Popular Podagogy - Queen's Faculty of Education

Popular Podagogy - Queen's Faculty of Education

Popular Podagogy is a podcast from the Queen’s University Faculty of Education that brings big ideas in teaching and education to life. Our guests include top researchers and instructors from our Faculty and beyond, as well as practicing teachers to combine innovative educational ideas with the everyday life of being a teacher. Chris Carlton is our new host for 2022, Nathan Cheney was our host from 2018 - 2021. Theme song by Trevor Strong (PhD'21).


September 19, 2023 33 mins

Lauren Smart-Lampl, Indigenous Teacher Education Program Coordinator and current Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education student, joins us to talk about Truth and Reconciliation in the classroom drawing on her experience teaching in Nova Scotia. She discusses how she talked about residential schools in her classroom, how to indigenize your classroom, the importance of Indigenous languages, and more. 


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Hear from Dr. Patty Douglas, Associate Professor of Disability Studies and Exceptionalities and the inaugural Chair of Student Success and Wellness at the Faculty of Education. In the podcast, Patty discusses how her experience as a classroom teacher gave her a fire in her belly and led her to become a researcher. She discusses what neurodiversity-affirming practices are and what makes it different from the medical model of disabil...

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Dr. Tiina Kukkonen joins us to talk about why every teacher should integrate art into their classrooms - and how to make that happen.

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Teaching Artists R...

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MEd students Beck Watt and Alex O'Leary joined us to talk about being a 2SLGBTQ+ ally in the classroom, how to address difficult topics in the news, and bringing representation into the classroom every day.


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When we think about literacy we often think about literature and poetry – but what about non-fiction? The National Council of Teachers of English put out a powerful statement (with recommendations) about the importance of non-fiction literacy and the value it has in the classroom. Non-fiction children’s author Lindsey Carmichael joins us to talk about how non-fiction can engage students who may not engage with other literature, som...

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 Katrina Carbone, PhD student, talks about her research and how mental health, wellness and assessment are intertwined – and how assessment can be used to support student flourishing. She also discusses research she completed during her Master of Education centred around assessment identity and how our own experiences as students can shape how we practice as teachers. She ends the podcast with some great tips on how to implement as...

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​Historian Deirdre McCorkindale (PhD ABD), Assistant Professor of History at the University of Guelph, joins us this month to discuss the history of Black History month itself (did you know it has over 100 years of history?), some of the problems with how Black history is taught in school, and how to keep your Black history lessons local. 

Bio: Deirdre McCorkindale is a historian interested in the history of Race in North America w...

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January 3, 2023 16 mins

Dr. Nenad Radakovic, our newest Faculty member, joined us to talk about transdisciplinary approaches to math education - or using math to explore big questions - like how we tackle climate change or how we make musical compositions that are pleasing to everyone. 

He talks about math classes he taught in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in which the students looked at the risks of different types of power plants and explore...

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Find out how you can get access to teaching resources at Queen's University's library, what is available to you as a teacher at public libraries and more in our latest podcast!

October is library month in Canada - with the theme: one card one million possibilities. We were lucky to have a chance to talk with two different librarians this week - Kristen Lemay, Acting Manager, Programming and Outreach, from the Ki...

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To celebrate Science Literacy Week, award-winning Canadian science children’s author Dr. Lindsey Carmichael joined us to talk about what science literacy is, why it is important, and what role books play in science literacy.

To celebrate Science Literacy Week, award-winning science children’s author Dr. Lindsey Carmichael joined us to talk about what science literacy is, why it is important, and what role books play in sci...

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May 2, 2022 29 mins

Smile big or go home! We are thrilled to have Lynda Colgan join us to talk about the upcoming Science Rendezvous event – and the very exciting highlights, what resources are available for teachers to use in their classroom, online workshops, and what makes this event special for kids and adults. Intro Music by: Trevor […]

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Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2022. The theme this year Celebrate Every Day! And we couldn’t think of a better person to have on our podcast and talk about sustainability in your classroom than Dan Hendry. On this episode, he’ll talk about sustainability projects big and small – and how to work with […]

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Not sure how to handle social media in your classroom? Find out from Dr. Claire Ahn, Assistant Professor of Multiliteracies at Queen’s Faculty of Education. Chris and Claire discuss three big questions with lots of ideas for the best way to integrate conversations into your classroom sprinkled throughout the podcast: Why is it important that […]

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February 22, 2022 39 mins

We are thrilled to have Rosalie Griffith (https://twitter.com/msrgriffith), Secondary School Principal with the Toronto District School Board, join us to talk about Black History month. She shares her personal experience growing up as a black student in Ontario schools and answers three questions for us. What is black history and its history in Canada?  What […]

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Join new host Chris Carlton as he speaks with outdoor education enthusiasts and Queen’s alumni Erik Vreeken and Paul Gifford about the benefits and opportunities of taking teaching and learning outdoors! Erik Vreeken (Ed’92) currently teaches grade 6 for the LDSB and bring 29 years of teaching experience. I Paul Gifford (Ed’94) is a consultant […]

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Vulnerable youth are being impacted by the pandemic. Faculty member Dr Ian Matheson, who researches students with exceptionalities, discusses ways that the pandemic has positively and negatively affected students with exceptionalities and talks about some strategies teachers and parents are using to navigate teaching in a pandemic environment. Please note this podcast was recorded in May 2021.

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Want to create a welcoming school community? Master of Education student Kel Martin joins us to discuss the importance of gegi.ca, and his involvement with the project. Gegi.ca is a website that was recently created by our own Dr. Lee Airton, as well as Dr. Kyle Kirkup (University of Ottawa), and their research team to equip all Ontario students and teachers with the tools to advocate at school for the right to express and live the...

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This fall our Knowledge Forum conference moved online and we were able to bring together our alumni and faculty to share their ideas and experiences about teaching and learning during a pandemic. We are excited to release these sessions on Popular Podagogy for your auditory enjoyment! Session 1 Dr. Andrew Campbell (DR.ABC) speaks about diversity in the online classroom: what it looks like, how to address it, and best practices for ...

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November 6, 2020 37 mins
Dr. Andrew Campbell (DR.ABC) joins us to discuss diversity in the online classroom, intentionality with your actions as a teacher, and how to make a difference in the fight against anti-black racism. Dr. Campbell is also the first speaker at our Knowledge Forum Fall Series on November 12 2020.  
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September 23, 2020 40 mins

The Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN), a consortium of Eastern Ontario District School Boards and the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, recently developed a Math Monograph using a Student of Mystery approach.  In this episode Eleanor Newman, Tammy Billen, and Danielle LaPointe-McEwan of the EOSDN join us to explain how this approach can […]

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