Episode 16 - Real Teachers Are…

March 31st, 2017

After welcoming our new panelist, Jasmine, to the show, we tuck in to some crowd-sourced notions of what it means to be a "Real Teacher". We discuss everything from drinking wine and crying, to singing the clean-up song all the way home. Don't forget to strap in for wins and fails, plus some really great (and nerdy) timeouts!

Links:

Magnus available on Netflix
Art Gallery of Alberta

 

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Minisode 14 - The Political Act of Teaching

March 14th, 2017

This month, I'm joined by Dan Scratch. Our conversation covers his experiences using a blend of hip hop and social justice to reach his students, many of whom find themselves in difficult circumstances: homelessness, abuse, drugs, and beyond. Dan shares some excellent wisdom how, as "a white guy from the 'burbs" he has managed to bridge the gap and create meaningful relationships with the students who many consider to be beyond help.

Links:

Dan Scratch on Twitter
danscratch.blogspot.ca
Inner City High School

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Episode 15 - Conventions and Creativity

February 28th, 2017

This month, the Ed crew takes on the ins-and-outs of teacher conventions. We also chat about creativity - why we ought to be creative, the risks and rewards of being creative, as well as the challenges to going off the beaten path. As always, there's wins and fails along with timeouts.

Links:

Netflix series Life in Pieces
Videogame Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Solve household problems creatively with Value Village and Salvation Army

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Minisode 13 - Sometimes, School is Actually a Jail

February 14th, 2017

This time out, I'm chatting with Robyn Keystone, founder of Literal Change, whose mandate is to teach literacy to inmates. Our conversation covers the ins-and-outs of Robyn's experiences as a teacher behind bars, plus the strategies she uses to help ensure that learning takes place (hint: it's not that different from what you'd expect in your own classroom).

Links:

Literal Change:

Website - Donate Here
on Instagram
on Twitter

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Episode 14 - Teachers Just Wanna Have Fun

January 29th, 2017

The truth? Sometimes teaching gets boring, stressful, or even painful. The cure? Fun. This month, we chat openly about what it takes to have fun in this job: everything from co-worker relationships to embracing failure. As always, we talk wins and fails, plus timeouts.

Stuff we Talk About:

Homecoming
Limetown
The Truth
Alice isn't Dead
Do Over, by Jon Acuff

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Minisode 12 - Talking TedEd and Then Some

January 13th, 2017

This month, I'm joined by Ted Ed Innovative Educator Will Gourley to talk about the best ways to ignite students' passions.

 

Links:

TED Clubs

Will's TED Ed Presentation

TED Ed Lessons created by Will

Will on Twitter and Email

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Episode 13 - Origin Stories

December 30th, 2016

This month, we gather round the mic to talk about our personal journeys that led us to become teachers. No spoilers, but it isn't always about helping the kids...

 

Links:

The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

Dead Rising 3

LifeAfter Podcast

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Minisode 11 - Questing for a Better Planet

December 14th, 2016

This episode, I sit down with Jason de Jager, teacher at Quest, an alternative school focused on ecology. We chat about their premiere project, Eco-Quest, a three-week program which gives students the opportunity to investigate ecological issues and propose solutions.

Links:

Eco-Quest - site dedicated to the ecology fair held by Quest Alternative School

Notes:

In this episode, Jason mentions the "Canadian Indiana Jones" and incorrectly calls him "John". The correct name is "Adam Shoalts".

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Episode 12 - Making Things Better

December 1st, 2016

This month, we gather around the mic to discuss how to make things better. We focus our discussion around four main questions:

  • What do we need to stop doing? What’s getting in the way of work?
  • What do we do well but need to improve on?
  • What do we suck at, and need to get better at?
  • What are we not doing that we should be doing?

As always, stick around for wins, fails, and timeouts!

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Minisode 10 - Set Building Across the Curriculum

November 22nd, 2016

This month, I'm joined by Fred Rempel, shop teacher. We discuss his technical theatre program which uses a problem-based learning approach to designing sets for the musical theatre program.

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