This interview is a little out of the ordinary because it is an interview WITH me rather than by me.
I was recently cleaning up computer files and came across this audio recording that I had forgotten all about. Sarah Flenley and I were working on a UniMed project a few years ago and we were talking about the need for more people with interviewing skills. Sarah expressed an interest in doing interviews so – I may have suggested she interview me for the practice. I can’t remember because it was November 2014, so there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then. When I re-listened to the interview last week, I thought that Sarah did a great job so I’ve asked her permission to share it with the Fiery Service listeners.
I’ve been interviewed several times over the years but generally about some specific project or event I was involved in. This interview is about my early years in Byron Bay, starting community radio and interviewing, which is something I love doing. The interview starts with Sarah asking me WHY I do volunteer community work.
Marshall Chang is a high school science teacher in Northern NSW Australia. In this interview we talk about how it was through attending Universal Medicine presentations that he dropped his resistance to his father's advise that he would make a good teacher, finally realising the truth of it! We also talk about the high rate of burn out for new teachers entering the system, the boundaries around 'friending' your students in the 21st century and the Teachers Are Gold project. You can find the infographic video that Marshall refers to here. Unfortunately the statistics in this infographic paint a grim picture of the physical and mental health of our teachers in the current education system which is why Teachers Are Gold came into being – to support, appreciate and honour our teachers. Where would be without them?
Gayle is innately curious about people; how they see the world, how they position themselves in the world and why they do what they do. She loves interviewing people for these same reasons.
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