The 9 Best Podcasts for Teachers to Download Today
Podcasts are a cultural phenomenon and their popularity isn’t stopping. As of early 2021, 61% of the U.S. population was listening to podcasts on a weekly basis.
Podcasts are so popular because there is something for every interest. They cover a range of topics including art, business, news, kids and family, sports, comedy, tech, religion, education, and more.
There are also a variety of teaching podcasts geared to educators that can offer insight into your profession. If you’re looking to stay up-to-date on the latest education research or just need a dose of teacher-humor for your day— there’s a podcast for that.
Whether you listen at home, at the gym, during your commute, or during the quiet moments in your classroom before or after school, here are nine of the best podcasts for teachers to listen to this year.
Best Podcasts for Teachers
1. Truth for Teachers
Truth for Teachers is a weekly podcast with episodes that range from 15–45 minutes long. The podcast is hosted by Angela Watson who says her show speaks life, encouragement, and truth into your mind and heart to get you energized for the week ahead. Recent topics of discussion included flexibility within structure, attracting a diverse faculty, and habits to simplify and automate your life.
2. 10-Minute Teacher
This podcast is designed for easy consumption. The five episodes a week last just 10 minutes each, with daily themes that include Motivation Monday, Teach Tool Tuesday, Wildcard Wednesday, Thought Leader Thursday, and 5 Idea Friday. Recent episodes included discussions on classroom management without yelling, helping kids love reading, 3D printing, and play-based learning in middle and high school.
3. Teach Me, Teacher
Weekly episodes of this podcast run about 30–45 minutes and provide many opportunities for you to learn from teachers who are in the classroom. This podcast features real-world discussions about today’s classrooms and how to manage, develop, and prosper in the new world of education. Recent topics include teacher self-care, fewer worksheets, and more conversations, and a new teacher crash course.
4. TEDTalks Education
This podcast offers bite-sized, 10- to 15-minute episodes that you can easily binge. TEDTalks Education shares stories and insights from educators, researchers, and community leaders from around the world. Recent talks included Comics Belong in the Classroom, How We Can Help Hungry Kids, and How I’m Using LEGO to Teach Arabic.
5. Always a Lesson
New episodes of this podcast, which is focused on empowering educators, are released each Monday morning, just in time for your commute. You’ll get a weekly dose of inspiration, professional development, and education best practices. Recent episodes touched on work/life harmony, avoiding burnout, leading with grace, and finding value in the daily grind.
6. K-12 Greatest Hits
This podcast features short segments pulled from BAM Radio to showcase the best ideas in education. The segments are hosted by executive directors from leading education associations, including NAEYC, PTA, NHSA, and AASA, to name a few. Recent topics of discussion included behavior charts, personalized learning, school safety, and teachers dealing with depression.
7. Self-Care for Educators
This podcast features bite-size episodes packed with tips for self-care and mental health. Designed specifically for those who are in the field of education, host Tina H. Boogren will guide you through simple strategies that support your wellbeing. Most episodes are under ten minutes—making them easy to fit into your busy day.
8. The Cult of Pedagogy
In this podcast, host Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators, and parents to gather the latest information on teaching strategies, research, reform, and more. She also offers advice on how to make your teaching more effective (and fun!).
Short on time? This teaching podcast also features EduTips, which are micro-episodes of the podcast. Each micro-episode focuses on one small, useful tip to help you improve your teaching.
9. Teachers Off Duty
Looking for a laugh? This podcast features your favorite TikTok teachers sharing their stories and experiences from the classroom. Listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, or YouTube.
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This blog was originally published on January 22, 2019. It was updated on January 25, 2023.