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Conversations with Murdoch University

In this brief discussion Gillian McAuliffe, pedagogista and founder of Bold Park Community School talks about a project that arose from children's interests. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuHiS73zrTtiUE-YtTjgzIgMr1_pRHt8o...

Pocket Treasures Gillian McAuliffe

Pocket Treasures

Being a hunter and gatherer is one of the ways which children interact with their world. They collect sticks, flowers, stones, nuts, feathers and even bugs as they move through...

Observing Play Practical Wisdom

Observing Play

Being an Active Observer in an Outdoor Classroom is how we can understand what  children are exploring, practising, rehearsing, discovering, imagining, wondering, socializing, feeling, fearing and enjoying. Sometimes it is...

Resource: Last Child in the Woods

One of my favourites is the rather cheeky film from the Netherlands. It is a play on the Richard Louv ‘Last Child in the Woods’ , but it makes you...

I had a little boy in my year five class who could not sit in his seat for more than a couple of minutes at a time and found it hard to concentrate and focus. I saw him doodling during class instruction time but I realised he was still listening to me so I did a very quick introductory lesson on Zentangling to the whole class. Some students liked it and others didn’t but this boy immediately began to work on his and I had never seen such concentration and focus in any child. He sat like this for over an hour not talking or misbehaving and remained in his seat completely engaged. His Zentangle was fantastic and when I asked him how he felt during it he told me ‘calm’. I realised that this could be a turning point for this little boy’s education if encouraged and treated appropriately. — This could be a turning point

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Drawing to Learn

How much do you value the act of drawing? Do you see it as the process of creating visual images to be admired, or not, or do you see it...

Why Zentangle? ®

Practical Wisdom blogs will be a mixture of ideas, opinions, discussions and yes, the occasional rant. But all aimed at challenging us to consider the wisdom of the decisions we...