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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 38 - Kasey Bell - Preaching to the Choir

Kasey Bell has established herself as a Google Educator par excellence, on top of being an expert in all things tech. This episode, we talk about the implications of using tech in the classroom, it’s evolving role in education, and using tech to go beyond what we think is possible. Kasey is smart and thoughtful, eschewing the past practices of “preaching to the choir” and instead thinking about how best to empower students with the skills and tools they need to succeed on their own...

Duration: 00:45:50

Conversation 37 - Jaime Donally - Riding Dinosaurs

Strap on your headset and join me and Jaime Donally for a great convo all about AR and VR. Aside from elaborating on what that actually means, we explore the possibilities beyond the ‘wow factor’ that immersive experiences like this bring. Links: Jaime on Twitter Jaime’s website ARVRinEdu Aurasma - AR app

Duration: 00:35:15

Check-in 24 - Resolutions & Babies

The latest check-in welcomes back Jessica to the show, as ell as panel regular Joe Reimer. To kick off 2018, we’re talking New Year’s Resolutions. Inexplicably, we also talk an awful lot about babies and work-life balance. Links: Joe on Twitter Shane on Twitter Ball & Chain smoked bock Pixar’s Coco

Duration: 00:33:19

Conversation 36 - Todd Nesloney - Asking Crazy Questions

This time out, I’m joined by Todd Nesloney, principal and author of Kids Deserve It. At the heart of our conversation is Todd’s belief that, no matter what, teachers must honour the many talents, abilities and interests that kids bring to the table. Beyond that, our conversation expands outwards to Todd’s philosophy of never saying no, which leads him to ask crazy questions like “Would it be possible to build a chicken coop for our school?” A passionate and nationally recognized leader,...

Duration: 00:36:02

Conversation 35 - Monica Genta - Doing Life Together

Monica Genta is a science teacher, speaker and author with, frankly, an unbelievable amount of energy and passion. We chat about what fuels her and the idea which is most central to her practice: building a family. Links: Monica on Twitter Monica’s Website 180 Days of Awesome

Duration: 00:44:49

Conversation 34 - Joy Kirr - Asking Questions

Joy Kirr is a teacher and the author of the recently published Shift This, all about making incremental changes in the classroom to achieve big results. As usual, the conversation ranges, as Joy and I talk about using different ed tech tools in the classroom, how to keep up with your students, going gradeless and much more. Through it all, the one thing which Joy likes to emphasize is the act of asking questions, realizing full-well that answers aren’t nearly as readily available, and...

Duration: 00:37:32

Check-in 23 - Learning & Play

After talking way too much about Justin Bieber, myself, Shaun Smith and Jon Thomas get into a great conversation on our own learning as teachers - how we curate our knowledge, the things we like to learn and then, in a strange left-turn, our talk turns to the value of play. But don’t worry - it all comes back around to Justin Bieber. Links: Brene Brown’s TED Talk on Vulnerability Message to Bears on Spotify

Duration: 00:40:33

Conversation 33 - Brad Shreffler - Two Squirrels in a Cage

What happens when two podcast hosts with short attention spans get together and chat? You get a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from cheap wine to keeping kids motivated. I’m joined by host of the Planning Period Podcast, Brad Shreffler. We talk about how he became a teacher, the problems with education, the joys of hosting a podcast and much more. It’s a great conversation with plenty of nuggets of wisdom coming from a passionate and experienced teacher. Links: Brad on...

Duration: 00:46:07

Conversation 32 - Eric Kallenborn - Let’s Get Graphic

Ed Kallenborn is a recognized expert in the field of graphic novels. Hailing from Chicago, his passion for visual storytelling on the page has led him into teaching a course dedicated to comics and graphic novels. We talk about this and how he uses this unique form of storytelling to engage reluctant readers, enhance visual literacy, plus its strong connection to film studies. Listen in for an informative convo with plenty of recommendations for further reading! Links: Eric on...

Duration: 00:47:52

Conversation 31 - Scott Hebert - Making School Not Suck

For my latest conversation, I’m joined by Scott Hebert, a grade 7/8 science teacher with a strong bent towards gamification. For the past several years, Scott has slowly been building his Scientia Terra world - a place where students form clans, battle goblins, and, almost coincidentally, learn about science. Scott shares the origins of his passion for gamification, plus the impact it has on his students desire to learn. At the core of all of this: his desire to help students rediscover...

Duration: 00:54:54

Check-in 22 - Censorship

This month, we’re running a small crew: just Joe and me. After sharing our wins and fails, we talk censorship: the good, the bad, and the be-careful. As teachers of the arts, the issue has constantly been a part of our practice and has affected us in various ways. We talk about the challenges censorship presents and why it can be a source of frustration, but also why it’s sometimes a necessity. Links: Joe on Twitter Shane on Twitter Manoush Zamradi’s TED talk on boredom Creative...

Duration: 00:28:42

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 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

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

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