Brighter Thinking Pod podcast

Brighter Thinking Pod

Cambridge University Press

Welcome to the Brighter Thinking Pod from Cambridge University Press - Education. We provide a place where international education enthusiasts from all backgrounds can come together to discuss the challenges faced by teachers in a modern classroom and discover new teaching ideas.  Our panels consist of teachers, authors, key subject figures and more, and we also celebrate the very best of teaching with our Teacher Spotlight. If you'd like to get involved, follow us on Twitter @CUPeducation and send in your show suggestions!

20 Episódios

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    Ep 19: Hands-on Learning


    Roll up your sleeves, because episode 19 is all about hands-on learning!  Our host this week is our digital maestro, David Hickinson. His guests are John Pinkney, who is a learning advisor at Raising Robots and also a certified LEGO Education trainer. And Stuart Swann, former ICT Lead and a now consultant and LEGO Education Academy Trainer.   Show notes  Raising Robots Raising Robots on Twitter IE Solutions  Stuart Swann on Twitter The LEGO Foundation LEGO Education   Further reading: Play Well Report Six Bricks Seymour Papert: Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas Mitchel Resnick: Lifelong Kindergarten Learning Connected: A Year of Making and Learning   Robots: Pepper LEGO Mindstorms NAO Bee-Bots
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    Ep 18: Homework


    How much homework should we expect children to do? What makes impactful homework? What is the link between homework and stress? Should we still expect children to do homework? All this and more in episode 18! Our host this week is Senior Marketing Executive, Tamsin Hart. Her guests are Cathy Vatterott, Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Author of Rethinking Homework. And Michael Chiles, Geography Teacher, Examiner and School Leader, as well as author of several assessment and feedback books.   Show notes Cathy Vatterott, The Homework Lady   Cathy Vatterott: Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs    Cathy Vatterott: The Teens are not Alright  Michael Chiles - Twitter   Michael Chiles: The CRAFT of Assessment  Michael Chiles: The Feedback Pendulum: A manifesto for enhancing feedback in education     
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    Ep 17: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)


    When teaching subject content in English, should subject teachers also teach the English language? Join us as we explore this question and dive into the world of content and language integrated learning (CLIL) Join our host, Commissioning Editor, Biljana Savikj, in our virtual studio with two new guests. Dee Rutgers, is a Researcher at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge, specialising in multilingual education and CLIL. Ali Talbot, is Head of English as an Additional Language (EAL) at an international school in Cambridge.     Show notes Dee Rutgers Ali Talbot Bell English Naldic Teaching in English in multilingual classrooms: Language in learning across the curriculum (TEMC) course by Lexis The knowledge base of CLIL teaching in multilingual primary education settings CLIL Essentials for Secondary School Teachers, Peter Mehisto
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    Ep 16: Primary Special – Encouraging Imagination and Engagement to Develop Key Skills


    In this episode, we discuss a variety of teaching techniques that help to “bring the curriculum to life” and how encouraging imagination and engagement from children can support the development of key skills. We talk about different ways technology can be used in the classroom as well as how reading, writing and speaking skills interrelate. Join our host Emma McCrea in our virtual studio with two new guests. Gill Budgell, a consultant publisher, researcher and author of Cambridge Primary English, and Martin Bailey, Director of Animate 2 Educate Ltd. and Digital Enrichment Leader at Lanchester E.P. Primary School. Show notes Frattempo Cambridge Primary English PenPals for Handwriting Animate 2 Educate Stig of the Dump now>press>play Johnny Walker – Twitter Teresa Cremin – Twitter The Open University Reading for Pleasure – Twitter Nikki Gamble – Twitter Just Imagine Story Centre Voice 21 James Clements – Twitter Purple Mash  Animate 2 Educate – Twitter Lanchester EP Primary School – Twitter Gill Budgell – Twitter
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    Ep 15: 21st Century Skills


    Episode 15 is all about 21st century skills. Join us as we discuss this much-talked about education term, paying particular focus to Cambridge Global Perspectives: a course that is all about skills building. Hosted by our very own Janey Webb, Commissioning Editor for Global Perspectives, she is joined by two new voices on the pod. Adrian Ravenscroft is an Independent Education Consultant and Tom Holman is an Assessment Specialist.     Show notes: Cambridge Global Perspectives curriculum information Cambridge Global Perspectives resources Cambridge University Press Twitter The 11+  Primary Global Perspectives books BBC Radio Three Essay Podcast Adrian Ravencroft’s LinkedIn  
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    Ep 14: Engaging Parents in Education part 2


    This week we’re continuing our discussion on engaging parents and carers in education, focusing on engagement opportunities and celebrating each child’s achievements. Join our brilliant host, Product Marketing Manager Emma McCrea, as we welcome back Richard Morgan, Assistant Head at The Perse School in Cambridge, and Beth Borrett, a parent of three children at different stages in their education. We also warmly welcome Susan Holmes, Head Teacher at the Nehru World School in India. Show notes “Mens sana in corpore sano” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets “It takes a village to raise a child” Tapestry online learning journal Nehru World School The Perse School Cambridge The Perse School Twitter
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    Ep 13: Engaging Parents in Education part 1


    This week we’re discussing the impact of parents and carers engaging in education, exploring both the positive outcomes and the potential challenges. Join our brilliant host, Product Marketing Manager Emma McCrea, along with two new guests. Richard Morgan, Assistant Head at The Perse School in Cambridge, and Beth Borrett, a parent of three children at different stages in their education. Show notes The Perse School Richard Morgan – LinkedIn
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    Ep 12: Assessment for learning


    Welcome back! In this episode, we discuss a topic that gets a lot of attention – assessment for learning. After a short intro of what it is and why it is important, we dive into top tips, examples and advice to help both new and experienced teachers.    Our host this week is Tamsin Hart. She is joined by some new and familiar faces/voices. Returning from series 1, we have Mark Winterbottom. Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He is joined by two new guests. Sarah Talbot-Joyce is Education Manager for Teaching and Learning, and Melise Camargo is Training Materials Manager, both from Cambridge Assessment International Education.   Show notes: Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam Research on verbal feedback Approaches to learning and teaching series, Cambridge University Press   Get in touch: @CUPeducation on Twitter email us at   
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    Ep 11: Student Wellbeing


    Welcome to series 2 of the Brighter Thinking Pod! In this episode, we’re looking into student wellbeing and mental health. Join our host Georgia Robinson in our virtual studio with two new guests. Ros McLellan is a Lecturer in Teacher Education and Development / Pedagogical Innovation at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education. Tamsin Ford is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.    Show notes DFE social wellbeing report in 2019  The children’s society ‘The good childhood report’ Flourishing Across Europe: Application of a New Conceptual Framework for Defining Well-Being. Felicia A. Huppert • Timothy T. C. So (2013). Soc Indic Res (2013) 110:837–861 Strength and difficulties questionnaire  Mind checklist  Mathews F, Newlove-Delgado T, Finning K, Boyle C, Hayes R, Johnston P, Ford T. Teachers' concerns about pupils' mental health in a cross-sectional survey of a population sample of British schoolchildren. Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2020 Apr 21. PHSE curriculum Schools for Health in Europe (The SHE network)  Urie Bronfenbrenner ecological systems theory child development  Michael Rutter and David Quinton young women east end of London grown up in children’s homes seminal study   
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    Bonus ep: Teaching during school closures


    As teaching and learning from home continues, we talk to six teachers from our online research community, the Cambridge Panel, about their experiences of school closures and their advice to the teaching community. Our guests in this episode are Babu Bodapati, Elizabeth Baladhay, Mark Beales, Michael Baldwin, Steve Morling and Tom Healy. Our host is Silvia Pirola.

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