We want to be inspired and given permission to innovate. To try, to fail, to be encouraged and to encourage. Mutual admiration and support. To move out of the rut, to inhabit the vision and work together towards that picture of what we’ll see when we’ve succeeded. Read more of this blog post here…
We’ve been consulting with several schools to support teachers in designing and delivering rich, relevant activities through a tailored two-day program. Day 1: impart creative skills/tools and collaboratively design curriculum- and pedagogy- rich student activities. Day 2: in the classroom, we support teachers as they deliver these activities, fostering confidence and activation of what’s been learnt and developed.
Our workshops help teachers/leaders dynamically embed cross-curriculum priorities and school values, implement creative arts in Primary and build confidence in the classroom.
Becoming Australian Professional Dev’t
Why would curriculum leaders get excited about Australia’s history of innovation and imagination? Fair question. Australians don’t tend to think much of their history, but recent research into the observations of early white explorers’ is unveiling a story of the most successful, sustainable civilisation on earth.
Students and teachers alike are intrigued by stories of crops and harvests, villages of permanent stone houses, the world’s first bread-makers and the oldest man-made structures in the world. Our performances and workshops are part of the reimagining of Australia instigated by Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu and Bill Gammage’s The Biggest Estate on Earth. Students are developing a different understanding than the one we gained in school, and teachers and leaders are over the moon as they explore a new perspective on Aboriginal innovation with their students.
This P.D. supports teachers to follow up our Becoming Australian performance and workshop. Kangaroo Traps, the 2nd piece in this series has been extremely well received by audiences and schools this year, and Explorer Stories is under construction for 2017.
“I have found it inspiring and impressing in the way you have linked creative arts to Aboriginal culture and sustainability. I was inspired by how you examined the Aboriginal culture from the perspective of “what can we learn” which I find is often overlooked. I would recommend this and will be booking you to do workshops with my students next time you are in WA. Absolutely eye-opening and fantastic.” Kiara Torr, Lockyer Community Kindergarten, WA