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The Well Teacher
Mar 21, 2020
Adrian Bethune: reflections of a self-isolated teacher - finding calm and purpose
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Reflections of a self-isolated teacher: finding calm and purpose.
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Oct 19, 2020
Mary Myatt: Fewer things in greater depth
If you are anything like me, I’m sure you would agree that the past half term has been a challenging one. As wonderful as it is being back doing our core purpose in classrooms with young people, we are stretched both emotionally and in the extensive new demands on our time. It is why this interview with Mary Myatt will, I hope, prove particularly helpful. Mary is a towering and inspiring figure in education, a former teacher and inspector, she now works with leaders and teachers to improve what happens in our schools. She is the author of four brilliant books on education, and her latest ‘Back on Track’ has just been published by John Catt. In our discussion, we explore how we can do fewer things in greater depth – evaluating what is really essential for us to focus on as teachers. From curriculum decisions, to how teachers can differentate efficiently and effectively, this is a conversation that will hopefully help teachers to take control over the work-life balance . I hope you enjoy the episode and it helps, like it did for me, to refocus your thinking on what really matters in our schools.
Jun 18, 2020
What will improve teaching and learning in our schools?
I’m really pleased that the final espiode of this series of the podcast is an absolute cracker. Bruce Robertson is a Deputy Headteacher and author of ‘The Teaching Delusion’. He also has an infectious enthusiasm for all things teaching and learning – believing it should be central to everything we do in schools. In this episode we look at what really constitutes great teaching, and how schools can generate a culture of continuous improvement. We also examine the kind of professional learning that will really help develop teaching. Finally, we explore Bruce’s terrific lesson evaluation toolkit, which has transformed teaching and learning in his own school. I hope you enjoy the episode, and it makes you feel as enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and learning as I did! It is a great place to end the first series of the well teacher podcast on. I have loved doing the podcast, and would like to thank all the brilliant guests for coming on. Thank you also to people who have been listening, I hope you have found it helpful. The podcast will be back with a weekly episode from the start of September. Until then, take care and have a wonderful summer!
Jun 16, 2020
How can we keep teachers in the profession?
How can we keep teachers in the profession? It is a question that many are wrestling with, and the retention rates suggest that in many ways, we are struggling to find the answers. Haili Hughes, has invested a significant amount of time exploring this issue. She is the author of the excellent new book ‘Preserving Positivity’: Choosing to stay in the classroom and banishing a negative mindset’. As you will hear, she interviewed hundreds of teachers in preparation for the book, hoping to unpick practical ways in which teachers can overcome some of the challenges we face as a profession. We explore three of those main driving factors that have resulted in teachers leaving the profession: work-life balance, accountability, and behavior. In each discussion, Haili gives brilliant and practical advice on how we can maintain a positive mindset and not allow ourselves to be overcome by stress and anxiety. I’m sure, like me, lots of listeners will be thinking carefully about some of the changes they want to make when we eventually return back to schools. I hope this interview offers some guidance on how to make teaching a manageable and enjoyable career choice, one in which we can sustain for many years.