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  1. The Young Artist as Scientist: What Can Leonardo Teach Us?

    This is the first in-depth look at the important connections between the arts and science specifically for early childhood education (Preschool-Year 3). Highlighting their many commonalities such as the processes involved in creative problem-solving, the author draws on what we can learn from Leonardo da Vinci as the supreme artist-scientist. Every chapter begins with a vignette of Leonardo and relates his thinking to the development of children's ideas in the arts and STEM (STEAM). This fresh look at the interdisciplinary connections of the arts and science offers early childhood teachers and administrators a spectrum of tools for connecting the creative arts (art, movement, drama and music) to the STEM movement, 21st-century skills and developmentally appropriate skills.

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    A$42.95
  2. Media Literacy in the F-12, Updated and Expanded Second Edition

    Today's average youth spends over 10 hours a day consuming media. Aided by technology, young people can instantly share and engage with media messages to find answers, get directions, shop or connect with friends. But access alone doesn't lead to critical thinking. Media are texts, designed to be read, analysed, deconstructed and reconstructed. Understanding how to interpret advertising messages, check for bias or avoid stereotyping are among the skills students need to become knowledgeable consumers and producers of media. This book helps educators understand the importance of teaching media literacy and gives them the tools needed to bring this form of literacy into the classroom.

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    A$55.95
  3. Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity at the Center of Learning

    This resource examines professional development approaches  to help schools and allied arts groups integrate the arts into an already crowded F-12 curriculum. The authors document the purposes and structures of a broad spectrum of current efforts and programs.

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    A$49.95
  4. The Bully-Go-Round: Literacy and Arts Strategies for Promoting Bully Awareness in the Classroom

    The Bully-Go-Round shows teachers and students powerful and positive ways to connect, react and respond to stories and information that lead to a better understanding of the issues around bullying. The book illustrates the complexity of the bullying cycle and explores the role of those involved: the bully, the bullied and the bystander. More than 35 activities offer interesting ways to respond through talk, in writing, in art and in role to challenging bullying issues. From bullying in the digital world and bullying statistics to responding in writing and exploring anti-bullying in all media, the book offers innovative ways that teachers can support students toward confronting and stopping the cycle of bullying.

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    A$15.95
  5. What's So Great About Art, Anyway? A Teacher's Odyssey

    Inviting readers to examine schools and teaching with a critical lens, this graphic novel advocates for arts education in schools. At the centre of this work is the author's memoir as a young high school art teacher in the public school system. Through engaging (and frequently funny) anecdotes centred on classroom life, mixed with discussions of education policy and reform, readers explore teacher/student relationships, testing and accountability, 21st-century learning and the history and purpose of art education. Branham's personal narrative demonstrates why art education should be preserved as a core subject if students are to understand the connection between creativity, critical thinking and other higher-order skills.

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    A$29.95
  6. Get Graphic! Using Storyboards to Write and Draw Picture Books, Graphic Novels, or Comic Strips

    Get Graphic! Introduces the power of a storyboard in stages of the creative process - from brainstorming ideas to using thumbnail sketches to develop revise and finalise stories. Step-by-step instructions lead students to generate action-filled pages and streamlined plots for their own unique and personalised stories and books. Simple suggestions for planning drawings and using collage to illustrate students' original stories are part of the active process described. Designed for easy and immediate classroom use, glossaries of visual terms and illustration ideas, a list of recommended children's books with strong visual images and ready-to-copy storyboards complement this remarkable resource.

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    A$29.95
  7. This book is not about drama… it’s about new ways to inspire students

    This book is not about drama... offers a comprehensive approach to using role play and discussion to build language experiences that are meaningful for learners. It explores issues around storytelling, writing and imagination and shows teachers how to be effective observers and support the deeper meaning that comes from working inside and outside the text. This authoritative resource is full of simple strategies and texts that have been chosen for their ability to engage students, get them out of chairs and let them learn actively and socially. The strategies begin with simple games and evolve into more complex learning opportunities. This remarkable book shows teachers how to inspire students to experience, reflect on and express their ideas and feelings with confidence.

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    A$29.95
  8. Dramathemes, Fourth Edition: Classroom Literacy that Will Excite, Surprise, and Stimulate Learning

    Dramathemes shows teachers simple, engaging strategies for exploring literacy in new, innovative ways. Literacy sources are at the root of this amazing book that draws on picture books, novels, poetry, scripts and photographs as sources for effective classroom instruction. Compelling strategies throughout Dramathemes are designed to enrich interactive possibilities amongst learners in the English classroom. By reading, writing and talking both in role and out of role, students can develop and creatively share their responses, their stories, and their ideas. In this totally revised fourth edition, Larry Swartz digs deeply into the riches of the past three editions and considers the experiences of English teachers who have used all versions of the book for almost three decades.

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    A$34.95
  9. Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, Second Edition

    Capitalising on observations and conversations with educators who have used the Studio Thinking Framework in diverse settings, Studio Thinking 2 features new material, including the addition of Exhibitions as a fourth Studio Structure for Learning (along with Demonstration-Lecture, Students-at-Work and Critique); explanation and examples of the dispositional elements of each Habit, including skill, alertness (noticing appropriate times to put skills to use), and inclination (the drive of motivation to employ skills); a chart aligning Habits to the English and Mathematics Common Core; descriptions of how the Framework has been used inside and outside of schools in curriculum planning, teaching and assessments across arts and non-arts disciplines; and new examples of student art.

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    A$32.95
  10. The Power of Scriptwriting! Teaching Essential Writing Skills Through Podcasts, Graphic Novels, Movies, and More

    This dynamic resource offers teachers a new way to energize the teaching of writing while also meeting key learning standards. The author draws on his unique background in education and media to provide this all-in-one resource to help teachers use the versatility of scriptwriting to motivate students and support literacy skills across the disciplines. Each chapter covers a different medium, outlining the writing skills required, and providing practical tips, sample projects, standards alignment, and strategies for differentiated instruction.

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    A$34.95
  11. Everyday Artists: Inquiry and Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom

    For the young child, art is a way of solving problems, conceptualising the world and creating new possibilities. This book is about young children engaging in the art of world-making. Art, not in the traditional sense, but rather as constituting a powerful tool of everyday thinking. Everyday Artists addresses the disconnect that exists between the teaching of art and the way young children actually experience art. In doing so, this book questions commonly held notions and opens up exciting new possibilities for art education in the early childhood classroom. Bentley uses vignettes of children's everyday activities - from block building to clean-up to outdoor play - to help teachers identify and scaffold the genuine artistic practice of young children.

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    A$37.95
  12. Maths in the Real World of Design and Art: Geometry, Measurements and Projections

    Maths in the Real World of Design and Art shows students how geometry, measurements and projections work together to create all the unique patterns and designs around us. Lessons in this book cover angles and triangles, polygons and circles, patterns, symmetry, shapes and length, perimeter, area and three-dimensional shapes. Students learn how these geometric principles can be used together to create buildings, products and artwork. Students will incorporate geometric concepts and measuring skills to create a model Geo-Lab, a laboratory used to further the study of mathematics. This revised edition includes a table of related Australian Curriculum: Mathematics content descriptions for Years 5-8, helping teachers to plan curriculum-aligned lessons incorporating lessons from this book.

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    A$27.45

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