That’s the voice of Andie Shaffer, the LL of Student Leadership at Central Memorial High School. The podcast she was talking about is “Serial” – a spinoff of “This American Life” that became the soundtrack of our English 30-2 classes for the next month. Students undertook a study of “Serial” as content and medium. Students were invited to plot evidence of character and setting, consider themes, and provide a verdict on each episode. The evidence board, as formative assessment, served as a visual record of their learning. The podcast was used to support their understanding of persuasive writing as well as provide a template for what a quality podcast sounds like. Two guest speakers supported the work, Rosalia Nastasi, a lawyer, and Jennifer Keane, a journalist for CBC Radio One. Rosalia gave students a greater understanding of Criminal law and Jennifer spoke about how to create a story using sound.
And then there’s the Nisha call….
Brian Cheney (@b_cheney7) has put out more literal fires than you have proverbial ones. When not saving lives, he teaches English and is the Learning Leader of Grade 10 Success.
Andie Shaffer (@andieshaffer1) is an enthusiast. She is the Learning Leader of Student Leadership at Central Memorial High School.
Ryan Cancilla (@ryancancilla) built an Ikea bed without getting angry last weekend, demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning and development. He is the Learning Leader of Humanities, and an English teacher at Central Memorial High School.
Kevin Scott (@kbscott25) is a life-long learner, and a self-described geek, who is fascinated with technology and how it can impact the way we learn. Kevin is a Comm Tech and Design Studies teacher at Central Memorial High School.