Staffroom Stories of Australian Teachers

Take a peek behind the staffroom door at what Australian teachers are talking about, and what they ought to know. Come for the advice (and sometimes controversy), stay for the lightbulb moments we all treasure in our students but tend to forget about in ourselves. Aussie teacher Emily picks a topic each episode that has come up in her own staffroom, or in our Facebook communities, and brings experts to the staffroom table to have a chat. Together they shed a light on the things that worry us, anger us, bring us joy, and make us laugh. Teaching is about the kids, but it’s about us teachers too. In collaboration with the Staffroom Stories blog.

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6 days ago

A new term is a time for refreshing and resetting! In this episode, I give you a few helpful ideas for how best to prepare yourself and your classroom for a new term. Things like seating plans, classroom and hallway decorations, curriculum, and also your own expectations and connections with yourself, your colleagues, and your students.  As always, full transcript and shownotes on the site!

Sunday Sep 25, 2022

This is the first of our Anonymous Teacher Files, where teachers have asked for me to be their voice on a sensitive topic.  In this episode, a teacher has reached out to discuss discrimination related to a hearing impairment. I delved into the statistics of teachers with disabilities, and offer advice for how to deal with discrimination that may be occurring in your workplace as a teacher. Full transcript and show notes available on the website.

Sunday Aug 28, 2022

This week in Aus is Teacher Aide Appreciation Week! Holy dooly do I appreciate every single teacher aide I've ever worked with. In this episode I want to highlight some of the key reasons why we cannot live without our TAs; how best to work together with a TA in your classroom; and how you can access the unique and invaluable knowledge our TAs hold. Show notes and transcript on the blog!

Sunday Aug 14, 2022

In this episode, Angela helps us to explore what our options are for when we are just unhappy with our jobs as a teacher. We discuss a few different options for when you know you need a change, but you're not sure what is out there for you: You still want to teach, but need a change. You want to explore other options within education. You want out of teaching altogether. This episode follows on from our previous conversation about how to navigate the feeling that perhaps you might be done with teaching. Transcript and show notes on the blog!

Sunday Aug 07, 2022

This conversation is for every teacher who has toyed with the idea that perhaps they're not as happy as they'd like with their teaching. I don't mean all the *extra* we're dealing with, but deep down within your core. Perhaps you need clarity and validation that teaching is absolutely still your thing. Perhaps you are on the fence. Perhaps you're ready to get out. No matter where you sit, this one is for you! Head to the website for full transcript and show notes, and to explore all of the other topics that come up within our staffrooms.

Sunday Jul 24, 2022

Seen the media reports lately claiming that teens actually tune out their Mum's voice? The reality is a little more complex.  Clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences (and publishing author of the article that the media are referencing) Dr Daniel Abrams joins me to discuss his research on how voice activates the reward systems in neurotypical and neurodivergent brains.  Transcript and Show Notes on the blog.

Sunday Jul 17, 2022

I'm sure you've heard a plethora of things said about trans people lately, so I got in contact with the RCH Gender Service, and Dr Cate is here to provide you with the scientifically and medically accurate information needed to clear up those misconceptions. Bottom line - you'll probably have a gender diverse or trans student in the near future (if you haven't already), and this will help you to understand them a bit better! Show notes and full transcript available on the blog.

Sunday Jul 10, 2022

Being in a teaching rut can get tedious, draining, and even boring. But being complacent can be dangerous. This episode is for those of us who are feeling the shine wear off teaching, feeling like we might need something a bit shiny and new, but don't necessarily want to throw in the towel just yet. Show notes and transcript on the blog.

Sunday Jul 03, 2022

A TRUE Classroom Escape Room - kids locked inside a converted green room, the only way out by solving challenges directly related to the curriculum for that term... Kelda has created her room in such a way that it can easily be adapted for each primary year level at her school. Listen to find out exactly how she did it, and how you can too! Show notes and transcript, plus full room and challenge plan (with pictures), on the blog.

Sunday Jun 19, 2022

This is Part 2 of a short series about harmful gender norms in our classrooms. This episode focuses on what we as teachers can do to help our students succeed in spite of harmful societal expectations based on gender.   Show notes and transcript on the blog.


Welcome to Staffroom Stories!

The topics us teachers discuss in our staffrooms are certainly not limited to how the last lesson went. 


Join host Emily Aslin each week, as we dive into what Aussie teachers are talking about, and what they ought to know about. Some topics will be controversial, some will be triggering, some will be very light-hearted - but all of them are real topics that come up in our staffrooms.

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