Today’s lesson is about being a better teacher

Zach Woodward (The Catholic Leader)

A Brisbane Catholic school teacher has launched a podcast to help teachers to “master their craft” through listening to the stories of beginner and experienced educators. Source: The Catholic Leader.

When Zach Woodward made the transition from Catholic youth ministry to school teacher, he stumbled on the question of how to pass on the faith to his students without losing them on the first day.

The primary school teacher realised by trial and error that his youth ministry experience meant nothing in the classroom if he wasn’t working hard on becoming a good teacher.

“I think lots of passionate Catholic teachers want to be really effective religious educators; they first need to get those basic teaching skills,” Mr Woodward said.

For his own self-education, the Marist College Ashgrove year 6 teacher has been tuning into podcasts. But in April he took his method one step further, creating his own podcast in his garage.

Mr Woodward said a professional development day in 2017 run by a teacher from Western Australia inspired him to produce a podcast that helped teachers “to master their craft”.

The Teacher’s Guide podcast includes interviews with experienced and beginner educators, as well as the host’s experiences from the past four years of teaching, to help others progress in their career.

Mr Woodward is also planning on releasing a Catholic education series next year that will include interviews with religious education teachers.

Listen to full episodes of The Teacher’s Guide podcast at


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