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Here’s a selection of podcasts for teachers by teachers, covering everything from successes and failures to teaching methods, humour and classroom management. [By Jim Lang, M.Ed, Ph.D., Associate Faculty, Graduate Studies (Ret'd) Adjunct Professor (Philosophy) (Ret'd), Department of Social Justice Education OISE/University of Toronto]
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Podcasts as teaching and learning tools

Research & Findings   |   December 11, 2019

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The popularity of podcasts is soaring, with U.S. statistics showing their number has grown from 550,000 to 750,000 over the past year alone. This month we present a selection of podcasts for teachers by teachers,... read more

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How to deal with anxiety in the classroom

Research & Findings   |   November 15, 2019

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We are all living increasingly stressful lives and students are no exception. According to Psychology Today, linked below, we are experiencing more anxiety and stress-related diseases and disorders than ever, and this “stress epidemic appears... read more

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When e-learning works best

Research & Findings   |   October 15, 2019

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This year, the Ontario Ministry of Education announced a new requirement for graduating from high school: four completed e-learning courses—three more than the other provinces using e-learning courses. Fears that this threatens the traditional role... read more

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Just the facts, please

Research & Findings   |   September 12, 2019

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As the Canadian school year kicks off, raucous campaigns for our federal election in October are in full swing. Research and Findings was impressed by a college-aged niece, who asked where she could find unbiased... read more

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Civilization depends on rational thinking

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2019

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In this, our final column for this school year, we review the year’s key findings and recommendations for improving rational discourse in the classroom and beyond. Our democracy—civilization itself—is predicated on rational, critical, thinking and... read more

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When emotions play a part

Research & Findings   |   April 12, 2019

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In our continuing series on the perilous state of reasoned argument, truth and all things rational, we tend to focus on dry facts and logic, ignoring the role emotions play in everyday discourse. In formal... read more

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How to deal with propaganda

Research & Findings   |   March 12, 2019

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It’s election year in Canada and a feverish pre-election year for our neighbour to the south. As political ads, videos and social media posts explode across our collective vistas, we address the thorny question: What... read more

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When ignorance is a choice

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2019

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In the depths of winter, Research and Findings invites you to get into the weeds somewhat, with a subject that can cause headaches and heartaches: Ignorance. As a teacher, you’re confronted by some students—or colleagues—who... read more

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How to avoid confirmation bias

Research & Findings   |   January 14, 2019

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This month, in our continuing series on teaching clarity in thinking and reasoning, we tackle the common problem of “confirmation bias.” This is the tendency to overvalue evidence that supports a belief we already hold,... read more

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Rules for rational discourse

Research & Findings   |   December 14, 2018

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This month we tackle the current epidemic of “whataboutism.” Political debate, social media and everyday conversations are rife with comments and claims that are often frustrating because they seem wrong, but we can’t explain why... read more

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The case for school newspapers

Research & Findings   |   November 14, 2018

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In keeping with Research and Findings’ 2018 theme, we look at one practical approach to teaching students to be critical and rational thinkers: turning students themselves into journalists. Establishing a classroom/school newspaper/letter can provide opportunities... read more

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How to use your mental hardware

Research & Findings   |   October 15, 2018

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This month we review promising practices in the teaching of rationality and one of its primary components, critical thinking. Physical science can explain a great deal about our brains and the role played by genetics... read more

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How to verify facts

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2018

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Mark Twain once wrote, “How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!”[1] Ironically, Twain is also often cited as having said, “It is... read more

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To teach or not to teach?

Research & Findings   |   April 12, 2018

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It’s a common saying: not everyone is cut out to be a teacher. This month we take up the question: why do some teachers quit the profession and why do some stay? Some of those... read more

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Philosophy for children

Research & Findings   |   March 14, 2018

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This month, we offer a grab-bag of educational issues and developments, ranging widely from philosophy and ballroom dancing for elementary students to a list of 52 inspirational quotes for teachers. Plus, Australia is often described... read more

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