ITTNation Episode 4

Episode 4 of ITTNation

This week Dave and Kelly have their first guests join the show to discuss Treaty Education. Katia Hildebrandt and Kendra Leier join Kelly to discuss some of the topics and ideas that came out of the #saskedchat on Treaty Education. One of the main ideas that is discussed is that teachers need to be willing to take small steps to incorporating Treaty Education into their current practice.

Some of the resources mentioned in the podcast include:

Office of the Treaty Commissioner

SPDU – Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

STF – Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation 

If you have any resources you’d like to share with others, leave them in a comment below. Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions for upcoming episodes, leave us a comment.

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ITTNation Episode 3

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Episode 3 – Cross-Curricular Planning

In Episode 3 Dave and Kelly discuss cross-curricular planning and offer some suggestions for beginning to explore cross-curricular planning. You can subscribe to ITTNation in both iTunes and Stitcher.

Dave mentions the work done by John Antonetti and James Garver in 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t be Wrong and strategies for engaging students and promoting active learning within the classroom.

Kelly mentions the work done by Jay McTighe, Carol Ann Tomlinson and Grant Wiggins. Jay McTighe and Carol Ann Tomlinson’s work on UbD & Differentiation and Essential Questions by Grant Wiggins are good resources for anyone beginning cross-curricular planning or someone who is already incorporating it and looking for ideas and supports to improve and grow.

Dave and Kelly discuss how it’s important to start small – getting to know and work with a few curricula and making connections along the way that will help teachers to meet Outcomes. Delving into curricula and getting to know what can be found in each of them takes time but the deeper teachers are able to delve into curricula and make connections, the greater the opportunity for making connections. Through the use of UbD and Essential Questions, teachers can explore topics that allow for deeper exploration to happen.

Dave and Kelly discuss that teachers need to take the time to work through curriculum and unpack outcomes as they develop connections between the different subjects/topics they are teaching. Such work does require time but is the foundation for developing planning that allows for great students direction and input as teachers are able to make connections and empower students to explore topics as they can connect such explorations to outcomes across subject areas.

We  hope you enjoy this episode of ITTNation. If you have any ideas for upcoming podcasts, a suggestion for a guest to appear on the podcast or you would like to join us, please take a moment to leave us a comment.

ITTNation Episode 1

In this first episode Dave and Kelly discuss the premise for the ITTNation podcast and then jump into the first topic – homework  – which was a recent topic on #saskedchat. There was a great deal of interest and discussion during the chat and, as Dave and Kelly explore, some different ideas about the role of homework in school. Participants had a variety of opinions about homework and Dave and Kelly explore different aspects of homework -What’s it’s purpose? Where does it fit? The chat covers a number of different aspects related to homework as Dave and Kelly examine this “hot” topic!

The archive from #saskedchat has some great insights from participants. Check out Kelly’s blog about the chat.

Please leave us a comment and let us know how we did. We’re also looking for ideas for topics for upcoming episodes. ITTNation can be found on Stitcher and in iTunes. Subscribe to the podcast and leave us a rating and a message! We’ll be sure to mention any 5 Star ratings we get!


Dave can be found on twitter @bircherd. Dave is a vice-principal and regularly takes part in #saskedchat and posts to the #saskedchat twitter feed.

Kelly can be found on twitter @kwhobbes. Kelly blogs at Education Discourse where he posts the archives to #saskedchat and explores the topics from the chats from different perspectives offering insights and ideas along with resources and connections to delve further into the topic.