TTT Episode 67: Teacher-Centered education and the role and value of educators

Pete (@mr_van_w) and John (@jfcatto) mispronounce some words and take a guess at some acronyms that they probably should know but apparently don't. 

Eventually John looks at a great article about education being more "teacher-centred". Insofar as that education should primarily support teachers to do their job and do their job well. 

Pete then reflects on a blog post where he reflected on the keynotes from the recent ConASTA 67. He questions the purpose of teaching Science in School and who Science Educator should be looking up to as role models. 


John: Schools should be more teacher centred - Tom Sherrington 


Pete: Teachers - you da real MVP - Pete (@mr_van_w) 


For anyone interested it is: Light Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory 


TTT Episode 66: Learning Styles, Drugs, Money and Doctors

A milestone episode: One tenth the number of The Beast \m/  

John (@jfcatto) examines the alluring yet non-demonstrable concept f VARK Learning Styles. A beautiful and empowering theory that doesn't seem to hold water.

The boys spruik Mini Gear as a scaffolded STEM PBL project. 

Pete (@mr_van_w) addresses some issues that have had him thinking recently. Including; talking to students about drug amidst changing legalities and modes of testing, teachers struggling to self-fund resources for their classroom, and when to schedule routine doctor appointments. 

We've also included the Machines PBL project below but here is the link.

John: The Myth of 'Learning Styles' - Olga Khazan @olgakhazan 


Mini Gear 


Pete: Talking about drugs   (@MrsLoeschen)   (@MsJachymiak)



TTT Episode 65: Paring Away the Guff in Teaching and Supporting early career teachers

Pete (@mr_van_w) asks "What subject specific skills does your subject have that are transferable to all disciplines?"

Pete looks for some balance in an article from Jo Facer (@jo_facer) (formerly?) of the Michaela Community School. Highlighting the benefits of Consistency for students and Sustainability for teachers.

John (@jfcatto) looks at a few of the things school leaders can do to support Early Career Teachers. Providing they are guided in sustaining the tireless job of teaching in the first place.  

Tips to teachers: Here a twitter thread for Early Career Teachers to check out. "Be inspired but not pressured"  



Pete: We Should Teach All Students, in Every Discipline, to Think Like Scientists - Peter Salovey 


We Have Overcomplicated Teaching: Research Ed 2016 - Jo Facer


John: Five things that work in early teacher' development - Cat Scutt 


Tips To Teachers: (@TeachMrReed) 



TTT Episode 64: Marking and Reporting Techniques to Foster an Emphasis on Growth

In a effort to avoid writing report John (@jfcatto) relates some different teachers ideas on how to encourage students to learn from their mistakes in when returning exams. He also links this to an article on how to write a clutter free marking rubric.

Pete (@mr_van_w) drinks the Cult-of-Dweck kool-aid and tells the story of a school who use "report assemblies" to highlight areas for growth and setting tangible goals.  

John: Your Rubrik is a Hot Mess; Here's How to Fix It- Jennifer Gonzalez (@cultofpedagogy)


Pete: Metacognitive Reflection at Report Card Time - Julie Nariman (@julienariman) 


TTT Episode 63: Indigenous languages and how to like your class

In the middle of a busy term John (@jfcatto) and Pete (@mr_van_w) manage to squeeze in a quick podcast with crappy sound quality.  

Pete lauds Central West teacher Aaron Ellis for teaching Wiradjuri as the compulsory Year 7 and 8 language class at Young High School. 

John explains clear steps to "like a class". Perhaps highlighting some useful steps even if the sentiment could be considered flawed. 


Pete: Wiradjuri Language Taught at Young High School - Aaron Ellis (not the actual article) 


John: How to Like a Class - StrictlyPositiveTeaching


TTT Episode 61: Literacy and Numeracy All for Infants and the Downsides to Teaching to the Test

This week Pete (@mr_van_w) talks about Malcolm Roberts' idea to restrict K-3 teaching to cover only Literacy/English and Maths/Numeracy. By his reasoning, these concepts are mostly interchangable and isolated to any context. Pete has other thoughts.


John (@jfcatto) looks at the difference between item teaching and curriculum teaching. Apparently one is good for students learning and the other raises school results. Unsurprisingly, Pete thinks that  one of these is more important than the other. 


Pete: Malcolm Roberts Academic Review 


John: Why Teaching to the Test is Educational Malpractice - Steven Singer



TTT Episode 60: Don't Design Lessons Around Fads and Get a Mentor

This week Pete (@mr_van_w) examines the tempting lure of building lessons around the current fad in student culture. This happens to be Fortnite at the moment, it was Pokemon a couple of years ago and it will be something else next time you teach the topic. 

John (@jfcatto) highlights the need for teachers old and new to have a mentor to support them and their teaching. #findyourmarigold


Pete: Teachers and Parents Share Stories From Inside the 'Fortnite' Phenomenon - Patrick Klepak 


Forego Fortnite - Doug Robertson


John: Every Teacher Needs a Mentor - Heather Walport-Gawron 

TTT Episode 59: Teacher Breakdown and ATAR Problems

Pete (@mr_van_w) talks about anxiety and depression and its effect on teacher burnout. Sometimes maybe a change is as good as a holiday and experiences may vary. 

John (@jfcatto) delves into some of Australia's Chief Scientist's criticism of the ATAR.   


Pete: Breakdown, reach out, recover - Victoria @mrshumanities 


John: ATAR should be simplified or even abolished, says chief scientist Alan Finkel - Michael Koziol