Time for Teaching Podcast 

These are a few of our favourite things...

Since we take a little time here and there on the podcast to discuss some things that we love, we thought this might be a good place to share some of them. Podcasts we're inspired by, books we love, chairs that make our office-dwelling back pain a little more manageable - it's all here, so if you're interested, feel free to take a look.


Please note - we are not affiliated with any of the podcasts, books, or products below and do not receive any compensation for including these items here (although we're considering calling amazon to see if a devoted three-person listenership is enough for a sponsorship deal - stay tuned).

The podcasts we love often include a list like this (and we find it helpful), so because all of the real-deal podcasters are doing it...here it is.  Gosh, the pressure to conform is SO real.  

A few of our Favourite Podcasts

This podcast was born out of love for the medium.  Here are a few of our favourites.

Armchair Expert

"Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. 

What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert."

Unlocking Us

"The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. I am also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. I’ve spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I’m the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. My most recent book was released in October 2018 and is the culmination of a seven-year study on the future of leadership. 

The bottom line: I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck. I try to be grateful every day and my motto right now is “Courage over comfort.” I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only."


"The Teaching Online Podcast (TOPcast), hosted by Dr. Thomas Cavanagh and Dr. Kelvin Thompson, is a monthly podcast for online and blended learning professionals conducted over a shared cup of coffee."

Topcast - Michelle Pacansky-Brock Episode

"Hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by guest Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock (“Brocansky”) to discuss the importance of “humanizing” education. Humanizing is important generally for the design and teaching of actual online courses/programs, but in the COVID-19 era, humanizing remote teaching/learning is imperative."

Teaching in Higher Ed

"Hosted by Bonnie Stachowiak, The Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast airs weekly. The podcast focuses on topics such as excellence in teaching, instructional design, open education, diversity and inclusion, productivity, creativity in teaching, educational technology, and blended learning."

Under the Influence

"As the marketing world shifts from a century of overt one-way messaging to a new-world order of two-way dialogue, we leave the age of persuasion and enter the era of influence. 

The first 50 years of modern advertising was based on hard-sell. The next 50 years was persuasion through creativity and media tonnage. But as advertising squeezed into the 21 century, it was forced to shed its elbowing ways and become a delicate dialogue. The goal is no longer to triumph by weight, but to win by influence." 

A few of our Favourite Books

Before podcasts, we had books.  And lucky for us, they're still around, that they're still informative, entertaining, and fun to read. Here are a few of our faves.

Small Teaching

by James Lang

"Research into how we learn has opened the door for utilizing cognitive theory to facilitate better student learning. But that's easier said than done. Many books about cognitive theory introduce radical but impractical theories, failing to make the connection to the classroom. In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques."

The Happiness Advantage
by Shawn Achor
"In the book that inspired one of the most popular TED Talks of all time, New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor reveals how rewiring our brain for happiness helps us achieve more in our careers and our relationships and as students, leaders, and parents.

Conventional wisdom holds that once we succeed, we’ll be happy; that once we get that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But the science reveals this formula to be backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.

Research shows that happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better problem solvers than their unhappy peers. And positive people are significantly healthier and less stressed and enjoy deeper social interaction than the less positive people around them."

A few of our Favourite Office Things

Working from home can be convenient and fun, but it can also be lonely, annoying, and tough on our bodies.  If you'd like to chat about anything we've purchased to make our offices a little less sucky, please feel free to reach out.  Also, please note that we (cough, KIM, cough) are cheap, so these are the budget-friendly versions of these items, many of which are were on sale when purchased.  There are definitely better versions (or at least, more expensive versions) of these out there, but for us, these ones do the trick! :)

External Adjustable Webcam

Slightly higher definition than our built in laptop webcams, and can also be positioned anywhere, which helps when you're working with multiple screens, or if your built in camera is at the bottom of your screen and you prefer not to showcase a collection of double chins :) 

Purchased on sale for $39.99 from amazon.ca

Selfie/Video Call Ring Light

This little beauty is perfect for avoiding shadowy faces on video calls, nice for taking headshots if you need them, and overall adds a little light and bright to what can be dark times. 

Purchased for $25.99 from amazon.ca

Ergonomic Upright Mouse

After dealing with tennis/mouse elbow after transitioning to working from home and literally doing everything on the computer, we have both purchased this little gem and have seen great improvements. Not to mention, it has cool lights, which is a great way to entertain yourself on a long WebEx call. 

Purchased on sale for $39.99 from amazon.ca

Adjustable Everything Chair

Another big focus when working from home is where you spend your time. A transitioning sitting/standing desk is a great option to keep things moving and provide variation in our sedentary work habits. Having a chair that adjusts (for the sitting times) is wonderful too. This one adjusts in height and angle (pretty standard), but also has adjustable armrests which can help with the aforementioned tennis/mouse elbow. Great price on sale at Canadian Tire 

Purchased on sale for $149.99 from Canadian Tire