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31 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Ep 29. Sports Psychology: How Can Coaches Improve Team Dynamics?
Welcome back to part two of our conversation with Sean! We continue our conversation around the topic of sports psychology and arming coaches with the knowledge and advice to help assist their athletes through this years academic year. Today I bring back my colleague and office mate Sean Poitras! Sean is a Social Science teacher at Appleby College and coaches the Varsity Boys Hockey team and Soccer team. Sean has dedicated his life and career to the study of psychology. He received his Bachelors degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology at Laurentian University and went on to receive his Masters of Education in Athletic Counselling Psychology from Springfield College. He also served as an adjunct professor at Sheridan College various psychology courses, and worked as a consultant for several firms as a sports psychologist. He was also a previous owners of his own private practice called Focus North Performance a sports psychology consulting firm.Today I chat with Sean about:Sports Rebab: What role does coaches play in the recovery process for student athletes? Team Dynamics: Is there research that suggest a team that likes each other performs better on the field? How much emphasis should coaches put into team bonding?Check us out! Don't forget to click subscribe and follow us each week! LinkedIn: Sean PoitrasInstagram: FocusnPerform
30 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Ep 28. How Can Coaches Alleviate Performance Anxiety in Sports?
Is choking in sports a real thing? Can athletes burn out? Do athletes face performance anxiety? If you are a coach and you've seen these affect your players, how can we help them? Many coaches do not have training in sports psychology, and find it difficult to help our athletes face their mental challenges. So what can coaches do?Today I bring on my colleague and office mate Sean Poitras! Sean is a Social Science teacher at Appleby College and coaches the Varsity Boys Hockey team and Soccer team. Sean has dedicated his life and career to the study of psychology. He received his Bachelors degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology at Laurentian University and went on to receive his Masters of Education in Athletic Counselling Psychology from Springfield College. He also served as an adjunct professor at Sheridan College various psychology courses, and worked as a consultant for several firms as a sports psychologist. He was also a previous owners of his own private practice called Focus North Performance a sports psychology consulting firm.Today I chat with Sean about:What does a sports psychologist do? What value can they bring to a team?Performance Anxiety/"Choking": What does the research say? How can athletes overcome this? How can coaches help our athletes? Mindfulness: How can coaches incorporate mindfulness into their practices? What are the benefits of mindfulness? This is a two part episode! Next week we talk about the mental toll rehab takes on athletes, and discuss. the importance of team dynamics. What does research say about game performance versus team cohesion? Plus much more!LinkedIn: Sean PoitrasInstagram: FocusnPerform
40 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Ep. 27. What is it Like to Work at an All Boys School?
Most of us grew up or have taught in a co-ed school. What would it be like though to teach at a single gendered school?Today I bring in an old friend, Alan Chan, an IB Economics and Math Teacher from Upper Canada College, one of the most prestigious all boys schools in Toronto. Alan has been working at UCC for eight years and outside of the classroom has been the Head Coach of the Varsity Boys Volleyball Team and U16 Badminton Team. He also served as Assistant Coach to the U14 Volleyball Team. He also spent some time being involved in the schools boarding life program as a Residential Assistant. Alan received his B.Ed and Masters of Economics from the University of Toronto. On this episode I ask Alan:What is it like to work at an all boys school? The good and the bad?Do the boys act and behave differently in school without girls around them?How do the boys get the opportunity to learn to socialize with girls?Is an all boys school right for everyone? What type of boys would thrive in this environment?plus much more!Tune in this week on The Teacher Hotline! Next week, is the Thanksgiving long weekend, so there won't be an episode. So tune in now!Website: Upper Canada College Twitter: @Alan_ChanLinkedIn: Alan Chan
36 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Ep 26. Western vs. Queens: Which Teacher Ed. Program is For Me?
It is September! That means future teachers are beginning to think about if they want to start the journey of becoming a teacher! So lets' take a few episodes to review some of the Teacher Education programs available to us in Ontario.Today I bring in two guests: Niki Boytchuk-Hale and Miles Duke. Niki is a concurrent education, entering her third year at Queens University. At the same time she is completing her bachelors in fine arts with a minor in Indigenous Studies and Certificate in Law. As for her practicum, Niki was placed at St. Mildreds, teaching grade 1's and was hired back for a few months at own high school at Appleby College, teaching Visual Arts and Canadian Law.Our second guest is Miles Duke, a graduate of Western University Bachelor of Education program. Miles graduated in 2019 and focused his studies on the primary and junior grades. Miles is now working as an Occasional Teacher in the Thames Valley District School board in London. Previous to his B.Ed Miles earned his Honours Bachelors in English Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto.In this episode we talk about:What is a concurrent education program? How is it difference than a traditional bachelor of education degree?How much does each program cost?How is each program structured?What did they enjoy about the program? What feedback do they have for their school?Both Niki and Miles gave Western and Queens four out of five stars for their teacher education experience. Listen to this episode to hear what they have to say!Deadline for Western/Queens 2022 B.Ed - December 1st, 2021Deadline for Queens 2022 Con.Ed - February 1st, 2022Social MediaNiki's Instagram - @nik.paint Niki's Twitter - @n_boytchukNiki's LinkedIn - @Niki Boytchuk-HaleMiles Linkedin - @Miles Duke
37 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Ep 25. Part 2: How Can We Stop Grade Inflation?
We are back for part two of our conversation with Mr. Fraser Grant, the new Head of School and Deputy Principal of Appleby College. Mr. Grant has been working at Appleby College for 27 years and counting. Over the years, he served primarily as an Economics Teacher but also served in various leadership roles such as the Senior School Director, Assistant House Director, and was as the schools Assistant Head of Academic for the last 12 years. Fraser has his M.Ed from Brock University and Masters in Economics from McMaster. But the true beauty of this story is Fraser also was a former student at Appleby College back in the good old days and was part of the 1987 graduating class and has now climbed his way to the top as our new Head of School. So in the words of Drake, Mr. Grant indeed did start from the bottom and now he is here!Last week we had a very productive conversation around grade inflation and why we think it is happening across Canada. This week we shift our conversation to: how can we fix this problem? We examine a few solutions and topics such as:Standardized Testing - Does this work? Will it eliminate grade inflation?Waterloo Engineering's Grade Adjustment - Does this work? Does it have consequences?Harvey Mansfield 'Two Grades' Practice - A Harvard Economics professor gives his students two grades! Listen in to why he does this and how it combats grade inflation.Private Schools - Are they a big culprit to giving our grades for money? Plus much more!
31 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Ep 24. Part 1: How Can We Stop Grade Inflation?
Is an 80% average in 2021 worth the same as an 80% average back in 1990? I love teaching grade 12's....except when January comes around and university marks starts to get uploaded to universities. Grades are such a sensitive subject now. Programs are becoming more competitive, expectations are higher, and more students are applying than ever before. As a result, we have seen grades being inflated over the year. The question is, why is this happening? How did this happen? Is this sustainable? Today I bring in my new boss, AKA new Head of School and Deputy Principal of Appleby College, Mr. Fraser Grant. Mr. Grant has been working at Appleby College for 27 years and counting. Over the years, he served primarily as an Economics Teacher but also served in various leadership roles such as the Senior School Director, Assistant House Director, and was as the schools Assistant Head of Academic for the last 12 years. Fraser has his M.Ed from Brock University and Masters in Economics from McMaster. But the true beauty of this story is Fraser also was a former student at Appleby College back in the good old days and was part of the 1987 graduating class and has now climbed his way to the top as our new Head of School. So in the words of Drake, Mr. Grant indeed did start from the bottom and now he is here!Today we talk about:Has he seen grade inflation at our school, Appleby College during his tenure?What is causing grades to be inflated in Canada? With grades creeping up, can this be a good thing if looked through a different lens?How can we equally compare grades and credits when they are clearly not equal across schools?Waterloo Engineering introduced a concept called an "Adjustment Factor" to students grades depending on which school they came from. Some schools are notorious for giving out higher grades. Is this the way to fix grade inflation?Plus much more! This is part one of a two part conversation. You won't want to miss it!Articles:Waterloo Engineering and the Adjustment Factor Article
35 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Ep 23. What Makes a Great Coach?
School is around the corner, and that means sports is also back! All the players and coaches are excited to the courts and field this fall, which means coaches are starting to prepare for tryouts and practices. If you are new to coaching or looking to hear a fresh perspective on coaching, this episode is for you! Today, I bring in Lou Caffazo, the Athletic Director at Appleby College. Lou has been immersed in sports his entire life. Lou spent roughly 8 years playing in the CFL mostly as an offensive lineman. He was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the 3rd round in 1989 and played for them for 5 years before being traded to his hometown the Hamilton Tigers Cats. After his professional career in Football, he spent 17 years working at McMaster University in various roles including being the Full Time Assistant Coach to the McMaster Marauder Football team.In this episode we chat about:Who were Lou's favourite coaches growing up? What made them special?His experience being coached in the CFL How do you gain the respect of your players as a rookie coach?How do you handle star players on your team?Should coaches be focusing on skill development or winning at a young age?What should rookie coaches be doing on their first day of the job?Is there a good way to cut athletes off of a team?What makes a great coach? plus much more!Leave a comment, leave a review! Good luck with school everyone!
38 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Ep 22. Part 2: How Do You Make a Million Dollars on a Teacher Salary?
Welcome to part 2 of our chat with Andrew Hallam!Teacher's might not be making the same income as doctors or lawyers but it doesn't mean we can't build similar wealth! With the proper investing techniques and armed with the right knowledge, teachers can build a million dollar portfolio!Don't believe me? Then listen to Andrew Hallam, a former English teacher, but is now a respected and #1 selling author of personal finance books! Andrew is the author of:Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living OverseasProfiled on such media as CNBC, and The Wall Street Journal, he's also the first person to have a #1 selling finance book on Amazon USA, Amazon Canada and Amazon UAE. He has written columns for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, MoneySense, Internaxx and AssetBuilder. Since 2016 he has spoken at businesses and international schools in over 30 different countries.Andrew has a new book coming out in January of 2022 called Balance: How To Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health and Wealth. Pre-orders begin in November of 2021. You can read the first chapter of the book off his website by joining the mailing list titled "The Grim Reaper Asks: What Do You Value More, Your Stuff Or Your Life?"Listen to this two part episode where we discuss everything from:Why index investing over picking stocks?Should we be investing when the stock market is so expensive?What type of bonds should I have in my portfolio? (ie. corporate, government, short term, long term, aggregate?) How much cash should I be holding on too?Thoughts on alternative investments such as: Gold? Cryptocurrencies? Cannabis? Real Estate?Plus so much more! Check it out! Don't forget to leave a review and rating! Links:Website - andrewhallam.comTwitter - @aphallamFacebook - Millionaire TeacherArticles:1. Why Do Investors Do Better With All in One ETFs?2. How Do Financial Advisors and Perform with Personal Portfolio?
31 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Ep 21. Part 1: How Do You Make a Million Dollars on a Teacher Salary?
Teacher's might not be making the same income as doctors or lawyers but it doesn't mean we can't build similar wealth! With the proper investing techniques and armed with the right knowledge, teachers can build a million dollar portfolio!Don't believe me? Then listen to Andrew Hallam, a former English teacher, but is now a respected and #1 selling author of personal finance books! Andrew is the author of:Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living OverseasProfiled on such media as CNBC, and The Wall Street Journal, he's also the first person to have a #1 selling finance book on Amazon USA, Amazon Canada and Amazon UAE. He has written columns for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, MoneySense, Internaxx and AssetBuilder. Since 2016 he has spoken at businesses and international schools in over 30 different countries.Andrew has a new book coming out in January of 2022 called Balance: How To Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health and Wealth. Pre-orders begin in November of 2021. You can read the first chapter of the book off his website by joining the mailing list titled "The Grim Reaper Asks: What Do You Value More, Your Stuff Or Your Life?"Listen to this two part episode where we discuss everything from:Why index investing over picking stocks?Should we be investing when the stock market is so expensive?What type of bonds should I have in my portfolio? (ie. corporate, government, short term, long term, aggregate?) How much cash should I be holding on too?Thoughts on alternative investments such as: Gold? Cryptocurrencies? Cannabis? Real Estate?Plus so much more! Check it out! Don't forget to leave a review and rating! Links:Website - andrewhallam.comTwitter - @aphallamFacebook - Millionaire Teacher Articles:1. Why Do Investors Do Better With All in One ETFs?2. How Do Financial Advisors and Perform with Personal Portfolio?
37 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Ep 20. Child Development: Nature or Nurture?
Nature or Nurture? Biology versus Environment?This is a classic question that has commonly come up in regards to child development. As teachers, we should be interested in finding out the answer to this question because we see our students 8 hours a day for 5 days a week for 10 months!So I went to our expert, Dr. Aletha Harven, an Associate Professor in the department of Psychology and Child Development at California State University. Dr. Harven holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a Master of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from American River College (ARC) in Sacramento, California.Dr. Harven has co-authored a book on careers in child and adolescent development, edited and contributed chapters to critical books on social justice instruction and education policy, and written policy reports in the area of education for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). In this episode we talk about:Nature vs Nurture - which is more impactful?Can we teach social emotional intelligence? What age does majority of our development come from?Twin studies - what has research discovered?Check us out! Don't forget to hit that subscribe button!Social Media:Instagram - @alethaharven Twitter - @DrAlethaHarvenLinkedIn - Aletha HarvenCal State University BioArticles:Twin Studies - Nature vs Nurture
29 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Ep 19. Ontario Teacher Pension Plan: What Do I Need to Know?
I'm pretty sure every Ontario teacher knows we have a pension. But do you even know what a pension is? Why the Ontario Teacher Pension Plan is regarded as one of the best ones? What implications does it have when it comes to your retirement? We'll we are going to talk about our financial future and how our pension plan is going to help us live a comfortable lifestyle in retirement! On this episode, I chat with Trevor Wright, an Investment Analyst at the Ontario Teacher Pension Plan. We chat about:What exactly is a pension? Whats the difference between Defined Benefit vs. Defined Contribution Pension? Which one do we have? How many years are teachers collection pension for? How many retired teachers are there currently being paid?What investments is OTPP making? How are they managing our money?Can I take my pension money out and manage it on my own?Should I continue to invest into my RRSP?How much money will I make in retirement?Listen in on this informative episode of The Teacher Hotline! Website: Ontario Teachers Pension PlanTwitter: @OTPPinfo
39 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Ep 18. Maternity Leave: What Do I Need to Know?
Babies! Who doesn't love them?! Not so fast...there are a ton of stuff related to your work you need to get in order before you can start cuddling up to your new born child!Today I chat with Ashley Frampton and Danielle Kindree, two moms who experienced what it is like to on maternity leave. Ashley is an elementary school teacher from the Calgary Board of Education and is a mother two three children; Tula, Eddie, and Mia! Danielle is a new mother who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Ellis! Danielle is the department head of science at Havergal College, an all girls independent school in Toronto. On this episode, we talk about everything from:When do I need to legally tell the school?Employment Insurance - how much will you be bringing home? Benefits - Do I still get it?How does going on maternity leave impact your pension plan/retirement fund?Day care - How much does it cost?Check it out! This is an episode where you don't want to miss!Social Media:Ashley Frampton - @teachthemlittleDanielle Kindree - @dkindree
37 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Ep 17. How Do We Support Students with Learning Disabilities?
Teachers, have you ever had a student in your class with ADHD, Dyslexia, ODD or perhaps even a student that is super gifted and intellectually, way ahead of the curve? It must be difficult to support these students in a large classroom. There has to be a better way!Well, one school in Calgary, Alberta thinks there is. Let me introduce to you Rundle Studio, an independent virtual school that is dedicated to support students with various learning needs. On this episode, I chat with the Principal of the school John Wolf. We talk about why this learning model will be best to serve this student population and how it's going to be different than other schools. This school is one of the first of its kinds, and will be launching in September 2021. The first year, the school will enrol only grade 7 and 8 students with plans to expand in the future.Think online learning was only for 2020? Think again. This school plans on making it the future. Tune in and hear what John has to say!Click here to see its segment on CTV NewsTwitter:@mrwolfrundle@rundlestudioFor their website and more information, click here
27 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Ep 16. What Did Grade 12's Actually Think About This School Year?
With online learning, teachers did not have the same opportunity to make the same connections we normally would with our students in the classroom. There were a lot of blindspots that we missed. I wanted to get an honest opinion from students of how the school year actually went for them? What better way then to go directly to the students and ask them?! This week I chat with three former students of mine: Adrian Davila, Dawson Meloche, and Erik Ponikvar. I wanted to know:What feedback do they have for teachers?How was the students mental health?What were their thoughts on an outdoor/online graduation?and much more!Check out this week episode and don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
38 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Ep 15. Independent Schools: Is the Principal's Role a Good Fit for Me?
So you think teaching a classroom full of kids is hard? How about managing an entire school? Oh lets add in covid, online learning, managing faculty and staff plus schools with boarding students. There are a ton of responsibilities a schools Principals needs to manage.On this episode, we chat with Dr. Katrina Samson, the incoming Principal for Havergal College, and independent all girls school in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Samson spent 18 years of her career at Appleby College as an English Teacher, but started her career in administration in her 20's as the Upper School Director at the school. She spent the last 11 years of her career as the Head of School at Appleby College and help guide the school through a difficult year during covid. I ask Dr. Samson:Why change environments after 18 years at one school?What kept her up at night during the covid school year?What were some of the challenges of managing a school during covid? Should Principals teach and do administration? Is it possible at all schools?What were her favourite memories at Appleby College? and much more!Tune in on this special episode with Dr. Katrina Samson! Don't forget to click that subscribe button!Twitter @KatrinaPSamson@ApplebyCollege@HavergalCollege
35 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Ep 14. Is Destreaming Grade 9 Math a Good Thing?
In Ontario, Canada, the Ministry of Education just announced a brand new math curriculum for grade 9 students as of September 2021. This new curriculum will have a focus on financial literacy, coding and much more real life application of math.However, the controversial topics around this new curriculum is the fact that Ontario also plans to destream math. This means there will no longer be "Applied" and "Academic" math. For the longest time, all the strong students would be in the academic stream and the weaker students would be in the Applied stream. On this episode I invited Jason To, who is the Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics and Academic Pathways in the Toronto District School Board. Previous to this role, Jason was a math and science teacher at Westview Centennial Secondary School in Toronto for 13 years.I ask Jason:What does the new curriculum focus on? How is it different from the old?Why are we eliminating streams?How does a math teacher, teach math to a wide range of abilities now in a classroom?His thoughts on Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Are these essentially streaming? Should they still be in place?and much more!You can follow Jason on Twitter at @Jason_To
36 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Ep 13. What is it Like to Teach Elementary School in a Pandemic?
Teaching Elementary School takes a certain personality, patience and understanding of children. Doing all of that during a pandemic....? I don't know how these teachers do it!On this weeks episode, I speak with Princess Marfil from the London Catholic District School Board and Mariel Barahona, from the Calgary School Board of Education. We chat about online learning, challenges and success stories over the last 10 months of schoolingFeel free to follow their incredible work on Instagram and TwitterMariel Barahona - @sra_barahonaPrincess Marfil - @mspmarfil
42 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Ep 12. Part 2: Should I get a Ph.D in Education?
This episode is part 2 of our episode from last week on "Should I get a Ph.D in Education?".We round out the conversation by chatting with Kathy Hibbert, the Associate Dean of Western University's Teacher Education program. We chat about:Why did she transition into academia after 18 years in the classroom?Online learningCosts and lifestyle of pursuing a Ph.DHow to teach at a Teachers College (with and without a PhD) And so much more! If you are interested in learning more about Western's graduate program in education, you can visit their website for more information.You can follow Kathy Hibbert on Twitter at @khibbert
27 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Ep 11. Part 1: Should I get a Ph.D in Education?
Have you ever thought about getting a Ph.D in education? Have you ever wondered the following:How much will it costs? Can I afford it?Should I do it part time or full time?Why have other teachers gotten their Ph.Ds?What can I do with the degree?I want teach a teachers college one day. Do I need a Ph.D? This is actually a two part episode. In part 1, we speak to Celeste Kirsh and Dr. Sarah Morrison.Celeste is a middle school teacher in Toronto and is about to start her Ph.D at OISE in the fall. We talk to her about the thought process and decision making that went involved behind this major life decision! If you love listening to Celeste, you can hear more of her on her own education podcast called "Teaching Tomorrow". You find can that podcast on Apple, Spotify, and all streaming services. Dr. Sarah Morrison is a music teacher and she completed her Ph.D at OISE. We talk to her about what she spent four years studying, why she got the degree, and her role as an adjunct professor at Queens University.In part 2 of this series, we will speak to Kathy Hibbert, the Associate Dean at Western University's Teachers College program. You can listen to that episode on Monday June 7th.
48 minutes | May 28, 2021
Ep 10. Can I Juggle Teaching and My Passions?
Wow - I have my first celebrity on the podcast! Does this mean my podcast is finally blowing up?On this episode, I chat with Chris Patterson, the Upper School Director and English Teacher at Appleby College. However, in the evenings, he is also one member of the iconic Canadian musical comedy group, 'The Arrogant Worms'!In our conversations we talk about balancing our teaching careers with our life passions - music and comedy. So many young teachers struggle with balancing their life due to the immense amount of lesson planning out of school. Add that on with a possible family, kids, marriage, relationship, or friends, how are we supposed to find time for ourselves?On this episode we talk about:Who are The Arrogant Worms?Is it possible to have a passion outside of teaching?How do we balance the classroom and our passions? Creative writing - how do musicians write their music? How do comics test their jokes?Chris is a hilarious, entertaining and great individual. You won't want to miss out on his stories of teaching and touring on the road!Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast and leave a review and rating if you are on Apple Podcasts!NotesVisit chrispatterson.ca for all of Chris's children music Visit arrogantworms.com for all up to date music and touring datesYou can also follow the group on Facebook or Instagram and listen to their music on Apple or Spotify and other streaming services
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