Bricker by Bricker
Building Productive Parternships Between Home and School
Jamie and Carol Bricker have over 60 years of education-related experience between them, and they are looking to share that experience with you! Bricker by Bricker focuses on the important relationship between home and school, and provides focused and timely insights on how we can work together to ensure that those relationships are productive, powerful and fulfilling.
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As the cold weather becomes a reality, we are seeing an increasing number of Covid cases and positivity rates. What impact is this having on our schools and the safety of all stakeholders? In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss this impact and…

We are almost a quarter of the way through the school year and many changes and disruptions have occurred for our children’s learning. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol look back over the past two months and discuss what has taken place for…

In their last podcast, Jamie and Carol were joined by special guest, Heather Murray. Heather is a parent of 4 children and in this podcast, Heather continues to discuss the challenges of returning to school this fall both virtually and in person.

A month has passed since students began their return to school whether it was in person or virtually. To share insights from a parent’s perspective, Heather Murray joins Jamie and Carol to discuss the successes and challenges of schooling from home…

As we return to school this fall, families have had to make challenging decisions about returning to school in person or returning virtually. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol continue their conversation with Education Specialist, Michael McKnight…

There is no question that this pandemic has had a major impact on people’s physical and mental health and returning to school is just another stressor for many parents and families. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol are joined by Education…

Recently, guidelines for the return to school in Ontario have been presented by the government. These guidelines provide stringent cleaning measures, social distancing recommendations, screening procedures and steps for contact tracing. However, it…

As we begin our last month before students return to school, many parents are anxious about what this school year will look like and the safety measures that will be put in place to protect their children. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol are…

Continuing their virtual tour of Canada and the wonderful authentic learning opportunities families can share, Jamie and Carol explore Quebec, the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Join them as they discuss the many sites and attractions these provinces…

There are lots of learning opportunities for families to celebrate over the course
of the summer months as they travel to various regions in our country and
beyond. And, this summer, what better way to travel than through a virtual tour.
In today’s…

Summer time is a great opportunity for families to explore our wonderful country, whether it be through camping, hiking, boating, trips to the trailer or longer travel vacations. However, this summer, many families will be deciding to stay at home….

For many families, virtual learning has been a challenge to say the least! Parents have been juggling their own work commitments and family commitments, the availability of devices, and trying to find space in the home to meet everyone’s needs. In…

Jamie and Carol continue their discussion about Project Based Learning with Instructional Methods Advisor, Heather Buskirk. In this episode, they look at how Project Based Learning is approached and assessed in the classroom and how parents can…

Project-based learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extending period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question or problem. During this pandemic,…

For many students, their learning at home experience is now being supported online by their classroom teacher(s). However, what can families continue to do to supplement this learning? In this podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss a variety of math…

During this unprecedented time, parents are feeling the pressure to provide for their children’s educational needs. In this podcast, Jamie and Carol will address some of the anxieties parents are feeling and provide strategies and suggestions to make…

In the previous episode, Trevor MacKenzie, educator, author, international speaker and consultant for Inquiry Learning, joined Jamie and Carol to discuss Inquiry Learning and the positive impact it has for students. In this episode, they continue the…

Supporting parents with gaining a deeper understanding of current educational pedagogy has been the focus of this year’s podcasts. In this episode, Trevor MacKenzie joins Jamie and Carol from Victoria, B.C., Canada. Trevor is an educator, author of…

When we look at our children’s report cards, we often focus primarily on the grades they receive. However, Jamie and Carol advocate for the importance of a child’s learning skills or his/her executive functioning skills. In this podcast, they…

Continuing the Conversation: Play-Based and Project-Based Learning
Continuing their conversation about current teaching practices and inquiry learning, Jamie and Carol focus today’s discussion on Play Based Learning for younger students and Project…

In today’s classrooms, students play a significant role in the learning process. They are encouraged to explore material, ask questions and share ideas. Join Jamie and Carol as they provide an overview of inquiry-based learning and discuss ways for…

As we enter a new year and new decade, there are many uncertainties for parents, students and educators. Our educational system needs to evolve to meet the needs of our students both today and in the future. In their first podcast of 2020, Jamie and…

As we come to the end of 2019 and get ready for a new decade, Jamie and Carol share their wish list for education. Wish list items include: school safety, programming and equity, school attendance, home/school partnerships and a prosperous 2020.

Report cards have been sent home and parents have participated in the annual Parent Teacher Interview but what does all this information really mean? In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss traditional methods of evaluation, current practices…

It’s time once again for the annual Parent-Teacher interview and knowing how to
optimize this time with your child’s classroom teacher is paramount. In today’s
podcast, Jamie and Carol provide parents with tips to best utilize their interview
time and…

Last May, Jamie and Carol discussed the changes being proposed to Ontario’s Math Curriculum and the government’s initiative to go “Back to the Basics”. In this episode, Jamie and Carol continue their discussion about math focusing on recommendations…

As families work to once again balance school, work and family times, the inclusion of homework can be a daunting task. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the pros and cons of homework and why parents are seeing their children bringing home…

The week of October 7 – 11 is Media Literacy Week in Canada and the theme this year is Break the Fake. To highlight Media Literacy Week, Jamie and Carol define media and media literacy and discuss why it is essential for everyone to look at media…

Parent involvement is an essential aspect of a child’s involvement in and success at school and a parent’s involvement is affected by his/her parenting style. In this episode, Jamie and Carol discuss four different parenting styles and the effect…

In this second, of two-part series, Speech and Language Pathologist, Amanda
Frumkin joins Jamie and Carol for continued discussion about language
development. In this episode, Amanda talks about developmental milestones and
articulation, providing…

Oral language is the basis for all future learning and parents play a vital role in
developing their child’s oral language skills. In today’s episode – the first of a two
part series – Speech and Language Pathologist, Amanda Frumkin joins Jamie and…

The beginning of August is here and in Ontario, the start of the school year is just
four weeks away. It’s time for families to be thinking about the new school year
and encouraging their children to participate in extra-curricular activities. In this…

Parents and children are settling into new summer routines and schedules and it’s
important to ensure everyone’s safety during these fun times. In today’s episode,
Jamie and Carol discuss safe use of social media, water and biking safety, as well
as,…

Canada is celebrating its 152 nd anniversary! There have been a lot of changes over
the years and our education system is no different. So, Jamie and Carol celebrate
Canada Day by recapping what has happened in those 152 years to make our
education…

The school year is coming to an end, but there is certainly no end to fun and
stimulating learning opportunities. Lots of great experiences can be generated by
staycations, but even more new learning awaits children as they hit the open road
for…

We are now moving into the final month of school and we want to ensure that
the momentum that was established at the beginning of the year carries through
to the end. In this episode of Bricker by Bricker, Jamie and Carol discuss some
timely items…

We all know the adages about getting a good night sleep, starting the day with a healthy breakfast and that physical activity is good for your health. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the affect sleep, nutrition and physical activity have…

Many changes are coming to Ontario’s Education system: class size, curriculum content and the availability of technology. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the proposed changes to the Math Curriculum, as Ontario’s focus transitions to Math…

In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss EQAO through the students and school lenses. From the students’ perspective, topics include the types of questions they will encounter, the accommodations in place to support students who have an individual…

Standardized testing or EQAO as it is more commonly known in Ontario, has been
around for almost 25 years. Many changes have occurred over that time period
as the assessment has evolved to better meet the needs of students, parents,
schools and school…

There is no doubt that a parent’s attitude towards school has a huge impact on his/her child’s attitude towards school. Over time, these attitudes, of both parent and child, create Mindsets that then have a tremendous impact on the child’s enjoyment…

Despite having established a positive relationship with your child’s school,
situations may arise that result in a disagreement or disconnect with the school
administration and/or your child’s teacher. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol
discuss how…

Technology is always evolving and how it is being used in the classroom to
support student learning has also changed over the years. Becky Kuruliak, an
Assistive Technology Facilitator, joins Jamie and Carol as they look at technology
to discuss its…

We are almost a quarter of the way through the 21st century and the development of the 4 Cs – Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity is becoming increasingly important for today’s learners. Join Jamie and Carol as they discuss…

Most of your child’s instructional time is spent in his/her classroom. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol take you Beyond the Classroom to the Learning Commons, previously known as the School Library.

Guest podcaster and Teacher-Librarian, Allison…

Well, it’s Parent-Teacher Interview time and so in this episode Carol and Jamie offer their insights on what to expect and how to prepare for the first official meeting with your child’s teacher.

In this episode, Jamie and Carol talk how positive home-based play experiences can have an impact on how children do at school.

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In this very first episode of Bricker by Bricker, Jamie and Carol Bricker map out the landscape for their podcast, introduce some main topics for the year and jump into a conversation about preparing students for back-to-school!