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 14 – Student Issues, LOTE Revival, Curriculum Strands & Calling In Sick

The following articles & blog posts were discussed & cited in Episode 14:

‘Teachers urged to report concerns on radicalised students’ – Farrah Tomazin, The Age, 12/10/14

‘Government struggling to achieve language revival in schools’ – Farrah Tomazin, The Age, 12/10/14

‘Crowded Curriculum or a Wrong Mindset’ – by Aaron Davis

‘Getting Busy in Sick’ – By Rick Kayler-Thomson

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