The Staff Room with Chey & Pav

The Staff Room with Chey & Pav

Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education. Come join Chey and Pav; partake in the Staff Room chatter that all teachers and educators can connect with.... Show More

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October 17, 2020 56 min

In Episode 57 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Creating with Technology. They discuss the many ways that students can go from being consumers of information, to those that interact with content, to those that create content. They make lots of connections to other parts of their lives that seem to have a similar path - such as the SAMR model. 

For their 3 Enlightened Minutes segment, Chey and Pav welcome Rabia Khokh...

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October 10, 2020 46 min

In Episode 56 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Inquiry based learning - more specifically, how we can start our units and learning experiences with inquiry exercises. 

Chey and Pav provide lots of great anecdotes and ideas on how they have used inquiry based learning in their classrooms.

After the 3 Enlightened Minutes segment with Pirate Teacher, Chey and Pav wrap up the episode with some examples and takeaways! 

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In Episode 55 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about coding, as it is now included in the new Ontario math Curriculum. Coding is something that not many teachers have had the opportunity to be able to teach their students, especially in the younger years. Chey and Pav thought about the ways in which they are able to start teaching students about coding and programming, when they likely have had no exposure to it. 

Chey a...

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In Episode 54 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about the stigma of having Covid-19. As a response to an incident that hit close to home, Chey and Pav discovered that there are some unintended consequences to teaching face-to-face during the Coronavirus Pandemic. One of these situations surrounds the scenario of stigmas that get associated with students that might have had Covid-19. 

Chey and Pav read some really great ar...

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In Episode 53 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Math and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The new Ontario Mathematics Curriculum includes SEL as one of the 6 major strands, and therefore there needs to be more of a conversation about what that could look like when embedded in math programming.  Chey and Pav talked about a few different resources they used to direct their conversation. They have both received lots of...
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In Episode 52 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk an article that they read on Flipboard called, "New Study SHows Children Learn Better While Studying Outside," by Matluba Khan. The article discusses the importance of students spending more time outdoors while engaging in their learning, whether it's face to face or online. 

Chey and Pav talked about how they have, in the past, taken advantage of the school'...

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September 5, 2020 56 min

In Episode 51 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about the value of professional development that many teachers go through during their summer months. They talk about the shift they experienced from their summers in the past to this particular one that just came to an end. Their summer was so filled with valuable professional development, which has already helped them with the return to school. 

Chey and Pav talked about t...

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For our 2nd Bonus Episode, we are featuring Author Hal Roberts and his book "Make Waves! Be a Relentless, Radical, and Ridiculous Leader of Significance"

In this awesome conversation, we speak with Hal about his experiences that led him to write this book, as well as become an amazing leader in the educational setting. He gives us lots of tips and ideas on how to achieve these great leadership goals, from "Leading to Se...

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August 29, 2020 49 min

In Episode 50 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken passed away earlier in the week, and his passing left Chey and Pav very reflective with his teaching philosophies and ideas towards education. He was a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts. Most educators would know him from his inspiring Ted Talk entitled, "Do Schools Kill Creativity." 

Chey and P...

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Chey and Pav participated in the Back-to-School edition of The Daily Drop-In, with Jeff Gargas & Rae Hughart from the Teach Better Team in early August, and this is the recorded audio from that awesome conversation! 

There was some great discussion about going back to school with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, and there was an epic Border Battle that took place between the two Dynamic Duos! 

You'll have to tune in to see...

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In Episode 49 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about an article they read called "The Curse of Helicopter Teaching" by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher. In this article, the authors talk about this concept of "Helicopter Teaching" - the act of teaching involving a lot of coddling of students, providing them with explicit lists and step-by-step instructions with regards to writing, specifically. Chey and P...

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In Episode 48 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav discuss the need for teachers, administrators, students, custodians and families to Collaborate during this unprecedented time of going back to work. In Ontario, Chey and Pav are preparing to go back to school face-to-face, with no real reduction in class sizes (as of yet). No one has experience with this task and therefore it will be increasingly important for all stakeholders t...

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In Episode 47 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav discuss their best practices as teachers. They talk about what their fallbacks are, whether it is a certain pedagogy, a certain book or resource that they like to draw upon time and time again, or a particular style of teaching that they tend to extrapolate from subject area to subject area. 

They discuss some of the different resources that they have come across over their 15-20...

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In Episode 46 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Sketch Notes! They discuss their experience, or lack thereof, with respect to Sketchnoting prior to learning more about it through individuals on Twitter. They talk about some of the benefits to Sketch Noting, deliberate doodling, visual notetaking, and how it can be embedding into their teaching practice a little better. 

Chey and Pav introduce Dawn Harris, Secondary ...

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In Episode 45 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav discuss some of their concerns about what the return to school might look like. They start the episode by talking about how they should be planning for the start of the new school year, when they don't quite know how they will be returning. Many districts and areas have not received notification on whether or not they will be back in the schools, or whether they will be teach...
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In Episode 44 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav explore some of the amazing blogs written by teachers that they have used to help them learn about all things "education." 

Chey and Pav highlight the benefits of using teacher voice to express their own thoughts and feelings, but in this episode they focus more so on teachers that are sharing their blogs, and how much we have learned from them. 

Chey and Pav introduce Ch...

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In Episode 43 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about where they find sources of inspiration for their Podcast episodes. They discuss two particular sources, a current events curating app called Flipboard, and an app that allows for easy borrowing of ebooks and audiobooks from the public library called Libby.

Chey talks about his use of the Flipboard app. With this app he is able to select interests for the stories he see...

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In Episode 42 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about The Power of the Book Talk. Chey and Pav participated in a fantastic Book Talk meeting with a group of educators and the author of the book "From the Ashes," Jesse Thistle. During this conversation, Chey and Pav both learned a tremendous amount about the major themes of the book, as well as many other perspectives surrounding the memoir. Jesse offered so much i...

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In Episode 41 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about Moving On ceremonies for students that have graduated during the Remote Learning experience. They discussed how they set up their Virtual Graduation for their students leaving from Grade 8 to transition to Grade 9. The experience of the virtual graduation went from being a very simple presentation for the graduates, to an elaborate live ceremony complete with recorded ...

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In Episode 40 of the Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav reflect on the past school year, and all that it brought forth. They started the conversation by discussing what it was like for them as educators to start their own podcast. They discuss that they have they have connected with teachers all over the world, been invited to participate in conversations and chats that have led to some of the most high quality learning they have ever...

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