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Conversation 25 - Jen Burdis - Chatting with the EduNinja

September 6th, 2017

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

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Check-In 20 - Starting Up

August 31st, 2017

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

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

August 27th, 2017

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

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Conversation 24 - Rolland Chidiac - Making a Connection

August 23rd, 2017

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

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Bonus Episode 2 1/3 - Twitter Chats

August 20th, 2017

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

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Conversation 23 - Nikki Vradenburg - Teaching with Tech

August 16th, 2017

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

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Bonus Episode 2 - Is Twitter Too Positive?

August 14th, 2017

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.

 

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Conversation 22 - Noa Daniel - A Teacher’s Journey

August 9th, 2017

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

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Conversation 21 - Alana Stanton - The Grateful Teacher

August 2nd, 2017

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

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Rebroadcast: Episode 10 - Staying Fresh

July 31st, 2017

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.

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