Harmony Week Classroom Activities
Harmony Day changed to Harmony Week in 2013, so it's a great time to celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism in our schools and communities. We have heaps of fantastic, engaging teaching resources for you to share with your class to help them get into the spirit of Harmony Time! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality,...

Class Member Birthdays, with Mr D
It was Bron's birthday this week (hello, 36!!!) so she and Mr D were talking celebrations in the classroom! Teachers have had to think of lots of ways to innovate on the old cupcake and song routine, due to the pandemic. Mr D has some great ideas for birthday fun in the classroom! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, do...

Try Teacher Bingo!
In this episode, Jill and Bron play Teacher Bingo - a 'Never-Have-I-Ever' - style game all about teaching experiences. Play along and see if you can beat their high score! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


The YouTube Mistake (Classic Mr D)
The first rule of using Youtube in the classroom: preview every video you plan to show in full! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their classrooms buzz! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Being a Teacher-Parent (Re-Buzz)
Being a teacher and a parent can be a tricky balance to strike. Jill and Bron share their experiences of when their first children started school and they found themselves on the other side of the classroom door! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and ma...

Digital Organisation with Mr D
How's your digital space looking? Do you find it easier or harder to keep your digital files and correspondence in order than physical ones? Take our email inbox challenge!  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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their classrooms buzz! See omnyst...


Classroom Setup on a Budget
There's no need to go to great expense to have a great classroom! In this episode, listen as Jill and Bron share some economical tips for setting up your learning space.  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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their classrooms buzz! See omnystudi...

Mr D's Photocopier Fight
Teachers have a love/hate relationship with copy machines. Mr D has a solution for restacking your copier in a TikTok worthy way! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their classrooms buzz! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Digital Planners for Teachers!
Teachers love to plan and organise! There's nothing like a fresh new teacher planner. Whether you love a paper planner or a digital one, we have lots of ideas for your perfect planner! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their classrooms buzz! ...


Mr D Has Landed His Dream Job!
Mr D is going to kindergarten! Joe's about to embark on a brand new role in his ultimate grade level! Listen to his thoughts as he prepares to go back into the classroom after two years out as a touring comedian!  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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and m...

Gratitude Activities for Kids to Create a Positive Mindset
After a heavy year last year, with plenty of challenges for the young people we educate, it's time to refocus for another year of learning.  In this episode we take you through some lovely gratitude activities from our Gratitude Resource Collection, to help your students reflect positively and find the good in each day.  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 for te...

How Your Teacher Librarian Can Support Your Start to the Year
Laura Mitchell is a teacher librarian (TL) from the Gold Coast. She's passionate about the vital role teacher librarians play in the education profession. In this episode, Laura shares insights about what she does, how 2020 changed her role, how students benefit from having a qualified teacher librarian in their school library, and finally how classroom teachers can benefit from harnessing the expertise of their teacher librarian! Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means yo...


Mr D Turns on the Waterworks (Classic Mr D)
What's the silliest thing you've had to do in front of your class? Mr D has a cracker! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their classrooms buzz! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Collaborative Classroom Displays to Start the Year!
Our brand new All About Me Display Walls have us buzzing! Choose from one of three themes to help your students share some info about themselves and get to know their peers, whilst creating a beautiful collaborative classroom display!  These are the newest addition to our All About Me Collection, so hit up teachstarter.com to grab these great resources for your students! 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 releas...

Back to the Classroom, with Mr D!
It's time to head back into the classroom! As we await our young students to come bursting energetically through the doors in coming weeks, Mr D shares his own plans for heading back to the classroom! 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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their cla...


Wonderful Widgets for the Start of the Year
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 for teachers by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time and make their classrooms buzz! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

For the Love of Teaching Season 3 Starts January 18!
Thanks for joining us on the incredible journey this year, as we reported on the huge changes education saw during Covid19.  Teachers have shone! From all of us here at Teach Starter, we wish you a safe and happy break, and look forward to bringing you more teaching goodness in season 3 of For the Love of Teaching, which kicks off on January 18!  In the meantime, check out our awesome catalogue of over 250 teaching podcast episodes, or read some of our amazing blogs for teacher inspo.  See omnys...

Meditation for Teachers: Affirmation/Mantra Meditation
Jessica Demunck, wellness coach and teacher, is back again with the third installment of our meditation for teachers series. In this episode, Jess takes you through a relaxing and affirming mantra meditation.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their cla...


End of Year Reflection with your Students Activity
It's our last Buzz episode of season 2 and we're going out with a bang! Join Jill and Bron as they share one more gorgeous teaching resource your kids will love to complete to wrap up the year! Our End of Year Student Reflection Template passes the very official "cutie cute-cute-cute" test and is a beautiful, engaging, colourful way to help your students look back over their year.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and n...

Mr D Talks Switching off After School
It can be hard for teachers to leave work at work! But with the holidays approaching, this is a great time to consciously switch off, and Mr D has some great tips to help you "force shutdown".  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make...

Mini Mysteries = Ultimate End of Year Fun!
Teachers, if you're searching for a fun end-of-year activity with a twist, listen in to our chat about our wildly popular Logic Puzzles for Kids | Mini-Mysteries! The Teach Starter elves have been busy creating some wonderful Christmas logic puzzles – there’s more to Christmas mysteries than just what’s wrapped up under the tree! Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podc...


Dance for Sick Kids with Ronald McDonald House Charities!
Today I’m joined by Clarissa, one of RMHC’s teachers in Brisbane, to talk about an exciting annual event organised by Ronald McDonald House Charities, Dance for Sick Kids. Ronaqld McDonald House Education Services assist school-aged children affected by serious illnesses and injuries. All services are free to families thanks to funding from RMHC’s generous supporters. Teach Starter proudly provides RMHC with our full range of teaching resources to support their teachers and young learners. Do yo...

Mr D Talks Useful Teacher Gifts
Although no teacher ever expects an end of year teacher gift, they're always and thoughtful treat. In this episode, Mr D takes us through some of his favourite gifts from students past!  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your c...

Surprise! The Buzz Episode Bron Wasn't Expecting..
Jill and Bron planned to talk about school holiday road trips for teachers, but Jill totally Kanyed the episode!  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your classroom buzz, visit Teach Starter. We also have a student-facing podc...


Letter Reversal (Mirror Writing) in the Early Years
Here today to talk about letter reversal, or mirror writing, is Early Years teacher and blogger Holly Mitchell. Witnessing a student progress through the stages of writing development is one of the most rewarding experiences for an early years teacher. Seeing them move from scribbling to representing their ideas as drawings, to starting to write letters to represent ideas and writing words to show their ideas are all magical stages in a child’s literacy development. However, it’s natural that there ma...

Who Let the Cat out of the Bag? (Classic Mr D)
Some things should never be brought for show and tell! Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your classroom buzz, visit Teach Starter. We also have a student-facing podcast with curriculum-aligned audio resources for kids! Check...

WIN One of Five Teach Starter School Plans for Your School!
Teach Starter has just launched our huge new competition, Ticket to Teach Starter! Five schools will win a 12 month School Plan subscription for their teachers. To find out all about how to enter and hear about the amazing prizes on offer, listen in!  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, dow...


Mindful Breathing Class for Teachers (Recorded Live)
At Teach Starter, we’re all about promoting teachers’ health and wellbeing. In today’s episode, Jessica from Teaching with Soul will lead you through a guided meditation to help you relax, unwind, and refocus. Jess is a Life Coach and Primary Teacher on a mission to support educators to cultivate mindful, calm and balanced lives. You can find her at https://www.jessicademunck.com/ Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and ne...

End of Year Concert (Classic Mr D)
Ever had a kid in your class who takes any opportunity to be extra? Maybe it's big spirit fingers in the choir, perhaps it's an unplanned concern soloist, or just a really enthusiastic dancer in the play. Mr D had a student in the end of year concert who stole the show, and Mr D was nothing less than impressed! Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Sta...

Reporting in a School Year Like No Other
Among the many challenges this year has presented to teachers, assessment and reporting obstacles have been front of mind.  In both standard reporting periods, we at Teach Starter have noted a high level of demand for our Report Card Comment resources. Join us as we take you through some other fantastic resources to help you through Semester Two reporting.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For...


National Recycling Week at School with Planet Ark
National Recycling Week is here! In 2020, NRW runs from 9-15 November. In this episode, I’m joined by Planet Ark’s Recycling Campaign Manager, Claire Bell, who has been working at Planet Ark since 2011, after working in the communications industry and raising a young family. Claire's here to talk about the Schools Recycle Right Challenge, a fun and interactive to help students learn about the importance of recycling.  Claire also talks about this great, free webinar for schools and community groups, C...

Mr D on the 2020 USA Presidential Election (Special Episode)
It's election-eve in the United States and Mr D has popped in to share his thoughts on the campaign itself, the policies of each party (pertaining to education), and the unexpected and devastating events of a mid-pandemic election. The USA has recorded the highest number of Covid cases in a single day in any country in the world, only days out from polling. Trump today said at his final public rally that he expects "another beautiful victory".   Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to su...

Teacher Desks - Opinions and Options
Take a look over your teacher desk. Do you see a serene sanctuary of stationery, or a dumping ground accumulating piles of paperwork? Many teachers are saying goodbye to their desks, with various alternatives to the traditional teacher desk now available. In this episode, Jill and Bron go over some of the options and pick a side - are you anti- or pro- desk? Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! Fo...


Meditation Class for Teachers (Recorded Live)
At Teach Starter, we’re all about promoting teachers’ health and wellbeing. In today’s episode, Jessica from Teaching with Soul will lead you through a guided meditation to help you relax, unwind, and refocus. Jess is a Life Coach and Primary Teacher on a mission to support educators to cultivate mindful, calm and balanced lives. You can find her at https://www.jessicademunck.com/ Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and ne...

Halloween Catch Up with Mr D
Let's talk Halloween with Mr D! Find out what's different between the US and Australia when it comes to contemporary celebrations of Halloween, and try to guess who Mr D is going as to his Halloween party this year (clue: "Hey all you cool cats and kittens!"). Join us as we speculate Halloween 2020 will be different to stay safe in the pandemic.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of T...

Happy World Teachers' Day!
Just popping into your feed to say Happy World Teachers' Day!  You are making a difference in young peoples' lives every day, and you are valued.  Have an amazing day, teachers, and thank you for all that you do!  #teachersday #thanksteachers #brightfuture  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providi...


Halloween in the Classroom and at Home
In this episode, Jill and Bron chat about the shift towards celebrating Halloween in Australia, how different it looks compared to when they were children, how their children experience Halloween, and the creepy spooky resources Teach Starter has for teachers wishing to give their students the Halloween experience (with a curriculum-aligned twist). Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of...

Mindful Teaching
Deb Howcroft-Miles is a yoga teacher and mindfulness instructor who helps teachers to realise the importance of being connected to their purpose.   She is particularly passionate about working with women and helping them to come home to their bodies.  Too often we get caught up in living life for others that we forget we have a life of our own.  You deserve to feel relaxed and calm.  You deserve to be happy, healthy and in balance.   In this episode, Deb talks about the importance of teaching mindfull...

"No Calling Out!" (Classic Mr D)
Blurting, calling out, whatever else you call it, it's a constant obstacle for teachers. Mr D shares a funny story about a student of his who could really use some Blurt Buttons! Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your classroom...


Fast Finishers (ReBuzz)
Some kids are so fast! They'll get everything done in record speed (and with accuracy and neatness to boot!). Have you got one of these? Perhaps more than one! Join us as we give some suggestions for relevant fast finisher activities which will extend and enrich your students. Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week...

Teaching Body Safety, Consent and Boundaries with Author Jayneen Sanders
Jayneen Sanders is a teacher, former school counsellor and author. She’s a strong public advocate for children’s safety, education and empowerment.  Through her time spent in primary schools both as a teacher and a parent, Jayneen was inspired to ask the question of her community: ‘What are we doing in schools to empower children and protect them from inappropriate touch?’ She says when she realised very little was actually being done, she decided to use her authoring and publishing skills to write re...

Mr D on The Class of 2020
Another year is rolling to a close. But it's a year like no other. In this episode, Mr D and I reflect on our past students over the years, and chat about the amazing young people who are finishing their schooling journey as well as managing the challenges of the global pandemic.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each ...


Book Week 2020 - Curious Creatures, Wild Minds
Book Week 2020 (like many things in 2020) is looking different from previous years. The highly anticipated parade with special guests (parents) may not be possible. But, there are still many activities and learning opportunities for Book Week 2020! Some schools have already celebrated, but many are eagerly awaiting the new dates for Book Week, the 17-23 October. And, if you are one of those that are searching for Book Week 2020 ideas, like always, we have created some super cute resources that go perfect...

Student Mental Health and Wellbeing with Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to provide accessible, lifelong tools to support healthy minds.  Headed by CEO Dr Addie Wooten, the organisation is well versed in supporting the mental health of young Australians. Smiling Mind currently delivers critical mindfulness training to educators across the country through its award-winning School Program, where teachers are empowered to be champions for fostering positive mental health among their students. In its latest initiative p...

Mr D's Unconventional Use of Non Contact Time
We're back! Kicking off term four, Mr D and I thought we'd chat about that golden 30 minutes to hour teachers are bestowed a couple of times per week: their Non-Contact Time.  How do you most effectively use your planning period or NCT?  Mr D was unsurprisingly a bit loose when it came to how he spent his planning time as a teacher.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching...


Beating the Back to School Blues (ReBuzz)
Are you reluctant to head back for term four, or are you raring to go? In this episode we talk through those back-after-the-holidays feels.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your classroom buzz, visit Teach Starter. We also...

Teaching Truths (FTLOT Selects)
We revisit one of most popular episodes with the amazing educator and author Danny Steele. Danny has more than 26 years of experience in the public school system in Alabama in the United States. Spending his time as a teacher, coach, administrator and career mentor to other administrators, Danny has developed a strong sense of what it means to be an effective educator who can really connect with students. His book, Essential Truths For Teachers, co-written with Todd Whitaker, takes teachers through so...

Mr D on Dating as a Teacher (Classic Mr D)
All the single, teachers; all the single teachers.... This episode is for you! Mr D delves into the realities of trying to maintain a personal life whilst being an overworked educator.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your...


Favourite Rude Reads for Kids (ReBuzz)
There are some books that just have that certain appeal to them, that kids love. Some children's authors and illustrators have a particular talent for creating rude and hilarious books that kids love, and adults cringe at.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources...

Sprinkle Magic Wherever You Teach (FTLOT Selects)
We revisit one of our most listened-to episodes when Dr Samantha Fecich joined me to talk about the eight ways she empowers student teachers to become what she calls “educators of excellence”. Sam is a primary/elementary/additional needs teacher, a college professor and the author of Edumagic, a Guide for Preservice Teachers. Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podca...

Mr D Zoom Teaching Fails
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with remote teaching through Zoom (or Meets), after enduring and powering through 2020! In this episode, we chat about some of the ways Zoom can, and will fail us.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classro...


Classroom Plants and Pets
Are you a classroom pets person? Perhaps you're more passionate about plants? In this episode we chat all about living things in the classroom. Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your classroom buzz, visit Teach Starter. We a...

Behaviour Management Tips for Your Classroom and Beyond
Ash Curmi is a classroom and PE teacher from Queensland's Gold Coast. In this episode, Ash takes us through some of the strategies and techniques he's successfully employed to get into a behaviour management flow with his students.  Topics covered: Relationship-building with students Boundary setting Pre-correction and how it works Teaching in a rural setting Behaviour management in different learning environments Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcas...

Parent-Teacher Interview Moments (Classic Mr D)
We've just finished another round of parent-teacher interviews! Let's give ourselves a gold star, kick back with a cuppa, and listen to Mr D share one of his more memorable interviews.  Do you love For the Love of Teaching? Don’t forget to subscribe on your fave podcast app to get all the latest updates and newest episodes! For the Love of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We save teachers hours each week by providing quality, downloadable teaching resources for their classrooms. To make your cl...


Rebuzz Sustainability Chat
This sustainability chat is one of our most loved (and listened to) Buzz episodes ever! Join Jill and Bron as they chat about ways to reduce our impact on the earth, and preserve our precious natural resources.  Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids of guests, and talk 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 is released. For the Love of T...