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Push Past Your Comfort Zone with Rachael Lehr – PTE004

We’re often challenged to ‘Push Past our Comfort Zones’. But what does this mean? And what might it involve? Rachael Lehr has much insight into this area.

Show Guest: Rachael Lehr 

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I’m a Classroom Teacher specialising in Science Teaching. I’m passionate about making a difference. I have a tendency towards overachieving, yet I’m passionate about teaching and I love my job immensely. I put a lot of time into ensuring I am doing the best I can for my students.   

Episode Summary 

It’s a challenge that we often hear, ‘Push Past Your Comfort Zone’. But how do we do it? What might it look like? And what about all our self-doubts? How on earth are we supposed to navigate them?

Rachael Lehr is an educator with much insight into this area, often pushing past the ‘Why Me?’ and ‘What have I got to offer?’ feelings, and saying ‘Yes’ to the unknown and unfamiliar.  

Connectedness is also a key theme in this episode. In particular, how Twitter has been ‘life-changing’ for Rachael. Here we share practical tips for those who are wary of reaching out to connect. And if you’re feeling a bit isolated, there’s tips here for you as well.

In turn, learn how Rachael has fired up her Year 2 class along with their parents and guardians via a Class Twitter account. Yes that’s right – Twitter with Year 2 children.  

There’s also the Lightning Round – where Courage, Connection, Making a Difference, Overachieving, and Nature – are all under the spotlight.

To round out an insightful and inspiring episode we have Rachael’s Not To Be Missed Book, which offers practical tips for everyday thriving as a teacher. More specifically, how to take care of Number 1 – You.  

Episode Highlights 

  • 1:45  How to Thrive
  • 2:28 – Pushing Through Your Comfort Zone
  • 7:16 – How to connect with other educators
  • 10:17 – Suggestions for teachers wary of connecting online
  • 12:51  – Suggestions for Isolated Teachers
  • 13:34 – Lightning Round
  • 18:25  Rachael’s Not To Be Missed Book 

Rachael Hosts Pushing The Edge

Listen as Rachael takes on the Hosting Role and Interviews ME (Greg Curran)

Links & Resources 

  1. Rachael on Twitter and Pinterest
  2. Rachael’s Science Rocks Twitter Page 
  3. Lend Me Your Literacy (LMYL) – Providing an audience for your students’ writing: LMYL on Twitter; LMYL Website
  4. Alan Peat’s Exciting Sentences – ITUNES App
  5. Teach Meet Melbourne. Also see EdCamp – Worldwide
    1. Also listen to my chat with Samantha Bates – where we discuss Edcamps. 
  6. Rachael’s Not To Be Missed Book Teaching Matters by Todd and Beth Whitaker (Affiliate Link)
  7. Check out my Disrupt Your Comfort Zone – Resource Page – for tips and insights. 
  8. Check out my THRIVE 101 Resource Page – It’s dedicated to helping You Thrive. 

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