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In Adelaide? DreamBIG

19 March 2019

The DreamBIG children's festival is on soon - May 22 - June 1. 

Check out what's available here

image: Robot Song on 30 May to June 1

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Teach Philosophy - Improve Naplan Scores

18 March 2019

We loved this article explaining how teaching philosophy is very economical to implement and has immediate impact on students' maths and literacy scores.

It teaches them to think broadly, problem solve and encourages creative approaches. It's called the fourth R - reasoning.

Burunda State High School in Queensland introduced Philosophy programs 5 years ago. In that time, their students' test scores have gone from well below average to above the mean in everything.

In the US, where they have entrance exams to law and other graduate degrees, philosophy majors had the highest scores. Even cooler, US Philosophy graduates have the highest earnings of non STEM graduates* - so those parents who wondered about their kid's employablility need not have been concerned - learning how to think does it every time.

Despite efforts in 2009 to have Philosophy included in the Australian National Curriculum, it hasn't been as yet, but Australian educators who see the benefits are including it.

Read the whole article here

*(STEM is an anagram for Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

Image: Yr 3 student doing a NAPLAN test.

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Happy St Patrick's Day!

17 March 2019

Enjoy a guiness and a fine tune, wearing green!

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15 March 2019

Lots of great shows on offer to you this year, and more being added every day. The Australian Dance Festival is launching a troupe category just for schools - from NSW or interstate. Exciting! Click below for details.

Image: St Martins Incursion Based Youth Arts Workshops

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Imaginary Friends

12 March 2019

Interesting research showing having an imaginary friend as a child better equips adolescents to cope in society and positively aids adults as well. Adults who had an imaginary friend were more creative and imaginative. 

Hazel Edwards' successful picture book series about a Hippo on the Roof, is all about the child having an alter ego who could do all the things she couldn't. It obviously has resonated with children and adults for over 30 years.

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Image: no doubt this little girl is hoping her imaginary friend likes broccoli

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SA, Vic, ACT, Tas all have a public holiday today - for various reasons.

11 March 2019

All the other states and territories have business as usual.

Enjoy your sleep in if you've got a holiday!

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International Women's Day today!

8 March 2019

Celebrate achievements and plan for more

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Start of the week. The real work begins...

4 March 2019

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1 March 2019

With hot temperatures over most of Australia, it doesn't feel that autumnal, but to get you into the mood of the season, dream you're in this Russian forest.

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28 February 2019

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Watch her TED TALK

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Latest Presenter Profile for 2019

27 February 2019

ActNow Theatre from South Australia creates socially conscious performance projects. They create artistically engaging work which illuminates current issues, outside the confines of conventional theatre forms and modes of presentation.They offer two incursions for schools.Details


New Zealand Playhouse are touring Victoria and Tasmania with their show The Tortoise and the Hare in 2019. Check out their profile here.

Arts Learning Festival, run by the Independent Schools Association, is back May 2-4, 2019 in Melbourne. Lots of really interesting events, for all levels, linked to the curriculum. There are also Teacher Workshops, including the amusingly titled Teaching Dad to Dance (image above). Some events already sold out, so if your'e interested, book now. Check all the events here.

CDP Theatre Producers tour works for children and families nationally. Next year they have six productions touring, including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Billionaire Boy. Check out the details here.

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Creativity - the Big C and the Small c.

23 February 2019

Great article here on Creativity.

Many people think of creativity as being brilliant or innovative in the arts or sciences, or even just pursuing these disciplines as hobbies - these are what academics call the Big C Creativity.

They argue that creativity, the small c type, is what helps us solve everyday problems, consider options and make decisions.

They also argue that in training, teachers can be taught to ask particular types of questions to encourage creativity across the curriculum - to help students think creatively.

Read the article here

Image: Julie Zommers Christmas Puppetry Interactive Performance &Workshop

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