Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ep 48 - Tan Huynh: "Start with questions and continue with questions."

Tan Huynh is an ELL teacher in Laos. His story of how he ended up in Education is an interesting one. Never intending on becoming a teacher, Tan felt a pull to the profession. In his 10 year career, he has tried to go in other directions but just kept getting dragged back to teaching.

Listen in to what Tan has to say about starting out as a Teach for America teacher in New Orleans, his background and how he was one of the last boat people (South of Saigon) and ended up in Pennsylvania, his studies at Dickinson College and his Mother's perspective on the fact that he is an educator, his journey back to the part of the world where he came from, his current teaching assignment, his name and the proper pronunciation of it, making sure kids (particularly ELLs) fit in and feel at home, being so much more than teachers (service to the community), what motivates him, his thoughts on what is the most important thing he has learned so far as a teacher, and what he might say to others to help them find motivation.  

You can listen to the Podcast here.

You can connect with Tan on Twitter (@TanELLclass) and at his website (www.empoweringells.com).

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ep 47 - Mike Farwell: "Do what you love, life is short"

Mike Farwell

Mike Farwell is a radio broadcaster in Kitchener, Ontario. On weekday mornings (5am - 10am) you can catch Mike on Country 106.7 and on 570 News. If mornings don't work well for you, you can find him and his colour commentary of the OHL Kitchener Rangers on 570 News on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. During the month of May, you can find Mike in the community busy with the "Farwell 4 Hire in Support of Cystic Fibrosis Research" campaign where he does whatever work people want him to do in return for a donation.

Mike Farwell

Listen in to hear what Mike has to say about how he earns a living, the excitement he experiences being a play by play announcer for the Kitchener Rangers, his path to becoming a radio broadcaster, what motivates him, what it feels like to be approached by strangers in the community, Farwell 4 Hire in Support of Cystic Fibrosis Research, what kind of work he would want to do if he wasn't a broadcaster, talking about the first time he used the internet, working on the radio in College, what he likes to do for fun, Farwell 4 Hire swag, and what he would say to someone to help them find their motivation.

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Mike on Twitter (@farwell_WR), Facebook, email (farwell4hire@gmail.com), and at Country1067.com.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ep 46 - Keith Whittier: "What is it about life that gets you excited?"

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Born and raised in Ottawa, ON, Keith Whittier is a passionate individual. Professionally, he works for a telecommunications company. Personally, he sees several movies a week and reviews them at his website, wittywhittier.com - Aside from his love of films Keith is a big sports fan! He does movie reviews on the radio in Ottawa and contributes to Ottawa Life Magazine. 

Listen in to what Keith has to say about the work he does and what he is passionate about, Video Blogs and providing content for Ottawa Life magazine, his enjoyment of movies and his thoughts about people and their opinions, his favourite movies, when his love for movies and reviewing them started, his process (flow), his involvement with the Ottawa Redblacks Cheerleading Team, what generally motivates him, working as a movie review/vlogger, and what he would say to others to help them find motivation. 

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Keith on Twitter (@cfl_fan) and at his website (www.wittywhittier.com). Also, make sure to check out his movie reviews on the Ottawa Life site (http://www.ottawalife.com/author/keith-whittier). 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ep 45 - Rodney Turner: "Where are you emotionally and personally?"

Rodney Turner, M.Ed

Rodney Turner is an Educational Consultant in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a passion for modelling and facilitating the integration of Edtech with faculty, students, and families. He is a leader in his district as he researches, evaluates, and distributes technology resources; coordinates with school administration to provide school wide training; and assists with technology infused curriculum planning and leadership. Aside from his work as an educator, he is a father to two young boys!

Listen in to hear what he has to say about being an authentic social media user, the work he is currently doing as an Educational Consultant, his journey as an educator, whether he always wanted to be a teacher, what it's like to be a father to two young boys, his interest in photography, his experience working with young students (preschool), attending Edtech conferences, what motivates him, what might he say to someone asking him about motivation, the internet - his earliest recollection of it - paper books, the importance of knowing how to research things properly, what "Not wires or pliers but educational consulting that inspires" means and where it came from, and how to connect with him.

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Rodney on Twitter (@techyturner), Voxer (techyturner), and his blog "What I Know Now" (https://techyturner.blogspot.ca/).

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ep 44: Kyle Pearce: "Self reflection is required"

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Kyle is a Math Consultant with the Greater Essex County School Board in Windsor, ON. When Kyle stated teaching in 2006 he quickly discovered that writing on the chalkboard and using traditional teaching methods were not going to engage his students. He starting integrating technology into his teaching and found that students were engaged and learning. In 2011, thanks to TLLP funding, he began integrating iPads into his Math classroom. At the same time, he started a blog to record his process and experiences. His work in Math has flourished and has led him to becoming a sought after presenter. His little blog, "Tap Into Teen Minds", has now turned into a common place to visit to learn more about teaching Mathematics more effectively.  

Listen in to what Kyle has to say about the work he is currently doing as a K-12 Math Consultant, his experience of being out of the classroom so far, his wife's work as a teacher, when he realized that Math was a core subject for him, growth mindset and Math, moving Math from regurgitation to conceptual understanding, what motivates him, his blog (tapintoteenminds.com) and Ontario's Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP), speaking/presenting outside of his district, what he would say to others to help them find motivation, and reflection - the where and why (miracle morning),

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Kyle at his website (www.tapintoteenminds.com), on Twitter (@mathletepearce), and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tapintoteenminds).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ep 43 - Dean Shareski: "Find your unfair advantage"

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Dean is currently the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. Before taking on that role, he worked as a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Previous to that he taught grades K-8 for 14 years. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and believes teachers and students ought to use technology to connect ideas and learners in safe, relevant, authentic ways to answer questions, share ideas and develop community. In 2016, he published a book called “Embracing Cultures of Joy” which assists educators in discovering how to equip students with the skills and qualities they’ll need to achieve academic success, by bringing joy to classrooms each day.

Listen in to hear what Dean has to say about his current work as the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada (connecting educators to each other), Twitter and connecting with people, what motivates him, respect for teachers today as compared to years ago, about his belief that technology be used to connect ideas and learners in safe, relevant, and authentic ways, his book and the philosophy behind it, learning and how it doesn't always have to be "hard", the experience of writing a book, and what he might say to someone to help them find motivation/inspiration (be more of you!). 

You can listen to the podcast here.

Feel free to connect with Dean on Twitter (@shareski), his blog (ideasandthoughts.org), or a number of other social media sites via his about.me site (about.me/shareski).

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ep 42 - Brenda Sherry: "Make new connections"

Brenda is an Education Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Learning Unit. She has experienced a variety of positions in education prior to being seconded to the Ministry (teacher, instructional coach, and vice principal). Brenda is interested in engaging and empowering students using constructivist learning environments that bring the arts, science, math and technology together in powerful ways. She is a collaborative professional around the province, and beyond, to bring the best of learning with technology to Ontario students and teachers.

Listen in to hear what Brenda has to say about visiting Waterloo Catholic DSB to get a feel for the journey they have been on with 21st Century Learning, what led her to teaching and the journey she has been on (spec ed, classroom teacher [primary], literacy teacher, tech coach, vice principal, education officer), what led her to consider trying school administration/leadership, learning new things and accidentally preparing for future life experiences (school leadership), keeping an eye open for potential school leaders, what motivates her, her elementary and high school experience, what she would say to someone to help them find their motivation. 

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Brenda on Twitter (@brendasherry) and at her website brendasherry.com.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ep 41 - Kasey Bell: "Connect with people, share your voice"

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Kasey is a former middle school classroom teacher who is now a digital learning consultant in Dallas, Texas. She is also a national speaker (e.g. ISTE, FETC, TCEA), blogger (www.shakeuplearning.com), podcaster (http://googleteachertribe.com), and an author (The Teacher’s Guide to Google Classroom). She is passionate about technology and learning and it totally comes through when you interact with her. Kasey is a recipient of a Digital Innovation in Learning Award by EdSurge and Digital Promise, has been recognized as one of 20 TrustED educational thought leaders, and has been highly ranked as a EdTech and E-Learning Influencer on Twitter. 
Kasey Bell

Check out what Kasey had to say about her experiences as an educator and her current work, her website (shakeuplearning.com) and blogging, an ISTE ignite speech about "voice", doing keynotes, the importance of writing and getting your ideas out, her Judy Jetson type avatar/cartoon, what motivates her, future job prospects for our children, her podcast (Google Teacher Tribe), Google Teacher Academy experience, what she might say to people to help them find motivation, teacher professional learning (EdCamps), her ebook about Google Certifications, and visiting Canada in the future.  
You can listen to the podcast here.

You can reach Kasey on Twitter (@ShakeUpLearning), her website, www.shakeuplearning.com, or via email - kasey@shakeuplearning.com. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ep 40 - Andrew Campbell: "You have to bring focus and passion to what you are doing"

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Aside from being a classroom teacher in Brantford, ON, Andrew Campbell is a father, writer, and a thinker about education and technology. Andrew writes about education and technology on his blog and his thoughts on education have been published in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, The Brantford Expositor, on The Canadian Educational Association website, and The National Education Policy Center (US) website. He has been interviewed about education on Rogers Television, CBC, private radio, and on several podcasts. He speaks publicly about education, presents at education conferences in Canada and the US, and to parent groups in Ontario.

Listen in to hear what Andrew has to say about the work he is currently doing as a Junior teacher, being an educator, what he wanted to be when he 'grew' up, the Teaching Apprentice Program, his learning style, integrating technology into his classroom/practice, the realization of how blown away he was using the Internet, teaching overseas, what motivates/inspires him, being a writer and having his work published in newspapers, being invited to speak on the radio (French Immersion, Cell Phone Ban), good discussions, taking the kids to water parks, the experience of conforming to other customs/values/rules, what he would say to help someone find motivation/inspiration, and safe places to say whatever is on your mind. 

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Andrew on Twitter (@acampbell99) and/or at www.andrewscampbell.com.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ep 39 - Emily Gover: "Explore your passions and try new things"

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Emily part of the Flocabulary team in New York, NY. Technically, she is the Content Director of Marketing at Flocabulary but those that know her well, know that she is a big time supporter of EdTech in the hands of students and teachers to make learning the best it can be. Emily considers herself a writer, librarian, and a proud nerd!

Listen in to what Emily has to say about her love of podcasts, her passion for EdTech, her Graduate Studies, working for the company of the products she used when she was in University, what Flocabulary is and what she does there, living in New York City, growing up in England (and not having an accent), her successes as a student, deciding where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do in University, what motivates and inspires her, and what she would say to someone to help them become motivated/inspired.

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Emily on Twitter (@edtechjam) and/or via her website (http://emilygover.com/). 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ep 38 - Kara Welty: "Everyone has something to share - support them"

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Kara is a Mentor Teacher & Tech Integrationist in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a national speaker, writer, blogger, and webinar creator. She holds an Educational Administration degree which includes Elementary and Secondary Administration Certification. She is a firm believer in the power of building relationships, leadership that empowers ALL stakeholders, innovative learning that transcends beyond the classroom, using social media to create networks for yourself, staff, students, and for families, and purposeful and thoughtful technology integration. In 2013 she was recognized with the Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award and has recently been acknowledge as a METC Midwest Spotlight Educator.

Listen in to what Kara has to say about baseball and hockey, the work she does as a Mentor Teacher and Tech Integrationist and how she got into it, the best part of her job, her graduate studies in Administration and possible future endeavours, being recognized as an outstanding beginning teacher (following your heart and finding fulfillment), Megan Valois (listen to Episode 35 to hear all about her) and how they connected, visiting Canada, what it means to be a National speaker, being nominated and chosen as an METC Spotlight Educator, what generally motivates and inspires her (the energy of other people), knowing people in St. Louis, what she might say to someone to help them find motivation, and her experience helping others find motivation.    

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Kara on Twitter (@kara_welty) and at her website (karawelty.com). 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ep 37 - Carol Salva: "Just start, just try"

Carol Salva

Carol Salva is an educator in Houston, Texas. She is a Mom, a High School teacher, and an ESL Educational Consultant and Trainer with Seidlitz Education. When she's not with her family, teaching, and/or consulting, she spends her time adding content to her blog (salvac.edublogs.org) and leveraging social media to connecting with other educators.

Listen in to hear what Carol has to say about what she is currently doing, the current political climate in the U.S., her work an ESL Educational Consultant, podcasts, what motivates/inspires her, self awareness and open conversations, teachers that believed in her and didn't give up on her, issues she experienced as a student, leading students to success, feeling sorry for people who are not on Twitter, trying new things without being an expert - what she would say to someone to help them find motivation/inspiration, and taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone.

You can hear the podcast here.

You can connect with Carol on Twitter (@MsSalvac) and at her blog (bit.ly/SalvaBlog).

Ep 36 - Aviva Dunsiger: "It has to come deep from you"

Aviva Dunsiger

Aviva Dunsiger is a Kindergarten teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. She is a connected educator who is always willing to engage in discussion and assist members of her PLN. She is an avid blogger and enjoys doing so because it helps her process her thinking and learning, share her learning journey, and helps her reflect more about her teaching practices. Aviva is also a recipient of the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Listen in to hear what Aviva has to say about her current work as a Kindergarten teacher and with the Mehrit Centre (self-regulation), what got her into learning more about self-regulation, what motivates her to do what she does, wanting to be a teacher, being identified with a learning disability, her sense of humour, going from grade 5 to grade 1 to Kindergarten (class management, design, and space), her love for coffee, and how she might help others around motivation/inspiration (asking questions to help people find answers from within).

You can listen to the podcast here

You can connect with Aviva on Twitter (@avivaloca), her website (https://adunsiger.com/), and/or via email (dunsiger@yahoo.com).

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ep 35 - Megan Valois: "Get out of your comfort zone"

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This episode features Megan Valois, a High School Teacher at St. Pius X in Ottawa, Ontario. She is also a Mom, an Army wife, and a fitness enthusiast. With respect to teaching and learning, Megan is passionate about 21st Century Learning and the use of technology in the classroom (Edtech), Differentiated Instruction, Assessment for Learning, and a variety of other topics that make her an effective educator and an asset to any Professional Learning Network.

Listen in to hear what Megan has to say about how we connected, her current work as a High School teacher, working with English Language Learners, how it came to be that she became a teacher, past students who connect with/visit her, what she might be doing if she were not a teacher, what motivates her day to day, finding the time to eat well and work out, being married to a soldier and what it is like to deal with deployments, resources/support for military spouses and her volunteer work, the experience of parenting her 3 month old on her own for a period of time, what she would tell someone seeking motivation/inspiration, and fear of failure and the power of taking a step in a different direction,

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Megan on Twitter (@msvalois) and at her website meganvalois.com.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ep 34 - Student from Syria: "Be happy, you will win"

In this episode I speak to one of my students. He is one of the many Syrians that have come to Canada to start a new and peaceful life. He has been in Canada since February 2016, and I have been his classroom teacher all this time. He is kind, respectful, open to new learning, and has a great sense of humour. He hasn't said too much about what he experienced in Syria but every now and again he shares a story or two and when he does, you can hear a pin drop in the classroom. He recently created a presentation on how we (English speaking folk in Canada) can help new English Language Learners to our school and it led to a great discussion about his learning experience since arriving in Canada. I asked him if he wanted to speak with me on the Podcast so others could hear about his story and what motivates and inspires him each day. He agreed and was happy to do so. 

Listen in as he talks about his Canadian experience thus far, life before leaving Syria, the reality of war, not being able to play outside with his friends, a close call with bullets, how it feels to be safe and free in Canada, being provided with winter gear upon arrival to Canada, his thoughts about returning to Syria one day, what motivates and inspires him, and what he can do to help others find motivation and inspiration. 

You can listen to the Podcast here.

He would love to hear your thoughts on his experience. Please feel free to tweet me (@rchids) or comment on the blog and I will pass your thoughts/messages on to him. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ep 33 - Robyne Hanley-Dafoe: "If you are not on the right path, move your feet"

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe  is an award winning psychology instructor at Trent University. As well as teaching at Trent, she is also the educational developer for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University. Robyne’s interests focus on health and wellness for learning including topics such as resiliency, optimal challenge, and self-identity. She resides in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband and three children.

Listen in to what Robyne has to say about her TEDx talk, resiliency and failure, strategies to help young people become resilient (error detection), family, her experience as a young student, her near death experience - a huge turning point in her life, the dark place of hopelessness, what generally motivates and inspires her, being susceptible to what people think about her, retirement, importance of students recognizing and verbalizing what they value, and what she would say to someone to help them find motivation/inspiration.  

You can listen to the Podcast here.

Robyne's TEDx talk on Prediction and Resiliency:

Trent University Centre for Teaching and Learning:

You can connect with Robyne on Twitter (@RHanleyDafoe) and at her website.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ep 32 - Amy Bowker: "Get connected!"

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Episode 32 brings you Amy Bowker. Amy is a mom, dedicated teacher, and a Harry Potter lover. She is an elementary school teacher in Ottawa who happens to be on maternity leave at the moment.

Listen in to hear what Amy has to say about what she likes, the work she did as an occasional teacher, how she became a permanent teacher, not liking school when she was younger, her experience and learning in an alternative school setting, her supportive husband, her school year before she went on maternity leave, how her perspective has changed since becoming a parent, what generally motivates her, what she would say to others to help them become motivated, the Ottawa Teachers Professional Learning Community (OTPLC), dessert at Oh So Good in Ottawa, and parenting as a new mom.  

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Amy on Twitter (@amyebowker) or at her website, Classroom Collective. You can also check out what Amy is doing with the OTPLC here.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ep 31 - Cat Flippen: "Your joy is your fuel for passion"

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Cat Flippen is an Instructional Technology Specialist in Georgia, USA. She is also a passionate educator, technology leader, driven changemaker, curious explorer, Google Certified Innovator, named an ISTE Emerging Leader (2014), and a sarcoma conqueror.

Listen in to hear what Cat has to say about how she became a teacher and then an instructional tech specialist, her new website, her journey through Cancer and publicly sharing her journey, her one work for 2017 (grit), her Doctorate, achievement and not getting the things you think you want/need, the importance of stories and sharing them, the importance of balance, being a mom and going after your passion, being a mom and battling Cancer, the Android onesie, what generally motivates/inspires her, what she would she would say to someone to help motivate/inspire them, how much of a geek she is, and joy and passion!

You can listen to the Podcast here.

You can connect with Cat on Twitter (@CatFlippen).

Check out her blog: Cat Flippen