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!
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
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
In this episode, Pete (@mr_van_w) kick off at yet another downfall in the implementation of NAPLAN and the failings of useful data at a local level. John (@jfcatto) doesn’t mind the concept of Teach for America/Australia but thinks it sound a bit like a cult of poor implementation. Pete then backs up with an article… Continue reading Episode 41: Teaching Apprenticeships, Prequestions and Pete has another whinge about NAPLAN
Podcast Direct Link Nov 16, 2017 Pete (@mr_van_w) and John (@jfcatto) love The Rock and facial hair. In fact, we love facial hair so much that if you click on the Movember link in the sidebar, that will take you to where you can donate to Joel Speranza’s Movember charity drive. Finally, John probes into… Continue reading Episode 40: Education Research vs Teaching and Supporting New Teachers
John (@jfcatto) looks at the difference between good PBL and sending kids off to look stuff up on the internet. Pete (@mr_van_w) how teaching metacognition can help students learn and then goes on an unrelated rant. John: Why every teacher should look into PBL – Alice Leung (@aliceleung) https://aliceleung.net/2017/01/26/why-every-teacher-should-look-into-project-based-learning/amp/ Pete: The Role of… Continue reading Episode 38: Check Out PBL and Metacognition for Learning
Episode 01 of Teachers Talk Teaching in which John and Pete discuss the articles From Degrading to De-Grading by Alfie Kohn and Why Learning People Wince At Talk Of “Classroom Flipping” by Dr Joshua Kim.