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Introducing An Inspirational School Programme that will help to ….. The Amazing Story ..…. This past summer, Danise Bartlett, Head of Citizenship, was working with a Year 7 English group on William Shakespeare’s much-studied play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The day was hot and the students were distracted. Miss Bartlett invited her students to ‘meet’ William Shakespeare in their classroom through Amazing People audio and video life stories. She nominated a student to step into William’s shoes and the rest of the class interviewed him. The result? Engagement went through the roof. 94% of the...
by Dr Charles Margerison - What are the easy and the difficult parts of teaching? That is a question I have asked various teachers. Some of them say, given the various face to face teaching requirements, that finding time to prepare is a major difficulty. Others say it is ensuring the control and management of the class. However, one topic comes up regularly. That is, what should one do in the first five minutes of a class? The Teacher as a Facilitator In my discussion with Jim, a teacher of science, he said, 'The atmosphere and tone is set in the first five minutes.' The students will be...
Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students - "To find the enemy discover where it lives When attacking the enemy look at how it behaves To destroy the enemy, analyze how it breeds In my case, the enemy was xxxxx?" - Dr Jonas Salk Dr Jonas Salk first inoculated a boy with the vaccine to stop 'this enemy in its tracks' on April 12, 1955. WHAT WAS THE ENEMY? Some had to live their days in an iron lung, in order to breathe - Outbreaks reached pandemic proportions between 1900 and 1960 Meet Jonas Salk and find out how important his research and work were for all of us world-wide. What disease did...
by Dr Charles Margerison - The Parents of Amazing People ... What Influence Do They Have? If you were to name a person who you regard as amazing in terms of their achievements who would you choose? There are many people to choose from in science, music, engineering, literature, medicine, architecture, exploration, business, politics and other areas of achievement. We live in an age when multi-media tools such as computers and digital information systems are available. How do you rank the achievements of people like Leonardo and Michelangelo , or Shakespeare and Twain , or Dr Marie Curi e and...
Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students - Who are some of the amazing people we remember during International White Can Day? There have been many great individuals affiliated with the development of systems to enhance the lives of those who are vision impaired or blind. Did you know Louis Braille himself, was blind? Whilst he did not develop the White Cane, Louis Braille’s pivotal work changed the lives of blind and visually impaired people around the globe. His Braille system has become a worldwide standard that has opened up opportunities for anyone suffering from blindness. Louis spent...
Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students - The first nuclear reactor was erected in 1942 in Chicago. On December 2, 1942 a group of scientists achieved the first self-sustaining chain reaction and thereby initiated the controlled release of nuclear energy. One of those scientists was Enrico Fermi . Born on September 29, 1901, Enrico Fermi was a man ahead of his time in many respects, and dedicated his life to the development, use and production of energy. His extensive research in advanced physics and quantum mechanics resulted in him discovering what are known as the 'Fermi Statists' at...
A Unique Class Activity - by Dr Charles Margerison - I have introduced my unique BioView® stories in my recent article, 'Life' Writing and BioView® Stories . But, how do you write a BioView®? If you were to meet Christopher Columbus , Mozart , Captain James Cook , Mark Twain , Albert Einstein , or Coco Chanel , what questions would you ask them? These students at Castle Vale High School were able to engage in a unique way when they came 'face to face' with Christopher Columbus . Hear what they had to say . Through the magic of Amazing People Avatars, we can provide students with the...
by Dr Charles Margerison - Andrew Carnegie recognized that for people to advance their careers and improve their lives, they needed libraries. After all, he had risen from being a poor factory worker, to becoming the richest man in the world. He achieved this by reading, and learning, and applying his knowledge to business. A major purpose of the modern library is to be a centre for young people and adults, who wish to enhance and develop their careers. Librarians can help people improve their lives, by providing resources and advice on career development. That has been a long tradition in...
by Dr Charles Margerison - Writing has come a long way from the days when iconic writers wrote every word or used a typewriter like the Christopher Sholes typewriter! You may have read one of Charles Dickens’ novels, seen a Shakespeare play, or read one of Mark Twain’s stories. Most people enjoy reading in some form or other, be it newspapers or a novel. Would you like to explore the lives and achievements of some of the world’s most influential writers, including Charles Dickens? You can find out why he wrote his books and what inspired the characters which would become famous in Amazing...
Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students - Today, we hear a lot about a person's mental health. We see the struggles of others in our own circles and in the media every day and sadly, also see some of their actions as a result of their issues. Psychology has become very much a part in the workplace today also. Businesses spend a considerable amount of time and money into investigating how to make people and organisations more effective. Scientific research is used to study people, the workplace and organisations to better understand what and how to create a proactive, healthy and...

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