The Reflective Teacher Podcast with Selena Woodward
The Reflective Teacher Podcast with Selena Woodward
Selena Woodward, Edufolios
How do I take care of teacher registration without too much stress and even more work? How do I find great evidence for my accreditation portfolio? Demonstrate my skills and understanding without having to do more work than I need to? Selena Woodward digs into this and more in the Reflective Teacher Podcast. In addition to great stories and insights, each episode is designed to help you take immediate action with supporting steps, strategies and advice for growing your practice and meeting your admin requirements in one go.
#162: Shifting the Narrative: Empowering Neurodiverse Educators
In this episode, we speak with Stevie, a passionate educator who recently discovered that she has ADHD. Stevie shares her personal journey of coming to terms with her neurodiversity and how it has helped her become a better teacher. She also talks about the challenges she has faced and how she has created a community of support for other neurodiverse educators. Stevie's story is both inspiring and empowering, reminding us that it's okay to embrace our differences and that we can use them to excel in our careers. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who wants to learn more about neurodiversity in education and how we can better support neurodiverse educators. Join us as we dive deep into Stevie's experiences and learn valuable lessons about inclusion, acceptance, and empathy.   Show notes at: edufolios.org/162 #neurodiversitycelebrationweek #NeurodiversityWeek #ThisIsND 
Mar 14, 2023
35 min
#161: Celebrating Neurodiversity in Early Years: Embracing Differences
In this episode, we celebrate Neurodiversity Week by exploring the importance of early detection of neurodivergent children. We delve into the common misconceptions held by educators about neurodiversity in early childhood, and why they may feel that way. We discuss a different approach to understanding neurodiversity and the value of inclusion in the classroom. By aligning with Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, and 1.6 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, we can create a supportive learning environment for all students. Join us for this thought-provoking discussion and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of neurodivergent children. #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek #NeurodiversityWeek #ThisIsND
Mar 13, 2023
35 min
#160: Understanding Neurodiversity: Building Stronger Relationships in Schools
As we enter Neurodiversity CeIebration Week, in this episode we're focusing on neurodiversity and how to create a neurodivergent-affirming culture in schools.  Perfect for educators looking to understand and embrace neurodiversity, support all students, and promote a more inclusive understanding of neurodiversity in our society.  We explore how essential it is to build strong relationships with neurodivergent students and create a supportive learning environment that acknowledges and respects neurological differences. Our guest, Kate Donohue,  has been working in the disability sector for more than 20 years. She shares her experience of supporting hundreds of neurodivergent people and their families, educators, therapists, and employers. Kate provides practical tips for working with neurodivergent students and colleagues and encourages listeners to be open-minded and willing to learn new strategies to support them.
Mar 12, 2023
49 min
#159: Is Chat GPT the Ultimate Teacher’s Assistant?
At Edufolios, we love to help you see the impact you're having so you can celebrate it and grow! So, when Chat GPT came along, we got curious about how this AI tool could help you to plan, assess, communicate with parents AND learn more about your practice as a teacher. In this episode of The Reflective Teacher Podcast with Selena Woodward, we're breaking it down. Just what is Chat GPT, is it REALLY anything new? What kinds of things can you do with it as a teacher? Is it any good at them? and... how can exploring Chat GPT's tools and systems help you to see, celebrate and grow your teaching practice   Tune in to find out Check out the show notes at: Edufolios.org/159 Watch our mini series of Chat GPT how-to vids and see these examples in action: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLu0RzwJcDfuilwVObcYEBnjQ-2VHMhIU6
Mar 8, 2023
20 min
#157: Giving Feedback that Feels Good: Three Models to Try in Your Classroom
This week, we are continuing our conversation about effective reflective practice.   However, we're zooming right in on the tricky subject of getting feedback. You know, the lesson observations? Learning walks? Evaluations?.. feels awful doesn't it?  Well, tune in to hear what the research suggests about feedback methods you could use, right now, to get curious, gain perspective, and receive the feedback you need to grow! and without all that scar, icky stuff!
Feb 16, 2023
23 min
#156: 4 Things you Need to Stop Doing in Your Reflective Practice​
    Reflective Practice becomes ineffective if we don't avoid these 4 common mistakes "It is quite true what philopsy says, that life must be understood backwards. But, then one forgets the other principle, that it must be lived forward. Soren Kiergegaard Tweet Reflective practice is actually “the ability to reflect on an action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning”. (Thanks Reflective Practices: A means to Teacher Development 2017) It’s NOT a snapshot in time that we record in some kind of time capsule and walk away from and it’s something very different to a lesson rationale, where you might focus on just the WHY of the choices you make.  The truth is, reflective practice is an incredibly powerful tool… If you understand that it is a practice and a process. In this week’s episode of The Reflective Teacher Podcast with Selena Woodward, I’m going back to basics.  What exactly IS reflective practice and how do you make sure the time you spend on it is worth it?
Feb 8, 2023
19 min
155: Behaviour Management Tips for a Calmer Classroom
The kids are through the roof, their behaviour is exhausting I'm not sure I can keep this up! In this episode I am joined by Behaviour Mangement consultant Tarun Stevenson as we explore what "behaviour" is, how relationships with parents are key and what you can do to create a clamer classroom.  Tune in to hear some great stories of practice, learn how behaviour management connects in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers AND grab a FREE download with some practical tips that you can use RIGHT NOW to help get those kids back down from the roof. Show notes and links to the freebie at: Edufolios.org/155 Looking for tools to connect what you do already to the teaching standards so you can nail accreditation quickly, easily and with purpose?  Head to Edufolios.org today and grab a free 14 day trial. 
Nov 10, 2022
1 hr 10 min
#154: 5 things that Impact the Success of Your Application for Teacher Accreditation
So you're feeling nervous about creating evidence for teacher accreditation?   You want to get your teaching portfolio done for accreditation, but you're really nervous that you will make mistakes that will cost you time, money, and your confidence. I get that. You'd love to find a way to avoid these mistakes so that you can create evidence, but when you consider starting, all you see are 142 focus areas, across four career stages, across a load of 'judgey' language (that you don't really understand) and a timeline of work that seems to endlessly stretch before you. Creating evidence for teacher accreditation, using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, can feel really overwhelming and time consuming. But, if you can avoid five common mistakes, you will find the process of reflection to be quite enlightening. What if you had a tool that supported you in avoiding 5 common mistakes made in teacher portfolios? In this episode of the Reflective Teacher Podcast with Selena Woodward, we are going to share these five mistakes and how you can avoid them using an Edufolio. Tune in to find out what these mistakes are and how Edufolios helps you to avoid them. These include: Being clear about who you are impacting. Understanding the language of the focus areas in their career stages. Knowing how to plan to write about your impact. The choice of artefact that you make to support your evidence How to communicate the context that you are working with to an alien on another planet entirely (lol.. no, seriously)  Life is too short to avoid the career progression that you deserve.  Save time and money now with these with an Edufolio and avoid these mistakes right now.
Aug 30, 2022
12 min
#153: Small steps to help teachers meet the ATSI standards – Australians Together
The story, culture and voice of Australia's First Nation People is important and needs to be heard...   and yet, so many of us feel completely underqualified, ill-equipped to do a great job at “providing opportunities for students to develop their understanding of (and respect for) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.   At the start of 2022, when we ran the numbers in Edufolios, standard 2.4 was one of the most neglected focus areas across the board.   The reality is that some of us feel really nervous about moving into this space.     We fear that we will say or do the wrong thing   and we may even tell ourselves that we don’t have ATSI students at our site so we don’t have to do this..   I get it, my own portfolio is woefully low on evidence of how I support reconciliation by learning and sharing ATSI history, culture and language.  Why? Because it feels like I’m likely to tread on something very sacred and I am terrified that I will say the wrong thing.  There is most definitely a sense of a deep, painful wound that needs to be healed.  I’ve recently come to realise how important our role as teacher is on that pathway to healing.  If we can share the history and the stories of the first nations people of Australia we can work towards shared knowledge and healing through understanding.  In fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s vital for our future.  That’s why there are two specific Teaching standards that address ATSI priorities and a cross Curricular priorities for us to address.   but it’s not easy. I’m a white woman, with an English background. There’s a strong sense of imposter syndrome there (Hello blame…Hello shame…) … for a number of reasons and so I would often feel like I have no place talking about ATSI perspectives.   My solution might be to go and find an aboriginal person to share their stories… but then I realise that this chick from Birmingham has absolutely no connections to anyone who would fit that bill.     Then it all goes in the too hard basket and the cycle continues….. unless…. we can find a way forward. A way forward in understanding and compassion. Just one small step at a time….   Let's take a small step towards a deeper understanding of Australia's first nation's people and what we can do as educators using the Australian Curriculum and the AISTL standards.   This week I am joined by Stewart Bogle and Emily Haegi from Australians Together and I’m sharing my learning journey with you live on the podcast!    Both Stewart and Emily have been on their own journey as educators developing an understanding of ATSI perspectives.  So much so that their passions have led them to work with educators to help heal a wound in our nation created by our history and.. honestly, our apathy.  I can totally relate to the feeling they share of the moment you begin to understand that actual truth of what happened here in this beautiful land.   Can you?  Is there a sense of social injustice that you can connect with?    I can remember the moment this hit for me.  I was teaching “Australia Studies” in a school in Adelaide.  A Pom, who’d just moved to Adelaide and was learning (through the textbook) about some of the things that my British ancestors chose to do when they landed here.  I was horrified. Shocked and, honestly.  really angry.  I can tell you now, that in the UK we do not hear these stories either.  Not even a little bit.  We have no idea.    Interestingly, it seems, there’s a generation of Aussies who are in the same boat.  There are many of us who were also never given the opportunity to understand, to connect and help heal this wound.   There's a story that needs to be told because a new chapter needs to be written Steward Bogle - Australians Together   The reality is we are all a part of that chapter.  We are all Australian Citizens and so, like it or not, we are a a part of the story.  So are our students.   You are part of writing that new chapter. We can either choose to add to the ignorance by not being brave enough to take a step towards understanding or we can address our fears, take those steps and begin to work with our community to do our part to heal that wound in our nation.   This is powerful stuff.  This is a really important conversation and I am so honoured to make some space for it here on the podcast.   I have learnt so much from Emily and Stewart. Things that have helped me to better understand the importance of these conversations and… HOW I can be part of that without the shame, the blame or the fear overwhelming me.   This is an incredibly valuable conversation and I am sure that you will get so much out of it.  Make sure you let us know in the comments… Here’s what you’ll gain by tuning in…. Join me on a very raw and vulnerable learning journey towards a deeper understanding of why I’m avoiding 2.4  Understand how to move from stuck and overwhelmed to understanding some small steps you can take right now. Consider how our own cultural understanding of some subjects , like history, is influencing our ability to understand and connect with ATSI perspectives. Learn about some amazing resources that available to you right now to help you make the connections you need between your curriculum areas and First Nation’s cultures, histories and language. How the ATSI conversation shows up in the standards and how you begin measuring your impact (with your students, your colleagues or at your site) in this very important aspect of our teaching. What to do with the language of the standards…. and how intimidating it is (let’s be honest). Who here has a “broad understanding of ATSI cultures and histories when graduating uni? .. and that’s even before we get to proficient. Put down the fear and be inspired and impassioned towards action Get permission to be imperfect in your approach and see this as an opportunity to learn how to take small steps Gain access to some amazing resources to create some structure for your journey 
Aug 23, 2022
1 hr 5 min
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