Plus One Podcast
Video Episode 15 - Tomás Ó Ruairc on poetry, Bazinga and authentic communication

Video Episode 15 - Tomás Ó Ruairc on poetry, Bazinga and authentic communication

July 31, 2021

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My guest for episode 15 is Tomás Ó Ruairc, who wears many hats!  He is amongst other things, CEO of the Teaching Council of Ireland, a poet and writer, and has a varied career in teaching and more recently educational leadership.  He co-hosts the “Lighting a Fire” podcast series, hosts the Learning for All webinars, and produces a wonderful blog “Bazinga” which I now look forward to seeing in my feeds as it’s always so beautifully written and researched.


Audio Episode 15 - Tomás Ó Ruairc on poetry, Bazinga and authentic communication

Audio Episode 15 - Tomás Ó Ruairc on poetry, Bazinga and authentic communication

July 31, 2021

Episode_15_-_Tomas_O_Ruairc_-_The_Plus_One_Po...

My guest for episode 15 is Tomás Ó Ruairc, who wears many hats!  He is amongst other things, CEO of the Teaching Council of Ireland, a poet and writer, and has a varied career in teaching and more recently educational leadership.  He co-hosts the “Lighting a Fire” podcast series, hosts the Learning for All webinars, and produces a wonderful blog “Bazinga” which I now look forward to seeing in my feeds as it’s always so beautifully written and researched.

 

 

Video Episode 14 - Eina McHugh on playing fields, creativity and meaning

Video Episode 14 - Eina McHugh on playing fields, creativity and meaning

July 25, 2021

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We discuss “the more than…” , being bombed multiple times growing up, getting a Fulbright Scholarship and getting a chance to think and dream and grow.  Working in big systems, but losing sight & connection with your own individual will.

Different phases of life – growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, studying English & French in Dublin at Trinity College. 

The “media years” -  doing media training with TG4, working in media with the BBC, doing training, starting up the Northern Film Council – trying to help a dream come to life, and getting Ralph Fiennes to help – you only have to ask...  Moving to London to direct the Second World Summit on Television for Children, setting up a consultancy company then working with Welsh broadcaster S4C.

The Dublin years – becoming Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, coming home to look after ill parents.

Coach & mentor. The book “Zen mind, beginner’s mind” – come to things with a really open mind.  We eat but don’t taste…

Eina’s book “To call myself beloved.” “It took me a huge amount of time, and every sort of energy and creative energy, and essentially, it's really about two themes. It's an experience of therapy, whether written from the client or the patient's perspective, you never get any other perspective. And it's also the second theme was about the troubles and the impact of the troubles that really has seen very little light of day.”

“I could not find a book that actually explained or described an experience of therapy that I could recognise everything was too posh, everything was too academic. Everything was always right. They didn't have the blood on the floor. It didn't have them. It didn't have the misunderstandings. And to me, that was essential.”

 

Quotations:

  • “… a much deeper sense of, I am creative, and I am alive, and I am alive in my creativity...”
  • “there's something about that fundamental experience of myself that I can actually be an agent of change. And actually, for many people, that ebbs away.”
  • Starting the Northern Film Council – “…trying to help a dream come to life.. a part of that is the courage to try and the courage to experiment because it doesn't exist.”
  • On Ralph Fiennes coming over to Belfast to deliver a workshop for children soon after winning his Oscar for The English Patient – “On the way back to the airport, I said to him, why did you say yes? And he said to me, well, you're the only person who's ever asked me. So you must have thought I could do it.”
  • “…if you call out something in people, if you believe in people and also sometimes, just shut up. Just try it.”
  • “I always worked on projects that did not exist, they had to be made exist. So this is where I became very interested in this kind of terrain of a dream. Yes, individual dreams, work dreams, organizational change. It doesn't yet exist. Can we make it exist?”
  • “I am very interested in self-sabotage. I am very interested in the frozen moments where seemingly we can do nothing.”
  • “…visual art, music, drama is that holistic way of looking at the world and experiencing the world. I really, I really love that… I don't like the narrow path.
  • “…this teacher told me how much he hated and felt bad about creativity. And he said, I know I'm blocking it for the children. And I thought that was incredibly brave and honest of him to say that… what he was saying was, I feel horrible about this. I don't feel happy and easy about it. And it was such a stunning moment. He really changed me.”
  • “…what I realized in that moment was, forget trying to impose on teachers, things that are all mechanistic about, have you ticked this box or that box, forget it - for a while even. Just try and come alongside people and give people opportunities should they wish to explore themselves and their creativity. And from that will come…?
  • As a coach – “a lot of time with mentees, we're trying to make the frame. How am I framing the situation?”
  • “…it's very important that the person knows, I'm going to back you. It doesn't matter to me, it can go pear-shaped, that does not matter. What am I learning? What am I practising? What am I experimenting? So that actually is a rich experience. And I can develop? We think that creativity, innovation and leadership is easy? No.”
  • “I can be across several terrains at the same time. Yes, that is me.”
  • “One of the fascinating things that we are discovering through online facilitation, you actually can have the same meaning.”
  • “…we underestimate the visual capacity … people are speaking in images all the time. And images are often a way in, and they can enliven and enrich connection between people.”
  • “Start the day with some connection to nature…if you can build in some space, for yourself, and that kind of capacity to self-nourish, self-reflect, take yourself seriously, take your creativity seriously. And the day will be as it will be…it sets the day differently.”
  • “I really encourage you to go run around all the pitches.”

Links:

Books:

Eina’s Plus One

  • Cultivating the capacity to visualise images is a powerful resource.

Call to action

  • Start the day with some connection to nature…

Audio Episode 14 - Eina McHugh on playing fields, creativity and meaning

Audio Episode 14 - Eina McHugh on playing fields, creativity and meaning

July 25, 2021

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We discuss “the more than…” , being bombed multiple times growing up, getting a Fulbright Scholarship and getting a chance to think and dream and grow.  Working in big systems, but losing sight & connection with your own individual will.

Different phases of life – growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, studying English & French in Dublin at Trinity College. 

The “media years” -  doing media training with TG4, working in media with the BBC, doing training, starting up the Northern Film Council – trying to help a dream come to life, and getting Ralph Fiennes to help – you only have to ask...  Moving to London to direct the Second World Summit on Television for Children, setting up a consultancy company then working with Welsh broadcaster S4C.

The Dublin years – becoming Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, coming home to look after ill parents.

Coach & mentor. The book “Zen mind, beginner’s mind” – come to things with a really open mind.  We eat but don’t taste…

Eina’s book “To call myself beloved.” “It took me a huge amount of time, and every sort of energy and creative energy, and essentially, it's really about two themes. It's an experience of therapy, the written from the client or the patient's perspective, you never get any other perspective. And it's also the second theme was about the troubles and the impact of the troubles that really has seen very little light of day.”

“I could not find a book that actually explained or described an experience of therapy that I could recognise everything was too posh, everything was too academic. Everything was always right. They didn't have the blood on the floor. It didn't have them. It didn't have the misunderstandings. And to me, that was essential.”

 

Quotations:

  • “… a much deeper sense of, I am creative, and I am alive, and I am alive in my creativity...”
  • “there's something about that fundamental experience of myself that I can actually be an agent of change. And actually, for many people, that ebbs away.”
  • Starting the Northern Film Council – “…trying to help a dream come to life.. a part of that is the courage to try and the courage to experiment because it doesn't exist.”
  • On Ralph Fiennes coming over to Belfast to deliver a workshop for children soon after winning his Oscar for The English Patient – “On the way back to the airport, I said to him, why did you say yes? And he said to me, well, you're the only person who's ever asked me. So you must have thought I could do it.”
  • “…if you call out something in people, if you believe in people and also sometimes, just shut up. Just try it.”
  • “I always worked on projects that did not exist, they had to be made exist. So this is where I became very interested in this kind of terrain of a dream. Yes, individual dreams, work dreams, organizational change. It doesn't yet exist. Can we make it exist?”
  • “I am very interested in self-sabotage. I am very interested in the frozen moments where seemingly we can do nothing.”
  • “…visual art, music, drama is that holistic way of looking at the world and experiencing the world. I really, I really love that… I don't like the narrow path.
  • “…this teacher told me how much he hated and felt bad about creativity. And he said, I know I'm blocking it for the children. And I thought that was incredibly brave and honest of him to say that… what he was saying was, I feel horrible about this. I don't feel happy and easy about it. And it was such a stunning moment. He really changed me.”
  • “…what I realized in that moment was, forget trying to impose on teachers, things that are all mechanistic about, have you ticked this box or that box, forget it - for a while even. Just try and come alongside people and give people opportunities should they wish to explore themselves and their creativity. And from that will come…?
  • As a coach – “a lot of time with mentees, we're trying to make the frame. How am I framing the situation?”
  • “…it's very important that the person knows, I'm going to back you. It doesn't matter to me, it can go pear shaped, that does not matter. What am I learning? What am I practising? What am I experimenting? So that actually is a rich experience. And I can develop? We think that creativity, innovation and leadership is easy? No.”
  • “I can be across several terrains at the same time. Yes, that is me.”
  • “One of the fascinating things that we are discovering through online facilitation, you actually can have the same meaning.”
  • “…we underestimate the visual capacity … people are speaking in images all the time. And images are often a way in, and they can enliven and enrich connection between people.”
  • “Start the day with some connection to nature…if you can build in some space, for yourself, and that kind of capacity to self-nourish, self-reflect, take yourself seriously, take your creativity seriously. And the day will be as it will be…it sets the day differently.”
  • “I really encourage you to go run around all the pitches.”

Links:

Books:

  • Zen mind, beginner’s mind - https://amzn.to/3i317OD

Eina’s Plus One

  • Cultivating the capacity to visualise images is a powerful resource.

Call to action

  • Start the day with some connection to nature…
Video Episode 13 - Lisa Padden on UDL, inclusion & diversity

Video Episode 13 - Lisa Padden on UDL, inclusion & diversity

July 17, 2021

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We discuss inclusion as a key influencer on education, and how Belmullet, County Mayo is a great place for getting almost 100% of students into higher education.  Removing barriers for students, becoming aware of the huge difference between urban & rural disadvantage.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL), for which Lisa is an internationally recognised expert.  Teaching more senior & experienced people like a set of GP’s at age 23 – in the evenings, and core academic skills teaching for every student.  Making Shakespearean Comedy accessible to a highly diverse group of students.  Helping students understand how to focus their time to balance effort against the assessment weightings.  The need to get rid of exams!

Reviewing the module & programme types of assessment to make sure they are diverse – not just based on written work for instance, to allow all types of learner to express themselves to their fullest potential.  Reflecting the diversity of your student population in the course communications and materials.

 

Quotes:

“I’m always interested and curious to learn from students, in terms of how they experience higher education, because my experience is just one experience.

… most people haven’t been exposed to actually have to think about - how do I adjust my teaching to make sure that I’m including students with dyslexia, students with ADHD, students with dyspraxia…

“…extra time in an exam… it’s not going to make up for the 12 weeks learning experience the student has had if they haven’t felt they were included in the classroom.”

Multiple modes of assessment – “If you want them to do a video, you need to teach them how to do a video.  If they’ve only ever written essays, they’re going to continue to just write an essay…”

“We have to be teachers, but we have to be learners as well”

“Rubric development as a process… can help people get over the fear of a new type of assessment.”

 

Useful Links:

 

The UDL Digital Badge rollout – Sept 2021 – sign up here! https://www.ahead.ie/UDL-Badge-2021-Autumn

 

The Book of Margery Kempe - https://amzn.to/2UdTWKr

 

CELT (Centre for Excellence in Learning  and Teaching) at NUI Galway - http://www.nuigalway.ie/centre-excellence-learning-teaching/

 

The DAWN Handbook – Teaching students with disabilities – Guidelines for Academic Staff - https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftrap.ncirl.ie%2F1009%2F1%2FDawn_webs.pdf

 

 A Practitioner’s Guide to Choice of Assessment Methods within a Module, Dublin: UCD Teaching and Learning. (Geraldine O'Neill & Aine Galvin, 2011, Ed) – downloadable PDF - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273716129_A_Practitioner's_Guide_to_Choice_of_Assessment_Methods_within_a_Module_Dublin_UCD_Teaching_and_Learning_O'Neill_2011_Ed

 

The Toolkit for Inclusive Higher Educational Institutions – Dr Lisa Padden & Dr Ann Kelly – downloadable PDF and online self-assessment tool -

https://www.ucd.ie/universityforall/resourcehub/toolkit/

 

UDL resources:


Audio Episode 13 - Lisa Padden on UDL, inclusion and diversity

Audio Episode 13 - Lisa Padden on UDL, inclusion and diversity

July 17, 2021

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We discuss inclusion as a key influencer on education, and how Belmullet, County Mayo is a great place for getting almost 100% of students into higher education.  Removing barriers for students, becoming aware of the huge difference between urban & rural disadvantage.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL), for which Lisa is an internationally recognised expert.  Teaching more senior & experienced people like a set of GP’s at age 23 – in the evenings, and core academic skills teaching for every student.  Making Shakespearean Comedy accessible to a highly diverse group of students.  Helping students understand how to focus their time to balance effort against the assessment weightings.  The need to get rid of exams!

Reviewing the module & programme types of assessment to make sure they are diverse – not just based on written work for instance, to allow all types of learner to express themselves to their fullest potential.  Reflecting the diversity of your student population in the course communications and materials.

 

Quotes:

“I’m always interested and curious to learn from students, in terms of how they experience higher education, because my experience is just one experience.

… most people haven’t been exposed to actually have to think about - how do I adjust my teaching to make sure that I’m including students with dyslexia, students with ADHD, students with dyspraxia…

“…extra time in an exam… it’s not going to make up for the 12 weeks learning experience the student has had if they haven’t felt they were included in the classroom.”

Multiple modes of assessment – “If you want them to do a video, you need to teach them how to do a video.  If they’ve only ever written essays, they’re going to continue to just write an essay…”

“We have to be teachers, but we have to be learners as well”

“Rubric development as a process… can help people get over the fear of a new type of assessment.”

 

Useful Links:

 

The UDL Digital Badge rollout – Sept 2021 – sign up here! https://www.ahead.ie/UDL-Badge-2021-Autumn

 

The Book of Margery Kempe - https://amzn.to/2UdTWKr

 

CELT (Centre for Excellence in Learning  and Teaching) at NUI Galway - http://www.nuigalway.ie/centre-excellence-learning-teaching/

 

The DAWN Handbook – Teaching students with disabilities – Guidelines for Academic Staff - https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftrap.ncirl.ie%2F1009%2F1%2FDawn_webs.pdf

 

 A Practitioner’s Guide to Choice of Assessment Methods within a Module, Dublin: UCD Teaching and Learning. (Geraldine O'Neill & Aine Galvin, 2011, Ed) – downloadable PDF - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273716129_A_Practitioner's_Guide_to_Choice_of_Assessment_Methods_within_a_Module_Dublin_UCD_Teaching_and_Learning_O'Neill_2011_Ed

 

The Toolkit for Inclusive Higher Educational Institutions – Dr Lisa Padden & Dr Ann Kelly – downloadable PDF and online self-assessment tool -

https://www.ucd.ie/universityforall/resourcehub/toolkit/

 

UDL resources:

 

Audio Episode 12 - Alan Morgan on facilitation and mindset change

Audio Episode 12 - Alan Morgan on facilitation and mindset change

July 13, 2021

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We discuss transitioning from business into education, “finding your element”, loving what you do.  How Montessori techniques are still working, why creativity and innovative teaching engages and fosters a mindset change.  The transition from sage on stage lecturer to facilitator – and how difficult this can be.  Avoiding banana-skins, and co-creating learning. 

  • Gary Ridge – CEO of WD40 – 4 concepts around the mindset for leadership:
  1. Collaboration
  2. Inclusivity
  3. Being purpose driven
  4. Always be in a learning mode

Books:

 

The fundamental world view for effectuation is called the Pilot-in-the-plane, which describes the future as something you can influence by your actions, i.e. you can create your own opportunities.

The four principles of effectuation are:

  1. Bird-in-Hand: You have to create solutions with the resources available here and now.
  2. Lemonade principle: Mistakes and surprises are inevitable and can be used to look for new opportunities.
  3. Crazy Quilt: Entering into new partnerships can bring the project new funds and new directions.
  4. Affordable loss: You should only invest as much as you are willing to lose.

 

Ref: https://innovationenglish.sites.ku.dk/model/sarasvathy-effectuation/

 

Podcasts:

Inside education – Episode 38 interviewing Professor Zong Zhao - https://insideeducation.podbean.com/e/programme-398-yong-zhao-on-globalisation-technology-entrepreneurship-education-25-4-20/

 

Quotes:

“Creative leadership is about challenging the status quo.  It’s about believing in the way we actually can think differently.”

 

“I’ve seen these educators go back to their classrooms and they fundamentally change what they do, and re-imagine education in a way that’s better.”

 

“The first challenge is the system, the second is the people who work in the system…”

 

Quoting a recent round-table with Andreas Schleicher at the UCD Innovation Academy – “It’s up to the teaching profession to change the teaching profession – don’t be waiting for Govt. policy.  Change from the grass-roots, and then that will inform policy…”

 

Call to action – look deeply into what you are currently doing, and ask – is this working and could I do it better?  Reflect on your own practice, and engage more in an experiential learning model.

 

The UCD Innovation Academy Professional Certificate/Diploma in  Creativity & Innovation in Education is at https://www.innovators.ie/creativity-and-innovation-for-education/

 

Video Episode 12 - Alan Morgan on facilitation and mindset change

Video Episode 12 - Alan Morgan on facilitation and mindset change

July 13, 2021

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We discuss transitioning from business into education, “finding your element”, loving what you do.  How Montessori techniques are still working, why creativity and innovative teaching engages and fosters a mindset change.  The transition from sage on stage lecturer to facilitator – and how difficult this can be.  Avoiding banana-skins, and co-creating learning. 

  • Gary Ridge – CEO of WD40 – 4 concepts around the mindset for leadership:
  1. Collaboration
  2. Inclusivity
  3. Being purpose driven
  4. Always be in a learning mode

Books:

 

The fundamental world view for effectuation is called the Pilot-in-the-plane, which describes the future as something you can influence by your actions, i.e. you can create your own opportunities.

The four principles of effectuation are:

  1. Bird-in-Hand: You have to create solutions with the resources available here and now.
  2. Lemonade principle: Mistakes and surprises are inevitable and can be used to look for new opportunities.
  3. Crazy Quilt: Entering into new partnerships can bring the project new funds and new directions.
  4. Affordable loss: You should only invest as much as you are willing to lose.

 

Ref: https://innovationenglish.sites.ku.dk/model/sarasvathy-effectuation/

 

Podcasts:

Inside education – Episode 38 interviewing Professor Zong Zhao - https://insideeducation.podbean.com/e/programme-398-yong-zhao-on-globalisation-technology-entrepreneurship-education-25-4-20/

 

Quotes:

“Creative leadership is about challenging the status quo.  It’s about believing in the way we actually can think differently.”

 

“I’ve seen these educators go back to their classrooms and they fundamentally change what they do, and re-imagine education in a way that’s better.”

 

“The first challenge is the system, the second is the people who work in the system…”

 

Quoting a recent round-table with Andreas Schleicher at the UCD Innovation Academy – “It’s up to the teaching profession to change the teaching profession – don’t be waiting for Govt. policy.  Change from the grass-roots, and then that will inform policy…”

 

Call to action – look deeply into what you are currently doing, and ask – is this working and could I do it better?  Reflect on your own practice, and engage more in an experiential learning model.

 

The UCD Innovation Academy Professional Certificate/Diploma in  Creativity & Innovation in Education is at https://www.innovators.ie/creativity-and-innovation-for-education/

 


Audio Episode 11 - Dr Stephanie Doscher on making global learning universal

Audio Episode 11 - Dr Stephanie Doscher on making global learning universal

June 27, 2021

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We discuss genetic makeup, nature vs nurture, teaching exposing you to different perspectives, layers of diversity.  Education giving us curiosity, agility, enquiry. Having a terrible memory, and following your nose…  The opportunity to give global perspective education without travelling. The process of discovery through writing… refining the thinking, taking away the words, focussing the ideas…   Taking ideas from different disciplines and applying them to education, and contributing to the dialogue, to the idea generation.  We explore the process of matchmaking which Stephanie facilitates through COIL, the skeleton protocol that educators and students plug into.  Icebreaking experiences,

 

Stephanie’s Plus One is icebreakers – exploring perspectives and leading into the collaborative task/experience.  Designing tasks with power equality, which requires everyone, and how are ideas exchanged and connected.  Directing students to connect all their ideas to co-create the outcome, and then mindfully reflecting on the outcome, because the learning happens in the reflection

 

Collaboration doesn’t happen by default – it happens by design”. 

 “Your way of seeing things is not the only way, and we can benefit from seeing things differently.

Getting to “The leanest, meanest way to say the thing

“It’s not about what to think, but how to think”

“Global learning is a  process that involves diverse people… in collaborative efforts… to understand, analyse and address complex problems that transcend borders.”

 

 

 

 

 

Video Episode 11 - Dr Stephanie Doscher on making global learning universal

Video Episode 11 - Dr Stephanie Doscher on making global learning universal

June 27, 2021

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We discuss genetic makeup, nature vs nurture, teaching exposing you to different perspectives, layers of diversity.  Education giving us curiosity, agility, enquiry. Having a terrible memory, and following your nose…  The opportunity to give global perspective education without travelling. The process of discovery through writing… refining the thinking, taking away the words, focussing the ideas…   Taking ideas from different disciplines and applying them to education, and contributing to the dialogue, to the idea generation.  We explore the process of matchmaking which Stephanie facilitates through COIL, the skeleton protocol that educators and students plug into.  Icebreaking experiences,

 

Stephanie’s Plus One is icebreakers – exploring perspectives and leading into the collaborative task/experience.  Designing tasks with power equality, which requires everyone, and how are ideas exchanged and connected.  Directing students to connect all their ideas to co-create the outcome, and then mindfully reflecting on the outcome, because the learning happens in the reflection

 

Collaboration doesn’t happen by default – it happens by design”. 

 “Your way of seeing things is not the only way, and we can benefit from seeing things differently.

Getting to “The leanest, meanest way to say the thing

“It’s not about what to think, but how to think”

“Global learning is a  process that involves diverse people… in collaborative efforts… to understand, analyse and address complex problems that transcend borders.”

 

 

 

 

 


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