Episode 75 (Spring Special) – Returning, Uniforms, Male Muddles & Camp Catastrophes

In this episode we cited and discussed the following articles:

Girls win right to wear shorts and trousers to all Victorian state schools‘, Henrietta Cook, The Age, 12/9/17, viewed 12/9/17

School uniforms: who needs them?‘, William McKeith, Sydney Morning Herald, 14/9/17, viewed 15/9/17

Concern for vulnerable children as proportion of male teachers drops‘, Jane Gilmore, The Age, 9/9/17, viewed 9/9/17

Male teachers fear student contact for false abuse claims: experts‘, Monique Hore, Herald Sun, 4/8/17, viewed 17/9/17

 

Episode 64 – The Anecdote Special!

Thank you to David Hopps and Lee Burns for sending us their recorded anecdotes. A real treat!

We strongly encourage you to check out Anne De Manser’s post about teaching at Woorndoo Primary school 30+ years ago. A brilliant read and a real eye opener. Thanks Anne. Her post can be found HERE.

See you in 2 weeks!

Adam & Rick

Episode 40 – NAPLAN funding, Social Media Gaps, Valuable Failure & Camping Bananas

In our 40th episode we cited and discussed the following posts and articles:

‘Andrews government considers plan to tie NAPLAN results to school funding’, Henrietta Cook, The Age, 9/8/15, viewed 17/8/15

‘Why should educators use social media in their classrooms?’, Karen Cornelius, Teacher Solutions, 10/8/15, viewed 17/8/15

‘Grieving parents tackle online bullying to stop other families suffering’7.30, ABC TV, Australia, 17/8/15, viewed 17/8/15

‘What do students lose by being perfect? Valuable failure’, Holly Korbey, KQED News, 12/8/15, viewed 17/8/15

We also acknowledge the talents of composer Piero Umiliani and The Muppets…

The ‘2 Regular Teachers’ mini (mini) essay – with more apologies

So…Adam is off on a Year 3/4 camp this week although he is a Year 1 teacher. I arrived home sometime after 6.30pm this evening after coordinating a Year 6 debate after school. We’ve been asked the question more than once this year…how do you find the time to publish an episode of the podcast every week? Only this week have we both realised that perhaps it’s been a stroke of luck that up until this point, we have been able to churn out an episode week after week. Yes, we promised an episode last week on August 20th. Alas, all that week I had been the foolish teacher that acquired a flu and continued to work through it. The end was grim…at best. Therefore, another week passed without an episode. That brings us to this week, another non-episode owing to the reasons I outlined in the opening sentences above.

Adam and I began this little journey with one clear objective in mind. To take the time out of our own jobs to sit, reflect, converse and attempt to dissect this profession we have chosen. Since then, we’ve been lucky enough to add some other reasons to the list, thanks to the listeners that have made contact with us. We now feel some form of obligation not just to ourselves, but other humans out there toiling away on the classroom frontline.

How have we achieved our objective up to a few weeks ago? We make the time and we respect that time as much as we can. One of us drives a healthy distance from their workplace to a little homely venue for the recording. The other stays up a little longer after the show listening, cutting, splicing and bringing it all together for publication. We share topic/segment ideas over the rest of the week via a shared Google document.

This year we have found ourselves falling into the ‘cruising Term 3’ mindset again. Many teachers do. The term where we can all get back to ‘proper’ teaching because there is no big formal assessment to complete or reporting. National testing has come and gone and we are free of most interruptions. Again, we’ve been reminded that this is not the case anymore. There is no such thing as a term like this over the entire year. We tackled this issue in a previous episode published in 2014. Go HERE to take a listen. We also tackled the crowded curriculum in another past episode which, I believe, applies to this ‘Term 3’ issue too.

We feel that we are appreciated in this role as teacher podcasters. I am grateful for the comments that I receive, both verbal and written, from people in and out of the profession that have shown appreciation for the fact that we get together and put it out there. It’s this individual appreciation, so lacking in most schools, that makes us really feel it when we don’t meet our objective each week of the term.

Without any last minute interruptions or flies in the ointment, we intend to be back here with Episode 40 next Thursday evening, 3rd September. Please join us!

Cheers,

Rick (with Adam in spirit)

Episode 28 – The A.P., Finland’s Topics, Pre Service Pondering & Camp Competitiveness

For our final episode of Term One, we cited and discussed the following article. We also gave a shameless plug…!

‘Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system’, Richard Garner, The Independent, 20/3/15, viewed 23/3/15

eddy and wills cafe – Opening soon!

Episode 21 (The Xmas Special) – Teaching Changes, Young Anxieties, Learning Respect & Camp Snoring

In Episode 21, we cited the following articles and resources:

‘This Will Revolutionise Education’, video, Veritasium, 1st December 2014, viewed 18/12/14

‘There are rising levels of stress and self-harm among children’, Natasha Bita, The Australian, 13/12/14

‘Discipline or Learning: What’s Your Mindset?’, Aaron Davis, Read Write Respond blog, 6/12/14

 

Episode 13 – R.E., Crowded Curriculum, Litigious Excursions & Change Room ‘Guns’

The following articles were cited in Episode 13:

Uniting Church threatens withdrawal from Access Ministries’ religious instruction program – Benjamin Preiss, The Age, 24/9/14

Abbott government to overhaul crowded curriculum – Jewel Topsfield, The Age, 12/10/14

School trips dumped as teachers fear legal action, curriculum review finds – Lauren Wilson, Herald Sun, 14/10/14

Episode 8 – Devices on Camp, LOTE, Contracts & Yard Duty Beatings

 

‘Two-thirds of new teachers on contracts’ – Jewel Topsfield ‘The Age

Below is an extract from the ‘Electronic Devices on Camp’ contract that Rick sent home with students prior to Grade 5 camp:

ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON CAMP

Dear Parents,

We understand many students use their electronic device (iPod, iPad etc) to take photographs and that the camera on these devices is the only one they own.

We are happy for parents to give permission for their child to bring their device with a camera to camp, if they do not have a standard camera.

The following guidelines will apply:

  • Personal cameras/devices are the sole responsibility of the student whilst on camp. The school has no liability over loss, misuse or damage to the device
  • Students are not to make phone calls or send text messages from their devices  (if they have this capability)
  • Students are not to upload photos to any non-school social networks they may be members of (ie. Instagram) whilst on camp

If your child will be bringing their personal device to camp, please complete the short contract below and hand to your child’s class teacher on the morning of camp.

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I __________________am happy for my child to bring their personal device to camp and have read and understood the guidelines with my child.

Signed: ______________________________________ (parent)

I__________________ have read the guidelines and understand that I am responsible for the correct use of my device on camp.

Signed:______________________________________ (student)

 

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2 Regular Teachers will be back with Episode 8 next week!

Hey everyone,

Due to a very busy schedule episode 8 of the 2 Regular Teachers podcast has been postponed this week and will be back, bigger and better than ever, next week on our usual Thursday night.  We’ve got some great topics that we want to cover in our next episode including the use of devices such as iPads, iPods and cameras on camps and excursions, as well as discussing contracts in education and their impact on teaching staff across the country.

As always we really appreciate everyone who listens in each week and the terrific feedback we receive as well. We can’t wait to get back on the horse with Episode 8 next week!  Until then….

Rick and Adam.

Episode 7 – DLTV2014 Wrap, Laptop Leases #2, Goal Setting & Bike Ed Blunders

The links below relate to our overview of the DLTV Annual Conference 2014:

Presentations don’t make a conference, people do – by Aaron Davis

#DLTV2014 Twitter stream – have your scrolling button ready!

‘All In It Together’ – Rick’s short reflection on networking at a conference