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Teacher Chatter is an Australian podcast about teaching and all things education. It's hosted by Laura Linzitto, an Italian born High School teacher, and Rita Wrightson, an Australian born Primary School teacher.Teacher Chatter is interested in getting to know people who make a difference in schools from across the globe, to talk about the highs, the lows, the innovations and the less known side to being an educator in the 21st Century. This podcast is for all teachers - future and present. If you're involved in the classroom in any way, Teacher Chatter has something for you. Visit our website at: http://teacherchatter.com

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Teacher Chatter is an Australian podcast about teaching and all things education. It's hosted by Laura Linzitto, an Italian born High School teacher, and Rita Wrightson, an Australian born Primary School teacher.Teacher Chatter is interested in getting to know people who make a difference in schools from across the globe, to talk about the highs, the lows, the innovations and the less known side to being an educator in the 21st Century. This podcast is for all teachers - future and present. If you're involved in the classroom in any way, Teacher Chatter has something for you. Visit our website at: http://teacherchatter.com

    Michael Griffin - The Truth About Thinking, Learning and Development

    Michael Griffin - The Truth About Thinking, Learning and Development

    Michael Griffin provides professional development for teachers that clarifies the key teaching and learning principles resulting in greater student achievement and engagement. Michael synthesises mindset, intrinsic motivation & metacognition into a model that challenges teacher expectations and capped-potential self-conception. He also provides enrichment lectures and seminars for students of all ages, and parents, distilling the factors that lead to exceptional achievement. Michael also specialises in music education, and is the author of seven books including 'Learning Strategies for Musical Success'. Based in Australia, Griffin regularly tours throughout Australia and the UK, and has to date worked for about 500 clients in about 30 countries. His website is professional-development.com.au.

    For listers of Teacher Chatter who are looking to engage in one of Michael's Professional Development Courses, Michael is offering a 20% discount - all you have to do is send him an email at michael@professional-development.com.au and let him know we sent you :) 



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    • 32 min
    Melinda Gindy - Working Together to Create Simple, Impactful and Creative Solutions

    Melinda Gindy - Working Together to Create Simple, Impactful and Creative Solutions

    Melinda Gindy has a background in music teaching across primary and secondary settings and is the Leader of Diverse Learning at Regents Park Christian School, a K-12 school in Sydney, Australia. Melinda is the President of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) and represents the AAEGT at the Australian Alliance for Associations in Education (AAAE). Melinda is the Founding President of Gifted NSW (Formally GFSG Inc.), the NSW association represented on the AAEGT. She is the former AAEGT Vice-President (2015 - 2019) and was founding National Facilitator of Gifted Awareness Week Australia from 2015 to 2019. Melinda is also an Australian Delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Melinda served on the organising committees for the 2016 AAEGT National Gifted Conference, the 2017 and 2019 NSW Gifted Awareness Forum for Educators (GAFE), and the 22nd Biennial World Gifted Conference. In 2016, Melinda published 2E Music Studio, an evidence-based resource for music teachers focussed on meeting the needs of twice-exceptional children during private music lessons. Melinda works in a volunteer capacity across multiple education sectors, including writing and consulting for the recently delivered NSW Department of Education High Performance and Gifted Education Policy and associated resources. Melinda has been an invited and sessional presenter at a number of local, state, national and international conferences, including 2017 and 2019 World Gifted and the 2E Research Symposium in Los Angeles, USA.
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    • 34 min
    Siobhan Lamb - Embrace Differences

    Siobhan Lamb - Embrace Differences

    Siobhan is a Neurodivergent Educator, Speaker, Writer and Advocate. Her husband, three children and herself are all Neurodivergent with a mix of Autism, ADHD, giftedness, Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. An experienced teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry for over 20 years in Special Education (specializing in Autism, ADHD, Giftedness and Dyslexia), 
    Science and Maths in both Australia and Singapore. Siobhan started her career completing a BSc (hons) and then simultaneously completing a PhD in Physical/Theoretical Chemistry and a Masters of Teaching. She is currently completing a Masters of Education in Cognitive Diversity (2e- Gifted and Special Needs). Siobhan, together with another Neurodivergent teacher, have begun an Educational Consultancy business in Sydney which conducts PD at schools, supports parents at school meetings, coaches parents to become more successful advocates for their children, and work with Neurodivergent children to help build their self-awareness and self-advocacy skills through a strength-based talent development model. Siobhan holds a unique position as a Neurodivergent advocate and mediator for children at school. She has sat in everyone’s chair: the teacher, the parent and the child themselves. She hopes that we can forge a world where our Neurodivergent children are seen through a strength-based lens rather than a deficit-based lens. Where they feel understood, heard and embraced for their strengths which will enable them to be defined by them and to soar!


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    • 26 min
    Allan Dougan ...Because Relationships Matter

    Allan Dougan ...Because Relationships Matter

    Relationships, well-being, hidden curriculum. How has 2020's academic upheaval affected these educational fundamentals? 

    With the 2020 academic year being turned on its head with COVID restrictions and precautions, we spoke with Allan Dougan about the effects this has had on the well-being of teachers and students, as well as the impact it's had on the teaching of the hidden curriculum. 


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    • 35 min
    Robert E Walker - Aloha! Let 'Robots' Make Math And Science More Enjoyable!

    Robert E Walker - Aloha! Let 'Robots' Make Math And Science More Enjoyable!

    Robert has more than 35 years of teaching and training experience in robotics education. He also runs presentations and workshops on QDRIIC. Robert believes that imagination in robotic can provide opportunities for students to enhance life and work skills. He also shared with us his advice and teaching method on how to motivate students in learning.


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    • 9 min
    Ian McNally - You Are Not Just A Relief Teacher!

    Ian McNally - You Are Not Just A Relief Teacher!

    Ian has extensive teaching experience in primary grades in UK and Melbourne. In this episode, he has shared his knowledge and experience of casual teaching with us. How to engage with your students when you don't necessarily know them?
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