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Talks With Tia

Talks With Tia

By Rachael McDonald
🗣🚸Talks with me, Rachael McDonald, about children, 👶🏼👧🏽their development, issues affecting teachers and ways to support educators in and beyond the local educational landscape. 🇯🇲
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Finishing the school year with FUN
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Take a listen for tips on being in an optimal state of mind and finishing the academic year strong 💪🏽
May 13, 2022
Out To ... Sea
A chat with Rayon Carruthers, founder and chairman of Oceans For Everyone Incorporated about his commitment to taking Jamaican children out to the sea and the vast opportunities that exist from this.
May 02, 2022
Pinterest Perfect Earth Day Activities
In this very short episode I rant (unapologetically) about the perfectly curated Pinterest perfect Earth Day Activities that were all over social media. SMH. Le sigh.
April 23, 2022
An acronym for What I Feel Like Expressing (a tool you can use too). Take a listen as I share what what I’ve been up to for the last few months and why it can’t be business as usual moving forward with our children and in education.
April 18, 2022
World Teachers’ Day (WTD)
Happy World Teachers’ Day! You rock. Listen to my message that talks a little about the history of WTD and teacher advocacy. Email
October 05, 2021
Conversations with Principal, Suelyn Ward Brown
Suelyn is the Principal of the Jamaica China Goodwill Infant School located in Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew. In this episode she shares insight on community engagement as critical to school success and child development. Enjoy!
July 02, 2021
Acknowledge A Teacher
End the school year by supporting, cheering on, “bigging up,” honouring and thanking a teacher today.
June 19, 2021
STEAMing Conversations with Godiva Golding
STEAM for Jamaica’s youth: insight into the work of Steam House. For more information check out and on social media platforms.
April 09, 2021
What Matters?
Are we really preparing our children for the future? Or is it a return to the idea of business as usual? Now is the time to talk about what schools should teach.
March 29, 2021
From Boardhouse to Own House
The Renee Barrett story of conquering fear through her journey as a teacher in Jamaica, then onto Oman, and now in Kuwait.
March 18, 2021
PARTICIPATING with Kerensa Smith
Jamaican educator, Kerensa Smith, shares her journey in education as she PARTICIPATES in FarmVille, Virginia
January 26, 2021
Embracing Our (Jamaican) Culture
Talks with Jean Marie Hawthorn, educator, mummy & author. Jean shares the story behind her writing the books “Jamaica In My Tummy” & “My Toilet Is Bigger Than Yours” along with simple advice for teachers.
January 20, 2021
Access to Education
In honour of Human Rights Day. How will we bridge the inequality gap that has widened since the pandemic?
December 11, 2020
Measuring what matters
Reflections on assessments.
November 12, 2020
It’s the end of Halloween, the pumpkin spice latte, another lunar cycle & hopefully 4 years of terrible leadership in the US. It’s the perfect time to reflect on how you end topics, units and situations in your classroom.
November 06, 2020
One. Thing. At. A. Time.
Children sometimes get lost in the moment when they’re at play. Let’s learn from them and make mindfulness matter more.
October 29, 2020
A bit on PLAY
A little insight into why children should be playing NOW.
October 16, 2020
My Re-introduction
My career so far & in a nutshell.
September 02, 2020
Back To School Safely?!
A conversation with paediatrician, Lisa Franklin Banton on Back To School and what matters in these COVID-19 times.
August 17, 2020
International Podcast Day 2019
Here’s a sneak peek into conversations with a few kids at our school in Kingston, Jamaica.
October 01, 2019
Autism Awareness
What is it? What are some red flags & signs? What to expect?
March 29, 2019
Still "PEP" Talking with Chief Education Officer.
Still talking about the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) with Dr Grace McLean, Chief Education Officer, who shares last minute details and the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information's game plan and suggestions for tackling the upcoming tests.
February 02, 2019
Summer Slide with Rebecca Tortello
Throwback to a podcast we did at the end of Summer 2018
January 25, 2019
Talking Play
Talking play with Lisa Murphy aka The Ooey Gooey Lady. January 2019
January 25, 2019
Insight into Behaviour: Triggers & Needs
Talks with Fundaciones’ Varied Needs Coordinator, Krystin Fullwood on “red flag” behaviour in children
October 07, 2018
Pep Talk 102 w/ Dr Grace McLean
Talks with the Chief Education Officer, Dr Grace McLean, about PEP.
August 08, 2018
Pep Talk 101
Talks with Brittany Singh Williams about the Primary Exit Profile
July 09, 2018
Talks With Tia Teaser
Teaser. Coming Soon. Stay Tuned.
July 01, 2018