There are lots of teacher podcasts out there, but they’re not all updated. There are also some gems that are buried several pages into the iTunes collection, so it’s not easy to find the best teacher podcasts. Just because it doesn’t pop up in the first few choices doesn’t mean it’s a bad podcast!
The best teacher podcasts that I’ve found fall into the following categories:
- Funny or irreverent group podcasts hosted by several teachers
- Practical teacher tips to make your life easier
- Podcasts that feel a bit like professional development
- Academic podcasts that are more theoretical about the world of public education today
My favorites are the ones that are optimistic and hopeful, because I’m trying to surround myself with good thoughts so that I can be at peace with my day, and be the best wife, mom and educator that I can be.
The Best Teacher Podcasts that are Funny
If you need to laugh, here are the best teacher podcasts for you! These podcasts are conversational and hosted by a team of teachers hanging out, rather than a single professional just speaking alone to the audience.
Teachers Off Duty
Teachers Off Duty is a podcast from Bored Teachers, so it’s definitely focused on being FUN and FUNNY.
This podcast always has a roundtable of teachers who like to keep it real. You’ll probably recognize many of these teachers from the Bored Teachers platform if you follow them on Facebook, Tiktok or Instagram. If what you’re missing in your career is a crew of teacher friends, this will help alleviate that pain.
As you listen, you’ll feel like these folks just dropped into your classroom during a planning period and they’re ready to shoot the breeze with you.
This is definitely a very professionally done podcast, so there’s not a lot of downtime, and it’s pretty slick. It’s one of the best teacher podcasts in terms of production value.
- Things We Wish They Would Have Taught Us in College
- Why Teachers Everywhere Are Leaving the Classroom
- Crazy Stories of Substitute Teachers
This podcast is recorded by a team of teachers “under the guise of anonymity and under the influence of a few cocktails.” There’s a long intro, but there’s a lot of jazzy background music, so you can easily fast-forward through it and find your place at the end of the opening.
Teacher Needs a Drink is VERY irreverent and not always funny. There’s language, there’s quite a bit of negativity about the profession sometimes (which, I mean, we can probably agree that public education is a mess right now), and there’s plenty of discussion around social issues that affect the classroom. It’s definitely left-leaning politically.
All of the podcasters have silly pseudonyms and they don’t reveal the location of their schools, so they can speak freely without getting into trouble. I have noticed that everyone seems to work in middle or high school. It’s a well-named podcast, because it does sound like a group of high school teachers got together at a happy hour and just happened to record their thoughts.
What you might really like about the podcast is the “realness” factor. You won’t hear any professional development tips or overly sweet ruminating on the joys of the profession. If you need an outlet for your frustrations, you’ll find a friend in this crew. It’s one of the best teacher podcasts for folks who have no patience to “grin and bear it.”
Sample Podcast Titles:
- Summer Begins, No Guilt for Failing, Drag Shows are Dangerous, & Babies vs Dogs. Ep 140
- Teacher Pay, Teacher Lies, Teacher Drinks, & Blood Bank Ep 138
- Axe Body Stink Bomb, High School Vandalism, Prank Punishment, & Cat Lick Ep 137
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The Best Teacher Podcasts that are Actually Helpful
If you are looking for podcasts that are like bite-sized trainings with great people, here are my favorites! Some of these are less practical and more philosophical, food-for-thought conversations.
I haven’t ever taken Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Teacher Workweek course/program, but this podcast makes me want to take it so badly! She has amazing content, and her goal is to help teachers prioritize and become more efficient so they can stop working a million hours a week.
At times, her podcast does some sales. The purpose of this free resource (for her) is to push listeners to participate in her program. I’ve heard incredible stuff about this course.
In spite of it being a bit sales-y at times, there are so many helpful nuggets in here. This isn’t a super fun podcast, but it isn’t annoying, either. It’s just useful and accomplishes a lot in a short amount of time.
Angela is SMART, and it shows in her podcast. It’s one of the best teacher podcasts for folks who struggle with time management. I suspect her program is very high quality.
Sample Podcast Titles:
- How to Work ONLY Your Contractual Hours as a Teacher (with Samantha Smith)
- These Teachers’ Small Changes Made Big Reductions in their Workload
- Is Teaching Still the Right Career for You?
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Beginning Teacher Talk
This podcast is well-named, because I wouldn’t recommend it to a veteran. I’ve been teaching for about 6 years now, and she hasn’t had many organizational or classroom management ideas that are novel to me.
However, I think if you’re a new teacher struggling to keep your head above water, this podcast could be great!
That’s because her advice is all bite-sized and totally easy to implement the very next day. It’s a very quick podcast, so you can easily listen while you do the dishes or get dressed in the morning. It’s all just super practical.
Finally, some of her podcast is dedicated toward moving people to an email list and making sales for “The Academy,” so be prepared for the occasional sales pitch.
Sample Podcast Titles:
- How to Build Up Your Classroom Library Without Breaking the Bank
- Classroom Management Hack: Use Yoga Chimes
- How to Prepare (& What to Bring) To Your Teacher Interview
This podcast is hosted by Jacob Chastain, and it’s really great if you’re looking for something more serious that tackles hard topics in education. He has managed to reach and interview some really big names in education, and the conversations are always heartfelt, high quality, and interesting.
With that said, it’s definitely more academic in nature, so you can’t do a lot of daydreaming and stay engaged. I really enjoy this one and consider it the best teacher podcast for folks who want a birds’ eye view of education policy and reform.
Another high point – this podcast is never overly negative about the field of education. While he doesn’t bury his head in the sand and pretend things are great, the overarching vibe is always hopefulness, and he spends a lot of time focusing on the good parts of being a teacher. If you need some positivity in your life, this is a great choice.
Here are his 10 ten podcast episodes, including titles like:
- Eric Weinstein on Edugenic Harm and Neurodiversity
- Supporting Students Through Grief and Trauma with Krista St. Germain
- Critical Race Talk with Calvin Robinson
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This is another Bored Teachers podcast, featuring Jess Smith. She is the quintessential elementary school teacher. She’s very CUTE, she occasionally breaks into unnecessary song during the course of ordinary conversation, and she’s very open with her feelings and doesn’t mind sharing herself with the masses. She gives off those vulnerable, cozy schoolteacher vibes.
She’s pretty encouraging and feels like a teacher bestie in your ears. If you’re looking for a pretty well-rounded education podcast that talks about some big issues in education without getting totally bogged down in negativity, this is a good option to try.
She only has 21 episodes so far, so it’s a pretty new podcast. She’s only putting out new content once or twice a month.
Sample Podcast Titles:
- Episode #20 – I’m Going on Tour! Also… What the Actual Fork is Going On in Indiana?!?
- Episode #19 – Normalizing Teachers Being Human – A Fun Chat with Mrs. Frazzled!
- Episode #18 – All the Reasons Why Teacher Besties Are Essential to Our Survival!
Kristen Donegan’s podcast is pretty new. She currently has one season of podcasts released, with 9 episodes total. But it’s a very promising podcast! She released her first season on May 8th of 2022, and most of her episodes so far are for helping teachers close out the school year well so you’re ready for next year (without having to go to school over the summer).
Here’s her intro text:
“I often say what’s on a teacher’s mind and my mission is this: help busy teachers leave school at 3:00 so they can finally enjoy their life outside the classroom. Why? Because I know how tiring it is to have a never ending checklist as a teacher and miss out on being fully present at home. On Real Teacher Talk, discover how to work smarter, not harder, enjoy teaching again, and still have plenty of time to shut off your brain outside the classroom to do the things you love. Sound impossible? I promise, it isn’t.”
Here are some sample podcast titles:
- 3 Tips to Actually Enjoying Your Teacher Summer
- Easily Close Out the School Year
- Clearing the Clutter for Good
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I love Amber’s ideas for stopping teacher burnout. That’s her mission – to help listeners avoid the cycle that she fell into time and again. Amber struggled with burn-out throughout her teaching career, but she’s found ways to stay “burned in.”
So this podcast has a very specific niche for teachers; it’s not about perfecting what you’re doing for students or administrators, it’s all about becoming the kind of teacher that can stay in the profession and love what you do.
She makes it clear in her intro that her podcast goes well beyond traditional self care because “no amount of wine or bubble baths” was going to solve her problem. She needed to make some more radical changes to the way she approaches her teaching career.
She categories burned out teachers three different ways, and tackles each problem differently: Burned and Bored, Burned and Unbalanced, Burned and Over-It.
You can take her burnout quiz here.
I consider this the best teacher podcast for friends who need a mindset shift in order to survive until retirement.
Sample Episode Titles:
- Educate and Rejuvenate with Kelsey Sorenson of Wife Teacher Mommy
- How I’m Dealing with Defiant, Disrespectful, and Disruptive Behavior in My Classroom
- Dear Sad, Lonely, Depressed Teacher
Stellar Teacher Podcast
You’ll especially like this podcast if you’re a reading teacher, because Sara Marye is a current literacy specialist and former teacher. Her intro lets listeners know that it’s a “no fluff lesson ideas and strategies that will help you feel confident in your abilities to truly grow your students as readers.”
Occasionally, she deviates from literacy tips and speaks more generally to all teachers.
She has 87 episodes at the time of this writing, and she uploads a new show about once a week. I think it’s the best teacher podcast for reading and writing teachers.
Sample Podcast Titles:
- Breaking Down the Elements of Language Comprehension (and Practical Implementation Ideas!)
- Understanding Phonological and Phonemic Awareness with Michelle and the Colorful Classroom
- LISTENER FAVORITE: Create a Schedule for Your Reading Block – Even with Limited Time!
10 Minute Teacher Podcast
I love this podcast from Vicki Davis (@CoolCatTeacher) because my commute is 12 minutes – so short podcasts are key! She has also been very consistent with her recordings for a very long time. She releases a new episode weekly, and she now has almost 800 episodes.
Her podcasts are very conversational, and you’ll hear more ideas from her interview guests than you do from her. She has had some super interesting guests.
Most of her stuff is very practical, so it’s genuinely helpful in a short amount of time.
Sample Podcast Titles:
- Practical Ways to Develop School Leaders Now
- 9 Ideas for Ending the School Year Well
- How Do You Help Kids with ADHD Succeed in School and Life?