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Podcast 121: Bringing Film Into The Classroom
Our 121st interview is with, Peter Holland an English teacher and lead teacher for film and media studies. Discover how Peter has accessed hundreds of film resources...
In this podcast, listen to Peter and TeacherToolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
The difficulties of students accessing media texts and resources during the pandemic
The challenges around assessing student work, particularly when a teacher doesn’t know what they’ve missed
The skills students learn from studying media and film
How mobile phones influence the teaching of media studies
The workload pressures of teaching English and dealing with the marking burden
The ease of designing lessons and accessing modern texts
Where and how Peter has used Into Film+ - a free* streaming platform - in his classroom
Why Into Film has empowered the school’s ability to run a film club prior to the pandemic, and
How Into Film aligns with curriculum and supports teacher workload.
Did you know, there are almost 8,000 IntoFilm Clubs in UK schools, providing over 800 resources for 5-19 year olds with 100,000 curriculum-based downloads.
*Screenings of Filmbankmedia’s films for an entertainment or extra-curricular purpose require a Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) from Filmbankmedia. State-funded schools in England are covered by the PVSL.
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Podcast 120: Supporting Teachers with Borderline Personality Disorder
Our 120th interview is with, Katja, a secondary school and MFL teacher specialising in French and German.
*This podcast contains conversations about self-harm, suicide, paranoia and other similar themes.*
In this podcast, listen to Katja and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
Borderline Personality Disorder and the associated symptoms
Navigating the professional world and different careers
Katja's experiences of teaching during the pandemic
Support for teachers with BPD - What are the signs?
Treatments and the statistics for BPD
The challenges of being an MFL teacher in general, and with BPD and,
New focuses for MFL.
Katja has set up a petition for all schools to become Disability Confident employers, to ensure teachers with BPD have equal opportunities during recruitment and as employee. Visit: https://www.change.org/p/disability-unit-encourage-schools-to-become-disability-confident/
Your employer can also support teachers by signing up to be Disability Confident.
Podcast 119: Addressing Digital Poverty Across the UK
How can all schools be supported to provide the technology our young people need?
Our 119th interview is with, Ben Mansell, UK Country Manager of Wireless Connectivity provider - Kajeet. Across the UK, 9 per cent of households do not have an internet connection.
Listen to the podcast (29 minutes)
In this podcast, listen to Ben and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
* What digital exclusion is and how it can be resolved
* Kajeet’s white paper ‘The Impact on Digital Exclusion in Children's Education 2021’
* Why 9 per cent of UK households are not digitally connected
* How Ben worked with computers and mobile technology in the early days of the technology
* How Kajeet supports schools and households
* Schools and parents balancing IT and technology provisions
* Kajeet’s ‘SmartSpot’ portable WiFi device and,
* How technology will evolve across education.
If we do not want our young people to be left behind, our government must provide better internet access to every household. This will ensure that no students are disadvantaged by online teaching.
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Podcast 118: Graphic Organisers To Support Retention
Our 118th interview is with, David Rodger-Goodwin, geography teacher, head of year 10 and 11 at a secondary school in Lincolnshire and very soon, an author!
In this podcast, listen to David and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
David's background and his educational journey
David’s interest in ‘Graphic Organisers’ and metacognition
Teaching geography in the modern age
Being a head of year during the pandemic
Current workload challenges for teachers
Divided opinions on graphic organisers and teacher application, plus
Take a look at David's new book, published in September 2021.
David says "I have a very simple ethos; if there is a better way of doing something, show me. I want to be the best teacher I can for my students."
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🎙️ Podcast 117: Teaching is a Human Endeavour
How can we keep relationships at the heart of school improvement?
Our 117th interview is with, Armand Doucet, Canadian educator, author, speaker, and former soccer coach.
Listen to the podcast (36 minutes)
In this podcast, listen to Armand and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
* Being a soccer coach and that fuelling the fire to work with youth
* What it was like to be a former Global Teacher Prize top-50 nominee
* Mixed subject specialisms, as well as teaching social studies
* T4 conference, the world's largest teacher conference
* Writing papers to guide teaching practice during the Pandemic
* A free ebook story of 6 children who experienced the pandemic: Hope Where Are You?
* Armand’s contribution to ‘Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ book discussing how to approach education in the digital age
* The importance of keeping humanity in education
* Challenges around creating productive inclusively, and
* Attitudes towards marking and co-planning with students.
I hope that I can give the foundations to hundreds of thousands of teachers and students that we can move forward in an inclusive and sustainable world.
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🎙️ Podcast 116: Why We Need Diversity in Teaching
How do teachers get to know their pupils and how can we act as role models in our subject teaching?
Our 116th interview is with, Renaldo Lawrence, PE teacher, ectech and IT specialist educator at Glyn School in Epsom, and author of a self-help and a comic book.
Listen to the podcast (32 minutes)
In this podcast, listen to Renaldo and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
Renaldo's childhood and professional basketball career
Giving advice to your children
His start in teaching in the UK
Getting to grips with teaching IT and his experiences of attending SLTeachMeet
Racism, white privilege and diversity
Representation in all subjects across education, writing books, and
Lessons learned from the pandemic.
I'm just interested in people; I'm interested in how systems work and I started teaching on a whim. What started out as 6 weeks has so far, been 12 years...
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I will honest, I did not particularly know what to expect before I listened to the Teacher Toolkit podcasts. What I will say is that I was pleasantly surprised. I found the podcasts balanced and gave an overall viewpoint of people within education and yet there journey through their own educations to become educators. I further enjoyed the fact that it made a conscience effort to celebrate women from the first vote to how they stand strong today. I found the podcast on teacher burnout of particular interest. I cannot wait to hear the rest.
Great topics, please listen!
Great topics but I had to stop listening because you keep talking over the guests that you have invited on to hear what they have to say!
This is a great series but I wish the host would stop interrupting his guests!