I’ve been pretty quiet on here as it’s been a busy semester. We sold our house & moved full time to our cottage (giving us a longer drive in to work each day). I’m almost full time as teacher-librarian now & learning this new role consumes my days. And I’ve been working at establishing a better work-life balance so haven’t been doing teachery things in the evening as much as possible.
It was high time for a new edition of Learning in the Loo. This one is all about podcasts. With my long drive to & from work I listen to a lot of talk radio and podcasts. I often hear stories that give me lesson ideas or make me think “that would be great for a [fill in the blank with a subject area] class!”. So these can be great for your personal learning. But these could also be used with students, having them listen to a clip on a certain topic as an introduction to an activity, or perhaps as a listening activity in and of itself.
If you’d like to use podcasts with your students but are wondering what that might look like, maybe read what some of these teachers have tried:
USING PODCASTS IN THE CLASSROOM by Ashley Marquez
Teaching the Art of Listening: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom by Alix Mammina
(also touches on how to go the next step & get your students podcasting about local events/issues)
How Podcasts Can Improve Literacy in the Classroom by Michael Godsey
(talks about using the transcript text to allow students to read along with what they are listening to)
Past editions of Learning in the Loo can be found here.
– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)