It’s no secret that teaching has been hard the last couple of years.
Of course, it was challenging before then, but it’s been especially tough lately. Teachers are stressed out and sadly, struggling to smile through it all and focus on the parts of teaching that they love.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Joe Dombrowski, also known as Mr. D, to talk about the funny parts of teaching that bring us joy as well as how he’s using his platform to bring awareness to issues that teachers face.
Joe Dombrowski (aka Mr.D) took the world by storm in 2017 with a viral April Fools’ Day spelling test prank that landed him multiple appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Don't get it twisted though! It takes at least 20 years to be an overnight sensation! Joe has been doing stand-up comedy since he was eight years old in his third grade talent show. He's never stopped! Since Joe's rise to fame, he has been traveling the globe with his stand-up comedy which often highlights his crazy life as an elementary school teacher.
When he’s not getting creative on screens and stages, Joe spends his time in Seattle, Washington producing his podcast “Social Studies” where he recaps absolutely insane stories from teachers all over the world.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- Mr. D’s experience as a teacher and what led him to where he is now
- How the non-teachers are actually the decision-makers
- The funniest thing a kindergarten student has ever said to Mr. D
- Teaching from a parent’s perspective
- What Mr. D predicts teaching will look like in 20 years
- Ways to keep teachers in the profession
- What to do if you’re experiencing teacher burnout
- Challenges Mr. D has faced as a teacher and a member of the LGBTQ+ community
I hope this episode brings you some joy! I love how Mr. D unapologetically says what all of us teachers are thinking. He is using his platform to bring awareness to what teachers are facing in a humorous way that also inspires change. It was so great to have him on the show and share some laughs!
If you loved this episode, make sure you check out his tour dates this fall. You can find them at MrDTimes3.com. Make sure that you also follow him on all of the social media platforms linked below.
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