Bonus Episode: an interview on Authentic Teaching with Jackie Marie Beyer on the Sunshine Parenting Podcast

Audrey Monke from Sunshine Parenting Blog and Podcast shares her knowledge and expertise of working with camp counselors and helping find student and child strengths for parents on the audioblog!   We talked about Focusing on Student Strengths, based on Audrey’s post 4 Ways to Focus on Our Kids’ Strengths!

Sunshine Parenting Podcast

On Episode 58 Audrey interviewed me about the  Authentic Teacher website and podcast my goal as an experienced educator who is enthusiastic and passionate about helping teachers engage students and make learning more connected and applicable to “real life.”


What is Authentic Teacher all about?

“What I want to do is help teachers create lessons that align with the common core but use authentic examples.”

What are the first steps parents can take if they have a child struggling academically?

“You are your child’s biggest advocate. Get in there and talk to their teacher. Make sure you’re working together.”

  • If struggling with reading, Jackie recommends the book Overcoming Dyslexia (Sally Shaywitz).
  • Using rhyming, music to help with reading

What are other tips you have for helping get kids engaged with their learning?

“I think podcasting is a great way for kids to learn about topics they want, connect with other like-minded kids.” Jackie

  • There are so many great children’s books for older kids (3rd-4th graders).
  • Use audio books (Library has Overdrive)

What being an authentic teacher means to you?

“When you try to force people to learn something they’re not interested in, they’re really just not motivated.” Audrey

What does being an “authentic teacher” mean to you?

“We can take these lessons/skills kids need to learn and teach them how to be critical thinkers.”

“We don’t need to be memorizing basic facts.” Jackie

“Finding things they are interested in and helping them reach their goals, be who they want to be.” Jackie

What’s one thing you think can help parents raise kids who become thriving adults?

Read every night! If you don’t feel comfortable reading, download an audiobook.

“Sharing a book together, there’s nothing more important!”


Storyline Online (actors reading stories)

Books we discussed:

Overcoming Dyslexia, Sally Shaywitz

The Freedom Writers’ Diary, Erin Gruwell

Related Posts & Podcast Episodes from Audrey’s amazing blog

Authentic teachers’ who laugh and joke with their pupils really DO encourage better behavior

Ep. 55: Raising Kids Who Love Reading

Ep. 53: 4 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at School

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