Podcast 96: Highs + Lows of Research in the Classroom


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Shafina Vohra Iqbal

Joshua McGovern

Joshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working...
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How can we improve teacher-happiness and a love of learning in our young people?

Our 96th podcast is with Shafina Iqbal, an A-level psychology teacher and Lego Education lead practitioner and part-time PhD student at Imperial College.

In this podcast, listen to Shafina and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:

  • Becoming a teacher to give children a better learning experience than she did
  • Education in the U.K. versus the Middle East
  • Why Shafina started using Lego in her classroom and the 5 Minute Lego plan!
  • Balancing teaching and PhD during the lockdown
  • The importance of finding a department that aligns with your research
  • Being a researcher and a classroom practitioner
  • The over-emphasis on retrieval practice
  • The day-to-day challenges of being a teacher during COVID and,
  • Plagiarism and citation and referencing in the social media era.

Listen to the podcast (28 minutes)

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Shafina is passionate about LEGO in education! Follow her research on Twitter.


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