039 : My education expert Peter Cansell shares his thoughts in the Season 3 Finale

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My resident education expert Peter Cansell joins me in the season 3 finale ‘What do children think about their schooling?’

We talk about the themes and ideas that have come from the children and some of the insights of their parents.

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Peter has been in education professionally for 35 years, teaching in middle schools in Oxford, doing advisory work, teaching higher education and as a Primary Headteacher at Harwell Primary School. He retired from that post in September 2014, but has continued as Chair of OPHTA (Oxfordshire Primary Headteachers’ Association), was elected to become Chair of the National Network of Chairs of Headteachers’ Groups in June 2014 and was delighted to have become a NAPE council member this year, serving on the editorial board for Primary First. In January of 2015 he co-founded the Oxford School of Thought, an independent education think tank. He is a trustee and chairs the management committee of another charity, Full Circle, which is well regarded for its ground breaking intergenerational work.

We cover educational ideas from the industrial revolution, classroom layouts, school day structures and the general attitudes of children in the education system of today.

During this season I have spoken to children from around the world including the UK, USA and Hawaii

It is always great to have an education expert on hand to keep me grounded!

These are the 10 questions we asked:

1. If you could design your own classroom what would it look like? Eg Large open plan loft style, small rooms, sit in rows or groups? Anything goes be creative!

2. How would you create your day and spend your time? Eg How much time inside/outside, how much studying, exercise, time on your own/with others, playing, games, projects. Anything goes be creative!

3. How do you assess your progress? What do you do everyday to move forward towards your goals and dreams?

4. How often do you discuss and think about – what you eat, exercise, breathing, sleeping, mindfulness, gratitude, volunteering?

5. How often do you discuss and think about life? Babies being born or people dying.

6. How often do you discuss money, budgets, savings, financial planning?

7. Do you work with a mentor? Do you know what a mentor is?

8. How often do you lead a team of people?

9. Do you like working on real projects that are relevant to you? Eg Fundraising, events for the local community, school productions, concerts, sports events?

10. Of the things you enjoy most – do they happen in school time or are they after school clubs?

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038 : How understanding homeschooling can help you in your classroom with Dr. Maelisa Hall

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Dr. Maelisa Hall shares her experiences of traditional education and homeschooling. We discuss how the personalised learning available at home can be used to positive effect in the classroom.

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Having met Maelisa at Podcast Movement in California during August, we chatted about our respective podcasts. I thought Maelisa’s understanding of both school and homeschool would make an interesting conversation in my season 3 ‘What do children think about their schooling?’ I have been talking to children currently in school, but talking to an adult with a mixture of schooling experiences gave a different perspective.

On the podcast we talk about the positives of both options, how flexibility became very important for their family and how the understanding of personalised learning can benefit children.

Community plays a big part in our learning, so does our family. Discussing these issues brings up some very interesting ideas that you can implement in your own school or classroom.

Maelisa has a new podcast launching in October 2017 called My Biz Bestie about how having a biz bestie and support system can increase your profits!

You can find her on twitter at @HallMaelisa

 

For more information about season 3 visit

www.EducationOnFire.com

 

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037 : Flipped Lifestyle hosts Shane and Jocelyn Sams discuss schooling with their children

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Welcome to season 3 of the Education On Fire Podcast . We are continuing to explore the thoughts of children and examine what school looks like to them. Today Shane and Jocelyn Sams from the Flipped Lifestyle Podcast are joined by their children Isaac (8) and Anna Jo (6) to help me answer ‘What do children think about their schooling?’

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Shane and Jocelyn both worked in education before creating Flipped Lifestyle. You can find out more at

https://flippedlifestyle.com

https://elementarylibrarian.com

I am using the 10 questions below in each episode to try and find any themes that may keep recurring.

 

1. If you could design your own classroom what would it look like? Eg Large open plan loft style, small rooms, sit in rows or groups? Anything goes be creative!

2. How would you create your day and spend your time? Eg How much time inside/outside, how much studying, exercise, time on your own/with others, playing, games, projects. Anything goes be creative!

3. How do you assess your progress? What do you do everyday to move forward towards your goals and dreams?

4. How often do you discuss and think about – what you eat, exercise, breathing, sleeping, mindfulness, gratitude, volunteering?

5. How often do you discuss and think about life? Babies being born or people dying.

6. How often do you discuss money, budgets, savings, financial planning?

7. Do you work with a mentor? Do you know what a mentor is?

8. How often do you lead a team of people?

9. Do you like working on real projects that are relevant to you? Eg Fundraising, events for the local community, school productions, concerts, sports events?

10. Of the things you enjoy most – do they happen in school time or are they after school clubs?

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036: Men of Abundance podcaster Wally Carmichael and his son talk schooling

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Today Men of Abundance podcaster Wally Carmichael and his son Dalton talk to me as I continue to ask ‘What do children think about their schooling?

We get some great insights from Dalton about selling old toys to create income and Wally talks about his own experiences and those of his older sons.

We discuss practical learning as well as traditional academia and how this can help learning skills for trade jobs and not just degrees. The different ways  that we all learn and how the personalised approach is supportive for everyone not just those who seem to be struggling.

How education can still be linked back to the ideals of the industrial revolution and what is needed to help children prepare for the workforce of the future .

I am using the 10 questions below in each episode to try and find any themes that may keep recurring.

 

1. If you could design your own classroom what would it look like? Eg Large open plan loft style, small rooms, sit in rows or groups? Anything goes be creative!

2. How would you create your day and spend your time? Eg How much time inside/outside, how much studying, exercise, time on your own/with others, playing, games, projects. Anything goes be creative!

3. How do you assess your progress? What do you do everyday to move forward towards your goals and dreams?

4. How often do you discuss and think about – what you eat, exercise, breathing, sleeping, mindfulness, gratitude, volunteering?

5. How often do you discuss and think about life? Babies being born or people dying.

6. How often do you discuss money, budgets, savings, financial planning?

7. Do you work with a mentor? Do you know what a mentor is?

8. How often do you lead a team of people?

9. Do you like working on real projects that are relevant to you? Eg Fundraising, events for the local community, school productions, concerts, sports events?

10. Of the things you enjoy most – do they happen in school time or are they after school clubs?

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035 : What do children think about their schooling? – with Katie and Jodi

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This week on the Education on Fire podcast I chat to my daughter and her friend as they both give us their thoughts about learning in a village school.

Jodi (11) has just finished her last year of primary and is transitioning to secondary school, while Katie (10) is about to start year 6.

 

I am using the 10 questions below in each episode to try and find any themes that may keep recurring.

 

1. If you could design your own classroom what would it look like? Eg Large open plan loft style, small rooms, sit in rows or groups? Anything goes be creative!

2. How would you create your day and spend your time? Eg How much time inside/outside, how much studying, exercise, time on your own/with others, playing, games, projects. Anything goes be creative!

3. How do you assess your progress? What do you do everyday to move forward towards your goals and dreams?

4. How often do you discuss and think about – what you eat, exercise, breathing, sleeping, mindfulness, gratitude, volunteering?

5. How often do you discuss and think about life? Babies being born or people dying.

6. How often do you discuss money, budgets, savings, financial planning?

7. Do you work with a mentor? Do you know what a mentor is?

8. How often do you lead a team of people?

9. Do you like working on real projects that are relevant to you? Eg Fundraising, events for the local community, school productions, concerts, sports events?

10. Of the things you enjoy most – do they happen in school time or are they after school clubs?

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