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No: 190
5
8
2014

VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!
What is the definition for a Successful Teacher ?

Hello Everyone,
As long as I have been teaching the thrill of seeing students loving learning, watching them switch on and engage, "getting it" has always been the hook.
I love seeing students as they take control and work on new ideas, as they work things out and think to themselves "how clever am !"
as you awaken possibilites within them. As a teacher how do you know you are doing this.....

You know how you find out? You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining, you know you're doing it.

If the eyes are not shining, you get to ask a question. And this is the question: who am I being, that my players' eyes are not shining? We can do that with our children, too. Who am I being, that my children's eyes are not shining?
And What is the definition for a Successful Teacher ?
And you know, I have a definition of success. For me, it's very simple. It's not about wealth and fame and power. It's about how many shining eyes I have around me.
quotes from - Benjamin Zander(see video below)

Freedom Education is an Australian based website, with Maths Worksheets check them out, some worksheets are FREE subscription based downloads from $30.00 per year- Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

MATHSPOWER - FREE ONLINE MATHS TRIAL
Don't miss out try it now. It will make your life sooo much easier and your students will go ahead in leaps and bounds.
MADE for Australian students
DESIGNED BY Australian teachers
Thanks to VT's newest supporters Nancy Sklavos-Gillett and Geoff Adams! You can become a supporter too. Become a supporter of Virtual Teacher for JUST $5, just click on the supporter link on the left hand side of the home page.
Thanks to all the recent purchasers of Do You Need a Hammer to do Multiplication? Take a look at some of the pages in Do You Need a Hammer to do Multiplication?, get your own copy, and find out the ANSWER.
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ciao
Cathy
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It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. J.K. Rowling, author (b. 1965)
Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works. Steve Jobs
SPEAKING & LISTENING

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

At the moment it deals with Empathy - send in any great Philosophy sites you have found to add to the collection.
Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music

This funny insightful Video is a metaphor for teaching and learning and inspiring.

As a teacher how do you know you are doing this.....
You know how you find out? You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining, you know you're doing it.
If the eyes are not shining, you get to ask a question. And this is the question: who am I being, that my players' eyes are not shining? We can do that with our children, too. Who am I being, that my children's eyes are not shining?

And WHAT is the definition for a Successful Teacher?
And you know, I have a definition of success. For me, it's very simple. It's not about wealth and fame and power. It's about how many shining eyes I have around me.

Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus."
(Take notes and write a report - Stage 3 and 4)
View this great TEDED Talk
Amazing facts and imagery about Dinosaurs, great
imagery and ticking extinction clocks.
Fabulous.
Check out the other great links on the Virtual Teacher Dinosaur Page
fghhg. What it means to ME(the teacher)
Walking with Dinosaurs


Inside their World iPad app trailer (narrated by Stephen Fry) Watch the Video
Also take a look at all the other Apps on the Walking with dinosaur site amzing site amazing range of apps.

2014 Children's Shortlisted Books
Shaun Tan's Rules of Summer Website Video Interview
Mrs Mac's 2014 Shortlisted Books Includes Video links and teacher notes links
I loved Granny Grommet and Me, Song for the Scarlet Runner, Banjo and Ruby and Life in Outer Space


Freedom Education is an Australian based website, with Maths Worksheets and resources for teachers, parents and students. We specialise in Primary school Literacy and Numeracy, Secondary school English, including VCE and Scholarship preparation. Our aim is to bring exciting and informative material to students, in order to enable them to learn effectively in the classroom and at home. We also aim to provide parents and teachers with the latest educational research. This is a text book online with access to everyhting for about $40.00 per year - well worth a look. Everything at your fingertips print direct from you computer
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.
Hi Cathy
Have missed your Virtual Teacher emails - hope you haven't given up - I really enjoyed them & found them useful - if I've just fallen off your list please reinstate me
Kind regards
Fiona
Yes you are still on the list - please check your trash.spam/junk folder sometime the spamometer goes crazy and heaven forbid junks the VT newsletter.
Thanks Lisa - I will rewrite this whole page shortly.
This Newsletter is not free, despite the misleading advertising above. The Fee is now due. Each week you must help one colleague on the Internet who has less knowledge than you.Help that person even if you have to visit their classroom or do a little research and get back to them. Trust me, this will help a lot of people get their computer classrooms running better. OK I'm trusting you!!!
1. GOT SOMETHING TO SAY - Send in your Questions, Questions will be published with Answers, send in your Answers, if you have expertise to share.
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The opinions expressed here are purely those of the editor, Cathy Brown. All other small print clauses apply. Such as: Use at your own risk. Nothing in life is guaranteed. If it doesn't work for you send an email or tweet me.
Editor: Cathy Brown cathy@virtualteacher.com.au
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