Drama Education

Have you every toyed with the idea of using drama in your classroom? Putting on a show? Are you a budding drama practitioner? This week’s episode explores the use of drama in education.

With a drama teacher, Mediterranean Mama, we look into directing, exploring social issues (such as bullying and suicide), and even the image a drama teacher has.


  1. Talking with a fellow theatre arts teacher was nice to geek out on drama stuff.
  2. The way that drama comes so naturally to humans and is useful in any subject just warms my heart.
  3. Recognizing current issues that our students deal with is important – unstigmatize the taboo! (yes, I know that’s not a word at the moment)

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All the best,

Not Your Teacher


This week’s episode explores ideas about parenting – how does parenting affect us as adults and educators, how does it influence our students, how does it shape the nature of our communication?

With a seasoned counselor, Mr. Rodgers, we look into attachment styles, what it would take to make us a parent (cuz we’re not), and a few other topics concerning parenting.

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Teaching as a Second or New Career (TSNC)

This week’s episode is quite unique – mostly because we have our first male guest of ever! Pirate! He has had 4 different careers and now he is a substitute becoming a full-time teacher, internationally. He is a huge advocate of international teaching, and cites things like: the savings potential, opportunity to work and travel, and the transient nature of this lifestyle.

We talk about Pirate’s past work experiences, views on issues in international education, and more.


Not every school you find internationally is going to be amazing, so do your research and ask around. Obviously maybe not obviously, look on their website, look up reviews, ask people who work there, see how long they stay, whatever else etc. If you don’t inquire, you might end up stuck at a bad place. Just FYI.


  1. IB stands for International Baccalaureate – it’s the curriculum framework / brand of schools that a lot of international schools work with
  2. The whole “If you’re not having the time of your life, then fuck you” mantra and message that is repeated from the guest – take it light heartedly, he really just means enjoy your life or fix it so that you do enjoy it!


I was trying to say who a guest speaker from a speech on modern education looked like – I said Michael McDonald, but I meant Donald Sutherland. Just to clear that up.

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Things get a little more serious and sentimental in this episode, where I talk to a veteran counsellor, Homesick, who has moved all the way from her home and family in the USA across the world to satisfy the curiosity she had for international education. I didn’t even swear that much or use a lot of crass humor, I’m impressed.


  1. Firstly, I love Homesick’s stories and wisdom she has about education – I hope you’ll take away a few things from her.
  2. I don’t know if it’s because she’s a counsellor, but I felt really calm and chill during the recording of this episode – which makes for a (hopefully) smooth and flowing episode for you!
  3. Homesick is someone who is unapologetically herself, and I admire that and the fact that she left her family to do something she needed to do – I hope she inspires you to consider taking risks in order to grow and challenge yourself.


I’m lucky enough that I got started teaching internationally from the start of my career, I can only imagine what it feels like to have worked at only 2 schools within miles of each other for over 30 years! However, I kind of find myself toying with the idea of “going back home”, simply because of family and friends.

However to that though, I love the transient and free nature of being a nomadic traveller. It’s been quite sometime since I’ve felt at home when I go home. That might sound weird but it’s just a sort of reverse culture-shock feeling when I go back. I feel at home and comfortable when I’m unaware of my surroundings. I guess I’m just a freakish millennial sun-child of the earth. Or is anyone else with me?

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All my best,

Not Your Teacher


It’s so important (to me, at least) that we stay as healthy as we can. Feel good; look good; be good. And, it all starts with health. So, I reconnected with the same guest from the “Sexual Orientation” episode, Best Hire, to talk about Health. This is in a quite general sense of taking care of oneself and being well.

It seems that the first thing teachers let slip is their own care. We have tonnes of students to care for, plenty of administrators and family members to please and love, it’s a selfless career that we’ve taken on. However, I believe that it’s so important to take care of yourself and listen to what your body is saying – otherwise you’re basically a wet nap. When you’re all dried up and out of use, you’re thrown in the trash bin. Sorry to get dark, I just want you to take care! I’m a culprit of not doing this, myself.


Favorites from this episode include:

  1. Just having the same guest from the first episode back, which was so fun again.
  2. Talking about health and having some fun outtakes that I’ll release in a later episode or as bonus material. Gave me some cool ideas for content to share with all of you soon.
  3. The energy of this episode made it really fun to record, as well as edit.
  4. Most importantly, the fact that there are some really cool and doable tips for all of us to be healthier in the episode.


I’m not shaming anyone when I say teacher bodies in the episode. I feel that if I didn’t teach or do all the extra-curricular things I do, including this podcast, I’d have the time to just have the hottest body ever and be healthy as fuck. However, I’d have no money, because you become skilled in what you do, and I’ve been doing teaching for too long to be able to branch out into something else – and I don’t really want to. Teacher bodies are just the bodies we have from not being supermodels. We have so much shit to deal with at all times, it makes sense that our bods slip and we become little cute donut holes.

But anyway, teacher bods are just that look like “hey, this is my body now, I don’t really work out or have a thyroid problem, but it’s not the healthiest pear-shape”. I hope you know what I mean and the fact that I mean no harm or offense, but let’s blame it on the catering. A lot of our events and staff meetings just have unhealthy things like sugar and carbs. Then, when we are bored or tired at said meetings, it makes sense that we mindlessly munch on what we are given. To add on top of that, at least me personally, am pretty zonked at the end of the day so I don’t exactly feel like running a half marathon by the time I get out of school.

And after that too, I don’t know everyone’s life, and I’m not trying to be insensitive. My weight has fluctuated forever and I feel like everyone has an eating disorder of some sort, so just remember that. I’m not being judgmental at all.


I have some apps on my phone, such as Daily Workouts (this is not a sponsored post lol) where I can have 5, 8 or 10 minute workouts that require no equipment and fit it in to my day at some point. Skipping (or jump rope) is also something I like because I can do it for 10-15 minutes and break a sweat without taking a huge chunk of my day or travelling to the gym. Other than that, eating fruits and vegetables more than anything else helps.

Tell me my dear peeps! What do you do to maintain your health? What are your current issues you have with your health? Did I piss anyone off? How so?

Keep being your beautiful selves inside and inside out! I hope you are either well or soon on the mend!

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Student Agency

So, when my guest of this episode, Plant Lady, said that this was a topic she’d love to discuss and felt passionate about, I immediately thought of James Bond and students as professional spies. I was wrong, and realized that it’s actually something I feature in my classes from time to time.

I really love how, in this episode, she explains ways in which she implements student agency in her own classroom and also is so modest to say she is not an expert. You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what it actually is – or maybe I was the only one who hadn’t heard of item #132093353 of the arsenal our teacher vocabulary and acronyms. She’s definitely a badass and someone you can learn a few things from.


Some of my favorite parts of the episode:

  1. That it was recorded in her cute, cozy, little downtown loft.
  2. The way that I learned about not only strategies I can use in my classes, but also about some Oscar movies to lookout for.
  3. Our discussion about “dabbling” which (the word) she said a lot, and negative people, which I feel is an issue that needs to be addressed and abolished!
  4. A chance to chill and relax with this lady. We seriously had a whole podcast episode of a discussion before we even began recording.


About negative people… she mentions in the episode that it is one of her current frustrations. I have to say I agree. I totally understand that we have times where we’re like “yeh, this totally sucks… oh I hate the way that this was carried out”, but, it’s one of my goals to be mindful of it and to not feed into it.

It can be so addictive to be down on others and talk shit about things, which is terrible. One of my past therapists told me “the greatest way people can bond is when they talk shit about someone”, I don’t know why I quoted that… that was probably the loosest paraphrase I’ve ever done. But anyway, I think that when we are negative about others, it just says that we’re bored in whatever we are doing.

My advice to all of you and myself is to remember that, and say to yourself, “If I can’t say/do something constructive to/for the person/situation I’m being negative about…” – then shut up, recollect, and figure out how you can be a positive force in the matter OR work towards more productive goals. Regardless of the fact that most of us are teachers, more importantly we are humans and would not want people to be gossipping about us or hating on us – we shouldn’t either.


A recurring motif of this episode is “dabbling”, the guest said it a million times and I think that it is great to dabble. However, if you find that you are trying out a tonne of things without seeing them to completion or jumping on to the next thing, please reconsider. I’ve recently read somewhere (I forget) that it’s something like the “shiny objects syndrome”, we start things because we are creative and awesome, but then find something new. I’m a culprit of this, and it’s something I’m really trying to fix in my life.

Tell dear people, what are you currently dabbling in? What is your advice on working dealing with negative people?

Thank you for listening, reading and supporting. You’re the best.


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Speech Language Pathology with EALs

SLP with EALs is the acronym of this episode. Damn, we just have so many acronyms and terms in our profession, I feel like I only remember 20% or less. I loved talking about this topic with Lianga (sp? probably) because it’s something she’s so passionate about and skilled in, plus she has this Disney Princess voice that I want to fucking steal like I’m Ursula, I swear.


Some of my favorites of this particular episode:

  1. How articulate and clear she was in explaining her thoughts and tips for this – go figure – she’s a Speech and Language Pathologist.
  2. Just the way that her voice is so calming and nice to listen to – it almost makes me feel like every teacher should have a cool, well-trained voice as a prerequisite.
  3. How we talk about inclusion, which I’m really into. Inclusivity eliminates bullying, my people!
  4. The playfulness. I may have forgotten her alias at the beginning, but it was a good icebreaker in the end.

Talk to me – what do you think we need to do to implement inclusion in our own teachings? What did you learn from this episode and what do you want to know more about in relation to Speech Therapy and English as an Additional Language?


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Sexual Orientation

When I first started framing questions and thinking about this episode topic, I titled it “Sexuality”. Eventually I realized, I really was trying to explore sexual orientation and how teachers feel about it. So I retitled this and kept the content the same.

We have all heard or maybe experienced stories about teacher’s sexual orientation being exploited or affecting their job security. It might be celebrated in many parts of the world, and legal to be who you are, all the parts of you – however, somehow even in 2019, teachers everyday lives are affected by the simple act of not being heterosexual or for their personal lives becoming the topic of their workplace.

I had the pleasure of having one of my good friends talk to me about this issue. We actually even talked a bit about the Jussie Smollett scandal, which in some ways, made me want to release this earlier, but at the same time, I was a little anxious about what people would say about my thoughts on that. Hey, who knows, it’s never too late for the internet to get mad.

Some of my favorite parts of this episode:

  1. The amount of raw emotion and fearlessness that my guest had in sharing her experiences – things I didn’t even know about her when we have been friends and colleagues for quite some time.
  2. Talking about pop culture and depictions of sexual orientation / sexuality.
  3. Reflecting on how we, as teachers, model and influence student perspectives on aspects of identity – including, but not limited to sexual orientation.
  4. It is just so honest and raw, I want to keep things this way! Authentic. True. Genuine. Words! But, seriously, that’s something I want to keep no matter how long this podcast goes on.


At one point in this episode, I say about guys getting “dick mad”… I just meant that… oh well, never mind. Ask me if you’re wondering about that.

What are your experiences with sexual orientation in the workplace? Have your views evolved over time? How do you advocate for your peers and model for your students?

Let me know what you think of this episode, and keep being yourselves! I can’t wait to hear from you.


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Start of the Podcast

So this is the beginning of the podcast journey. Not Your Teacher is a podcast for educators, where we discuss all kinds of things, uncensored. Myself, the host, is “Not Your Teacher”. That’s right, I will be referred to as Not Your Teacher. My guests on the other hand, will come up with their own aliases. Sexypants, Plant Lady, Pirate and Homesick are some of the earlier guests. Remaining anonymous will be enforced in order to keep the uncensored nature and free speech flowing throughout the life of the podcast.

Why am I doing this?
I’ve started this podcast for a few reasons. Including…

1. There isn’t anything like it.

I know there are some teacher podcasts out there, and they’re great. But I’m talking about an uncensored blog for education professionals where we talk about the real stuff that’s on our mind – not just issues in education, but also the things that we’re discouraged to say on our social media accounts or when we are with our colleagues. The things that we feel we have to whisper under our breath, say “in our heads” or wait until we are outside of school in a friend circle that has no connection to our professional lives.

2. I want to give a voice to my community.

You are my people! Around the world, educators share a lot in common, as well as some beautiful differences. Let’s connect! We definitely aren’t perfect, but we shouldn’t suppress what we are thinking and feeling in order to keep up our public image crystal clear. This is where the guise of the podcast comes in. I figured that having conversations with the educators I know from around the world would be a way to give a voice to this part of us that we have to keep hidden from the public.

3. I have it in me.

This is something that I thought I’d like to try one day. I enjoy talking to people and getting to know what’s on their mind, about their backstory and finding a connection. After months of planning, research and actually bringing this project to fruition, I’m extremely excited for you to meet me.

4. I want to positively affect someone’s life.

I do this for the teacher feeling alone in their adventures in education, the person who isn’t supported by their partner, the person who wants to hear different perspectives, the person who is brand new to the game and has just moved their whole life across the world on a whim. I do this for all of you, and I just want to bring something positive and helpful to your life.

5. Podcasts are fun.

I’ve found myself listening to podcasts and audiobooks rather than old music or current pop music, simply because I don’t find it as stimulating. I love hearing different voices and constantly learning new things. Podcasts make it so I actually look forward to my commutes to work or even when I’m waiting for something.


Think of this podcast as an underground forum where we explore teachers as humans. I have had the pleasure of talking to people I know, and people I used to know, about all sorts of things. Student agency, sexual orientation, health, speech therapy, and international teaching have been some of the major highlights so far. Please tell me what kind of topics you’d like me to investigate, or maybe even if you’d like to be a guest on the show.


The standard episodes will go as follows:

  • Theme Song
  • A conversation with a guest (who is an education professional, anything from teachers to counsellors to teachers-in-training) focused on the topic of the episode
  • Other segments – “What Makes You Mad Corner”, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (that’s going on in the world”, and rapid fire questions, to name a few) with the guest
  • Outro

*I am currently compiling teacher stories and other content for special episodes.


You’ll notice that I’m developing within my role as a host or “interviewer” throughout these early episodes. To me, it is so exciting, because it’s something I really enjoy – giving a voice to my peers and sharing it with you! I hope you enjoy the progress I make as well as forgive my mistakes. The most important thing is that you’re getting something out of listening to the podcast, whether it be tips, ideas, or even just having someone buzzing in your ears as you go about your day.


What sorts of things would you like to hear? I’m currently interviewing guests, gathering stories and developing new content for all of you. There will continue to be at least one regular episode released each week. Other than that, there’ll be some cool surprises along the way.

Start listening, start commenting, start interacting.

Thanks for the support,

Not Your Teacher

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