Beyond the Staff Room
Unpacking the Philosophies of Education
A collection of fun conversations that seek to unpack the philosophy of education.


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My ignite talk: mInute 30.

We tried something different here! Carol Salva and I patched together a podcast from a number of Voxer posts over a week. I think this is a great conversation, through an interesting new method.

$ educators get together and talk about serious issues in education while consuming a variety of extremely hot hot sauces.

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The Ministry of Education here in Ontario is looking to examine assessment, reporting and curriculum. At this point public consultation has begun. In conjunction with the consultation team Voiced Radio is…

I love talking about jumping and building your wings on the way down. jay Dubois is an educator who exemplifies this spirit!

This was an interesting experiment at the #Edtechcamp17 conference in York Region, where I did a bunch of short podcasts ion my student designed mobile podcast booth. check it out!

Last week I had a great conversation with Peter Cameron about the word “connection” and how we interpret this as educators. The conversation wasn’t done, so I had part 2 with Brad Shreffler, where we broke it down further.

What does being connected…

Shawn Berry Clark and Brady Venables, two excellent collaborators got together with me to break down the details of the word collaboration.

The battle continues, I am still trying to write my book with a philosophical lens on education. Every week we are breaking down a different word. This week was a big one, we looked at the word “learning.” This stands at the centre of education, so…

I was thinking about a metaphor I have used a great deal.

It is important to keep your pedagogical sword sharp.

In this podcast i break it down to explain what I mean by that.

Carol is an educator out of Texas who had been on “Beyond the Staffroom” before and is a contributing member of the Voirced Radio community. She has joined the podcast today to reflect on her experience with Harvey and talk about “grit.”

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I am working towards writing a book. Education is, or at least should be a reflection of society. As a result it is a complicated place, full of jargon and large concepts making up a lexicon that educators speak. However, in my experience, we are not…

Nancy Motley’s is currently an Educational Consultant.

Nancy is the author of Talk, Read, Talk, Write: A Practical Approach to Learning in the Secondary Classroom. She is also the co-author of The Diverse Learner Flip Book, and has developed a…

I am working towards writing a book. Education is, or at least should be a reflection of society. As a result it is a complicated place, full of jargon and large concepts making up a lexicon that educators speak. However, in my experience, we are…

Todays we had most of the presenters from #VirtuEL17 A digital conference for educators dedicated to ELS.

Valentina is a professional development specialist for English Language Learners, educator, blogger & avid learner!

Author of The Relevant Educator, Tom is a former Adjunct Professor of Education at St Joseph’s College in New York after 34 years as a secondary English teacher in the Public School system.The founder of #EDchat Tom and I had a chance to talk about…

The host of The Dr. Will Show, Dr. Will is a K12 Instructional Technologist and consultant. We dug into twitter as a PLN for teachers, a boot camp program for teachers new to the 1 to 1 technology, and more. Check out his podcast here:…

Podcasting is a great way for educators to connect and learn. With so many people asking how to get involved in podcasting, i gathered some friends who are podcasters in Canada to share their stories and tricks of the trade!

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators, nurses, hospital personnel, and others on…

Emily Francis is an ESL teacher who is passionate about english language learners and family engagement.

She has great blog you should check out:…

Shawn is the Author of, “Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning.” She is a blogger of a cool, raw blog found here:

A self professed High School Dropout Ready to Change Education!

This podcast came from a string of tweets.

It all started with Chris Cluff talking about #teachbrave17

the Jeff put up his video


Carol came on to talk with me about her awesome new book “Boosting Achievement: Reaching studnets with interrupted or minimal education.” it was a great talk about a great book. Here are a few key links mentioned in the podcast:
carol’s blog:…

I have been wanting to have a few podcasts about educational leadership and subtleties of what can make a successful leader. This is the first of several podcasts to come looking at leadership in education. Debbie is a great leader who has a lot to…

At the beginning of the year we put up an idea wall in a common space. it is a great place to write inspirational messages and share ideas. This week the idea wall made me think…

I had an opportunity to talk with Paul again today, a recently retired principal here in Ottawa. He always brings interesting opinions and helps push my learning. Another great chat!

It’s always fun talking to Carol on the podcast! I invite you to go back into the archive and check out our last talk. She is a truly passionate educator, we talk a bit about that, what it means and how do you promote it. You can learn about her…

This was a great way to demonstrate my interest in the conversation, and then check with the student for accuracy of comprehension.

it’s been 1 year of podcasting, and what an adventure. I have talked to so many educators and learned so many lessons. This chat with Nick Janna, an educator in Ottawa was a trip down memory lane as the first guest I ever had on the podcast.


Debbie is a Principal-Learning Design & Development & the Arts. We talked about communication, sketchnotes, bridging the gap, standards and much more.

This conversation was cut short with a technical difficulty, but it still a conversation worth publishing! Sandeep and i will revisit this soon, I am sure!

math is in so much flux right now, this podcast is a great opportunity to talk to a math specialist to help unpack some of these ideas.

This podcast is based on a quote I put together,
“To know a tomato is a fruit is knowledge, to know not to put it in fruit salad is critical thinking.”

I had the opportunity to talk to Andrew Pelling today at his office in Ottawa U and visit the awesome lab. Andrew an experimentalist, Senior @TEDFellow, @CRC_CRC Chair and @SpiderwortBio CTO, his latest project is @pHacktoryLabs.

Welcome to the online conference that may just change your life and the way you teach!

This conference has one goal: to make a difference for you and the students you teach! On May 7th 2017 from 8am-8pm EST educators from around the world will be…

Today i spoke with Brian Miller, Founder & CEO @TopTechEDU, Educator, Innovator, International Speaker and Educational Tech Toy Expert. We had a great chat today, enjoy the podcast!

I took a little podcast break in February. I am back at it now, and looking forward to an awesome March of podcasts! Also, I have changed the podcast name, I am going with, “beyond the Staffroom,” feeling it captures the kinds of conversations I…

Well folks, this is it.
The challenge is done. I had 30 days to do 30 podcasts, and I did 26. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

This podcast was a live recording soft opening of Lot’s of great educators getting together to answer questions from pre-service teachers.

Hi Eduthoughts listeners! I am looking for your help to help me complete this 30 for 30 challenge! Send you ideas to

Amy came in today and we talking about working together as teachers, building relationships and taking risks in the class!

Tonight’s eduslam is a rambling talk about authentic learning. What is it, and how do we achieve it?

As a teacher candidate Ted and i had a conversation about how the changes in education are being reflected in teacher’s college, how to get ready for the classroom and more.

Continuing the weekend theme of work life balance, this was a podcast while walking the dog. During the week, the plan to return to the recording studio, but for this werkend, I am keeping it simple.

This is the 13th Eduslam of my 30 podcasts in 30 days challenge! I have been trying to break down words in education, today I took on a big one.
What is a teacher?
Take a minute to let me know what you think, would love to hear your opinion….

Noa has been on the podcast before and is a great member of our Eduthoughts community. Today she throws down how to build a BOB (Building outside the blocks), her creative, awesome way to teach students, where they are leading and feel safe to risk,…

Sarah is a first year teacher candidate and spoke to me today about her take on teacher’s college right now, how she can be a future ready teacher, building her PLN and more.

She also just launched a new web page, check it out:…

Here is a slightly late Eduslam done on my phone. I recorded it yesterday, so I like to think it counts in my 30 for 30 challenge!

How do you support RISK taking?

Welcome to episode 9 in this 30 podcasts in 30 days challenge!

I took some time to breakdown what I believe is the cornerstone in education, relationships.

Let me know what you think, and how you building relationships at your school…

This is podcast number 7 in my attempt to get to 30 in the month of January!

Peter Cameron is an educator out of Thunder bay a member of the #ONedchat team and a connected educator. We had our second conversation today on the podcast. We covered a…

I had a conversation with Jonathan So, a grade 6 teacher promoting creativity & exploration in all of his students. We talked process vs content, authentic learning, fluidity of information and relationships.

Check out his webpage here:…

The other day I was talking about 5 words in education that I think need breaking down. I have set up this eduslam to open up the conversation about FAILURE today, with more to come. Please put a comment on the webpage (www.derekrhodenizer), send out…

On this podcast I spoke with Jen Giffen, a digital literacy specialist, lover of hyperdocs and sketch note extraordinaire! We had a high energy conversation today that went in a wide variety of directions. We talked about the learning process,…

I had the pleasure of speaking with Rolland today. After talking podcasts, we spent some time to break down some words we hear in education a lot these days. Have a listen and let me know what you think about:

Nicola braved the freezing rain in Ottawa tonight and we had a great conversation about failure, small wins, universal designed learning, backwards planning and much, much more!

Stephen is an educator, facilitator, thinker and writer—working with others to create more whitespace in our schools for imagination! I had a great time talking to him about his new project, a radio station about education in Canada ( It…

I’ve been running this podcast for 8 months now, and what a great time it has been! Thank you so much to all my listeners, you truly are awesome.
I hope to hear from you as the new Year is upon us. What do you want to hear explored? What ideas do…

I got to speak with Kris Measwasige today, a specialist in indigenous education based in Ottawa. It was a great opportunity to have a conversation about how to move toward reconciliation in school.

Jethro Jones Is a principal out of Alaska, host of the podcast transformative principal, and somebody was always trying to better themselves at their craft. We had a conversation today touching on a wide variety of things, but really focusing on how…

As teachers I think we have all had that moment of feeling inadequate, or just not good enough. I know I have. This week I had after having a chance to talk to some teacher candidates going into their first ever visit to schools this week, and i…

Join me on s learning journey I took, exploring learning spaces as I built a lego wall in the principal’s office!
Here is a viedeo of the lego wall being made:

I have been thinking about various learning journeys to share. Not sure I have mastered this one yet, but I can still pinpoint the first time I really understood the power of learning through disagreement. Let me know your stories of learning…

This eduslam talks about how I got interested in school gardens, the original makerspaces, an amazing tool for students to learn.

Paul and I take a few minutes to answer a question. “How can an average teacher be more connected.”
Do you have a question? We will try to answer it, email

Wesley is a teacher, author, speaker, and the Director of Technology who joined us on the podcast today. We talked about the fluidity of technology, how teachers become connected and more.

Today’s Edu-slam is about collaboration. One of the biggest strengths from technology is our ability to collaborate like never before.

Welcome to my first edu-slam, the bite-sized podcast. On this quick little podcasts I am going to break down specific concepts, tools and ideas.
On this episode, I break down podcasting.

Peter and I had a talk about a lot of things, how do we connect as educators, and how do we go about sharing what we do?

I took some time on a Sunday night to do a solo podcast. Check it out, engage, ask questions, get involved!

Nick is an Ottawa educator and friend of the podcast. This is episode 3 we have done together and once again proves to be thought provoking, fun and challenging.

Noa is a classroom teacher who has developed an awesome set of project called Bobs. We spend some time unpacking these thing,s what they are, what they mean, why do them, etc! Her webpage is certainly worth checking out,…

This podcast a reflection of the weekend as well as my talk at the #Edinnovation summit in Ottawa. it was a great event with over 1500 teachers.

The Edinnovation summit is coming up in Ottawa next week. I am speaking on Saturday at 11:30am. This podcast is a a short one, just a few minutes thinking about innovation and the imminent presentation. As I am putting the final touches on this, I…

The Ottawa Maker Faire is happening October 15-16. It’s a great event, and i wanted to see if we could get a podcast together with some makers from the event. We had a round table with 5 makers and had some great conversation!

John Linney is an international speaker, trainer and author. As a “climate specialist,” he has provided services and training to over 400 educational institutions, foundations, community partnerships, and organizations in the United States, Canada,…

Larry Baker was on the podcast today. A digital leader himself, Larry is curating a collection of leaders who “walk the talk.”

Michael Bates is very knowledgeable in the field of dyslexia. We have worked together in the past and came together again here to discuss dyslexia specifically. We talked in great detail about what is it and how should the educational system be…

Jamie came on the podcast today, and we had a talk about collaboration, not teaching in a vacuum, the fear of looking silly and more.

I was invited to speak at the Day of Discovery in Ottawa. It was a great event, where teachers and teacher candidates met up at Ottawa U and shared some great information.

I spoke at a break out group about personalized professional development….

Jeff has been on the podcast before and always brings are interesting perspective, ready to question ideas and work through philosophies in education. We had a great talk about knowing what you don’t know, and should we be focusing on teachers rather…

Today Erin Paynter, Ottawa Principal came on the podcast. We talked “alternative” education, how to change grades at the elementary level and so much more!

Nick Janna made it out to the podcast again. After an education on Pokeman go we had a great chat about teach talent, how administrators can run learning sessions and much more. We spoke for an hour on air and an hour off air. Always lots to say…

Dean came on today, a systems principal on program in Simcoe. We had a conversation about teachers transitioning to Principal, innovation, what is a systems principal and much more!

Pat is a system principal of innovation, and understandably has a lot to say on the topic. It was great to have him in and talk about connecting people, shining a light on innovation and taking the innovators out of the shadows.

For this podcast we had 6 educators talking to me from a cottage in the Kawarthas! Nathalie had reached out about mental health being an important podcast topic, so here it is, a chat about mental health., what is it, how do we support a positive…

Ben is a software engineer and my first non-educator on the podcast. It was refreshing to hear his perspectives on innovation and on the education field more broadly.

Jeff came on the podcast today from beautiful Pembroke. He has taught at all levels from K to post-secondary. We had a great chat about talent vs. innovation, how to make the system of education better, sports analogies and more fun stuff!

We had Laura on the podcast today. We talked pokeman, twitter, professional development and the human aspect to innovation.

Rola came on to the podcast today, we spoke about her very unique flexible classroom, reflecting on learning and how do we go about getting mark in an environment like that!

I had the unique opportunity to speak to an entire group today. With over 30 people in the room it turned into a bit of a question and answer session with a lot of interesting things going on. We had a technical problem at 25 minutes and the…

Noa Daniel was on the podcast today for the second time. I am always happy to have this self proclaimed #teachergeek on the podcast. Check out this great chat!

Starr Sackstein came on the podcast today! We had a wonderfully meandering conversation about content vs. process, the value of grading, loopholes, and my 3 year old even joined us for a few minutes.

Shelly Sanchez, Twitter powerhouse, found of the 30 goals challenge and much much more talked to me today. It was a great conversation about the culture of yes, goal setting, pugs, grit and more!