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JOAN of ARC Can you imagine, as a teenager, confronting a royal leader, let alone leading soldiers into battle? What would the young people of today do when confronted with such unimaginable decisions? Joan of Arc was born on January 6 around the year 1412. Only a teenager, when she led French armies into battle during the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc (or Jeanne d'Arc), became a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic Saint. Born a peasant girl with little education, 'The Maid of Orleans', persuaded the King and army leaders that there was a way to beat the English army, all based on a...
Humphry Davy
What is this? The Davy Lamp was the first electric light that enabled miners to work safely, in close proximity to flammable gasses. The primitive lighting used by miners above, with exposed flames, created a potential threat to their safety every work day. Many of our young generation are yet to find out more about the great inventions that have led to today’s technology. We have so much to tell them. A diverse genius - Humphry Davy was born on December 17, 1778. Best remembered for discovering chlorine and iodine, Humphry Davy made many invaluable scientific contributions to our world...
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What are the education statistics from around the world? What regions have the highest college graduations? Do teachers around the globe share similar teaching ideals? Education methods and standards, including results, vary around the world. However, one essential ingredient is CRITICAL THINKING and ACTION LEARNING. Most teachers see learning as a process where students are given the opportunity to actively engage in the classroom, rather than become passive recipients of information. Teachers realize that they need to encourage students to make their own inquiry, thereby supporting the...
Winston Churchill was born on November 30. As we remember this enigmatic leader on his birthday, we wonder just how much we know about him? He was Prime Minister of Britain not once, but twice. On July 16, 1945, after being defeated in the elections the previous day, Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of Britain. However, he was to become Prime Minister again. Remembered by many, as one of the greatest British leaders of the 20th Century, Winston Churchill had an inherent drive to achieve his highest potential throughout his life. In this fascinating title, get an insight into the...
WANTED! Pilot School for this amazing Oz Musical! ' Heroes of the Great Southern Land' is designed for students aged 10 - 16 and forms part of the Amazing Schools Program. As we prepare to launch into Australian schools, the education team is keen to gather feedback and insights into how this unique way of learning improves student engagement and understanding. The series of short music scenes provides a way for students, from all cultures, to learn in engaging ways through dramatic classroom or theatre productions, about the issues that both the settlers and the native people faced. 'Heroes...
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...

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