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 Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Professor Barbara Schneider from Michigan State University. Among the topics discussed this week are the following:

  • The need to review the Irish science curriculum in line with other countries
  • How can a curriculum value both knowing and doing, especially doing
  • Her upcoming book titled, Learning Science (2020)
  • The role of family and school in aligning one’s education with one’s career choice (“aligned ambitions”) and how this led to the “College Ambition Program.”
  • Enhancing one’s career prospects with a “dual degree”
  • Educational outcomes v occupational outcomes
  • Fluidity of careers and implications for developing curriculum materials
  • How media influence career choices
  • Career paths of females
  • A typical working day for her
  • What schools are for
  • Two books she regularly returns to are Foundations of Social Theory and Flow

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

Theme tune by David Vesey

This week on the programme my guest is Professor Barbara Schneider from Michigan State University. She uses sociology and psychology in her work and talks about how that works. She discusses optimal learning moments in science teaching and learning and about helping students make transitions from middle school to high school. Here are my notes on some of the topics discussed:

  • How sociology has always about equal educational opportunity, access and social justice
  • The development of adolescence in context
  • How relationships created in school affect the inequality students experience in schools
  • Why relational trust in school is so important
  • The importance of student welfare
  • How they studied flow in the classroom
  • Converting flow into “optimal learning moments”
  • The “in it to win it” app and the College Ambition Program
  • How teachers can prepare for “optimal learning moments”
  • Why it’s important for children to learn science at school
  • A hybrid model of professional development for teachers
  • Problems with poorly-equipped science labs in schools

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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with primary teacher and mathematics teacher educator, Claire Corroon. You can access resources and opinions about mathematics teaching on her website, Primary CPD. Among the topics we discuss this week are the following:

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week my guest on the programme is Claire Corroon a primary teacher and teacher educator with a particular interest in mathematics education. She has many resources on her website, Primary CPD, where she also blogs. In this, the first part of our interview, among the topics discussed are:

  • How she got involved in mathematics education
  • Courses she gives for teachers in summer and at evenings
  • Number talks
  • Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations in mathematics
  • Her approach to teaching tables

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This week I conclude my interview with Dr. Alf Coles from the School of Education at the University of Bristol. Among the topics we discuss this week are:

 

  • Planning for the unexpected in mathematics classes
  • His work with the charity “Five by Five by Five Equals Creativity”
  • Using Cuisenaire rods and a tens chart to teach mathematics
  • How the number naming system in the English language makes learning mathematics more difficult and what you can do about it
  • Using the tens chart to teach decimals
  • How our current curriculum limits children’s understanding of number
  • Creativity in primary school mathematics
  • What inspires him
  • Whose work in education he likes to read
  • What he would change about his current institution
  • How his own schooling influences his practice in education today

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On this week's programme my guest is Dr. Alf Coles from the University of Bristol School of Education. Among the topics discussed are:

 

  • What teachers learn from using video
  • Responding to video through description versus judgment
  • Using video clubs for teacher professional development
  • The centre for researching education across boundaries
  • Who was Caleb Gattegno
  • What is the Silent Way of learning a language
  • What is an energy budget for learning?
  • Four stages of awareness
  • Inventing the geoboard
  • Book, What we owe children by Caleb Gattegno
  • How he became a teacher educator
  • How he balances his teaching and research work
  • How he practices teacher education
  • Greg Simon’s blog: https://gregsimonmusic.com/blog/
  • Gregory Bateson: https://mri.org/gregory-bateson/

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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 bring you interview sections from previous guests which did not fit into the space available in the original programmes. First we hear Stanford University Professor of Education, Hilda Borko who talks about how she does her research. Then Dr. Katie Novak discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in applying Universal Design for Learning principles. Finally, Professor Akihiko Takahashi from De Paul University presents a Japanese perspective on mathematics teaching and on education more generally.

The programmes they orginally featured on are here:

Hilda Borko

Katie Novak

Akihiko Takahashi

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On this week's programme I bring you an interview I conducted with Stanford University Graduate School of Education Professor, Hilda Borko. Among the topics we discuss are the following:

  • Summer schools for children in the United States
  • Professional Development for science teachers
  • Argumentation in science lessons
  • How she uses video in professional development
  • Work she is most proud of in education to date
  • Key ingredients of professional development for teachers
  • How she chose a career in education
  • How she started a school when she was a graduate student

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On this week's programme I am joined by Professor Akihiko Takahashi from the College of Education at De Paul University who talks about the teaching of mathematics, about Lesson Study as a form of professional development for teachers and other matters. I spoke with Professor Takahashi after he addressed an event hosted by the UCD Japan Group. Among the items we discussed were the following:

  • Why learn mathematics?
  • How do children learn to solve problems?
  • What is lesson study?
  • Why in Japan lunch is considered to be an opportunity for teaching
  • How lesson study helps teachers to grow
  • Why collaboration is the foundation to being an effective teacher
  • Why live classroom observation is better than observing teaching on video
  • How the Japanese learn from other cultures
  • Are teachers born or made?

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