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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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Now displaying: March, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

First up Pete (@mr_van_w) gives a shout out to our local university Charles Sturt (CSU), who have don some cool innovation in teaching in the School of Engineering 

John (@jfcatto) realises that the research kind of goes against his use of music in the classroom. He then tries to justify himself and eventually ends up questioning his current practice. 

Pete then brings it home with a criticism of beloved Progressive EduGuru Sir Ken Robinson. 

 

 

Pete: NSW uni course with no exams or lectures named among top 4 i the world by MIT - Pallavi Singhal 

https://www.smh.com.au/education/nsw-uni-course-with-no-exams-or-lectures-named-among-top-four-in-the-world-by-mit-20180328-p4z6pu.html 

 

John: Listening to Music while Studying: a Good or a Bad Idea - Carolina Kueppa-Tetzel

http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/11/10-1 

 

Pete: We don't need no Sir Ken Robinson

https://gregashman.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/we-dont-need-no-sir-ken-robinson/ 

Learning salsa as important as maths, education expert says - Henrietta Cook

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/learning-salsa-as-important-as-maths-education-expert-says-20180327-p4z6f8.html 

Mar 22, 2018

This week Pete (@mr_van_w) calls on Eddie Woo to reaffirm the importance of schools and the importance of relationships within those schools. 

John (@jfcatto) has a look at some new research that shows the ATAR is about as relevant as we thought but much less so than most students or parents realise. 

 

Pete: Raising a child is mission impossible. That's why it takes a school. - Eddie Woo (@mrwootube)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/07/raising-a-child-is-mission-impossible-thats-why-it-takes-a-school

 

John: ATAR relevance questioned as report finds fewer students admitted based on rank - Shalailah Medhora 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-21/atar-relevance-under-fire-as-report-says-fewer-students-admitted/9569052 

 

ATARs losing relevance for university admission but students are still hooked - Megan O'Connell

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-21/university-admissions-atar-is-outdated/9567862 

 

A quarter of grads think their uni courses are useless, survey finds - Shalailah Medhora 

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/quarter-uni-grads-think-course-useless/9312446 

Mar 15, 2018

Pete (@mr_van_w) debunks the adage that we need to lecture kids at school because that will prepare them to be lectured to at university.

John (@jfcatto) questions the need for school at all and suggests a radical approach to home-schooling.

 

Pete: 'Sage on the stage' era of university lecturing 'is over' - Ellie Bothwell 

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/sage-stage-era-university-lecturing-over 

John: Don't send your kids to school and they'll go on to get a PHD. Wait, what? - Mammamia Team

https://www.mamamia.com.au/unschooling-in-australia/ 

Mar 10, 2018

This week we are joined by special guest Brendan Mitchell (C21_Teaching) who happened to be in our area. 

John (@jfcatto) looks at the problems with a very prescribed set of standards to teach to and why we should move away from specific and universal standards full of tidbits of specific information. 

Pete (@mr_van_w) considers different perspectives on the level of violence teachers can both expect and accept in the workplace.  

 

John: Moving Beyond Facts, Skills and the Right Answers - Alfie Kohn (@alfiekohn)

https://www.alfiekohn.org/article/moving-beyond-facts-skills-right-answers/

Pete: Secondary school staff suffer work attacks - BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-43290587 

Mar 8, 2018

Pete (@mr_van_w) looks at some of the decisions to make when implementing an effective Blended Learning program.

John (@jfcatto) briefly brings up some of the things to consider when implementing collaborative learning in class and then looks at some really handy tips for people starting out on their teaching journey. 

 

Pete: What Separates a Good Blended Learning Program From a Bad One - Rebecca Rosso

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-02-20-what-separates-a-good-blended-learning-program-from-a-bad-one

 

John: Why I don't like Collaborative Learning Structures - Chris Baker(@mrbakerphysics)

https://medium.com/@chrisbakerphysics/why-i-dont-like-collaborative-learning-1130c1979019

 

Advice for those starting out as a teacher... - Chris Baker

https://medium.com/@chrisbakerphysics/advice-for-those-starting-out-as-a-teacher-219b6f3af380

 

 

Mar 1, 2018

John (@jfcatto) takes haven in the safe ground of Edutopia looking at some of the benefits new teachers have over their experienced but perhaps stale colleagues and urges teachers to focus on the positives rather than the negatives of new teachers. 

Pete (@mr_v_w) looks at comments made by former NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli. Apparently parents are also somewhat to blame for their children's school results. Who would have thought?

 

John: The Advantage of Being a New Teacher - Matthew M. Johnson

https://www.edutopia.org/article/advantages-being-new-teacher 

 

Pete: Former education minister blames complacent parents for school results - Michael Koziol

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-education-minister-blames-complacent-parents-for-school-results-20180221-p4z13h.html      

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