Teachers know that when classes are done, the beer has been poured, and teachers gather around the table, the talk turns to...teaching. Great (and not so great ideas) are thrown around, argued, praised, and ridiculed. What's been missing is a microphone on the table. Until now. If you're a teacher, and especially if you're teaching in Japan, have a listen. Then let us know what you think.
166. You can’t go back home
Charles talks with his former student Taishi Watanabe about teaching English, and what it's like returning to school after working. Mentioned: Hattie, J. (2003). Teachers make a difference: What is the research evidence? Australian Council for Educational Research Melbourne. Lukianoff, G., & Haidt, J. (2015, August 11). The Coddling of the American Mind. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/ Haidt, J. & Lukianoff, G. (2019). The Coddling of the American Mind. Penguin Books. Full notes can be found here: Two Teachers Talking: twoteacherstalking.com
165. Teacher vs. AI - Round 2
We take a second look at AI and ChatGPT, how they’re changing our teaching worlds, and suggest some ways to ease adaptation. Be sure to take a look at the list of works we used to create the podcast (on website). Appearance on the list is no indication of endorsement, and quality of the items is all over the map. Some educators asked for their ideas exhibit little understanding of what AI and GPT are. We can learn from that, too. My short list: Ferlazzo, Mills and Goodlad, Mollick, Qamar, Shipper. Full notes can be found here: Two Teachers Talking: twoteacherstalking.com
164. Shock and awe or the comfort of the familiar?
Tony and Charles struggle with that question and discuss the best ways to reach our students. It’s not simple. Mentioned, previous episodes: - 154 Desirable Difficulties - November 2022 - 130 Learning Styles - November 2020 - 118 Great Expectations Revisited - January 2020 - 60 Great Expectations - March 2015
163. Diversity - Mixing it up
We discuss the value of mixing it up - using diverse deliveries, approaches, methods, activities, tasks, media, teachers. See also: 154 Desirable Difficulties and 130 Learning Styles.
162. Revisiting the teacher training experience
Charles talks once more with an elementary education major at a university. They talk about her experiences working with a resource teacher, dealing with tech that doesn't work, and an upcoming summer school teaching gig.
161. Around the world with Rin
While Charles recovers from his bout with COVID, Tony interviews one of his former Osaka University students, Rin Takahashi, in Querétaro, Mexico. What’s she doing there? Taking a year off and traveling around the world.
Just listened to This episode. Personally, thought it was one of your best. A bit more spontaneous, a bit more how-the-sausage-is-made and bit more personal. Maybe a bit more closer to home, being the same age and all. Thanks.
Superb TEFL podcast
The sempais, Tony Silva and Charles Wiz, are knowledgeable, well-spoken, and funny, and the podcast is a great balance between casual shop talk and solid advice about teaching EFL, especially in the Japanese market.
Excellent reminders for English teachers in Japan!
This biweekly podcast is very useful for even the most experienced of us teachers here in Japan - or anywhere for that matter. Based on 50 years of experience between both of the pod casters, each podcast is based on a common mistake either they or the rest of us here may have made. In a nonthreatening and noncritical way, we can reevaluate some of our own teaching techniques – and we are always left with some useful take-aways!
Without being condescending, there are many useful reminders and discussions about our unique teaching situations – covering things both in the classroom and out. Their conversational tone makes you want to grab a drink and sit down at the table with them telling your own stories and asking for their advice. Sometimes you want to laugh - sometimes you want to cry.