That High School Life is a podcast about, you guessed it, high school. It's hosted by Joe Ticar, a vice principal, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and guidance counselor at an international school in Germany.Guests on this podcast include a variety of interesting characters: Students, professionals, teachers, professional students, student teachers. Each episode takes a look at different topics surrounding the adventure that is high school: Life abroad as an expat teacher, learning in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, interesting coffee choices, and answers to the ever popular, "what do you want to do when you grow up?" Welcome to That High School Life.
Markers of success: An interview with a new grad student
When you measure student success, and it's easy to get lost in the numbers—exam pass/fail rates, diploma completion, acceptance ratios.
It's important to remember the people behind the numbers though. This is an interview with Anna Do, a former student who graduated from the Canadian International School in Vietnam in 2019. Today, Anna's a graduate student pursuing her M.Sc in Health Sciences at Wilfred Laurier University.
In this episode, we talk about the importance of perseverance even when you're not 100% clear about the outcome, adjusting to grad school, beating imposter syndrome, and finding your pathway.
Technology: It's only as good as the teacher using it
Well, well, well, how the turntables...
If you didn't get the reference to The Office, that's okay. In this episode though, the tables did turn, as I was the one getting interviewed (sort of). This was the recorded conversation between me and a group of students in Holistic Approaches to Information Technology (CTL 5011), a master's level class at the University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education taught by Dr. Selia Karsten.
We talked about:
Why technology is only as good as the teacher who knows how to use itThe role of tenacity for new (and experienced) teachers, and the key to consistently good practice (hint: It's reflection. Consistent reflection.)The importance of rapport and how to build it with students, and the critical nature that the German version of The Office (i.e. Stromberg) played in helping me build a relationship with my students.Challenges in language- and content-learning, and how teachers can address themTeaching technology and the need for a holistic approach to its integration in the classroom
College admissions: I...uh...can you please repeat the question?
Every year without fail, it happens: senior students around the world chase down guidance counsellors, do their best to cram an impactful experience into a 500 word personal statement, and call up teachers for reference letters. And then there's the process of interviewing.
This episode is a deep dive with Kana Shishikura, who works in the field of holistic admissions. Kana unpacks a few burning questions that I, as a guidance counsellor, have:
What is a holistic admissions process? How does it help to even the playing field for college applicants? Will my students still be emailing me at all hours of the night to get a recommendation letter for an application that's due the next day?
And a special congratulations to IS Ruhr's IB Class of 2022 - I'm very proud of all of you!
"I don't see how you'll ever get a job in education."
This episode is brought to you by Obsessed with ABGs. Read more about it at the bottom of these show notes.
Nothing's set in stone kids—sometimes the final destination that you have in mind in high school is only a pit stop on the way to another destination. High school is a time to figure out what you're passionate about, but this is a conversation about how it's never too late to start something new.
In this episode, I'm joined by my two guests, Reina and Kim. All three of us have left our previous careers, and in this interview we talk about what made us pivot into different fields, words of discouragement that drove us forward, and how missed trains are sometimes exactly what we're looking for.
About Obsessed with ABGs
Join Reina (a legit career & life coach) and Kimberly (also a legit producer) as they navigate their careers, Asian identity, and personal goals. They may not have all the right answers to life, but they want to be your hype women so that YOU can start obsessing over your own ABGs!
Grade 12: It's not easy, but someone's gotta do it
"Can you hear me now? I'm standing as close as I can to the router."
Welcome back for Season 3 of That High School Life! Surprisingly (or not surprisingly), we've found ourselves back at online learning after four months of in-person classes.
For Grade 12 students around the world, and the ones at IS Ruhr, some things remain the same: Getting up, doing work, wrapping up the last few months of a K-12 career and thinking of moving on to bigger and better things.
In this episode, I pick up where I left off last season by interviewing a Year 2 International Baccalaureate student about finding motivation to keep going, how he's doing in the midst of writing IAs, and finding himself in a digital classroom once again.
Back to school, sort of.
The past couple of months have been...interesting (in the sense of the phrase, "May you live in interesting times").
This episode of That High School Life is an interview with Johannes, an IB Year 1 student at International School Ruhr. Since we just recently implemented a hybrid (in-person/online) learning schedule, this interview during a lunch break at school (and right before a business quiz).
In this interview: a student's perspective on online learning—losing track of days, keeping up with community service, and realizing the things that we sometimes take for granted, both as students and educators.
Also, That High School Life has hit 10,000 downloads! Thanks to everyone who's downloaded and listened (and maybe even subscribed) to this podcast that started with a small idea and a very awkward first episode. It's still awkward (though less so), but the ideas keep coming.
Understanding the Next Gen
Amazing podcast from a teacher who legit cares about student success. The host provides great insight on what GenZ students are going through and the new ways they’re learning.
Informative and funny!
Thanks for the advice and insights on high school!