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The Teacher Hotline is a podcast where teachers submit their questions regarding the field of education. Guests come on the show to help answer some of the pressing questions teachers may have in and out of the classroom such as: how does my pension work?; Should I work in administration?; Should I work at a private or public school? and more!

The Teacher Hotline is a podcast where teachers submit their questions regarding the field of education. Guests come on the show to help answer some of the pressing questions teachers may have in and out of the classroom such as: how does my pension work?; Should I work in administration?; Should I work at a private or public school? and more!

Location:

Canada

Description:

The Teacher Hotline is a podcast where teachers submit their questions regarding the field of education. Guests come on the show to help answer some of the pressing questions teachers may have in and out of the classroom such as: how does my pension work?; Should I work in administration?; Should I work at a private or public school? and more!

Language:

English

Contact:

2899715411


Episodes

Ep 28. How Can Coaches Alleviate Performance Anxiety in Sports?

10/18/2021
Is choking in sports a real thing? Can athletes burn out? Do athletes face performance anxiety? If you are a coach and you've seen these affect your players, how can we help them? Many coaches do not have training in sports psychology, and find it difficult to help our athletes face their mental challenges. So what can coaches do? Today I bring on my colleague and office mate Sean Poitras! Sean is a Social Science teacher at Appleby College and coaches the Varsity Boys Hockey team and...

Duration:00:29:29

Ep. 27. What is it Like to Work at an All Boys School?

10/4/2021
Most of us grew up or have taught in a co-ed school. What would it be like though to teach at a single gendered school? Today I bring in an old friend, Alan Chan, an IB Economics and Math Teacher from Upper Canada College, one of the most prestigious all boys schools in Toronto. Alan has been working at UCC for eight years and outside of the classroom has been the Head Coach of the Varsity Boys Volleyball Team and U16 Badminton Team. He also served as Assistant Coach to the U14 Volleyball...

Duration:00:40:17

Ep 26. Western vs. Queens: Which Teacher Ed. Program is For Me?

9/27/2021
It is September! That means future teachers are beginning to think about if they want to start the journey of becoming a teacher! So lets' take a few episodes to review some of the Teacher Education programs available to us in Ontario. Today I bring in two guests: Niki Boytchuk-Hale and Miles Duke. Niki is a concurrent education, entering her third year at Queens University. At the same time she is completing her bachelors in fine arts with a minor in Indigenous Studies and Certificate in...

Duration:00:35:54

Ep 25. Part 2: How Can We Stop Grade Inflation?

9/20/2021
We are back for part two of our conversation with Mr. Fraser Grant, the new Head of School and Deputy Principal of Appleby College. Mr. Grant has been working at Appleby College for 27 years and counting. Over the years, he served primarily as an Economics Teacher but also served in various leadership roles such as the Senior School Director, Assistant House Director, and was as the schools Assistant Head of Academic for the last 12 years. Fraser has his M.Ed from Brock University and...

Duration:00:36:45

Ep 24. Part 1: How Can We Stop Grade Inflation?

9/13/2021
Is an 80% average in 2021 worth the same as an 80% average back in 1990? I love teaching grade 12's....except when January comes around and university marks starts to get uploaded to universities. Grades are such a sensitive subject now. Programs are becoming more competitive, expectations are higher, and more students are applying than ever before. As a result, we have seen grades being inflated over the year. The question is, why is this happening? How did this happen? Is this...

Duration:00:31:28

Ep 23. What Makes a Great Coach?

8/30/2021
School is around the corner, and that means sports is also back! All the players and coaches are excited to the courts and field this fall, which means coaches are starting to prepare for tryouts and practices. If you are new to coaching or looking to hear a fresh perspective on coaching, this episode is for you! Today, I bring in Lou Caffazo, the Athletic Director at Appleby College. Lou has been immersed in sports his entire life. Lou spent roughly 8 years playing in the CFL mostly as an...

Duration:00:34:39

Ep 22. Part 2: How Do You Make a Million Dollars on a Teacher Salary?

8/23/2021
Welcome to part 2 of our chat with Andrew Hallam! Teacher's might not be making the same income as doctors or lawyers but it doesn't mean we can't build similar wealth! With the proper investing techniques and armed with the right knowledge, teachers can build a million dollar portfolio! Don't believe me? Then listen to Andrew Hallam, a former English teacher, but is now a respected and #1 selling author of personal finance books! Andrew is the author of: The Nine Rules of Wealth You...

Duration:00:38:10

Ep 21. Part 1: How Do You Make a Million Dollars on a Teacher Salary?

8/16/2021
Teacher's might not be making the same income as doctors or lawyers but it doesn't mean we can't build similar wealth! With the proper investing techniques and armed with the right knowledge, teachers can build a million dollar portfolio! Don't believe me? Then listen to Andrew Hallam, a former English teacher, but is now a respected and #1 selling author of personal finance books! Andrew is the author of: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in SchoolHow To Build Wealth Living...

Duration:00:31:00

Ep 20. Child Development: Nature or Nurture?

8/9/2021
Nature or Nurture? Biology versus Environment? This is a classic question that has commonly come up in regards to child development. As teachers, we should be interested in finding out the answer to this question because we see our students 8 hours a day for 5 days a week for 10 months! So I went to our expert, Dr. Aletha Harven, an Associate Professor in the department of Psychology and Child Development at California State University. Dr. Harven holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a...

Duration:00:36:57

Ep 19. Ontario Teacher Pension Plan: What Do I Need to Know?

7/26/2021
I'm pretty sure every Ontario teacher knows we have a pension. But do you even know what a pension is? Why the Ontario Teacher Pension Plan is regarded as one of the best ones? What implications does it have when it comes to your retirement? We'll we are going to talk about our financial future and how our pension plan is going to help us live a comfortable lifestyle in retirement! On this episode, I chat with Trevor Wright, an Investment Analyst at the Ontario Teacher Pension Plan. We chat...

Duration:00:29:26

Ep 18. Maternity Leave: What Do I Need to Know?

7/19/2021
Babies! Who doesn't love them?! Not so fast...there are a ton of stuff related to your work you need to get in order before you can start cuddling up to your new born child! Today I chat with Ashley Frampton and Danielle Kindree, two moms who experienced what it is like to on maternity leave. Ashley is an elementary school teacher from the Calgary Board of Education and is a mother two three children; Tula, Eddie, and Mia! Danielle is a new mother who just gave birth to a beautiful baby...

Duration:00:38:56

Ep 17. How Do We Support Students with Learning Disabilities?

7/12/2021
Teachers, have you ever had a student in your class with ADHD, Dyslexia, ODD or perhaps even a student that is super gifted and intellectually, way ahead of the curve? It must be difficult to support these students in a large classroom. There has to be a better way! Well, one school in Calgary, Alberta thinks there is. Let me introduce to you Rundle Studio, an independent virtual school that is dedicated to support students with various learning needs. On this episode, I chat with the...

Duration:00:37:25

Ep 16. What Did Grade 12's Actually Think About This School Year?

7/5/2021
With online learning, teachers did not have the same opportunity to make the same connections we normally would with our students in the classroom. There were a lot of blindspots that we missed. I wanted to get an honest opinion from students of how the school year actually went for them? What better way then to go directly to the students and ask them?! This week I chat with three former students of mine: Adrian Davila, Dawson Meloche, and Erik Ponikvar. I wanted to know: and much...

Duration:00:26:59

Ep 15. Independent Schools: Is the Principal's Role a Good Fit for Me?

6/28/2021
So you think teaching a classroom full of kids is hard? How about managing an entire school? Oh lets add in covid, online learning, managing faculty and staff plus schools with boarding students. There are a ton of responsibilities a schools Principals needs to manage. On this episode, we chat with Dr. Katrina Samson, the incoming Principal for Havergal College, and independent all girls school in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Samson spent 18 years of her career at Appleby College as an English...

Duration:00:38:17

Ep 14. Is Destreaming Grade 9 Math a Good Thing?

6/21/2021
In Ontario, Canada, the Ministry of Education just announced a brand new math curriculum for grade 9 students as of September 2021. This new curriculum will have a focus on financial literacy, coding and much more real life application of math. However, the controversial topics around this new curriculum is the fact that Ontario also plans to destream math. This means there will no longer be "Applied" and "Academic" math. For the longest time, all the strong students would be in the...

Duration:00:35:28

Ep 13. What is it Like to Teach Elementary School in a Pandemic?

6/14/2021
Teaching Elementary School takes a certain personality, patience and understanding of children. Doing all of that during a pandemic....? I don't know how these teachers do it! On this weeks episode, I speak with Princess Marfil from the London Catholic District School Board and Mariel Barahona, from the Calgary School Board of Education. We chat about online learning, challenges and success stories over the last 10 months of schooling Feel free to follow their incredible work on Instagram...

Duration:00:36:26

Ep 12. Part 2: Should I get a Ph.D in Education?

6/7/2021
This episode is part 2 of our episode from last week on "Should I get a Ph.D in Education?". We round out the conversation by chatting with Kathy Hibbert, the Associate Dean of Western University's Teacher Education program. We chat about: And so much more! If you are interested in learning more about Western's graduate program in education, you can visit their website for more information. You can follow Kathy Hibbert on Twitter at @khibbert

Duration:00:42:28

Ep 11. Part 1: Should I get a Ph.D in Education?

6/4/2021
Have you ever thought about getting a Ph.D in education? Have you ever wondered the following: This is actually a two part episode. In part 1, we speak to Celeste Kirsh and Dr. Sarah Morrison. Celeste is a middle school teacher in Toronto and is about to start her Ph.D at OISE in the fall. We talk to her about the thought process and decision making that went involved behind this major life decision! If you love listening to Celeste, you can hear more of her on her own education podcast...

Duration:00:27:20

Ep 10. Can I Juggle Teaching and My Passions?

5/28/2021
Wow - I have my first celebrity on the podcast! Does this mean my podcast is finally blowing up? On this episode, I chat with Chris Patterson, the Upper School Director and English Teacher at Appleby College. However, in the evenings, he is also one member of the iconic Canadian musical comedy group, 'The Arrogant Worms'! In our conversations we talk about balancing our teaching careers with our life passions - music and comedy. So many young teachers struggle with balancing their life due...

Duration:00:48:25

Ep 9. Are Students Prepared for the Real World?

5/20/2021
Have you ever thought, are we wasting our times as teachers? Are students actually learning anything valuable in our class? Are they actually going to use any of this stuff in the real world? Students are craving practical knowledge. Students want to be prepared to tackle the real world! Sometimes teachers get caught up in curriculum and what the ministry says we should be teaching. Have these people even stepped foot in a classroom? The Ministry Business Curriculum hasn't been updated...

Duration:00:26:35