Monday, March 20, 2017

Ep 40 - Andrew Campbell: "You have to bring focus and passion to what you are doing"

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Aside from being a classroom teacher in Brantford, ON, Andrew Campbell is a father, writer, and a thinker about education and technology. Andrew writes about education and technology on his blog and his thoughts on education have been published in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, The Brantford Expositor, on The Canadian Educational Association website, and The National Education Policy Center (US) website. He has been interviewed about education on Rogers Television, CBC, private radio, and on several podcasts. He speaks publicly about education, presents at education conferences in Canada and the US, and to parent groups in Ontario.

Listen in to hear what Andrew has to say about the work he is currently doing as a Junior teacher, being an educator, what he wanted to be when he 'grew' up, the Teaching Apprentice Program, his learning style, integrating technology into his classroom/practice, the realization of how blown away he was using the Internet, teaching overseas, what motivates/inspires him, being a writer and having his work published in newspapers, being invited to speak on the radio (French Immersion, Cell Phone Ban), good discussions, taking the kids to water parks, the experience of conforming to other customs/values/rules, what he would say to help someone find motivation/inspiration, and safe places to say whatever is on your mind. 

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Andrew on Twitter (@acampbell99) and/or at

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ep 39 - Emily Gover: "Explore your passions and try new things"

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Emily part of the Flocabulary team in New York, NY. Technically, she is the Content Director of Marketing at Flocabulary but those that know her well, know that she is a big time supporter of EdTech in the hands of students and teachers to make learning the best it can be. Emily considers herself a writer, librarian, and a proud nerd!

Listen in to what Emily has to say about her love of podcasts, her passion for EdTech, her Graduate Studies, working for the company of the products she used when she was in University, what Flocabulary is and what she does there, living in New York City, growing up in England (and not having an accent), her successes as a student, deciding where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do in University, what motivates and inspires her, and what she would say to someone to help them become motivated/inspired.

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Emily on Twitter (@edtechjam) and/or via her website ( 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ep 38 - Kara Welty: "Everyone has something to share - support them"

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Kara is a Mentor Teacher & Tech Integrationist in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a national speaker, writer, blogger, and webinar creator. She holds an Educational Administration degree which includes Elementary and Secondary Administration Certification. She is a firm believer in the power of building relationships, leadership that empowers ALL stakeholders, innovative learning that transcends beyond the classroom, using social media to create networks for yourself, staff, students, and for families, and purposeful and thoughtful technology integration. In 2013 she was recognized with the Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award and has recently been acknowledge as a METC Midwest Spotlight Educator.

Listen in to what Kara has to say about baseball and hockey, the work she does as a Mentor Teacher and Tech Integrationist and how she got into it, the best part of her job, her graduate studies in Administration and possible future endeavours, being recognized as an outstanding beginning teacher (following your heart and finding fulfillment), Megan Valois (listen to Episode 35 to hear all about her) and how they connected, visiting Canada, what it means to be a National speaker, being nominated and chosen as an METC Spotlight Educator, what generally motivates and inspires her (the energy of other people), knowing people in St. Louis, what she might say to someone to help them find motivation, and her experience helping others find motivation.    

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Kara on Twitter (@kara_welty) and at her website ( 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ep 37 - Carol Salva: "Just start, just try"

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Carol Salva is an educator in Houston, Texas. She is a Mom, a High School teacher, and an ESL Educational Consultant and Trainer with Seidlitz Education. When she's not with her family, teaching, and/or consulting, she spends her time adding content to her blog ( and leveraging social media to connecting with other educators.

Listen in to hear what Carol has to say about what she is currently doing, the current political climate in the U.S., her work an ESL Educational Consultant, podcasts, what motivates/inspires her, self awareness and open conversations, teachers that believed in her and didn't give up on her, issues she experienced as a student, leading students to success, feeling sorry for people who are not on Twitter, trying new things without being an expert - what she would say to someone to help them find motivation/inspiration, and taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone.

You can hear the podcast here.

You can connect with Carol on Twitter (@MsSalvac) and at her blog (

Ep 36 - Aviva Dunsiger: "It has to come deep from you"

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Aviva Dunsiger is a Kindergarten teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. She is a connected educator who is always willing to engage in discussion and assist members of her PLN. She is an avid blogger and enjoys doing so because it helps her process her thinking and learning, share her learning journey, and helps her reflect more about her teaching practices. Aviva is also a recipient of the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Listen in to hear what Aviva has to say about her current work as a Kindergarten teacher and with the Mehrit Centre (self-regulation), what got her into learning more about self-regulation, what motivates her to do what she does, wanting to be a teacher, being identified with a learning disability, her sense of humour, going from grade 5 to grade 1 to Kindergarten (class management, design, and space), her love for coffee, and how she might help others around motivation/inspiration (asking questions to help people find answers from within).

You can listen to the podcast here

You can connect with Aviva on Twitter (@avivaloca), her website (, and/or via email (

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ep 35 - Megan Valois: "Get out of your comfort zone"

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This episode features Megan Valois, a High School Teacher at St. Pius X in Ottawa, Ontario. She is also a Mom, an Army wife, and a fitness enthusiast. With respect to teaching and learning, Megan is passionate about 21st Century Learning and the use of technology in the classroom (Edtech), Differentiated Instruction, Assessment for Learning, and a variety of other topics that make her an effective educator and an asset to any Professional Learning Network.

Listen in to hear what Megan has to say about how we connected, her current work as a High School teacher, working with English Language Learners, how it came to be that she became a teacher, past students who connect with/visit her, what she might be doing if she were not a teacher, what motivates her day to day, finding the time to eat well and work out, being married to a soldier and what it is like to deal with deployments, resources/support for military spouses and her volunteer work, the experience of parenting her 3 month old on her own for a period of time, what she would tell someone seeking motivation/inspiration, and fear of failure and the power of taking a step in a different direction,

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can connect with Megan on Twitter (@msvalois) and at her website

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ep 34 - Student from Syria: "Be happy, you will win"

In this episode I speak to one of my students. He is one of the many Syrians that have come to Canada to start a new and peaceful life. He has been in Canada since February 2016, and I have been his classroom teacher all this time. He is kind, respectful, open to new learning, and has a great sense of humour. He hasn't said too much about what he experienced in Syria but every now and again he shares a story or two and when he does, you can hear a pin drop in the classroom. He recently created a presentation on how we (English speaking folk in Canada) can help new English Language Learners to our school and it led to a great discussion about his learning experience since arriving in Canada. I asked him if he wanted to speak with me on the Podcast so others could hear about his story and what motivates and inspires him each day. He agreed and was happy to do so. 

Listen in as he talks about his Canadian experience thus far, life before leaving Syria, the reality of war, not being able to play outside with his friends, a close call with bullets, how it feels to be safe and free in Canada, being provided with winter gear upon arrival to Canada, his thoughts about returning to Syria one day, what motivates and inspires him, and what he can do to help others find motivation and inspiration. 

You can listen to the Podcast here.

He would love to hear your thoughts on his experience. Please feel free to tweet me (@rchids) or comment on the blog and I will pass your thoughts/messages on to him.