Hi, I’m Tim Tuck, and I teach Reception through Year 12 students at Central Yorke School in South Australia. This blog is my online hitching-post to share classroom resources, reviews and classroom hacks. It also (quite) subtly provide links to some of the school musicals (at Maverick Musicals) and educational books (at Blake Education and Pascal
When our school amalgamated our community revisited the school values, deciding on resilience, relationships and respect. I reworked our Performing Arts area ‘rules’ to align with them.
Okay, this one will be pretty niche, but this is a small poster I made for the school lectern to encourage speakers to use the microphone more effectively.
I made this poster as part of a classroom conversation around courtesy. It was in response to students ‘borrowing’ other students equipment without permission or assuming they could use (often finite) classroom resources without checking with the teacher first. We discussed what sort of things students needed to check in with and what they didn’t.
March 21 is Harmony Day in Australia, a special day to celebrate our ethnic diversity, a day to remind ourselves that ‘everybody belongs’ and ‘everybody is welcome’. In our school we celebrate Harmony Day by sharing stories, games, music and oranges with the children from all our nearby schools. This set of resources is a
Spotify has algorithms for anaylsing and aggregating song content. This BBC article uses the data to find the ‘saddest song’ ever. There’s lots of potential ideas here for integrating maths and music. BBC website: Can data reveal the saddest song ever?
We’ve just purchased a DMX enabled follow-spot for our school drama area. It’s just shame my brain isn’t DMX enabled to operate it! There’s quite a few tutorials around but this one from UniqueSquared (the first in a series of five) is short, pithy and has turkeys! The second video covers DMX addressing: The third
For the uninitiated, an ‘Earth Sandwich’ is created when “two slices of bread are simultaneously placed on opposite sides of the Earth” with of course the obligatory ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ from the two people on different sides of the world. Like these below from the Irish Examiner news site. There’s lots of info
Climbing Kanchenjunga The R-6 students 'Climbed Kanchnejunga' today- in fact they overshot the summit by 2000m! All up, the students completed over 450 circuits of the trek up the Ardrossan Road hill into Maitland, with some individuals doing eleven laps of the 800m course. A big thank you to the Davies family for their help
Two questions. Who is Australia’s most erudite lyricist? And how can you embed the General Capabilities in secondary music lessons? Aussie Song Lyric Readability In answer to the first (but no spoliers here, let me tell you) you’ll need to read all the way to the bottom of How complex are Aussie song lyrics? Analysis showsAnalysis, Australia, Australian Curriculum, General Capabilities, Lyrics, music
My set of free Music Scale Charts was featured on TES, just in time for back-to-school. Each pages features a different key signature, with additional sharps and flats being highlighted and named. Looks great when displayed as the circle of fifths! You can download it at TES or below.