Learning As We Speak: Live at Leger

by | March 15, 2020 | 0 comments

This past week, I was invited to spend the day at Cardinal Leger Secondary School in Brampton, ON,  introducing Grade 11 and 12 students to world of podcasting. Teacher Librarian Helena Mesich wanted students to consider creating audio content in support of some final project work that they would be doing this year, and I […]

This past week, I was invited to spend the day at Cardinal Leger Secondary School in Brampton, ON,  introducing Grade 11 and 12 students to world of podcasting. Teacher Librarian Helena Mesich wanted students to consider creating audio content in support of some final project work that they would be doing this year, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to get out of the studio and on the road. (Well, Brampton is not really that far!)

I have kind of a hands on approach to this stuff so, instead of spending a whole lot of time talking at them, I started by talking with them—on mic! We quickly surveyed the gathered students to get a sense of what issues were on their mind, asked for some volunteers, pressed record and started to create some podcast magic. By the end of each session, students were not only coming forward as guests but they kicked me out of the host chair and took over the whole operation. In the final conversations of the day, students invited their teachers to be part of the discussion.

We threw ourselves into the deep end and, very quickly, learned to swim.

Throughout the day, they  talked about the pressures of social media, growing up in a digital world and some ideas around equity in organized sport. They talked about finding a direction in life, managing stress and issues around mental health and wellness. They talked about sleep and leisure activities outside of school. They talked about what made a good teacher and what made for good learning experiences.. With the exception of the very first conversation (which was my idea), they suggested the topics and the conversations took flight.

Take a listen to the results and imagine what might happen in your school. And during this time of school disruptions and closures, imagine what might happen if we were able to have these types of conversations virtually. Have a listen and feel free to reach out if we can help you get started!

 

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