Season 1 Episode 19: Textbooks

By Chey Cheney

Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education.

In Episode 19, Chey and Pav talk about the benefit of using Textbooks in the classroom. They begin the episode by talking about the different ways that they use textbooks in the classroom. They discuss how teachers have evolved and have moved away from being heavily reliant on them. Technology has helped cause this shift away from using textbooks, but also the stigma and judgement that is attached to using textbooks in the classrooms. Teachers are hesitant to admit that they find value in textbooks because it has become “unsexy” to use them in classroom teaching. However, as Chey and Pav note during this episode, there is much value to be gained from many textbooks. There is a place for textbooks in the classroom, and teachers should feel comfortable with saying they find value in utilizing them to their fullest potential in the classroom. Textbooks are written by very credible authors, and the publishing process is a rigorous one that goes through a deep vetting process, and therefore, the content is generally very well thought out and valid.
Chey and Pav talk about how teaching and learning websites dedicated to particular subject areas, such as math, have become much more commonplace in the school setting.  However, issues such as equitable access to technology are big issues in schools. Therefore, it is very important to consider textbooks for foundational work in subject areas, to use to springboard and amplify particular learning tasks, and to gain ideas from when it comes to developing deeper lessons. 
For their “3 Enlightened Minutes” Segment, Chey and Pav introduce Melissa Wright, a High School Math teacher from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada. Melissa talks about School Culture and Climate – and making sure that Students and Teachers are getting the best possible learning experience. Her info is provided at the bottom of the details. 
Chey and Pav wrap up by talking about some of their text book experiences in the classroom. They always remind their listeners to Inspire, don’t Require, to always be a Humble Servant, and Education Never Dies. 
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