No: 182
VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!

Hello Everyone,
The new English Syllabus for NSW mentions creativity 66 times. What is it? How do you develop it - well it requires skill, knowledge, and control. It is a mindset, a way of viewing the world and needs practise. So I invented a new word, IMAGINAIRE, a millionaire of a ideas.
Take a look at the VT webpage and try it out. I have great success and the students love it.
The picture book Virginia Wolf is a great visual treat and is just the thing for a bit of IMAGINAIRING, who knows - perhaps you will turn your classroom into an IMAGINAIRIUM
Take a look at the illusions below. It's a great topic for Visual Literacy, and for understanding the importance of context, this can be extended to many other experiences where context is important. And really isn't that nearly everything.
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.
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“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus
IMAGINAIRE (Imagination + millionaire)
a person who uses their imagination to become a millionaire of ideas by focusing the 20 million billion bits of information moving around his/her astoundingly fast brain every second.
The gurus, wizards rockstars and millionaires of the future will be IMAGINAIRES
How do you become an IMAGINAIRE? Well its easy really, let the brain imagine. If you can imagine it, you can do it, write it, paint it, make it, solve it, invent it, fix it.
To be an IMAGINAIRE you require skill, knowledge, and control. It is a mindset, a way of viewing the world and needs practise. more at........

Virginia Wolf
creative duo Kyo Maclear 
and Isabelle Arsenault.

I loved this book. Buy it here.

Virginia wakes up in a Wolfish mood, she is having 
a really bad day. Her sister Virginia, tries everything she can to cheer her up.

Vanessa invents Bloomsberry in paint on the walls 
of the house. This amazing imaginary utopia, sees Virginia slowly transformed from Wolf to sister again.

The illustrations and typography are 
amazing. The enlarged text must be read loudly. 
The small diminutive text demands to be read submissively.

The video offers a fabulous opportunity to compare
a book with a video.

The Interview with Kyo Maclear explaining the origins of the story, is based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell.

I read this book to students K-6,it could be read K-12 and adults are also delighted with it. Each age brings different understandings and interpretations.

There is much to discuss in the book. I focused on the concept of Bloomsberry - an imaginary utopia.
The discussion, writing and illustration that followed were amazing. The students then wrote about their own “Bloomsberry”, enlarging some of the type and then illustrating their Bloomsberry.
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Shaun Tan at the Powerhouse Museum

from 7 December 2013 - 6 October 2014 - Free with museum entry

This would make a fabulous excursion or virtual excursion.

The Oopsatoreum: a fiction by Shaun Tan and friends is an unpredictable and charming exhibition for families where inventors arise from their inventions and creative makings abound. this is a truly inspirational display with soem great ideas. The book is marvellous - suitable for upper primary - Year 12 buy it through Virtual Teacher.

At the Powerhouse Museum
Magic Lantern Show watch the video I loved this video. Fabulous for ideas and inspiration
Introduced in the 1600's, the magic lantern was the earliest form of slide projector and has a long and fascinating history. The first magic lanterns were illuminated by candles, but as technology evolved they were lit by kerosene, limelight, carbon arc, and electric light.

Visual Literacy - can you believe what you see
Optical illusions are fabulous. Always intriguing, they create a lot of dicussion and conjecture from students. You can start the Decartian discussion about whether your senses can be trusted. Then go onto the famous " I think therefore I am" quote. Which is a wonderful starting point for developing imaginaires. Some of these illusions are quite amazing.
I particularly love the T-Rex illusion and the Stephen Fry illusion. Beau Lotto's TED talk is quite amazing - so if you have 18 minutes it is well worth watching, he explains why context is everything and why the brain evolved this way. Fabulous

They are short and fabulous for stimulating discussion. All the good stuff, what are your theories, how is it done, can we trust our sensors?
Check out all the illusions at Virtual Teacher Illusions
Top 10: Deadliest Natural Disasters
Great Introduction to Natural disasters
Take down the statistics and make a graph in Excel

Paper models of polyhedra
This site had downloadable pdfs of polyhedra From simple to complex - great resource.

Reading gives you super powers
Dav Pilkey Reading Gives You Superpowers PSA Great motivational video to encourage reading form the author of The Adventures of Captain Underpants.
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Next newsletter will be all about IMAGINAIRES. Don't miss it. TweetPlease send in any other great ideas or websites, whiteboard sites or fabulous things you are doing.

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