In this week's episode of the Tes magazine debrief podcast, we discuss:
- The value of playtime – for socialisation and education
- Why we should talk about careers with students
- How teachers can make learning spelling more fun and engaging for pupils
Find Tes magazine debrief podcasts from previous issues below...
- How can we motivate boys to achieve girls' level of attainment?
- How to tackle staff conflicts fairly
- Using words to reframe how we perceive difficulties – in life and in lessons
What it's like being at school with a sibling – and what teachers should do about this
- Is teaching to the test really such a bad thing?
- The art of decision making
- The next My Best Teacher podcast
2 July edition
- How teaching styles is down to teacher preference
- Why the future of construction is tech-based
- What you need for successful sixth-form leadership
- Careers advice for our youngest learners
25 June edition
- How keeping students back a year might create more problems than it solves
- Why schools need to tackle 'rape culture'
- Is dance is the most dreaded PE lesson?
- Our favourite songs to dance to
18 June edition
- How students of practical subjects are being taught to spot domestic abuse
- Why one school has put culture on the dinner menu
- How rules can improve meetings
- Quiz on the origins of our favourite foods
4 June edition
- Why stereotypes around the pupil premium must be banished
- How to teach evolution to both primary and secondary students
- What the Early Career Framework means for education
- Tales of woe from the first day on a new job
28 May edition
- Why don't boys like asking questions? And what can we do about it?
- How a school made a policy of zero exclusions work for everyone
- The next My Best Teacher podcast
21 May edition
- The rise of teacher influencers on social media – and what schools should know
- The art and craft of writing
- Retrieval practice – how to make a success of it
- We test our own memories, with mixed results
14 May edition
- How to broach the issue of body odour in school
- The qualities that school leaders need – and why they are hard to spot
- The power of sport to drive school improvement
- Would you be friends with your former self?
7 May edition
- Long Covid – what schools need to know and why
- Why talking about voting is increasingly relevant in FE and sixth form
- What schools can learn from tribes in the Congo jungle
30 April edition
- Why words like 'sassy', 'bossy' and 'feisty' should be used with caution in schools
- The perils of too many technology devices in your classroom
- How to react when a staff member makes a mistake
- Our favourite sketches from The Fast Show
23 April edition
- How you can make your students more hopeful
- Talking with students about activism and protests
- Managing new staff members' keenness
16 April edition
- How our knowledge of tutoring may change forever after the National Tutoring Programme
- Why disabled teachers can be such positive role models for all pupils
- How leaders need to look after their own wellbeing to be at their best for their school
- Our memories of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
9 April edition
- How best to teach times tables – and our favourite multiplication sums
- Why it's important that edtech gains over the pandemic are not lost
- Overcoming presenting nerves when talking to other teachers
- Bear Grylls' time at school
2 April edition
- Should exams have time limits?
- Getting parents on board with maths teaching
- How to use nudge theory to influence pupils' behaviour
- Spotting girls with ADHD
26 March edition
- How crisis fatigue can affect teachers – and what leaders can do about it
- The balance between simplistic language and complicated language (and how to know when to use which one)
- Why the A-level step-up can be hard for students and teachers
19 March edition
- The biggest insights from the past 12 months of Covid
- When we realised how big an impact the coronavirus was going to have on education
- Why documenting teachers' experience of the pandemic is so important
- Could there be a leadership exodus as normality returns?
- A (sort of) impossible maths quiz
12 March edition
- What will the Covid vaccine rollout mean for schools?
- The science behind silence in the classroom
- Why not all feedback is equal
5 March edition
- What do we really mean by catch-up, anyway?
- How to spot a sociopath or psychopath in your workplace
- Why the quiet children are finding their own way – as a rock star tells us
26 February edition
- Can we do away with grades forever?
- Why analogies can work wonders – and when they fall short
- How to teach creativity
- Going back to full schools from 8 March
19 February edition
- Why do some pupils struggle with exams?
- An alternative way to teach spelling
- The joy of laminators
- The next My Best Teacher podcast
12 February edition
- What do we mean when we ask pupils to 'put in more effort'?
- Masculinity in primary school
- Starting lessons with something different
- 90s playground games
5 February edition
- Are lesson observations really that helpful?
- Practical ways to save money in school
- The joy of reading corners
29 January edition
- What schools can do to support teachers suffering through menstruation
- Why rote learning sometimes has its place
- Phonics and spelling
- Radical candour – and why it should be on leaders' radars
22 January edition
Can you really measure four-year-olds’ academic progress?
- How to spot if you’re being manipulated
- What causes uncontrollable classroom laughter?
- An insight into the next My Best Teacher podcast
15 January edition
- Why we need to understand the mind and the brain together
- Does a headteacher need an office?
- The worrying problem of revenge porn and how to tackle it
- The school in Japan that promotes a sense of adventure
8 January edition
- Are reading ages useful for teachers – and children?
- Pupils going shoeless in the classroom
- Why we blush – and why it's not something to overlook in school
- We discuss some of our best teachers ahead of the launch of an exciting new podcast from Tes...
1 January edition
- Is it ever OK to swear in school?
- Would you want a robot AI reader helping pupils in your class?
- Can a dictator leadership style deliver results?
18 December edition
- The Tes Person of the Year 2020 – and some of those who made the shortlist, too
- This issue of Tes is free to access online as well, so you can read the full top 10
11 December edition
- How teaching changed forever in 2020
- The social perils of secret Santa
- How to make your primary classroom gender-neutral
- Our favourite childhood toys
4 December edition
- How schools can work with other agencies to support all pupils
- Why the state of your school toilets matters
- Can we ever solve the motivation conundrum?
27 November edition
- Is learning an innate skill inherited from prehistoric times?
- How to spot if there are SLT "gangs" at your school
Teachers’ most overused words
How fancy – or not – should your classroom greetings be?
20 November edition
- What happens if you teach university-level content to Year 7s?
- Why every school needs a “behaviour beast”
- Should sex education continue in post-16 education?
- Why a new mug could be the perfect gift for teachers
13 November edition
- The complex causes of distractions in classrooms – and how to stop them
- Why doughnut leadership is a must
- How to cast your nativity play more fairly
- The launch of a Tes Christmas initiative connecting classrooms to care homes
6 November edition
- The self-diagnosis crisis hitting schools
- Why smiling – even fake smiling – is so important in teaching, and what face masks do to disrupt that
- How Covid-19 restrictions are hitting the social fabric of colleges
30 October edition
- A huge forgotten research project from the 1970s proved the value of Direct Instruction – or did it?
- How we can use our fists to teach pupils to regulate their anger
- The funny walk we all do as we approach a stage
- Teachers’ scariest school moments ahead of Hallowe’en
23 October edition: Prejudiced pedagogy, display boards and behaviour
16 October edition: Children, chairs and cake
9 October edition: Comfort feedback, pointing and pens
2 October edition: EYFS, plants and lying
25 September edition: Slant, nonsense and rude words
18 September edition: Trust, popularity and make-up