Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Westgarth Primary School Book Week

On Monday I was at Westgarth Primary School as part of their Book Week and talked to years 3 to 6 on the process of creating a picture book from start to finish. I spoke about the differences between working with a writer, Matt Zurbo on 'My Dad's a Wrestler!' and writing my own 'the Search for Bigfoot Bradley', showing initial scripts, drafts and first sketches, working with editors and publishers and the whole shebang, (at least the bits of it I know about)

The students were great, very enthusiastic, asking lots of questions about publishers, writing for an age group, turning an idea into a story, pictures for the story and the whole thing into a book. We did 4 groups in two hours, which was fairly intense but is great for focussing. Will make sure I take a glass of water with me next time.

Many thanks to Principal Grace Conway, teacher Glenn Richards as well as the other teachers I met and the students themselves, particularly those who gave technical assistance when I got stuck swapping powerpoint presentations!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Child Development AFP

Septembers AFP Mag focus is on developmental issues in children. The articles discuss how to detect potential concerns through milestone checklists, screening tests and clinical judgement to ascertain what the possible causes may be (such as psychiatric issues, Autism spectrum disorders such as Aspergers syndrome) and recommend strategies of intervention to assist a child maximising their potential.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Phew, a frantic few weeks doing some renovation on studio and home. Speaking of which: This months Child Magazine features a story on Extenders, which actually has nothing to do with home renovation but does provide a pretty tenuous segue.

When a child shows academic ability or interests a bit beyond their peers, occasionally it is recommended by the school they spend a day or two a week in a higher grade. This is currently called Extending. And trying to find an interesting angle on it, I took it out of the classroom, put it in the playground and turned a game of marbles into an astronomy lesson.