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A monthly podcast about secondary education, featuring candid thoughts and opinions from teachers on the front lines.

A monthly podcast about secondary education, featuring candid thoughts and opinions from teachers on the front lines.
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A monthly podcast about secondary education, featuring candid thoughts and opinions from teachers on the front lines.




Conversation 60 - Emily Langerholc - Music for Rebels

Emily is a music teacher with a style all her own. What makes her unique is her use of pop music in her band program - but not in the way you might think. We talk about empowering students in a music classroom, music analysis, why Emily is still mad at Rick Springfield. Links: Emily’s Website - Rebel Music Teacher Emily on Twitter The Ed Podcast on Twitter Sponsored Links: ATB Financial The Alberta Podcast Network


Conversation 59 - Tatiana Adurias - Homeschool Stereotypes

When first faced with the possibility of homeschooling her kids, Tatiana was decidedly against it. After presented with a strong case from her son, however, she began her journey of schooling her six kids herself. Our conversation does much to dispel stereotypes often associated with homeschooling and homeschoolers, as Tatiana shares her experiences, challenges, successes and even doubts. If you’ve never had the chance to consider this often maligned sector of education, this conversation is...


Check-In 31 - Positivity

Check-In 31 is yet another team-up between myself and frequent guest/co-host/co-conspirator Brad Shreffler. This time out, we set our sights on positivity: everything from how its pedagogical impact, to it’s effect on student self-efficacy. Links: Brad on Twitter The Ed Podcast on Twitter Sponsored Links: ATB Financial Entrepeneur Centre The Alberta Podcast Network


Bonus Episode 5 - Dress Codes

Dress codes are a big deal - a complex issue with many ins and outs touching on appropriateness, empathy, sexism, misogyny, and the very definition of school itself. For Bonus Episode 5, we’ve convened a panel of big thinkers - Noa Daniel, Brad Shreffler, and Chris Cluff - to discuss all of this and a wee bit more. Be sure to check out the link below to the tweet which we discuss in the show. Links: The Tweet that Started it All Noa on Twitter Brad on Twitter Chris on Twitter The Ed...


Conversation 58 - Mile Zero Dance - Let’s Dance!

In a first-ever cross-over episode, I’m joined by the host of I Don’t Get It, Fawnda Mithrush as we chat with Gerry Morita and Jody Vanderkerkhove of Mile Zero Dance. Functioning both as a cutting edge dance ensemble and an in-school residency program, Mile Zero is an incredible example of how the arts can augment and enhance all areas of curriculum. We talk about movement, the ethics of dance, and why I should never actually be seen dancing. Links: Mile Zero Dance I Don’t Get It Ed...


Conversation 57 - Brian Aspinall - And Coding for All

Brian is a former classroom teacher, now special evangelist for coding in all areas of curriculum. Well spoken, thoughtful, and downright funny at turns, Brian and I have a great conversation about why coding is an important skill and why it’s not necessarily the coding itself that’s the most important thing being learned. We get into topics of environmental feedback, playing, the internet of things (and why it’s scary), plus we cap our conversation by addressing some of the pushback that...


Conversation 56 - Jennifer Binis - Changing the Narrative

Jennifer Binis, host of the EdHistory101 Podcast, is an educator and amateur historian. She joins me this week to talk history (or course) and the importance of knowing the foundations of our modern education system. We cover everything from the influence of white colonial thinking and the false narrative of factory-based education systems, to the importance of race and gender in the modern landscape. Most vital to being a modern educator, she thinks, is one’s abitliy to question the...


Conversation 55 - Peg Grafwallner - Reading & Relationships

Peg is an instructional coach and reading specialist. Her philosophy of helping other teachers incorporate literacy is truly refreshing; she believes in helping to augment teachers’ work, not in adding to it. She also is the author of Lessons Learned from the Special Ed Classroom, which deals with students both gifted and special needs. At the core of all of her practice is the need for positive relationships. Links: Peg on Twitter https://www.peggrafwallner.com/ Ed on...


Check-in 30 - The Value of Zero

Assessment has always been a challenging subject, so we take it on this month. Based on our own experiences with assigning zeros and handling late work, myself, Joe and Aaron dig in to the ins and outs late policies, student motivation, and project design. Links: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (YouTube Trailer) theedpodcast on Twitter


Conversation 54 - Jordie Maxwell - A Curriculum of Love

Jordie Maxwell is the campus pastor at my school, and the first to come on Ed. We talk about his role as both educator and counsellor, alongside the many other more nebulous duties he fulfills. Our conversation focuses on how Jordie dovetails his Christian faith with his role as an educator. We also get into the purpose of Christian education and why it matters. This is an episode that is all-too-short, as we can only scratch the surface of a very large set of issues. If you’re looking for...


Conversation 53 - Doug Robertson - Breaking Stuff

In this super-sized episode, I’m joined by The Weird Teacher himself, Doug Robertson. Doug is a 5th grade (soon to be 4th grade) teacher and an author of four books. In our wide ranging conversation, we touch on the importance of student teacher/mentor teacher relationships, grammar, makerspaces, and how Doug came to be called The Weird Teacher and how that relates to his habits of bucking the norm. Doug also gets into his habit of breaking things to make them work better (or at least in...


Conversation 52 - Emily Wong - The Sarah Factor

Emily Wong is a first-year teacher candidate with a strong digital presence. She and I chat about her current educational career, her future plans, plus team teaching, being authentic, and the need for better mental health education for teachers. We also discuss the all-important Sarah Factor. Links: Emily on Twitter Ed on Twitter Emily’s Blog Sponsored Link: Rotary Club of Edmonton’s District Conference: https://www.conference5370-2018.ca/


Conversation 51 - Randall Black - Sharing Our Stories

Fellow podcaster Randall Black, host of The Randall Black Show, joins me to talk about his passion for sharing stories. We also discuss failure, what makes great PD, and the three different kinds of teachers there are when it comes to tech in the classroom. Randall is a vibrant, thoughtful educator who is working to make things better for everyone he meets, which makes conversation 51 a convo worth listening to. Links: Randall on Twitter Randall’s Website Sponsored Link: Rotary Club...


Conversation 50 - Geoff Ruggero - The Leading Edge of Change

Self-described Learning Commons Wizard Geoff Ruggero joins me for conversation 50. We talk about the new-found centrality of libraries in learning and how makerspaces are revolutionizing the library space and the actual profession of librarians. With pedagogy pushing further into PBL, design-based thinking, and 21st century competencies, Geoff outlines how his role is essential to pushing the forefront of education. We also talk a lot about cardboard. Links: Geoff on...


Conversation 49 - Derek Rhodenizer - Constructive Failure

After doing several episodes together on the side, it’s finally time to bring educator, podcaster and VoicEd man-about-town Derek Rhodenizer into the official Ed fold. We talk about podcasting, the value of reflection, teacher evaluation, and the best ways to mess with kids heads - and maybe even why you should. Links: EduThoughts (Derek’s Podcast) Derek on Twitter DerekRhodenizer.ca AutoCrat (Google Sheets Add-on)


Check-in 28 - The Student Teaching Experience

In an unusual turn, our normal panel of hosts is out, and in their stead, I’m joined by three student teachers. This episode, we talk about the wins and fails of their early teaching experiences, what works, what doesn’t, and why board games aren’t popular in British Columbia. It’s an honest and inspiring look at the future of the teaching profession. Links: Splendor (Boardgame) Settlers of Catan (Boardgame) The Secret of Kellsf


Conversation 48 - Leanne Hanson - Let’s Blame Francis Bacon

Leanne Hanson bills herself as a, “bad influence, corrupting the world, one classroom at a time”. Along with unpacking what that means, we talk about the need for educational reform, teacher catharsis, why acronyms are so cool, and why we ought to blame Francis Bacon for everything. Links: Leanne on Twitter Bad Teacher on YouTube James Veitch TED Talk


Conversation 47 - Allison Fuisz - Teaching Outward

For this prime-numbered episode, I’m talking with Allison Fuisz. Don’t worry - we get name pronunciations cleared up right away. Allison is a passionate educator devoted to helping students develop healthy worldviews. We talk about helping students to develop and maintain a curious attitude and how we can help them to be independent learners. We eventually wind up talking about what is perhaps most central to her practice: the UN Sustainable Development Goals; why their important, and how...


Conversation 46 - Zach Groshell - Turning the Tables

Zach is a passionate educator currently working in Sudan, although his experiences have also seen him teaching in Vietnam and the US as well. We talk about the differences in student populations, plus the importance of creating a welcoming and dynamic environment for students. Links Zach on Twitter educationrickshaw.com Facebook Group - Over-Posting Educators


Check-in26 - Resiliency

It’s time for the annual convention episode. Reporting in from our big teacher gathering, myself, Joe, Jon, and Jeremy get together to talk all about resiliency, stress, failure and helicopter parents. As always, there’s wins and fails, plus time-outs, too! Links: Joe on Twitter Jon on Twitter Jeremy on Twitter albertapodcastnetwork.com ecfoundation.org/grants