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How can educators and caregivers better understand the needs of students who particularly struggle to stay engaged in a world full of distractions? Does allowing choice in the classroom better support the differing needs of all students? Why is teacher-family communication and collaboration so crucial for children who need extra support? In this episode, Nina talks to teachers around the world about helping students who may find it difficult to stay on task, thrive in the classroom and beyond.  Cindy Anne, from Guangzhou in China, Rachel from Philadelphia in the...

What impact does distractibility have on learning and development? How can digital tools help students manage digital distractions? What makes a supportive learning environment for students with ADHD? In this episode, Nina Alonso speaks to Assistant Professor Melissa Dvorsky about the impact of distractibility on learning and development. Melissa also discusses the rise of digital education during the pandemic and how that impacted students with ADHD.  Nina also meets Bryan Dinner, a social entrepreneur with personal experience of growing up and living with ADHD. Bryan talks about a tool he...

In this special mini episode, Nina celebrates World Teachers’ Day with a bonus episode of Teachers’ Voices. Listen for inspirational stories together with quick practical ideas and resources that educators and researchers have shared.  Guests Teachers Maree KarakaIngrid DelangeMonica BhimwalAzmin Mistry Researchers Sarah Richardson and Sladana Krstic from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Resources and recommendations  Read the summary of the ACER research conducted in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB) and the full report. Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative by Ken Robinson.  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.  Knowledge Works Kath Murdoch Flyaway Boy by Jane De Suza Drama Resource,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How can we help young people find their voices through activism and collaboration? And why is this an important element of education? In this episode, Nina explores the many benefits that come from supporting youth activism – from building leadership skills to promoting empathy.  While each guest has a different international perspective – they are based in India, Canada and Trinidad – all three work collaboratively with schools and students at a local, regional and international level to support young people in their mission to build a more sustainable future. Episode...

Why is it so important to take a holistic approach to young people's sense of self? Nina explores how educators can be the connection between children, nature and the wider society with the aim of creating a community of learning. In this episode, two teachers, from Portugal and Japan, share how their work enables them to support collaborations between students, schools and communities to help protect the environment.  Nina also talks to Ross Hall about the tools and actions needed for educators, schoolchildren and the wider community to learn...