No: 165
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that work!

Hello - said the Owl
Look at this amazing animated gif - great imagery and a great creative idea.
Creativity is in our souls it is "who we are at our deepest biological level", read Huch Mcleod's quotes and watch Ken Robinson's video about the importance of Creativity.
It's nearly Easter, some days off are always a bonus. Take a look the Easter ideas below.
As you can see on the site I have added links for social media, click on these and spread VT using these buttons - let me know what you think of them. Use them to flick the site around to your social networks.
More VT Supporters have come on board including Christopher Ramsden who also purchased the Maths Book. I really appreciate this
. I will be giving away the Maths Book to the first 2 Reader's requests or comments I receive. Come on guys send in your great stuff.
I have just finished the re-edit of a film project and I am up for anything. I have listed some specific topics for School inservicing and Seminars on the site, and I am keen to get started. So if you need
some insight, inspiration and great ideas to ignite your teaching take a look and send me an email.
Also just finished a website for great Electricians - if you live in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney these guys are great. I used the switch idea in the design it's a bit of fun and quite distinctive. Part of my campaign for no more boring websites.
Thank you for your support & contribution! Become a supporter. Spread the Word
Hugh McCleod
Insiteful writing and great lillustrations -
checkout his site.
And the way to have a good life is, do stuff that mat­ters. With peo­ple who mat­ter. Day
in, day out.
What some peo­ple call “Art”.
Art Is: The stuff you do that matters.

David Ger­gen gave a small group of
young entre­pre­neurs at a talk in Bos­ton
not long ago:
“Learn how to invent, that’s the only advice I really have to give you.”
Sim­ple? Yes. Easy? No.
Ger­gen is a very cle­ver and accom­plished fellow. He could have sug­ges­ted much more that eve­ning; he basi­cally chose not to. Why was that? Because once you learn how to invent, the rest of the world’s oppor­tu­ni­ties open up to you in Glo­rious Tech­ni­co­lor. If don’t learn, there’s not much anyone can do to help you, except maybe help you lift some ran­dom rock to crawl under.

Thought “Crea­ti­vity” is a messy, loa­ded, ove­ru­sed word, it’s also what our brains were actually desig­ned for.
Crea­ti­vity is who we are at our dee­pest, bio­lo­gi­cal level. That’s why every­body is given a box of cra­yons in Kin­der­gar­ten. This is what allo­wed our ances­tors to dis­co­ver how to make a fire, paint the occa­sio­nal Sis­tine Cha­pel or learn that the earth was round.
Hugh McCleod

There is only one success; to be able to spend your life your own way.
Christopher Morley

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If not you'll find an excuse.
Jim Rohn

Some Latin
Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit - To boldly go where no man has gone before
(Star Trek)
Age. Fac ut gaudeam - Go ahead. Make my day!
(Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Amantes sunt amentes - Lovers are lunatics
(My son)
Amicule, deliciae, num is sum qui mentiar tibi? Baby, sweetheart, would I lie to you?
Annus horribilis - A horrible year
(The Queen)
Annus mirabilis - A wonderful year
(not the Queen)
Aquila non captat muscas - The eagle doesn't capture flies (don't sweat the small things)
(Richard Carlson)
Appareo Decet Nihil Munditia? - Is It Not Nifty?
(Cleaner circa 2005)
Te capiam, cunicule sceleste! - I'll get you, you wascally wabbit!
(Yo Samedy Sam)
Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas - Thank you for not smoking (circa 2004)
Tu, rattus turpis! - You dirty rat! (James Cagney)
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. this is a much watch video, amusing and absolutely right on the money.
"I have an interest in education, everyone has an interest in education. And the reason is we have a
HUGE vested interested in a future we can't grasp. A child starting school this year 2012 will retire in 2075 - and we don't what that world will look like, we don't even know what the world will look like in 3 years, after the GFC, even predicting ahead in 3 months seems impossible."

I was driving through Redfern the other day and noticed a new addition to the shops The Martian Embassy WELL they've finally landed and they are living in Redfern.
Of course I had to stop - what a great place. I thought I would find something seriously weird.
I found something seriously fabulous.
This is a place for creativity, creative writing in particular.
And right from the start you shed the restrictions of earthlings and expand into a creative world of imagination. A not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people, funded by donation and sponsorhsip, free for studen and staffed by some amazing volunteers including Australian writers and authors. Take a look, what a great place.
It is so amazing the advances in technology - you can't even imagine what sort of world our sutdents will inherit.The new Canon 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor for video capture is amazing. Take a look at it and see a bit of the future. Just released, and coming to a camera near you very soon. This sensor enables the capture of Full HD video even in exceptionally low-light environments.
With this Sensor in your video camera you will be able to photograph the stars. The Video is not so inspiring but the possibilities are amazing. Imagine what this will do for teaching and learning about astronomy and medical research.

Easter is nearly upon us, so I have included a few fantastic Easter sites in this issue. Some of the printouts are great, and the marshmallow bunny is a very enjoyable edible activity. And since we are talking about chickens, here's a rather interesting article on "Why did the Chicken cross the road?". Yes! that old chestnut. It, once again, shows teachers do know what there about.

Time and Date Easter Celebrations
around the
world. Here's the one for Australia Just type in any country to take a look at the different types of Easter celebrations around the world.

21 super original and awesome Easter eggs (full of pop culture references) from people who really went above and beyond. These are sure to inspire some amazing eggy creations.
Try the Paper Bag Bunnies or the Easter poems and songs, puzzles and printables.

Here's a Few Links to Easter Stories, both religious and traditional

How Stuff Works Easter How do we determine when to celebrate Easer? The significance of the Easter Holiday around the world. Lots of info and videos

How to make Amazing Easter Egg art!

Take a look at this video for dying Easter eggs - the free ART Circles App is also worth a look.
Shakespeare Online
Comprehensive look at Shakespeare
His plays, sonnets, characters, the theatres, dates and timelines, a veritable cornucopia of Shakespearian information. The site even provides you with quizzes to test your knowledge. This is not the flashest site one about - could do with an visual upgrade but the content is great.
For something a bit Flasher take a look at the Video on the Drama VirtualTeacher Page
Akala - Hip-Hop & Shakespeare - You will love this. If you ever wanted to turn kids onto Shakespeare this is it. It covers relevance and rhythm in Shakespeare. Hand on my heart.

Tke a look at the updated VT Ancient History page. The Lauscaux page video and resources are truly expectional. If you know of any other fabulous resouces please let me know.

Visually Is a site using infographics and dta. The Shakespeare image above was produced here. These info graphics are a visually interesting way to produce information and may just spark some creative endeavours in your sutdents.
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.
Details of the Recommendation: "This lady is a great communicator and knows her subjects. Loved her classes and highly recommend Cathy."
Michael Baird
Thanks Michael - loved the feedback

Hey Cathy,
I thought the spoken word poem by Shane Koyczan was very powerful, wonderfully told story
of the other side of the experience. It will be an inspirational video for many children and young adults, to hopefully stir feelings they maybe didn't know they had, or recognise it in others. Truly inspirational.
Keep the great stuff coming!

Hi Cathy
love the work - less is more - like the switch.
Chris Bignum
The Ken Robinson Video is truly inspirational - everyone should watch this - CREATIVITY is hugely important and nourishes the soul - what did you think of this video? Next Issue I ill take a look at the inevitability of BOYD - what is it you say - well read all about it in th enext newsletter. I am still looking to showcase some of the great stuff happening in schools - so send in your great ideas. Have a great Easter.

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