Listening to a podcast is a great way of learning – especially when you are short on time and cannot find enough minutes in the day to sit and focus on a book or a course. You can download your favourite podcasts to your phone when you have access to Wi-Fi, and listen to them when you find a moment in-between all of the busyness of your day.
Why not pop on a podcast during your daily commute to work (stuck in traffic!?), or in the very unlikely case that you have some time free at school before you’re allowed to go home! There are many educational podcasts available, these podcasts are mainly from overseas teachers, but we can learn from them and apply it to our own contexts. These podcasts listed below range from being EdTech orientated to being focused on school leadership.
Here are our top 5 educational podcasts of the month:
10-Minute Teacher Podcast
The title of this podcast is enough to get any teacher excited. Many of us only have a few minutes to spare every day, and this will be 10 minutes well spent. Vicki Davis, the teacher behind The Cool Cat Teacher, uploads 5 short podcasts every week interviewing remarkable teachers from around the world. Every day has a theme, such as Motivational Mondays, Wonderful Classroom Wednesdays and 5-Idea Fridays – where you will get 5 practical ideas you can implement immediately!
Cult of Pedagogy
Jennifer Gonzales helps teachers to “crush it” in the classroom. Her website and this accompanying podcast, supports teachers to make use of new and existing pedagogies. The podcast focuses on teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform and education technology. She also has many influential guests ranging from authors to social activists.
This is a podcast driven by a team of innovative educators and you will definitely want to be part of this “cult” after listening to one of them!
Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers
Angela Watson has been supporting teachers on her website for more than a decade. She started this podcast, Truth for Teachers, in 2015. She explains that it’s called Truth for Teachers since teachers need truth more than anything else. “Teachers are constantly being told things that are not true, things like: your value is determined by your students’ test scores… there is one right way to teach, and you’re not doing it… your students aren’t meeting standards that are developmentally appropriate because you, the teacher, are not working hard enough.” In this podcast she gives a short weekly message of encouragement and inspiration for teachers.
The PE Umbrella
Many South African teachers have been thrown in the deep end to teach Life Orientation or Life Skills in primary schools without really being LO teachers. This podcast has a focus on Physical Education and discusses many teaching strategies and ideas relating to the subject, as well as why Physical Education is important in our schools. The focus is on Primary Schools and Ryan Ellis shares “insights into what makes the top practitioners of today tick, asking about their favourite PE resources, what activities are a must have in the locker for any teacher and success stories about what really works.”
Better Leaders Better Schools
Are you in a leadership position at school or aim to move into one? Better Leaders Better Schools is designed to connect excellent leaders in education and promote leadership development. Host Danny “Sunshine” Bauer provides weekday motivation for the modern educator. Listeners can expect tools and tricks from a variety of sources: inspirational books, stories from the mastermind, and weekly challenges.