The Teaching Bites Show with Fred & Sharon Jaravata

This is the “unprofessional development” you're looking for! Welcome to the Teaching Bites Show where we connect you with people and ideas so you can take your teaching to the next level. Designed for teachers who don't have the time or the resources to attend good professional development. From classroom management techniques, time saving tips and lesson plan ideas, we got them. Are you looking for innovative practices and how to use technology in the classroom? We have those too. And if we don't, we'll find someone who has the insights and experiences that you can use today. Join us and let's find out how other educators are succeeding! Remember to leave an honest rating & review, and to subscribe and share our show with other awesome teachers like you! Thank you! —Sharon & Fred
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Aug 5, 2015

In this episode, we give an overview of the survey results they have gotten the past couple weeks. We've identified (and confirmed our suspicions) the problems teachers face using technology in their classrooms

Sharon talks about her incredible experience at the first inauguaral Better Together Teachers Summit.  She shares what made it so inspiring and something all teachers need to look out for!

Join us as we share a lot of good insights and what we are plans are.

Get our 19 Tech Skills Every Teacher Must Develop here.


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"Presenterator" Kevin MacLeod (

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Jul 13, 2015

This is part 2 with Fred and you can find part 1 (episode 18) with Sharon here.  Wecatch up with what went on during our haitus.  Then, we share our goals and plans with you and we do an end of year review of this school year.  

Jul 11, 2015

On episode 20, we continue breaking down our popular "19 Tech Skills Every Teacher Must Develop." Make sure you listen to episode 19 first and to download the free PDF!

Jul 9, 2015

This episode, we breakdown our hugely popular FREE giveaway, 19 Tech Skills Every Teacher Must Develop This Summer.

There has been a lot of questions and Sharon and I clarify and add a lot of info to each of the points.  Get the download and follow us along as we go beyond the list.

Jul 1, 2015

We're back and we catch up with what went on during our haitus.  Then, we share our goals and plans with you and we do an end of year review of this school year.  This is part 1 with Sharon.

Apr 23, 2015

This is our first interview!  In this episode, we ge together with our good friend and teacher, Elena.  She shares some great insights that can help our listeners take their teaching to the next level. Join us and check it out!

Apr 16, 2015

As Sharon has been in the public school system, she found out about one of the best resources to get funding for classroom and teaching materials every teacher should!

Its a great organization where any public school teacher can create a proposal for classroom furniture, technology tools, teaching materials - anything related to teaching and learning.  

Apr 11, 2015

Spring Break!  It was such a long awaited and so very welcome time to take time off from teaching.  This year, Sharon and Fred had their breaks coincide perfectly. In years past, their respective schools had different weeks for Spring Break. 

This year, they took their young family to Hawaii. This is Fred's first time there and he shares his wide-eyed view of his first visit.  Let's just say, he wants to go again.  

Fred and Sharon share some tips traveling with young children and what to consider logistically.  One lesson, travel later when kids are older! Just kidding.  

They also share some learning tips when visiting Pearl Harbor and during the airplane ride and how you can use those times to spark teaching ideas.


Mar 26, 2015

In the 14th episode, we talk about "teaching on the fly."  This is something they don't teach you in credential school.  It isn't even on a job description! 


We'll explore what this is, the ways to recognize it and how to develop it in your classroom.  Its an extremely valuable skill for any teacher to use. Join us and check it out!

Mar 17, 2015

In the spirit of sharing our favorite productivity tools in Ep. 11 & 12, we thought you’d like to know what furniture and equipment we use in our classrooms and why.  Perhaps you need a classroom makeover or have been looking for easy solutions to make your teaching smoother? Well, we are here to help you out! We’ll go over each item and suggest alternative methods to achieve the same outcome as sometimes budget is a big reason why we have a hard time getting what we want.

Mar 10, 2015

This is part 2 of 2 where Sharon and Fred share their favorite productivity tools.  These tools in particular, are especially valuable for managing their own personal workflow.  Join us now and see if these can work for you too!


Have one or two tools that you like? Let us know! Please leave a review, rating and subscribe! Thanks!

Mar 4, 2015

In episode 11, This is part 1 of 2 where Sharon and Fred share their favorite productivity tools.  These tools in particular, are especially valuable for managing their own personal workflow.  Join us now and see if these can work for you too!


Have one or two tools that you like? Let us know! Please leave a review, rating and subscribe! Thanks!

Feb 22, 2015

Yup! We are back after a week haitus! Its so good to be back.  In this episode, we ask the question: Are teachers learners? You would assume that teachers are automatiically are learners.  But, we do share what can prevent us from learning.  This is the logical extension of our very popular TBP 006: Burnt Out on Teacher Burnout episode.


We share our insights on why we should be learners, the obstacles that can take away our passion on learning and finally we share our solutions on how to keep going.


Don't forget to leave an honest review! It means a lot for us on iTunes - its free!


Feb 10, 2015

This is the Bits & Pieces episode, where we put a little bit of everything from the past week and roll it into one!

The new TV show, Fresh Off the Boat as it explores growing up as Asian Americans

Tech Timeout -  our  effort to raise awareness of digital distractions through encouraging students (and adults) to voluntarily abstain from certain devices for a 72 hour period on Feb. 12-14

Fred's school Tech Time Out participation and the TeachThought article

Dan Meyer’s Be Less Helpful. Student independence, student centered classroom. Watch Dan's TED Talk here: Math needs a makeover

Sharon's classroom shapes experiment, which was referenced to TBP 006: Burnt Out on Teacher Burnout and go w/teachable moments
; Student-centered learning

Feb 1, 2015

In this episode, Fred & Sharon share their favorite tips and some cool new ways to have a successful and efficient Parent-Teacher Conference.  

Jan 26, 2015

In this episode, we share the struggles we're currently facing and how we're pushing through them. We discuss our attempts of using several strategies of taking the negative stuff and turning them into positives.

Maybe you can relate with what we're sharing, or maybe you've already turned your struggles into positives, join us and see if this all sounds familiar. 

Please subscribe, rate and give an honest review as it'll make our show better. It also helps us be discovered by other like minded educators. 

YOU are appreciated!

Thank you!

Fred & Sharon

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Jan 20, 2015

Have you ever felt burnt out? Of course you have! We bet you've even read quite a few tips and strategies on how to prevent and deal with teacher burn out.  Well, here is our take on teacher burnout and hear about The 6 Fingered Man! 


Join us and please subscribe, rate and leave an honest review so we can get better and be discovered by other awesome teachers! 

Jan 13, 2015

A good friend is considering a career change and wants to be a teacher.  In this episode, we share our tips and experiences on what to do BEFORE credential school.  These tips will help guide the aspiring teacher on what they need to do to help build their skills and passion in teaching.  

Dec 22, 2014

Today, we talk about what the Hour of Code is all about, why to participate in it.  We break down the 4C's of 21st Century learning and computational thinking. We then share what cool projects we've done to go beyond the Hour of Code in your the classroom. 

Dec 20, 2014

In this episode, we share our favorite strategies on how to engage with our  students and how to encourage responses from them.

Dec 20, 2014

Episode #2: Attention-Grabbers

  • Intro- What's going on in our lives/classrooms
    • Thanksgiving
    • bowling
  • Fun Fact: Overhead Projector
    • opening our new flexible maker space
    1. Tables, Chairs, stools, beach pillows
    2. Building materials (cardboard, masking tape, duct tape, scissors) for fast prototyping and
    3. Cain’s Arcade
    4. Friend and a colleague visiting to get ideas
  • Storm/flood discussion & research teachable moment, went outside
  • Attention Getters/Grabbers
  • Survey! Reminder! Announcement!
  • 1, 2 Eyes on Me!
  • Hands on top, now we stop
  • pack it up, pack it in (House of Pain’s Jump Around)
  • Waterfall in 3, 2, 1…. shh……
  • bump X5.. bump bump!
  • hocus… focus!
  • To infinity… and beyond!


Thank you all for joining us. Please leave a rating and comment for feedback. It’ll help us make our show better.  Please visit our site: to subscribe; and visit and like our FB at



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"Presenterator" Kevin MacLeod (

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Dec 20, 2014


This is our first episode of the Teaching Bites Podcast. We introduce ourselves and go over our combined 30+ years of teaching experience and innovation strategies with you.

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