your core beliefs or your school’s core beliefs? Jenny and Greg try to answer that question in this the final episode of our Happiness Phase 2 series. Enjoy!

How you show up matters. It matters a great deal. How we act and carry ourselves often speaks much louder than our actual words. Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into the concept of presence and learn how to level up during difficult situations.

As we continue our dive back into Happiness we find ourselves reflecting on values and how you can come to your core values. Join Greg and Jenny in this episode as they talk all things values and provide ways to hone in on values as well as to keep a…

What is happiness? What determines our happiness? Join Greg and Jenny as they jump back into the topic of happiness to answer these questions. Three years ago we spent eight episodes going through different happiness tactics. Phase 2 will be…

There is a time and place for kids to track with their finger while reading right? Well that is one thing that Jenny and Greg discuss in this short Literacy Tip. Listen to find out more!

We have talked a lot about guided writing throughout our shows on guided reading. Join us as dig into the purpose and philosophy of guided writing in this short literacy tip. For more on guided reading check out our series on our website.

Join Greg and Jenny in our summer literacy tip # 2 as they dig into the importance of sight words. Hint – hint it is not just enough to read the words… Enjoy!

In this minicast Jenny and Greg dive back into the world of Guided Reading and discuss exactly what it means to be “guided” during this time. If you want more information on Guided Reading check out our full How Guided Reading Works series at…

It is summer time! What do Jenny and Greg enjoy most about summer time? Well, find out here. There is a pretty solid 5 minutes on one of Iowa’s most iconic foods, corn on the cob! This is one of those episodes that you may want to simply listen to…

Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into using video as a tool for professional growth. This is the second time we have discussed this topic and this time we are joined by guest Adam Geller who is the author of “Evidence of Practice Playbook for…

Join us for part 2 of our conversation with Annie Brock author of “The Growth Mindset Coach.” In this part we discuss grading, feedback, and many other concepts about mindset in the classroom. Enjoy!

Join Greg and Jenny as they dive back into the world of growth mindset. This time they are joined by Annie Brock author of “The Growth Mindset Coach” a book that lays out the what and how of teacher mindset to our children. Follow her on Twitter…

Join Greg, Jenny, and author Jon Barth as they dig into the power of journaling. In this episode you will hear powerful stories of impact from journaling as well as tips and strategies to support you along the way. Journaling is far more than simply…

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Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/inspirlang
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Check out our available Zoom classes: http://inspirlang.com/zoom

Get our digital/paperback book at https://inspirlang.com/lovemando

View podcast transcription at https://inspirlang.com/mandopod

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/inspirlang
Facebook:…

Check out our available Zoom classes: http://inspirlang.com/zoom

Get our digital/paperback book at https://inspirlang.com/lovemando

View podcast transcription at https://inspirlang.com/mandopod

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/inspirlang…