The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast

Ever wish you had a coach and mentor with over 19 years of experience in teaching PDHPE and Community & Family Studies sharing secrets to success? That's exactly what you will find right here when you tune in every week to The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast. I will guide you through best practice to improve knowledge, increase empowerment and alleviate stress to help you and your students to make meaningful connections in PDHPE and Community & Family Studies.

I will share strategic and purposeful applications that I have adopted to increase student motivation, enjoyment, engagement and results; right from the get go. Whether you are a Newbie or Experienced, I have supported PDHPE and Community & Family Studies teachers like you to grow and transform their journey over the last 12 years. If you are ready to take your students to the next level without impacting your sleep and wellbeing in the process, you’re in the right place!

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#95 6 Tips to Teach CAFS to Reluctant Students 

Are you facing a classroom of reluctant learners in your Community and Family Studies (CAFS) course? Discover six compelling teaching approaches designed to captivate and motivate even the most hesitant learners. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/95

 

#94 Unlocking Confidence: Transformative Strategies For Soaring Self Esteem In Young Minds

Join us for an inspiring guest session with Angela Nicole, founder of Bloom Within, as she shares her journey and practical strategies for boosting self-esteem in young people. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/94

 

#93 How to Teach Groups in Context in Community and Family Studies more Effectively

Join us in this episode as we tackle the challenge of "How to Teach Groups in Context in Community and Family Studies More Effectively." This episode is a deep dive into strategies and techniques that help educators bring the study of diverse groups within Community and Family Studies to life. Learn how to use case studies, role-playing and multimedia resources to make complex concepts about societal groups relatable and relevant to your students. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/93

 

#92 6 Incursion and Excursion Ideas to Bring Community and Family Studies to Life

In this episode, Kelly Bell shares six ideas for incursions and excursions that can help bring the Community and Family Studies (CAFS) course alive for students. From research days with university guests to customised theme days, these experiential learning opportunities connect classroom concepts to real world examples and services. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/92

 

#91 BONUS Episode: Strategies for Success in Health and Movement Science

In this bonus episode, I'm sharing insights from my 20 years of teaching experience to support educators in the new Health and Movement Science syllabus. Learn how to use data to inform your planning and assessment, gain flexibility in your scope and sequence, and empower students through collaborative investigations. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/91

 

#90 Benefits of Joining The Health & Movement Science Membership with Stef Love

Stef Love shares her experience as the head PDHPE teacher at a small school. She discusses the challenges of being the most experienced teacher and balancing her many roles. Stef shares how joining the Health & Movement Science membership has provided invaluable resources, collaboration and community support. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/90

 

#89 Is the Health and Movement Science Syllabus Gathering Dust on Your Desk?

Dive into the challenges faced by educators juggling packed schedules who haven't had time to look at the Health and Movement Science Syllabus. Explore practical strategies and innovative approaches to dust off the brand new Health and Movement Science Syllabus, infusing it with vitality and relevance in the classroom. This episode serves as a beacon for busy Health and Movement Science teachers, offering insights and actionable steps to breathe life into the unexplored syllabus. Join us as we uncover the hidden potential of the untouched Health and Movement Science Syllabus and empower you to embrace change, adapt and deliver impactful lessons that resonate with your Health and Movement Science students. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/89

 

#88 The Elephant in the Room- Have you Even looked at the Health & Movement Science Syllabus?

In this episode, I'm sharing practical tips and strategies for PDHPE teachers to feel confident navigating the new Health and Movement Science (HMS) syllabus in NSW. Drawing on my 20 years of experience, I'll be unpacking syllabuses to break down the key changes and provide a clear plan of attack. You'll learn how to prepare yourself for success by downloading and annotating existing resources, repurpose existing content, implement collaborative investigations and more. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/88

 

#87 Health for Individuals and Communities- Working Smarter in Health & Movement Science

In this episode, I'm breaking down the new Health and Movement Science (HMS) syllabus and providing strategies for teachers to successfully implement it in their classrooms. I'll discuss the reorganisation of content areas and highlight key changes and additions, such as epidemiology, social justice principles, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/87

 

#86 Unpacking Excellence: Analysing HSC Results For PDHPE & CAFS Teachers

Special guest, Graham Wright joins me to discuss how HSC scores are assessed and scaled in NSW. He explains how scores are not comparable across subjects and can vary greatly in their contribution to an ATAR below Band 6. Graham provides insights into exam marking processes and emphasises supporting student success through teamwork and understanding the HSC system. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/86

 

#85 How to Survive 2024: Getting the Needed Support as a Busy PDHPE & CAFS Teacher

In this episode, I'm sharing tips and strategies for PDHPE and CAFS teachers to start the new school year strong. I discuss advocating for yourself, communicating what's going on at home and work, translating new syllabus changes and policies, initiating action on your goals, orchestrating support needs, and negotiating expectations with your school leadership. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/85

 

#84 Healthy Habits, Happy Classrooms: PDHPE Insights w/Ash from Rainbow Sky Creations

On this episode of the PDHPE and CAFS Podcast, I'm joined by teacher and entrepreneur Ash from Rainbow Sky Creations to share strategies for incorporating PDHPE into your busy primary classroom. Ash shares tips for timetabling health and PE lessons, using movement to start the day, and breaking down sports skills. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/84

 

#83 Relationships are Everything: 5 Actionable Teaching Strategies

I'm sharing 5 tips for building strong relationships with students in the classroom. We'll discuss the importance of learning names quickly, finding out student interests, learning about their families and goals, and creating an inviting classroom environment. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/83

 

20/20 Educational Insights: Two Decades, Twenty Teachable Tips for PDHPE and CAFS

In this episode, I'm sharing 20 teaching tips from my 20 years of experience as a PDHPE & CAFS teacher. I'm also opening up about the importance of building relationships with students, establishing consistency, focusing on skills over content, collaborating with colleagues, and prioritsing self-care. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/82

 

#81 What's In Store for The Learning Network in 2024

In this episode, I'm sharing my vision for The Learning Network in 2024. I'm discussing strengthening existing memberships and launching new ones to support teachers across all PDHPE courses. I'm also giving you a sneak-peek into upcoming events, resources and reveal my commitment to consistency and community building. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/81

 

#79 SOAR High, Teach Smart 2023 Unpacked

In this episode, I'm sharing the SOAR analysis model as a tool for reflection at the end of the school year. I'm giving you questions to consider in each area of SOAR - Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results - to evaluate what's working well and where there is room for growth. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/79

 

#80 How to Analyse your PDHPE & Community and Family Studies HSC Results More Effectively

I'm sharing four effective strategies for analyzing your HSC results after they are released. I discuss breaking down results by band ranges, comparing to state averages, analyzing school vs HSC assessments, and using the WIN feedback model. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/80

 

#78 Five Ways To A Better School Year

In this podcast, I'm sharing 5 strategies teachers can implement to have a better school year in 2024. I'll discuss the importance of having a mentor, being part of a collaborative community, attending professional development events, using pre-made resources and packages, and accessing a variety of teaching resources. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/78

 

#77 Let's Talk About Consent Baby with Natalie Stokell

I'm delighted to be joined by Natalie Stokell, who is sharing practical activities teachers can use to bring consent and sex ed topics to life for students. Natalie shares 5 hands-on activities that get students discussing communication, boundaries, and negotiation. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/77

 

#76 Tips for teaching an all-boys Community & Family Studies Class with Jess George-Lolach

In this episode, I'm joined by Jess who shares her experience introducing CAFS to an all-boys school for the first time. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/76

 

#74 5 Strategies to Navigate the new Health and Movement Science Syllabus

In this episode, I'm sharing five practical strategies PDHPE teachers can use to familiarise themselves with the new Health and Movement Science syllabus. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/74

 

#72 The Biggest No-Brainer For CAFS Teachers

In this episode, I'm talking about the importance of having a community of teachers who support you and understand what you're going through. I'm opening up about my own experience of feeling burnt out without support and how the CAFS Collective membership provides a supportive community. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/72

 

#71Confusion Between Concepts in Community & Family Studies

In this episode, I'm sharing some of the most common mistakes and misconceptions she I see students making in Community and Family Studies. From distinguishing needs from wants to understanding the difference between formal and informal support, let's break down the tricky concepts that trip students up year after year.

#70 Four Strategies for PDHPE Teachers to Survive Term Four

As we dive into Term 4, I'm here to share four essential strategies for PDHPE teachers to not only survive but thrive in this busy term. Whether you're a seasoned educator or a newbie, these tips will help you navigate the challenges that come with the territory. Join me as we explore prioritising, planning, protecting, and partnering to set yourself up for success. Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/70

#69 Protecting Your Time, Energy, and Wellbeing: What's Next for PDHPE & CAFS

Join me as I share strategies to protect your time, energy, and wellbeing as you enter a new term. Discover the values that drive The Learning Network and learn about our upcoming CAFS Boot Camps and membership opening. Don't miss out on this insightful episode filled with inspiration and support for PDHPE & CAFS educators! 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/69

#68 Lessons Learnt from 12 years of Working with Community & Family Studies Teachers

In this episode, I'll share with you the invaluable insights I've gained from over a decade of collaborating with Community and Family Studies (CAFS) teachers. Join me as I break down the six key lessons encapsulated in the acronym "Inspire." You'll discover how innovation, networking, strategic planning, passion, immersion, and achieving results have shaped my journey in education and transformed the way I support teachers like you. Tune in to gain powerful strategies and inspiration to elevate your teaching.

 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/68

#67 It is Time to Get off your Community & Family Studies Island

In this episode of The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast, I'm taking you on a journey to break free from the isolation of Community and Family Studies (CAFS) education and explore new horizons. Discover the "messy middle", the power of professional learning, and exciting opportunities in the world of CAFS education. Plus, learn about our upcoming CAFS Conference that promises to be a career highlight!

Join us as we navigate the seas of CAFS together and unlock the potential for more efficient and supportive teaching.

 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/67

Episode #66:

My thoughts about the Year 11 Collaborative Investigation for Health & Movement Science

Today, we're diving deep into the exciting world of collaborative investigation within our new health and Movement Science syllabus. I know there might be some nervousness around this, but I'm genuinely excited because this approach fosters teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and prepares students for the future workforce where collaboration is key.

Join me as I walk you through the ins and outs of collaborative investigation, sharing insights from NESA's guidelines, and discussing my own perspectives on implementing this in the classroom.

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/66

Episode #65:

How the IRP has evolved in my Community and Family Studies Classroom with Ann Belcher

In today's episode, I'm sitting down with a fantastic educator, Ann Belcher, to dive into the ins and outs of teaching the Independent Research Project (IRP) with a strategic edge. Ann's a seasoned CAFS teacher, and together, we'll chat about her teaching journey, how the IRP has evolved over time, and practical strategies for setting our students up for success.

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/65

Episode #64:

Four Strategies to Improve Research Methodology in Community and Family Studies

Discover my top 4 ways to improve research methodology in CAFS (it's easier than you think!)

⭐️ Don't miss my FREE upcoming webinar: How to successfully facilitate the IRP without sacrificing your time or wellbeing. Register at thelearnnet.com/irpwebinar

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/64

Episode #63:

What is in and what is out in Health and Movement Science Syllabus

In this episode of The PDHPE and CAFS Podcast, join me as I dive into the exciting changes in the Health and Movement Science syllabus. Get ready to explore what's in and what's out, as I break down the key updates and implications for teachers and students. Whether you're a seasoned educator or new to the field, these insights will help you navigate the shifts and make the most of the fresh opportunities the new syllabus presents.

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/63

Episode #61:

Empowering PDHPE and CAFS Teachers: Taking Action for Positive Change!

In this episode, I'll share six practical steps to empower yourself and create positive change in your teaching journey. From advocating to initiating open conversations, and even negotiating resources, we'll cover it all.

 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/61

Episode #60:

Unlocking New Horizons: Expanding PDHPE and CAFS Support!

Come along with me as I share my journey, my motivation, and what's in store for you in this new phase of growth. Get ready for a community-based approach, amazing guest experts, and an abundance of resources to make your teaching journey easier and more fulfilling.

 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/60

Episode #59:

Team Work Makes the Dream Work in Teaching with Aaron Johnston

Aaron shares his journey from teacher to assistant principal and how he found his passion in supporting teachers through coaching and mentoring. Join us as we explore the power of teamwork in teaching, how to create a supportive community, and embrace the joy of experimentation in the classroom.

 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/59

Episode #58:

6 Ways to Improve the Way you Promote Community & Family Studies

This week I'm sharing my top 6 ways to promote CAFS when it comes time for subject selection. 

 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/58

Episode #58: 6 Ways To Improve The Way You Promote CAFS

This week I'm sharing my top 6 tools to promote CAFS at subject selection time! 

 

Check out the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/58

Episode #56 My Favourite Thing about Supporting Community & Family Studies Teachers

In this episode, I'll share my absolute favorite thing about supporting community and family studies (CAFS) teachers. Join me as I dive into why I feel so blessed and grateful to be a part of this incredible community.

Grab the shownotes at thelearnnet.com/56

Episode #55:What You can do to Support your Students to Achieve a Band 5 or 6 in Community and Family Studies

In today's episode, Kelly is discussing practical strategies to help your students achieve a band five or six in Community and Family Studies. As a teacher, you may have students who you feel are struggling to keep up, but there are characteristics that you can look for to help guide you towards the right support.

Kelly is unpacking proven techniques that have been successfully implemented by experienced CAFS teachers to help their students achieve top results.

If you're looking for more in-depth guidance, we also have two upcoming workshops called HSC Success in CAFS. These workshops are being led by experienced senior markers and CAFS teachers who have consistently achieved above-average results with their students.

We will be sharing hands-on tips and tricks to help your students improve their HSC results year after year. One workshop is taking place on May 12th in Forster, and the other will be held on May 19th at Nagle College in Blacktown, New South Wales.

Don't miss out on these valuable insights and sign up for our workshops today at thelearnnet.com/HSC.

Let's work together to help our students achieve their full potential in Community and Family Studies.

Episode #53:How to Run CAFS in a Compressed Curriculum with Nikki Bignell

In this episode of the CAFS Podcast, I'm joined by Nikki Bignell, a CAFS teacher and member of the CAFS collective.

Nikki shares her experience teaching CAFS for the past three years, with a focus on compressed curriculum schools. She also discusses her background in teaching PDHPE for 13 years and how it has helped her transition to senior teaching.

Episode #52:The 5 Mistakes Community & Family Studies Students are Still Making in the HSC

In this episode, I'm going to share the five most common mistakes that students make in Community and Family Studies, and what they can do to avoid them.

Having been involved in CAFS for many years, I've worked with lots of CAFS teachers and students, and I've seen these mistakes time and time again. To be honest, I think some teachers may not even be aware of these mistakes, which is why I want to discuss them in this episode.

Episode #48: How You can Assess Year 11 CAFS with PURPOSE

In today's Podcast episode we unpack what you can do to create purposeful and meaningful assessment tasks for your Year 11 Community & Family Studies class (year after year without tearing your hair out!) 

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/48

Episode #47: The 3 Biggest Mistakes Teachers are Still Making in CAFS

In today's Podcast episode we unpack the 3 Biggest Mistakes Teachers are Still Making in Community and Family Studies in 2023. 

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/47

Episode #46: How to Use RAP Data to Improve HSC Results

In this episode, we unpack the importance of analysing your Community and Family Studies HSC Results and practical steps you can use to review data from the 2022 HSC. 

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/46

Episode #45: It is Time to Move OFf the Dance Floor in Education

In this episode of The Learning Network's Community & Family Studies Podcast, I am joined by a very special guest, Megan Durham, who shares with us what we can do to protect our time, our energy and our wellbeing.

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/45

Episode #44: 5 Lessons for 2022

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I will be chatting to you about 5 lessons I have learnt throughout 2022! Join me as I chat about wellbeing, surrounding yourself with the right people, gratitude, making your dream happen, positivity and more!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/44

Episode #43: Having Freedom & Flexibility

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, we're talking about how you can have the freedom and flexibility, both in the life that you create for yourself and inside your own business! No matter where you're at in life, what your life looks like or where it's going, you have to create that magic by working out what's going to work for you, your family, your happiness and your wellbeing!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/43

Episode #42: Burnt out but not broken

In today's podcast episode, I chat to you about a few little things I did when I first started my Educator to Entrepreneur journey. I will chat about how I started, how I dove straight in head first and what I did to make the most with what I had to offer and the skills in my back pocket!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/42

Episode #41: My Journey from Educator to Entrepreneur

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I'm sharing a little bit about my educator to entrepreneur journey!

Although lifting the lid off my business is something I'm a bit nervous about, I can't wait to show you the potential inside my business as well as what I've been able to do to support my community of beautiful CAFS teachers!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/41

Episode #40: Focus On What Really Matters

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am chatting to you about focusing on what really matters and this time of year!

As we head into the busy end of Term 4 it's important for us to focus on the things that really matter, both as an educator, as a parent, but also as a person. Many of us may be feeling the pinch of this time of year so taking steps to minimise stress, anxiety and burnout will enable you to enjoy the holiday season...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/40

Episode #39: Creating Energy & Flow at the End of a Busy Year

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by Kell Quarell to talk about creating energy and flow into the end of the year. This conversation is all about what you can do to move into the busy end of the year with a strong mindset and positive energy! Kell is a rule follower gone rogue, a lifelong learner, adventurer and spiritual enthusiast with a passion for all things mindset....

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/39

Episode #38: CAFS Teachers Never Stop Learning

This episode of The Learning Network Podcast I'm joined by two of my beautiful CAFS Collective members, Kate Hampstead and Courtney Pershouse, to chat about why we never stopped learning as CAFS teachers...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/38

Episode #37: Common Mistakes made in Research Methodology

In this week's jam packed episode of The Learning Network Podcast we're going to unpack some of the common mistakes that still being made in CAFS, in particular the Research Methodology module...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/37

Episode #36: Six ways to get out of your CAFS bubble

In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I unpack 6 ways you can think differently & to go big with your CAFS crew by getting out of your CAFS bubble & surrounding yourself with like minded teachers!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/36

Episode #35: How You Can Be a Champion

 In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by courage creator & resilience revolutionary, Nadine Champion to unpack a few things around courage and resilience and how we can be the best versions of ourselves... 

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/35

Episode #34: The Power of Community

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I unpack the power of community! I've been around for a while and many of the teachers I have met, learnt from, supported or developed friendships with have made a bigger impact on me than they will ever realise! This episode is dedicated to them!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/34

Episode #33: Getting the Right Kids into CAFS

In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by a very special guest, Sharna Dawson to talk about what you can do to get the right kids into the CAFS course and keep them there!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/33

Episode #32: Maximising Revision Ideas in Community and Family Studies

 In this episode I dive into the reasons why students shouldn't be writing notes! Listen along as I share with you some strategies that you can use to help your students succeed in both Community and Family Studies and PDHPE!

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/32

Episode #31: Community and Family Studies isn't just a GIRLS Subject

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast I am joined by Jess George-Loulach to chat about some of the misconceptions surrounding CAFS, especially the idea that it is a subject just for girls...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/31

Episode #30: How You Can Share Your Love of CAFS

In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast I share some resources to help you share your love of CAFS...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/30

Episode #29: What it's really like to mark HSC CAFS

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast I dive into why it is so important to have deep understanding of how HSC marking really works...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/29

Episode #28: Transforming Your Workspace

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast I'm joined by Melissa Marsden to talk about how we can be more effective & more efficient by maximising our teaching and learning workspaces...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/28

Episode #27: Swinging the Doors Wide Open to our CAFS Classrooms 

Let's swing those doors to our Community and Family Studies Classrooms WIDE open and capture what is key to have purpose and strategy with our students...

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/27

Episode #26: Digital Wellbeing withDr Kristy Goodwin 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by Dr Kristy Goodwin for a conversation about digital Wellbeing! Listen along as Kristy explains why she doesn't promote digital detox or "digital amputation" and how can we use technology in healthy and helpful ways. 

Grab the show notes at thelearnnet.com/26

Episode #25: Unlock the Secrets to the Glossary of Key Words 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I explain the importance of the Glossary of Keywords & unpack strategies that can be used to ensure your students have the best chance of success in CAFS & beyond...

Grab the show notes & free download: thelearnnet.com/25

Episode #24: Creating a Holistic Classroom

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by the inspirational Angela Lockwood to chat about the importance of being aware of all the different needs of the students in your classroom & prioritising the wellbeing of both you & your students. 

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/24

Episode #23: Become a Marking Ninja in Community and Family Studies

In this episode, I chat with Bel Harotounian about her five top tips to become a Marking Ninja in Community and Family Studies. 

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/23

Episode #22: The superpowers of feedback in Community & Family Studies

 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I uncover the power of purposeful feedback in the CAFS classroom.

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/22

Episode #21: Four Ways to Differentiate in your CAFS Classroom

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I offer guidance and uncover some practical strategies around differentiating in your CAFS classroom. 

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/21

Episode #20: The GAME CHANGER in CAFS

 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I reveal the biggest game-changer when it comes to CAFS!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/20

Episode #19: The mistakes teachers are making in exam preparation

 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I talk about the common mistakes teachers are making in exam preparation!

Learn what you can do instead to set your students up for success in their CAFS exams!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/19

Episode #18: How to improve student writing & results to fast track success in CAFS

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I chat about what you can do to improve student writing & results to fast track success in CAFS!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/18

Episode #17: Why writing notes doesn't cut it any more (and what you can do instead)

 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I tell you why writing notes doesn't cut it anymore!

Learn what you can do in the CAFS classroom instead, with lessons that are purposefully designed for specific learning outcomes & to teach specific integral skills.

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/17

Episode #16: What the syllabus doesn't teach you

 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I chat about what the CAFS syllabus doesn't teach you & what you can do to ensure your students learn the skills they need to achieve CAFS success!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/16

Episode #15: There's Always a Method to My Madness

 

In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I chat about about the methods to my madness. If you've worked with me before you'll know that there's always a reason or a purpose behind what I do and I want to unpack that with you today!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/15

Episode #14: How to bring positivity to your CAFS classroom

This week's episode is all about what you can do to really bring your CAFS classroom to life!

From cooperative learning groups and connecting with your students to creating a positive physical space, this episode has so many teaching gems you can implement in the new year!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/14

Episode #13: New Year, New You in 2022

Happy New Year CAFS Crew!

In this episode I reflect on 2021 and talk about some of my goals for 2022! 

I also chat about a few things I'll be doing differently in 2022 including new projects, offers and affirmation/organisational tools! 

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/13

Episode #12: Q&A with our Daughters Cass & Lex

Last episode of the year!

In this podcast episode, I chat with our daughters Cass & Lex! This is a funny episode where we chat about the changes they have seen since I left the classroom, what they think I actually do for work and what they love about school. One you won't want to miss!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/12

Episode #11: 40 Lessons in 40 Years

This episode is a very special birthday episode of The Learning Network Podcast!

In episode 11, "Forty Lessons in 40 Years" I go through just that, 40 lessons I have learnt throughout my 40 years on the planet. 

Join me as I chat about family, self love, health, gratitude, confidence and more! 

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/11

Episode #10: The final countdown & how to work smarter

In this episode, we chat about what you can do to get your time and wellbeing back before the holidays. By prioritising in certain areas and getting those programmes, registers and classrooms ready so you can enjoy your well deserved holidays.

I also chat about the steps you can take before next year to ensure your students get the results they should, including STRIVE, my online course which helps CAFS teachers develop a skills based approach to teaching the course which enables students to confidently and successfully tackle the HSC.

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/10

Episode #9: Lessons from a CAFS Legend with Jennie O'Donoghue

This episode is a special one as I am joined by my beautiful teacher and friend Jennie O'Donoghue as she shares with us her lessons from the classroom from the last 45 years in teaching and what she has done over the last 30 + years to develop relationships and results in her CAFS classroom for HSC success. 

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/9

Episode #8: Cheering You On from the CAFS Sideline

In this episode I talk about some of the amazing people who have made a huge impact on my CAFS passion and career! 

I also chat about how I can cheer you on from the CAFS sidelines through The CAFS Collective and the importance of cheering each other on and working together to be the very best educators that we can be.

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/8

Episode #7: What Success Looks Like In CAFS

In this podcast episode we unpack what success looks like in CAFS and what you can do to up your game in this course that we all love. I share the 4 biggest challenges I believe CAFS teachers are having right now in their CAFS classroom and what you can do to achieve the goals and dreams you have set for yourself in this course.

This episode will help you work more strategically in CAFS, build your students up for success, grow & flourish as a CAFS teacher and action what success looks like.

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/7

Episode #6: Work Less, Teach More with Dan Jackson

This week's episode brings you some amazing teacher wellbeing gems with special guest Dan Jackson!

In this chat, Dan shares his thoughts on ways to improve teacher wellbeing and teaching practices and we chat about his new book "Work Less, Teach More," which is a total wellbeing wake-up call to all teachers and leaders in education!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/6

Episode #5: Set your CAFS Students Up for Success with Katrine Barnes

This week's episode brings you even more CAFS related gems with special guest Katrine Barnes!

In this chat, Katrine shares how to successfully apply teaching strategies and connect with your students to improve their CAFS journey. Katrine explains when to change up your methods and how to realise when what you're doing is working!

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/5

Episode #4: How to Bring your CAFS Classroom to Life

This episode unpacks what you can do to bring your CAFS classroom to life! From making connections with your students, to including them in examples and transforming your classroom - I share with you strategies and practices that I have adopted over the last 16 years to bring my CAFS classroom to life and have my students wanting to come back lesson after lesson.

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/4

Episode #3: Transformational Wellbeing with Gabbie Stroud

Honestly, you are going to LOVE this Podcast episode. This conversation is real, it is raw. Gab promised me she would be my first guest on my podcast over 10 months ago... Gabbie is the best selling author of two books about the ups and downs, twists and turns of a teacher, 'Teacher' and 'Dear Parents'. If you have been looking for ways to protect yourself and your wellbeing, Gabbie shares with us what she has learnt about protecting yourself as a teacher, and what we can do to continue to advocate for ourselves as educators. This is one thought provoking episode that will get you thinking...

Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/3

Episode #2: Foundations for Building Success

In this episode, I get to share with you my foundations for building success in Community and Family Studies using all of my knowledge and experience and expertise in this course. I share my 5 strategies for success and what you can do to set your CAFS students up for success, right from the very beginning!
Grab the show notes: thelearnnet.com/2

Episode #1: Behind the Why

Welcome to Episode # 1 of The Learning Network. In this first episode, I chat about why I created this Podcast and share a little bit about myself. I have spent most of my career in secondary education, dabbled in tertiary education for a short three month stint and have spent the last ten years supporting the professional learning of teachers across NSW and Australia. The majority of my teaching journey has been as a secondary high school teacher in both Catholic and public schools sharing my love of health, physical education and wellbeing in all courses in Years 7-12 under the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Key Learning Area with a special passion for a Year 11 and 12 course called Community and Family Studies (CAFS). My hope for The Learning Network is to support teachers in education by connecting, learning and growing together to be the best educators we can be and to make a difference with the students and learners with whom we work.
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The Learning Network Podcast

Ever wish you had a coach and mentor with over 17 years of experience in teaching Community & Family Studies sharing secrets to success? That's exactly what you will find right here when you tune in every week to The Learning Network Podcast. I will guide you through best practice to improve knowledge, increase empowerment and alleviate stress to help you and your students to make meaningful connections in Community & Family Studies.

I will share strategic and purposeful applications that I have adopted to increase student motivation, enjoyment, engagement and results; right from the get go. Whether you are a Newbie or Experienced, I have supported CAFS teachers like you to grow and transform their CAFS journey over the last 10 years. If you are ready to take your CAFS Crew to the next level without impacting your sleep and wellbeing in the process, you’re in the right place!

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