A milestone episode: One tenth the number of The Beast \m/
John (@jfcatto) examines the alluring yet non-demonstrable concept f VARK Learning Styles. A beautiful and empowering theory that doesn't seem to hold water.
The boys spruik Mini Gear as a scaffolded STEM PBL project.
Pete (@mr_van_w) addresses some issues that have had him thinking recently. Including; talking to students about drug amidst changing legalities and modes of testing, teachers struggling to self-fund resources for their classroom, and when to schedule routine doctor appointments.
John: The Myth of 'Learning Styles' - Olga Khazan @olgakhazan
Pete: Talking about drugs
Pete (@mr_van_w) asks "What subject specific skills does your subject have that are transferable to all disciplines?"
Pete looks for some balance in an article from Jo Facer (@jo_facer) (formerly?) of the Michaela Community School. Highlighting the benefits of Consistency for students and Sustainability for teachers.
John (@jfcatto) looks at a few of the things school leaders can do to support Early Career Teachers. Providing they are guided in sustaining the tireless job of teaching in the first place.
Tips to teachers: Here a twitter thread for Early Career Teachers to check out. "Be inspired but not pressured"
Pete: We Should Teach All Students, in Every Discipline, to Think Like Scientists - Peter Salovey
We Have Overcomplicated Teaching: Research Ed 2016 - Jo Facer
John: Five things that work in early teacher' development - Cat Scutt
Tips To Teachers: (@TeachMrReed)
In a effort to avoid writing report John (@jfcatto) relates some different teachers ideas on how to encourage students to learn from their mistakes in when returning exams. He also links this to an article on how to write a clutter free marking rubric.
Pete (@mr_van_w) drinks the Cult-of-Dweck kool-aid and tells the story of a school who use "report assemblies" to highlight areas for growth and setting tangible goals.
John: Your Rubrik is a Hot Mess; Here's How to Fix It- Jennifer Gonzalez (@cultofpedagogy)
Pete: Metacognitive Reflection at Report Card Time - Julie Nariman (@julienariman)
In the middle of a busy term John (@jfcatto) and Pete (@mr_van_w) manage to squeeze in a quick podcast with crappy sound quality.
Pete lauds Central West teacher Aaron Ellis for teaching Wiradjuri as the compulsory Year 7 and 8 language at Young High School.
John explains clear steps to "like a class". Perhaps highlighting some useful steps even if the sentiment could be considered flawed.
Pete: Wiradjuri Language Taught at Young High School - Aaron Ellis (not the actual article)
John: How to Like a Class - StrictlyPositiveTeaching