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.
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.
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
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.