The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast

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Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology -- if it has something to do with teaching, we're talking about it. Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other juicy things you'll never learn in a textbook. For more fantastic resources for teachers, visit

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  • wrenchey
    Following you since SXSWEDU!
    I really appreciate how you crowd source content to design an informed, rich opportunity for me to grow as an educator!
  • Jonily Z
    Episode 132 ‘How to spot Dyslexia’ was the first of Jennifer’s podcasts I have listened to and it has me coming back for more! Great, clear, easy to follow, relevant, current information for all teachers! Thank you! Jonily Minds On Math
  • S Baugher
    math teacher
    I just discovered this podcast a few days ago and immediately downloaded all 135 episodes on my ipod to listen to in my car. I've taught for lot of years and it makes me feel good when you say something that confirms what I felt I already knew, but I also learn a LOT of great new ideas to try that I'm sure will make a difference in my classroom.
  • Chelsey_F
    Appreciated by a future teacher 🙏🏼
    I have been listening to this podcast for about a year now. I have loved and appreciated every episode that you have created. Throughout my “journey” with this podcast or whatever you want to call it, I have had full intentions of leaving a positive review, a thank you, for all of the wonderful information you have given to me as a future teacher. But like a lot of other things, I never got around to writing that positive review.. until today. I listened to episode 135 and wow. I have always loved your content but THIS is the one that made me say to myself, “write that review you have been wanting to right now!” Thank you for sharing all of the wonderful information, research, tips, advice, and FLUFF that you do! I have one year left before I graduate with my bachelors in Elementary Education. Jennifer, keep doing what you are doing... you are inspiring more people than you probably even know. Thank you for taking that false review about your “fluffy content” and doing exactly what you have been doing all along- encouraging and inspiring others to be the best they can be in teaching and in life in general.
  • dual teach
    Thank you! ❤️
    I was listening to your episode about the time you made a fart sound in class today and it was by far one of my favorites! Your podcasts are always a wealth of knowledge, but apart from the fact that you’re a master story teller, your story both brightened and brought tears to my eyes. As a teacher, I often feel torn apart by criticism: from parents, society, politicians (who know nothing about education), administrators (who forgot what it was like to be a lowly teacher), other teachers, and even worse, myself. I’ve also experienced that moment of pride in a silent, busy classroom. Every student working diligently. No one asking for help. I can only imagine what would happen if I pulled your prank! Not cool enough to pull that, I have bonded with my kids over stories of my moments of forgetfulness or heartbreak. They’ve seen me cry when telling a story about coming to America or while reading the ending of Edward Tulane. My teammates have politely told me that I’m too friendly with my students. I disagree. Kids need to know that teachers are real people that experience real emotion. Teachers have lives and problems like everyone else. Sometimes your home life and your work life enter-twine: you worry about your home problems at work and you think of your needy kids while making dinner. We gotta be tough enough for kids to respect us but soft enough for kids to trust us if they’re in a jam. That old adage of kids won’t remember the material you taught them but will never forget how you made them feel rings truer than ever. I am truly sorry for the loss of your mentor. I am happy she taught and inspired you so much, but I am sad she felt so hopeless that she felt suicide was the only way out. Listening to your story reminded me how important it is to take time for self care. To not take life and work so seriously. That bonding with family and students is so important. Sorry for going on so long. Thank you so much for the work you do!
  • angjennie
    May or may not be for you
    I have found a lot of inspiration and gotten a lot of ideas from this podcast, but I am not finding it as relatable as I had hoped. I teach in a city that is deemed the worst in the state. I feel like the problems this podcast addresses many times do not relate to my everyday school and classroom experiences. I would not rate this podcast bad just because I cannot relate to it, but I would just put it out there that if you work in an urban school or district deemed one of the worst in your state or area, this podcast may not be for you. You will still be able to relate to a lot because all teachers can relate in someway but there may be things you are hoping to hear about or learn about that you won’t find here.
  • DF Family
    For parents and citizens, not just teachers
    Jennifer is easy to listen to and her content is broad and relevant to members of any community, parents/families, workers in any business, in addition to schools/teachers. Advertisement duration is growing but we can’t expect everything to be free ...
  • pabalo12
    Use today strategies.
    Great podcast. I listen on the way to work and always walk into the classroom with a new strategy, new energy and a new love of teaching. These podcast challenge you as a teacher in a positive way.
  • ChiTown Tahany
    Starting my own podcast
    I want to so badly and I need to get it together already! Thank you!!!
  • Bklyn112233
    Great tips
    Currently have a concussion and cannot do any screen time which is killing me as a teacher. Came across this podcast and have been listening to a bunch. Some great tips and resources are offered.
  • Evanthes
    Great resource
    This is a great resource for teachers! Listen and soak it up!
  • Ms Bobbalina
    20 Year Plus Teacher Learning So Much!
    After 20 years, felt like I was doing a very good, even excellent job. And now, I'm thrilled to discover that there are loads of ways I could be better. So appreciate everything I can try, every resource, every conversation I get to hear. One of the best podcasts I subscribe to.
  • cmaddoxjr
    I stumbled upon this podcast from a colleague and fell in love. Great stuff!
  • jskbkzb
    Insightful, useful, inspiring
    Just so darn helpful! I discovered Cult of Pedagogy after getting back into classroom teaching (after many yrs) as a leave replacement. I was dismayed by all of the worksheets I was given as resources for my students. I happened to find a great Blog article on Jennifer’s website addressing the very issue I was experiencing! I was hooked & an instant fan. I’ve been a regular listener of the podcast ever since. I’ve learned so much - practical exercises to use in my classroom & many many resources on tech & teaching best practice. I’m back in another leave replacement role with a promising future. I’m a high school biology teacher. Can’t thank Jennifer enough!
  • LitMasterin8th
    The Best!
    This is one of the very best of the best podcasts for middle school ELA teachers and all teachers in general! Thanks so much for this wonderful resource.
  • AimeeLola530
    I have never left a review before but get compelled to do so because your podcast is so good.
  • Sure6
    Jennifer, I discovered your podcast via my daughter who’s a beginning teacher. We traveled across country together and listened to many of your podcasts together- so powerful for us both. Your thoroughness and attn to detail is appreciated. Keep on recording- I’m a big fan! I have share you with all my teachers as well.
  • SethGraham33
    Excellent podcast for educators
    I found some of the topics covered my Jennifer to be inspiring and relevant to my classroom needs right now.
  • Tchallis
    Absolutely love it!
    I have been teaching for many, many years but I love the information and ideas I get from this podcast. So worth the time.
  • amy122906
    Don’t know what I would do without it!
    I’m starting a new job as an 8th grade writing teacher. This podcast has really helped me think through a lot of issues and has made me feel infinitely more prepared. Thanks!
  • Jnewbower
    Love the breadth and depth of topics
    There is a podcast for everything that I’m wondering about and the ideas presented are helpful and timely. Thank you!
  • Marsilly422
    Recommended for ALL teachers
    The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast is simply inspiring as a teacher. As I transistion to a 90 minute block this year, episode 75 "Making the Most of your 90 minute block" was extremely influencial in the practices I've developed. It was suggest by my boss and now I am hooked! Many of the episodes have changed my thinking towards classroom management, praise, motivating students and grading. Jennifer Gonzalez is great at explaining her research and explaining her reasoning. Thank you all the work you've done to create this podcast! I have already seen the strategies I've emplimented from your podcast having a postive effect on my class.
  • Alexa-Arboleda
    Life saver forNew teacher trying to find their way
    Jennifer has a capacity to bring a humility of life long learning along with her expertise to help new and experienced teachers alike build their tool box for the school year! I am so grateful I found this podcast and made this part of my weekly routine!
  • Stacyann1010
    Jennifer Gonzalez is professional and talented, but she is also warm and practical. I am always helped by her podcasts and feel a better teacher because of it.
  • Bokloepfer
    LIke going to a teaching conference
    I started listening to this podcast recently, trying to find some information and teaching strategies and classroom management. I feel like I hit a goldmine with this podcast! I have come away with so many new ideas and resources to improve my teaching. This podcast has helped get me pumped for the upcoming school year. Highly recommend!!
  • KathyPW
    PD *I* Want!
    I don’t recall how I found this podcast, but I gave it a try. That episode was like a lightning bolt to my brain, awakening an eagerness to hear more and try new techniques! (FYI: That was episode #114). As an ESL teacher in a K-5 school, I am often subjected to professional development which has zero to to with what I teach, yet I must listen and “show engagement,” ugh! This podcast covers a wide range of teaching areas, so I can pick & choose episodes. This is PD I want, and if I find it doesn’t apply, I can stop the episode and load another one. I also appreciate the links to find out more information, if I am interested. I highly recommend this podcast, whether you are a new teacher or a 20+ year veteran like me!
  • ilovechessies
    What I’ve been looking for!
    I absolutely love this podcast! I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile, and I’m so happy I found it! Jennifer has awesome advice and strategies, and I’ve only listened to about 5 episodes so far. I can’t wait to listen to more. During interviews, I find myself having a question and seconds later, Jennifer will ask that very question. She is great at understanding what teachers need and want to hear. Her website is also amazing and packed full of information. Thanks, Jennifer, for all the time and work you put into your website and podcast. As a new teacher, it’s great to have a place to go to get advice, strategies, and confidence!
  • takestoomanydogpics
    Love the new ideas
    I’m newish to the pod and have been selectively choosing episodes. I love every single one so far. I’ve enjoyed hearing stories about new techniques from teachers still in the field. I appreciate how the guest always provides tips for teachers who are eager to try the thing. I’ve been feeling anxious about starting in a new district this fall but I’ve picked up so many new methods I can’t wait to start fresh in a new school.
  • Bwbasinger
    I have learned from every episode and cannot wait to apply the ideas as we start the new school year.
  • mommasansan
    Love it!
    Jennifer really gets what it is to be a teacher! Love every podcast!
  • David 1963
    Thank you
    Jennifer you do a great service helping educators improve thier craft. Thank you!
  • kTinaMullen
    Teaching just got more effective
    Jennifer Gonzalez marries effective teaching strategies with technology and engagement. She manages to make me want to learn more about teaching, something most PD fails to do. Her interviews are great and nicely spaced. The podcast is directed toward middle and high school, but I teach elementary and still get a lot from it. If you’re a teacher or administrator definitely subscribe to this wonderful podcast!
  • passionteacher
    I’m hooked!
    What a wonderful educational resource I have stumbled upon! I have shared it with all of my teaching friends. Jennifer has a smooth voice and so much knowledge about education! Highly recommended.
  • Lurker1969
    Great for learning teachers!
    I’m in my first semester in a initial teacher licensure grad school program. I’m in my 40s & starting my teaching career. This podcast has been wonderful! I listen to it on my drive to class. I’m able to find podcasts on topics we’re discussing in class. I feel really on top of current trends and best practices. Thank you! This podcast has helped me be really excited about my new career!
  • jenny>
    So informative and inspiring
    I just discovered Jennifer’s podcast just about two weeks ago and I have listened to half of her episodes so far. I feel so informed and have learned so much to develop as a better educator. In addition, the episodes are inspiring and motivational! Love it!
  • 👩🏼‍🏫Karla
    Professional Development at it’s finest
    I absolutely love listening to this podcast! I have shared it with colleagues as a resource so many times and get endless ideas for my own classroom. I enjoying listening to teachers explain methods that solve all-to-familiar classroom struggles. Browsing the topics and choosing one that relates to an issue I’m contemplating while folding laundry is the best PD I’ve done! Thanks for all the inspiration.
  • Beach Soell
    Episode 75 Block Schedule Ideas
    Thank you so much for this episode! We’re moving to the block in September and have very little training. This podcast has given me so many more ideas that the 2 hour training I had today! Thank you so much again!
  • NeelieC-N
    So happy to have found this podcast!
    I’m a veteran teacher (30 years) and this podcast has really found the most important nuggets of instructional practice, learning theory and school functioning to focus on. I want to share it with all my colleagues!
  • littlereadinglady
    Best podcast for educators!
    I appreciate Jennifer’s thoughtful, realistic approach to improving the educational experience for teachers and students.
  • JacquePearl
    I really enjoy listening to all the ideas on this podcast. She gives me something new to think about with each episode.
  • AlwaysTeaching&Learning
    Best Podcast for Teachers!
    I listen to several, but Cult of Pedagogy is the best podcast for teachers, coaches, and other people involved in classroom teaching practice. The collection of ideas, strategies, authors, and speakers is phenomenal.
  • ylkris
    Fantastic ideas and affirmation of what I’m already doing in the classroom. I love Jennifer’s voice and honest approach to the realities of teaching! Thank you!!!!!!!
  • @mrsjamiehalsey
    Thought Provoking Podcast
    Each time I listen to this podcast, I learn something. It’s a worthwhile listen for the best practices in teaching. It will make you think & reflect about what is going on in your classroom from grading to equity to lesson building. This is perfect for any educator, whether you’re a veteran or novice.
  • Ricci J Bachar
    I am so glad that I saw this podcast recommended by many people on a teacher’s FB page that I follow. It has been so informative and given me practical tools that I am excited to implement in my classroom.
  • Mr_Marugg
    Very influential!
    Many of the episodes have shaped who I am as a teacher. This podcast has helped me with classroom management, lesson plan ideas, and so much more. I attribute much of my success as a teacher to this podcast.
  • Devong8
    Must-Listen for Teachers
    This Podcast is my go-to for the hardest parts of my job. Jennifer is real, honest, wise, full of experience, and brings on the best experts in education with real chalk on their hands that serve kids on a daily basis. Thank you so much!
  • andra_sn5
    Excellent resource for teachers!!
    This is one of my favorite podcasts! The tips and tools are relevant, and the content is outstanding! I highly recommend it for teachers!
  • TeacherJoy11
    Keep this on REPEAT and SHUFFLE!
    I started listening to Jennifer’s podcasts a couple of years ago. I found myself telling every educator who wanted or needed fresh ideas as well as pertinent and relevant information to start listening to the podcasts and reading her blog. Next thing I knew, I was enrolled in her online tech course. WOW, talk about a game-changer course. This past school year, I successfully implemented various tech lessons and strategies and my students’ work and content knowledge are all the better for it. I listen on the go, in my classroom, at home, and I don’t care if it’s an episode I’ve heard before. Listening repeatedly to content like this is the only way to make real changes happen. Cult of Pedagogy should be mandatory listening and learning for all educators.
  • kchilla7
    Best educational podcast out there!!
    COP podcast is the best educational podcast for new and seasoned teachers. I have been teaching for nine years and use this podcast for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s instructional support, inspiration, strategies, or how to get out of an emotional funk if I’ve had a few hard days, this podcast has it all. I am so thankful to Jennifer and the COP team for putting the content out there in a honest and easy to access format.
  • Alynn Saul
    Great insights and new ideas
    I enjoy listening to the interviews and gaining a variety of perspectives and teaching tools. These podcasts lend themselves to good discussions with colleagues and offer strategies you can implement right away. The first one I listened to was the one on how we’re killing reading, and I was hooked. The message and ideas presented were something I needed to hear. Right away I began to offer more reading choice time for my students. Now they choose reading as a free time activity and can be found all over the classroom enjoying books. I especially love when two or three of them choose the same book and share the love of reading together. Keep it up!!
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