17 episodes

In around 20 mins a week - I’ll try to share some quick ideas and stories from the classroom.
My thoughts and advice especially aimed at Trainee, Student, SCITT and ECT teachers in particular.
Expect a wide range of themes with a smattering of Outdoor Learning and stuff for experienced teachers too.
Basically… teachery educationy malarkey!
I'm happy to take suggestions for episode content - Contact @WatsEd on Twitter.

Class Dismissed‪…‬ Mike Watson

    • Education

In around 20 mins a week - I’ll try to share some quick ideas and stories from the classroom.
My thoughts and advice especially aimed at Trainee, Student, SCITT and ECT teachers in particular.
Expect a wide range of themes with a smattering of Outdoor Learning and stuff for experienced teachers too.
Basically… teachery educationy malarkey!
I'm happy to take suggestions for episode content - Contact @WatsEd on Twitter.

    Class Dismissed... (Ep.16) "We Didn't Start the Fire..."

    Class Dismissed... (Ep.16) "We Didn't Start the Fire..."

    As Billy Joel wrote...

    "Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, space monkey, mafia, Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go, U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy, Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo! We didn't start the fire. It was always burning, since the world's been turning"

    That's a lot of history to learn, so this week, I am going to share some thoughts on lesson planning, as it is likely that your workload is starting to increase and it can be a really daunting task. Especially when it seems to come so easy to more experiened colleagues and mentors. If you have the right approach - then you can reduce the time it takes and the stress it can induce! 

    How can you prepare a lesson with a logical flow that better supports the learning of your pupils?

    • 12 min
    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 15) “The Vegemite Sandwich”

    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 15) “The Vegemite Sandwich”

    ‘Buying bread from a man in Brussels
    He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
    I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
    He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich!’ (Men at Work 1981) Knowing the right words to say, write and use is incredibly important, especially in our classrooms - so why is it important and how do we make sure we support children in learning it?

    • 17 min
    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 14) 'I’m a Teacher Get Me Outside of There!' - Getting the best from an Outdoor Space

    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 14) 'I’m a Teacher Get Me Outside of There!' - Getting the best from an Outdoor Space

    Those who know me from other Social Media platforms, will know that one thing I like to discuss and share ideas on is Outdoor Learning...
    So, here's a 12 minute podcast sharing some ideas for getting the best out of an existing outdoor space - without spending to much money and generally repurposing some materials and resources that are probably tucked away in your school somewhere.

    • 12 min
    Class Dismissed… (Ep.13) 'The Jumblies' Improving Children's Writing - A Strategy

    Class Dismissed… (Ep.13) 'The Jumblies' Improving Children's Writing - A Strategy

    (Shorter & more concise!)
    "They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day, In a Sieve they went to sea!" Edward Lear
    Writing… one of the biggest challenges teachers face is how exactly do we improve it? So much we put in and so much falls out through the collection sieve... so how do we plug the gaps and stop it sinking? I don’t know if there’s a secret, but here’s a plan I’ve found success with…

    • 11 min
    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 12) 'The Walrus & The Carpenter' Marking & Feedback

    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 12) 'The Walrus & The Carpenter' Marking & Feedback

    The Walrus and the Carpenter
    Were walking close at hand;
    They wept like anything to see
    Such quantities of sand:
    ‘If this were only cleared away,’
    They said, ‘it would be grand!’ Marking (Walrus) and Feedback (Carpenter) go hand in hand as important elements to effective teaching and learning - but how can we get he best out of what we do? How can we clear away the sand to get to those lovely little oysters of progress?

    • 19 min
    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 11) Making Learning Stick!

    Class Dismissed… (Ep. 11) Making Learning Stick!

    Making learning stick is really important, but how can we use Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) to try and get the best outcomes? 

    This week, I’ll try to tell you what it is and how you can use it to your best advantage!

    Some theory and quick suggestions of how you might begin to put it into practice.

    • 18 min

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