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The Unteachables Podcast

Claire English



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We don't teach our subjects! We teach students, and there is one hell of a difference between the two

Once a mentor said something to me that changed the way I viewed teaching: We teach students, not subjects. I am an English teacher. I love English. I wanted students to love English as much as I did, to enjoy it, to be inspired by the concepts, to read a book and discuss it as a class and be thinking wow I was just transported into a dystopian land and I can see connections between that and out current society and wow mind blown!!! Now? This is the furthest thing from my job. Teaching doesn't mean to stand there and teach our subject. With the existence of the internet, every bit of information we could possibly need is accessible with a simple google search. As such, teaching has changed.  Once I came to this realization, I stopped getting so precious about my subject, and I started thinking about how English was a ‘way in’, a ‘doorway’ to these children engaging with their education, to feel successful, to learn how to think critically, to problem solve, to be creative and to find enjoyment. In today's (very short and sharp) episode of The Unteachables Podcast, I take you through a bit of a mindset shift, and dig into why this means it's even MORE crucial for teacher training to change with the times. Join me this episode for a mindset shift, and if you want to come and have a chat about it, don't be shy. Send me an email or message me on Instagram @the.unteachables

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