Now that I have some more free time, I have a date with some podcasts for teachers that I know and love (but don’t always have time to listen to during the school year).
If you had a chance to listen to a podcast or read a book, which one would you pick? In full transparency, I would much rather read a book than listen to a podcast. But… I have found that podcasts are a form of self-care that is easy to manage. They can also be a great form of professional development or a much-needed brain reset. What’s more, I can listen to them while I’m cooking dinner or even when I’m working on a blog post like this one!
In this post, I’m going to keep it short and sweet with two podcast lists, one for your teaching life and one for your personal life. Because teachers cannot survive on PD alone, amiright?
Best Podcasts for Teachers
All of these podcasts are ones that I’ve listened to in the past and that keep me coming back for more. In order to be on my podcast BFF list, the podcast has to be innovative, yet practical. I also enjoy hearing a variety of different teacher voices!
Coincidentally, most of them also kill it in the blogging world, so you may want to go all-in and check out their websites, as well!
Teach Thought Podcast tends to focus on educational trends and pedagogy. I enjoy this website, so their podcast will surely be informative!
Cult of Pedagogy Podcast is often interview-based and always is spot-on with educational wisdom and practical ideas.
The Creative Classroom with John Spencer talks about design thinking, how creativity and student learning collide. This is right up my alley!
The Shake Up Learning Show focuses on edtech which has always been my favorite, but is especially relevant now.
Cool Cat Teacher Podcast is on the list because it’s short and sweet, yet manages to give great insights.
Mind Shift Podcast is an interesting one because it includes all stakeholders in discussing the world of education. What’s more, each season has a theme and narrative-rich episodes.
Brave New Teaching is a newly-minted podcast put together by English teachers. You’ve gotta love the literary allusion in the title, too.
How to Be Awesome at Your Job is not aimed directly at a teacher audience, but it makes the list because I think there is value in looking outside the teaching profession for ideas that we can then transfer and figure out how to apply to our world.
More Podcasts for Teachers (but not about teaching, shhhh)
Personology takes historical figures we all know and examines their lives from a psychological perspective. Quite interesting!
Go Getters Podcast focuses on teacherpreneurs and is like a little ray of sunshine in your ear, cheering you on, reminding you that you’ve got this.
Stuff You Should Know focuses on seemingly random things that it deems necessary for the average person to know and goes into more detail than you might imagine about them. Think of this as muscle-building for your next trivia game.
Invisibilia takes on culturally-relevant and interesting topics. I love that each episode has an inquiry question (or two or three) that it is seeking to answer.
Ologies is an interview-based podcast that explores any and all -ologies, from virology to technology to penguinology and beyond!
The TED Interview is like an afterparty with some of the best TED talk speakers. Yesss!
StoryCorps is one of my favorites to use in the classroom (and to listen to) because…well, who doesn’t love a good story?!
Life Kit can be thought of as a parent to the parents, and its aim is to teach the listener a little bit more about life, one podcast at a time.
Thanks for reading this post! I hope that you found one of these great podcasts for teachers to listen to and enjoy! If you love podcasts a lot, you should check out this post on how to use podcasting in the classroom.
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