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A place for all teachers to be inspired to master their craft.

The Teacher's Guide Podcast Zach Woodward

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A place for all teachers to be inspired to master their craft.

    Why We Teach Series #2 - What keeps Karen Caswell passionate about teaching after 25 years in the profession

    Why We Teach Series #2 - What keeps Karen Caswell passionate about teaching after 25 years in the profession

    Why do you teach? 
    Or for aspiring teachers, why do you want to teach?


    The 'Why We Teach' series interviews 8 passionate Australian teachers about why they love their job, and how they overcome some of the pressures of the teaching profession. 


    Today's episode is a conversation with Gold Coast based primary teacher Karen Caswell. 
    Karen shares with us her most successful lessons & units of work, what she loves about teaching, some of the challenges she's faced, and what keeps her passionate about the profession after 25 years in the classroom. 

    Check out Karen's website here: https://www.karencaswell.com/ 

    Karen mentioned to books she had enjoyed reading. 

    Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess: 
    https://www.booktopia.com.au/teach-like-a-pirate-dave-burgess/book/9780988217607.html?dsa=s1-east&gclid=CjwKCAjwm7mEBhBsEiwA_of-TCS6Hlln9dRA1UbUbyrvyhm4gT4vgiyxg7s_tWVOMzmEuO29IC6NUhoCqdsQAvD_BwE

    Kids Deserve It! by Adam Welcome & Todd Nesloney: 
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Deserve-Boundaries-Challenging-Conventional-Thinking/dp/0996989528 


    This episode of The Teacher's Guide Podcast is perfect for beginner teachers, aspiring teachers, prac teachers, uni students, experienced teachers, primary teachers, high school teachers and more!

    • 30 min
    Why We Teach Series #1 - A Conversation with Brisbane High School Teacher Steph Langley

    Why We Teach Series #1 - A Conversation with Brisbane High School Teacher Steph Langley

    Why do you teach? 
    Or for aspiring teachers, why do you want to teach?

    The 'Why We Teach' series interviews 8 passionate Australian teachers about why they love their job, and how they overcome some of the pressures of the teaching profession. 

    Today's episode is a conversation with Brisbane based high school teacher & pastoral leader Steph Langley. 

    Here are 5 of my takeaways from Steph's sharing: 

    1. Sometimes teachers need to drop the urgent to focus on the important;

    2. Seek to understand before you react;

    3. Don't be afraid to throw your hat in the ring for leadership positions and other opportunities that pop up in your school ;

    4. Behaviour management starts with respect. As teachers we're good at making sure that student respect us...but how are we showing our students that we care for and respect them? 

    5. Students know if you're saying something that you don't genuinely believe in...so be genuine. 
    This episode of The Teacher's Guide Podcast is perfect for beginner teachers, aspiring teachers, prac teachers, uni students, experienced teachers, primary teachers, high school teachers and more!

    • 31 min
    Ep 21 - How to build your leadership capacity throughout your teaching career

    Ep 21 - How to build your leadership capacity throughout your teaching career

    Dr Stephen Brown shares with us how we as teachers can build our leadership skills at all stages of our teaching career .

    Some of the questions Dr Stephen encourages us to ask ourselves are:

    1. How curious was I today?
    2. How many real questions did I ask?
    3. Who & what is helping me to become a better leader and teacher?
    4. Who did I reach out to today?
    5. How did I show up as the best version of myself for my students today?
    6. Was I prepared & focussed?
    7. Before I start each day, what was my INTENTION, and what gained by ATTENTION?

    Brown Collective Website:
    https://www.thebrowncollective.com.au/



    This episode of The Teacher's Guide Podcast is perfect for beginner teachers, aspiring teachers, prac teachers, uni students, experienced teachers, primary teachers, high school teachers and more!


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    • 24 min
    Ep 20 - Using Data to Inform Teaching with Dr Selena Fisk

    Ep 20 - Using Data to Inform Teaching with Dr Selena Fisk

    As teachers we have so many tools at our disposal to help us create engaging learning environments for our students.

    One of those tools is data.

    This episode explores:
    - Why teachers should be interested in student data
    - Data for wellbeing
    - Data for teaching & learning
    - How to source data through formative tasks

    This episode guest is Dr Selena Fisk.
    Selena is a data coach, author of two books and the principal consultant for Aasha for schools.
    She was a recipient of the 2019 The Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) "New Voice in Educational Leadership Research Scholarship", and Aasha for Schools was named in the "Top 50 Organisations in Education" in the 2019 GFEL conference in Dubai.
    Selena gives so many tips for sourcing and using data in this episode.

    Selena's website:
    https://www.selenafisk.com/about

    Selena's books:
    https://www.hbe.com.au/hb5381.html 
    https://www.hbe.com.au/hb6739.html


    This episode of The Teacher's Guide Podcast is perfect for beginner teachers, aspiring teachers, prac teachers, uni students, experienced teachers, primary teachers, high school teachers and more!


    Today's sponsor: WillPro
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    • 27 min
    19 What Uni Should Have Taught You - with Sally Williams

    19 What Uni Should Have Taught You - with Sally Williams

    The four year university degree that many of us completed did a great job of teaching us the theory we need to know as teachers. 
    But what about the practical, day-to-day parts of teaching?

    In this episode Sally Williams (teacher, author & education consultant) and I speak about 5 elements of the teaching role that we weren't necessarily taught at Uni. 
    We discuss: 

    1. Your classroom
    2. Planning
    3. Students
    4. Parents
    5. Colleagues

    Since beginning her teaching career, Sally always felt there was a gap from finishing university to starting work as an educator. She is passionate about bridging the practical gap between the both and writes books and presents on this topic. 

    To read Sally's books, head here: https://www.sallywilliamseducation.com.au/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sallywilliamseducation/ 

    Download her first book for FREE here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-Uni-Should-Have-Taught-You-Your-First-Few-Weeks-of-Teaching-6430112 


    This episode of The Teacher's Guide Podcast is perfect for beginner teachers, aspiring teachers, prac teachers, uni students, experienced teachers, primary teachers, high school teachers and more!


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    • 26 min
    18 - Secrets to a successful first year of teaching with Alisha from Rainbow Sky Creations

    18 - Secrets to a successful first year of teaching with Alisha from Rainbow Sky Creations

    What are the secrets to a successful first year as a teacher?
    Alisha from Rainbow Sky Creations joins us on the podcast this week to give us 5 of her best tips. 
     
     In short, here are her 5 tips: 

     
     1. Get organised – know where everything in your classroom will be stored. Worksheets. Resources. Make a place for everything. 
     
     2. Routine & expectations. Practice these and remind your students again and again. 
    3. Find time in your week to plan the following week. Where am I taking my students? 
    4. Record assessment data from day 1! Find a system that works for you.
     
     5. Find a mentor. This could be someone in your school, or a teacher from another school.

     
     Alisha & Ashleigh started Rainbow Sky Creations about 5 years ago when they wanted to make some resources to help beginner teachers.
     
     They now have a stack of resources for prac teachers right up to experienced teachers.
     
     Check out some of their amazing resources here:
     https://www.rainbowskycreations.com/ 
    https://www.instagram.com/rainbowskycreations/ 
     
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    • 33 min

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