Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Popular Podagogy

A podcast for the teachers, by the teachers.

Popular Podagogy is a podcast from the Queen’s University Faculty of Education that brings big ideas in teaching and education to life. Our guests include top researchers and instructors from our Faculty and beyond, as well as practicing teachers to combine innovative educational ideas with the everyday life of being a teacher. 

Theme song by Trevor Strong

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Have a Classroom Confession you wish to share? Email us at popular.podagogy@queensu.ca and you may be featured in a future episode.

Episode 22  Outdoor Education

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Featuring Special Guests Erik Vreeken and Paul Gifford

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Join new host Chris Carlton as he speaks with outdoor education enthusiasts and Queen’s alumni Erik Vreeken and Paul Gifford about the benefits and opportunities of taking teaching and learning outdoors!  

Erik Vreeken (Ed’92) currently teaches grade 6 for the LDSB and bring 29 years of teaching experience. 

Paul Gifford (Ed’94) is a consultant and facilitator with Teach Outside, an in-service program for elementary teachers in the Upper Grand District School Board and co-designed the Evergreen brickworks education program in Toronto.

Thanks to Trevor Strong for our new theme song!  

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More resources about outdoor education from our experts

Want to learn more? Dr. Zabe MacEachren, Associate Professor of Outdoor Education, recommends these three readings on moving our learning outdoors.

  1. Last Child in the Woods, Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv is one of the best-known books that connects wellness with the culture children are growing up in today.
  2. The Big Book of Nature Activities by Drew Monkman and Jacob Rodenburg is an excellent resource for parents and teachers on year-round outdoor learning.
  3. Out of School and Into Nature, The Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade is an illustrated children’s book on one of the earliest nature educators in America.

Episode 21  Students with Exceptionalities and the Pandemic

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Featuring Special Guest Dr. Ian Matheson 

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Vulnerable youth are being impacted by the pandemic. Faculty member Dr Ian Matheson, who researches students with exceptionalities, discusses ways that the pandemic has positively and negatively affected students with exceptionalities and talks about some strategies teachers and parents are using to navigate teaching in a pandemic environment.

Please note this podcast was recorded in May 2021.

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Episode 20 How Gegi the Unicorn is Welcoming Gender Diversity

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Featuring Special Guest Kel Martin

Friday, June 25, 2021

Want to create a welcoming school community? Master of Education student Kel Martin joins us to discuss the importance of gegi.ca, and his involvement with the project. Gegi.ca is a website that was recently created by our own Dr. Lee Airton, as well as Dr. Kyle Kirkup (University of Ottawa), and their research team to equip all Ontario students and teachers with the tools to advocate at school for the right to express and live their gender in their own way.

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Episode 19 Session 1: Fostering Inclusivity and Belonging in the Online Classroom


Session 1: Fostering Inclusivity and Belonging in the Online Classroom

Monday, January 18, 2021

This fall our Knowledge Forum conference moved online and we were able to bring together our alumni and faculty to share their ideas and experiences about teaching and learning during a pandemic. We are excited to release these sessions on Popular Podagogy for your auditory enjoyment! Session 1 Dr. Andrew Campbell (DR.ABC) speaks about diversity in the online classroom: what it looks like, how to address it, and best practices for an inclusive environment.

You can also watch this presentation as a video.

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Episode 18 DR.ABC


Featuring Dr. Andrew Campbell

Monday, November 9, 2020

Dr. Andrew Campbell (DR.ABC) joins us to discuss diversity in the online classroom, intentionality with your actions as a teacher, and how to make a difference in the fight against anti-black racism. Dr. Campbell is also the first speaker at our Knowledge Forum Fall Series this November.

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Episode 17 Student of Mystery

Courageous Conversations

Featuring Eleanor Newman, Tammy Billen, and Danielle LaPointe-McEwan

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN), a consortium of Eastern Ontario District School Boards and the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, recently developed a Math Monograph using a Student of Mystery approach. In this episode Eleanor Newman, Tammy Billen, and Danielle LaPointe-McEwan of the EOSDN join us to explain how this approach can be used to help teachers and students meet learning goals.

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Episode 16 Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

Featuring current teacher candidates Liam Gladden, Danielle Leroux, Natanya Levine, Sarah Reid, and Hannah Willis

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Teacher candidates joined us to discuss best practices for having courageous conversations in the classroom. In this episode, these insightful educators offer advice on how to create a brave space for students, navigate discomfort (and why discomfort is good), and how to give students of all ages skills to think critically and express themselves in productive ways.

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Episode 15 Teaching, Learning, and Learning to Teach During a Pandemic

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Featuring special guests teacher candidate Nelligan Letourneau, instructor Chris Carlton, and alumna Diane Pennell

Tuesday, April 29, 2020

Worldwide, everyone has had to quickly adapt to physical distancing measures. In this episode, listen to how remote teaching and learning has changed things from the perspectives of a current teacher candidate, a Faculty instructor, and an alumna teaching Grade One.

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Episode 14 Celebrating Indigenous Languages

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Featuring special guest Lindsay Morcom

Monday, April 13, 2020

Take a break from listening to podcasts about COVID and hear Dr. Lindsay Morcom reflect on decolonization, the importance of learning and celebrating Indigenous languages, the responsibilities of teachers in Reconciliation, and the lessons we can all learn from Ms. Frizzle.

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Episode 13 Classroom Holiday Special

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Featuring stories from staff and faculty

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The mix of high spirited anticipation and too many treats makes the holidays an exciting time in schools everywhere. In this special episode, listen as staff and faculty share stories of memorable moments from the classroom. From inadvertently crushing Christmas spirit to lessons learned about holiday potlucks, tune in and enjoy this merry episode!

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Episode 12 Finding Math Lessons Everywhere – from RuPaul to a Photograph

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Featuring special guest Jamie Pyper

Friday, November 29, 2019

Jamie Pyper talks about getting future teachers excited about teaching math and how a quote from RuPaul’s Drag Race illustrates his approach to math education. He also shares a dramatic classroom confession with explosive results!

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Episode 11 Steven Gottlieb: Teen Whisperer

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Featuring special guest Steven Gottlieb

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Steven Gottlieb, Director of the Boundless School, self-professed teen whisperer, and the keynote at our upcoming Knowledge Forum Conference, shares his approach to teaching, his experiences working at the Boundless School, and how a Seinfeld episode illustrates part of his approach to teaching.

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Episode 10 Intercultural Education

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Featuring special guest Alison Cummings

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

In this episode Alison Cummings – instructor and designer of CTE’s Intercultural Educators Training Program (IETP) and Training Coordinator for Queen’s University Human Resources – discusses intercultural education, the importance of self-reflection, and tips for teachers on accommodating diversity in their classrooms.

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Episode 9 Composing and the Classroom

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Featuring special guest Dr. Ben Bolden

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hear Dr. Ben Bolden talk about his love of podcasts (and how to bring them into the classroom), how he uses music and emotion in his research, the joy of composing music, and how he supports arts education through his UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning.

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Episode 8 From ATEP to Sweden: The Experiences of a Recent B.Ed. Graduate

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Featuring special guest Caroline Reid

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hear recent B.Ed. graduate Caroline Reid reflect on life as a B.Ed. student, her alternative practicum at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and her experience with the Teacher Overseas Recruitment Fair (TORF) and Options that led to her first teaching job in Sweden.

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Episode 7 Teachers as Change Leaders

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Featuring special guests Dr. Rebecca Luce-Kapler and Dr. Dennis Sumara

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Listen to Dr. Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Dean of the Queen’s Faculty of Education and Dr. Dennis Sumara, Dean of the Werklund School of Education as they discuss the past, present, and future of teaching on the eve of the Faculty’s 50th Anniversary Conference.

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Episode 6 Computational Thinking in the Classroom

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Featuring special guest Brian Aspinall

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Teacher, author of Code Breaker, and professional speaker with three TEDx talks, Brian Aspinall, joins us to talk about celebrating and embracing failure to encourage kids to take risks, how to integrate coding as a tool for learning, his favourite app Twiducate, and a new book that he is writing.

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Episode 5 How to be awesome through music

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Featuring special guest The Harmony Club

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Teacher Candidates Noah, Alex, Evan, Jillian and Juno Nominee Gary Rasberry, discuss their album How to be Awesome produced as part of their alternative practicum at Queen's Faculty of Education. How to be Awesome helps guide young listeners to become the best versions of themselves.

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Episode 4 The Wheels on the Bus

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Featuring special guest Sawyer Hogenkamp

Friday, September 7th, 2018

In this episode, Queen’s MEd student Sawyer Hogenkamp shares valuable advice for anyone starting their masters, and discusses the Queen's graduate community, his 3-Minute Thesis, and his research on bullying and school buses.

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Episode 3 Adapt and Change

Paul Hannah Episode 3

Featuring special guest Paul Hannah

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Queen's AQ instructor Paul Hannah stops by the CFRC studio to discuss how he became a teacher, his time at Queen's, how education has changed over time and his classroom confession.

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Episode 2 Play-Based Learning as a Spectrum

Kristy Timmons Episode 2

Featuring special guest Kristy Timmons

Friday, July 6th, 2018

In this episode, Kristy Timmons stopped by to talk about how she keeps busy in Kingston, play-based learning, self-regulation strategies, and the importance of small and large group activities in early childhood education.

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Episode 1

Lee Airton Episode 1

Featuring special guest Lee Airton

Friday, June 1st, 2018

In our first episode of Popular Podagogy, we have Lee Airton drop by the CFRC studio to discuss their James Bond-like hobbies, debating in the classroom, the No Big Deal Campaign, blogging and more.

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