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21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Classroom, Education, Education System, Educational Skills, Learning, Learning environment / 04.10.2022

Why are curiosity and creativity so relevant for all learning? Can curiosity in the classroom be measured? How can researchers and educators work together to develop teaching strategies that encourage children to embrace creativity? Nina Alonso welcomes Sarah Richardson and Sladana Krstic from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) who have been conducting research in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB). They discuss partnering with teachers in the classroom to test prototype material with the ultimate aim of tracking and fostering creativity and curiosity among students. Nina also talks to...

Child Wellbeing, Children, Children Behavior, Education, Education policy, Equality, Family engagement, Science Education, Social Inequality / 04.10.2022

How can teachers promote gender equality? How easy is it to start challenging stereotypes in the classroom? Can gender responsive pedagogies help break down the barriers holding girls back? In this episode, two educators, from Zambia and Paraguay, share their stories of challenging stereotypes, and encouraging and empowering girls in the classroom. Nina also talks to Christina Kwauk, a social scientist and policy analyst specialised in girls’ education. Christina addresses the connection between gender equality in the classroom and societal change and how gender responsive and gender transformative pedagogical approaches...

21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Adaptive Teaching, Education / 04.10.2022

Today’s episode is a collaboration with Sophie Bailey, from the Edtech podcast. Nina and Sophie explore the theme of collaborative learning using education technology.  How are researchers collaborating with children to co-design new technology? What’s the role of teachers in working with technology? How can technology be utilised in more challenging teaching environments?To find out more, Nina and Sophie talk to Jason Yip, assistant professor of digital youth at The Information School at the University of Washington and Koen Timmers, a lecturer, author and founder of several global educational...

21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Adaptive Teaching, Agency, Bilingual, Child Poverty, Child Wellbeing, Children, Children Behavior, Children´s agency, Classroom, Climate Education, Cultural Learning, e-learning, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Education System, Educational Skills, Educator, Equality, Experimental Education, Language Acquisition, Language Development, Language Skills, Learning, Learning environment, Pedagogy, Primary School, Reading Skills, School, Science Education, STEM, Teacher, Teacher training, Teachers Resources, Teaching / 23.08.2022

In this special mini episode of Teachers’ Voices, Nina Alonso recaps some of the resources her guests have shared with her so far this season. With a particular focus on teachers working to engage their students with environmental issues at local and global levels, listen in for tips, resources and sources of inspiration. Guests Terry Godwaldt is on Twitter and Linkedin.Manuela Valentim is on Twitter or visit her website. Resources The Centre for Global Education – TwitterKoen Timmers - Educator, Author, SpeakerClimate Action ProjectHashem Al-Ghaili (instagram) Nina's recommendations for picture books about environment and conservation A Handful of Seeds by Monica Hughes Belonging by...

Child Wellbeing, Children, Climate Education, Education, Education policy / 23.08.2022

Climate change can be an overwhelming concept for young people. But perhaps it can be made easier to understand and relate to by demonstrating local impacts and showing students how young people all over the world are dealing with similar issues.  How does youth activism support learning opportunities? What are the components of learning that best support ‘green life skills education’? How are teachers already helping students develop these skills, with vastly different access to resources? In this episode, Nina talks to Christina Kwauk, an interdisciplinary researcher specialising in international...

21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Adaptive Teaching, Agency, Bilingual, Child Poverty, Child Wellbeing, Children, Children Behavior, Children´s agency, Classroom, COVID-19, Cultural Learning, Digital Age, e-learning, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Education System, Educational Skills, Educator, Equality, Experimental Education, Guided Play, Identity, Informal education, Language Acquisition, Language Development, Language Skills, Learning, Literacy, Motivation, Multilingualism, Neuroscience, Parent engagement, Parents, Pedagogy, Peers, Play, Playtime, Primary School, Reading, Reading Skills, Refugee Children, Refugees, Research Fellow, School, Science Education, Self-Confidence, Self-Steem, Social Inequality, STEM, Student, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching, Uncategorized, Virtual, Virtual Peer, Youth Development / 23.07.2022

Teachers' Voices, the podcast in which teachers tell their own stories, in their own words, is back for season two.  No matter the learning context - from Stockholm, to Uruguay - teachers are one of the most influential and powerful forces we have for equity, access and quality in education. And they’re an important part of sustainable global development. Join Nina Alonso for inspiring interviews with experts about learning and child development. Guests come from all over the world and discuss topics such as neurodiversity, youth activism, curiosity and...

21st Century Learning, Agency, Children, Children Behavior, Children´s agency, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Educational Skills, Educator, Learning, Self-Confidence / 15.02.2022

As adults we take it for granted that we have the ability to choose. But for children, they don’t always have the awareness that they have choices available to them.  Yet having agency, i.e. making choices based on active engagement in decision making, plays a vital role in developing a child’s self esteem as well as enabling their learning.  In this episode, we hear from Natalia Kucirkova, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development about the role of children as independent agents of action.  “It is really about making sure that...

21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Adaptive Teaching, Children Behavior, Classroom, Education, Education System, Educational Skills, Educator / 03.02.2022

Good school practices are the key to helping build better educational systems, says Renaud Comba, research manager at UNICEF, but detecting exemplary school practices is easier said than done: “For the first time we are paying attention to the already created, contextualized, cost effective local solutions that local stakeholders have created through practice and through understanding where they live and their context to really address global education challenges.” - Renaud  We also hear from three teachers trying to develop good creative practices in their daily work with children. First off...

21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Cultural Learning, Education, Education System, Educational Skills, Educator, Family engagement, Language Skills, Learning, Motivation, Multilingualism, Self-Steem / 18.01.2022

Investing in children’s foundational educational skills is key to their learning and development, as these skills are the building blocks for other life skills and further education, says Professor Ricardo Sabates, a researcher dedicated to equipping out-of-school children in the global south with basic numeracy, reading and writing skills. “One of the challenges that we have is that when children are not able to reach these foundational skills, when the curriculum that the teachers are trying to teach is further advanced than the capabilities and understanding of concepts of...

21st Century Learning, Adaptive Teaching, Child Wellbeing, Children, Classroom, Education, Educator, Learning, Motivation, Pedagogy, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching / 14.12.2021

We all remember that one teacher from school who had a long lasting positive impact on us. In this episode, we hear once more from a variety of educators around the world, each one sharing why they’re so passionate about preparing children for their future. First we hear from Nadia in New York:  “The long impact that teachers have is we do things that we are passionate about, from our heart we pour into the lives of children not knowing where that would lead and we will not often have...