TER Live – Teachmeet: Challenging Teacher Bashing


Teachers Education Review · TER Live – Teachmeet, Challenging Teacher Bashing

In this special TER Live episode we provide recordings from the online event, Teachmeet: Challenging Teacher Bashing, which weas originally organised as part of the Education and Democracy Summit.


00:00 Opening Credits
00:33 Intro
03:19 Event Opening – Steven Kolber and Keith Heggart
17:27 David Zyngier – What do teachers think about and understand democracy?
22:10 Stephy Salazar – Welcome to the New Teacher Tribe
29:08 Cameron Paterson – Democracy and Education
37:16 Jem Kolber – Democracy in Education – it starts in the classroom (my experience using socratic circles with high school students)
50:06 Ruth Smith – A democratic approach: the view through a lens of strengths
59:37 Bec West – Teacher bashing from within
01:10:08 Naomi Barnes – Social media, education and democracy: having a platform on the platforms
01:21:56 Deb Netolicky – Teacher expertise, voice and action
01:30:42 Polly Dunning – Martyrs and deadbeats: The dichotomy of demoralisation
01:39:35 Adrian Piccoli – The politics of teacher bashing – why it makes no sense
01:47:12 Jane Caro – Women’s Work
01:57:27 George Lilley – The Demise of Teacher Agency & Expertise – How?
02:06:59 Marc Pruyn – Centring Teachers and Communities through Transformative Citizenship Education
02:16:31 Sign Off


Links & Resources:

Zyngier, D (2012) Can teachers make a difference? Experimenting with, and experiencing, democracy in education.

Zyngier, D. (2012) Understanding the perspectives, experiences and perceptions of teachers in relation to democracy in education.

Zyngier, D. (2012) Re-Discovering Democracy: Putting action (back) into active citizenship and praxis (back) into practice.

Zyngier, D., Traverso, M.D., Murriello. A, (2105) Democracy will not fall from the sky.’ A comparative study of teacher education students’ perceptions of democracy in two neo-liberal societies: Argentina and Australia. Research in Comparative & International Education

Summaries of over 50 peer reviews of Hattie, etc- http://visablelearning.blogspot.com/

A focus on Teacher Agency-http://visablelearning.blogspot.com/p/teacher-agency.html



Have your say in TER Teachmeet: What we’ve learnt so far

TERTM Learnt so far

In the first half of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen schools, teachers and students pivot rapidly to curriculum delivered through remote learning strategies, and then almost just as quickly return to normal school operations, but without normal student attendance or curriculum requirements.

While this has undoubtedly been a stressful time for all involved, it has also been a time in which necessaity has driven invention and new learning, the benefits of which we seek to reflect on, record and share with the TER audience as part of this upcomming episode.

TER Teachmeet: What We’ve Learnt So Far invites school educators to share their reflections on something they’ve learnt from recent experiences that has, or will, inform ongoing positive change in their teaching practice.

Please share your experiences with the TER audience as part of this special event!

Whether you’ve explored a new technology, developed new approaches to learing design, gained a new appreciation for students’ perspectives and challenges, or otherwise found some positive change to your teaching practice to come from the past few months, then we want to hear from you!

Don’t worry if you’ve never recorded audio content for a podcast before. It’s easy! You’ll be emailed a guide on how to record good quality audio content with your smartphone or similar device once you complete the EOI below.


What: TER Teachmeet: What we’ve learnt so far

What do I need to do: Record either a 2 or 7 minute reflection on something you’ve learnt as a result of the remote learening experiences of 2020, and send it in to be included in the episode.

When: Submissions due by 15 July, 2020. Episode online 19 July, 2020.

How: Once you have recorded your presentation, please use this form to submit it to the podcast.

If you have any quetsions, please email info@terpodcast.com!

TER Topics – Teaching Thinking Skills


This TER Topics episode brings together feature interviews from episodes #35 and #51 of the TER Podcast.

The first interview is with Dr Steven Novella from November of 2014, discussing what critical thinking is, how to teach it, and the potential benefits to individuals and societies that value critical thinking. The second interview is with Meredith Ebbs from July of 2015 in which she talks about computational thinking and provides some insight into how it works as a teaching practice, as well as discussing issues of girls in STEM.

00:00 Opening Credits
00:34 Intro
02:05 Critical Thinking – Steven Novella
37:03 Computational Thinking – Meredith Ebbs
53:23 Sign off

TER Live – Teachmeet Melbourne @ Kew HS


This TER Live episode brings you a recording of presentations from Teachmeet Melbourne, held at Kew High School on March 13.


00:00 Statement about teachers during pandemic
02:44 Opening Credits
03:17 Intro
04:20 Event Introduction
06:02 Lucas Walsh – Teaching for Uncertainty
17:39 Steven Kolber – From where the mentors, from where the mentees
24:48 David Zyngier – Ending public funding for private schools
35:05 Monique Dalli – Surviving and thriving in your early career
44:58 Bernadette Mercieca – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Mentors
53:35 Olivier Elzingre – Teacher Training
01:01:41 Wendy Kenbeek – Teacher Wellbeing
01:14:35 Closing comments – Steven Kolber
01:17:05 Sign Off

TER Topics – The David Price Interviews


This episode brings together feature interviews from episodes #019 and #098 of the TER Podcast featuring David Price, OBE

The first interview is from March of 2014, in which David discusses his ideas of an open society facilitated by computer technologies.

The second is from August of 2017, in which Dan Haesler interviews David as part of a special Off Campus feature, in which they discuss the ability of education system to prepare students for the future.