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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December 13, 2021 10 min

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the Teacher Hotline podcast! It has been an incredible ride over the last several months!

This podcast was built out of boredom during the lockdown, and has now turned into something much bigger. The podcast was recently listed as the #6 Teacher Education Podcast in Canada. Thats all because of you! 

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    A few weeks ago I asked my guest Alan Chan, what is it like to work at an all boys school? Naturally, that lead me to ask, what is it like to work at an all girls school?

    So today I got to speak to Sarah Leaper, a middle school teacher at St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School! I wanted to know:

    👧 What are the different all girls school out there in Ontario?

    👧 What kind of girls would benefit from learning in an all girls...

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    This year I was lucky enough to train a student teacher and have my first experience in being an Associate Teacher. Teaching a student teacher is definitely a lot different than teaching your students! So it made me think, what makes a great Associate Teacher?

    This week, I brought in my Associate Teacher, Mr. Paul Kralik. Paul trained me back in March of 2012 at Northern Secondary. Paul has been a teacher for 15 years, and in the sp...

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    Ugh! Sometimes, it can be so frustrating to teach students because all they care about is the grade! All of this focus on the grade puts on blinders and they miss the journey. Is it possible to teach students 'how to learn'? How we can we teach students how to be resilient when they face adversity or rejection?  How can teachers package up their lessons in a way that make it easier for students to learn?

    Today I bring on Eri...

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    With parents-teacher interviews around the corner, I thought it was fitting to do a remix of our pilot episode "What Makes a Great Teacher from a Students Perspective?" 

    Today I chat with Jennifer and Steve Latimer, proud parents of four children: Abby, Blake, Jack, and Sadie. Abby and Blake both currently attend Western University. Abby is currently in her third year attending the Ivey Business School, while Blake is in his...

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    November 8, 2021 34 min

    The world is slowly starting to open up. Wouldn't it be nice to travel the world and make some money at the same time?

    Teaching abroad is a popular option for teachers looking to see the world, experience new culture and make some cash while doing it. If you ever wondered what it was like to teach abroad this is the episode for you!

    Today I chat with Renee Faubert, a Guidance and Learning Resource Teacher and Former Arts teacher ...

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    I know this sounds silly....but have you ever thought what it would be like to drive a school bus?! As teachers, we are so focused in the classroom! But we need bus drivers to get the kids to the school safely and on time!

    Today my guest is Max Ross, a former bus driver for Attridge Bus Company and Appleby College.  Max  is a stand up comedian from Toronto Ontario. Outside of his comedy career, Max served in the Canadian Armed Forc...

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    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...

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    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:

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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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