In this increasingly impersonal world, this podcast takes an intimate view of the humans behind the ideas.
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Listen as Ollie Lovell (@ollie_lovell) talks about his childhood, his music and his genetic predisposition to conserving his energy.
- Daniel Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School?
- Weihenstephaner Korbinian beer
- Martin Robinson’s Trivium 21c
- Plato’s Republic
- Keiran Egan’s The Educated Mind
- The Idea of North
- Little Learners Love Literacy
In this episode, I interview behaviour guru and author Tom Bennett. Tom is the founder of ResearchEd as well as a sought-after speaker on all things education, and most notably, behaviour in schools.
Tom hails from not far from my own family seat, and it’s interesting to note how I inadvertently slipped into a much stronger Scottish accent while talking to him.
- Code switching
- Super Friends
- Danny the Champion of the World
- Ursula Le Guin
- Hillbilly Elegy
- The Once and Future King
- Le Morte d’Arthur
- George McDonald Fraser
- Flashman novels
Episode #3 Pamela Snow
In this episode, I talk to Professor Pamela Snow, a speech pathologist, psychologist, researcher, and author at the school of education at Latrobe University in Victoria Australia. Pam has research links with the education, welfare, and justice sectors and she is frequently called upon to address education, health, welfare, and forensic audiences. Pam is the co-author of one of the few books I have read multiple times. It is called Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders, and is an essential guidebook for anyone considering an intervention, resource or a product to assist children to develop and learn. Pam and I talked of many things, including mondogreens and how an apple core led her away from being a concert flautist and into speech pathology.
- Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders
- Pam’s speech at the Reading for Life book launch
- Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Fault in our Stars
- A Mighty Wind
Episode #4 Steve Dykstra
Steve Dykstra is a psychologist, social scientist, statistician and a founding member of the Wisconsin Reading Coalition. He’s a highly regarded and in-demand speaker on education, trauma, and often on the intersection of both.
Steve and I talked about wire and cloth mothers, his unusual biologically primary ice talents, how speaking boldly gets people to listen, photography, lepidoptery, duck-sized horses, how he made Barak Obama 52c richer and was enriched in the process, and the nature of evil itself (it got quite dark at one point, but that’s how we like it!).
Steve has also kindly shared a link to his gallery of photographs.
Episode #5 Alison Clarke
Alison Clarke is a speech pathologist and the owner of a speech pathology practice and a website called Spelfabet. Not only does she run a team of eight people and a therapy dog, but her hugely generous and helpful website and blog are loved by countless parents and educators worldwide.
Alison and I talk, through a background of dramatic thunder, lighting and hail, about Bottersnikes, Gumbles, uranium mining and mayoral chains.
Episode #6 Lorraine Hammond
Early literacy development and teacher knowledge
Explicit, direct instruction
Instructional leadership and coaching and
Literacy based learning difficulties.
As if that weren’t enough Lorraine is also the president of LDA, and holds an Order of Australia medal for for “significant service to higher education, and to the community.”
We spoke about backing down, Brownies, the brain, being a good botherer, beer wenching and being hypnotised.