Mr M's Musings: The PodcastOct 17, 2022
Missing PRUs, Magic Max and Maths Games... it's episode 2!
I'm back, baby!
Hello everyone, after what seems like an age, I am back with series 2 of Mr M's Musings. Probably on a more realistic monthly schedule but definitely back and raring to go.
There is a slight tweak in format for series 2 and the same old sound quality issues. With that in mind, if you like what you hear or you've found anything useful either here on on the blog site, and you would like to help resolve that sound quality issue, you can now buy me a coffee!
Show notes are available over at mrmsmusings.com.
None of this is real...
This week, I have let the robots take over. Everything from the script to the recording was completed by AI. All I did was edit it together. Enjoy!
Episode 24: What's Wrong with Walliams?
Throughout the Summer, I am going to dip into some of my previous blog posts that I think need some love, or some extra attention, or that I simply want to make audible.
This week is my two-part David Walliams review. For the original blog posts, head over to www.mrmsmusings.com and search for Walliams
Episode 23: Art is Useless (...hear me out)
Episode 22: KS2 SATs OR Why Sharon Haunts Me!
For show notes, head over to www.mrmsmusings.com and click on the relevant blog post!
Episode 21: DfE Update: July
Short and sweet this week! Read along with me by checking out the blog post over at www.mrmsmusings.com, where you will also find the link I mention in the ep!
Episode 20: Four Ways to Speed up Writing Reports!
Episode 19: Dealing with the Behaviour Problem
Episode 18: The REAL Reason Children Misbehave
Episode 17: A Look Through the News LIVE(-ish)!
This brain-foggy week, I look at and comment on articles from a couple of newspapers.
It’s a bit of a different approach this week; I’d love to know what you think of it!
Episode 16: Handwriting!
Episode 15: Burning Books? Seriously?
Episode 14: VAK with Special Guest Lauren Headley!
Episode 13: Education Update - May 2022
Episode 12: Seven Skills for Successful Children
Did you know there were just seven skills you need to teach children in order for them to be successful? This podcast, along with the accompanying blog post (mrmsmusings.com) reveals all seven and tells you how you are already teaching them!
Episode 11: SEND-ing a Message
This week is all about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. For show notes, head over to www.mrmsmusings.com and click on Show Notes!
Episode 9: Overprotected
It's the Easter break here in England so I am trying something a little different. Instead of a dive into the world of education, or a commentary on the latest classroom innovations, I am sharing one of my Reading Comprehension papers... FOR FREE!!
Head over to www.mrmsmusings.com for show notes, which this week include the full examination-grade test WITH test questions!
Episode 10: The Lion... King?
It's the second week of the Easter break here in England so please enjoy the second of my free-to-my-listeners exam-grade comprehension papers!
For a printable text copy WITH questions, head over to www.mrmsmusings.com and click on PODCAST SHOW NOTES!
Episode 8: Write On, Kids!
Episode 7: A look through the news!
This week I have a look through some TES news articles. There are concerns over the achievement gaps for 7-year-olds; concerns over the experience levels of Secondary teachers in England; and concerns about the SATs going ahead this year.
All in all, a positive news week!
For show notes, head over to bit.ly/MrMsShowNotes (I am working on a website to better host these notes AND tie the blog posts together with them).
Episode 6: Logically Index-Sorted Tasks!
Welcome to episode 6, which is all about the joys of lists!
In this episode, I talk about four ways that using lists can transform your teaching life. For a full (ish) script and all the show notes, head over to bit.ly/36ajGgg
This might not be pretty but, until I have the time to create website to accompany this podcast, it's the easiest way to share links with you that actually work!
Episode 5: DfE Update: March 2022
A veritable smorgasbord of information for you this month. COVID-19 updates (00:30) Interactive Buying Guides for Schools (01:55) Webinars to help schools improve and maintain attendance (03:00) Help and advice for talking to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (04:05) Get the Jump – new skills content hub and toolkit (06:20) National School Breakfast Programme (07:46) Helping schools to deliver excellence in computing (09:23) And finally... (11:30)
For links, head over to www.mrmsmusings.com (Anchor won't let me add hyperlinks!).
Episode 4: World Book Day Terrible Audio Special!
Do you like World Book Day? Are you from anywhere other than the UK and confused as to why I am putting out a World Book Day episode 57 days early? Are you, in fact, FROM the UK and wondering why I am saying that this episode is 57 days early? All these questions will be answered in this weeks very special episode of Mr M's Musings!
Well... if I call it a 'special' then that implies that it is a one-off, right? In this week's episode, Mr M completely forgets that he had unplugged his microphone and as a result the audio quality of the main body of the episode is pants.
But I am a life-long-learner and still fairly new to the whole podcasting gig AND I have zero time to re-record so I apologise but the quality is not great this week.
Episode 3: 20 Marking Hacks (plus a bonus!)
Hello listeners! I somehow managed to delete my previous podcast files - the entire folder has gone. As a result, I have a brand-new opening and closing section. I hope you like it!
Marking books is the bane of every teacher's life. I have rounded up 20 of the best tips and tricks to reduce the workload. I have personally tried all but two of them so I can definitely recommend them.
- 02:24 Use a spreadsheet to create generic feedback
- 03:44 PARA marking - Praise, Action, Response, Acknowledge
- 05:01 Exit cards / Entry cards
- 06:45 Mark to agreed criteria
- 07:40 Vertical marking (works best in English)
- 09:30 "Marking practice that does not have the desired impact on pupil outcomes is a time-wasting burden for teachers that has to stop." (DfE)
- 10:00 Marking should be meaningful, manageable and motivating. (DfE)
- 11:36 When do the children respond? DIRT
- 12:42 Limit your written feedback.
- 13:30 Children should receive feedback either within the lesson itself or in the next appropriate lesson
- 13:40 Adults should ALWAYS walk around the class with the correct colour pen to get as much as possible done on the go.
- 15:19 Always train children to leave books open on the page.
- 16:30 Use a ‘Class Marking Sheet’
- 17:57 Free-writing Fridays - sit with a group.
- 19:29 Close the door and mark
- 19:56 Host a marking club for adults
- 20:40 Mark in class
- 21:35 Run a marking club for children
- 23:43 Pick a group and focus on them.
- 25:36 Coded feedback
- 26:54 Only mark a little bit… but mark it well.
Episode 2: DfE Update: February 2022
Your monthly digest of the Department for Education updates. This week: Early Exam materials, Mental Health in Schools and the effects of racism on self-esteem. For a written version of this podcast, head over to my blog: Mr M's Musings.
I have a cold (not COVID), so I'm sounding a little congested and my brain is a little fuggy but I made it through! I forgot to mention that the research for the Anna Freud centre runs from March to April NEXT YEAR so there is still plenty of time to register your interest.
The links in this episode are:
- AQA's advice (foundation and higher tier maths formulae sheet)
- OCR's advice
- Pearson's advice
- Eduqas's advice
- General advice for staff and students
Secondary schools, take part in Wellness research here
Episode 1: DfE Update: January 2022
**EDIT!! In the podcasts, I say that 3 in 10 children will experience some form of sexual abuse before they are 16. This was an error, it is 1 in 10. Having said that, it is still too many so the point stands.**
I know it's late! I will do better next time. This is a monthly roundup of all the changes the Department for Education has made in January. There's COVID news, advice on what do to with your CO2 monitors, invites to free sexual abuse awareness webinars and school's football information.
There's also a cameo appearance from my neighbour's very loud drill.
The blog post: www.mrmsmusings.com
The CO2 video: Ventilation and CO2 monitoring for schools
The KCSiE Consultation: Register your interest
The Stop Abuse Together website: Here
Sexual Abuse and Harassment workshops: Register here
Resources for health and infections: e-bug.uk
Football in Schools: Register your interest
National Tutoring Programme: National and Regional webinars
Pilot (Episode 0): The very first Mr Ms Musings Podcast!
This is the first time I have ever recorded a podcast - it's kind of a trial run. That being said, the content is relevant if you're a teacher or in any way involved in education.
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