88 episodes

John Catterson (@jfcatto) and Pete Whiting (@mr_van_w) are two Australian Flipped Educators. Together they talk education, pedagogy and current practice.


Find more of Pete and John:
Website - www.catfisheducation.com
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/MrCattersonScience
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/PWhiting

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    • Education
    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

John Catterson (@jfcatto) and Pete Whiting (@mr_van_w) are two Australian Flipped Educators. Together they talk education, pedagogy and current practice.


Find more of Pete and John:
Website - www.catfisheducation.com
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/MrCattersonScience
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/PWhiting

    TTTEp 147: Improving Student Behavior: Tackling Discipline Challenges

    TTTEp 147: Improving Student Behavior: Tackling Discipline Challenges

    In this episode of "Teachers Talking Teaching," hosts Pete Whiting (@mr_van_w) and Shawtima Rakovski (@shawtimasmiles) discuss the insightful article "Australian classrooms are among the 'least favourable' for discipline in the OECD. Here’s how to improve student behaviour" from The Conversation. Join them as they unpack the key points and share their perspectives on enhancing classroom discipline for better student outcomes.
    URL: Link to the article on The Conversation
    Show Notes:
    Introduction to the episode and hosts Pete Whiting and Shawtima Rakovski. Overview of the article highlighting the concerning statistics on discipline in Australian classrooms. Discussion on the factors contributing to the current state of student behavior and discipline in Australia. Analysis of the strategies proposed in the article for improving student behavior and fostering a positive classroom environment. Personal anecdotes and experiences shared by the hosts regarding classroom discipline challenges and successes. Insights into the role of teachers, parents, and the education system in creating a supportive and disciplined learning environment. Practical tips and recommendations for educators to implement effective behavior management techniques in their classrooms.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    TTTEp 146: Two Efficient Podcasters

    TTTEp 146: Two Efficient Podcasters

    In this episode, we talk about local competitions and politicians who give teenagers NO QUARTER!
    Also congrats to Queensland for not ruining the election for the rest of us, in fact well done for being oddly progressive.
    Generally, we talk about Chile’s largest sensei and about the protective factors of a growth mindset for students from a lower socioeconomic background.
    If you wish to reach out, find us at 
    https://twitter.com/Mr_van_W
    or
    https://www.chess.com/member/mr_van_w
    or Shawtima
    https://twitter.com/ShawtimaSmiles
     
     

    • 59 min
    TTTEp 145: The Lost Patreon Episode - Chakotay was done dirty

    TTTEp 145: The Lost Patreon Episode - Chakotay was done dirty

    So this episode was recorded a month ago (maybe more) as an answer to some Patreon questions and then our world all fell apart. Between sickness, pandemic and adventures in heart failure (all is good now I promise, just little cardiac-hiccups) we actually thought that this episode was gone. But here it is!
    If you want to help us be more regular, at this point there are two places that we would love some support. First, there's a Patreon, this costs real dollars to put out and any help is appreciated. Go here for that: https://www.patreon.com/CatfishEducation Secondly, the real barrier for us at the moment is editing. If you want to help us edit our podcasts and help get those episodes out, we would be eternally grateful. Obviously, we would like to pay for this but as we said before, the pod costs not earns but if you’d like to be part of the team and help out - by all means let us know.
    We love you all and we’re glad to be back.
     
    Books Mentioned on the Pod:
    The Cultural Practice of Teaching
    Sand Talk - Tyson Yunkaporta
    Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Friere
    Teaching to transgress : education as the practice of freedom - bell hooks
     
    The Practical Practice of Teaching
    Creating Cultures of Thinking - Ron Ritchhart
    Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners - Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
     
    Also, Red Dwarf sucks.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    TTTEp 144: Diverse needs are not diverse excuses.

    TTTEp 144: Diverse needs are not diverse excuses.

    Look, did you want a quality podcast or did you want quality show notes? In this episode we talk about a more lady-like approach to decision making, apparently. We dive into the research of Dr Johnston et al out of WA regarding the Ethic of Care and this as a framework for our decisions and interactions both within and without the classroom.
    That can be found here!
    Shawti has finally drunk the kool aid on Teachers Pay Teachers - The Teachers Talking Teaching Kool Aid that is. Burn it to the ground, support teachers sharing.

    • 49 min
    TTTEp 143: Unsexy Self Care

    TTTEp 143: Unsexy Self Care

    In this episode Pete and Shawtima get pumped for the new teaching year and settle in for the new normal.
     
    Shawtima mentioned using Tango as a tool for making instructables for team members and also violently threatens her team members. But then Shawtima dives deeply into some teacher wellbeing strategies. It’s not always the big moments and stunt work that counts. 
    If we can work on the simple unsexy stuff then maybe we can have a more sustainable worklife. Also, Pete says he’s fine, just fine… too many times for it to be believable.
    On a positive note, Shawtima explains some excellent tools for people with Anxiety that Pete has 100% been using since then and it totally has helped.
     
    I tell you what, Libraries are rad and they should be the hub of all schools. Pete had an article but he got distracted by library activists and history. So, enjoy that.
     
    Tiny Wow.
    Small individual applets instead of buying large software for processing files.
    https://tinywow.com/
     
    Z Library
    https://z-lib.org/
     
    Chess vs Pete
    https://www.chess.com/member/mr_van_w
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    TTTEp 142: UDL Because the UN says so …

    TTTEp 142: UDL Because the UN says so …

    … not that Pete recognises the UN in any way shape or form.
     
    Shawtima talks differentiation this week. Look, differentiation is tricky in the classroom, but it’s worthwhile. There are many aspects of teaching that keep getting harder and harder, but you know what, sometimes that’s the deal. 
     
    In good news, Pete’s kids have started watching Bluey and it’s magic.
     
    You can join us at https://www.patreon.com/CatfishEducation. Your support really does help us keep the show running.
    Huge shout out to our first Teachers Aide and newest Patron, Amberly. You are truly a great human.

    • 58 min

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I love this podcast!

This podcast helps me to laugh a lot while learning about different topics of education. My problem is that sometimes I cannot understand some of their words. I try to turn up the volume, but it sounds like they are not enunciating clearly. I am hanging onto every word and that is hard when you feel like you are missing out on something awesome or hilarious! I am from America, but I find the Australian education system eerily similar to what I am experiencing and dealing with daily.

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