The Podcasts

Welcome to the “Teaching Tips and Tales Podcast”

This is an educational podcast providing simple tips, strategies and techniques useful for teachers in the classroom but also great for anyone with an interest in education, regardless of their profession. Adam Samuel from “Map your Learning” interviews a host of interesting experts and enthusiasts on educational topics from around the world. As a teacher with a passion for learning he asks straight- forward questions that allows his interviewees to unpack their area of specialism. These topics range from behaviour management, leadership, technology and the importance of social justice in education plus many more. The main ethos of the podcast is that sharing ideas helps us develop as individuals but also benefits those we work with on a daily basis.

TTT 023 : A Discussion about Efficient Learning for the Poor and Languages with Helen Abadzi

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TTT 023 : A Discussion about Efficient Learning for the Poor and Languages with Helen Abadzi

06 June 2016

Dr. Helen Abadzi is a Greek psychologist and polyglot who has attained at least an intermediate-level knowledge of 19 languages.  Her linguistic competencies have shaped her career and enabled her to better access and understand the educational systems in the developing countries in which she has worked. Her focus has been largely centered on improving outcomes for marginalized students in developing countries. She has spent 27 years as a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank. During her long career, she has produced a number of important publications, including the widely cited Efficient Learning for the Poor published in 2006. In more recent years she has become interested in and advocated the importance of automaticity in learning; that is, building a foundation for learning through old-fashioned drill which can then free up the memory for the execution of more complex tasks. Dr. Abadzi currently lectures at the University of Texas at Arlington in the USA.

TTT 022 : Putting Leicester City's success into an educational context with Robin Pardo Roques

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TTT 022 : Putting Leicester City's success into an educational context with Robin Pardo Roques

27 May 2016

Robin Pardo Roques is a dedicated teacher and Head of Department at a secondary state comprehensive school in Derbyshire, UK where he teaches Spanish. He is fluent in three language English, Spanish and Italian, having lived, studied and travelled extensively in both Italy and Spain  and studied these languages to degree level. He is a Teacher Union representative within his school  and is also the Young Teachers’ Officer for the National Union of Teachers for the DAT (Derbyshire Association of Teachers). He is strongly committed to supporting, encouraging and mentoring students, colleagues, newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers. He was previously Head of Department at an outer London School – a position he held for several years. Although he currently teaches Spanish, he has previously taught EAL (English as an Additional Language), English Language and English Literature

TTT 021 : Giving young people the skills and confidence to cycle with Steve Kyriacou

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TTT 021 : Giving young people the skills and confidence to cycle with Steve Kyriacou

05 May 2016

Steve Kyriacou is a Regional Manager for Cycle Experience, the UK’s leading cycling training, and cycling promotion specialist. As a fully accredited ‘Bikeability’ instructor and Instructor Trainer, Steve’s time is spent both overseeing and actively involved in the training of a cross-section  of local community members. These training workshops are given in schools, in the local authorities and organisations. Although, Cycle Experience work with adults, a high proportion of learners are children and training sessions are carefully designed not only to equip them with the essential skills for making cycling trips on today’s roads but also for their personal enjoyment.  An avid road biker, Steve is passionate about passing on the ‘Life Skills’ cycling offers together with the many benefits it brings to a person’s well-being. Prior to his role with Cycle Experience he held senior positions in the Banking and Finance Sector.

TTT 020 : Becoming a World Memory Champion with Jonas von Essen

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TTT 020 : Becoming a World Memory Champion with Jonas von Essen

05 April 2016

Jonas von Essen from Sweden first became the World Memory Champion in 2013 and retained his title the following year. In his 2013 victory, he scored the most points ever recorded in the World Memory Championships. One of the stages of the championship required Jonas to recall the order of more than 24 decks of cards in one hour and memorize 3,841 binary digits in 30 minutes. Jonas first became interested in memory techniques after stumbling across a book entitled “Anyone can get an amazing memory,”  The book helped him master a number of techniques, such as the “Memory Palace” developed more than 2,500 years ago. As well as participating in memory contests and television shows all around the world Jonas is also studying to become a Secondary School History and Maths Teacher. In many interviews, Jonas has claimed that he is no genius and that the techniques he learnt can be learnt by anyone.

TTT 019 : Acting Skills for Everday Life with actress Sylvia de Fanti

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TTT 019 : Acting Skills for Everday Life with actress Sylvia de Fanti

15 March 2016

Sylvia de Fanti is an actress and activist and was born in Montreal, Canada.  She spent her childhood in Panama and Hong Kong but has  been living in Rome since she was 10 with the exception of one year in Paris. She studied Science of Communication in La Sapienza University and earned her degree in Cultural Anthropology. She has worked with American, Italian, French and Spanish directors and was a series regular on Italy’s hugely popular and longest-running television series, “Incantesimo”. Her first major role in English was in the epic U.S. series “Empire”, which was set in ancient Rome. She has starred on stage for Italy’s most prestigious theatre directors, touring throughout Italy and Spain, receiving major praise from critics in southern Europe and London. As an activist for the rights of artists, knowledge and entertainment, she co-founded the Roman cultural independent production centre Angelo Mai and occupied the Teatro Valle for three years. Both the “projects” have been bestowed with several European humanitarian and cultural awards. Along with a group of friends and fellow artists, she part of the theatre group Bluemotion.

TTT  018 : The importance of learning foreign languages with polyglot Alex Rawlings

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TTT 018 : The importance of learning foreign languages with polyglot Alex Rawlings

13 December 2015

Born and raised in London, Alex Rawlings is a language teacher, blogger and polyglot currently living in Valencia, Spain. Incredibly at only 24 years old Alex can communicate effectively in 13 languages and is an inspiration to language learners around the world. In 2012, whilst an undergraduate at Oxford University Alex was awarded the prize of “Most Multilingual Student” by the publishers Harper Collins for his ability to effectively communicate in 11 languages. This story was picked up by news agencies worldwide, and Alex was interviewed by television, newspaper and radio stations across the world, most notably by the BBC. Since then he has regularly partaken in media campaigns to support the cause of language learning in the UK, including The Guardian, BBC Breakfast, Channel 5 News, The Independent, The Evening Standard, and Voice of Russia UK.

At present, Alex teaches intensive language courses, as well as offering consulting and coaching services to people wishing to develop the skill of learning multiple languages at the same time. He was on the organisation committee for the third international Polyglot Conference in New York, in October 2015, and is one of the organisers for next year’s conference in Thessaloniki, Greece in October 2016.In conjunction with Richard Simcott he runs a series of Polyglot Workshops aimed at all language learners, which take place monthly in locations across the world.

 

TTT  017 : Understanding Dyspraxia and how to better support  dyspraxic individuals with Maxine Frances Roper

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TTT 017 : Understanding Dyspraxia and how to better support dyspraxic individuals with Maxine Frances Roper

03 December 2015

Maxine Frances Roper is a freelance writer and speaker. She writes for a variety of publications on health, education and the arts, and trains businesses and organisations in how to identify and support people with dyspraxia. She has presented to companies from a range of sectors including Sainsburys, IdeasTap, St Mungos, Deloitte, the National Audit Office, the Open University and the Business Disability Forum. She has a keen interest in mental health and its links with dyspraxia and related conditions. As well as journalism and copywriting, she writes fiction and memoir: her first screenplay was longlisted for the BBC Script Room in 2013. Maxine has a degree in social sciences from Durham University and a Postgraduate Diploma in journalism from Cardiff University. She is a trustee of The Dyspraxia Foundation.

TTT 016 : A Marketplace for schools to identify programmes for pupils & measure the impact with Nathalie Richards

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TTT 016 : A Marketplace for schools to identify programmes for pupils & measure the impact with Nathalie Richards

19 November 2015

Nathalie Richards from London, UK is CEO and co-founder of the London based social enterprise EduKit. This online platform helps schools raise attainment by evaluating the needs of their pupils, then, identifies suitable charity and social enterprise-run programmes to advance their personal development and enrich learning. With more than ten years IT and Project Management experience, as well as a track record of voluntary work in charities, schools, social enterprises and youth groups, Nathalie is perfectly positioned to lead a passionate and talented team at EduKit in exploiting the benefits of modern technology to positively impact the lives of thousands of young people. Furthermore, her technology background, engaging personality and exceptional communication skills mean that she has been able to build meaningful relationships with both providers and schools and help facilitate a connection between the two.
Nathalie has a Master of Science (MSc) in Ethnicity, Policy and Migration, an MBA from the renowned University INSEAD in General Management, Strategy and Media and a BA in Economics and Law. She is a former governor at Beckmead School in Croydon and board member at Generating Genius. She has worked in a management capacity at Apple Inc, uberVU among others. She is also fluent in French and Italian.

TTT 015 : Why Reading is Crucial in the Rehabilitation of Prisoners with Lesley Graham

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TTT 015 : Why Reading is Crucial in the Rehabilitation of Prisoners with Lesley Graham

03 November 2015

Lesley Graham is an inspirational individual who works tirelessly to help others better themselves and become more educated individuals. She has worked as a teacher, lecturer and educational facilitator but currently works as Front of House for the Education Centre at Guildford Cathedral.  Every individual goes through tough periods in their life, but Lesley has used her adversities to create a positive change. She has a passion for reading and whilst serving a sentence in HMP Send she lead a Reading Group for prisoners. It is said that 70% of female prisoners have no qualifications meaning that the majority of inmates have very poor literacy skills. As an educated woman with a degree in Social Administration, Psychology and Criminology Lesley volunteered as a Toe by Toe Peer Mentor to help inmates build literacy skills. A 2015 Financial Times article entitled  “How reading can change prisoners’ lives”  referenced Lesley’s work in prison and wrote of how many of the women Lesley taught could not recognise the alphabet, yet were reading a whole book at the end of five months. Whilst out on daily ROTL (Release on Temporary Licence) meaning that she could do volunteer work outside, Lesley gave a lecture on the importance of reading and literacy in rehabilitating prisoners. Lesley is also a recovering alcoholic and gives up her time to help three individuals overcome their addiction.

 

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TTT 014 : "I teach in my hometown but feel like I teach abroad" with Kathryn Stewart

18 October 2015

Kathryn Stewart is a teacher who specialises in ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching. She currently teaches ESL and Social Studies in a small private high school in Richmond, in the state of British Columbia, Canada.  Ever since she was a 16-year-old and volunteered in an English Language summer camp she has wanted to be a teacher. In 2008, she gained a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Bilkent University in Turkey. Then in 2011 she completed a Bachelor of Education  in Secondary Social Studies and ESL Teaching from The University of British Columbia. Kathryn believes that learning a new language should be a positive and engaging journey. She draws on a wide variety of teaching experience and contexts having worked with children and adults in Indonesia, Turkey, Australia and Canada.  She is familiar with different learning styles and is especially interested in how home language usage can support learning in a second (or third or fourth!) language. She creates a supportive and challenging environment to help students grow as learners and meet their goals. As well as being a teacher, Kathryn is also a committed blogger for The Esperanza Education Blog where she has written a number of blogs on a variety of topics such as her experiences in the classroom, the differences between public and private education, national identity, immigration, stereotypes and the Mandarin language among others.

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