The Perfect Chaos Podcast

About the Perfect Chaos Podcast

This podcast is focused on bringing you hot topics in education, from a different point of view. Ronda and David try to hit the high points, and some of the low ones. So, whether you ‘re a student, teacher, parent, or simply curious about the fascinating world of education, buckle up and prepare to embark on this extraordinary journey with us.

Episode 47 – Talking about hard things with students Perfect Chaos

In Episode 47, we dive deep into a topic that every educator can relate to: addressing challenging and unexpected real-world issues with our students. As teachers, we know that the classroom isn't always a predictable environment, and it's not uncommon for challenging topics to find their way in, no matter how carefully we plan our lessons. These moments can be some of the most difficult and crucial aspects of our work, as they offer a unique opportunity to help students understand and make sense of the world around them. Throughout this episode, we explore various facets of this complex issue: 1. How do hard topics make their way into the classroom? We discuss the myriad ways in which current events, news, or social issues can unexpectedly surface in the classroom, even when not initially part of the curriculum. 2. Why is it important for us to address these topics? We delve into the significance of addressing these hard topics, highlighting the value of fostering critical thinking, empathy, and informed citizenship. 3. What landmines could we potentially have to navigate when talking about these hard topics? We acknowledge potential pitfalls, such as navigating differing student opinions, handling emotional responses, and respecting cultural sensitivities. 4. How do we stay neutral on some of the more controversial topics? We provide practical strategies for maintaining a balanced, neutral stance while encouraging students to form their own opinions and engage in meaningful discussions. 5. How do we give students a safe space to have a voice about what is happening in the world around them? We offer tips for creating a classroom environment where students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, asking questions, and expressing their concerns. Our "Feel Good News of the Week" segment brings a breath of fresh air, as Ronda shares a tip that's easy for everyone to implement. She emphasizes the positive impact of spending time outdoors on our mood and health, and recounts a recent 2-mile walk in the beautiful fall weather. The simple act of surprising students with a quick outdoor break can make a significant difference in their day. As we wrap up this episode, we want to thank our listeners for joining us in this important conversation. Addressing hard topics with students is a challenge that every educator faces, and by sharing our experiences and insights, we hope to help you navigate these waters with confidence and empathy. Stay tuned for the next episode, and as always, we appreciate your continued support of our podcast. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I cannot begin to express the positive impact this podcast has had on me. It has empowered me to step out of my comfort zone, pursue my dreams, and cultivate a mindset of growth and resilience. Through the stories shared on the show, I’ve learned that failure is not the end but rather a stepping stone to success.

— Sylvia Burroughs

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I would encourage everyone in my network to have a listen…you don’t necessarily have to be in education to follow the discussion.

Their modeling concept and talk can be applied to every industry and even in your personal life.

— Mike Chanat