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Amazing People Education – Louis Braille

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INTERNATIONAL WHITE CANE DAY – October 15

Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students – Who are some of the amazing people we remember during International White Can Day? There have been many great individuals affiliated with the development of systems to enhance the lives of those who are vision impaired or blind.

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Did you know Louis Braille himself, was blind? Whilst he did not develop the White Cane, Louis Braille’s pivotal work changed the lives of blind and visually impaired people around the globe. His Braille system has become a worldwide standard that has opened up opportunities for anyone suffering from blindness.

Louis spent much of his life refining and extending his revolutionary system and it as been adapted for use in languages throughout the world.

The combination of Braille and the White Cane, vision impaired people have a much better way to communicate and navigate, thus providing them with more independence.

Get to know this most inspiring story, as he reveals his own thoughts in a very unique and braillepersonal way. You can experience the source of his motivation to develop better systems to assist blind people with reading and writing.

QUESTIONS:

  • How did Louis become blind?
  • How did he first discover that there may be a way for the blind to ‘read’?
  • What was this first idea called?
  • With the assistance of your teacher and class for safety, close your eyes and walk from your familiar seat to the front of the class to find an object.
  • Write down how you felt trying to navigate just this short distance even though you are aware of your surroundings.

AMAZING PEOPLE LEARNINGDiscover a unique suite of professional development resources that support action learning through Amazing People Learning. These provide problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can be applied in innovative and powerful ways.

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The resources can be adopted on an individual or team basis. They offer an effective, interactive approach to professional career development. Created by innovative business leader and psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison, this approach has been implemented at companies around the charlesworld including Shell, ExxonMobil, ICI, HSBC and Hewlett Packard. “Inspiring, Motivating and Enabling”, these resources deliver results and help individuals and organizations to function more powerfully.

Amazing People Learning offers resources that can be used over and over on work projects. As well as the core skills models, support tools such as interactive project notes are also included. These enable learners to log and track progress, and revisit the resource easily. In addition, users have 12 months access to a variety of support services, which feature video, articles and valuable advice on how to get the most from these unique learning tools. 

AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.

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AMAZING PEOPLE LIBRARYEngaging and educational digital eBooks and Audios for schools and librarians. They include hundreds of inspirational life stories about the world’s most amazing people. The biographical interviews, known as BioViews®, are written in the first person and give a very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced amazing people. The stories have been developed and created by educational psychologist and business guru, Dr Charles Margerison. Each one is meticulously researched and based on historic facts.libraryheads-group-bk1.2mbFor more information see Amazing People Worldwide or for further enquiries please  contact us with your email details.

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Gov. Arthur Phillip – Australia Day Celebrations

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Governor Arthur Phillip 

To All Australians 

State of the Nation Address 

Australia - Vol 1

Australia Day

26th January, 2015

Gov Arthur PhillipFellow Australians, it is with pleasure and pride that I have the opportunity to fly through time and be with you to celebrate our National Day.  It is 226 years since we reached these golden sun-kissed shores. What a blessing that was, after sailing 10,000 and more miles from England. We departed on the 13th May, 1787 and arrived on the 19th January 1788 – a journey that took us 252 days. I can assure you, after so long on the high seas, we cheered as “the Great Southern Land”, as it was known, came into sight.

 

What a voyage it was. All we had to guide us was a rough map drawn by Captain Cook.  He had visited a place that he called Botany Bay, 18 years earlier and stayed for only about a week.  I was asked to lead an expedition to establish a new colony called New South Wales, following advice to King George III and his ministers by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain Cook.

On board the 11 ships, we had convicts, marines, administrators, sailors, clergy and the wives and families of crew members. Records of how many people were on the voyage vary, but it was in the region of 1420 souls. Some died on the journey and others were born. Each day we said our prayers for survival and success in our new country.

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On arrival, I quickly realized that Botany Bay could not provide sustenance for all of our people.

So, in a small boat, I sailed northwards, with some marines, and found the best harbour in the world. A thousand ships of the line could have sheltered there.

 

We moved to Port Jackson, as it was first called, on the 26th January, 1788.  That is why it is now celebrated as Australia’s National Day – despite the fact it was seven days after our arrival.

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In due course, I re-named it Sydney Town, after Lord Sydney, his Majesty’s Minister who had authorized our mission. On reflection, I should have called it Phillip City. In that way, I would have received better recognition for my leadership efforts.

 

 

In celebrating the anniversary of our arrival, it is useful to note some of the major decisions that I made in the first year of our arrival.

I stressed that:-

  • there would be no slavery.
  • although we were the world’s largest prison, convicts should be treated as human beings and given the opportunity to work and reform.
  • marriage was a right of all men and women and on February 10th, I arranged for a member of the clergy to marry three couples.
  • equality before the law was essential and I gave permission for the first civil law case to take place, when a convict, called Cable, won a famous victory against a captain of a ship, over money that he had kept, belonging to the plaintiff.
  • the native inhabitants should be treated with respect, and that we should try to learn their aboriginal languages in order to understand their culture and way of life.
  • religious views and faiths would be tolerated, so long as they did not threaten the colony.
  • order was vital and powers were given to officers to uphold the law.
  • the development of the economy was a priority for survival and men should be put to work and rewarded properly for their effort.
  • convicts who served their time should be freed and encouraged to make a successful life in our colony.
  • health facilities, although basic, should be developed.
  • defence of our small colony should be a maintained

You may look at this list and ask what you would have done. Indeed, 226 years after we landed, how effective has Australia been in developing all of these issues?

So, as your first politician, let me ask you some questions. To what extent do you feel the values that I tried to install are being upheld with regard to:-

  • human rights?
  • reform of convicts?
  • justice and a fair go for all levels of society?
  • encouragement of economic development.?
  • respect for authority?
  • appreciation and acceptance of the monarchy?
  • the importance of training and education?
  • tolerance of religious views?
  • the importance of defence?
  • the development of our culture and understanding of other people’s culture?

My fellow Australians, I tell you that it was not easy to lead and manage the New South Wales Colony. We were left to fend for ourselves for two and a half years until the 3rd June, 1790. We were starving and in desperate need of help.

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We felt abandoned and, each day, we anxiously searched the horizon for a ship.  Nearly 1000 days had passed since we had arrived. All of my leadership skills and resources were stretched to the limit, keeping men, women and children alive, although some tragically perished.  But, in their own way, each one of them was amazing.

We all learned a great deal from the hardships of life that we endured. I trust that you will exhibit the same strength and determination of the first colonists to make your life in this great country a success.

Sydney_Cove,_Port_Jackson_in_the_County_of_Cumberland_-_F._F._delineavit,_1769Stand up and salute all Australians through the ages that have contributed to our great country. May you continue the tradition that we set, of creating and developing an amazing country for amazing people.

Blessings to all, 

Governor Arthur Phillip.    

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Footnote: Arthur Phillip was the Governor of New South Wales, and in effect Australia, for nearly 5 years from the 19th January, 1788 to the 10th December, 1792. This story is based on the what Dr Charles Margerison, a psychologist and President of The Amazing People Club, thinks that Governor Phillip would have said about Australia Day.

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Amazing People Education brings you the story of Governor Arthur Phillip. His FREE eBook and Audio is available to download now. 

For further information, please contact marion@amazingpeopleclub.com, or visit www.amazingpeopleclub.com

Aah Bonjour! Mercredi – meet Louis Braille – new class activity too

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Wednesday – On Day 3 of ‘meet Amazing French’ people, let us introduce Louis Braille!

His pivotal work changed the lives of blind and visually impaired people around the
globe.  Experience the source of his motivation to develop better systems to assist blind people with reading and writing.  His Braille system has become a worldwide standard that has opened up opportunities for anyone suffering from vision impairment.   Get to know this most inspiring story, as he reveals his own thoughts in a very unique and personal way.

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‘Louis Braille’ in braille
  • How did Louis become blind?
  • How did he first discover that there may be a way for the blind to ‘read’?
  • What was this first idea called?
  • With the assistance of your teacher and class for safety, close your eyes and walk from your familiar seat to the front of the class to find an object.
  • Write down how you felt trying to navigate just this short distance even though you are aware of your surroundings.

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Celebrate the lives of these amazing five French people through this BioView®, Amazing People of FranceThese short biographical narratives are similar to interviews.

Amazing People Education is brought to you by The Amazing People Club – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students and teachers worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free Amazing Teacher Toolkit. To get involved in our direct-to-classroom resources, be sure to check out these Education Case Studies.

We would like you to try some of our amazing class starters and let us know how they were received by teachers and students. To take a peek at how some students reacted when they came face to face with Columbus and Michelangelo, please see our video from Castle Vale High School.

For further information, please contact marion@amazingpeopleclub.com, or visit www.amazingpeopleclub.com.

“Bonjour mon ami, rencontrez Louis Bleriot” – Mardi.

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“Hello my friend, meet Louis Bleriot” – Tuesday

Discover the little-known story of Louis Bleriot, the French aviator who was the first man to fly over the English Channel.

However, this was not his only talent. Take our short activity below to learn more about this multi-talented, clever man.

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  • As a younger student, what did he win several class prizes for?
  • Louis developed something that we would take for granted today in the automobile industry. What was it?
  • Louis was inspired by others when it came to aviation. Name the man in 1900 who gave him this inspiration.
  • What year did he successfully fly over the English Channel?
  • How long did the flight take?

franceCelebrate the lives of these amazing five French people through this BioView®, Amazing People of FranceThese short biographical narratives are similar to interviews.

Amazing People Education is brought to you by The Amazing People Club – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students and teachers worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free Amazing Teacher Toolkit. To get involved in our direct-to-classroom resources, be sure to check out these Education Case Studies.

We would like you to try some of our amazing class starters and let us know how they were received by teachers and students. To take a peek at how some students reacted when they came face to face with Columbus and Michelangelo, please see our video from Castle Vale High School.

For further information, please contact marion@amazingpeopleclub.com, or visit www.amazingpeopleclub.com.