What can I say? I contain multitudes.
Like many teachers, I left the universe of education podcasts unexplored for a long time. The idea of sitting through more teacher-talk after a long workday seemed like more professional development without the credit.
And I bet a lot of education podcasts can feel that way. But not these.
From readers’ suggestions, we’ve curated a list of teacher podcasts that are everything but hokey, dry, or fake. Give these a listen and prepare to laugh, be inspired, and have your teacher mind blown wide open.
MindShift by KQED
The premise: It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of learning and how we raise our kids.
A promising review: “This podcast adds so much to my life, I don’t know how I survived before it. Short, yet tells a complete story that is well researched and captivating. As a parent, this expands my view so wildly, and for that I am appreciative.”
Too Dope Teachers and a Mic
The premise: Race, power, and education have always mingled since the foundation of this country, but Kevin and Gerardo seek to remix the conversation about it.
A promising review: “Love Too Dope Teachers and a Mic! Kevin and Gerardo bring conversations about education through a critical lens, with deep experience as male teachers of color in a world where that makes you (unfortunately) a bit of a unicorn. Keep up the great work, fellas! And to everyone out there, subscribe now. You won’t be disappointed.”
Another promising review: “I know you’re tired from teaching all day and you aren’t sure if you want to listen to a teaching podcast. You do. These guys are intersectional, obviously care about others, and have amazing guests. I’m a white teacher looking for how to be better, and these guys deliver.”
The Creative Classroom
The premise: I want to see teachers transform classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. So, here’s where I explore what it means to make this a reality.
A promising review: “This podcast is the breath of fresh air that I needed in my teaching craft. Teaching is a constantly developing craft, and John speaks to support and build that. After listening to this podcast, I’m wondering where I can take his classes!”
Cult of Pedagogy
The premise: Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology—if it has something to do with teaching, we’re talking about it.
A promising review: “I am in love with this podcast. Jennifer does such a great job explaining teaching strategies and research. There is example after example in every episode to guide you with your teaching. Try out this podcast—it’s totally worth your time.”
Teachers Off Duty
The premise: Your favorite TikTok teachers sharing stories and experiences from the classroom and beyond, brought to you by Bored Teachers.
A promising review: “I am a veteran teacher and I love this podcast. It is 100% the truth! I recommend this podcast to everyone!”
Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers
The premise: Truth for Teachers is designed to speak life, encouragement, and truth into the minds and hearts of educators and get you energized for the week ahead.
A promising review: “The last few years have been so hard in education, but when I am especially frustrated, I can always count on this podcast to bring me right back to center. As a 40-hour member, I have gained so much all while cleaning my house, exercising, or working in my classroom. Thank you for being that REAL voice for what is going on and having a vision to aspire to!”
Google Teacher Podcast
The premise: The Google Teacher Podcast is designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools in classrooms and schools.
A promising review: “While I use Google for Education tools regularly, listening to this podcast helps keep me up-to-date when new features or changes are made to the tools I already use and love. Highly recommend.”
Two Mr. Ps in a Pod(cast)
The premise: Two U.K. teachers—who are also brothers—share funny stories from the classroom.
A promising review: “These two brothers make me laugh so hard. I feel like they could be a part of my own family. You don’t have to be a teacher to relate to their stories and enjoy the descriptions of the characters and kids they encounter. Best of all, they clearly enjoy kids and seriously respect individual differences while not taking themselves too seriously.”