Faculty of Education

Curious Schools

Things are getting Curiouser and Curiouser…

Welcome to Curious Schools:  a project that began with a curious idea to make creativity more visible in Tasmanian schools.

The project brings together the UTAS Faculty of Education, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education and a growing community of educators in Tasmania and beyond.  If you're new to the project, find out what the Curious Schools Project is about at this link.

Key University of Tasmania personnel behind the Curious Schools Project include Dr Mary Ann Hunter and Sherridan Emery

What's new for Curious Schools?

Two of our teaching partners in the project have taken the lead in developing their own second sites!

See Helen Sweeney's primary drama and literacy site developed at Glenorchy Primary School, Landing of the First Fleet.

See also Creature Tales extended Billy project at Havenview School in North West Tasmania.

These new projects demonstrate the value of the Curious Schools approach to documenting and valuing arts-rich teacher and student learning, as well as important partnerships with artists and the wider community.

   

    Curious Collaborations   

What's next?

Look out for:

  • More Curious Schools and Curious Communities sites
  • More professional learning gatherings
  • New partnerships with schools and organisations across Tasmania and the mainland
  • Development of new software to make it quicker and easier to capture real-time teaching and enquiry

We are currently completing an evaluation on this pilot project (Curious Schools 1.0) and are discovering so many more curious things!   So, watch this space, for Curious Schools 2.0 is coming soon.

What have teachers said about Curious Schools?

I thought it was really interesting…that inquiry approach [to what I was doing as a teacher] really opened up thinking

 

It made me feel that my work was being valued, that is was worth putting up there for an international audience

 

Its been a validation for me to gain some confidence that what Im doing is quality.  It forced me to look closely at what Im doing and what was really so good about it.

 

I love the fact that the arts gives them back that excitement of learning. …Part of the Curious Schools benefit has been that it says, this is really important

 

Proved to us that we really were up there at the cutting edge, pushing the boundaries.  This little school in Tasmania, WOW!

 

Its about the culture [of schools] embracing arts.  Its about working together and collaborating.  Wasn't such an aren't we great type project, but more about genuinely sharing arts

 

Explore our Curious Schools

Havenview Primary School and Creature Tales
 

Billy: A Neighbourly Neighbourhoods Project

  • Categories: Primary multi-grade / multi-artform
  • Creator: Havenview Primary School and Creature Tales
Tales of the First Fleet
 

Tales of the First Fleet : Drama immersion activities that gave the children the opportunity to experience life as a convict.

  • Categories: Grade 3 and 4 / Drama and Literacy
  • Creator: Glenorchy Primary School
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Arts Integration: How can students connect with their community through arts explorations of place, space, time...and wood!

  • Categories: Multi-grade / multi-artform
  • Creator: Lilydale District School
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Billy:  How do we develop a sustainable model of work that connects families to the school and their communities?

  • Categories: Primary multi-grade / multi-artform
  • Creator: Montello Primary School and Creature Tales
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Bringing the World In "The Preps Go to the Olympics": How can drama experiences enable students to experience the world outside of their school?

  • Categories: Prep / Drama and Literacy
  • Creator: Glenorchy Primary School
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Hats On!: How can we explore ideas of hats through stories in books and from our own family and cultural traditions?

  • Categories: Grade 1 / Visual arts
  • Creator: East Launceston Primary School
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Minibeasts: How do I expand on children's natural curiosity?  How can our creative explorations of mini-beasts help us to understand our world?

  • Categories: Birth-4 years / play-based multi-arts
  • Creator: Northern Children's Network Riverside Family Daycare
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The Lost Collective:  How can we create powerful theatre by exploring our own experiences?

  • Categories: Grade 9 / Drama
  • Creator: Queechy High School and Mudlark Theatre
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Thoughts of Home:  How do stories of people leaving their home to make a new one affect students' own ideas of home?

  • Categories: Grade 5 / Visual Arts and Literacy
  • Creator: Scotch Oakburn College

Curious Collaborations

The University of Tasmania is becoming curiouser and curiouser.  Faculty of Education staff have been documenting some of our own enquiry-based collaborations and teacher professional learning initiatives using the Curious Schools platform.

University of Tasmania Arts and Sustainability Teacher Professional Learning Resource
 

University of Tasmania Arts and Sustainability Teacher Professional Learning Resource

  • Categories: Teacher professional learning in arts education and Education for Sustainability
  • Creator: University of Tasmania and Arnold Aprill
University of Tasmania/Monash University Education for Sustainability Collaboration
 

University of Tasmania/Monash University Education for Sustainability Collaboration

  • Categories: University Faculty and Higher Degree by Research student professional learning Education for Sustainability
  • Creator: University of Tasmania and Sherridan Emery