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Theme tune: David Vesey

My guest on the programme this week is my colleague in Marino Institute of Education and the person behind the social media identity, Little Miss Teacher. She is Clara Fiorentini and we talk about play, literacy, phonics, early years education and much more. Here are the topics we discuss and the times at which they appear.  

  • Why she started posting on social media (1’33”)
  • Her thoughts on the new language curriculum and her interest in literacy, especially early literacy (7’00” and 24’11”))
  • A typical day in her classroom (with a focus on literacy activities)
  • Different kinds of play 12’03”
  • The kind of stories she used in her teaching (14’35”)
  • Phonics and literacy instruction (16’22”)
  • Literacy in more senior classes (21’42”)
  • The phonics programme she participated in developing, Sounds Like Phonics (23’46”)
  • Her approach to teaching (26’48”)
  • Returning to study for a master’s degree in children’s literature (29’50”)
  • What schools are for 33’41”
  • A teacher who had a significant impact on her (34’48”)
  • Who inspires her (39’13”)

Among the resources and materials mentioned by Clara were the following:

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michell Magorian

David Walliams

The book with no pictures by BJ Novak

Rita Pierson – Ted Talk – Every child deserves a champion

Jen Jones on picture books

 

My recommendation:

Podcast: Speak-Up Storytelling with Matthew and Elysha Dicks

Book: Storyworthy: Engage, teach, persuade and change your life through the power of storytelling by Matthew Dicks

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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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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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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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On this week's programme I speak to two keynote speakers from the 2018 annual conference of the Computer Education Society of Ireland, Elizabeth Oldham and Richard Millwood, both from Trinity College Dublin. They discuss the past, present and future of the organisation and among other topics Richard discusses how computational thinking relates to teaching the visual arts. 

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On this week's programme my guest is Joanna Norton, a lecturer at the University of the Arts in London. In the course of our interview she told me about the App she developed called Keywords Biology.

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This week I speak to the Chairperson of the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Adrienne Webb, about the new Leaving Certificate course in Computer Science and other matters.

During the interview we discuss how CESI has been working with various players, such as the NCCA and the PDST, to facilitate the smooth introduction of the syllabus; Adrienne tells us about how she became interested in technology; she discusses resources for teaching computer science; and she describes her approach to working with technology in school.

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On this week's programme I speak to lecturer in mathematics and programming at LIT (Tipperary Campus), Pamela O'Brien. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Her workshop on “Breakoutedu
  • Her job at LIT – Tipperary Campus
  • The ICT in Education Conference
  • The difference between coding and computer science
  • Transitions she made from working in insurance to lecturing and from mathematics to computer science
  • How teachers can become more involved in coding
  • Who inspires her
  • Why she likes EDCHATIE

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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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This week's guest is Professor Jackie Marsh from the University of Sheffield's School of Education. I interviewed her when she was in Dublin as a keynote speaker at the 40th annual conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. In the course of the interview Jackie Marsh referred to some online resources and books including:

National Literacy Trust

Common Sense Media

Technology and Play

Aurasma

Anne Hass Dyson

The Meaning Makers by Gordon Wells








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