The Teacher Hotline

The Teacher Hotline

The Teacher Hotline is a podcast where teachers submit their questions regarding the field of education. Guests come on the show to help answer some of the pressing questions teachers may have in and out of the classroom such as: how does my pension work?; Should I work in administration?; Should I work at a private or public school? and more!

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October 18, 2021 29 min

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 App...

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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...

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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 fi...

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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 1...

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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,...

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August 30, 2021 34 min

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...

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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 f...

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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...
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    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 Univers...

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    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...

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    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! Danie...

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    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 var...

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    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 Mel...

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    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 ...

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    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" ...

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    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 sch...

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    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 learning
  • Costs and lifestyle of pursuing a Ph.D
  • How to teach at a Teachers College (with and without a PhD) 
  • And...

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    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...

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    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 com...

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    Have you ever thought, are we wasting our times as teachers? Are students actually learning anything valuable in our class? Are they actually going to use any of this stuff in the real world?

    Students are craving practical knowledge. Students want to be prepared to tackle the real world! Sometimes teachers get caught up in curriculum and what the ministry says we should be teaching. Have these people even stepped foot in a classroom...

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