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Diary of a Teacher is a podcast about the experiences of an early-career teacher, with an emphasis on sanity preservation and keeping stress in check.

Recommended for teachers, tutors, and students.

Diary of a Teacher Sarah Durack

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Diary of a Teacher is a podcast about the experiences of an early-career teacher, with an emphasis on sanity preservation and keeping stress in check.

Recommended for teachers, tutors, and students.

    School to Uni Transition, and How to Make it Smooth

    School to Uni Transition, and How to Make it Smooth

    Curious about what happens to your students when they leave the classroom and start uni life? This episode covers some of the factors that impact on smoothness of school to university transition.
    If you have a topic you would like covered, write to me: hello@spongeeducation.com.
    Visit the website: https://www.spongeeducation.com.

    • 16 min
    Listener Questions Answered & Season 5 Sneak Peak

    Listener Questions Answered & Season 5 Sneak Peak

    In the last episode of season 4, I answer three listener questions and discuss the plan for season 5 of the podcast.
    Enjoy, and happy new year!
    Write to me: hello@spongeeducation.com.
    Visit the website: https://www.spongeeducation.com.

    • 13 min
    How to Write Tailored Report Comments in Less Time

    How to Write Tailored Report Comments in Less Time

    I've got a system for writing report comments, but it takes forever and isn't particularly efficient. Naturally, my problem-solving brain starts looking for solutions during the school holidays when we're both meant to be resting. 
    The result? I have a system to recommend. It still allows for tailoring of comments so that each student receives the bespoke comment they deserve. But it streamlines various aspects of the process to save me time. Win win.
    Enjoyed this discovery? Write to me: hello@spongeeducation.com.
    Visit the website: https://www.spongeeducation.com.

    • 13 min
    Why Do Teachers Move Schools?

    Why Do Teachers Move Schools?

    Next year, I'll be moving to a new school. The process is bittersweet - whilst there is excitement at the prospect of learning new things, it has been hard to say goodbye to colleagues and students.
    As you can imagine, these last few weeks I have spoken with many colleagues and friends about the move. Everyone seems to have their own unique view on this life event, based on their experiences. So, when do teachers move schools, and why?
    Write to me: hello@spongeeducation.com.
    Visit the website: https://www.spongeeducation.com.

    • 13 min
    Tips to Reduce Your Marking Workload

    Tips to Reduce Your Marking Workload

    In this episode I talk about two things I do to reduce my marking workload.
    Automarked quizzes are a blessing but can be curse so proceed with caution. Exploit the good bits, and don't expect them to solve all your problems.
    Peer marking in class is a winner if you set it up right. And if your students aren't too exhausted... like anything, you've got to have buy in if you want it to yield results.
    Write to me: hello@spongeeducation.com.
    Visit the website: https://www.spongeeducation.com.

    • 13 min
    Don't Get in Their Way

    Don't Get in Their Way

    In this episode I talk about the importance of letting students chart their own course, with guidance of course.
    Write to me: hello@spongeeducation.com.
    Visit the website: https://www.spongeeducation.com.

    • 12 min

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