Thaddeus Bourassa – What Do We Value in Education?

Hello, and welcome to Episode 91 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.
Before I get to this week’s episode, I have an exciting announcement! Planning Period Podcast is participating in its first in-person meetup! I will be joining up with Chris Nesi, Stacy Lindes, and AJ Bianco of Podcast PD, and others at ISTE 2019 in Philly. The meetup will be on Sunday, June 23rd at 6 pm. We will be meeting at Pat’s King of Steaks. We are going to do the Pat’s vs. Geno’s challenge, which means eat a cheesesteak at Pat’s then go across the street to Geno’s. So, if you’d like to meet me and other education podcasters, and you’ll be in Philly on Sunday, join us at Pat’s King of Steaks, June 23rd at 6 pm!
This week on the show I am joined by Thaddeus Bourassa, an instructional support teacher and edtech mentor out of Manitoba, Canada. As a coach, he is focused on increasing pedagogical work with or without technology. Thaddeus is the third of the podcast blind dates I have done for the show.
Thaddeus and I talk about technology coaching vs. instructional coaching, the value of collaboration with peers, how testing is different in different areas, the need to decide what we value in education, the need to move that conversation outside our building to all stakeholders, why teachers should share their vulnerabilities, and how important it is for teachers to get to know students as people.
So, sit back and enjoy Episode 91 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Thaddeus Bourassa.
Thaddeus, thank you for a great chat.
To connect with Thaddeus, find him on Twitter @ThaddeusBTeach.
If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at And I look forward to meeting some of you at ISTE on Sunday, June 23rd at 6 pm!
Until next week, what do you value in education?
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Vicious by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0