The contributors to the Teachers Matter Magazine are amazing. They are educators, speakers and teachers from countries all around the world.
The opinions expressed on the Teachers Matter Magazine website and the hardcopy magazine are those of the contributors and we love them! 

Here is a list of some of our wonderful contributors… (all articles have full contributor information at the end)

Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe is the coauthor of twelve books, including the best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins and has written more than thirty articles and book chapters. Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops. He served as a member of the National Assessment Forum, a coalition of education and civil rights organizations advocating reforms in national, state, and local assessment policies and practices. 

John Shackleton

With a sports psychology and sports coaching background, John now shows international business audiences techniques that exercise and improve the biggest, most powerful muscle in the body – the brain. His clients include Coca-Cola, Air New Zealand, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Sony and Renault. 

Karen Boyes

Karen Boyes is a leading authority on effective learning and teaching in Australasia and is the founder and CEO of Spectrum Education. A highly skilled, enthusiastic and dynamic presenter with over 27 years of experience in the education profession, she works with teachers, parents, students and corporate clients internationally, unleashing their peak performance. 

Kate Southcombe

Kate provides individually tailored professional development for Early Childhood Centres and schools on evidence-based behaviour management. Her key points of difference are that she is a fully qualified teacher who has lectured in Early Childhood, and she provides essential theory which is frequently missing in trendy packaged material. Kate also consults for parents of children with specific behaviour concerns.

Dr Marvin Marshall

Marvin is an international staff developer and the author of the best-selling book, Discipline Without Stress, Punishments or Rewards: How Teachers and Parents Promote Responsibility & Learning. His approaches demonstrate how using internal motivation and non-coercion is far more effective and significantly less stressful than using threats, punishments, rewards, and other manipulations aimed at obedience. 

Mick Walsh

Mick Walsh is the author of Australasia’s leading student wellbeing program, the Learning Curve Living, Learning and Thinking program. The program is also extensively used in international schools across the globe. He is a former college leader who now coaches schools on how to deliver the highest quality wellbeing program and he also presents at numerous conferences. Contact Mick Walsh on the website or via email

Robyn Pearce

Robyn Pearce is known around the world as the Time Queen, helping people discover new angles on time. Check the resources on her website, including a free report for you: How to Master Time in Only 90 Seconds. She is a CSP, a Certified Speaking Professional. This is the top speaking accreditation in the profession of speaking and held by only about 800 people around the world. 

Therese Hoyle

Therese Hoyle is the bestselling author of 101 Playground Games and 101 Wet Playtime Games and Activities. She runs Positive Playtime and whole school social, emotional and behavioural skills programmes nationally and internationally. If you wish to develop her ideas further please read her books, available from Spectrum Education, or contact her direct for in-depth advice on designing and developing your playground. 

Tony Ryan

Tony is a teacher-in-residence and educational consultant who refuses to take life too seriously. The facilitation of quality thinking has always fascinated him. If you’d like lots more ideas, head off to www., or to the latest version of Thinkers Keys (available on an Individual and Site licence). Track down Tony at tony@ 




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