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The Staff Room Podcast with Chey and Pav Episode 49: Are You a Helicopter Teacher?

The Staff Room Podcast with Chey and Pav Episode 49: Are You a Helicopter Teacher?


In Episode 49 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk about an article they read called “The Curse of Helicopter Teaching” by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher. In this article, the authors talk about this concept of “Helicopter Teaching” – the act of teaching involving a lot of coddling of students, providing them with explicit lists and step-by-step instructions with regards to writing, specifically. Chey and Pav talk about some of their key takeaways from the article, including their thoughts on the process of Helicopter Teaching, as well as how they can see it being a part of teachers’ practice (often unknowingly) and what they sometimes do to be steering clear of it.

Pav talks in detail about how this concept of Helicopter Teaching can be universally applied to other areas of the curriculum, and she has most often seen it in Mathematics. Chey discusses how the concept of Helicopter Teaching can be compared to helicopter parenting, and also Lawnmower Teaching, or parenting. They go on to discuss many other parts of the article, which can be read here:

Chey and Pav introduce Monsieur Steve, Grade 3 French Immersion teacher from Toronto, Ontario, Canada for their 3 Enlightened Minutes segment. Steve talks about the ways in which the classroom, starting at the primary level, can be made to be a fully inclusive, safe and welcoming environment for all students.

After the 3 Enlightened Minutes segment, Chey and Pav wrap up by briefly reviewing their reflections on Helicopter Teaching. They think about the ways they might have lent themselves to being Helicopter Teachers, or perhaps how they’ve emerged from that way of teaching over the years.

Remember to Inspire, Don’t Require, always be a Humble Servant, and Education Never Dies.

You can Check out our 3 Enlightened Minutes Guest, Monsieur Steve, from Toronto, Canada at:

Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education. Come join Chey and Pav; partake in the Staff Room chatter that all teachers and educators can connect with.

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