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On this week's programme I speak to Paul O'Donnell who is principal of St. Patrick's National School in Slane, Co. Meath. He is the author of Wild Teaching: Cross-curricular Lessons Outdoors for Agoraphobic Teachers which is published by Meath County Council. Among the topics we discussed are:

  • How his upbringing fostered a love of the outdoors
  • The influence of Paddy Madden on his work as a teacher
  • How tempting it is to teach indoors all the time
  • Having students gather resources for lessons
  • Specific lessons in Wild Teaching
  • Making the transition from teaching to being principal
  • Challenges of principalship
  • Eliciting voices of children in running the school
  • Learning about life and death through keeping hens in school
  • The school garden
  • Minimising rubbish in the school
  • Earning six green flags for the school
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On this week's programme I am joined again by Dr. Karen Hammerness who is the Director of Edcuational research and Evaluation at the American Museum of Natural History. This week we talk about the Museum as a site for education, including teacher education and we hear about the innovative programmes the museum has in place for educating people in and about science. Among the topics discussed this week are:

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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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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with Dr. Sandra Austin from the Marino Institute of Education on garden-based learning.

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This week I speak to scientist, horticulturalist, and educator Dr. Sandra Austin about her research on school gardens. Sandra Austin lectures in social, environmental, and scientific education in the Marino Institute of Education.

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On this week's programme I continue my discussion with Orla Kelly on the teaching of science in the primary school. Orla Kelly lectures in the Church of Ireland College of Education and she co-authored the book Creative Teaching in Primary Science with Roger Cutting of Plymouth University.

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On this week's programme my guest is Dr Orla Kelly from the Church of Ireland College of Education. She recently co-authored the book Creative Teaching in Primary Science with Roger Cutting from Plymouth University.

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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with teacher of second class, Jane Shimizu. In this part of the interview Jane talks about her class blog, her time teaching in Japan on the JET programme, about her decision to become a primary school teacher and much more.

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On this week's programme I speak to experienced primary teacher of junior classes, Jane Shimizu whose enthusiasm for teaching is infectious. She talks about all aspects of teaching, including planning for the year, daily planning for teaching, subject integration, record keeping, assessment, homework, and active learning. She also talks about her passion for teaching science; she received an award in 2010 from the Institute of Physics. She keeps a classroom blog here.

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On this week's programme I spoke to Tim Savage, the Associate Dean for Online Education in Trinity College Dublin about the University's first experience of offering a MOOC - Massive Open Online Course.

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