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Teacher Chatter is an Australian podcast about teaching and all things education. It's hosted by Laura Linzitto, an Italian born High School teacher, and Rita Wrightson, an Australian born Primary School teacher.Teacher Chatter is interested in getting to know people who make a difference in schools from across the globe, to talk about the highs, the lows, the innovations and the less known side to being an educator in the 21st Century. This podcast is for all teachers - future and present. If you're involved in the classroom in any way, Teacher Chatter has something for you. Visit our website at:
52 Episodes
Michael Griffin provides professional development for teachers that clarifies the key teaching and learning principles resulting in greater student achievement and engagement. Michael synthesises mindset, intrinsic motivation & metacognition into a model that challenges teacher expectations and capped-potential self-conception. He also provides enrichment lectures and seminars for students of all ages, and parents, distilling the factors that lead to exceptional achievement. Michael also specialises in music education, and is the author of seven books including 'Learning Strategies for Musical Success'. Based in Australia, Griffin regularly tours throughout Australia and the UK, and has to date worked for about 500 clients in about 30 countries. His website is For listers of Teacher Chatter who are looking to engage in one of Michael's Professional Development Courses, Michael is offering a 20% discount - all you have to do is send him an email at and let him know we sent you :) Support the show (
Melinda Gindy has a background in music teaching across primary and secondary settings and is the Leader of Diverse Learning at Regents Park Christian School, a K-12 school in Sydney, Australia. Melinda is the President of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) and represents the AAEGT at the Australian Alliance for Associations in Education (AAAE). Melinda is the Founding President of Gifted NSW (Formally GFSG Inc.), the NSW association represented on the AAEGT. She is the former AAEGT Vice-President (2015 - 2019) and was founding National Facilitator of Gifted Awareness Week Australia from 2015 to 2019. Melinda is also an Australian Delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Melinda served on the organising committees for the 2016 AAEGT National Gifted Conference, the 2017 and 2019 NSW Gifted Awareness Forum for Educators (GAFE), and the 22nd Biennial World Gifted Conference. In 2016, Melinda published 2E Music Studio, an evidence-based resource for music teachers focussed on meeting the needs of twice-exceptional children during private music lessons. Melinda works in a volunteer capacity across multiple education sectors, including writing and consulting for the recently delivered NSW Department of Education High Performance and Gifted Education Policy and associated resources. Melinda has been an invited and sessional presenter at a number of local, state, national and international conferences, including 2017 and 2019 World Gifted and the 2E Research Symposium in Los Angeles, USA.Support the show (
Siobhan is a Neurodivergent Educator, Speaker, Writer and Advocate. Her husband, three children and herself are all Neurodivergent with a mix of Autism, ADHD, giftedness, Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. An experienced teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry for over 20 years in Special Education (specializing in Autism, ADHD, Giftedness and Dyslexia), Science and Maths in both Australia and Singapore. Siobhan started her career completing a BSc (hons) and then simultaneously completing a PhD in Physical/Theoretical Chemistry and a Masters of Teaching. She is currently completing a Masters of Education in Cognitive Diversity (2e- Gifted and Special Needs). Siobhan, together with another Neurodivergent teacher, have begun an Educational Consultancy business in Sydney which conducts PD at schools, supports parents at school meetings, coaches parents to become more successful advocates for their children, and work with Neurodivergent children to help build their self-awareness and self-advocacy skills through a strength-based talent development model. Siobhan holds a unique position as a Neurodivergent advocate and mediator for children at school. She has sat in everyone’s chair: the teacher, the parent and the child themselves. She hopes that we can forge a world where our Neurodivergent children are seen through a strength-based lens rather than a deficit-based lens. Where they feel understood, heard and embraced for their strengths which will enable them to be defined by them and to soar!Support the show (
Relationships, well-being, hidden curriculum. How has 2020's academic upheaval affected these educational fundamentals? With the 2020 academic year being turned on its head with COVID restrictions and precautions, we spoke with Allan Dougan about the effects this has had on the well-being of teachers and students, as well as the impact it's had on the teaching of the hidden curriculum. Support the show (
Robert has more than 35 years of teaching and training experience in robotics education. He also runs presentations and workshops on QDRIIC. Robert believes that imagination in robotic can provide opportunities for students to enhance life and work skills. He also shared with us his advice and teaching method on how to motivate students in learning.Support the show (
Ian has extensive teaching experience in primary grades in UK and Melbourne. In this episode, he has shared his knowledge and experience of casual teaching with us. How to engage with your students when you don't necessarily know them?Support the show (
Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. Widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ she was the first Victoria Police Officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people. In this episode, Susan has shared her advice and opinions about how to maintain your professionalism on social media.Source: the show (
Rachel is an education consultant at DoodleMaths and DoodleEnglish. She is enthusiastic  about using digital technology in classroom teaching. Technology can be great, however, the challenge is how to keep up with your students in this social media generation.Support the show (
Fabio D'Agostin has more than 36 years of teaching experience in Math, Physics and Science. He has recently completed the final thesis in his PhD study on how student emotional responses are associated with the property of classroom mathematic activities. While for many people, Mathematics is associated with anxiety and nervousness, there are many more emotions you can expect from your students.  Support the show (
Scott Harding is a highly qualified and experienced English and French teacher in Australia and the UK. He also shared his experiences on managing challenging behaviours in the classroom. Support the show (
Stephanie Mullins is a talented and experienced literacy intervention teacher. 'No time for your teaching plans?'.  Stephanie has generously shared with us her first-hand time-saving tips on how to overcome time constraints and distractions. Support the show (
Minami Uchida is a primary school teacher, educational researcher, and a 3 Minute Thesis: Macquarie University grand finalist and People’s Choice award. Don't miss Minami's podcast, coming out this week! #primaryschool #educationalresearcher #casualteachingSupport the show (
Winner of Teachers Mutual Bank Top 5 Innovative Teachers Competition!Emily is a PDHPE Teacher at Chatswood High School in Sydney.Emily approaches PDHPE with passion and innovation, she implements evidence based teacher professional learning, establishes quality professional networks and leads teacher reflections to improve student and staff outcomes. Her curriculum interests lie in creating signature pedagogies, where students have agency to lead their own learning and develop into lifelong learners, equipped to flourish in an ever changing world. Emily is a leader of flexible learning space design and creating physical learning environments that encourage movement in the classroom. She has written curriculum support material for the NSW Department of Education and has consulted on curriculum creation and reviews. Emily is currently studying a PhD at the University of Newcastle, investigating the unique impact of variety on adolescence autonomous motivation in physical education. Emily works closely with the NSW Department of Education on improving the physical health of students across the state and in designing and providing training for primary and secondary principals to lead their student and staff health outcomes. She also works closely with the university sector to support the implementation of quality pre-service teacher education. Emily presents at numerous leading conferences each year and has been featured at BETT in London in partnership with Canva for Education and in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, The Education, Education Matters and on Channel 7 and SBS for her innovative approach to teaching PDHPE. Support the show (
Nick is committed to improving education and wants people to be empowered to access education in the ways that they choose, and have doors open to create new pathways into learning that is enhanced by technology.Support the show (
Claire Seldon is a digital resource creator and learning designer at the NSW Department of Education. She strongly believes #gamification is a powerful engaging factor in teaching any subject.Listen to this episode to find out her thoughts, tips & ideas on how to bring an 'A-GAME' to your students.Support the show (
Robin is a graduate of Theology and Religious Studies and an avid student of mythology, neuroscience, modern physics and psychology. He has carried out extensive field research on the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.His main mission is to find and give expression to the realities that lie beyond the surface level of easy truths.He is the author of the transcendental novel, The World, about psychiatry and spiritual initiation; the self-development book, Conscious Living, about increasing self-discipline and consciousness; and the Danish novel, I hver vores skyttegrav, about Danish-Romanian culture shock.Support the show (
Isabel Arana Gimenez is the Headteacher and School Projects Coordinator of a high school in Zaragoza, Spain. She is a firm believer of teaching students different cultures and opening schools to the larger community, through projects like Tu Barrio Me Educa. the show (
Melissa Carson is a Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Coordinator of the Family Bookform Literacy Project. She is a strong believer in empowering students for success, and giving everybody equal opportunities. This is what good teaching is all about.Support the show (
Jesualdo Martinez Molina is a Computing and Spanish language teacher living in the UK. He is the creator of language websites, and an enthusiast user of technology in the classroom. His websites are packed with useful ideas and tips for teachers and learners. Visit them here: the show (
Charlie Brenneman @charliespaniard is a former American mixed martial artist, Spanish language teacher, and book author. He believes in resilience and hard work, but most of all in continuous learning. Charlie's books:* DRIVEN: My Unlikely Journey From Classroom to Cage * Becoming The World's Toughest Lifelong Learner: A Book For Anyone Who Wants To Pursue AnythingSupport the show (
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