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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey.

On this week's programme I speak to Katie Ashford who is Deputy Head and Director of Inclusion at Michaela Community School in Wembley Park London. Her blog is called Tabula Rasa. We talk about school culture and other aspects of teaching. In the course of our discussion Katie mentions how she is inspired by people such as Rafe Esquith and Erin Gruwell.

  • Different kinds of school culture
  • Identifying problems in a school
  • Changing School Culture
  • Why teaching is tiring
  • The kind of records UK teachers need to keep
  • Marking children’s work
  • The approach used by teachers in Michaela Community School: teacher as authority

 

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey

On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Professor Anne O'Gara, former President of Marino Institute of Education and current board member of Tusla. Among the topics we cover in this part of the interview are:

  • The role for inspectors in our education system
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Recognising learning
  • The Home School Community Liaison Scheme – Establishment and Purpose
  • Dr Concepta Conaty’s vision for the Home School Community Liaison Scheme
  • Her primary teaching experience
  • What schools are for
  • A teacher who had a significant impact on her
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to my friend and former colleague, Professor Anne O'Gara. Professor O'Gara was President of Marino Institute of Education from 2006 to 2018. Prior to that she taught in primary schools for several years before becoming Assistant National Coordinator of the Home-School-Community Liaison Scheme, and subsequently an inspector at the Department of Education and Skills. In this first part of our interview we focused on leadership in education. Among the topics discussed were:

  • Entering an institution as a new leader
  • Identifying priorities as a leader
  • Bringing about Change and Resistance to Change
  • Doing courses, lifelong learning and coaching
  • Developing new courses
  • Changing your leadership style
  • 360-degree feedback
  • Preparing for difficult conversations
  • Partnerships with stakeholders
  • What she misses and does not miss about the work
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune composed and arranged by David Vesey

On this week's programme I bring you new excerpts from guests who featured on recent programmes: Frank McNally who is the main contributor to the Irishman's Diary column in The Irish Times, was a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. David Powell from the University of Huddersfield and Arjen Wals from the Wageningen University both contributed to the annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe.

In the course of his interview David Powell referred to the research team led by Stephen Kemmis.

Arjen Wals named a number of concepts, people, websites and publications related to sustainability and education.

 

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to the main author of An Irishman's Diary in The Irish Times, Frank McNally. Frank was a keynote speaker at the 42nd annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. Among the topics covered in the interview are the following:

  • Why Frank's family members were known by the nickname the “College” McNallys.
  • Among native English speakers, why only the Irish and the Scots use the expression “Amn’t I?”
  • Doing two Leaving Certificates and no Inter Cert
  • Doing a masters degree without doing a bachelors degree
  • How he goes about writing An Irishman’s Diary in The Irish Times
  • The books he read while attending the “University of Life”
  • Two English teachers who had a significant impact on him
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune composed and arranged by David Vesey

On this week's programme I speak to Ray Gallon of the Transformation Society about education outside the formal settings of school. I interviewed Ray at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe.

Among the topics we discuss are the following:

  • How the phrase “knowledge is power” has changed meaning
  • Educating outside formal school settings
  • Working with different sized groups
  • Presenting webinars
  • How he organises his own learning
  • Effective presentations
  • How teaching is changing
  • Ingredients of a good radio programme
  • Difference between a radio programme and a podcast
  • What inspires him personally and professionally
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 Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey.

On this week's programme I speak to Arjen Wals from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands where he is Professor of Transformative Learning for Socioecological Sustainability/UNESCO Chair. He was a keynote speaker at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education of Europe, which was held in Gävle in Sweden in August. Among the topics we discussed were the following:

  • Why a sustainable approach to teaching is important
  • Why teachers alone cannot bring about sustainable living
  • How to promote sustainable choices in education
  • How sustainable choices may vary from one place to another
  • Why making teachers more accountable discourages them from taking risks
  • CSI – Critical Sustainability Investigations (example with old mobile phones)
  • Students taking photos of things that bother them in their environment and sharing them
  • “Alternative” pedagogies (experimental learning, embodied learning, place-based learning, discovery learning, problem-based learning)
  • The risk of having future people in power acting in an eco-totalitarian manner if sustainability issues are not addressed while time is available
  • What Policymakers can do to make education more sustainable

During our conversation Professor Wals referred to Fairphone.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

Today I speak to Dr. David Powell from the University of Huddersfield about teacher education. I met up with David at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • The soul of teacher education
  • The apprenticeship model of learning to teach
  • Observing teaching using the "Viewing Frame"
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This week I'm delighted to bring you the second part of my interview with Niamh Dunphy, the teacher behind the blog and social media resource Irish Primary Teacher. Among the topics we talk about on the programme this week are:

  • Plans for developing Irish Primary Teacher
  • Where she gets her lesson ideas
  • Using the store to encourage users to remain on the website
  • How she reviews products for the Reviews section
  • Clothing and teaching
  • What she likes most and finds most challenging about teaching
  • Differences between teaching in England and teaching in Ireland
  • Her favourite subject to teach
  • What she has learned from teaching to date
  • What are schools for?
  • A teacher who had a significant impact on her
  • Who inspires her
  • Why she finds Instagram better than books
  • A change she would make in her current school
  • And much more!
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Niamh Dunphy, the person behind the hugely popular Irish Primary Teacher, blog, Facebook page and Instagram account.

Among the topics we discuss in this first part of our interview are:

  • Why she set up the blog, and pages on Instagram and Facebook
  • Her positive and negative experiences of teaching in England
  • What she knows about her audience
  • Dividing content among various social media platforms
  • How teachers support each other through social media
  • What posts are most popular
  • Dealing with trolls and negative comments
  • How much time it takes
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