Although July started slowly with the mid-year break, it certainly made up for this at the end with everything seemingly happening at once.
On the family front, Ms 3 has taken to letter and number recognition with gusto. There has been a lot of eye spy this letter or that. She then scowls all the visible words for traces. Ms 8 on the other hand has been asking a million questions about rocks. This has stemmed from her fascination with Minecraft. She is also translating this into the physical world, with an interest in getting outdoors to explore.
At work, I was inundated after the break with schools inquiring about attendance and reporting. Although it would be nice if they asked earlier, it is still good that they are asking.
In regards to my writing, I posted a reflection on what constitutes ‘real’ work:
I also documented a recent exercise using Google Sheets to collate and curate data across teams:
Here then are some of the links collected from around the traps:
Learning and Teaching
Dave Cormier asks the question, what constitutes success in education and how does this relate to intrinsic motivation?
Irina Dumitrescu reflects on her experiences with reading overtime. She explores how it has developed and changed based on different situations and circumstances.
Emily Fintelman shares an activity around survival designed to help students work collaboratively.
David Truss celebrates the world of anywhere, anytime learning and what impact this has both in and out of education.
Joel Speranza explains how larger choices are in fact a series of smaller choices combined. He provides a number of strategies to support learners with appreciating this.
Deborah Netolicky pushes back on Mark Latham’s call for performance-based pay for teachers, arguing that what we should focus on trusting and empowering the profession.
Dan Donahoo argues that rather than focusing on safety designs and managing screen time, we need to build trusting relationships with our children.
John Philpin takes a dive into the world of data. He discusses some of the dangers, articulates some of the complexities, pushes back on various analogies, and argues that data is best understood as a form of energy.
Manoush Zomorodi explores the environmental impact of the internet.
Louise Matgakig looks into the work of Life360 and the culture of surveillance that it supports.
Cory Doctorow makes the case for interoperability as a solution for fixing the internet. Rather than focusing on breaking up the platform capitalism, Doctorow argues that we need to open up applications to more engagement from the outside.
In Patriarchy No One Can Hear You Scream: Rebecca Solnit on Jeffrey Epstein and the Silencing Machine
Rebecca Solnit discusses the culture that often surrounds and supports rape.
John Lancaster looks at the invention of money and its influence on today’s economy through two historical figures: John Law and Walter Bagehot.
Bryan Alexander celebrates fifty years of since man first landed on the moon by wondering what the next fifty years might bring.
Rob Walker shares five strategies for noticing more in the city.
Sophie McNeill reports on the rise of the surveillance state in China to suppress the Uyghur people in western China.
Mark Ronson gives insight into what defines a perfect pop tune.
Read Write Respond #043
So that is July for me, how about you? As always, happy to hear. Also interested if anyone has any thoughts on the changes I made. Rather than including a range lengthy elaborations, I have taken to providing a short summary and links to my bookmarks. Does this work? Feel free to let me know.
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