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The Balanced Educator Podcast: Education | Mindfulness | Growth Mindset

Summary: The Balanced Educator is a weekly podcast hosted by the co-founders of Educalme, Kailey Lefko and Josianne Barnabé. Our intention is to equip and empower educators and parents to feel more calm, balanced, and joyful in all aspects of their lives. We discuss mindset shifts and habits that we are experimenting with in our own lives that are making our days more intentional, mindful and fun. We talk about different ways to practice mindfulness in our own lives and then how we can share what we are learning with our kiddos in the classroom or at home. We believe that when we nurture ourselves first, we can share our unique gifts and talents with our kiddos in a bigger and deeper way.

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  • Artist: Kailey Lefko and Josianne Barnabé: Teachers and Co-founders of Educalme
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 82. How to Create Community and Connection in the Classroom for Deeper Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:54

Taking the time to develop a connection with our students isn’t easy with our never ending curriculum to teach. Yet, research shows that relationships are crucial to a child’s success. So how do we create connection and community with our students in the classroom with what feels like little time? We absolutely love doing this… Read more

 81. How to Introduce Mindfulness in the Classroom for the First Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:24

Often, the biggest hurdle in starting a classroom mindfulness practice is getting started. So how do you introduce mindfulness to your students, get them on board and explain to them why it’s important? In our experience, once teachers finally decide to implement a mindfulness practice in their classroom, they wished they would have done it… Read more

 80. The Balanced Teaching Approach to Lesson Planning with EB Academics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:28

When we first began teaching, our Sundays looked something like this: Spend the afternoon with our planbook, grammar workbook, and current class novel spread out before us. Pencil in our daily objectives for the upcoming week, realize we need an engaging lesson for Chapter 7 of The Outsiders, go on Pinterest (we joined early –… Read more

 79. How to Instil Habits in our Students | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:03

You know when your student asks where to hand in their homework for what feels like the thousandth time? As teachers, sometimes it feels like we’re repeating ourselves over and over again. One way to reduce repetition is to instil and solidify good classroom habits in our students from the beginning of the school year.… Read more

 78. Avoid Teacher Burnout: 10 Self-Care Practices to be Your Best Self in and out of the Classroom (Part 5 of 5) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:08

Us teachers tend to have a habit of putting the needs of everyone else before our own. When we’re busy caring for others, it’s easy to run out of time and push self-care to tomorrow…and then the next day and before long it’s been weeks since you’ve clipped your toenails and now they’re getting out… Read more

 77. Avoid Teacher Burnout: Shift Your Perspective to Feel More Calm, Balanced and Joyful in and out of the Classroom (Part 4 of 5) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:20

“When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer Teaching is hard! We have so much on our plates and we’re responsible for something HUGELY important: caring for the hearts and minds of humans in development. Young souls that are newer on on this earth… Read more

 76. Avoid Teacher Burnout: How to Manage Your Emotions in the Classroom (Part 3 of 5) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:00

In this post, we’re continuing our five part training series on how to avoid teacher burnout by creating healthy habits that last. Last week, we explained how being mindful of your thoughts can change your experience in the classroom. You can read that post here. This week, we’re teaching how to manage our emotions in… Read more

 75. Avoid Teacher Burnout: How Being Mindful of Your Thoughts can Change Your Experience in the Classroom (Part 2 of 5) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:49

In this post, we’re continuing our five part training series on how to avoid teacher burnout by creating healthy habits that last. Last week, we explained how to create good habits that will last throughout the school year. This week, we’re teaching how being mindful of your thoughts can change your experience in the classroom.… Read more

 74. Avoid teacher burnout: How to Create Good Habits that will last Throughout the School Year (Part 1 of 5) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:45

You know when you’re mid way through your summer break and you think to yourself “if only I could feel this relaxed all year long!”. Unfortunately, feeling calm and balanced during the school year is a struggle for most teachers. This is because our profession comes with a unique set of challenges. Jessica R. Danilewitz… Read more

 73. Getting the Brain Ready to Learn with Jen Kreitz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:14

As teachers, we want to see our students succeed academically, but it can often feel like social emotional problems are getting in the way of academic learning. Have you ever experienced something like this… You have an engaging and fun lesson planned that you think your students will love and you’re so excited to teach.… Read more

 72. Free Guided Mindfulness Practice to Feel Calm Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:50

Do you want to feel calm and awesome right now? If so, scroll down and listen to this week’s The Balanced Educator Podcast episode where we guide you through a growing roots guided mindfulness practice. The most calming and grounding mindfulness meditation practice ever! Also, we’re taking a break from The Balanced Educator Podcast to… Read more

 71. 5 Visualizations to Find Calm When You’re Feeling Stressed or Anxious | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:29

Do you ever struggle to find calm when you’re feeling stressed or anxious? We’re sharing our favourite visualizations to reduce stress and anxiety. Our brain is a powerful thing! When we think about things that worry us, when we imagine all the things we have to complete on our to-do list and when we picture… Read more

 70. Classroom Organization to Simplify your Life with Kelly Jackson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:05

Do you find it difficult to stay organized with all of the moving parts of teaching? We hear you, we struggle with this too! That’s why we invited Kelly Jackson from The Simply Organized Teacher on the podcast to chat everything organization and how it can help us simplify our lives. From your desk, to… Read more

 69. 5 Personal Development Books That Will Change Your Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:59

Are you looking for a fun, easy to read, book to help you feel awesome? Here are our top 5 recommendations for personal development books that will shift your perspective and change your life for the better! Summer’s almost here, and we’ve got books on our minds. We love to read “feel good” personal development… Read more

 68. How to Stop Feeling Guilty for Taking Time for Yourself with Keith Macpherson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:15

We all have an inner teacher, it’s called our intuition. That part of you that just knows what’s right. Your gut instinct, your heart, your soul, that feeling of curiosity, of following your path, of being in the flow, your sixth sense, your inner knowing. Our intuition is wise, peaceful and loving. But in this… Read more


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