For the Love of Teaching

For the Love of Teaching Podcast

For the Love of Teaching is a podcast which aims to ignite passion in teaching professionals all over the world. Join us to hear the stories of real educators doing what they love. If you’re a teacher needing encouragement and support or if you just want to keep up with everything education, Teach Starter’s For the Love of Teaching is the podcast for you. Because challenges crop up, and some things aren’t on the lesson plan. But teachers are incredible, teaching is a gift and together we’ve totally got this!

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...

How to be Happy in a Pandemic (Live Recording)
... and why it's totally okay if you're not.  In this recording, Bron will chatted with special guest Sarah from @teacherishappy about how to be happy in a pandemic (and why it’s okay that you’re not). Sarah is known for her positive outlook and bubbly attitude toward everything she does in life. From her Youtube channel to her Instagram stories, Sarah is beaming her positive vibes out into the teaching community. However, Sarah is also realistic about her challenges, and transparent when sharing the ...

Mr D Got Himself Banned from Tik Tok!
Mr D is a bit of a global sensation on Tik Tok, but in the last week he found himself banned from the platform for 'inappropriate' content on his live. But was it really, though? We've both seen a lot worse. How about you?  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Time Chunking for Teachers (ReBuzz)
One of the biggest struggles teachers face is managing their time effectively and striking a healthy balance in their lives. We all know the sense of overwhelm we feel when the to-do list grows and regenerates faster than we can keep up. Time chunking may be a solution to help reduce the stress caused by a large number of tasks requiring attention. 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! ...

RUOK Day for Teachers
This week Sarah Weston, teacher and assistant principal, joins Bron to talk about how we can use RUOK Day (10 September) to show kindness to our colleagues, our students and ourselves. 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 Teaching is a podca...

Nice Nails! Can You be Too Young for a Full Set of Acrylics? (Classic Mr D)
Mr D tells the tale of a young student who turned up to school with a glam mani. 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save teachers hours of time ...


Colour Coding in the Classroom
To colour code or not? In this episode, we chat about the benefits of colour coding and lots of ways you may already be doing it. Do you like colour coding in the classroom? 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach...

Beginning and Establishing Teachers: Expectations and Realities
Mel Taylor is a relatively establishing teacher, having spent 3 years in the profession. She's undertaken a variety of roles, spending time as a casual and classroom teacher, and now Mel is using her Instagram page @taylormade_teaching_au to inspire and support new teachers. Mel joined me to talk about the experiences she had (good and bad) which led her to make inspirational posts and help others in the digital space. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the ...

Blurting in Mr D's Classroom (Classic Mr D)
Calling out is a huge problem for teachers everywhere. Join us for this classic Friday Funny where Mr D shares the awkward moment when his student blurted in class!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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, ...


Blurting in Mr D's Classroom (Classic Mr D)
Calling out is a huge problem for teachers everywhere. Join us for this classic Friday Funny where Mr D shares the awkward moment when his student blurted in class! 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter....

What's The Strangest Thing a Student Has Brought to Your Classroom?
Teachers are great at improvising and thinking on their feet when lessons go unexpectedly. But does that skill transfer to the moment you realise your student has brought something totally strange to school? Keep your cool, teachers; it's an initiation! 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 wheneve...

Foot Conditions Teachers Need to Know About
Teaching is a profession which is known to be physically demanding, right down to the floor. Sara tells us about two common conditions she sees in her teacher patients, and offers some great, professional tips for preventing future foot conditions and alleviating current pain. 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 t...


You'll Never Look at a Cafeteria Hotdog the Same Way (Classic Mr D)
American elementary schools are known for many great things; iconic yellow buses, locker-lined halls and sunlit classrooms. They're also homes of cafeterias which serve some questionable items (think sloppy joes and hotdogs). In this episode, one young student questioned the origin of some of the delicacies on the school lunch menu, and his peers had some rather interesting theories to contribute to the conversation! He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's a self-proclaimed "teachmedian". Joe (Mr D) Domb...

Kids Do the Grossest Things (ReBuzz)
There are some things that formal teacher training courses fail to teach us. For instance, the many disgusting and gross things kids do in the classroom. Teachers, we've said it before: you're amazing. 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...

Kids Do the Grossest Things (ReBuzz)
There are some things that formal teacher training courses fail to teach us. For instance, the many disgusting and gross things kids do in the classroom. Teachers, we've said it before: you're amazing. 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 Teaching is a podca...


The Science of Reading Explained
The Science of Reading is a culmination of major research articles from English-speaking countries that have been consistent in their findings on learning to read and the teaching of reading. In this episode Clare Wood, early years teacher and linguistics specialist from Tiny Steps Make Big Strides shares what you should know about effective literacy instruction through the guidance of the research. Holly’s Blog, What Teachers Should Know About the Science of Reading Research is a great resource f...

The Science of Reading Explained
The Science of Reading is a culmination of major research articles from English-speaking countries that have been consistent in their findings on learning to read and the teaching of reading.In this episode Clare Wood, early years teacher and linguistics specialist from Tiny Steps Make Big Strides shares what you should know about effective literacy instruction through the guidance of the research.Holly’s Blog, What Teachers Should Know About the Science of Reading Research is a great resource for teachers ...

What Did You Just Say? (Classic Mr D)
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. 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 For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It m...


We're Buzzing About Issue Two of The Magazine!
After the success of issue one of What's Buzzing magazine last year, and an influx of requests for more issues, the Teach Starter team has just wrapped up work on the second issue! With six levelled editions, each containing ten pieces of engaging text, you'll love sharing these professionally designed magazines with your students! 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...

Creating Positive Classroom Culture
This week, Perth teacher Hannah Girling joins me for a live recording to talk all about building a positive vibe in your classroom. 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable te...

Creating Positive Classroom Culture
This week, Perth teacher Hannah Girling joins me for a live recording to talk all about building a positive vibe in your classroom. 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable te...


Remember when Flying Places was a Thing? (Classic Mr D)
If you've got the travel bug and are lamenting in lockdown, Mr D's airplane horror story will make you glad to stay home! 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 a self-proclaimed "teachmedian". J...

Emoji Use in The Classroom - The Research and the Reality!
With distance learning a key part of 2020 for many of us, we are looking for ways to connect with our students through technology. New RMIT research has shown that emojis help students to accept feedback! In this episode, Jill and Bron discuss which emojis are SFS (Safe for School), how to provide feedback kids connect with, and their own emoji experiences! Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and encour...

How to Bring Indigenous Voices into Your Classroom
Jordyn from Learning to Ngangaanha is back this week with her awesome tips on how to connect your students with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, perspectives and culture. From reaching out to Indigenous knowledge holders in your community to Jordyn's fantastic list of publications for kids by Indigenous authors and illustrators, this episode is packed with great ways to teach about our nations First Peoples. Voices to Follow (Jordyn's recs): Wingaru Education Rachael Sarra A...


Get to Know Mr D a Little Better!
Back in 2015, The New York Times published a story called The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. The story reviewed research by Arthur Aron (et al) which purports that by asking someone 36 particular questions (as well as answering them as well), you'll fall in love. We decided to test out the first few questions for laughs. 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 ...

ReBuzz: 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...

Healthy Kids in the Classroom with OzHarvest's FEAST Program for Schools
Today's guest is Amelia Berner from Oz Harvest's FEAST. Amelia is OzHarvest’s Food Education and Sustainability Training (FEAST) Program Manager, which combines nutrition, food waste and sustainability in a curriculum ready package for Australian primary schools. Amelia’s passion for nutrition and environmental education stems from a decade of experience as High School TAS teacher and working as a practicing nutritionist. This enabled her to develop the FEAST education program that ensures all children...


Mr D on Summer Jobs for Teachers
In the States, many professional teachers need to supplement their teaching incomes with casual Summer work. From babysitting to retail, they do it all. Listen as we chat about the differences in systems between the US and Australia, and Mr D reflects on three different Summer jobs he had while he was teaching. 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?...

Victorian Teachers, You've Got This!
With some districts of Victoria heading back to the challenges of remote learning after a resurgence of Covid19 cases in the state's capital and surrounds, some of our lovely Instagram teachers popped together this lovely support episode for you. Even if you're not in Victoria, Australia, this is a lovely and heartwarming episode of The Buzz you won't want to miss. We're all in this together. Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they ge...

Maggie Dent on National Tree Day 2020
Regenerating Our Land, Our People, Our Future  Maggie Dent has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience. Maggie is the author of six major books, including the bestselling 2018 release Mothering Our Boys. She is also host of the ABC podcast, Parental As Anything. Maggie is a dedicated advocate of environmental awareness and sustainable practices and she’s consulted on Planet Ark’s Tree Report, which co...


Breaking: Decisions Being Made About US Back to School
Today I'm talking with Mr D on the current updates coming out of US school districts. To teachers' and students' relief, many states have decided to begin the 2020 school year in full remote learning. 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 Te...

Warm Ups to Make Your Mornings
We all know the feeling, the deep breath we take as we prepare to open the classroom door, that last few seconds of silence before the students arrive. While we love our students and the vibrance they bring to our day, sometimes the morning rush feels like chaos! Our brand new maths and general warm ups are here to rescue you and settle your kids! 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 ...

Indigenous Language in Your Classroom
Joining me today is Jordyn, an Aboriginal Australian Wiradjuri woman and teacher. Jordyn runs an awesome Instagram page called Learning to Ngangaanha, where she shares about Aboriginal culture, languages, lesson ideas and resources, as well as personal insights into her life as an educator.   In Australia, the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures is one of three identified national cross-curriculum priorities. Across the Australian Curriculum, the Aboriginal and...


The Story of Amy and the Stars - With Mr D
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 Teaching is a podcast 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 inform...

ReBuzz: Treat Yourself
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 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 of Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make qualit...

30 Year Teaching Career - Live Podcast Recording
Cath Williams and Shandell Gammon are experienced teachers who, after 30 years in the profession, are still passionate, creative and motivated to educate young minds. In this inspiring episode, you'll hear: Changes seen in 30 years of teaching Memories of Cath and Shandell's early careers How Cath and Shandell balanced motherhood and teaching The importance of the mentor/mentee relationship How to foster positive relationships with other school staff Join us in our new For the Lov...


Report Cards are DONE!
We could hear that collective, audible sigh of relief from teachers everywhere when report cards for this last period were DONE! You did it! Well done! 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make...

Teach Starter's Planting One Million Trees!
Teach Starter co-founder and co-host of Monday's The Buzz podcast, Jill Snape, talks about Teach Starter's commitment to plant one million trees by 2033. We talk about the journey towards becoming a B-Corp, Teach Starter's sustainability focus, and ... hugging trees! If you become a member, we'll plant a tree for you! Listen now to find out how many trees have already been planted! Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids o...

Behaviour Management Best Practise
Author and behaviour management specialist Marie Amaro joins me on today's episode to talk about creating an effective behaviour management strategy in your classroom. Topics covered: - Best practise for behaviour management - Setting achievable expectations - Revisiting expectations after a period of student absence - Voice and choice in the classroom - Teacher wellbeing in relation to student behaviour - Pedagogical approach vs punitive approach to behaviour management   See om...


Back to School 2020 - What's to Come in July and August?
Mr D and Bron live on opposites sides of the world, and usually, things seem pretty common in education across the geographical distance. But now, as America surges towards its peak of Covid 19 cases, Australia's Covid growth has slowed enough to ease restrictions which have been in place since April. Australian students are back at school, and about to take their winter break. American students are still awaiting news on an uncertain start to their next school year after their summer break ends in Aug...

All the Ways to Play!
How fun! This episode focuses on the different styles of play children use to learn in early childhood! 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable teaching resources that save ...

Voice Warm Ups For Teachers
Voice coach and Tik Tok superstar Sally Prosser is back again with an easy, 3-step, 1-minute voice warm up for teachers! Do it in your car, your classroom or the staffroom to save your voice in the winter months and beyond! 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 releas...


The Black Lives Matter Movement - Amplifying Voices
In this episode with Mr D, we talk about the Black Lives Matter movement which the world is embracing. Mr D tells us what is happening in the US, talks about the importance of "passing the mic" to people of colour, and chats about the importance of being an ally in the movement. Most importantly, we talk about the role of teachers in self-education, and education of young people. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids of guests, an...

Reporting on Home Learning - Comment Bank to Help You!
Teach Starter's experienced teacher and resource creator Janeen has just published a new resource: a comment bank to help you write reports on your students' progress on home and remote learning. In this episode, Jill and Bron talk about the best Teach Starter resources to support you as you write your semester 1 2020 report cards! 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...

Closing the Gap for Indigenous University Students
Ben Lewis is the director of the Dandjoo Darbalung Indigenous access program at St Catherine's College in WA. The program enables Indigenous people to access college and tertiary education at Perth's five leading universities. Dandjoo Darbalung provides a wrap-around pastoral, cultural and academic program for Indigenous students so they can be successful at university. With community support, Dandjoo Darbalung has delivered amazing results, improving academic outcomes for Indigenous students. ...


Parent Teacher Interviews with Mr D
If you turn up to a PT interview and Mr D is sitting across the table, expect some truth bombs! Mr D is a huge advocate for "calling it like it is", and his students benefit from this. Education is all about team work and school-home teacher-parent collaboration in the best interests of the student, so no sugar coating! 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 ...

Baseline Assessments for Mid-Year Back to School
We're so used to pre-testing and assessing students at the beginning of the school year, but unexpectedly now find ourselves needing to gauge learning and knowledge gained during home learning. Using our Assess tool, you can choose from many different templates designed by teachers to check your students' progress and identify gaps in learning, and to inform your planning into semester 2. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids of ...

Teaching Persuasive Writing in the Early Years
Persuasive writing in the early years is a complicated skill to master. Understanding the generic structure of a persuasive text, using correct spelling and punctuation with varied sentence structure, and understanding and incorporating the persuasive devices is a lot! In this episode, Early Years teacher and blogger Holly shares her top tips and best resources for teaching persuasive writing to young children. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the pod...


School Camps, Day Camps and Excursions (The Tea with Mr D)
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 Teaching is a podcast 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 inform...

Re-Engaging Your Students After Extended Absence from School
As Australian kids head back into classrooms, another wave of change sweeps over our schools. Here are some strategies to help engage the learners in your class upon their return to the classroom. 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 Teachi...

"Schools Have Shone": Covid19 Through the Eyes of a Principal
Brett Shackleton is the principal at Brisbane's Ferny Grove State School. Brett's seen many changes in education in his 32 years in the profession, but none as sudden and impactful upon pedagogy as the Covid19 pandemic. In this episode, Brett shares how his school, and many around the country, adapted and then thrived in the face of the massive change to home learning. Listen as Brett shares his gratitude for his amazing staff, for all Aussie teachers, his experience and how his job changed, and...


Playground Duty (The Tea With Mr D)
In this episode, we take a look at the ups and downs of.... playground duty! Weather, unfamiliar students, bulk kids... it's all happening! 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, downlo...

National Simultaneous Storytime
Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas is the story chosen for this year's NSS! Hear all about our free resources for lower and upper primary classrooms! 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality...

Live Recording: Assistant Principal Chat
A career in education can look vastly different from one professional to the next. And over time, professional goals take different shapes. So what your ideals are as a preservice teacher are can evolve during your career. Employment options in the education sector are incredibly varied, which is just one of the reasons the teaching profession is so enticing to school leavers. Some of us are adamant that we’re destined for a lengthy career in the classroom, delivering curriculum, assessing, but importa...


Iso Binging! What to Watch Next (With Mr D)
Are you running low on binge-worthy tv and streaming shows to watch? Here are Mr D and Bron's top tips? Already seen these ones? Tell us what you're watching by emailing podcast@teachstarter.com Aussie TV: We Can Be Heroes Summer Heights High Lunatics RBT Bluey US TV: Tiger King Love is Blind Too Hot to Handle 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...

Reducing Anxiety in Kids Returning to School After Isolation
With kids returning to school in the next few weeks, there may be a few worries for teachers and parents to work together to address! Here are four ways you can help manage students' worries. 1. Back to School Again poem 2. Circle Discussion 3. Worry Waterfall resource 4. Visual Timetable   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Voice Effectiveness for Teachers
Vocal Coach Sally Prosser is back to talk all about voice effectiveness for teachers! Sal takes us through some confidence-boosting self talk routines, some strategies for getting our voices back down to earth, and some great tips for commanding an audience (class!). 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 fi...


Loungewear - Isolation Fashion for Teachers
This week Mr D takes us through the dos and don'ts of home isolation fashion (quarantine if you're in the States). Basically, comfort is key so anything goes. Just be careful on your Zoom meetings! 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 Teachi...

Back to School (Again!)
Change has been the theme of 2020, and with restrictions lifting, students are beginning to repopulate Australia's schools. Join Jill and Bron as they chat through some of the vibes teachers, parents and students are experiencing. 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 rele...

Teaching Poetry
Poetry is a tricky text type to teach, due to various poem-type structures. In this episode, Teach Starter resource creator Steph, who has developed Teach Starter's comprehensive poetry units, talks us through how she plans and teaches poetry units in the classroom. 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...


Mr D's Home Learning Challenge for TEACHERS
In this episode, Mr D challenges you to take a lesson you were super familiar with teaching (you know those old chestnuts that just work time after time to engage the kids and get the learning happening!), and reinvent it for learning from home. Make a restaurant ordering maths lesson and Uber Eats lesson, for example. Because #lifeskills (plus math, economics, problem solving, health, literacy!) Have a great weekend teachers, and listen out for Mr D's special message for you at the end of the epi...

Showing Kindness in a Crisis - Maintaining Relationships and Connections
Teachers often say they got into this awesome profession for the kids. The students, the relationships and bonds we form, the moments of connection, are all the silver linings of our careers - a reward for the late nights, the busy days, the commitment we invest in education. Here are three simple ways to reconnect with your students, and to help them reconnect with one another and with people in the community during Covid-19 isolation.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Foot Care for Teachers: Take Care of Those Tootsies!
Hey there, twinkle toes! Are your feet telling you they're not happy? Podiatrist Sara from Frankie 4 Footwear joins me today to talk all things foot health! Teaching is a profession which is known to be physically demanding, right down to the floor. Sara tells us about the common mistakes teachers make when it comes to their feet, and offers some great, professional tips for preventing future foot conditions and alleviating current pain. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, ...


Mr D's TikTok Tips for Teachers
Are you all over TikTok? Or are you yet to dip a toe in? Mr D, a seasoned TikTok user, shares helpful hints and tips, as well as the audio from his very first viral video. 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach S...

Positive Reinforcement Ideas for Remote Learning
Positive reinforcement is a big part of classroom management in today's... classrooms. So how do you deliver positive reinforcement to your students in the absence of the actual classroom? Jill and Bron are here with some ideas to help! In an uncertain and somewhat unsettling time for kids, retaining some of the familiar routines from their classroom can help alleviate stress. Teachers are busily (and awesomely!) transferring years of their practise in the classroom to the virtual classrooms we've...

GP Chat - Covid-19 Health and Wellbeing for Teachers Part 2
Dr Sam Manger from The GP Show joins me today with loads of practical advice for teachers working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Sam is a GP on the Sunshine Coast with special interests in lifestyle medicine and mental health. He is also the President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. In this episode: How can movement improve teachers' physical and mental health. The benefits of regular sleep on teachers' health. The one thing you should stop today to help improve you...


Are You in a Funk? Jump Online and Let Inspiration In!
Teachers, how are you holding up? Are you totally smashing remote learning? Go, you! Are you struggling to adjust a little bit? That's totally okay. We're here to let you know that it's okay if you haven't found your stride yet, and there's plenty of creative inspiration coming out of isolation. So hop online, get some ideas to use yourself, or show your students some other amazing teachers' work. Let's remember to life one another up. in us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we ...

Mood Trackers - Good for Students, Great for Teachers and Parents!
Kids can have trouble regulating their emotions at the best of times. So throw a global pandemic into the mix, and we've noticed that our own kids are feeling a bit out of sorts. From talking to teachers and parents, we've heard that lots of children are experiencing emotional upset, which they can't quite describe. Some adults are feeling this way too. We've developed a brand new, gorgeous resource called Mood Trackers, which help children to identify when their mood is changing, record their feelings...

GP Chat - Covid-19 Health and Wellbeing for Teachers Part 1
Dr Sam Manger from The GP Show joins me today with loads of practical advice for teachers working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Sam is a GP on the Sunshine Coast with special interests in lifestyle medicine and mental health. He is also the President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. In this episode: What is Lifestyle Medicine? What are the risk factors for moderate to severe Covid-19 infection? What measures should teachers take to physically protect themselves agai...


Crazy Capers at Home with Mr D
Anyone going a little bonkers in iso? This is a time which is challenging us all, no matter who we are or where we live. It's also a time where amazing creativity is being unleashed and set upon the internet! Join Mr D talking about his favourite finds online. 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 ...

65 Fun Things to Do With Kids at Home
Jill and Bron chat about Teach Starter's amazing new FREE resource, 65 Things to Do With Kids at Home. Every activity is fun, with learning opportunities and experiences embedded. Send a copy home to your students' families today! 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 rele...

65 Fun Things to Do With Kids at Home
Jill and Bron chat about Teach Starter's amazing new FREE resource, 65 Things to Do With Kids at Home. Every activity is fun, with learning opportunities and experiences embedded. Send a copy home to your student's families today!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...


The New Normal: Teaching in Trying Times
"The new normal" is the term many teachers and parents are using to describe this sudden change of circumstances to the children in our lives. This new normal is a way of viewing what can be seen as inconvenient, stressful, tumultuous and harmful to our health, as something we can adjust to. Ally is a Grade 2 teacher who has been open in sharing her journey adjusting to teaching remotely, due to Covid19 restrictions. In this episode she shares what the new normal looks like for herself and her students...

It's Zoom Time with Mr D
Zoom meetings, lessons and catch ups have become a huge thing in the past few weeks. Funny things happen on Zoom. Listen in to Mr D talking about the challenges and laughs in this totally weird time. 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 Teac...

2020's Best Hygiene Hacks for Kids
Brace yourself; winter is coming. And so are the germs! For kids, simple hygiene hacks like effective hand-washing and appropriate coughing/sneezing practises can have a great effect on how they stay well. In this episode, Jill and Bron share all of their favourite tips for teaching kids about germs! 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...


2020's Best Hygiene Hacks for Kids
Brace yourself; winter is coming. And so are the germs! For kids, simple hygiene hacks like effective hand-washing and appropriate coughing/sneezing practises can have a great effect on how they stay well. In this episode, Jill and Bron share all of their favourite tips for teaching kids about germs! 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...

The World Caught a Germ - Teaching our Littlest Learners About Covid-19
In mid-March, as the emerging Covid-19 crisis impacted Australians, preschool teacher Hannah Goldspink observed fewer and fewer students turning up. Although the Federal government was instructing children to still go to school, parents were concerned and deciding to withdraw their young pupils. Hannah felt the uncertainty of those little students still attending. Those, whose parents were deemed “essential workers”, who essentially had nowhere else to go during the days. She wanted them to know that a...

Mr D's Take on Supply Teachers
Supply teachers, you're the unsung heroes of the teaching profession! Just quietly, we think you're amazing. Flexible, caring, able, professional. Mr D and Bron have both spent time supply teaching (or sub teaching, or even sub-ply teaching!), so we know your challenges. But what happens when a supply teacher occasionally drops the ball? Well, Mr D has had this happen (more than once). They say it takes two to tango, and the relationship between a class teacher and a supply teacher can be delicate...


FREE Mindfulness Home Learning Activities for Kids
Kids the world over are going through a lot. At Teach Starter, our mindfulness activities have always been super popular with teachers. We've now developed a home learning pack full of our best mindfulness activities and it's completely free. In this episode, Jill and Bron share all of their favourite tips for teaching kids about the benefits of mindfulness! 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! ...

Stress and Anxiety in Kids - Julia Cook
We find ourselves in very uncertain and unsettling times. For most of us, life continues – albeit an altered reality – but with the underlying sense that everything we know has been changed. Our children aren’t immune to sub-surface bubbling of societal anxiety brought about by the unprecedented pandemic. Stress and anxiety are becoming commonly experienced by our kids. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and they’re navigating it at a very young age. For teachers and parents, we’re looking for wa...

Specialist Teacher Tips - Mr D Spills the Tea
In schools, you know we love our specialist teachers. They know their stuff. They take our kids off our hands so we can actually do some marking. They return them in one piece, happy and relaxed. Mr D has some important messages for specialist teachers and he shares them here. You'll have to listen to hear Mr D's other brilliant tips. Yas, honey! 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! Ha...


BONUS - Teachers, We're Here for You
It's a totally unprecedented and strange time for many of us. We are thinking of you, teachers, and recognise and appreciate the amazing work you do for your students and communities. We'll be bringing you practical support by talking through our weekly Learning From Home Timetables every Monday morning on The Buzz. Keep going, you've got this. Check out our new Online Learning Hub where you can create your own online learning resources for your students to complete remotely. Upload a video, add text, ...

The Pregnant Teacher Episode
In this episode, Jill and I re-live our experiences as pregnant professionals! If you haven't been a pregnant teacher, prepare for some hilarious truth-bombs. If you are (or have been) a pregnant teacher, you'll definitely relate! 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 rele...

Project Based Learning
It’s a process that goes by many names. Project-Based Learning, Personal Interest Projects, Inquiry-Based Projects, Active Exploration Projects… Genius Hour is our name for it at Teach Starter! Today I’m here talking with Sam from Make Sparks Fly on Instagram all about PBL! So what is PBL? Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in personally meaningful projects, connecting the classroom to the real world. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching...


Coronavirus and First Year Teaching - Mr D Spills the Tea
If ever there was a random podcast episode about teaching, this is it. We're not ones to stick to a script, but this episode gets real. Mr D shares some top tips for Coronavirus rationing and for your first year of teaching. Rules for life: 1. Two squares per poo. 2. Be besties with your "secry". You'll have to listen to hear Mr D's other brilliant tips. Yas, honey! Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids of guests...

Harmony Week in the Classroom
Harmony Week is on the 15-21st of March and is held every year in Australia. It’s a day that as a school community you can celebrate diversity! A day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Students can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it. Last year we wrote about Harmony Day and included some really cute Harmo...

Early Years Special Needs Education
Teach Starter's Little Learners Month continues! In this episode you'll hear from Ally Lovejoy, a second year Minnesota teacher who has always found joy in working with children with additional needs. Ally currently teaches children with mental health diagnoses such as Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, giving them a safe and accepting place in her classroom where they can learn and develop at their own pace. We've produced a stack of new L...


Mr D on How He's Living His Best Sustainable Life
On Mr D's recent trip to visit the Teach Starter team in Australia, he picked up a few sustainability tricks to take home to Seattle! 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We make quality, downloadable ...

How to Make a Teacher Survival Kit
How are you doing, teachers? Hanging in there? The beginning of the school year can be especially draining, so it's crucial to show ourselves and our colleagues kindness. Our brand new blog, Teacher Survival Kit, shows you all the ways you can pop together a little kit of goodies to keep behind your desk - in case of emergencies. In this episode, Jill and Bron share all of their favourite teacher things, which would be perfect to include in a teacher survival kit! Join us in our new For the L...

The Daily 5 for Teaching Literacy
Have you heard of The Daily Five? Ally is a passionate teacher who has used this awesome program to engage and delight her beautiful students. She’s a huge fan of the Daily Five and she documents her students’ learnings on her Instagram page, @theyoungeducator, in her highlighted stories, so check them out. Ally says The Daily 5 has been a game-changer for her and her students. We've produced a stack of new Little Learners resources for K-3 classrooms and are excited to share them with you. Join u...


The Daily 5 for Teaching Literacy
Have you heard of The Daily Five? Ally is a passionate teacher who has used this awesome program to engage and delight her beautiful students. She’s a huge fan of the Daily Five and she documents her students’ learnings on her Instagram page, @theyoungeducator, in her highlighted stories, so check them out. Ally says The Daily 5 has been a game-changer for her and her students. We've produced a stack of new Little Learners resources for K-3 classrooms and are excited to share them with you. Join u...

Mr D and the Trainwreck Art Class
Have you ever had a lesson that just got totally derailed? One where you looked on in shock, wishing you could do something to stop the disaster? Well, Mr D has. Several times, actually! Always cool, calm and collected, Mr D knows how to diffuse a situation (and live to tell the hilarious tale!) On this episode, Mr D shares of a time when he allowed his young students to explore their creativity through visual arts. The art class itself went well; it was the group sharing to conclude the lesson which t...

March is Little Learners Month!
At Teach Starter, we've declared March Little Learners' Month. You asked for more early years teaching resources, and we've come through with the goods. For the entire month of March, we're publishing heaps of early years educational resources! In this episode, find out how the whole team at Teach Starter worked collaboratively and loved popping these resources together, and hear about Jill and Bron's favourite brand now resources. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where ...


Show and Tell Shock and Awe
Early Years teachers, this one's for you! We're kicking off Little Learners Month at Teach Starter, which means we're dedicating March to all the amazing teachers inspiring young and eager minds. This week's guest on For the Love of Teaching is foundation teacher Nicole, who you'll find on Instagram as Teaching This Way! Listen in to this cute and hilarious episode where Nicole shows some of the funniest things her students have disclosed during show and tell in her classroom over the years. Nicole als...

These Things About Mr D's Childhood May Shock You
... Or they may not. In this episode, we find out all about Mr D's childhood. What birth order place did he hold in his family? What was his own early education like? At what point did he start wearing blankets as runway-ready outfits, complete with accessories? Did he always have that little bit of something special for a life in show business? All will be revealed! 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 teachi...

Brain Breaks for Your Class!
Research shows that kids need to move and take brain breaks to improve their concentration and brain activity. In this episode I run through some simple yet effective brain break ideas to try with your class! 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 Lov...


Love Teaching? Love Your Voice.
Okay teachers: hands up if you’ve ever lost your voice! After a sports carnival, a performance rehearsal, playground duty or even just a regular day in your classroom? You’re not alone! Research shows that teachers are three to five times more likely to experience voice problems than the general population, with up to 20% of teachers acutely affected each year (Pemberton, 2008). Despite this, many of us haven’t learnt much about our voice, let alone how important voice care is for teachers. It’s import...

Mr D and the Potty-Mouthed Student
Whoa! It's one thing to drop an obscenity in front of your teacher, but it's a whole other game when you then try to lie about it! Teaching definitely keeps you on your toes. 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teac...

Mr D and the Potty-Mouthed Student
Whoa! It's one thing to drop an obscenity in front of your teacher, but it's a whole other game when you then try to lie about it! Teaching definitely keeps you on your toes. 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We mak...


Clean Up Australia Day for Schools
Clean Up Australia Day is an excellent opportunity to teach our students about environmental issues such as litter and pollution. From single-use plastic, to waterway pollution, right through to the dangers that humans' discarded rubbish pose to our flora and fauna, it's a great teachable experience with practical connections. Jill and I talk in this episode about the upcoming schools' Clean Up Australia Day on 28 February, and show you just how easy it is to get your school involved. You'll find plenty of ...

Teaching Gifted and Talented Students
Sarah is an assistant principal and classroom teacher. She shares her journey to becoming an Opportunity Class teacher in this episode. Sarah uses a research-based approach, combined with project-based learning, to help her class of high-achieving students reach their goals. We discussed what it means to be a gifted and talented student, what traits gifted and talented students possess, and Sarah gave some great tips for classroom teachers on differentiating to higher-ability learners in their settings...

Mr D's Stint as a Bingo Caller
Teachers are often called upon to do lots of things that aren't on the job description. In particular, young, eager, bright-eyed and bushy tailed early career teachers! Mr D fell into a trap of accepting too many extra curricular activities, but he soon figured out how to manage them! 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...


Library Lovers' Day
February 14 is traditionally known as Valentine's Day, but more recently has become renowned for the celebration of libraries! On today's episode, we chat about some of the different ways you and your class can celebrate library lovers and our magnificent librarians and library aides! 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 mean...

Cyber Safety for School-Aged Kids
Do you, as an educator, feel adequately equipped to teach your students about cyber safety? Do you feel comfortable in your duty to report any incidences of misconduct against students in the online space? The internet is an incredible resource, a wonderful utopia of seemingly endless knowledge. The keeper of interesting and diverse communities and ever-changing technologies. As teachers it’s both out privilege and responsibility to integrate the cyber world into the lives of our students. But just lik...

Mr D and the Awkward Circle Time
You'd think that chatting with a class of Grade Ones about what's going on in their lives would be a fairly innocuous speaking and listening task, right? That's what Mr D thought when he filled in for a colleague. But he was wrong! No good deed goes unpunished, as they say! 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 ...


How Should I Choose A School For My Child? Gabbie Stroud
If you're a teacher, chances are that you've been asked in your social circle: "How do I choose a school for my child, or perhaps: "How do I choose THE BEST school for my child?". If you're a parent, chances are you've put plenty of thought into selecting a school for your kids. Send them where you went? Send them to the closest school? Send them to a school with values aligned to yours? Send them somewhere with stellar testing results? This week, celebrated teacher-turned-author Gabbie Stroud lau...

Hold the Laminating!
In this episode Jill and I explore alternatives to laminating our school resources. We talk about what we've done in the past (full disclosure, I was a laminating addict), and what we've learned about ways to reduce plastic use in the classroom. We chat about the Instagram teachers leading the way by throwing out the challenge to minimise (if not cease) laminating their classroom resources in 2020. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature...

Teaching Over Time - 30 Years of Experience
Teacher Shandell's created an amazing life; teaching and raising her family on the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia. In this episode, she talks with me about what's kept her in the profession for over 30 years, how going part time saved her sanity when her kids were little, and she reflects on all of the changes she's seen in education in the three decades she's been teaching Aussie primary school kids. Love Teaching? Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the po...


The Circle of Life - In Mr D's Classroom
What do classroom pet snakes actually eat? Where do you buy their food from? How is it prepared by the store? There are some questions you should just never Google. 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter....

January 26 - Teaching Alternative Perspectives
January 26 provides us with the impetus for classroom discussions and activities about Australian history, culture and identity. It’s easy to steam ahead with a celebration of all things “green, gold and sausage rolled”. However, as teachers, it’s important to acknowledge our individual contribution to how our nation’s histories are told and to how our students come to identify what makes Australian culture “Australian”. Join me for lots of ideas for presenting a rounded exploration of Australia Day an...

Bushfire Trauma and How to Help Kids Cope
In this episode, I ask clinical psychologist Pejman Hooviatdoost and The Chalkboard writer and teacher Emma Stuart to weigh in on the big issues teachers will face returning to school following the devastating bushfire crisis being called Black Summer. We discuss how signs of anxiety or stress related to the fires might manifest in students, and address the importance of being honest with children about traumatic news events. Pejman and Emma also share practical tips for both student and teacher wellbe...


Mr D's Most Painful Day of Teaching Kindergarten
Mr D has spent many years trying to work his way to the lower grades - after all, kindergarten is where all the funny joke material is! But on this particular day, Mr D became the subject of his joke in a very painful way. 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 release...

Easy Teacher Diary Hacks
Have you organised your 2020 teacher planner yet? In this episode Jill and I talk about the beautiful range of fully customisable, professionally designed teacher planners available at Teach Starter. This year's newest design, the Inspire Planner, is a beautiful, colourful and happy way to organise your planning and map out your year! If you're one of our Ultimate or Plus members, have you remembered to claim your FREE Teach, Inspire, Plan Sticker Book? These gorgeous teacher stickers are a special gif...

That Upper Years Teacher Life
This week I'm chatting with Rachel from @agoodlittleteach on Instagram, all about why she adores being a grade six teacher, as well as her passion for fashion and sharing all of her teaching and wardrobe highlights on Instagram with the #teachergram tribe! We talked about practical workwear planning, school camps and her perspectives on teaching lower grades versus upper years! Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids of guests, and ...


Mr D's Real Thoughts on His Aussie Trip
Were you lucky enough to see Mr D's comedy show, Indoor Recess, on his Australian tour last December? Perhaps you bumped shoulders with him at the Let's Meet Mr D event at Teach Starter HQ! Whether you spotted Mr D in real life or not, you'll want to hear what he really thinks about this fair land or ours! 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'...

Australian Bushfire Crisis - What to Tell Your New Class
"Black Summer" is Australia's worst bushfire season on record. Lives, homes and livelihoods have sadly been lost. Communities have been left devastated. Schools have not been spared. Worst of all, it's not over - weather forecasters warn that drought condition combine with dry heat and wind, more fires are imminent. Among the unprecedented events of the summer so far, with the tragedy being reported around the clock in a 24-hour news cycle, we've also seen incredible acts of bravery, compassion, empath...

Becoming Mum - Realities of Becoming a Parent
When teaching is such a huge part of your identity, how does starting a family change things? If you're about to join the teacher mum or teacher dad squad, this is the episode you need in your life. Having a child and maintaining a career can be a juggle, but it's definitely doable. Listen to Vanessa, a teacher of ten years, on how having her son Dawson changed her views on teaching, made her reassess her career path, and how she coordinates the juggle in order to have a happy mum life and still love teachi...


For the Love of Teaching Returns on January 12!
Looking for a fresh take on education? Teach Starter’s For the Love of Teaching is the podcast for teachers by teachers. Because challenges crop up, and some things aren’t on the lesson plan. But teachers are incredible, teaching is a gift and together we’ve totally got this. Season two begins January 12. You can subscribe in Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.  Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids ...

Any Questions? Mr D Meets Some Aussie Kids!
Find out what happens when you get five Aussie school kids, Mr D and a microphone in a room! Listen as the kids grill Mr D and ask him all the hardest questions they could think of about America. For behind the scenes fun, visit the 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 th...

Teacher Wellbeing Survey Results are in!
In late 2019, Teach Starter surveyed 670 Australian primary school teachers on the topic of teacher wellbeing. In this episode, we unpack the results of the Teacher Wellbeing Survey with Amy, Teach Starter's product manager, and find out how Aussie teachers are really feeling. Full results will be available in The Education Pulse, our new quarterly report on teaching trends, perspectives and sentiments. Thank you to all of the amazing teachers who participated in the first survey of its kind. If you'd ...


Feeling Fatigued? Help's Here.
We recently ran our Teacher Wellbeing Survey 2019 and the results were overwhelming. Teachers are tired. While we're empathetic, we're certainly not surprised. You guys do an incredible job and by this time of year, it's starting to take its toll. In this episode we share some easy to use tips and tricks for beating fatigue and saving some energy. We've both been where you are now, feeling absolutely shattered and pushing through to the next break. We get it! Have you subscribed to For the Love of...

Casual Relief Teaching
Minami has been a casual relief teacher for five years. She's also a PhD candidate at Macquarie University, studying the perspectives and challenges of relief teachers. In this episode, Minami talks about why people choose to enter relief teaching roles, how many are finding fulfillment professionally as casual teachers, and she tells us about the findings of her research. In particular, Minami speaks about the qualities that school executive staff are looking for when hiring relief teachers, and the obstac...

It's a Wrap with Mr D
Every Friday in 2019, Mr D joined me, telling stories that made us all laugh, cry and cringe! It takes a special gift to put such a positive, happy slant on educating, and Mr D definitely has that. Thanks for joining us this year as we talked about everything from hotdogs to hangovers. We both look forward to seeing you again next year. Season 2 of Friday Funnies begins January 17! Can't wait? For behind the scenes fun, visit the For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the pod...


Inclusive Holiday Activity Ideas
Not everyone celebrates Christmas! Living on this beautiful, multicultural planet, there are bound to be classmates in your room from cultures and backgrounds which don't observe Christmas. If you're after some inclusive ideas which are still fin and celebratory leading into the holidays, you've come to the right place! 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 of Teaching is a podc...

Taking on LANTITE
Student teachers, this episode is all about you! Join me alongside Georgi from @teachingwithg as we chat about forming positive relationships in schools, approaching mentors for help with questions and the best way to take on the LANTITE test! 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 ep...

Mr D and the Impromptu Singalong
Not for little ears. Anyone a fan of old school RNB? Mr D's young student was well versed in the stylings of Lil Jon and whipped out a great rendition of Get Low during a class sharing session. The level of awkwardness will make you feel so much better about your own day! 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 t...


Elf on The Shelf in the Classroom!
Heading into the holiday season, are you looking to change up your celebration and activities with a new class tradition? Listen as I chat all about using The Elf on the Shelf in the classroom. Take some cute #elfies for Insta, host an elf tea party, and read the amazing book that turned one family's Christmas tradition into an international craze! For more elf inspo, check out our blog on Elf on the Shelf ideas for the Classroom! Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It m...

Elf on The Shelf in the Classroom!
Heading into the holiday season, are you looking to change up your celebration and activities with a new class tradition? Listen as I chat all about using The Elf on the Shelf in the classroom. Take some cute #elfies for Insta, host an elf tea party, and read the amazing book that turned one family's Christmas tradition into an international craze! For more elf inspo, check out our blog on Elf on the Shelf ideas for the Classroom! Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It m...

Calling All Social Butterflies!
Are you a teacher who loves to party? Perhaps you enjoy getting together with a group of teaching friends for a coffee? Maybe a low-key glass of wine in a beautiful bar or restaurant? Teach Starter's Mel joins me today to talk all things events. As a professional event coordinator for over eight years, Mel's now using her killer organisational and friendly social skills to support teachers all over the country hosting Let's Meet events. In this episode you'll find out what type of people we're loo...


Mr D Let the Cat out of the Bag
Literally. Listen as Mr D explains the most unusual show and tell offering his teaching friend has ever seen. It was meowing. 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. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, wher...

Your Report Writing Playlist
Writing reports? Why not enjoy some of your favourite tunes to help pass the time? Or, chill with some relaxing, mellow beats. Perhaps you love classical music, or a bit of boppy pop to get you going? We list several different Spotify and Youtube playlists that are perfect for writing reports, and challenge you to make your own custom report writing playlist! 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....

Flexible Seating and Flexible Learning
On this week's episode I'm joined by the energetic Aaron, from Mr J's Learning Space on Instagram. Aaron talks us through the process he undertook as an early adopter of the flexible learning model. You'll hear all of his learnings over three years of flexible seating arrangements and how he'd do things differently if he was establishing a flexible learning classroom for the first time now. This is a great listen as we begin to pack up our rooms for the beginning of 2020. If you've ever thought about d...


Flexible Seating and Flexible Learning
On this week's episode I'm joined by the energetic Aaron, from Mr J's Learning Space on Instagram. Aaron talks us through the process he undertook as an early adopter of the flexible learning model. You'll hear all of his learnings over three years of flexible seating arrangements and how he'd do things differently if he was establishing a flexible learning classroom for the first time now.This is a great listen as we begin to pack up our rooms for the beginning of 2020. If you've ever thought about dipping...

Mr D Buys Something Embarrassing
Mr D is on his way to Australia! He's already packing and dreaming of a cold glass of sauvignon blanc. We can't wait to see his touring show, Indoor Recess. But first, let Mr D tell you about that time he was busted buying booze in front of his students. It could have been worse. Cheers! 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 wh...

Mr D Buys Something Embarrassing
Mr D is on his way to Australia! He's already packing and dreaming of a cold glass of sauvignon blanc. We can't wait to see his touring show, Indoor Recess. But first, let Mr D tell you about that time he was busted buying booze in front of his students. It could have been worse. Cheers!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 ...


5 Apps Your Class Needs Now!
Join me as I ask Digital Technology specialist teacher Taylor to list her top five apps to use in the classroom. It's the app cheat sheet you need in your life! 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 Teaching is a podcast by Teach Starter. We ...

Preparing for School at 3 with KindyLinq
A free pre-kindy learning program for three-year-old kids will be rolled out in selected Queensland state schools in 2020. The KindyLinQ pilot program will be launched and trialled across 40 schools next year, supporting many youngsters in their transition to kindy and then into Prep. Stakeholders have already weighed in on this announcement, from parents to teachers to researchers; and in this episode, Paul and Bron will share their own thoughts. Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teachi...

Preparing for School at 3 with KindyLinq
A free pre-kindy learning program for three-year-old kids will be rolled out in selected Queensland state schools in 2020.The KindyLinQ pilot program will be launched and trialled across 40 schools next year, supporting many youngsters in their transition to kindy and then into Prep.Stakeholders have already weighed in on this announcement, from parents to teachers to researchers; and in this episode, Paul and Bron will share their own thoughts. Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget!...


Dear Parents - Gabbie Stroud's Message on Behalf of Teachers
In this not-to-be missed episode, Gabbie Stroud talks about the purpose behind her new book, how she views schools through a different lens now, and discusses her newfound hope that education is once again on the right track. In December 2018, author Gabbie Stroud appeared as For the Love of Teaching's first ever guest. Earlier that year Gabbie had released her memoir "Teacher", lifting the lid on the teaching profession and the state of education. A lot's changed since I last spoke with Gabbie. S...

Mr D and the False Fart
In this episode of Friday Funnies, we flash back to when Mr D was just a boy. Usually the conscientious student, young Joe found himself on the outer one day when he was set to work on the patio outside his classroom, and unintentionally interrupted his classmate's learning. Mr D is coming to Australia! Check out ticket info and dates on Mr D's website so you don't miss out! He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombrowski is here to bri...

Casual Teaching! Is it for You?
Are you a substitute teacher? Have you ever considered going into this role? There are many reasons why casual teaching suits people. I was a relief teacher for periods of time in between having my four kids, when I wasn't ready to take up a whole class or return full time to the classroom and I LOVED it! If this is something you've considered even for a second, take a listen! Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store! ...


Casual Teaching! Is it for You?
Are you a substitute teacher? Have you ever considered going into this role? There are many reasons why casual teaching suits people. I was a relief teacher for periods of time in between having my four kids, when I wasn't ready to take up a whole class or return full time to the classroom and I LOVED it! If this is something you've considered even for a second, take a listen! Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store! ...

Setting Up Your Classroom For Success
Classroom setup is a big consideration for teachers. Planning, positioning, re configuring, decorating and optimising learning are all steps in creating a great learning space where you and your students feel comfortable. We all have different ideas on classroom set up, and Vanessa AKA Miss Goody Two Shoes shares her ideas and tips for creating a wonderful learning environment for your students to enjoy. From mindfully selecting displays and resources to bargain classroom shopping tips, Vanessa ha...

Setting Up Your Classroom For Success
Classroom setup is a big consideration for teachers. Planning, positioning, re configuring, decorating and optimising learning are all steps in creating a great learning space where you and your students feel comfortable.We all have different ideas on classroom set up, and Vanessa AKA Miss Goody Two Shoes shares her ideas and tips for creating a wonderful learning environment for your students to enjoy. From mindfully selecting displays and resources to bargain classroom shopping tips, Vanessa has some wond...


Mr D and the Day He Knew He'd Made it!
We all know that Mr D is kind of a big deal. With over 200k Insta followers, international tour locations and dual appearances on Ellen, he's hit the big time. But it wasn't always that way - find out what happened the day Mr D realised his star was on the rise! Mr D is coming to Australia! Check out ticket info and dates on Mr D's website so you don't miss out! 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 ...

Math Planning (and How to Nail it)
The year may be winding down but we think you may be thinking ahead to next year's planning. Join Paul on this week's episode of The Buzz to hear how he planned his math classes, structured his lessons, fitted in assessment and got it all done when he was in the classroom. Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store! Download the app for free now in the Apple Store or Google Play. Have you subscribed to For the L...

Building Proud Aboriginal Students
It's been established that Aboriginal students face barriers to learning. From things like overcoming language barriers in the early years (particularly in rural settings where student's first language may not be English), to social and financial disadvantage, to geographical barriers, right through to embedded exclusive practices in schools. Ben Lewis is an inspirational teacher who has found his place and his passion educating indigenous kids. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook...


Mr D and the Open Classroom Night
When your students have been busily creating and learning, you just can't wait to display everything they've done. At Mr D's recent open classroom evening, someone snuck a little surprise poem up on the wall. Who do you think found it first: the parents or the teacher? Mr D is coming to Australia! Check out ticket info and dates on Mr D's website so you don't miss out! 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 ...

Teachers Marry Teachers!
Have you ever noticed how lots of teachers end up in relationships with other teachers? Even friendship groups sometimes end up being very teacher-heavy. In this episode, Bron and Paul chat about what it's like being in a teacher-teacher marriage, and all of the fun that comes with that! Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store! Download the app for free now in the Apple Store or Google Play. Have you subscrib...

The Buzz - Teachers Marry Teachers!
Have you ever noticed how lots of teachers end up in relationships with other teachers? Even friendship groups sometimes end up being very teacher-heavy. In this episode, Bron and Paul chat about what it's like being in a teacher-teacher marriage, and all of the fun that comes with that!Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store!Download the app for free now in the Apple Store or Google Play.Have you subscribed to For the Love...


The Period Talk
Periods, like many things that are part of the human experience, aren't always easy to teach about. But with girls as young as eight years old getting their first period, it's definitely a priority to normalise the conversation. To help teachers and parents navigate the chat, Tasha Lawton created Period Talk: a fully comprehensive, curriculum aligned education program to teach Aussie boys and girls aged 9-13 about periods. Join me as Tasha and I talk about the way her new program is changing the lives ...

Mr D and the Extreme Show-Off
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! Mr D is coming to Australia! Check out ticket info and dates on Mr D's website so you don't miss out! He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites"....

Teaching Visual Arts
We've been inundated with requests for visual arts resources for teachers to use in the classroom! You asked, we delivered! Hear about the newest offerings from Janeen and the resource team here at Teach Starter! Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store! Download the app for free now in the Apple Store or Google Play. Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means you'll be the fi...


Teaching Truths
Educator and author Danny Steele has 26 years of experience in the public school system in Alabama. 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 some of the fundamental and necessary principles at the core of teaching, which they say have the ...

Teaching Truths
Educator and author Danny Steele has 26 years of experience in the public school system in Alabama. 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 some of the fundamental and necessary principles at the core of teaching, which they say have the ...

Mr D and the Art Show Awkwardness
Teachers, it's that time of year! Showcase Evening, Christmas Concert, Art Show! It's all happening. Word of warning from our friend Mr D, though: check your student work that's being displayed before the event! Mr D is coming to Australia! Check out ticket info and dates on Mr D's website so you don't miss out! 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 stori...


New Number Talks Resources
Our new Number Talks teaching resource collection is going bonkers! I'm chatting with Teach Starter's resource manager Paul about all of the wonderful ways you can use Number Talks to teach the various mathematical strands in your classroom! Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store! Download the app for free now in the Apple Store or Google Play. Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! I...

Mental Health Chat
Interview with Mitch Wallis, founder of Heart On My Sleeve and mental wellness advocate, for World Mental Health Day, October 10. In this unmissable episode, Mitch shares about his journey with mental ill health, from anxiety and OCD to depression and dissociative disorder. He tells us about the chance online find which saved him at a time when he thought he was out of options. Mitch also shares how he’s helping Aussies of all ages overcome mental ill health by forming healthy relationships, havin...

Mr D is Coming Down Under - Indoor Recess Australian Tour
The cat's out of the bag! Mr D is bringing his successful and highly acclaimed comedy show to YOU! Check out ticket info and dates on Mr D's website so you don't miss out! 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. Join us in ou...


Mr D is Coming Down Under - Indoor Recess Australian Tour
The cat's out of the bag! Mr D is bringing is successful and highly acclaimed comedy show to YOU!Check out ticket info and dates on Mr D's website so you don't miss out!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.Join us in our new For the Love ...

Hilarious Teacher Names
Teacher names: what's yours? Do you go first name, last name, initial, Sir or Miss? Paul has a great teacher name that always gets people talking, but you'll have to listen to hear it for yourself! Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store! Download the app for free now in the Apple Store or Google Play. Have you subscribed to For the Love of Teaching? Don't forget! It means you'll be the first to know whe...

The Buzz: Let's Talk Hilarious Teacher Names (Paul's is Great!)
Teacher names: what's yours? Do you go first name, last name, initial, Sir or Miss?Paul has a great teacher name that always gets people talking, but you'll have to listen to hear it for yourself!Have you tried the new Teach Starter App? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave us a review in the Apple App Store!Download the app for free now in the Apple Store or Google Play.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 T...


Kindness is a Gift
This week I'm joined by Tam from Miss Learning Bee on Instagram. Tam's a kindergarten teacher who feels that fostering empathy and kindness in children builds strong, resilient and healthy people. Tam explicity teaches kids to be kind. She shares some of her favourite resources in this episode. In an effort to address the issue of anxiety and stress in young people, Tam teaches her students all about the brain science behind their emotional and physical responses to challenging situations. Take a ...

Mr D and the Doomed Zoo Visit
What better way to activate prior knowledge and research animals for an information report than a visit to the local zoo? Well, Mr D and his students got more than they bargained for with their annual zoo excursion this year!   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

New Teacher Style Challenges
Following the fun of the Work it Wednesday style challenge, we thought we'd give you guys some ideas for your next staff dress up days! Will you go corporate and rock tie-day Friday? Or will you unleash your inner dinosaur for T-Rex Tuesday? Perhaps a Hawaiian shirt dress up day is more your style? Need a little motivation on a Monday? We're also primary school teachers; we get it! Join us on The Buzz for inspiration and encouragement to get you buzzing through the school week! Have you tried the ...


Teachers: The Ultimate Influencers
Teach Starter resource producer and Chalkboard blogger Ali Smith joins me this week. We talk about how teachers can influence our students and help them to develop a positive self image. In the uncharted territory of today's social media-driven world, the messages being sent to our kids aren't always positive. As teachers we are trusted, real adults present in our students' lives, and we possess powerful influence to change the way they see themselves and to build their resilience to survive and thrive in t...

Gambling at Mr D's School
What happened when Mr D discovered an underground betting network (of students) operating right under his nose at 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. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where w...

Space Week Activities for Your Class
World Space Week is October 4-10! Have you got anything planned yet? If not, we've got you! Teach Starter has a bunch of resources and activities for students aged 5-12 in our Space and Solar System Learning Area Collection. 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! Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and ...


Tech Tips for Classroom Teachers
Taylor Donnely is a young teacher with a very bright future. With the support of encouraging school administrators, Taylor has carved out a unique space for herself in her school environment as the specialist digital technologies teacher, visiting every class in her huge (thousand student) school for thirty minutes a week. But not every school has a digital technologies specialist teacher. With budgeting a constant consideration, and many departments to resource and staff, often it falls upon classroom...

Mr D and the Horror Incursion
Incursions... we teachers just love them! No travel, basic risk assessments, repeat visitors = bliss right? You'd think so. But what happens when you get an inexperienced instructor and you have a student who gives her a run for her money? Spoiler alert: you end up running the incursion! Listen as Mr D tells the tale. 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 stor...

Hello, Austin!
Jill has taken off! She's currently over in Austin, Texas, with her Teach Starter Co-Founder/husband Scott and their two young sons. What an adventure Jill and Scott are meeting lots of American teachers, supporting them with their back to school needs, attending education shows and enjoying a northern hemisphere Summer and Autumn. Jill's also been on the lookout for some Austin celebs. Listen to hear all about their travels. oin us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat abou...


How to be Happy Online
In the world of Insta-teachers many of us have found ourselves comparing. Comparing classrooms, desks, planning, resources, displays, even one another's Instagram feeds! Sarah Sainty, AKA TeacherIsHappy, feels comfortable in the online space she's created fer herself, and says you can, too. When she's not in her classroom, Sarah loves inspiring others in her Instagram feed, and keeps it totally real in her Insta stories. Music Credit: Something I Want, Bryce Sainty (Used with permission). Join us ...

Mr D and the Dodgeball Game
Captain Ball. Under and Over. Tunnel Ball. They're the things our childhood memories are made of... Remember Friday afternoon ball games? THE best part of the week. But what about Dodgeball? Even with strict rules in place, there's always that kid who tests the boundaries. But Mr D's students weren't about to let him ruin their game, and their team work skills brought a tear of pride to Mr D's eye. He's a teacher. He's a comedian. He's officially one of Ellen Degeneres's "favourites". Joe (Mr D) Dombro...

The Key to Managing Your Workload
One of the biggest struggles teachers face is managing their time effectively and striking a healthy balance in their lives. We all know the sense of overwhelm we feel when the to-do list grows and regenerates faster than we can keep up. Time chunking may be a solution to help reduce the stress caused by a large number of tasks requiring attention. 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! ...


Teacher Librarian Megan Daley
Early Childhood teacher, Megan then studied to become a teacher librarian and later attained her Masters of innovative teaching and learning. She’s currently the teacher librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane, Queensland. Megan has just published her first book, Raising Readers, How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books (She says sleep is overrated). I sat with Megan to discuss the invaluable job professional teacher-librarians do in our schools, and why they're a resource we need ...

Megan Daley on Why Students Need School Libraries Staffed by Teacher-Librarians
Early Childhood teacher, Megan then studied to become a teacher librarian and later attained her Masters of innovative teaching and learning. She’s currently the teacher librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane, Queensland.Meganhas just published her first book, Raising Readers, How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books (She says sleep is overrated).I sat with Megan to discuss the invaluable job professional teacher-librarians do in our schools, and why they're a resource we need to fight to k...

Mr D and the Little White Lie
We know by now that Mr D's classroom management style is a little bit quirky. Find out what happened when Mr D's white lie backfired, the child called his bluff, and most importantly, who won the battle of the brains. 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, ...


Social Media Chit Chat
In the ever-evolving landscape of social media, how do we protect ourselves and engage authentically as individuals and educators? What are some of the cautions teachers need to take when engaging in social media conversations? How can we support our students to grow safely in the digital space? 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! Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron ar...

Teacher Safety Online
Dr Samantha Fecich, author of Edumagic, a Guide for Preservice Teachers joins me once more to talk about all things digital. In this episode Sam speaks about creating a digital portfolio, how Google is the newresume, and the dos and don'ts of online professional conduct for teachers. Sam challenges beginning teachers to see their online profiles as professional references, not personal accounts of all aspects of their lives. Follow Sam on Twitter. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching F...

Mr D and The Creepy Crawlies
Imagine if your whole class science project kit turned up ALIVE?!? 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. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids of guests, a...


Mr D and The Creepy Crawlies
Imagine if your whole class science project kit turned up ALIVE?!?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.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 teac...

Supermarket Plastic Promotions
The campaign #FutureLandfill takes Ooshies Lion King characters and recreates scenes from the iconic film. At first glance, the plastic toys appear to be situated in gorgeous, natural landscapes; but upon closer inspection, you'll notice they're actually depicted in their real natural habitat, landfill sites. The Future Landfill website provides thought-provoking, conversation-igniting material for teachers to use as teaching tools. Listen to co-creator Alex Wadelton talk about the inspiration behind t...

Book Week Activities
Bron's been clearing out her own kids' book collection and in the process, noticed some distinct themed collections. Christmas books, Pamela Allen books, rude books! Which are the kids' favourites? What do teachers think of 'rude books'. Are they a tool for reluctant readers, a gateway to literacy for early readers, or a blight on our classrooms? Find out what Bron and Jill think in this week's episode! Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast...


Raising Readers Author Megan Daley
Megan Daley is an incredible teacher. Originally qualified as an Early Childhood teacher, Megan then studied to become a teacher librarian and later attained her Masters of innovative teaching and learning. She’s currently the teacher librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane, Queensland. Megan was recently awarded the Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year by the School Library Association of Queensland and is a former national vice-president of the Children's Book Council of Austral...

Mr D and The Wandering Children
There may be nothing more alarming as a teacher than realizing that some of your students have been gone from your room for longer that expected. In Mr D's case, there was definitely cause for concern! 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...

Celebrating Student Success
How do you celebrate your students' successes? Celebrating success is an important thing to do in life, whether you're a student or not. How do you congratulate your students on their awesome achievements? Join us for some ideas on how you can lift up your kids. 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! Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they ...


Sprinkle a Little Magic Wherever You Teach
Dr Samantha Fecich is a primary/elementary/additional needs teacher, a college professor and the author of Edumagic, a Guide for Preservice Teachers. On today's episode, Sam joined me to talk about the eight ways she empowers student teachers to become what she calls "educators of excellence". Follow Sam on Twitter. 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 L...

Mr D and The Game Called "Suffering"
Sounds like a fun one, right? As teachers, we all know how critical play is in early childhood development and learning. In this episode, Mr D shares about a time when his little students got extra creative with their imaginative play, and the drama that ensued. 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 dishin...

Brace Yourself; Book Week is Coming
...And by "Brace yourself", we mean "Get excited!". Book Week is almost here! Have you got your costume ready? If so, we want to see it so tag us in your social posts. If not, listen in, because we have ideas galore for you! Share your amazing costumes from Book Weeks past with us at podcast@teachstarter.com to share! 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! Need a little motivation on a Monday...


Teaching Abroad
"I almost lost my love of teaching; I lost hope with the system." Jen Foster is an incredibly upbeat, bright, happy person. But as she recalled this moment, her voice showed immense frustration and disappointment at the state of education in the UK. This was a turning point in Jen's life. She and her husband, both teachers who were working in admin, knew they had to make a change. They moved to Malaysia, took classroom teaching jobs, and Jen's rekindled her immense love and passion for her profess...

Mr D and the Playground Geese
You know those moments when your heart melts because you're so proud of your students? When they just do the cutest, most empathetic, gorgeous stuff? On today's episode, Mr D shares about a time his little kids gave him all the warm fuzzies. 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, ki...

Late Newcomers
Join us as we chat about some practical ways you can help new students settle into your class once the school year is already in full swing! Have you got any great tips? Email us at podcast@teachstarter.com to share! 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! Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and Bron are experienced primary school teachers; they get it! Join them for inspiration and enc...


Staying Connected with Digital Technologies
In part two of my interview with Cath Williams, she chats with me about digital technologies in the classroom and how the web has connected herself and her students with peers around the globe.   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 Teaching is...

Nobody's Perfect (Not Even Mr D)
Every amazing teacher has had a moment or two when they wish they could hit the rewind button. Have you ever had a classroom fail? 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. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group,...

Sometimes Things Get Gross!
Today on the Buzz, Jill and I take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about all of the disturbing, disgusting, gross things we've seen happen (and things that have happened to us!) in the classroom. If you can cough it, flick it or wipe it, we've probably worn it. Have you got any great tips? Email us at podcast@teachstarter.com to share! 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! Need a lit...


Lessons Learned in 30 Years Teaching
Cath Williams is a warm and friendly teacher, who has collected a wealth of knowledge over three decades in the classroom. In this episode, Cath shares how she balanced raising a young family with her professional responsibilities, talks about her return to work after maternity leave, and chats about the many changes she's seen in the teaching profession in her time. Cath's kindness and open personality shine through in this interview. Make sure you follow Cath on Twitter and Instagram! Join us in our ...

Mr D and the Sidetracked Sex Ed Lesson
How on earth can a lesson on human reproductive biology turn into a discussion about bovine lactation? In Mr D's class, tangents are turned into teachable moments! 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. Join us in our new For the...

Beating the Back to Work Blues
The school break is over! While we're hoping you're refreshed and rejuventated, we also understand that it can take a little bit of extra motivation to get back into the rhythm of school life! Today we're sharing lots of positive and practical ideas for beating those back to work blues! Have you got any great tips? Email us at podcast@teachstarter.com to share! 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 teachin...


Mindset Matters
Mikey Berezny is an elementary teacher in New Jersey, but his passions outside the classroom are what makes this educator truly special. Mikey's an establishing entrepreneur, hip hop up-and-comer, and positive podcaster. Mikey's dedicated his time to learning about, as well as teaching about, growth mindset. He educates students and teachers through his own personal journey. Join us in our new For the Love of Teaching Facebook group, where we chat about the podcast, feature live vids of guests, an...

Mr D Wasn't Cut Out for This!
What is it with kids? They're ALWAYS hurting themselves. Some classroom injuries are just too much for Mr D. Hear about a time Mr D just couldn't even cope and what happened next! 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. Join us in...

Being a Teacher-Parent
There comes a point in many teachers' lives when they become parents themselves. For some teachers, they enter the teaching profession after they've had their own kids. What's it like being a teacher and a parent, and all at the same school? Did you become the type of teacher-parent you thought you'd be? 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! Ha...


Classroom Sustainability
It's Plastic Free July! Join me as I chat with Teach Starter blogger Emma about all things green. Emma takes us through some alarming stats, interesting info and helpful ways teachers can reduce plastic waste in the classroom. Download your FREE copy of Classroom Practices to Promote a Green Future! 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 m...

Mr D, Where do Hot Dogs Come From?
"Where do hot dogs come from?" This question had the school rumour mill working overtime recently and one of Mr D's students thought he had the most accurate info! 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! Hav...

Plastic-Free July!
How can we, as teachers, minimise our impact on the Earth? It's Plastic-Free July, so this week on The Buzz, we talk about all things green. Jill is passionate about creating a green future and loves supporting and informing others at Teach Starter when it comes to sustainability best practice. Listen in for some amazing, easy tips for creating a greener Earth, one school at a time. Our FREE resource, Classroom Practices to Promote a Green Future, is an 18-page guide for teachers on how to drive a...


Guided Reading Made Easy
Before Holly Mitchell became Teach Starter's content marketer in 2015, she was an energetic and enthusiastic Year Two teacher! Holly LOVED teaching reading and went on to develop Teach Starter's famous Guided Reading Folder Resource Pack. Listen to Holly tell you how to set up guided reading easily and effectively in your 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 p...

Mr D Learned the Difference Between 'Fermented' and 'Rotten' the Hard Way.
Mr D thought he had a stomach of steel, but he was definitely challenged when a student brought him in a delicious home made meal with a twist. 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 ...

Your Most Memorable Cohort
Whilst teachers definitely don't play favourites, we all have those cohorts that are just so memorable. Which was your most memorable group of students? Why did they stick in your mind? Do you ever wonder what they're up to now? No? Just me? Okay... On today's episode Jill and I look at our past classes and the groups we'll never forget. We remember some of the best days of our teaching careers with those gorgeous students and ask you to do the same! Need a little motivation on a Monday? Jill and ...


Teaching with Pride: Being a Gay Teacher
What's it like to be a gay teacher in 2019? I sat down with Shaun and we chatted about how being gay influences his teaching (er... spoiler alert: it doesn't!), how his students view him as a role model, and the experiences some of Shaun's gay friends have had in different teaching environments. 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 quali...

Mr D - Legend of the Basketball Court
Every had a time you've totally fluked a success? Students idolise their teachers and in this episode Mr D shares about the day he totally fluked a move on the court, winning the approval and admiration of his students forevermore. 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 lif...

Fast Finisher Tasks and Ideas
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. 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 S...


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. ...

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 subs...

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...


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 T...

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 h...

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 i...


Inspiring Female Students to Love Sport
Last week I talked to Kirby Short 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. ...

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...

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 Teac...


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 ...

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 en...


How to Engage Boys in the Performing Arts
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 y...

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! ...


Rob Hunter Taught and Inspired for 40 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...

Teachers Actually Date and Socialise?! Mr D on Life out of School!
Teachers have lives?! 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 reactions? Mr D shares some of his experiences from the social scene! 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 i...

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 leav...


Rob Hunter and His Whole Class was Kidnapped at Gunpoint
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 dre...

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' st...

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 ...


Practical Tips for Classroom Teachers from a Special Ed Teacher
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 e...

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! ...

RAOKs for your 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 ou...


Special Education
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 ...

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? ...

Non-Daggy Teacher Affirmations
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....


What Happens When Uni Ends?
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...

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 m...

Teachers, 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...


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 form...

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. Do...

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 b...


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 Edwar...

Being 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.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Gabbie Stroud: How 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.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....