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EP 73 – Comedy & Creativity

The first in a series of “best of” Down the Hall episodes, this week we bring laughter and play into your life. We revisit the concept of comedy and creativity in the classroom with some excellent excerpts from previous episodes. We all love to laugh (as regular listeners of Down the Hall already know), and […]

Ep 72 – Holiday Stories & Picture Books

The holiday season is a joyous time of year, filled with laughter and love and also great stories! In this week’s episode, Fiona talks to Kathryn Shoemaker, noted children’s book illustrator and author, about the evolution of picture books in Education, trends in the industry, and her love of teaching. Of course, there are certainly […]

Ep 71 – Whole Child Education

Mental health is a very important, yet sometimes neglected part of education. While students’ physical needs are taken care of, what can be done to help with their mental ones? In this episode, Fiona talks to Steve Cairns. Steve talks about his work with the Village of Attachment and other organizations that help students, promoting […]

Ep 70 – Teaching Creatively, Teaching Creativity

Back on Episode 24, Happy Anniversary, Dave asked Carl Leggo about the importance of creativity in Education. This time around, Carl elaborates on his commitment to creativity and shares his thoughts about teaching creatively and teaching creativity. Carl recommends a selection of books to inspire creative approaches in the classroom for varying curricular disciplines, including […]

Ep 69 – STEM & Spooks

It’s Halloween! This week, your hosts examine what is sometimes a creepy subject, especially when it involves possible zombies. They explore the science of ethnobotany and how it’s been portrayed in popular culture. Complete with Sean Connery impersonation! The interview this week is with Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin, who talks about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & […]

Ep 68 – Enhancing Education Around the World

In the western world, we sometimes take education for granted. That isn’t the case in less-developed areas of the world. How can education in these areas be improved and teachers trained so that kids growing up without easy access to education can still succeed? In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Noble Kelly about just […]

Ep 67 – Taking Charge of Your Education

Teachers are often seen as the drivers in the classroom. The teachers teach, the students learn. But not every student is identical or learns in the same way, or even at the same pace. On this week’s episode, Dave talks to Dr. Deborah Butler about her work in Self-Regulated Learning (SRL). What role does the […]

Ep 66 – Perspectives on Helping and Healing

This week has had a somber tone for us here at Down the Hall.  Along with other PDCE and ETS colleagues we have been openly talking about the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) and sharing readings, thoughts and feelings surrounding these themes. As UBC suspended classes on the 18th to allow faculty and students to attend […]

Ep 65 – Inquire. Imagine. Inspire.

All over the UBC Vancouver campus, festivities ignite to kickoff the new academic year, and within the Faculty of Education, we have an additional reason to celebrate: the Year of Teacher Education. To highlight the good work of educators, Dave interviews Dr. Wendy Carr, the new director of the Teacher Education Office (TEO), to find […]

Ep 64 – Target Practice

If you are interested in taking a professional development program, how do you hear about it? How did that program get its information out to you, the student? This week, Fiona’s away. Instead, PDCE Marketing Manager Heather McGregor joins Dave as they talk about the challenges of marketing educational programs, getting the word out so […]

Ep 63 – My Kingdom for a Smartphone

This week, Down the Hall is visited by royalty. Ok, not actual royals, but your hosts do talk about the new addition to the British royal family, Prince George of Cambridge (the name was not known at the time of recording). As well, there are the plans for Leicester Cathedral to be the new resting […]

Ep 62 – The Spectrum of Special Education

This week on Down the Hall, Dave goes on vacation, and Fiona and Alpha kick off the episode with with a lively discussion about a study featured in the Globe and Mail about how random acts of kindness have affected a group of Canadian children. Dave “returns” in an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Jordan to […]

Ep 61 – Educating the Heart and Mind

This week, we have a two-pronged episode for you, something for everyone. Dave interviews Dr. Harry Hubball about the SOTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) certificate program here at UBC. Faculty members and educational leaders from around the world take this program to improve their pedagogy and leadership abilities, bringing this expertise back to their […]

Episode 60 – The Future of Learning

In some areas of Africa, there is a shortage of teachers and good quality education. Thankfully, there are many initiatives to help address this shortfall. On this week’s episode, Fiona talks to Dr. Samson Nashon about the Faculty of Education’s work in a joint educational program at Dadaab. They highlight the diploma in Teacher Education […]

Down the Hall – Episode 40 – Growing Fields of Educators

Agriculture, and the food we eat, is a very important part of our lives. How much do we think about what we put in our bodies? Do we think about where our food comes from? The Agriculture in the Classroom foundation (AitC) has been providing educators and students with resources and programs to help them […]

Down the Hall – Episode 39 – Digital Balance

Learning a language can be a difficult thing, whether it’s children learning their native language for the first time, or somebody learning their second (or even more) language. Learning technologies can greatly aid this process and there are many new methods available to do this. In addition, university exchange programs allow students who are learning […]

Down the Hall – Technical Difficulties, Please Stand By

Many of you have probably been thinking to yourself “Hey, wasn’t there supposed to be a Down the Hall episode last week?” My first response is to say thank you for being so attentive as to wonder about that. My second response is that, unfortunately, due to some technical issues, there will be no July […]

Down the Hall – Ep 38 – A Day at the Museum

Museums are fascinating places, even more so when seen through a child’s eyes. Field trips to museums always carry some special memories that take us back to our childhood. What many of us didn’t realize back then is that museums and museum education programs can play a vital role in our educational background. How do […]

Down the Hall – Ep 37 – Indigenizing Digital Culture

What effect has the increasing use of technology had on Indigenous education and the passing on of knowledge from one generation to the next? Technological advances in education can often cut both ways, especially when we move beyond pedagogical issues and think about the cultural issues that they bring up. In this week’s episode, Dave […]

Down the Hall – Ep 36 – Developing the Practice

With the increased prominence of social media and technology, professional development for teachers has become even more important in order to stay on the right side of the curve. It used to be that we improved our practice by commiserating with our immediate colleagues and maybe went to a conference or a seminar. Now it’s […]

Down the Hall – Episode 35 – Using What You Learn

Virtual learning commons are one way that we can facilitate student learning by giving them the tools that they need to succeed in their studies. Many of them are set up by teachers for students in their classrooms, but why can’t an institute set one up to help all of its students? That’s a question […]

Down the Hall – Episode 34 – Digital Youth

Voting for our new theme song Fiona’s pick: Chased by a Cow Jenny’s pick: Digital Stop Dave’s pick: Microinfinity Voting is now closed. See Episode 35 for results. We live in a culture saturated by media and technology. Living in that culture, it becomes imperative to learn to how to critically examine various media and […]

Down the Hall – Episode 33 – The Future of E-Learning

E-Learning is more than just online learning at a distance. It can also involve the varied uses of educational technologies to enhance face-to-face courses as well. UBC’s Faculty of Education is making great strides toward enhancing all aspects of e-learning. In this week’s episode, Jenny talks to Norman Daoust, Director, Academic & Information Technologies here […]

More Ways to Find Our Podcast – Down the Hall

Many of you have been listening to Down the Hall on iTunes or via the web player on each blog post. Or perhaps you subscribe to us through your blog reader that also can play podcasts. Now we have two more convenient ways you can listen to us, and take us with you wherever you […]

Down the Hall – Episode 32 – Rural Justice

There are unique challenges involved in educating students in rural areas. This is something that the Faculty of Education at UBC is working hard to address, to help teachers in rural communities enhance their curriculum choices by using local resources and landscapes to broaden their students’ experiences. This week, Jenny talks to Dr. Linda Farr […]