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21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Children, Children Behavior, Cultural Learning, Education, Learning, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching / 19.10.2021

Children need to develop reasoning skills in order to carry out problem solving in the real world, says Professor Lindsey Richland. But what are reasoning skills and why are they so important for children to learn, and what role can teachers play in helping develop them? Lindsey explains:  “When we are learning how to reason and how to use that information, teachers are able to use those resources in really important ways so [children] can be productive in lots of different kinds of long term career trajectories.” - Lindsey We also...

Child Wellbeing, Children, Early Education, Education, Guided Play, Play, Playtime / 05.10.2021

Play is essential for learning and development. Typically, we associate play-based learning with young children, but, says Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair of Learning Through Play and the Vice-President of the Lego Foundation, an international expert on play, learning and creativity, play is beneficial for all ages. “Play is inherently about engagement, about motivation to engage in things that are difficult, through different types of play, but there are these mindsets, these states of mind we are in and can be used all across activities and ages.” - Bo We are also...

21st Century Learning, Classroom, Education, Guided Play, Play, Playtime, School, Teacher, Teacher training / 22.09.2021

In this special episode, Nina is joined firstly by Gemma Wirz, Editor in Chief of BOLD to discuss the show’s journey so far, and to pause and reflect once more on why it’s so important to listen to teachers’ voices: “I have always been fascinated by oral traditions and communication as a means of disseminating culture and education. I believe that teachers’ stories need to be shared. They deserve the power and intimacy of the voice.” - Nina Hear why Gemma joined the podcast, why she believes it’s so important to...

Adaptive Teaching, Bilingual, Child Wellbeing, Children, Education, Educator, Informal education, Language Development, Language Skills, Learning, Literacy, Multilingualism, Reading, Refugee Children, Refugees, School, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching / 14.09.2021

Why is literature and storytelling so important for children and adolescents? This is the topic we explore in this latest episode of Teachers’ Voices with our special guest, Evelyn Arizpe, an expert in children's literature and literacy. Evelyn pioneered research into children’s responses to picturebooks and visual literacy and, in the last decade, her research has focused on migration and displacement, building on this to develop a programme for migrant readers. “When you have nothing, when you have lost your home, when you have lost your material possessions, when...

Child Poverty, COVID-19, Digital Age, e-learning, Education, Education System, Equality, Pedagogy, Peers, Primary School, Research Fellow, School, Science Education, Social Inequality, STEM, Student, Teacher, Teaching, Virtual, Virtual Peer / 14.09.2021

There are 3 major challenges that teachers around the world have had to respond to during the recent COVID-19 pandemic: changing pedagogy, the mission, and dealing with challenges in their own households while trying to teach online.  “Many of our concerns have been about kids, and how we make sure that they're still learning. It's wonderful to hear the discourse turn to thinking about those who are doing the teaching, who are providing that care and that education.” - Gillian Hayes In this episode of Teachers’ Voices, expert Gillian Hayes, who...

Adaptive Teaching, Bilingual, Children, Cultural Learning, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Language Acquisition, Language Development, Language Skills, Learning, Literacy, Multilingualism, Neuroscience, Primary School, School, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching, Youth Development / 14.09.2021

If you’re an educator supporting children learning various languages, at different developmental stages and in different contexts and geographies, then don’t miss Kaja Jasinska, a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding how early life experience changes the brain’s capacity for language and learning.  “We found that school children who are learning two languages from birth actually outperform monolingual children on tasks that measure a child’s awareness of and ability to manipulate sounds of languages.” As well as Kaja’s insights, in this episode we hear from three teachers in different geographical regions...

Adaptive Teaching, Bilingual, Classroom, Experimental Education, Identity, Learning, Motivation, Multilingualism, Research Fellow, School, Self-Confidence, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching / 14.09.2021

This episode has some discussion around bulimia and mental health issues. Listener discretion is advised. If you’re an educator keen to learn more about motivation and self esteem in children’s learning, don’t miss Eddie Brummelman, a researcher studying children's growing understanding of themselves as individuals, how children develop self-views, how these self-views shape mental health and educational outcomes, and how interventions that target self-views can help at-risk children flourish. “Self esteem shapes how children look at themselves, but also how they look at their social environment, but also how they...

Sin categoría / 14.09.2021

In this episode of Teachers’ Voices, we explore the challenges of teaching and learning under adverse conditions with special guest, Willem Frankenhuis. Willem is an expert in developmental psychology, and specialises in social and cognitive skills and abilities that might be enhanced in harsh and unpredictable environments. Willem discusses why it’s so important to take adversity into account when talking about supporting children's learning, and suggests techniques that teachers can learn or might be able to use to help students who are learning under adverse conditions. “One of the things...

Sin categoría / 04.07.2021

Welcome to the first episode of Teachers’ Voices where you’ll hear three very different stories of teachers teaching in very different learning environments. These educators all share a passionate commitment to the particular needs of individual learners. Joining Nina today is our special guest, Nora Marketos. Nora is the co-lead of the Learning Schools portfolio of the Jacobs Foundation and in her role she supports schools and school networks worldwide to develop, share and replicate promising and best practices that improve learning outcomes in diverse classroom contexts. “This podcast brings together teachers’ voices in...

Uncategorized / 04.07.2021

Teachers are one of the most influential and powerful forces for equity, access and quality in education. They provide children and young people with the knowledge, skills, attitude and tools needed to reach their full potential. Teachers' Voices is a podcast series from BOLD, the digital platform on learning and development. Join Nina Alonso as she shares powerful stories from teachers around the world, talking in their own words about their experiences, and listen in on inspiring conversations with international experts on learning and child development. ...