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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme, philosopher and retired primary school teacher, John Doyle, reflects on teaching. First he uses the boxing ring as a metaphor for the classroom and preparation for teaching is like the time spent in a gym. Later in the programme he answers questions on books that influenced his teaching and advice for a beginning teacher. John taught for several years in St. Brigid's National School in Castleknock; I first met him when I was placed as a student teacher in his class in the mid 1980s. 

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Homework report by Barry Hennessy

Barry spoke to Professor Pam Sammons from Jesus College Oxford on the subject of the latest findings of the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education project, particularly with regard to homework. Professor Sammons referred to research reports and you can read them here, here and here.

Seán spoke to Dr. Séamus Cannon, recently retired director of Blackrock Education Centre about how the work of the centre evolved during his time at the helm and he shares his thoughts on how teachers learn.

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