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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Episode 11 - Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students

October 31st, 2016

This episode marks a departure from our usual format as we discuss the issues faced by LGBTQ students. Through several conversations, we discuss how we can make our classrooms and schools a safe place for this at-risk community; how to approach establishing a GSA in a school; the impact that a religious environment has on LGBTQ students; the truth about what they face on a day to day basis.

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Minisode 9 - Carrots in the Hallways

October 13th, 2016

This month's guest is James Stuart, who has spearheaded a highly successful agriculture program in his elementary school. We discuss how the ins and outs of growing plants in an educational context, and how this program touches on all areas of the school, alongside having significant social relevance as well.

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Episode 10 - Staying Fresh

September 29th, 2016

This month, we tackle how to stay fresh after oh-so-many years of teaching. Everything from meditation and extra-curricular activities, to new units and more, we sink our teeth into the challenge of avoiding burnout. As usual, we have teacher wins and fails as well as timeouts.

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Minisode 8 - Connecting Classes through the Alphabet Exchange

September 13th, 2016

This month, I chat with Julia de Vries, an elementary teacher who has spearheaded a nationwide project which connects elementary classes together. Tune in to hear about how the project works, and how you can join in with your own class.

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Episode 9 - Being a Perfect Teacher

September 2nd, 2016

Back after the summer hiatus, we're kicking off season three of Ed with a discussion on perfectionism: the pressure to be perfect, the desire to be perfect, and learning how to be less-than-perfect. In what is now a tradition, we also have our "New Year's Resolutions" along with the usual spate of timeouts. 

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Episode 8 - Crafting the Mountaintop Experience

June 27th, 2016

Back after a hiatus, we wrap up the school year with our main discussion on crafting mountaintop experiences for students. We also have the largest set of wins and fails to date, plus the usual wrap-up with teacher timeouts.

Next episode will arrive this September.
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Minisode 7 - Creating Global Perspectives

April 14th, 2016

This month, I'm joined by Jaime Gama, an ESL, current affairs, and debate teacher who works in Mexico City. We discuss his adventures in project based learning and the one project which he uses to help students gain a global perspective on how others live.

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