UA-68941444-1 Ed - Conversations About the Teaching Life

Conversation 75 - Jessica Roberts - That Vivacious Feeling

December 13th, 2018

Jessica Roberts is a Film Production teacher from Memphis Tennessee. She's also a troublemaker. We talk about that, plus how to organize a large, complex problem-based task like creating a film. Jessica shares her decade of experience working with students to help them tell their stories, and how she helps them stay organized and on-task.

Links:

Jessica on Twitter
AHSTigerLife.com
The Ed Podcast on Twitter


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Conversation 74 - George Evans - Changing the World

December 6th, 2018

George Evans teaches English and Social Studies in Japan. And while we begin our conversation focused on the peculiarities of his position, where we ultimately arrive is at the very heart of what it means to be a teacher. George strongly believes that the purpose of a teacher is to take part in world-changing events through helping our students become better people. An inspiring and informative conversation, this is one not to be missed.

Links:

George on Twitter
The Ed Podcast on Twitter
These Six Things by Dave Stewart Jr.


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Check-in 35 - At What Cost?

December 3rd, 2018

There's a lot of great educators out there, but there's also a lot of burned out ones, too. This month, me, Shaun and Nadine gather round the mic to consider the costs of being truly excellent, and how to weigh our own desires to be great educators against the emotional and relational costs. 


Links:

Shaun on Twitter
The Ed Podcast on Twitter


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Conversation 73 - Dani Bostick - A Necessary Conversation

November 29th, 2018

Our students' sense of self is extremely important and perhaps there are fewer who appreciate that more than former counsellor and now teacher Dani Bostick. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Dani brings her life experiences and passions to bear on the grievous injuries that our students may be bearing each day as they enter the classroom. She shares her insight on how to have difficult discussions as a class, alongside tips for teachers as they find themselves entrusted with the traumas that some of our students may share with us. Dani is a passionate educator and fierce defender of students' rights to feel safe and loved at school.

Links:

Dani on Twitter
DaniBostick.net
The Ed Podcast on Twitter


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Conversation 72 - Shauna Pollock - Saving Tomorrow

November 22nd, 2018

For part II of our conversation (see part I here) me and Shauna Pollock get together to talk more directly about Blue Sky School, its founding principles as inspired by Walt Disney (the man, not the company) and we also go through some of the big questions about Blue Sky and its role in the educational world. It's a great deep dive into the mind of a truly revolutionary educator: Shauna is dead-set on doing what's best for students, even if that means creating an entirely new way educational system from the ground up.

Links:

Shauna on Twitter
Blue Sky School
The Ed Podcast on Twitter


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Conversation 71 - Shauna Pollock - Tiger Speed!

November 15th, 2018

Tigers have two settings: off, and high. Shauna Pollock is definitely a tiger. A teacher with a thousand tales to tell, this conversation represents the first of a two-part conversation all about her adventures as an educator. We discuss her origins as a teacher and why she felt alienated by the education system; her various exploits in education in varied settings; her philosophy of education and how that led to the formation of her latest endeavour, Blue Sky School. It's a big journey, but one that will inspire and motivate!

Links:

Shauna on Twitter
Blue Sky School
The Ed Podcast on Twitter


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Conversation 70 - Rebecca Chambers - (Un)Learning

November 8th, 2018

Rebecca Chambers likes to do one thing every day that scares her. While it's a quote that many people like to put on their walls, Rebecca truly lives it. We talk about her adventures as she moves beyond a straight curriculum delivery system and goes all-in on PBL and community engagement and how that helps to redefine her role and bring purpose to her classroom.


Links:

Rebecca on Twitter
UnLearnWithUs.com (Rebecca's blog)
Ken Robinson's TED talk: Schools Kill Creativity
The Ed Podcast on Twitter

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Check-in 34 - The Art of Teaching

November 1st, 2018

It's a common refrain that "anyone can teach". Honestly, some part of this statement is true. This month, though, I'm joined by Shaun Smith and John Courville to unpack this idea and just what it truly means to be a teacher. We've also got a raft of wins and fails, plus our timeouts. Oh, and we also talk a lot about pirates and doubloons.

Links:

Shaun on Twitter
The Ed Podcast on Twitter
Timeout - Shadow of the Tomb Raider


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Conversation 69 - Dan Scratch - Democracy in the Classroom

October 25th, 2018

Dan Scratch is a Social Studies teacher in Edmonton, AB. More importantly, he's an educator who's passionate about social justice and equity for his students. We talk about the power of personal stories, bringing controversial topics into the classroom, and we focus in on the single biggest indicator for future student success.

Links:

Dan Scratch on Twitter
Dan Scratch on Medium
The RAD Educator Network
The Ed Podcast on Twitter


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Conversation 68 - Caleb Endfield - Bridging the Gap

October 18th, 2018

Caleb Endfield teaches STEM and is a counsellor on a reservation in Arizona. Having little experience with this area of the education world, it was a real honour to sit down and have this conversation with him. We talked about life on a reservation, the role that STEM plays in helping students prepare for the future, and the challenges students face as they decide whether to cross out of the reservation culture.

Links:

Caleb on Twitter
The Ed Podcast on Twitter
Paper Tigers on IMDB


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