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Chef Educator

32 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Colin Roche, PhD, MBA, CEC, CCE, FMP, CHEWebsite

The Chef Educator podcast was created to be a comprehensive resource for new and "seasoned" culinary, baking & pastry, and hospitality teachers, instructors and faculty at both secondary and post-secondary educational institutions.The show addresses the many issues related to student learning and in… read more

32 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Curious Students Learn Best

September 16th, 2023


Understanding the brain's tendencies to avoid excessive thinking is crucial for educators. We need to leverage this knowledge to help foster a love …

Preparing Engaging Presentations

September 2nd, 2023


It is a fact that effective and engaging presentations are the result of proper preparation. They don't happen by accident or chance. So whether you …

Naked & Natural Presenting

August 27th, 2023


We all know the struggle of enduring a monotonous presentation that leaves us counting down the seconds until it's over. But fear not, because in this episode we will be talking about some of the various ways that we …

Active Learning Facilitation

July 2nd, 2023


Active learning is an instructional approach that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning process. In this episode, Dr. …

Introduction to Active Learning

July 1st, 2023


Active learning is an instructional approach that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning process. In this episode, Dr. …

Accepting Personal Responsibility

December 6th, 2022


Personal responsibility is the ability to respond wisely at each fork in the road with choices that move you closer to your desired outcomes and experiences. In other words, personal “response-ability” is the foundation …

Effective Class Discussions

September 11th, 2022


Whether you are a new teacher / faulty member or a teaching veteran, if you are looking for advice on how to hold a better class discussion, then …

Conducting an Effective Demonstration

July 25th, 2022


While there are a number of instructional strategies and methods that can be used to help our students achieve cognitive objectives, such as lectures, discussions, and case studies, the demonstration method is the …

Becoming An Effective Teacher

March 5th, 2022


A teacher's effectiveness is determined in large part by their subject matter competency, professional competency, and personal competency. Inadequacy in any one of these areas will have an adverse impact on student …

Presenting Naked

December 2nd, 2021


The ability to stand and deliver a powerful presentation that engages the whole minds of our audience is more important today than ever before, …

Podcasts in the Classroom

October 12th, 2021


Podcasting has been around for many years but has recently gained new interest and popularity due to new topics and celebrity hosts, as well as …

Improving Teaching Through Practice

September 14th, 2021


Teaching is a cognitive skill just like any other, so how can we increase the space in our working memory, our factual subject knowledge, and our procedural knowledge? Well, listeners to this podcast have heard me say …

Practice Testing for Students

August 30th, 2021


A recent survey of undergraduate students revealed that 84% studied by rereading their notes or textbook. Despite its popularity, rereading has …

Upset Students Can't Learn

June 11th, 2021


Almost every student becomes angry at some point in school. After all, anger is a normal human emotion. And it is not a problem if a student becomes …

Long-Term Memory

May 14th, 2021


Neuroscience researchers have shown that when you learn something new, there is a physical change in your brain. You have approximately 86 billion brain cells and when you learn something new, some of your brain cells …

Working Memory

February 17th, 2021


Memory is what enables us to learn by experience, therefore memory is essential to survival. And in this episode, we specifically focus on "working" memory, the term most scientists prefer over "short-term" memory. We …

Memory and Learning

December 23rd, 2020


The brain's programming promotes survival of the animal and the species. This programming has guided mammalian development and adaptations for survival in the unpredictable and perilous environments in which most …

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

October 22nd, 2020


A teaching philosophy (also known as an educational philosophy, a teaching statement, a philosophy of education, a philosophy of teaching, etc.) is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and …

Exercise for the Brain

September 8th, 2020


We know that exercise is great for our bodies, but what about for our brains? Does going for a run, hitting the gym, or lifting some weights really affect the health or strength of our brains? The answer is yes …

How the Brain Works

July 13th, 2020


Learning is a complicated process. Several thousand years ago, the primary job of the human brain was to figure out how to find food, avoid getting eaten by a predator, and to find a mate. Today, in addition to those …

Percentage Grades and the use of Zeros

June 6th, 2020


Percentage grading systems that attempt to identify 100 distinct levels of performance distort the precision, objectivity and reliability of grades. And when averaging on a 100-point scale, the use of zeros is …

Grade Confusion

May 9th, 2020


When most students come into our classrooms, they bring with them an unhealthy attitude toward grading, which has often been instilled in them by parents and past teachers. It is an attitude based on the flawed …

Formative vs. Summative Assessment

April 13th, 2020


Most aspects of grading and reporting have been around forever and reflect traditions that have been a part of our education system since the early …

Top Ten Tips For Remote Learning

March 29th, 2020


Today's episode is titled "Top Ten Tips for Remote Learning" and is basically the same message that Dr. Colin Roche sent out all of his students this …

Chef Educator Podcast Trailer

March 21st, 2020


Listen to this short trailer to find out what the Chef Educator podcast is all about! Hosted by Dr. Professor Chef Colin Roche, the show is available …

Instructional Continuity

March 16th, 2020


When classroom instruction is interrupted due to emergencies, we as faculty need to use alternative methods and tools to continue teaching our …

The Lecture

February 19th, 2020


The success of your lectures depends as much on the planning as it does on the delivery. There is a lot of information available on the factors that …

The First Year Teacher

January 20th, 2020


As a new teacher, your life is already stressful. You are entering a new job, setting up a new classroom, dealing with new procedures, completing a …

The First Day of Class

January 3rd, 2020


A successful first day of class can be a key component of a successful course. You should envision the first day as more than just a time to review …

Effective Lesson Planning

December 5th, 2019


Whether you are a new teacher, a part-time adjunct teacher, or even a veteran teacher, lesson plans matter! Learning is our ultimate goal when we …

Constructing the Syllabus

November 24th, 2019


The syllabus is one of the most important documents that you will create for your class because when it is done well, it communicates a variety of important information about your overall course, including activities, …

Designing A Course

November 18th, 2019


The Chef Educator podcast was created as a comprehensive resource for new and "seasoned" culinary, hospitality, and pastry arts teachers, instructors …

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