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Together, Carol and Jamie Bricker have over a half century of experience as educators in Ontario's public education system. But they're not done yet. In this innovative new podcast, the Brickers join forces to bring us insights and strategies on building effective and productive partnerships between home and school —— Bricker by Bricker!

Jamie and Carol

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July 1, 2017 - Happy Canada Day - A Look Back over 152 Years of Canadian Education - Canada is celebrating its 152 nd anniversary! There have been a lot of changes over the years and our education system is no different. So, Jamie and Carol celebrate Canada Day by recapping what has happened in those 152 years to make our education system what it is today!

June 17, 2019 - Road Scholars - The school year is coming to an end, but there is certainly no end to fun and stimulating learning opportunities. Lots of great experiences can be generated by staycations, but even more new learning awaits children as they hit the open road for camping, cottaging or extended travelling. In this podcast, Jamie and Carol share some ideas for low-cost high-interest activities that will engage young travelers, and teach them what a true “road” scholarship is all about!

June 3, 2019 - Sleep, Nutrition, Activity and School Success - We all know the adages about getting a good night sleep, starting the day with a healthy breakfast and that physical activity is good for your health. In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the affect sleep, nutrition and physical activity have on your child’s school success and ways to support these healthy lifelong habits.

May 20, 2019 - Ending the Year off Right - We are now moving into the final month of school and we want to ensure that the momentum that was established at the beginning of the year carries through
to the end. In this episode of Bricker by Bricker, Jamie and Carol discuss some
timely items that parents should consider during this last month of school.

May 6, 2019 - Back to the Basics - Many changes are coming to Ontario’s Education system:  class size, curriculum content and the availability of technology.  In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the proposed changes to the Math Curriculum, as Ontario’s focus transitions to Math Fundamentals or Back to the Basics.  How will these changes impact Ontario students over the next few years?

Check out the report from EQAO (Education Quality Accountability Office) Lessons from EQAO Data on Fundamental Math Skills: How Are Ontario Students Doing?

April 15, 2019 - Understanding Standardized Testing in Ontario - Part 2 - In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss EQAO through the students and school lenses.  From the students’ perspective, topics include the types of questions they will encounter, the accommodations in place to support students who have an individual education plan, and tips for families to assist their children both prior to and during the assessment period.  From the school’s perspective, they share how schools prepare for this standardized testing and the profound impact EQAO has had on current classroom instruction and assessment.

April 1, 2019 - Understanding Standardized Testing in Ontario - Part 1 - Standardized testing or EQAO as it is more commonly known in Ontario, has been around for almost 25 years.  Many changes have occurred over that time period as the assessment has evolved to better meet the needs of students, parents, schools and school boards.

In today’s podcast, Melissa Sparkman, an elementary school administrator, who has had many years of experience implementing and supporting students, parents and teachers through the assessment process, joins Jamie and Carol as they provide parents with information about EQAO from a provincial prospective.

March 18, 2019 - Attitudes and Mindsets and Their Impact on Learning - There is no doubt that a parent’s attitude towards school has a huge impact on his/her child’s attitude towards school.  Over time, these attitudes, of both parent and child, create Mindsets that then have a tremendous impact on the child’s enjoyment of, and success at, school.  In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol differentiate Growth and Fixed Mindsets and discuss ways for parents to foster a Growth Mindset for their children.

March 4, 2019 - Knowing How Your Child Learns - Knowing and understanding how children learn is an essential component of a teacher’s skill set in today’s classroom.  In this podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the characteristics of the various learning styles, or multiple intelligences, and provide practical tips so that parents can best support their children’s learning.

February 18, 2019 - Addressing Concerns - Despite having established a positive relationship with your child’s school, situations may arise that result in a disagreement or disconnect with the school administration and/or your child’s teacher.  In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss how you should share your concerns in a manner that will lead to a satisfactory resolution of the issue, as well as strengthen your home-school partnership moving forward.

February 4, 2019 - A Safe and Nurturing School Environment - No child can be expected to produce their best academic results, if they are feeling anxious and afraid before, during, or after school.  In today’s podcast, elementary school administrator, Jack Barclay, shares some key insights that help establish and maintain a safe and nurturing school environment.

January 21, 2019 - Technology Today - Technology is always evolving and how it is being used in the classroom to support student learning has also changed over the years.  Becky Kuruliak, an Assistive Technology Facilitator, joins Jamie and Carol as they look at technology to discuss its educational uses, as well as strategies for families to support their children at home.

January 7, 2019 - 21st Century Learning - We are almost a quarter of the way through the 21st century and the development of the 4 Cs – Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity is becoming increasingly important for today’s learners.  Join Jamie and Carol as they discuss the importance of each of these skills, and provide insights into how schools and families can support their children in developing these 4 Cs.

December 17, 2018 – Beyond the Classroom – Most of your child’s instructional time is spent in his/her classroom.  In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol take you Beyond the Classroom to the Learning Commons, previously known as the School Library.  Guest podcaster and Teacher-Librarian, Allison Davis joins Jamie and Carol to discuss the role of the Teacher-Librarian and the many functions of the Learning Commons. Allison also provides practical suggestions for families to keep their children engaged over the holidays.

December 3, 2018 – Beyond the Parent/Teacher Interview – Next Steps – You have attended the Parent Teacher Interview and some concerns with your child’s progress were addressed.  Now what? Jamie and Carol discuss the next steps that can be done both at home and at school to support your child’s ongoing learning.

November 19, 2018 – Breaking Down Gender Barriers – Gender identity has played a significant role in how boys and girls view their competence and confidence in various classroom activities and academic subjects.   Parents play an essential role in establishing positive gender identity for their children, which will impact both their academic choices and future career options.  Jamie and Carol look at ways parents can support their children in developing healthy, positive gender identities which will open doors to the future.

November 5, 2018 – The Parent Teacher Interview – It’s time again for parent/teacher interviews and it’s essential that this is a positive and productive experience for all.   Jamie and Carol, along with Grade 6 teacher Stefanie Waters, discuss what parents should expect from the interview, provide parents with preparation tips, and makes suggestions for productive next steps.

October 15, 2018 – Hows and Whys of Classroom Assessment – Today’s teachers are using a variety of assessment methods and tools to determine students’ strengths and needs, to guide next steps and to effectively close gaps in learning. Kim Sullivan, a Grade 3 teacher, joins Jamie and Carol to look at these assessment tools and how they support the teacher with programming decisions to better meet the needs of their students.

October 1, 2018 – Supporting Your Child in Today’s Classroom – Today’s classroom looks and sounds a lot different than classrooms of previous generations.  To help parents actively and effectively support their child’s learning at home, it is imperative for them to have a clear understanding of what occurs in the classroom on a daily basis. Recognizing that family life today can be very busy, Jamie and Carol provide practical suggestions that parents can weave into everyday activities.

Sept. 17, 2018 - The Power of Play - Play is essential for developing the skills of the 21st century learner – skills that future employers value, such as; creativity, complex problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration.  Together, Jamie and Carol discuss the value of play and ways that parents may incorporate it at home.

Sept. 3, 2018 – Starting the Year off Right – It’s the beginning of another school year and now is the time for parents to build those essential relationships between home and school.  Join Jamie and Carol as they discuss ways for parents to be actively involved in their child’s educational journey.

Aug. 2018 – Introductory Podcast – Join Bricker by Bricker for its maiden voyage. Listen to discover what will be discussed during the 2018-19 podcasts.

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