CATC by the Water is a WRDSB Professional Development retreat for teachers to work with other teachers to develop and refine good pedagogical practice. My first interview at CATC by the Water is Herman Kwan (@educatorkwan) who is trained as an Engineer and teaches both Math and Physics. I was really impressed with Herman’s joy for learning and his love of popular culture.
On July 13, I participated at our local Twitter Chat #PubPD. There were 14 of us discussing the value of coding in schools both “IRL” and on Twitter. One of the people I had the opportunity to speak with was Alanna King. I asked her 3 questions and she shared with me her passion on participatory culture and critical thinking.
You can find out more about Alanna by following her on Twitter twitter.com/banana29
Thanks to twitter.com/MapleSyrupEDU for organizing the event.
Today I spoke with Teresa Dunat-Banks, Head of Special Education, about students with special needs and how the physical space can enhance student learning.
You can find her on Twitter @tdunatbanks
This week I decided to try my hand at podcasting again. I went back and looked at the video podcasts that Jane () and I made a few years ago. They were pretty good, but I can tell you that I learned a whole lot about producing podcasts. I now think I can do a better job. With that in mind I decided to try my hand at producing a new podcast.
Three Questions With… was born. It is an interview podcast where I will be asking interesting people 3 questions. The format will be pretty standardized. The first question, “What can you tell the listeners about yourself?” The second, “What are you most passionate about?” Finally the third, will be based on their answer to the second question. My goal is to have “bite sized” podcast that is 2-5 minutes in length. The podcast is hosted on SoundCloud and I have submitted it to iTunes, Stitcher, and TuneIn so you can subscribe to it using your favourite podcast listening device.
For my first interview, I met with Scott McKenzie () at a local diner. Scott is a teacher with the WRDSB and I asked him questions about what he finds important in Primary Education.
I hope you subscribe and don’t be afraid to suggest someone you would like me to interview.
Take care and happy listening.