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Global Collaboration

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Quirky Kid Share it's global collaborations

Dr Kimberley O’Brien and The Quirky Kid team have recently collaborated with Hodder Education UK to write and published five exciting titles to support Social and Emotional Education for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) curriculum. 

The books deal came after a smaller collaboration with Hodder Education aimed at the Cambridge International Global Perspectives programme. Quirky Kid produced 24 worksheets for children & lesson plans for educators on topics including: Critical Thinking and Problem-solving, Independent Research, Communication, Reflection, Innovation and Creative Thinking and Collaboration.

The larger and more recent commission called on the creative juices of the QK team to help create a collection of student’s workbooks, while Dr Kimberley also wrote a textbook for educators on the topic of Wellbeing as part of the  IB PYP programme. The interactive series of workbooks for children covered the following topics:

So-Shan Au, Senior Publisher at Hodder Education, commissioned the book deal with QK. She recalled “ I first came across the work of Quirky Kid when I was on a panel with Leo Rocker at Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair in 2015. The panel was on ‘Education and Entertainment: How mobile devices and new technology are transforming how children are interacting with content’ and I talked about how new technology changes the way children interact with content. Leo looked at it from the child psychology point of view. Our viewpoints aligned and I knew I wanted to work with him, Dr Kimberley O’Brien and the team at Quirky Kid.”

On the topic of QK resources, So-Shan Au’s opinion as a Publisher in the International  Education market made an impact on the QK team. She stated, “I really love the innovative and exciting resources they have created for their psychological programs, all based on the work that Dr Kimberley O’Brien is doing at their clinics”. According to So-Shan Au,  “I could see how their resources encompassed and aligned so well with the IB ethos and I could see the potential for PYP and the international school market” .

Wellbeing for the IB PYP: Teaching  for Success, provides practical strategies for educators to foster social and emotional learning (SEL) among their students. Case examples are used to illustrate how emotions influence behaviour and what educators can do to encourage individuals and groups to self-regulate. In the book, Dr Kimberley O’Brien aims to share the recipe for creating a calm and collaborative PYP classroom filled with happy, high-achieving students and educators.

This set of resources is designed to help PYP teachers to deliver inquiry-based learning on topics, such as emotional well being, while creating inviting and intentional learning spaces to boost the wellbeing of educators and students alike.

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Quirky Kid @ the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Quirky Kid at Frankfurt Book Fair

Building on the success of our previous presentations at the Chinese Children Book Fair (2015) and the London Book Fair (2016), and with the support of the Australian Publishers Association; Quirky Kid is excited to attend the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair once again.

About the Frankfurt Book Fair

As the world’s largest trade fair for books, the Frankfurt Book Fair is an international hub of industry experts and is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences in the world. This annual event sees representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world come together to:

  • Discover new trends and business areas.
  • Profit from the best opportunities for further learning, training, and networking.
  • Get to know decision makers from across the book, creative and technology industries.
  • Gain new inspiration, and tap into new target groups.

Quirky Kid in Action

We love broadening and strengthening our skill sets and learning more about publishing from leading industry experts. Our attendance at this event is a great way to spread the positive Quirky Kid messages, and promote our evidence-based therapeutic tools, such as The Best of Friends®, BaseCamp® and PowerUp™  to a wide audience.

Our resources are currently sold globally including in Canada, the USA and Singapore. Weare keen to expand their reach to more markets and improve more children’s lives through our engaging and innovative educational developmental programs.

Quirky Kid has many new resources under development and we are keen to create a big impact on the Social,  Emotional and Educational sector. You can find out more about The Quirky Kid Resources on our website or at our publishing page.

Meet with us, please use our contact page to get in touch with us.

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The Positive Schools Conference in Singapore

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The Positive School Conference in Singapore

It was really exciting to represent Quirky Kid at the Positive Schools 2016 Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference in Singapore last month. The Conference aims to provide solution focused ideas and strategies for nurturing wellbeing, positive mental health and a love of learning and life in young people.

My role at the conference was to launch our Social and Emotional Learning Program, The Best of Friend Program  as well as to display and sell the Quirky Kid resources – and they’ve sold out.  I have also spoken with educators from around the world about what we have to offer and came home with many ideas and practical strategies to share with my team.

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There were several presentations over the two days and some hands-on workshops like an inspiring presentation by  Dr David Bennett who spoke about nurturing resilience and wellbeing in children. He explored some links between brain science, development and behaviour, and the implications for wellbeing. Next, a particularly impactful presentation was by Thea O’Conner, who spoke about reshaping body image. Thea explained that adults’ own negative feelings about their own body image (and the widespread population ideals about body image) can heavily influence children’s way of thinking. This drew attention to the importance of changing societies views of this topic to ensure better outcomes for our children.

The end of Day One brought an insightful presentation by Professor Donna Cross about bullying prevention. Donna shared some of her own research on successful ways to reduce bullying behaviour experienced by children. She explained her thoughts on the fact that we often focus on individual intervention for children involved in bullying situations, and suggested that we should instead be focusing on changing the culture in schools to make bullying an unacceptable action by everyone’s standards. It seems that this strategy could have the most positive outcome overall. The positive energy, and view for new ways of tackling different problems, was evident at the end of the first day, and the anticipation for Day Two was felt.

Day Two started off with a fun and uplifting presentation by Justin Robinson from Geelong Grammar School, who spoke about the importance of building positive relationships with school-aged children. Justin suggested that the simple act of a teacher going to the effort of remembering each child’s name and something specific about them, and having real a conversation with them, can make a massive difference to that child’s experience at school. This was followed by Janet Etty-Leal who explained why mindfulness can be a really great addition to school routines. Giving children the opportunity to practice mindfulness in schools has been shown to not only have a positive effect on the children’s wellbeing but has also tackled some issues such as disruptive behaviour and teachers having to discipline children for “bad behaviour”.

The conference was a great event for Quirky Kid to be involved in and was very much in line with our vision for positive futures. It was exciting to bring The Best of Friends program to more and more schools, and we can’t wait for the next conference opportunity!

You can find information on the conference and all of the speakers here.

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