18 episodes

The best professional development is often found in a room down the corridor.

Open Door is a community-driven podcast hosted by Lee Blowers and Chris Galley, that brings educators together from around the world to discuss teaching and learning.

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The best professional development is often found in a room down the corridor.

Open Door is a community-driven podcast hosted by Lee Blowers and Chris Galley, that brings educators together from around the world to discuss teaching and learning.

    Jon Coward - Resilient Kids

    Jon Coward - Resilient Kids

    Chris and Lee are joined by Jon Coward, Deputy Head at The English Montesorri School in Madrid, Spain. Jon is an experienced international teacher, having worked in Canada, the Czech Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Spain. Jon is a passionate advocate of empowering student voice and the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

    This week's topic is resilience - a topic dear to Jon's heart after studying his master's degree specialising on the topic. We discuss what resilience is, why it's integral in education, and how it can be developed through support from peers, teachers, and parents.

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    👩🏻‍🏫 Siobhan McGragh

    👤 Carol Dweck - Growth Mindset

    🤕 Angela Duckworth - Grit

    ➕Jo Boaler - Mathematical Mindsets



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    Hannah Saks - Empowering Student Action

    Hannah Saks - Empowering Student Action

    Lee and Chris are back from BETT and are joined by special guest, Hannah Saks. This week’s topic is empowering student action. Hannah shares her experience in implementing the UN Sustainable Development in the classroom and the impact this has had on student action and understanding of global issues. 
    Hannah is the educational technology coordinator at the International School of Lausanne in Switzerland. Hannah is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Educator.
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    🇺🇳 UN Sustainable Development Goals
    🌍 Global Citizen
    🥔 I Love Potatoes
    🗺 Equity Maps

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    • 50 min
    Big Hairy Audacious Goals

    Big Hairy Audacious Goals

    Chris and Lee reflect on their past decade of teaching, the achievements and challenges in 2019, and set some resolutions for 2020.

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    Kevin O'Shea

    Fraser Spiers

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    Math Recess - Sunil Singh and Dr Christopher Brownell

    Prisoners of Geography - Tim Marshall

    Lifelong Kindergarten - Mitch Resnik

    Superior: The Return of Race Science - Angela Saini

    The Wrong Boy - Willy Russell

    Roots - Alex Haley

    Dive into Inquiry - Trevor MacKenzie

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    https://sdgactionawards.org/initiatives/
    https://ibeducatorvoices.wordpress.com/2019/04/15/celebrating-the-journey/


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    • 57 min
    Andy Perryer - Coding in the Classroom

    Andy Perryer - Coding in the Classroom

    Chris and Lee are joined by Andy Perryer, Cognita Digital Learning Adviser for Cognita, to discuss the power of learning how to code. Andy shares how to get involved in the 2019 Cognita Codes event. Cognita Codes is an opportunity to learn and celebrate coding and by experiencing a special lesson of coding, to create, collaborate and critically think about solving a problem using code or computing skill. 

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    • 46 min
    Claire Jones - Sustaining Innovation

    Claire Jones - Sustaining Innovation

    Chris is joined by Claire Jones. Claire is the Deputy Headteacher at Layton Primary School, Blackpool in the North of England. Claire is also an Apple Distinguished Educator from the class of 2017 and she’s a passionate advocate for the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

    Claire shares her experience integrating digital learning and coding across the curriculum at Layton. How does the school sustain its innovative practice and engage all members of its community? Claire also discusses how the school leverages students as Digital Leaders to support their peers and staff in integrating technology in the classroom.

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    • 48 min
    Jakob Esben Hansen - Disrupting Education

    Jakob Esben Hansen - Disrupting Education

    Lee and Chris literally open the doors to their school and classrooms and welcome Jakob Esben Hansen to sit down for a chat on disrupting education, the challenges faced by the British education system, differences between Scandinavian and British education, and what 21st-century skills are and how we can develop them.

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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