In this episode of Lefty Teachers Talking Teaching our guest-John, Matt Smedley (@SmedBoule), tells us how our children can best outsmart NAPLAN as if it is a thing that matters. He also points out some problems with the test in general. Pete (@mr_van_W) doesn’t have much of an opinion about it really. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-09/naplan-writing-test-bizarre-heres-how-kids-can-get-top-marks/9625852?pfmredir=sm Pete… Continue reading LTT01: Do it for your Grandkids!
On this weeks episode of Pete (@mr_van_w) and John (@jfcatto) both rage against some things that we feel are wrong in education, or at least within our little bubbles. Pete: Secular groups call for review of ‘blatantly discriminatory’ school chaplains program Paul Karp https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/01/secular-groups-call-for-review-of-blatantly-discriminatory-school-chaplains-program John: Flipping teaching on it’s head – Linda Morris https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/flipping-teaching-on-its-head-20180327-p4z6gr.html… Continue reading TTT Ep 56: A few of our least favourite things …
In this week’s episode of Teachers Talking Teaching – John and I get as close to @thedollop as we ever have. John tells me a couple of stories and mispronounces names while I sit back and interject like a real weisenheimer. It’s good and it made me happy (mostly you should all tell John that… Continue reading Episode 49: The Edu-Dollop
At a time when teachers are preparing to go back to school John (@jfcatto) introduces eight questions for teachers to consider to ensure students are engaged and not just compliant. Then (@mr_van_w) spends half a podcast discussing a discussion he heard on another podcast. #secondhander Spolier/Disclaimer/Edit: Finally, John awkwardly defends an offhand comment he made… Continue reading TTT Episode 45: Striving for Engagement and Discussing John Hattie
Below is a brief description of the episode as it will be posted. This was a particularly hard episode to record and you can hear at the beginning that this was a hard episode to get into – not the jokey warm up stuff but once the article was going. To be honest, I kept… Continue reading Episode 44: NAPLAN is Racist and Phones in Schools
After a couple of weeks break. John (@jfcatto) goes on a deep dive into a review of the heavy theory of cognitive load. Pete (@mr_van_w) flies a flag for little nerds and encourages teachers to listen without judging. The episode: http://teacherstalkingteaching.libsyn.com/episode-43-cognitive-load-theory-and-letting-nerdy-kids-be-nerdy-kids Articles: John: Cognitive Load Theory: Research That Teachers Really Need to Understand – Centre for… Continue reading Episode 43: Cognitive Load Theory and Letting Nerdy Kids Be Nerdy Kids
This week Pete (@mr_van_w) hate-reads a blog post in which traditionalist takes psychological research out of context to prove a point and uses metaphors that don’t make any sense. John (@jfcatto) shares a fantastic resource from the NSW Department of Education (DEC) and Evidence for Learning. After questioning what the C in DEC might stand… Continue reading Episode 42: Expert Chess Players and Mastery Learning