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On this week's programme I speak to my colleague in the Marino Institute of Education, Dr. Gerry O'Connell about religious education. Gerry is a primary teacher and a teacher educator with vast experience and his ideas are grounded in this experience and in his scholarly work in the field. Among the topics discussed this week are the following:

  • The difference between teaching religion and religious education
  • The importance of starting with the students’ experiences
  • The challenges of working with diverse student experiences
  • The teaching methodology “Godly Play”
  • Social media as a force of oppression
  • Why contemplative space, depth of conversation or wonder and symbol or story are central to religious education
  • Whether sacraments should be taught in school or in parishes
  • What makes a teacher?
  • Teaching as a vocation
  • A perceived secularist agenda in some media organisations
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On this week's programme I am joined once again by philosopher and retired primary school teacher, John Doyle. In the interview, John reflects on the role of questions in teaching.

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On this week's programme I bring you the third and final part of my interview with David Didau, author of What if Everything You Knew about Education Was Wrong? Among the people and websites referred to in this part of our discussion are the following:

The Neuroscience of Intelligence by Richard J Haier

How to Teach by Phil Beadle

Dylan William

Dan Willingham

Doug Lemov

Rob Coe

My second guest this week is Jane Shimizu who is a primary teacher in a DEIS school in county Galway. For many years she kept a busy classroom blog and current updates are on the school website. As part of her discussion on science week, she mentioned the website www.rokit.com.

 

 

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On this week's programme I welcome back a guest who was on the programme before, Brendan Culligan. Brendan was a keynote speaker at the 2017 annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. His presentation was titled “More than one hundred and twenty five years of Crushing ‘Garlic’!" - in which he honours the memory of an educator who had insightful ideas about teaching spelling.

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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with writer, blogger, speaker, trainer and former English teacher David Didau. We focus particularly on his book, What if everything you knew about education was wrong? Among the topics discussed are the following:

  • How teachers can use research
  • Why less feedback is more
  • Carol Dweck’s research on mindsets
  • The difficulties in telling if what children learn is retained or transferable
  • Why a sat-nav is the perfect “assessment for learning machine”
  • The illusion of knowledge
  • Assessment for learning
  • Why testing should be rebranded as quizzing
  • Why differentiation is a “dark art”
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to David Didau, who is also known as "The Learning Spy." I wanted to find out more about his book, What if everything you knew about education was wrong? Among the topics discussed on the programme with David are the following:

  • Opportunity costs in teaching
  • Choices teachers make
  • Criticism of the teacher education he received
  • Who he trusts on questions about education
  • How teachers are acquiring incorrect information about education
  • The lack of evidence behind learning styles and educational outcome

On next week's programme I'll bring you the second part of my interview with David.

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On this week's programme I spoke to three people who presented workshops at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. They were Claire Dunne from the Marino Institute of Education, Damien Quinn from seomraranga.com and Anne Burke from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Among the websites mentioned on the programme were:

Children's Literature Association of Ireland

http://bookcentre.ca/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13586750-bully

Kidblog software

Animoto

 

 

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On this week's programme Ciarán Gray from North Bay Educate Together National School and Company B talks about his own interest in dance and shares some of his thoughts on primary teaching.

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On this week's programme primary school teacher Ciarán Gray talks about dance education and about Company B, the dance company he set up for young males. Ciarán teaches in North Bay Educate Together National School.

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On this week's programme I speak to a young researcher, Craig Skerritt, who works in the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection, Dublin City University. We discuss how the work of Basil Bernstein can shed a light on educating students in schools serving areas designated as disadvantaged. We also learn about Craig's experience of teaching in England.

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