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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 30 - Melissa Chouinard - Let Your Nerd Flag Fly

My conversation this week is with Melissa Chouinard - a prolific blog writer and unabashed sci-fi nerd, not to mention a teacher who is truly passionate about connecting with each and every one of her students. We talk about what it’s like to blog every day for a year, being a nerd for Dr. Who and Star Trek (and how that affects her classroom), plus her one sure-fire method to make sure that every student feels valued as they find their voice in her classroom. Join in and get ready to nerd...

Duration: 00:38:10

Conversation 29 - Krista Penrod - Embracing Your Freakouts

Krista Penrod, grade 8 ELA teacher, is the real deal; let that be said. We begin by talking about embracing our freakouts (and the unusual response Krista has to nerves) and go deep on the idea of failure - not so much for students but for teachers. We ultimately land on the isolating environment of teaching and how to break out of it. Honest, freewheeling and fun, our conversation reveals Krista to be a truly inspiring educator. Links: Krista on Twitter Krista’s Blog

Duration: 00:37:28

Conversation 28 - Teresa Gross - Nerdy for Books

It sure feels good to get all nerdy once in a while, and this time out, I’ve got Teresa Gross to help me do just that. A reading teacher from X, Teresa is an avid (and self-proclaimed) book nerd. We talk about books (of course), building positive student relationships, and how to get carpool karaoke happening in your class. Links: Teresa Gross on Twitter Play Like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins Launch by A.J. Juliani & John Spencer

Duration: 00:32:01

Checkin 21 - Failure

After 20 checkins we’ve finally decided to tackle it: failure. What is it? How can we use it? What are the benefits and drawbacks? It’s a speedy but thoroughly thoughtful conversation all about one of the hottest educational terms. Of course, there’s also wins and fails along with our timeouts. Links: Joe on Twitter Jon on Twitter How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster via YouTube

Duration: 00:30:27

Bonus Episode 3 - Maker Spaces

Bonus episode 3 is a live check-in which we broadcast on VoicEd radio as a part of their live radiothon done at the end of August. I’m joined by Aaron Camponi and Jon Thomas to talk about makerspaces, collaborative learning, and how to use a 3D printer to make fair trade chocolates (it’s not how you think!). Links: Aaron Camponi on Twitter Jon Thomas on Twitter

Duration: 00:59:46

Conversation 27 - Danny Bauer - Charging Up Change

Danny Bauer is an administrator and consultant specializing in school leadership. His approach, fueled by a true passion to see schools improve, focuses on the health of teachers and helping them to pursue their passions within the educational realm. Our conversation is a must-listen for any and all administrators and will be a charge-up for teachers, too! Links: Danny Bauer on Twitter BetterLeadersBetterSchools.com The Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast

Duration: 00:27:44

Conversation 26 - Starr Sackstein - Perfectionism & Authenticity

Sometimes, it’s simply amazing how much ground you can cover in a short amount of time. Such is this week’s conversation with teacher and author Starr Sackstein. In our brief chat we cover dealing with transitions, perfectionism, listening and leadership, finding authentic audiences for our students and much more. Settle in and listen fast, cause there’s lots to hear in this fantastic exchange between myself and master teacher Starr! Links: Starr on Twitter Starr’s Blog on EdWeek

Duration: 00:25:48

Conversation 25 - Jen Burdis - Chatting with the EduNinja

My latest conversation is with Jen Burdis, grade 4 teacher, American Ninja Warrior, and all-around champion of fitness in the classroom. We talk about early morning yoga, doing push-ups between chapters, and finding your own madness that you can bring into the classroom. Links: Jen Burdis on Twitter EduNinja.net

Duration: 00:19:56

Check-In 20 - Starting Up

With the start of the new year, Jasmine, Jon and I talk about back-to-school strategies for starting off the year right.

Duration: 00:26:19

Bonus Episode 2 2/3 - A Tool for Change?

In the third part on our brief series on Twitter, I’m joined by Derek Rhodenizer and Tom Whitby; although motivated by our mutual use of Twitter, our conversation quickly pushed into fresh territory, tackling questions about institutional change. Essentially, we confront what the next steps are when met with all the fresh ideas that Twitter helps educators to disseminate. Links: Derek Rhodenizer on Twitter Tom Whitby on Twitter Tom’s Blog - My Island View

Duration: 00:35:17

Conversation 24 - Rolland Chidiac - Making a Connection

Conversation 24 is all about connecting. I have the pleasure this time out to chat with host of Rolland Chidiac Connects…Rolland Chidiac. After taking some time to walk through Rolland’s journey to his current teaching career, we discuss learning hard lessons, VR, podcasting and, of course, the importance of connecting with others - both colleagues and students. Links: Rolland on Twitter Rolland’s Podcast: Rolland Chidiac Connects

Duration: 00:57:02

Bonus Episode 2 1/3 - Twitter Chats

And the bonus episodes just keep on coming! In an unusual turn, I’m not even in this episode. Instead, Derek Rhodenizer of Beyond the Staffroom and Tom Whitby - creator of the edchat hashtag - get together to discuss the efficacy of Twitter chats. Are they even helpful anymore? or has the entire community become so fragmented and niche oriented that it’s all just noise? Links: Derek Rhodenizer on Twitter Tom Whitby on Twitter Tom’s Blog - My Island View

Duration: 00:30:17

Conversation 23 - Nikki Vradenburg - Teaching with Tech

After a mountain of technical problems, I connect with Nikki Vradenburg, a tech-savvy teacher from Montana. Our conversation explores the differences between Canadian and US testing, assessment driven instruction, and how to successfully and thoughtfully integrate technology into the classroom. Links: The IT Crowd - Tech-focused BBC Comedy Brainpop.com PBSLearningMedia.org Easyblog.org

Duration: 00:25:52

Bonus Episode 2 - Is Twitter Too Positive?

Derek Rhodenizer from Beyond the Staffroom and I get together for another bonus episode. Fuelled by the rampant - although very welcome - positivity of Twitter, at least in the educational sphere, we ponder the question if it’s too positive. Is there room for more negativity? conflict? naysayers? How can we establish a more genuine conversation without becoming aggressive or trolling? All this, plus the truth about how disappointing Root Beer is.

Duration: 00:36:12

Conversation 22 - Noa Daniel - A Teacher’s Journey

In my latest conversation, I have the incredible pleasure and honour to speak with teacher-on-a-walkabout Noa Daniel. Noa has recently made the transition from classroom to…well, it’s hard to define and it’s something we try to uncover throughout the course of our conversation. Along the way, we also talk about student relationships, using music as a pedagogical tool, and what the teacher’s journey even looks like. Links: Noa on Twitter Noa’s site, Building Outside the Blocks

Duration: 00:31:16

Conversation 21 - Alana Stanton - The Grateful Teacher

My latest conversation is a chat with Alana Stanton. We talk about her approach to teaching, which includes saying “yes” even when it’s scary, having purpose, and teaching kindergarten children how to do power poses. Listen in for a great convo with a teacher who truly appreciates what it means to be centred and purposeful. Links: Alana Stanton on Twitter Alana’s Blog, More Than a Lesson Instant Relevance by Dennis Sheeran

Duration: 00:28:41

Rebroadcast: Episode 10 - Staying Fresh

Even podcasting teachers need a break, and so this month we’re bringing back a favourite episode, all about staying fresh. We’ll be back next month with a new episode to kick off your school year. Until then, enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Duration: 00:35:09

Conversation 20 - Steve Wyborney - Learning Through Language

This week, I’m joined by Steve Wyborney. Steve is an unusual cat because even though he is a math instruction consultant, he’s all about language. We sort that out through our conversation, sussing out the value of writing, speaking, reflecting and sharing in math and beyond. We also talk about the value of connecting - both student-student and student-teacher - and the importance of getting to know our own students’ journey. Links: Steve on Twitter www.stevewyborney.com The Writing on...

Duration: 00:23:09

Bonus Episode 1 - Derek Rhodenizer - Podcasting, Film & Fidget Spinners

For this unexpected and fun little bonus episode, I talk with Derek Rhodenizer of Beyond the Staff Room podcasting fame. We chat about how I got into podcasting, we discuss teaching, I talk way too much about Film Studies, and there’s so much more than that. Links: Derek on Twitter Beyond the Staff Room on Soundcloud VoicEd Radio

Duration: 00:48:39

Conversation 18 - Elizabeth Hill - Making the Best of It

Way back in April, I had the great opportunity to chat with Elizabeth Hill. A first year teacher, Elizabeth has fully committed herself to doing the best work she can for her class of autistic students. In addition to carving out a safe and nurturing place for her kids, Elizabeth has also taken on social media and blogging to complement her own practice. We talk about the experiences that led to her current job, as well as the challenges she faces. Also, next I’m in Florida, we’re going...

Duration: 00:30:37

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