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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...

21st Century Learning, 21st Century Skills, Adaptive Teaching, Digital Age, Education, Educator, Experimental Education, Learning, Pedagogy, STEM, Teacher, Teacher training, Virtual / 01.12.2021

Our world is evolving so quickly and the skills that students needed to thrive just a few years ago are fast becoming obsolete. So what 21st century core competencies do students need to learn to succeed in our modern world? In this episode we are joined by two inspiring teachers, Enzil and Samaya, who, despite working in very different places – The Bahamas and Nepal - and teaching very different subjects - drama and technology –  both prioritize strategies that develop 21st century skills. Our special guest today, framing the...

Classroom, Early Education, Education, Educator, Family engagement, Parent engagement, Parents, School, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching / 16.11.2021

One key aspect of children’s lives and development which many of the teachers we have spoken to for this podcast have mentioned, regardless of who they’re teaching and where they are, is the relevance of parental and family engagement in children’s education.  Their observations mirror the findings of today’s guest Sharon Wolf, an applied developmental psychologist interested in how young children’s social environments - specifically their families and schools - shape their development. “Parents' involvement really can enhance the children’s academic outcomes. Not just how they engage in school, but...

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...