S02E02 - James Dobson Decoding The Foundations Of Teaching Kindergarten
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by Brendan Lee
1w ago
In this conversation, Brendan Lee speaks with James Dobson, an experienced teacher who has been expertly applying the art and science of learning when teaching students in their first year of school (Kindergarten/Prep/Reception/Foundation). He discusses the importance of evidence-based practice, the use of Direct Instruction programs, and the challenges and rewards of teaching young children. James shares insights on maintaining sanity in the classroom while balancing work and personal life. We also delve into James' weekly timetable, looking at phonemic awareness, phonics, handwriting, writin ..read more
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S02E01 - Dr. Ray Boyd on Leadership, Vision, and School Culture
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by Brendan Lee
3w ago
In this episode, Brendan Lee speaks with Dr. Ray Boyd, the Foundation Principal of Dayton Primary School. Throughout the interview he shares his journey into education leadership and the pedagogic shift he led at his previous school West Beechboro P.S. He reflects on the mistakes made and lessons learned during his time there and discusses the surprises and challenges of starting a new school.  Dr. Boyd also explains the vision and mission of Dayton Primary School and how he communicates it to the community. Dr. Boyd underscores the vital role of fostering success and creating robust supp ..read more
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28 - Brendan Lee’s Key Takeaways from the Knowledge for Teachers Podcast for 2023
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by Brendan Lee
2M ago
Brendan Lee provides his key takeaways from the Knowledge for Teachers Podcast for 2023. This year he spoke to people such as Tom Sherrington, Daisy Christodoulou, Christopher Such and many more. Find out what he took away from these conversations. He has split this episode into three sections: Science of reading Science of maths Implementing the science of learning   ..read more
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26 - Dr. Tim McDonald on Building a Behaviour Curriculum
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by Brendan Lee
3M ago
In this episode, Brendan Lee speaks with Dr. Tim McDonald who is currently the CEO of YMCA WA and previously led Catholic Education WA, the Minderoo Foundation and was the Education Lead for Knowledge Society. Recently, he wrote a paper for the Centre for Independent Studies titled: Teaching Behaviour: How Classroom Conduct Can Unlock Better Learning. Throughout this conversation, he touches on a lot of the key points from the report and talks about what schools can do to build a behaviour curriculum. He also answers some of the tough questions on things such as phones in schools, exclusions a ..read more
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25 - Jessica Colleu Terradas on effective language and literacy screening and intervention practices for at-risk students
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by Brendan Lee
3M ago
In this episode, Brendan Lee speaks with Jessica Colleu Terradas the Senior Officer Teaching and Learning Literacy and Instructional Coach in Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education. In 2022, she travelled to the USA, England and France where she met with leading experts to investigate effective literacy screening and instructional practices to support older struggling readers as part of her Churchill Fellowship. She details some of the findings from her report in this chat.   She speaks about her amazing experience meeting people like Anita Archer and Stanislas Dehaene and goes through ..read more
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24 - Jessica Del Rio on solving illiteracy in Australia
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by Brendan Lee
4M ago
In this episode, Brendan Lee speaks with Jessica Del Rio the government and public finance lead at Equity Economics. She has recently been involved in a couple of major reports that have highlighted the poor literacy standards across Australia.  Raising the grade: How schools in the Australian Capital Territory can lift literacy outcomes for students and the economy, written for the ACT Alliance for Evidence-Based Education and funded by the Snow Foundation  Saving Money by Spending: Solving Illiteracy in Australia, commissioned by Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia In this conve ..read more
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Bruno Reddy on the psychology behind understanding, retrieval and anxiety in maths classrooms
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by Brendan Lee
4M ago
In this episode, Brendan Lee speaks with Bruno Reddy CEO of Maths Circle (Times Tables Rockstars and Numbots). He is the former head of Mathematics at King Solomon Academy and one of the pioneers of mathematics mastery, as we know it today. As you will hear, he is hugely passionate about mathematics and has thought long and hard about what needs to be done to teach it effectively. Some of the things that are just starting to become common practice now, like retrieval practice, spaced practice and variation theory, are things that he was talking about 10 years ago.    Resources mentio ..read more
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22 - Emma Turner on Primary Curriculum Design and Cognitive Science
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by Brendan Lee
5M ago
In this episode, Brendan Lee speaks with Emma Turner. She is an experienced school leader, author and co-host of the Mind the Gap podcast with Tom Sherrington. In this conversation, we dig into her recent books:  Simplicitus: The interconnected primary curriculum and effective subject leadership Simplicitus Altius: Leading the interconnected primary curriculum Initium (released 29 Sep): Cognitive science and research-informed primary practice Her ability to describe what teachers need to know about curriculum development will leave you scribbling down notes throughout the episode. She a ..read more
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21 - Dr. Nathaniel Swain and Brendan Lee coaching workshop (live): Supporting teachers in implementing the science of learning
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by Brendan Lee
5M ago
Listen to this live coaching workshop on implementing the science of learning with Dr. Nathaniel Swain and Brendan Lee. In this session, you will hear from real teachers discussing their real-world challenges in implementing the science of learning. Dr Nathaniel Swain and Brendan Lee then guide the teachers and school leaders through some possible solutions, taking an evidence-informed approach.    First, you hear from Ainsley from Mary Mede Catholic College in Victoria who has started to implement a number of evidence-supported strategies and programs but has hit a bit of a plateau ..read more
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20 - Dr. Nathaniel Swain answers the FAQ about implementing the science of learning
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by Brendan Lee
6M ago
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Nathaniel Swain. He is currently a Senior Lecturer, Learning Sciences and Learner Engagement at La Trobe University and has also been a speech-language pathologist, teacher and is the founder of Think Forward Educators.  In this conversation, Nathaniel plays the teacher version of Dolly Doctor and addresses some of the most sought-after questions in education and provides a number of practical, ready-to-use examples of how to implement the science of learning.  Resources mentioned: https://thinkforwardeducators.org/ Shane Pearson Phormes.com Core Kno ..read more
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