Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess. Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creates a student ready for college and career. However, many teachers don't know how to implement the teaching and assessment of creativity in their classrooms.
Australia’s Human Rights Obligations to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Australia has become party to a number of international human rights treaties and has also endorsed several declarations. Importantly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Australia: While the CROC and the UNDRIP will be the focus of these web pages, Australia is bound by other important human rights instruments, including: Many of the rights in these instruments overlap with, reinforce, and give detail to the rights protected under the CROC and the UNDRIP. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC) The CROC is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights
Too Many Students and Not Enough Time Student learning and growth can become obscured by three obstacles that teachers may feel powerless to address: class size, overall workload, and instructional time. These are genuine concerns, so let’s take a closer look at each challenge and possible solutions. The Class Size Challenge Aboriginal Perspectives Resources (with thanks to Anita Heiss) « LisaHillSchoolStuff's Weblog As teachers know, the new Australian Curriculum includes three cross-curriculum ‘priorities’, one of which is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. One of the science topics includes Year 2 students identifying toys from different cultures that use the forces of push or pull, and this made me wonder about traditional Aboriginal games and whether there was a concept of a ‘toy’ in nomadic lifestyles. I’ve read a few memoirs and a quite a few children’s books by ATSI authors but I don’t recall any of them referring to this topic at all. Keen to include Aboriginal perspectives on this topic if possible, I contacted Dr Anita Heiss who is Adjunct Professor at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, at the University of Technology, Sydney. Many teachers will also know her as the author of My Australian Story: Who am I?
Questions to foster thinking and creativity How do students learn critical thinking? How can creative thinking be taught or learned? How can students be engaged in their own learning? How do some students become better at forming their own questions? TEACHING CREATIVITY We all see that some students are more creative. Major Appeals - with Bunnings Our Recent Appeals The Salvation Army Bunnings stores and local Salvation Army teams have worked together across Australia to raise funds and awareness for over five years, with support provided during both the lead-up to Christmas and the annual Red Shield Appeal. Our teams work with their local Salvos groups to provide a variety of assistance, from fundraising opportunities in-store, to hamper contributions and hands-on help with projects. ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Support Annually Bunnings stores team up with local Legacy, RSL, Lions and Rotary groups to tidy and refresh memorials and shrines in the lead-up to Anzac Day.
22 Powerful Closure Activities Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, a dubious assessment practice likely caused by the improper use of Madeline Hunter’s lesson plan model (PDF) as a de facto checklist of eight mandatory teaching practices -- anticipatory set, objective and purpose, input, modeling, checking for understanding, guided practice, independent practice, and closure -- a custom that Hunter decried in 1985 (PDF). Although it offers multiple benefits, please don't view closure as a professional must-do. What Is Closure? Closure is the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, a phenomenon that Colorado State University professor Rod Lucero calls the recency effect. Teachers use closure to:
PNG- Kalam 2 clicks The eastern half of New Guinea, the world’s second largest island, gained full independence from Australia in 1975, when the nation of Papua New Guinea was born. The indigenous population is one of the most heterogeneous in the world. It is believed that the first Papua New Guineans migrated to the island over 45,000 years ago. Today, over three million people, approximately half of the total population, live in the highlands. Assessing Creativity in the Classroom: It Needs to Happen! April 22 2014, Volume 1, Issue 3, No. 24 Andrew Miller currently serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD. He has given presentations and workshops at many conferences including the National Association for Multicultural Education, ISTE, ASCD, the International Reading Association, the National Council for Teachers of English, and iNACOL’s Virtual Schools Symposium. Andrew is also an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD, Edutopia and the Huffington Post. Driving Question: How Can We Assess Creativity in the Classroom? Explicitly and effectively assessing creativity is one of my passions.
Connecting with families elearning View transcript of video Working with families helps to ensure the best outcomes for children’s mental health, as well as their learning and development. Effective communication forms the basis of positive relationships that lead to partnerships and co-operative solutions. 4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy has the capacity to transform individual lives for the better while helping to bring about positive social change in schools and communities worldwide. In psychology, there are currently two common approaches to empathy: shared emotional response and perspective taking.
Australian Aborigines spent 50,000 years isolated from the rest of us Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Tasmania made up one of the first regions modern humans reached after leaving Africa some 50,000 years ago. But, before Europeans arrived in the colonial era, did others follow? Some scientists have said the archaeological record hints at an influx of new people around 4,000 to 5,000 years ago from India.
Progression in Creativity: developing new forms of assessment Posted on 24 Apr, 2012 Authors: Ellen Spencer, Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton Institution: Centre for Real World Learning, University of Winchester Full reference: Spencer, E., Lucas, B. and Claxton, G. (2012).