The World’s Biggest Theatre Ensemble’s Debut!

I’ve posted about the World Theatre Video and the World Theatre Day projects before (here and here) and today I wanted to share with you our first video for the project. Performers were given one of the hardest monologues in the English language – Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” monologue from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Already I can see huge improvements from our initial video back in March in terms of performance quality and cinematography. All the performers have done a tremendous job.

I have been presenting at a number of TeachMeets in Sydney spruiking our project in the hope of getting more schools involved. It’s definitely getting a lot of positive feedback so hopefully more young performers will get involved.

This month, November, we are looking at Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem The Raven. It is another challenging piece so the more schools we have involved, the more we can share the challenge of performing each of the stanzas.

For more details please visit worldtheatrevideo.com

You can also share and use the Slide Share presentation I have been taking round to schools to promote our project.

Enjoy the video.

Teachers, Are You Being Mindful?

As a teacher, how well do you look after yourself?

I’ve mentioned before how much of an advocate for teacher wellbeing I am.

Teaching is a demanding job. One filled with passionate individuals who often overlook themselves in order to support their students and deliver awesome lessons.

I’ve wanted to mention a great initiative started by some teachers on Twitter for some time now. An initiative to encourage us as teachers to take time and be accountable for taking that time to look after ourselves.

It’s a simple Twitter hashtag: #teachfit. Not sure what a hashtag is? Click here.

#teachfit is a place where teachers can check in and let the group know how they are going with their fitness goals and more often than not, get some encouraging feedback for their efforts. People have shared inspirational and motivational quotes, articles, exercise apps, recipes. We’ve had our encouragement Storify – ed.

The #teachfit hashtag has been building momentum since January when I was looking for ways to get motivated to do more exercise before heading full on into a day of teaching. I wanted to become more mindful of all my habits: eating, exercise, emotional reactions. A core group of us @Madiganda, @torkee and @shhartley worked together initially to encourage each other to meet our fitness goals and from there it grew.

Now it has a nice little core (excuse the pun) group of followers who check in as often as they can. Almost 30.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep expanding the group?

My purpose for writing this today is not only to make you aware of the power of a PLN in helping you to achieve professional and personal goals but to also take the time to acknowledge the efforts of my fellow Teach-fitters and their efforts over the past six months and to ask you, how well do you look after yourself as a teacher? Are you mindful of your health each day? If so, that is fantastic. If not, how can we help?

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