Be entertained and enriched in education with Podclass Season 2

QUT's team of education experts

After the success of Podclass season 1, I was delighted to support the production of a second season of our podcast series for teachers and educators which launched in March. Hosted again by award-winning journalist Madonna King, this season our researchers are joined by practitioners to offer more real-world tips and advice on topics important to anyone in the profession.

6 things teachers will learn in Podclass season 2

As the term 1 school holidays approach, we invite you to put your feet up and be entertained and enriched in education. If you’d like a taste of the episodes, here are six things you’ll learn after listening to Podclass:

  1. Language isn’t just for English teachers

Dr Jennifer Alford is a Senior Lecturer in TESOL and her passion for language is infectious. In this episode, she discusses how all teachers can use language to enhance students’ learning. Whether you teach maths, science, geography or technology; in a connected and diverse world, understanding how language works is vital to teaching success. Listen to For the love of language.

  1. Connection to country in the classroom can be simple

Educator Alison Quin says that incorporating Indigenous perspectives in the classroom is a journey all schools and teachers can begin. This episode will open your mind and heart to the importance of sharing the history and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with your students – and it’s a lot easier to start than you think. Listen to Our land, our stories, our classrooms.

Journalist Madonna King and QUT's Prof. Simone White
Journalist Madonna King and QUT’s Prof. Simone White
  1. Students have a right to have their say

What happens when students are encouraged to have a say on matters important to them at school? According to Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan, giving students a voice can have an enormously positive influence on their engagement and wellbeing – and therefore, their ability to learn. You’ll love hearing teacher Mitchell Robertson talk about his own success rolling out a school-wide wellbeing framework driven by student voices. Listen to The right to voice.

  1. Technology is a tool for success

According to Dr Chris Blundell, teachers use routine as a tool for managing dynamics in the classroom. So it can be a challenge when things like new technology disrupts or alters their routines. But with the right strategies and tools, teachers can use technology in the classroom with confidence and success.

  1. Friendships are a foundation for learning

Do you remember your first childhood friendships? Dr Maryanne Theobald’s interesting research looks at how friendships are formed in the early years and the positive impact it can have on children’s development. So what can educators do to help foster friendships? Dr Theobald is joined by educator Megan Laraghy to offer practical strategies and advice. Listen to The friendship factor.

Listen to Education in the digital age.
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  1. Art can be used as environmental expression

Children in early education settings are just starting to figure out who they and the world around them. So how can we help them make sense of complex issues like sustainability? Dr Lyndal O’Gorman shares advice on how educators can use art as a powerful tool to help young children learn and express their thoughts on important environmental issues. Listen to A picture paints a thousand thoughts.

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Simone White is Professor and Assistant Dean (International and Engagement) in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Simone is also the Immediate Past President of the Australian Teacher Education Association. Simone’s publications, research and teaching are focused on the key question of how to best prepare teachers and leaders for diverse communities (both local and global). Simone is one of the founding members of the International Teacher Education Research Alliance (ITERA) project. This project aims to connect internationally, teacher education scholars to ensure teacher education policy and research improves the learning for all students and teachers. Her current research areas focus on teacher education policy, teacher learning (including teacher education), professional experience and building and maintaining university-school/community partnerships. Simone currently leads an Australian government grant focused on improving the preparation of future teachers to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and caregivers. Through her collective work, Simone aims to connect research, policy and practice in ways that bring teachers and school and university based teacher educators together and break down traditional borders between academics, policy makers, communities and practitioners.

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