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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  • k8ann76
    This episode is SO SPOT ON. Thank you for saying this!
  • Katie VanHaverbeke
    Insightful and challenging
    Every episode of Cult of Pedagogy is a well planned, thought out and researched perspective on how to improve my practice as a classroom teacher. This latest episode finally identify the real crisis educators across the country are facing during the 21-22 school year. I’ve been asking myself why is it so much harder than last year, and Jen delivers the answers to that why. As well as some tough solutions for both teachers and administrators. She speaks uncomfortable truths in this one and and I found myself challenged in a different way than ever before. I think educators need to use remaining energy to come together and say “no” to undue responsibilities being added to our jobs each day. Thank you, Jen for looking at all of our responses and helping us organize our collective thoughts.
  • Miko Marble
    As an educator and third grade teacher, I look forward to this podcast! Each one shares innovative ideas and thought provoking teaching methods. Keep them coming Jen!
  • sara goes on about things
    A worthwhile masters in teaching
    A worthwhile masters in teaching from a very attuned person —that I can get at 4:30AM while my kids are asleep. Returning to FT classroom after years freelancing, these episodes feel like concrete security blankets. I take notes and am so grateful.
  • jatherton912
    Relevant and Refreshing
    I was turned on to this podcast from a well-respected colleague who found Jennifer Gonzalez and her content to be a beacon of light during and emerging from trenches of online teaching during the pandemic. This year I took a new position back in the classroom after working with adjudicated youth and adult learners. Jennifer brings a refreshing perspective to many of today’s teaching struggles; technology integration, project-based learning, SEL, curriculum design and much more. The most memorable podcast I listened to to-date was episode 170- ‘No More Easy Button:A Suggested Approach to Post-Pandemic Teaching’. Gonzalez uses the analogy that we as humans are wired for the ‘easy button’, everything from picking produce that is easiest to prepare and eat, to watching Netflix over reading a book, it’s easier. The ‘easy button’ refers to how teachers often use resources, lesson materials, and assessments that are easiest for us to grade (think: multiple choice). This doesn’t allow students to demonstrate their learning, it gives them the chance to give a really good guess. By increasing short answer and essay questions, it allows students to display their level of understanding of a concept which allows the teacher to truly understand their depth of knowledge. I subscribe to this philosophy, but I also turn to the ‘easy button’ at times, we all do. This was just one of the many eye-opening podcasts I listened to over the past few weeks. I have a list of episodes I want to hear, one day at a time 😀
    Education on education
    I was writing a book for teachers in 2020 with a co-writer called Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk (published august 2021). I interviewed a lot of teachers and have spent a great deal of time in schools but I needed more insight on education and started to listen to this podcast to give me that foundation. It helped with the language, thoughts and ideas and triggered questions I needed to ask in the pre writing interviews with educators. I refer to this podcast in the book and found it to be an valuable resource for me. I am now an avid listener for that reason and because she knows how to break things down into simple steps. She is a pro interviewer.
  • gaia66lala
    Wonderful Guidance for a First Year Teacher!
    I am in love with this podcast. Jennifer does such a great job in explaining teaching strategies and research. There are example after example in every episode to guide you with your teaching. Try out this podcast, it’s totally worth your time. 💕💕
  • WanderWoman18
    A revelation!
    I'm a veteran middle school teacher with over 25 yrs in the classroom, and I am SO glad I discovered this teacher's podcast, website, and blog. I've already shared several episodes with colleagues - both vets and newbies. Jennifer Gonzalez is clear, thoughtful,and engaging, and her pod episodes are SO helpful. Thanks!
  • CLB202010
    This podcast keeps me refreshed
    When I have down time I tune in to listen. I love love love every episode recorded here. It challenges my thinking, refreshes me, and teaches me new things! Thank you so much!
  • mclarep
    Fantastic resource!
    Thank you so much for putting this out there! For a first time teacher facing start of school jitters, this podcast is an absolute god send! It’s like talking to a mentor every time I plug in my headphones!
  • Jen the multitasker
    Absolutely phenomenal
    Every single episode is so incredibly worth while. Even the topics you don't think apply to you, really do (ex. I don't teach foreign languages but had so many take aways from episode 131 "How World Language Teaching Has Evolved"). I wish every educator would listen to this podcast and implement the immense wisdom offered. Jen curates the best of the best and I devour each episode (many times relistening several times in a row and then sharing with my colleagues how her pearls apply to them). I really, really enjoy this podcast immensely and am sure you will too! :-D
  • Bharmswilliam
    Actual specifics, not just philosophy!
    This podcast is amazing. Jennifer is an absolute geek about the specific teaching techniques. I spent the first three years of teaching looking for information on how to actually teach. Almost always I’d run into people who talked about teaching philosophy and general terms. While her podcasts have that, they are full of techniques I used to transform my classroom into a learning space where nearly every student fully engaged.
  • Ku-ri-see
    Rock on
    I am a new teacher, I am working through an alternative certification program since I was in the healthcare field for 20 years before deciding to become a teacher. I find Mrs. Gonzales’ podcast a wonderful view into the evidence-based practices for teaching. She asks the questions that come to mind when speaking to her guests. Thank you.
  • ----TJ----
    * Calling All Educators *
    All educators should listen to this podcast. Great ideas, strategies, thoughts, and mindset ideology.
  • Al_hull
    Great podcast - poor audio
    I’m so glad to have found this podcast! I would love to give it five stars but the audio is really uncomfortable to listen to. The host’s audio is often significantly softer than the guests and intro music making me have to constantly adjust the volume.
  • Kespin Mac
    A Really Nice Find!!!
    I am a teacher of Language Arts myself, and found this podcast as a requirement for some classes I am taking. Really glad I found this! There is always something interesting, really good tips, and a wide variety of subjects covered by guests in the trenches. I will likely continue to listen at least as long as I am in the field. Well done!
  • Whoisrose
    Better than my teacher education program
    I learn more from this than I learned in my teacher education program. Five stars. Currently binging on the series.
  • britpettis
    Something for every role in a school!
    Have been listening for awhile, and it is safe to safe that this podcast has something for everyone in their archives! Worth a look AND a weekly listen!
  • Bsymom23
    Thank you!
    I’ve been teaching for 9 years & was recently introduced to your podcast. I appreciate the thoroughness of your discussions. From each podcast, I’ve found useful information that I can use to further my career and/or make me a better teacher. Thanks!
  • jomatengo
    Thank you, Jennifer!
    I go to Cult of Pedagogy to make me a more effective teacher, to work smarter, to be inspired. CoP is amazingly helpful. Thank you!
  • KaraPorter
    The Best Ever !!
    As a 25 year veteran teacher and now 2nd year administrator, I will say this is the best educational resource I’ve encountered! Jennifer chooses topics that are relevant, current, and need to be discussed! Sometimes you find something that inspires you all over again and reminds you how much you truly love your job…this podcast is one of those things!!
  • Teaching Fishing
    Great for College Teachers, Too
    There’s been so many episodes that have been helpful for me as a college instructor. Thank you!
  • think a little more
    Classroom management episode
    I love the episodes you have for classroom management and the about students that won’t stop talking. I’ve used these methods in my new classroom and they work very well. However, this is my first year in a new school that is not high poverty. I am almost offended by the simplicity of classroom management in these episodes. What about the classrooms in high poverty areas with children coming from highly traumatic home lives? What about the teachers that room clear almost daily because of a violent child that tears apart the room and physically hurts others and the teacher. These episodes are helpful for my current situation, but make me so angry for the teachers that are working with children of high poverty. IT IS NOT THAT SIMPLE in those situations. What do the teachers do that have a child that throws chairs across the room when asked to go to “time out” and you call their parents that are high on drugs and you can’t even get ahold of them?
  • jesimaka
    I am a veteran teacher of 12 years, and I have found this podcast incredibly helpful and relevant. I learn something new every single time I listen. Jennifer addresses a huge variety of situations and answers things that I didn’t even know I had questions for. Absolutely wonderful resource for any educator regardless of where they’re starting in their journey. I wish something like this had been around when I was student teaching in college!
  • Rander kay (:
    The PD you didn’t know you needed
    I’ve been listening to this podcast for about a year and I can’t tell you how supported I feel as an educator because of it. Most of all, I appreciate the advice that I can take directly to my classroom and use! It’s wonderful. Give it a listen!
  • katie wolff klondike lane
    Personalized Pd
    As a 15 year veteran teacher I have gotten something positive after every podcast. The conversations either confirm thinking Ive had but haven’t had the words for or have opened me up to new ways of thinking and doing things. I love that I am able to personalize my growth and listen to those which are geared towards my goals. Just take a listen and you’ll be hooked and looking through old episodes that match your learning goals.
  • August Consumer
    Full of air, thin air! Cult may not be precise as caucus.
  • Old dog-New Tricks
    Compelled into continuous improvement - happily!
    My response to a new post or podcast by Jennifer Gonzalez at Cult of Pedagogy - Oh happy day! I’ll be just that much better at effectively meeting the needs of my students after I absorb and implement these methodologies, strategies, hacks! As an, ahem, experienced educator, (more than 30 years K-12, the whole continuum of learners, Administrator, Adjunct Professor) I carefully curate my guiding professional resources and I can’t recommend this podcast, posts, and publications produced by JG at CoP highly enough! Thanks for meeting the need to continually improve instead of standing idly by as the educational system becomes more and more sclerotic. (The system, not the educators, parents, nor community.)
  • Schee
    Resourceful and inspiring
    What did I ever do without it?
  • NNJ Rich
    Better than any PD
    Great podcast with extremely useful and helpful materials. This is real teacher talk that introduces and analyzes many strategies to imporves teacher and student performance in the classroom. I am so glad to have found this podcast and website. I'm a better teacher for it!
  • Tinkermn
    Great Tool
    This podcast has been instrumental in helping me with my planning this summer. Every issue I have listened to has included great tools to use in the classroom.
  • bdarn64
    My Professional Crush
    By far my favorite educational resource and podcast! It is relevant, organized, and contains great links to other resources. Jennifer Gonzales asks the best questions of her guests, always with the teacher in mind and she has a great, soothing voice.
  • philsteve
    In regular podcast rotation to help me w/ my teaching practice
    I listen to this pod regularly, and I always learn something - and find things that can be practiced immediately to improve my teaching.
  • Steve M. Potter
    Best podcast for teachers!
    Jennifer Gonzalez puts a huge amount of work into making her podcasts useful. She has simultaneous blog articles with all the links mentioned. She does a lot of research ahead of time and summarizes it for us. She prepares excellent questions for her guests ahead of time so that every interview proceeds quickly and with direction. She never interrupts her guests, lets them finish their points. Her diction/elocution is perfect, easy to understand, with no annoying quirks. She includes the transcripts if you prefer to read along, or play it for your students as a lesson. She thinks carefully about what will be useful information for teachers, not just what she is interested in. I am rewarded by every single episode with new nuggests of wisdom and ideas to be put into practice. Her archives and website are so well organized that finding old episodes and blog posts is simple. I am mining those often for things I missed.
  • saragries
    Best teaching podcast out there
    I discovered this podcast during remote learning, and even during a stressful and overwhelming time, Jennifer Gonzalez has ignited my passion for teaching. I even signed up for her JumpStart class, which I highly recommend.
  • Favorite Podcast Ever
    Amazing Podcast!!
    Even though I am a high school student, this is my favorite podcast I have ever listened to. I love the extensive information that she provides and there are so many things I learn just from one episode!!! I would totally recommend it to anybody I know. Thank you to Jennifer for such a wonderful podcast!
  • terepuli
    Thank you
    Thanks for the episode on multi-cultural education and social-justice teaching. This is such important work and thank you for not shying away from the topic as so many white teachers do. Time to do the work, myself.
  • Shipguy59
    Well Worth Your Time
    I was turned on to this by my principal. He's a big podcast guy and spent two years suggesting I'd enjoy this. I finally took his advice and listened to an episode, then another and another... It's great. It's a good investment of your limited time and headspace. I could not recommend it enough.
  • @caramiolsen
    Calvary for teachers
    Arriving late to the party, I’ve just been introduced to your podcast this past week (5/30/20). Jennifer, thank you for finding/sharing/posting exceptional resources for teachers. Many days I have felt like I’m on the front lines with no cavalry for back up. As a teacher of 10 years, I appreciate your comprehensive work geared toward supporting the art of teaching and the education industry as a whole. @caramiolsen • Henderson, NV• #highschoolofbusiness
  • laurenmn95
    So helpful
    I love this podcast so much. I have seen so many fantastic resources and ideas come from Jennifer and her guests. I teach high school English, but even math teachers on the show have given me some great concepts to work with.
  • Huynh angel reader
    A great professional learning experience
    You can tell every podcast Jennifer creates is planned out and organized to support listeners. Her ideas are practical and her suggests always provide great insights. This podcast is great for new teachers to teachers with decades of experience! I appreciate the blog posts that accompany every podcast, which helps when you want to go back to review the content. I know it’s a lot of work to host this quality of a podcast. Keep it up, Jen!
  • Nicole D K
    This podcast is real and I feel like I have been able to apply at least one tip, technique, or concept into my work as a teacher immediately after listening. The content has been interesting enough to hold my attention and inspiring enough to make me want to be the best teacher I can be. Thank you Jennifer Gonzalez for putting together such a great podcast and blog and sharing your knowledge it’s appreciated!
  • WNClark
    Jennifer’s podcasts are packed with awesome information!! She chooses such relevant topics and discusses them them with insight and intelligence. Not only that, but she has a great radio voice! Her show and her block are fantastic resources!
  • Diane Morrow, ELA
    Episode 142
    Excellent episode. This is so sane and has such a smart framework for thinking about online teaching. Of note, Episode 49 of this same podcast, on dialogue journals, is an excellent companion to this. I had listened to it prior to us going online and am now finding dialoguing back and forth with students in their writing notebooks (which are essentially Google docs) has been a great way to communicate with them. (I just always write in a green font so they know it's me.)
  • CricketBell
    Episode 30
    Even after teaching for twenty-nine years, I still learn every day. The Cult of Pedagogy has helped me become a better teacher. I listen to every episode. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and the knowldege of your talented guests.
  • Bradley Peterson
    A Must for all Teachers
    Jennifer Gonzalez is the best, wide with awesome teaching ideas.
  • BOSteacher123
    Loved CrossFit comparison!
    Thank you for 4 Things I’ve Learned about Teaching from CrossFit. It really hit home. I love CrossFit but I’m terrible. It really puts you in the place of our struggling students. I’ve quit so many times even though I completely 😍 it! How many of our kiddos have ‘quit’ even though they still want desperately to learn? Thanks for the reminder 🏋️‍♂️📚❤️
  • Gabulldawg25
    What a wealth of knowledge here! I’m a 2nd year sped inclusion teacher in middle school and I’ve found this podcast SO helpful even tho it’s geared more toward gen ed. Good strategies are good strategies no matter what area you’re in; so much is so applicable for everyone! ❤️
  • venusliola
    A game changer
    I teach college level students and the evidence based tactics in Cult of Pedagogy episodes have completely changed how I think about assessment, classroom activities, and group work! Highly recommend to any educator.
  • VanessaWinterling
    Everything you need
    Jennifer Gonzalez is amazing. Her ability to articulate on any topic she discusses is incredible. She touches on every teacher need from organization, to content, to classroom management to relationships. Every podcast I listen to, every blogpost I read leaves me wanting more. Her suggestions are so helpful, applicable and sensible. I am so glad she takes the time to create such a helpful and meaningful resource for people in education.
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