Season 2 Episode 3: Phonics vs Language: A common sense approach
In this episode of Talking Teaching Kerry Elliott talks to David Hornsby about the contentious issue of how we teach reading to young students. Why can’t we agree on the fundamentals and insist on comprehensive English language training for teachers? David brings a common sense approach to the decades-long debate around phonics vs whole language.
Season 2 Episode 2: A challenging look at teaching teachers
In this episode of Talking Teaching writer and university lecturer Tegan Bennett Daylight discusses what she sees as declining standards and poor quality reading skills in some students attending universities. She identifies the dilemma of how to instil a love of reading in children from teachers who are struggling themselves. A provocative must- listen interview hosted by Maxine McKew.
Season 2 Episode 1: How educators can boost student interest in reading
Talking Teaching’s first episode for 2019 features interviews with Larissa McLean Davies and Penny Jones. From different perspectives they both discuss how educators can boost student interest in reading.
Glyn Davis and the joys of teaching
In this episode of Talking Teaching Maxine McKew talks with Professor Glyn Davis who has just completed fourteen years as Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
What does it take to be a good principal?
In this episode of Talking Teaching Stephen Dinham and John Goh talk to Kerry Elliott about the qualities and skills needed to be an effective instructional leader. Both agree that central to the job is an ability to facilitate teaching and learning.
Jo Boaler, Michaela Epstein and Michelle Fry on Maths Education, and the Saudi education reforms
In this month’s Talking Teaching, Sophie Murphy interviews Stanford University’s Jo Boaler who argues that the latest neuroscience explains what she has always argued – that anyone can do maths. Kerry Elliott talks to Michaela Epstein and Michelle Fry about how on-line maths learning is engaging students and producing impressive results. And finally, Maxine talks to some of the key players involved in the radical educational reforms being undertaken through the extraordinary partnership between the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Saudi Arabia.
Talking Teaching this week dives into a lively discussion about the value and messages contained in Gonski 2.0 – Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.
School networks and the move away from year-based learning
This month we talk to leaders from across the school sector, including University of Melbourne Network of Schools (UMNOS) founder Katherine Henderson. We discuss the power of school networks and the value of coming together to exchange ideas. We also chat with Dr Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Education Research, who argues its time to move away from year- or age-based learning to one based on proficiency.
Episode two of Talking Teaching features a lengthy interview with the maths teacher behind Woo Tube, the dynamic communicator Eddie Woo. With an audience in the hundreds of thousands that stretches way beyond his home school of Cherrybrook High in Sydney, Eddie has a down-to earth approach to technology, seeing it merely as an amplifier.
John Hattie, Peggy Brookins, HALTS teachers, Noel Creece and Wesley Imms
In this episode of Talking Teaching we focus on the national teaching standards that are validated by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). In particular AITSL's chair Professor John Hattie looks at the way Highly Accomplished teachers are using their networks to spread the word about high-impact teaching practice. We also hear from his U.S. counterpart Peggy Brookins who describes the way national standards apply across the American states.
- Maxine McKew
Maxine McKew is an Honorary Enterprise Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and former federal parliamentary secretary for early childhood.
- Kerry Elliott
Kerry Elliott is a Lecturer in Instructional Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.
- Sophie Murphy
Sophie Murphy is a PhD candidate at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She is also an ELC-12 school teacher and leader.