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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey.

On this week's programme I speak to Katie Ashford who is Deputy Head and Director of Inclusion at Michaela Community School in Wembley Park London. Her blog is called Tabula Rasa. We talk about school culture and other aspects of teaching. In the course of our discussion Katie mentions how she is inspired by people such as Rafe Esquith and Erin Gruwell.

  • Different kinds of school culture
  • Identifying problems in a school
  • Changing School Culture
  • Why teaching is tiring
  • The kind of records UK teachers need to keep
  • Marking children’s work
  • The approach used by teachers in Michaela Community School: teacher as authority

 

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Theme music composed and arranged by David Vesey.

On this week's programme I speak to Arjen Wals from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands where he is Professor of Transformative Learning for Socioecological Sustainability/UNESCO Chair. He was a keynote speaker at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Teacher Education of Europe, which was held in Gävle in Sweden in August. Among the topics we discussed were the following:

  • Why a sustainable approach to teaching is important
  • Why teachers alone cannot bring about sustainable living
  • How to promote sustainable choices in education
  • How sustainable choices may vary from one place to another
  • Why making teachers more accountable discourages them from taking risks
  • CSI – Critical Sustainability Investigations (example with old mobile phones)
  • Students taking photos of things that bother them in their environment and sharing them
  • “Alternative” pedagogies (experimental learning, embodied learning, place-based learning, discovery learning, problem-based learning)
  • The risk of having future people in power acting in an eco-totalitarian manner if sustainability issues are not addressed while time is available
  • What Policymakers can do to make education more sustainable

During our conversation Professor Wals referred to Fairphone.

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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Dr. Gerry Jeffers, author of Transition Year in Action, which was published by The Liffey Press. In the interview he discusses several topics including how he would redesign transition year if he could based on his vast experience as a teacher, guidance counsellor, deputy principal, teacher educator, lecturer and educational researcher.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I bring you the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Gerry Jeffers, author of Transition Year in Action, which was published by The Liffey Press. In the interview he talks about the purpose and history of transition year and illustrates it with anecdotes from his vast experience as a teacher, guidance counsellor, deputy principal, teacher educator, lecturer and educational researcher.

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On this week's programme I speak to Annette Honan from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment about the new Leaving Certificate subject, Politcs and Society.

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This week I am joined by Brian Mooney to discuss how school leavers can plan their career and the kind of steps in that direction that can be taken during their final year in school. Brian is a guidance counsellor in Oatlands College, the editor of the Education Matters Yearbook 2015-2016 and a columnist with the Irish Times. He is also the author of Start Your Career Journey Here, a Revise Wise publication.

Some of the websites mentioned on the programme are:
www.qualifax.ie
www.careersportal.ie http://www.cao.ie/
www.ucas.com
http://www.eunicas.ie/
http://www.coa.co.uk/
https://www.edco.ie/



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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I am joined by Brian Mooney, who edited the Education Matters Yearbook 2015-2016. He is also a Guidance Counsellor at Oatlands College and a columnist with The Irish Times.

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On this week's programme to mark National Science Week I visited the national finals of Scifest and spoke to its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sheila Porter. I also spoke to two teachers, Catherine Tattersall from Sutton Park School and Dr. Katie Corbett from Skerries Community College.

I also bring you a final piece from my interview with Mary Roche, author of Developing Children's Critical Thinking through Picturebooks, in which she names some of her favourite picture books.

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On this week's programme my guest is Mags Amond, a recently retired science teacher, a prolific tweeter and the woman who introduced Teachmeets to  Ireland.

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