Free Printable Lesson Starter Topic: GRAFFITI

Some great investigative worksheets on the cross-curriculum topic of Graffiti. Here I have used student interest in the topic to explore various cross-curriculum areas such as math, social science, debate, visual arts, and history.

I find the cross curriculum nature of these units provide so many learning opportunities.

The packs covers the following topics:

– Street Artists such as Banksy
– School policy on dealing with graffiti
– Investigation on graffiti removal products – reading a chart
– Experimenting in Street Art
– Art v Vandalism arguments
– Creating a Tag
– History of Graffiti
– Graffiti Poetry Response

This is NOT a course in Graffiti, but rather a stimulus pack of activities that uses various skills to investigate the topic of Graffiti. Suitable to Middle Schools Students in both interest and ability level.

Go here to see the full pack

Who is Malcom Brown?

Curriculum writer, educationalist, moderator, facilitator, coordinator, arranger, let’s do it, traditionalist, student, linguist, tutor, assistant, supporter, pillar, subscriber, booster, connected, resourcer, learner, speaker …. all of these.


Cash for Worksheets

There is so much quality work in just about every Secondary teachers’ filing cabinet – why not turn it in to cash? Send me a sample of your printable and if it matches our publication strategy then I will respond with a quote.

We will then revamp the worksheets using our templates and make it available to teachers world wide. Every author will be referenced in the final publication – plus you will get a copy of the finished product.

If you have some proven high interest products that you think could earn you some extra cash, send them through to

Public Speaking Pack

My new Public Speaking worksheets are now up and running. More than 20 pages of tips, ideas and starters for delivering that killer speech – with confidence.

Every student should be equipped to speak publicly and confidently before they leave high school – it is such a necessary skill in the workplace and in life.


Winner Winner

Always a great challenge participating in speaking competitions and it is such a great feeling being successful. Judging can sometimes be a mystery, but the important thing is to participate and enjoy the experience. Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to Berwick RSL for your hospitality.

Speaking Competitions

Speech contests are all about personal growth and tonight I’ll be participating in two competitions at the Berwick RSL – Table Topics and International Speech Competition. Should be an exciting night, and at least I can say that I am participating, even though I may not win!

Plus you get to hear some great speeches.



The on boarding process is so important for any new team member. It is essential for the team leader to devote at least the first week to any new team member’s induction so that the standards and expectations are set from the very beginning.

Induction should normally follow the sequence of whole company history, values, beliefs, and direction, and then slowly narrow down to the exact job expectations of the role. As the new team member moves in to the role, it is important for the team leader to debrief the new team member at the end of the day to check understandings and clarify any queries.


Back to School

Quoting for bulk back to school deliveries is in full swing, and we are getting close to the due date for any deliveries in December.

Any school that needs a delivery in December, need to have their order in by end of October.

Get exciting – and very busy

Anyone Can Use a Speechwriter


It is more important to be an effective speaker than to deliver a perfect speech.  The best public speakers typically give more value to effectiveness in communication than they do to perfection. When they make a mistake, their reaction will be to carry on with their speech regardless; unless, of course, the mistake impacts the clarity of the speech.

The ability to structure thoughts and connect with the audience is crucial to being an effective public speaker. Great speeches connect with the audience and are relevant.

If you need to make a speech, I can help to make the speech memorable and perfectly suitable. Please use the contact form below to get in touch about any speech writing request that you may have.

Nailed it

  • 2500 words on a topic that I was not familiar with
  • Keynote speech to be delivered by the CEO of a Software company to an audience of prospective buyers
  • 23 hours notice
  • Speaker unknown, company unknown, topic unfamiliar


Everyone happy?


Thanks to Frontier Software for the opportunity.


Compering gives you special access

If you are the compere of any event, your access to behind the scenes activity is an eye opener. I have yet to meet any keynote speaker, confident speaker or even a practiced speaker who does not have some nervous moment before they enter the stage. They all do. It may not show once the speech begins, but the nervous energy is there. It is clear to me that a great speaker needs to be nervous. They need to be on edge, pace around, jump up and down – not to get rid of their nerves but to stimulate their nerves.

They will over-exaggerate their body movements – the handshake might be excessive, the smile too big, the eyes super wide. It is a high wire act and every nerve tingles and is alert.

This is what I learnt from our three day conference this week as I worked back stage with more than 20 speakers as they prepared for their moment in the spotlight.

When Will I Learn?

I have recently had to learn another lesson, and again the learning is about me not being able to suppress my ego. I had decided to visit another speaking club – a neighbouring one – and enthusiastically participated in the activities of the night. Impromptu speeches, short contributions, brainstorming exercises and so on.

At one point I was asked to give an evaluation to the group of another speaker’s efforts. I know that providing feedback in this instance is all about being positive about the speaker and couching a simple area of improvement either side of a whole lot of really good things that the speaker did.  Unfortunately I used this opportunity to provide feedback beyond my charter and gave the whole audience some gratuitous advice about the conduct of the meeting and how things could be improved – way beyond what I had been asked to do.

How arrogant. I thought I could add value to the friendly club with my experience and knowledge, but really that wasn’t the right time or place to be doing that. Fortunately, a far more quality person than me gave me the feedback that what I said might be appropriate, but the timing of the comments could have been better served in a different place. Thanks for that.

I really need to learn to keep my ego in check at all times. When will I learn?