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In a time of short attention spans and the infamous sound bite, BLAH BLAH BLAH, I think POETRY is making a definite comeback. The best is short, succinct and to the point.
SARAH Kaye has made poetry and artform, watch the video and be amazed. Use her tips to SLAM some poetry with your students.
Make some and send it in to share. Illuminations is a fabulous site love the
3D nets you can make and print out. Don't miss it!!
The Population Clock is an amzing tool, watch it on the Whiteboard as it ticks over.
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The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing
your enthusiasm.
Aldous Huxley
Our language abilities do not define the limits
of our cognition.
Elliot W. Eisner
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
Don Marquis, humorist and poet (1878-1937)
A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.

One thing about the speed of gets here too early in the morning.
Friday, we had a tornado drill. We're underneath
a parking
garage and there's a PA announcement "This is a tornado drill.
Please move quickly away from any and all windows."
Somebody yelled out:
"Quick, get to a DOS prompt!"
SARAH KAY: If I should have a daughter
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...
Great poem for grade 6. Also about Spoken word poetry or Poetry Slams. A great way to encourage poetry writing and performance. Use it educate entertain and inspire. Spoken word poetry cracks open locks.
Some ideas from Sarah:-
1. 10 things I know to be true(first poem).
2. 10 things I should've learned by now
3. Things that are the same as me, things that exactly the opposite, things that you didn't know,
Help students rediscover wonder.


Watch this video only 6 secs and you will want one too. Love it.
Free Technlogy for Teachers is a great resource, info on iPads, blogging, tutorials etc all free.


Or Spoken word poetry
What is poetry slam?
Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.

"There are no editors, publishers or marketing budgets here - just poetry that uses a stage instead of a page." Nathan Thompson

Watch this 2 minute video
What’s Right with Our Schools: Spoken Word Poetry
The goal to give student confidence stage presecnce and good public speaking skills. They teach how to take real life events and put them into to poetry using sensory adjectives.

1. Select a topic to write your poem about. Then begin writing your poem. It should consist of short rhythmic stanzas that play upon the theme you have chosen. Slam poetry is typically quite strong and blunt.

2. Write your poetry to reflect some sort of current social more or rhetoric. Slam poetry makes a statement typically in a liberal fashion about something in modern society.

3. Research new slang words or relevant modern contextual references and then go back and revise your poetry, attempting to utilize these new resources. If you are trying to say the word "say," you might try "spit" or "spew" for more impact. The more visceral the better. Do not be too formal in your presentation since formality is the antithesis to slam poetry.

4. Read your poem out loud to a trusted friend who will give you honest feedback--preferably someone who knows a little about slam poetry culture.

5. Record yourself delivering your poem. Make sure you are adamant and passionate in your delivery.

Population CLOCK
On 23 August 2013 at 05:56:44 PM (Canberra time), the resident population of Australia is projected to be:
What is it when your receive this newsletter Click here to find out Also take a look at the Australian animated demographic statistics and population pyramids. Its fabulous seeing the graph move through the years.
VT Poetry Lots of great poetry resources.
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ABC SPLASH Fabulous videos fabulous resources

Paper Toys Very cool.

Illuminations Provides online lessons and activities in maths for FREE including
Dynamic papers include 3D nets, Graph paper, number lines and Grids, tessellations , shapes, spinners which can be specified and coloured online or printed out as blackline masters.
Mathematical nets. GREAT resource.

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