On today's episode, we have Ruth Arseneault. Ruth is in her eighteenth year as a full-time teacher, although she has been teaching for thirty years - five years of that was as a substitute teacher which is kind of amazing. Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She earned a Master of Arts in Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been teaching English 11 and 12 for the past ten years at Riverview High School in New Brunswick, Canada. Before that, she taught Theatre Arts and has produced and directed numerous plays.
-Ruth’s journey in becoming a teacher
-Theater Arts Teacher
-Thoughts on the introversion
-Stress at work and talking with a psychologist.
-Hand Work & Creative Outlets
-Getting students (especially boys) life-long readers
-The effect of a father reading
-What successful looks like to Ruth
“There is no perfect administrator, because people are human…”
-Scariest thing Ruth has ever done
-Habit that Ruth wants to get started again
-Ann Davies - Canadian Researcher
-Do one thing and stick to it
-Bringing our own ideas to the profession, and relying less on the internet
-Ruth’s typical day
-What is a fiddlehead?
-42 Fun Facts about New Brunswick
-Nighttime winding down
-Favorite Smartphone App
-Finding a mentor or support group through twitter
-Books to gift
Items discussed throughout episode
“Deep Work” by Cal Newport
Podcasts & App mentioned in the show
Talks with Teachers by Brian Sztabnik
Books and Links mentioned in the show
“Quiet” – Susan Cain
“Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese
“A Long Way Gone” by Ismael Beah
“Someone knows my name” by Lawrence Hill
“Seven Myths about Education” by Daisy Christodoulou
The Learning Spy (website)
42 Fun Facts about New Brunswick (website)
Hack Learning (website)
Twitter Chats (website)
Where to find Ruth
April Mass Photography ⇐ Get candid & fun photography at 10% off if you mention this podcast
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Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque)
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The Teacher Tunnel Podcast is an entertaining and authentic look at the teacher leaders in education and beyond. What are their habits, routines, and strategies? As a teacher and learner, Jon Belt wants to bring great people and thinkers to the surface and share their thoughts and insights about teaching, learning, self-improvement, and education.
Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.
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