Entries by cdodds

TT023 How to get the most out of these 3 teacher apps (The Future is Bright)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher In this episode, Michelle and Colin go over three educational apps that can make your lessons easier and more exciting. Show Notes: Segment: Tactic Time [1:11] App #1: Plickers (www.plickers.com) [1:36] Bonus App! Poll Everywhere (www.pollyeverywhere.com) [3:31] App #2: Kahoot! (www.getkahoot.com) [4:04] App #3: Remind (www.remind.com) [6:26] Segment: Your […]

TT022 How to find specific and relevant lesson ideas online (Something Borrowed)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher There are so many wonderful teaching resources online, but with so much stuff out there, it’s difficult to find what speaks to your teaching style and fits with your curriculum. Michelle and Colin give suggestions for where to look to find relevant, useful material to get inspired and save […]

TT021 How to use mentorship to improve your teaching practice (Ask an Expert)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher Teacher mentors are incredibly valuable – they can offer classroom-tested ideas to improve your teaching practice, and emotional support as you begin your teaching career. In this episode, Michelle and Colin talk about more of the benefits of a mentor, and where to find one. Show Notes: Segment: Tactic […]

TT019 Four ways to survive staff politics at school (Political Science)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher Staff politics can be tricky to navigate – Michelle and Colin go over four suggestions for getting along with your co-workers and remaining professional (even when it isn’t easy to do so). Show Notes: Segment: Tactic Time [1:16] Tip #1: Seek permission [2:17] The importance of understanding the culture […]

TT018 Successful parent-teacher interviews (Meet the Parents)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher Meeting the parents (of your students) doesn’t need to be nerve-wracking! Michelle and Colin discuss all the positive aspects of parent-teacher interviews, and talk about what you should prepare beforehand and how you can make the most of the meeting. Show Notes: Segment: Tactic Time [1:15] Why parent-teacher interviews […]

TT017 Four Review Games (Brush Up)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher Make review engaging and enjoyable with one of the four review games that Michelle and Colin discuss in this episode. We discuss some mistakes we made running these games the first time, and go over some specific instructions to make sure you can run these activities successfully in your […]

TT016 Three Quiet Games (Quiet Time)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher Students like games, and teachers like quiet: quiet games are a win-win, a fun way to calm your classes. Michelle and Colin talk about their three favourite quiet games in case you need a break from a noisy classroom. They also go through extensions to each game so you […]

TT015 Four bellwork ideas (Ring the Bell)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher Giving students an activity that they can start before the bell goes is a game-changer: it re-focuses student attention to your class, gives you a bit of breathing room, and immediately gets your students engaged. In this episode, Michelle and Colin go over four examples of bellwork that are […]

TT014 Five Customizable Lesson Hooks (Off the Hooks)

Stream Podcast / Subscribe on iTunes / Subscribe on Stitcher A hook (or “anticipatory set”) is a great way to get students engaged…but it’s tough to keep coming up with new, creative ideas for hooks. Michelle and Colin go over five creative and customizable ways to start your classes to get your students curious, interested, and excited about your […]