For the Love of Teaching

For the Love of Teaching Podcast

Welcome to the Teach Starter podcast, For the Love of Teaching. Join us as we chat to inspirational, everyday teachers. It's real, it's uplifting, it's funny, it's for the love of teaching!

Why You Need a Teacher Bestie!
Teaching can be a rollercoaster ride. Throughout your career you’ll experience the highest highs, and the lowest lows. We often hear how important it is to foster amazing relationships with other teachers- to truly find your tribe. Having a support network around you can make the most difficult times a little bit easier, and boost the happy times to next-level celebrations.Today we’re talking about the Holy Grail of the teacher tribe - the teacher bestie.If you’ve found one, you’ve struck gold. Never let hi...

Mr D on Why 8 Year Olds Should Not Have Full Sets of Acrylic Nails
When glamour becomes a health and safety issue - for your students! Listen as Mr D recalls a time his young student wore Gaga-esque fake nails to school! He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold back.Don't miss an episode! Have you subscribed to F...

The Buzz - Stop! Reflect! Be Positive!
We talk a lot about reflective practice and aim to review our day's work. What worked? What didn't? What should I change? What can I do better?This week we're talking about putting a super positive slant on our reflection. Whether it's a formal reflection in a journal, or a casual mental checklist, it's important to remember to be kind to ourselves. We can be our own worst critics, but it's time for that to change.Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; t...


Talking from Experience: Teaching in the UK
Ever wondered what it would be like moving across the pond and teaching in the UK? Where would you start? Should you go alone or with friends?Are teaching agencies legit? When is the best time in your career to take the plunge?This week we hear from Shaun Thompson about all of the dos and don'ts for teaching abroad. Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means you'll be the first to know whenever a new episode is released.For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We ...

Mr D does not have ophidiophobia - but do YOU?
Maybe you will after hearing this slithery story. Ophidiophobia is an abnormal fear of snakes. I think I've got it. This story will send shivers up your spine and have you checking your classroom rafters!He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold ba...

The Buzz: Happy Report Writing!?!
"Happy reporting"? Can that even be a thing? This week Jill and I are sharing our thoughts on report cards, starting with a trip down memory lane. Find out what sort of student Jill was and hear about the rookie error I made during my first reporting period, back in 2007.Don't forget to check out our curriculum-aligned reporting resources made by teachers for you.They'll save you heaps of time!Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them...


“You can’t be what you can’t see!” – Kirby Short on how the professionalisation of cricket in Australia is inspiring female students to aim high.
Last week I talked to Kirby about one of her life’s passions; educating kids and supporting teachers in her role as a secondary Deputy Principal. This week, we chat all about cricket, girls and sport and the power of engaging with students on a basic human level. Listen to Kirby talk about the benefits of physical activity for every child in school-based sport. Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means you'll be the first to know whenever a new episode is released.For the Love ...

Mr D and the Unreliable Supply/Sub Teacher!
Sometimes, as a teacher, it's easier to go to work feeling less than healthy than to hand over your class to a supply teacher. Mr D tells of a time he was genuinely disappointed by the lack of teaching that occurred in his classroom when a sub took over.Check out Teach Starter's awesome range of Relief/Supply/Sub teacher full day lesson plans for all primary/elementary levels. He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up...

The Buzz: Guilty! Teachers Who Never Leave on Time
When was the last time you left your classroom within thirty minutes of the final bell? We know how hard it can be to tear yourself away from that endless list of duties, but this week we're giving you some strategies for planning to leave on time, and actually following through.Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week!Have you tried the new Teach Starter Ap...


Kirby Short - Pro Cricketer *and* High School Deputy Principal
Professional cricketer and high school deputy principal, Kirby Short, leads a spectacular double life. Listen to Kirby, an experienced HPE teacher who has made the transition into administration whilst maintaining her career as an elite athlete, talk about striking the balance. Kirby's the captain of the Big Bash League's Brisbane Heat, and Deputy Principal at MacGregor State High School. She chats with me about the importance of having "other" in your life as a teacher (whether that be a family or another ...

Mr D and the Little Animals
Sometimes a teacher's best intentions have the worst (and grossest) outcomes. Today, Mr D recalls a time he thought he was offering his students a learning experience; but he was the one who learned a hard lesson!He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn'...

The Buzz: Connect With Your Students on a New Level
Raising our voices to get over the noise of the room is a default for some teachers, but not what we expected to be like when starting out as educators. Even the best teachers get loud. Today we're sharing the lessons we've learned in our time in the classroom to manage behaviours and to use non-verbal communication to support the messages we're giving our students.Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encourag...


How to Engage Boys in the Performing Arts, From Someone Who Knows!
Engaging male students in the performing arts can have long-term, positive effects on their academic outcomes, as well as supporting their social-emotional learning and teaching them transferable life skills to set them up for life. Brisbane Early Years teacher Shaun believes the world of The Arts is an under-utilised gem, waiting to be discovered by many more teachers and schools. In this episode, Shaun shares his journey from classroom teacher to Head of Performing Arts at a well-known all-boys college, a...

Mr D and The Baddie B
Mr D is a seasoned traveler, but nothing could prepare him for the drama that ensued on his most recent domestic flight. But, like any great teacher, Mr D knows how to turn a horrible experience into a teachable moment for his students - with humour! This episode comes with a content warning (it's gross!). He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourse...

The Buzz: Nothing's Better than a Change of Scenery!
Have you ever launched into an amazing, engaging lesson you're totally pumped about teaching and your students are just not picking up what you're putting down?Most of us have. It can be really disheartening. On today's episode of The Buzz, we have an idea for you to try this week. Change things up by getting outdoors. We even have some cool ideas on ways to make it an easier option for you. Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them f...


After Surviving a Violent Crime, Rob Hunter Continued to Teach and Inspire for 42 Years
Australia was shocked by the brazen country school kidnappings of the 1970s. Rob Hunter, a 20 year old in his first fortnight of teaching, was confronted at gunpoint and kidnapped with his nine young students. Rob's (reluctantly) a true hero of our profession. Be sure to listen to the previous episode to catch up on Rob's incredible story.This week, I speak with Rob about how he healed himself and how he now helps adolescent students heal their own emotional hurt in his school visit program, Kidnapped Teach...

Teachers Actually Date and Socialise?! Mr D on Meeting New People!
He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold back.Being a teacher is a huge part of our identity. But we have to remember that we're people, as well! When meeting new people and disclosing that you're an educator, have you ever had any strange reactio...

The Buzz: Look Around and See Them All!
Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week!Think about your class. Have you got some students who are quiet achievers, always on task, powering through their work?When did you last take a moment to really acknowledge the great job those kids are doing? Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the ...


Rob Hunter and His Whole Class was Kidnapped at Gunpoint on His Ninth Day of Teaching
Before most of us became teachers (and before many of us were even born), Australia was shocked by the brazen country school kidnappings of the 1970s. Rob Hunter, a 20 year old in his first fortnight of teaching, was confronted at gunpoint and kidnapped with his nine young students. Rob's (reluctantly) a true hero of our profession.Find out how his rational thinking and calm demeanour protected his students from physical harm during their captivity. In the absence of any formal trauma support, Rob drew upon...

Over-sharers in the Classroom: Mr D Needs Some Blurt Buttons.
He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold back.Have you ever had a student call out an answer that's totally wrong, totally loud and totally rude? Mr D has! Find out how a simple science lesson took a swift turn, and how a 'loud and proud' student ...

The Buzz: Get Excited (We Sure Are), The Teach Starter App is Here!
Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week!We're so excited and we just can't hide it! The buzz here at Teach Starter HQ is all about our brand new app! 18 months in the making and it's finally here. Listen as Bron and Jill chat about all of their fave features and find out just how easy the Teach Starter App really is to search for, save and print over 200 00...


Practical Tips for Classroom Teachers from Special Ed Teacher Di Backhouse
Teach Starter's Bronwyn Brady chats with Di Backhouse again this week. Di's an incredible teacher who specialises in the early childhood education of students with additional needs. Di's got lots of ideas and tips for mainstream classroom teachers with regard to:Parent communication when identifying, assessing and supporting individual student needs.What not to say to a parent.How to open the dialogue and establish a positive relationship with families of your students.Facilitating effective communication b...

The Kid Who Took the Words Right Out of Mr D's Mouth
He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold back.Have you ever been totally dumbstruck by something a student has said? Listen as Mr D recalls the wise words of his own fourth grade teacher and reuses them on his own student many years later!Don't mi...

The Buzz: Show Some Random Kindness to Your Teaching Colleagues!
Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week!We hear a lot about the current buzz term 'Random Acts of Kindness', but what does this really mean within the context of a school? How can you support and encourage your colleagues through simple yet touching acts of good will? What are the flow-on effects of teachers showing one another kindness daily? Find out in t...


Di Backhouse is a Remarkably Special Teacher
Teach Starter's Bronwyn Brady chats with Di Backhouse, an incredible teacher who specialises in the early childhood education of students with additional needs. We'll find out what inspired Di to pursue her amazing career and what she loves most about her job.Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means you'll be the first to know whenever a new episode is released.For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save te...

Mr D's Most Unorthodox Behaviour Management Strategy Yet!
He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold back.They say that the best teachers teach from the heart, not the book. Listen to this week's episode to hear all about Mr D's most unusual behaviour management strategy yet. Will it work for you?Don't mis...

The Buzz: Affirmations for Teachers that Won't Make You Feel Like a Total Dag!
Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week!Affirmations don't have to be daggy or contrived! Join us as we chat about the very simple self-talk routine that will give you confidence in your daily teaching.Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means you'll be the first to know whenever a new episode of The Buzz goes live.For the Love...


What Happens When Uni Ends? Making the Transition from Student to Teacher
Teach Starter's Bronwyn Brady chats with Emily, Miss Teacher to Be in this week's episode of For the Love of Teaching. Emily's going to delve into practical ways for preparing to teach, nailing the LANTITE test, and forming strong relationships which will set you up for success!Join us on next week's episode when we meet Di Backhouse, an incredible teacher who specialises in the early childhood education of students with additional needs about why she chose her amazing career.Have you subscribed to For the ...

Oh No She Didn't! Mr D on Going Head to Head with a Sassy Parent During an Interview
He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold back.In this week's episode, Joe tells us about a parent-teacher interview that took an unexpected turn. Don't miss an episode! Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means you'll...

The Buzz: Teachers, You Deserve to Treat Yourselves!
Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week!Teachers: how often do we use our hard-earned cash to buy school supplies, stationery and classroom necessities? It's school holidays now, and it's time to treat yourself. Listen to Jill and Bron chat about some simple and inexpensive ways to give ourselves a well-deserved pick-me-up.Have you subscribed to For the Lov...


Top Prac Hacks For Student Teachers
Teach Starter's Bronwyn Brady chats with Emily, a preservice teacher full to the brim with enthusiasm, creativity and passion for teaching. Now in her fourth year of her education degree, she presents a weekly series on Instagram live, as Miss Teacher to Be, to share her insights into preservice life with thousands of other student teachers. If you’re a preservice teacher, this episode is a must-listen, as Emily shares her best prac hacks!Join us on next week's episode when Emily spills all about forming re...

What this Kindy Kid Said Shocked Mr D to the Core!
He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to brighten up your week with his infectious laugh and hilarious stories. Brace yourself, because when it comes to dishing the dirt on teaching, kids and life in general, Joe doesn't hold back.In this episode, Joe recalls the hairiest encounter he's had with a kindergarten student, and tells us his 'favourite' part of chatting with really little kids in the halls at his school.Don't miss an ...

The Buzz: Find Your Teacher Style With Work it Wednesday!
Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week!We’re well into the school year now and teachers, you might be feeling like you’re stuck in a bit of a rut. If you’re having trouble finding energy, particularly midweek, we’ve got a little suggestion for you.Work it Wednesday is our challenge for you. Find something amazing to wear, lay it out the night before and go...


Ceri Edwards Knows the Key to Being a Happy, Healthy Teacher
If you haven’t heard, there is a growing community of educators online who are buzzing with creative ideas. They are happily sharing resources and supporting each other throughout the school year. Instagram can now be used to explore inside classrooms everywhere. This digital staffroom is affectionately known to Australian Teachers as ‘Teachergram’. It is a place where Instastories are filmed to entertain, discuss, debrief and openly share what life is truly like for those in the profession.Ceri Edwards (wh...

Ceri Edwards Loves Her Job as a Multi-Age Rural Teacher
Teach Starter's Bronwyn Brady chats to Ceri Edwards, a teacher who absolutely loves her job. She is a beacon of light and happiness for her network of teachers that she is in touch with on Instagram.Ceri has discovered the keys to being successful, feeling valued and exuding confidence in her daily life as a primary school educator. She shares with us what her years in the classroom have taught her....

Gabbie Stroud Tells Aussie Teachers What's Needed to Keep the Heart in Teaching
Teach Starter's Bronwyn Brady chats with inspirational teacher-turned-author, Gabbie Stroud, about all things teacher! The good bits, the not so good bits and how to overcome these parts of the teaching profession. Gabbie shares some of her all-time favourite teaching moments and explains why she didn't leave teaching, teaching left her....