John Catterson (@jfcatto) and Pete Whiting (@mr_van_w) are two Australian Flipped Educators. Together they talk education, pedagogy and current practice.
Find more of Pete and John:
Website - www.catfisheducation.com
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/MrCattersonScience
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/PWhiting
TTTEp 146: Two Efficient Podcasters
In this episode, we talk about local competitions and politicians who give teenagers NO QUARTER!
Also congrats to Queensland for not ruining the election for the rest of us, in fact well done for being oddly progressive.
Generally, we talk about Chile’s largest sensei and about the protective factors of a growth mindset for students from a lower socioeconomic background.
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TTTEp 144: Diverse needs are not diverse excuses.
Look, did you want a quality podcast or did you want quality show notes? In this episode we talk about a more lady-like approach to decision making, apparently. We dive into the research of Dr Johnston et al out of WA regarding the Ethic of Care and this as a framework for our decisions and interactions both within and without the classroom.
That can be found here!
Shawti has finally drunk the kool aid on Teachers Pay Teachers - The Teachers Talking Teaching Kool Aid that is. Burn it to the ground, support teachers sharing.
TTTEp 145: The Lost Patreon Episode - Chakotay was done dirty
So this episode was recorded a month ago (maybe more) as an answer to some Patreon questions and then our world all fell apart. Between sickness, pandemic and adventures in heart failure (all is good now I promise, just little cardiac-hiccups) we actually thought that this episode was gone. But here it is!
If you want to help us be more regular, at this point there are two places that we would love some support. First, there's a Patreon, this costs real dollars to put out and any help is appreciated. Go here for that: https://www.patreon.com/CatfishEducation Secondly, the real barrier for us at the moment is editing. If you want to help us edit our podcasts and help get those episodes out, we would be eternally grateful. Obviously, we would like to pay for this but as we said before, the pod costs not earns but if you’d like to be part of the team and help out - by all means let us know.
We love you all and we’re glad to be back.
Books Mentioned on the Pod:
The Cultural Practice of Teaching
Sand Talk - Tyson Yunkaporta
Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Friere
Teaching to transgress : education as the practice of freedom - bell hooks
The Practical Practice of Teaching
Creating Cultures of Thinking - Ron Ritchhart
Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners - Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
Also, Red Dwarf sucks.
TTTEp 143: Unsexy Self Care
In this episode Pete and Shawtima get pumped for the new teaching year and settle in for the new normal.
Shawtima mentioned using Tango as a tool for making instructables for team members and also violently threatens her team members. But then Shawtima dives deeply into some teacher wellbeing strategies. It’s not always the big moments and stunt work that counts.
If we can work on the simple unsexy stuff then maybe we can have a more sustainable worklife. Also, Pete says he’s fine, just fine… too many times for it to be believable.
On a positive note, Shawtima explains some excellent tools for people with Anxiety that Pete has 100% been using since then and it totally has helped.
I tell you what, Libraries are rad and they should be the hub of all schools. Pete had an article but he got distracted by library activists and history. So, enjoy that.
Small individual applets instead of buying large software for processing files.
Chess vs Pete
TTTEp 142: UDL Because the UN says so …
… not that Pete recognises the UN in any way shape or form.
Shawtima talks differentiation this week. Look, differentiation is tricky in the classroom, but it’s worthwhile. There are many aspects of teaching that keep getting harder and harder, but you know what, sometimes that’s the deal.
In good news, Pete’s kids have started watching Bluey and it’s magic.
You can join us at https://www.patreon.com/CatfishEducation. Your support really does help us keep the show running.
Huge shout out to our first Teachers Aide and newest Patron, Amberly. You are truly a great human.
TTTEp 141: SOHCAH-DONT-A
In this episode we talk about the impacts of exhaustion.
The Culture Wars are alive and well. Schools are the battlegrounds once again. Education is a political act and again we see how the conservatives/trads are looking to push education History and Maths education into a back to basics approach. It makes Shawtima’s tummy hurt.
Pete learns about Temptation Bundling, this is something that he does all the time.
But our jobs are always political, schools are where the next generation’s culture is started. If it looks like a fascism, smells like a fascism, walks like a fascism, it’s probably a fascism. But this has outcomes that are purely skills based and academic - regardless of the impact on the culture at large.
Streaming/tracking also hinders students and their education. This isn’t surprising at all, but a large collection of data is reviewed.
The greatest moment of televised sports in human history. How are you human if you keep it together watching this. FULL MATCH - Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair – Career Threatening Match: WrestleMania XXIV
But we end it all in a nice reflective phase where we give thanks for those that helped us become the teachers we are.
Also, if you know how Daylight Savings works, don’t at me, I just don’t care.
Great podcast for new teachers
I love this podcast. As a new teacher, listening to the ‘welcome to the club’ message was so good as many teachers have told me not to smile until Easter which does not come naturally. I can’t wait to get to know the kids so thanks guys for all the chatting and advice. We are listening!
Fun time and radness
These two are the best looking and most rad podcasters this side of the great divide!
Ed research with LOLs
A bit of banter, some reflection on class practice and an educational article or two. Keep it coming guys- I look forward to each weekly dose. It's great to have something high-school based, Aussie and instantly relatable.