What are the demands of excessive teacher workload and what should we do about teacher wellbeing?
This was a question I was asked by The Staffroom Podcast team who connected with me all the way from Perth, Australia. This is what they had to say during about my interview …
“We want to thank Ross McGill for being an excellent guest and sharing his expertise with us. We’re so excited to broadcast his ideas to educators in Australia and worldwide. Being a new podcast, it’s a credit to him that he didn’t ask for listener figures or turn a blind eye. He simply wanted to chat about education and his passion for having common sense approaches that reduce workload, save time and have a big impact on learning.
Ross’ new book, Mark. Plan. Teach is built on research and psychology and evolved through social media connections and ongoing discussions. The book has been a huge success in the UK and offers punchy practical advice for teachers who are looking to keep it simple!”
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In the podcast, Ross speaks at length about why working smarter, not harder is important for teachers in the current climate of accountability and increasing workload. In our 40-minute chat, we covered a lot of ground.
Here are some of the questions asked during the show.
- Why did Ross write Mark. Plan Teach and who is it aimed at? (5:30)
- Why does Ross emphasise quality not quantity?
- Why is working smarter, not harder his philosophy? (9:00)
- What are the demands of excessive teacher workload and what does Ross think about teacher wellbeing? (11:40)
- How does Ross think social media has widened teachers’ perspectives and developed opportunities for professional learning? (16:45)
- Why is Ross a massive advocate for verbal feedback? (18:40)
- How does Ross believe we can make learning ‘stick’ in the minds of students? (20:45)
- Which practical idea has made a real difference in Ross’ own classroom? (22:10)
- From Ross’ experience of lesson observations, what are the main qualities that all good teachers share? (24.20)
- What does Ross think it takes for good teaching to develop and thrive in a school? (27:20)
- Does Ross believe it is important for teachers to be familiar with educational research and cognitive psychology? (29:56)
- How can schools inspire a culture of good professional development? (33:01)
- What are Ross’ views on accountability and bureaucracy in education and does he believe mindsets will ever change? (weaved in throughout our chat)
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At the end of the episode, we reflect on some takeaways which resonated with us from our conversation. If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can find Mark. Plan. Teach. available on Amazon.