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Bricker by Bricker - The Parents and Education Partnership
27 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
This is the final episode in this four-year-old podcast series which has addressed many different aspects of the home/school partnership. In the series finale, Jamie and Carol highlight key messaging from some of their most memorable podcasts.
31 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
Addressing Achievement Gaps
Many highly respected educators have stressed that the inevitable achievement gaps will have to be addressed upon the return to in-person learning. There needs to be a comprehensive plan that outlines a multi-year commitment to address these gaps. Such a plan will obviously require a significant financial commitment, but, such a commitment pales in comparison to the price all educational stakeholders have had to pay throughout the pandemic.
29 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Digital literacy is all about having the ability to access, use, create and share information and content from a range of on-line sources. Today’s students are far more proficient at accessing this information, than actually analyzing its message. It is incumbent on both parents and teachers to teach children how to critically evaluate what they read, see and hear.
27 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Financial literacy will allow our children to make sound decisions regarding money for the rest of their lives. In 2020, the Ontario government introduced the new financial literacy curriculum for students from grades 4–12. This document presents a wide range of important financial concepts to students, as well as provides parents with numerous resources to help guide their children to a better understanding of money matters.
30 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Common Meeting Frustrations Pt 2
In January, Jamie and Carol discussed how the pandemic has erected barriers which have made home/school communication difficult for parents. In this podcast, they continue this conversation, looking at some additional meeting frustrations that parents may encounter and provide strategies for working through those frustrations.
30 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Common Meeting Frustrations
As we begin another new year, the pandemic continues to have a hold on our children’s school experiences. This disruption also has an impact on parents and their ability to communicate with their child’s teacher and school. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss some common meeting frustration that parents may experience and provide strategies for working through those frustrations.
30 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Engaging in Communication
As parents continue to establish and re-establish connections with their child’s school and teachers, it’s important to establish ongoing, and respectful communication between both parties. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the whys and hows of communication and ways to support communication when a disconnection occurs.
28 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Re-Igniting the Home-School Connection
It is well documented that a strong home-school partnership correlates to overall student success. This partnership, in many cases, was hindered by the pandemic and the transition of many students to virtual learning. As we move forward with the 2021-22 school year and the return to in-person learning, it is essential for families and educators to jointly re-ignite this connection between home and school.
29 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
World Mental Health Day - Oct 10
On October 10th, we celebrate World Mental Health Day. As children are returning to school and countries are still trying to manage the pandemic, this day has never been more important. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss mental health, warning signs for parents to watch in their children, and also suggestions to promote a healthy mental state.
31 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
As another school year commences, it is more important than ever that families and students re-establish their connections with the school, their teachers and classmates. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the importance of these connections and the vital role extra-curricular activities play in a child’s physical, social and emotional well-being.
30 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Returning to Learning
It’s the beginning of August and a time when parents begin to plan for their child’s return to school. As families and educators await the Ontario government’s school plan, Jamie and Carol focus on the home/school partnership and what both parties can do to make this year’s return to learning successful for everyone.
30 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Recharging Your Batteries
Another school year has come to a close however, this year, the closure was very different for many students and families. As they move into the summer, families need to take an opportunity to focus on each other. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the many ways families can reduce their stress and recharge their batteries.
31 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
There's No Going Back
This past school year has been tumultuous for parents, children and all educational stakeholders. Now the end of the school year is here and the decision has been made to keep Ontario schools closed in June. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the different aspects of this decision and the effect it has on families.
30 minutes | May 4, 2021
What is Learning?
This past school year has been very disruptive for students, parents and educational staff and many parents are frustrated with the interruptions to their children’s learning. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss what is learning and suggest ways families can use the International Days of Celebration (May) to enhance their children’s learning.
36 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Ontario's New Math Curriculum with Guest Jordan Rappaport
Ontario implemented a new Math curriculum this past fall with a focus on improving math scores for students, providing opportunities for students to solve every day math problems and increasing students’ employability for jobs of the future. Today, Jamie and Carol are joined by Jordan Rappaport, Regional Math Facilitator with the York District School Board. Jordan provides insights into this new curriculum in order to assist parents with developing a better understanding of the changes and how they impacts their children.
30 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Dr. Seuss and the Development of Early Literacy Skills
Many of us remember reading Dr. Seuss as children and March 2nd is Dr. Seuss Day. So, it’s a great time to celebrate a timeless author and discuss how reading Dr. Seuss can help develop a child’s early literacy skills. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol identify and discuss these early skills, as well as, reference various Dr. Seuss books that help to reinforce these essential reading skills. (Materials referenced in this podcast do not include those which have recently been removed for biased content.)
29 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Making Pandemic Positives Permanent
The pandemic has highlighted many inequities and disconnects within education but it has also provided Ministries of Education with some valuable lessons. Some of the changes that have occurred in education over the last 11 months will have a lasting impact. Today, Jamie and Carol discuss these issues and how they will become permanent practices.
27 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Enjoying Family Literacy Day - January 27th
Family Literacy Day is coming up on January 27th and is a great opportunity for families to celebrate literacy in their homes. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the importance of literacy, what literacy looks like in the 21st century and provide some practical suggestions to create a rich, literate home environment.
29 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
It's Been Quite a Year - Looking Back on 2020
2020 was quite a year for families and the impact the pandemic had on our children’s education has been concerning for many. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol look back at 2020 to discuss what they have learned from this experience and also their hopes for 2021.
32 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
Tuning Out Technology with Joshua Andrus - Pt 2
At the beginning of December, Jamie and Carol were joined by Addiction Therapist and children’s author, Joshua Andrus to discuss how children have been using technology during this pandemic. In today’s podcast, they continue their discussion about technology addiction and look at suggestions for parents to foster their family’s connection.
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