Conversation 20 - Steve Wyborney - Learning Through Language

July 19th, 2017

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 the Classroom Wall - via Amazon.ca

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Conversation 19 - Beth Houf - Creating Culture

July 12th, 2017

Buckle up (literally) for a great chat with Beth Houf, co-author of Lead Like a Pirate. Our conversation focuses on how to create a positive school culture, turning feedback into action, plus a few tips for leveraging Twitter to build your PLN. Beth also totally outs herself as a mega-reading geek.

Links
Beth Houf on Twitter
Beth's Blog
Lead Like a Pirate on Amazon

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

July 8th, 2017

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

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Conversation 18 - Elizabeth Hill - Making the Best of It

July 5th, 2017

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 for beers.

Links:
Elizabeth on Twitter
LREJubilee.com - Elizabeth's blog

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Episode 19 - Finishing Well

June 29th, 2017

Whether you've been done for a while, or if it's your first day student-free, odds are you'll hear something you can relate to in this month's check-in. I'm joined by Jessica and Joe and we're talking about how to gracefully finish out another year of being an educator. Whether it's a gentle touch down, or a full on wings-on-fire crash landing, there's something in our convo for everyone. We even talk about active wear and why grade eight students are so weird.

Links:

VoicEd Radio - 24 hr Education Radio
Old Engine Oil - Black Ale by Harviestoun Brewery
H2Draw - Joe's YouTube channel all about drawing
Activewear Video

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Minisode 17 - Randy Norman - Being an Authentic Teacher

June 13th, 2017

We all strive to be authentic with our students, but few teachers have done a better job of bringing that into their daily practice than Randy Norman. In our conversation, we chat about what it takes to be truly real with our students, the pitfalls and pluses of being open, and how, in the end, opening ourselves up is an essential part of having a healthy classroom.

 

Links:
Randy Norman on Twitter
The Tatted Teacher (podcast)
The Tatted Teacher (website)

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Episode 18 - Developing a Growth Mindset

May 31st, 2017

In a lightning-quick round of thought sharing, Chris Aubrey and I discuss our thoughts on developing a growth mindset in our students. How do our actions and goals influence the way our students approach their own learning? How can we better empower our students to achieve success through trials and failure? Much of our discussion hinges on a recent podcast by Rich Roll and his interview with Jessica Lahey, so check that out for some great additional thoughts.

Links:
Jessica Lahey on the Rich Roll Podcast

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Minisode 16 - Desi St. Amant - Going Gradeless

May 15th, 2017

After discovering just how much we have in common, Desi and I chat about her adventures in going gradeless in her ELA classroom. We discuss its impact on her professional life, plus the lives of her students as they discover the value of revision.

Links:

Desi St. Amant on Twitter
Edumorphosis (Desi's blog)

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Episode 17 - Why are We Still Teaching?

April 30th, 2017

After years of teaching, a time comes when we must look in the mirror and ask ourselves: why am I still doing this? Ironically, our panel this month includes recent turncoat Jeremy Cooper, now serving as a school counsellor, and future defector Jessica Moen, whose plans include leaving her current educational assistant position to pursue further education in social work.

While we do certainly count ourselves as being within the education realm, we are all serving in slightly different ways. What follows is a great discussion on what it takes to stay in that realm: the common characteristics of the "educator heart" and whether educators are simply born or made.

Links:

Kith & Kin Stout by Innis & Gunn
Stranger Things on Netflix

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Minisode 15 - Twitter, Tech and Other Things Starting with ‘T’

April 12th, 2017

After a long day, it's nice to know that we can cozy up to the wisdom of those smarter than us: such is this conversation with Rachel Marker, a curriculum consultant with real chops in the tech department. We talk about using tech in the class, letting kids fail, the value of Twitter, and so much more.

Links

Rachel Marker on Twitter
Rachel's Blog

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