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"No-one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." So, said the great writer Charles Dickens . He would have known for he walked the streets of London during the mid 19 th century, seeing the poverty and destitution. As a result, he wrote compelling novels like Oliver Twist and Great Expectations . He was born in 1812 and his birthday is celebrated on February 7 th . We are all the product of the times in which we live. Dickens recorded with chilling clarity the vicious and violent world that he found in what was called a civilized country.Yes, he knew what he was...
In conjunction with BLACK HISTORY MONTH, we introduce three amazing individuals who truly believed in freedom, achievement and self-worth. Most certainly they believed in equality! Frederick Douglass was also born in the month of February. He had much respect for the work and convictions of Harriet Tubman. He wrote to Harriet and in his letter he praised her, “I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have”. Frederick had much to say when he gained the freedom to do so! It was amazing people like Frederick Douglass, Harriet...
Amazing Thinkers - Six 'Thinking' Skill Words To Guide Students This article shows us how encouraging students, employees and others to ask questions, really helps them think more deeply. By giving them more thinking skills, they can 'think outside the square' and become proactive in many areas of discussion. As you read through this article, you will be able to click on the highlighted amazing people and associated material to learn more about them. What are the most important words that we should encourage others to use? In my view, Rudyard Kipling summed them up in his great poem called ‘...
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AUSTRALIA DAY - State of the Nation Address by Governor Arthur Phillip To all Australians Australia Day 26th January "Fellow Australians, it is with pleasure and pride that I have the opportunity to fly through time and be with you to celebrate our National Day. It is over 200 years since we reached these golden sun kissed shores. What a blessing that was, after sailing 10,000 and more miles from England. We departed on the 13th May, 1787 and arrived on the 19th January 1788 - a journey that took us 252 days. I can assure you, after so long on the high seas, we cheered as 'the Great Southern...
HOW DID THEY DO IT? WHAT TRAITS DID THEY POSSESS TO ENABLE SUCCESS? When reading the life stories of people who achieved a great deal in their lives, it is tempting to ask, ‘How did they do it?’ After all, they only had 24 hours in each day, and 365 days a year. Many of the great achievers were born before modern technology was developed. They did not have facilities like electric light or computers to assist them. Also, many of them did not live long lives. Mozart died when he was only 35. William Shakespeare died when he was 52. Both used their time well to achieve a great deal, in a short...
Benjamin Franklin once said, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 17 th January, 1706. He was the 15 th of 17 children! He left home when he was a teenager, arriving in Pennsylvania. He had many roles throughout his lifetime, those of author, scientist, postmaster, inventor and diplomat. Do you have a curious nature? Then you are in the league of amazing people like Benjamin Franklin. It was his curiosity that led him to develop a number of scientific experiments that changed people’s...
Musical Storytelling that Supports Fun Learning - a new way to engage! Every student about to sit an exam wishes they knew the secret to a fail-safe memory. If only it was as easy as remembering a catchy song…. We all learn by listening to stories. In this series, we have put major worldwide stories to music in order to help students learn more easily. Amazing Mini Musicals by Dr Charles are musical class-starters that help learners understand and remember historical events. Each Mini Musical is 5 minutes long and offers engaging, educational, musical storytelling that helps students learn in...
What is Insulin? Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar from the carbohydrates in the food we eat. We need this for energy to store glucose for future use. Keeping our blood sugar level regulated is vital. Frederick Banting discovers Insulin Frederick Banting was born on November 14 in 1891. Discover what motivated Frederick Banting to study and research diabetes. With no research background or expertise in the area, his determined efforts resulted in the achievement of a breakthrough which produced a lifesaving therapy for the illness - insulin. Get a...
Would teachers like to discover an innovative way to connect topics with people, enabling students to be more interested? Personalising a subject makes it far easier to engage students and springboard into various areas that may otherwise be daunting, or even ‘boring’ for students. Let us take the example of Marie Curie , whose birthday is on November 7. Her life story allows students to connect with her in a most unique way. Time to bring 'edu-tainment' into the classroom! A selfless genius and a dedicated mother, Marie Curie has left an amazing legacy for her children. She literally offered...
christopher wren, architecture, schools, teachers, character education
Christopher Wren had a long and illustrious career and is recognized for helping rebuild the city of London. He is highly regarded as one of the greatest and most influential architects in history. Fuelled with an abundance of inspiration and enthusiasm, explore how he prepared plans to reconstruct London after a devastating fire. As you stand on the streets of London, his legacy is on display all around, in the form of amazing structures and buildings that have stood the test of time, the most notable being St Paul's Cathedral. His incredible talents were displayed as he achieved many great...

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