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Powerful Plenaries: An Interview with Oli Bailey-Davies

Episode 70 of The Teaching Space Podcast is an interview with Oli Bailey-Davies discussing the use and impact of plenaries. Introduction Hello and welcome to the Teaching Space podcast. It's Martine here. Thank you so much for joining me. In today's episode I am excited to bring you an interview. I'm going to hand straight over to Oli and ask him to introduce himself to you, explain who he is, what he does and where he is in the world. Martine: Hello Oli. Oli: Hi, Martine. How are...


Effective Starter Activities

Episode 69 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores different ways to start your teaching sessions. Introduction We’re going back to teaching basics today and focussing on starter activities. For the benefit of any new teachers or trainers listening, a starter activity is a short activity at the start of the session which engages your learners as soon as they arrive. It sets the tone of the session. Why are Starter Activities a Good Idea? One of the main benefits of using a starter...


One Teacher’s Experience with Meditation

Episode 68 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores a reluctant teacher’s experience of meditation. Introduction So, guess what? The “one teacher” named in the title is me and up until about six weeks ago, my general attitude towards meditation was something akin to: it’s a bit “woo-woo” and it’s for “other people”. I should have called this episode “One Reluctant, Anti-Woo-Woo Teacher’s Experience with Meditation” actually; it would have been more accurate. Let’s unpick this a little....


Seven Ways to Simplify Your Life Outside Work

Episode 67 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores seven ways you can simplify your life outside work. Introduction While I keep my personal and professional lives separate, I cannot deny that having a simple, stress-free personal life makes me happier and more productive at work. Here are seven ways I have made my life outside work as simple as possible. Each of these strategies saves precious minutes and minimises stress. 1. Wardrobe Choices My college doesn’t have a specific dress...


The Power of Sticky Notes

Episode 66 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores the power of sticky notes! Why Sticky Notes? My favourite non-digital teaching tool is, without a doubt, the humble sticky note. Despite running a mostly paperless classroom, I seem to be able to find a phenomenal number of uses for these magical squares of stationery goodness. In fact, I love them so much, I thought they deserved a dedicated podcast episode. Incidentally, I will probably use the terms “sticky note” and “post-it note”...


Using Batching to be a Productive Teacher or Trainer

What is Batching? (This section is adapted from my book, The Productive Teacher). According to business productivity expert, Michael Hyatt, batching, or batch processing is the grouping of similar tasks that require similar resources to streamline their completion. You probably batch tasks already. For example, cleaning or making freezer meals. Why is Batching a Good Idea? Batching is the extreme opposite of multitasking. To understand why batching works, it’s worth remembering why...


The Lesson Observation Episode

Episode 64 of The Teaching Space Podcast shares a new approach to lesson observations. Welcome Welcome to season two of The Teaching Space Podcast. I have decided to start classing each academic year’s worth of episodes as a season to make it easier to keep track of where we are with the show. I started recording the podcast back in December 2017, so I am classing the episodes between then and June 2018 (episode 27) as season 0. Episodes 28 to 63 (the last academic year) were season one....


How Teachers and Trainers Can Plan a Relaxing but Productive Summer Break

Episode 63 of The Teaching Space Podcast outlines a simple strategy to help teachers and trainers plan a relaxing but productive summer break. 1. Visualise First, think about where you want to be, both personally and professionally, by the end of the summer. Write it down. 2. List Next, list all of the steps you need to take to achieve that overall aim. 3. Highlight Grab a highlighter pen and mark out your top priorities. This will be helpful when you start mapping out what you will do...


Time Blocking for Teachers and Trainers

Episode 62 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores time blocking as a productivity strategy. When You’re Really Busy When I am really busy and there's potential for, what I like to refer to as "a wobble", I do three things: What is Time Blocking? There are probably lots of different definitions, but for me, it is planning every single 15 minute block of my day (this includes rest, breaks etc). Every. Single. Thing. Goes. On. The. Calendar. Seriously. Stuff on the calendar gets...


How it's Made: The Teaching Space Podcast

Introduction Today’s podcast topic is something a little different. Quite a few people have asked me what goes into making a weekly podcast, so today, I am pulling back the curtain! General Organisation I work full time so it’s necessary for me to bulk record podcast episodes during my breaks, otherwise I’d spend a considerable chunk of my weekend on podcasting. Over the past year, this has worked extremely well for me. The only downside is that I can’t react as quickly as I’d like to...


What is Active Reading?

Episode 60 of The Teaching Space Podcast delves into active reading. Introduction Last year I read 100 books. I know. It’s a crazy number and it’s not something I’m planning to repeat any time soon (I chat about this in episode 47). While I have run no official statistical analysis on my 2018 reading list (surprised?) I’d estimate 90% were audiobooks. I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, but one downside for me, is I don’t fully absorb everything I hear. While this is usually OK for fiction,...


Martine's Current Productivity App Seup

Episode 59 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores my current productivity app setup. Introduction Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I LOVE a productivity app. You’ll have heard me geeking out on this subject in episode 56 of the podcast when I interviewed Francesco D’Alessio. I want to point out that my setup changes regularly. While I do try to make most of my podcast content pretty evergreen (in other words, it does not date too much) this episode probably will date. I will likely record...


Managing Monday Morning Anxiety for Teachers and Trainers

Episode 58 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores Monday morning anxiety. Introduction Back in March I wrote an email to my TTS Extra subscribers about Monday morning anxiety. I was surprised that so many people responded to it, so I thought it would be a good idea to record a podcast episode on the topic. What is Monday Morning Anxiety? I guess for some, it is technically Sunday Night Anxiety. For me it’s a sinking feeling in my stomach, a mixed sensation of anxiety, anticipation and...


Five Ways Teachers and Trainers Can Manage Imposter Syndrome

Episode 57 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores imposter syndrome. What is it? “The imposter syndrome is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.” (Psychology Today, 2018). My Recent Experience I experience imposter syndrome ALL THE TIME. This often comes as a surprise to people as I present as an extroverted person positive about their broad skill set....


Productivity Tools for Teachers and Trainers: An Interview with Francesco D'Alessio

Episode 56 of The Teaching Space Podcast discusses some tools for productivity in an interview with Francesco D’Alessio. Introduction Hello and welcome to the Teaching Space Podcast. It's Martine here. Thank you so much for joining me. Martine: Today I am thrilled to bring you an interview with productivity expert Francesco D'Alessio. Francesco, welcome to the show. Francesco: Hello, Martine. Yeah, good to be here. I'm very excited. Martine: Not as excited as me. I'm a bit of a fan...


10 Ways to Deal With Negative Colleagues

Episode 55 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores 10 ways to deal with negative colleagues. We’ve All Been There Unless you work on your own, I am sure you can relate to the disruptive and wide-reaching effect a negative colleague can have on a team. If I reflect on my experience, I can remember a particular colleague who could walk into a room and the overall mood and feeling would drop dramatically. She didn’t have to say anything. It was a superpower! I don’t know if it was her...


How to Prioritise Self-Care When You Have No Time

Episode 54 of The Teaching Space Podcast will help you learn to prioritise self-care even when you have no time. Teachers are so Busy Teachers are the busiest people I know (I wrote a book about it!) The vast majority of them are awful at prioritising themselves and self-care just doesn’t form part of their day. I understand why. Our job is all about our learners. They come first every single time. I get it. The problem is this: If you do not look after yourself, you are not best placed...


The Compassionate Teacher: An Interview with Andy Sammons

Hello and welcome to The Teaching Space Podcast. It's Martine here, thank you so much for joining me. Today, I'm excited to bring you an interview with a very nice man called Andy Sammons. Martine: Andy, welcome to the show. Andy: Hi, nice to be on. Martine: It's very nice to have you here. Why don't you introduce yourself to the listeners? Andy: I've been teaching for seven or eight years in secondary school as an English teacher. I've been a main scale teacher, worked towards being a...


How to Get Teachers Excited about Professional Development

Episode 52 of The Teaching Space Podcast investigates how to get teachers excited about professional development. My Job Part of my day job role this year is heading up professional development for my College. When I took it on, I knew one challenge would to get (some) teachers excited about professional development. In this episode I will explore why teachers sometimes aren’t the most enthusiastic recipients of organised PD and what I’ve been (trying) to do to change that. The “Why”...


Equality Versus Equity in Education

Episode 51 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores the difference between equality and equity and why, as educators, we must understand both. Why This Episode? Why Now? My professional development focus for this year is equality and the promotion of diversity. I am focusing my research on trainee teachers as that’s they are the people I teach most. Working with people at the start of their teaching career might just have the most impact. I have become increasingly frustrated with the idea...