Ian Brown

005: How To Engage Every Student In Your Classroom?

005: How To Engage Every Student In Your Classroom?

Today, more and more students are becoming disengaged in the classroom, in some cases it's because their learning style is not being utilized my the facilitator.  Yes, there are multiple learning styles, and just as our students are diverse in attitude, emotion and personality, this same thing is true for the way they learn. On today's show, we are joined by Behaviour Therapist, Johanna Niles M.Ed, who is a promoter of inclusive education.  She will share her thoughts, insights and research as we answer the following questions: What are the signs of disengagement? How to re-engage students? What are the learning styles? What should student teachers/facilitator do to start on the path to inclusive education? 

Johanna Niles is a Behavioural Therapist, Behaviour and Communication Consultant; Social Entrepreneur; Promoter of Inclusive Education, she holds a Master of Education in Developmental Psychology and Education and Special Education and Adaptive Instruction for the University of Toronto. 

 

004: 3 THINGS EVERY GRADE 9 HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

004: 3 THINGS EVERY GRADE 9 HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

I recently spoke to a group of soon-to-be high school freshmen and their families, on the eve of their official first day of high school.  As expected, they were excited, nervous and a bit tired after plunging into the cold bath that is an eight-hour school day after an eight-week hiatus.  I remember my summer prior to my freshmen high school year, known as grade nine in Canada, where I grew up.  It was a time of serious decision-making for me: Should I break up with my grade 8 sweetheart? Should I try out for the midget (also known as grade 9) basketball team? Should I order the crew neck sweater to accompany the rest of my school uniform, or, should I wear this throwback uniform sweater vest that I found at the Salvation Army thrift store?  I had to say “yes” to the sweater vest!  I also recall never getting any real advice before entering high school, unless I count my older brother telling me, “Ian don’t date any girls at that school”.

When I spoke to this group of ‘miner-niners’, an affectionately coined name given by grade 10s since, like forever, I didn’t mention the “don’t date any girls”, advice, even though I did follow it--by default.  Instead I decided to share three "tips" that would have been useful for me--and studies have shown--to build high school careers on.

002: The Biggest Lesson Your Students Can Learn From #BlackLivesMatter

002: The Biggest Lesson Your Students Can Learn From #BlackLivesMatter

In this episode we talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movement through the lens of a teen novel called All American Boys By Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely.  Also, Ian sheds light on why the #blacklivesmatter movement shouldn't intimidate you from talking to your students about racism, but should encourage and provides you with a golden relevant opportunity to talk to them about racism, violence, profiling, and so much more.