ETC – Encouraging Teacher conversations

Encouraging Teacher Conversations

Vivienne Neale hosts this podcast with ETC creator

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and selected Educators who will share their experiences with us!

Listen to the professional conversation on our podcast and ‘blab’ and start a discourse with your colleagues or staff.




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Special Interview with life long learner and influencer in education matt estermann     Matt Estermann Twitter_email_link_logo

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Reverse Thinking Strategy – enables critique of ideas.

Get teachers talking about contemporary research frameworks, school contexts and their own beliefs and practices. This is a walk through of

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Creating Learning Environments -Working from the known to the new.

Relieve the impression that we are continually responding to ‘new successful ideas’. Look at what we already know through evidence and what we currently do – as the context for building teacher judgement.

This conversation starter tackles critical ways by which to examine new evidence through explicit association, assimilation and contesting of ideas in collaborative models.

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Marzano and Pickering: 4 Essential Questions About Engagement.

A teacher conversation and classroom ready strategy for understanding the questions:

How do I feel?     Am I interested?     Is it important?     Can I do It?


Behaviour reflects needs.

A practical co-operative conversation and simple action research for all teachers working with cohort of students. This can also become a catalyst for longer team collaborations into student engagement and teacher judgement.


Drop in for 5.

Collaborative feedback for teachers.

Fun and relatively non-threatening 5-minute observations model conducted between pairs or small groups. Develops shared understanding and defines constructive feedback as a collaborative practice.


Take The Autobahn

We know that the emotional brain has the power to open or close access to learning and memory. How do we use the affective route to teach the intellect? How do we put the ‘hook’ into learning culture? Great staff conversation with practical applications for student engagement.


Scaling up success and facilitating innovation.

A practical introduction to the ‘beta’ mode concept of school teams. Transfers directly to classroom use. Powerful and fun


Student engagement and ‘no hands up’ in practice.

How does it work? What do I need to do to scaffold? A practical conversation in experiential (beta) mode. How does it feel for the learner? How might you start or experiment?


Collaborative conversations for PD planning

Teacher’s value professional conversations that build their expertise and enhance their students’ learning. Focus the conversation by looking at your student data. Question-storming generates short and long term ideas for exploration and beats a PMI hands down for creativity


What are we doing to celebrate our work?

End of term problem-based project. Validate teacher judgement and build collaborative expertise whilst solving a genuine school need. This is an authentic task for school staff professional learning and fun for the end of the year or the end of the term. Great piece of super-modelling of engagement, collaborative expertise, fun, teamwork and difference.

Allison Colour    Allison Pegus ETC_dot_limeGreenlinkedTwitter_email_link_logo

Allison is the Professional learning Manager for TTA for consultancy and onsite events

As first and foremost an expert teacher and facilitator Allison has maintained her focus on teaching and learning, curriculum design and delivery and teacher quality from multiple perspectives.

Allison’s work with schools is informed also from her leadership and management background:
• Principal of Australian independent primary schools
• Consultant with the Association of Independent Schools NSW,
• Director of Tournament of Minds NSW,
• State President and Chair of Professional Development with the Independent Heads Associations NSW & Tas
• National Executive Member of Australian Primary Principals Association of Australia, APPA, for 6 years.
• School Evaluation Team Leader and Workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate in the Asia-Pacific region.


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Vivienne has an extensive educational track record having begun teaching in 1983 and has written for the UK’s Independent newspaper and the world famous TES. In addition she has published articles and books and been passionate about technology in the classroom over the past 15 years. She has made the creative leap from full time education professional to social media and digital marketing specialist.


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