In another busy week Pete (@mr_van_w) record his own podcast in preparation for not getting together to record. Then due to a last minute Maths assessment task, he is off class and manages to track down John (@jfcatto) to talk about Singapore moving to get rid of marks and ranks.
Pete: 50 Years of Children Drawing Sciencetists - Youki Terada
John: Why The Worlds Best School System Is Getting Rid of Grades -Bonnie Rivas Ras
This week John (@jfcatto) crosses the schism and discusses when a traditional classroom setting may be a positive experience for students and attempts to delve into some of the considerations in implementation beyond the trad/prog dichotomy.
Pete (@mr_van_w) continues with his Dave Burgess read along. This week the I in PIRATE, Immersion.
John: Good schools help children behave - Tom Bennett @tombennett71
Pete: Immersion: Undividing my attention - A Teach Like a Pirate readalong - Mr Van W
Pete started reading a book by Dave Burgess that you may have heard of - Teach Like a Pirate. This is his read-along making sure he does his homework. This edition of his read-along we're talking about passion, that's right, P for Passion and P for Pirate. Pete loves an acronym. Originally Pete thought this book wasn't serious enough. He was wrong, it's very cool and he's getting a lot from it straight away.
John found some questions to help us both become more reflective teachers. They're good. Then John made Pete feel bad, but Pete edits the podcast so he just cut it out and added more of him being a fool in.
While running the mic for testing John (@jfcatto) had some hot takes on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3. So we kept it for you.
Enjoy this out take.
Pete and John return feeling not-so refreshed after the break, then open with some somewhat disputable Tips to Teachers.
Pete then looks at some of the ways we as teachers build a focus on self-improvement of our students, through allowing multiple test takes. Without falling into the trap of students outsmarting us and falsely inflating their marks.
John tries to find the middle ground when it comes to differentiation. Trying to find something that supports all learners in the class, without labelling students or burdening teachers with an unsustainable workload.
Pete: Allowing Test Retakes - Without Getting Gamed - Stephen Merrill @smerrill777
John: All aboard the magical mystery bus: keeping them on the bus - Jotter Pad: A Teacher's Notes