Magazine podcast: Playtime, careers, spelling lists

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Tes Magazine podcast: The value of playtime; careers advice; and spelling lists

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

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Find Tes magazine debrief podcasts from previous issues below...


16 July

  • 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

9 July 

  • 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

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