Gabbie Stroud Tells Aussie Teachers What’s Needed to Keep the Heart in Teaching

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Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

Teach Starter’s Bronwyn Brady chats with inspirational teacher-turned-author, Gabbie Stroud, about all things teacher!

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The good bits, the not so good bits and how to overcome these parts of the teaching profession. Gabbie shares some of her all-time favourite teaching moments and explains why she didn’t leave teaching, teaching left her.

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Gabbie Stroud Tells Aussie Teachers What’s Needed to Keep the Heart in Teaching

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Di Twentyman

I really enjoyed listening to the podcast. I couldn’t agree more with everything that Gabby spoke about. In September this year I will have been teaching 44 years with more than half of that time as a member of the school executive. The changes I have seen have been enormous and quite often unnecessary. “New ideas” that are what we did 20 years ago with a new name and surrounded with educational jargon. I am still there because I remind myself of the reason I went into teaching for- making a difference to students in the classroom. The unnecessary administrative stuff does my head in but unfortunately to so many in education, everything is data driven, assessing students to within an inch of their school lives. Standards in Australia are going down because teachers are battling all the paper work and a crowded curriculum. When I think back to my early days of teaching the emphasis was on Literacy and Numeracy skills. Teachers were respected. Gabby is right we are “demoralised”.

Di Twentyman · Feb 3rd, 2019

Holly (Teach Starter)

Absolutely Di! Thanks so much for your comment and we are so glad that you enjoyed this first episode of our podcast!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Feb 7th, 2019

Lisbeth McCoy

This is fantastic to listen to. Thank you Gabbie and thank you Teach Starter. If only we could teach and stop some of the data collection that at times seems totally unnecessary. Loved this.

Lisbeth McCoy · Feb 3rd, 2019

Holly (Teach Starter)

Thanks for your kind words Lisbeth! So glad that you enjoyed the first episode of our podcast. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss our second episode.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Feb 7th, 2019

terryn407

Thank you for putting into words how many of us feel – demoralised! 44 years of teaching and I now feel like I am hopeless and I have no right to an opinion as I am “old.” Many of my colleagues have left before their time because of ageism and demoralisation. I love teaching and I would like to continue for at least 7 years and then go part time. Yes, I am IT literate. Tomorrow is the start of a new school year and even though I spent most of my holidays planning I still feel inadequate because I I have to prove my teaching ability with endless paperwork. I think that Gabbie has a wonderful way with words but will the Education heads understand? What a loss to all those children who may have had Gabbie as a teacher. Thank you.

terryn407 · Feb 3rd, 2019

Holly (Teach Starter)

So true! Thank you so much for your words. We wish you the best of luck this school year and glad you enjoyed listening to our first episode of our podcast.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Feb 7th, 2019

Lea Arnold

As a teacher who began starry-eyed 33 years ago, Gabbie is a breath of fresh air!I have witnessed so many changes over those years and change that is not necessarily for the better. Change, that I would argue, is for change’s sake. Rather than teachers having the time and the resources they need to practise and perfect, approaches are thrown out because they are deemed ineffective and something said to be ‘the next best thing’ is brought in instead. Change is inevitable, but isn’t always for the greater good. I think Gabbie just may be my kindred spirit! Loved, loved, loved this podcast. Keep up the good work, TS! 🙂

Lea Arnold · Feb 3rd, 2019

Holly (Teach Starter)

Thanks for your kind words Lea. We totally agree, Gabbie is so amazing and doing her bit for the education system here in Australia. We hope you subscribe and enjoy the next episodes of our new podcast – For the Love of Teaching!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Feb 3rd, 2019


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