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VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!

Hello Everyone,
This last week I have been contemplating impossible things, take a look at the front page of the VT website Why even the word impossible has possible in it.
Impossible is fun and challenging, so this newsletter is full of impossible things to motivate, challenge and to ignite the curiosity bone.
Have some fun, and enjoy them
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The real history of progress is the unfolding of endless layers of surprise. What constitutes a surprise can, in itself, be rather surprising, too.

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right, but when he states that something is impossible, he I very probably wrong. Arthur C. Clarke

Trying to second guess tomorrow's surprises requires thinking
around corners, or what might be called knight's-move thinking; it's a question of jumping three steps forward - this part often no more than straight-line extrapolation from what already exists and then, crucially, one step to the side.

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! Audrey Hepburn

Sometimes we all need a bit of rescuing - so I loved this quote from Peter Pan. So leave your window open, and another IMPoSSIBLE thing might happen.
Just finished this lesson on Impossible Products - it was great fun.
Students were asked to market an Impossible product - they could invent one of their own or use an IMPoSSBLE PRODUCT already invented. A great source of these is Giuseppe Colarusso's art.
Use this AD pdf and also PMI document.
This can also become an art lesson as well. Either digitally or physically make or draw your Impossible Product.
iPad Magic with Simon Pierro
Take a look at some of his videos. Not strictly iPad APPS but certainly look like impossible things.
I asked the students to explain how this 'magic' happened Uing Imaginairing and Flow Writing. They had some fabulous explanations.
Would you move to Mars? Mari Foroutan There's a lot of talk these days about when and how we might all move to Mars. But what would it actually be like to live there? Mari Foroutan details the features of Mars that are remarkably similar to those of Earth — and those that can only be found on the red planet. IS THIS AN IMPoSSIBLE THING???
Most kids think that learning your TABLES is an
SIBLE THING So here's a site that makes the IMPoSSIBLE PoSSIBLE.Learn your tables in 5 days and Play Table Master Or you could buy my tables book and have a bit of fun with it.


Take a LOOK at Illusions On Virtual Teacher these are amazing and really spark discussion and great writing. Make some illusions in art of your own.

I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

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