Sadly, as I started back at work in the second week of January, I did not have a much a break over Christmas. Just enough time to get a few things done around the house, such as fixing the shower. As well as catching up with a some friends. I had forgotten how much I missed in catch up with people in person. The mixed blessing is that my family and I subsequently stayed around home for much of the school holidays even though we were not in lockdown.
Personally, I have continued reading Proust’s Rembrance of Things Past, while I have been listening to The Weeknd and The Wombats. I have also been watching a lot, including Eternals, Tolkien, The Punisher and various documentaries on WWII and tanks.
Here then are some of the posts that have had me thinking:
Approaching Wordle from the perspective of learning and teaching, Dan Meyer summarises the ingredients that have helped make it work so well.
Rather than simply relying on simpler texts, Alex Quigley discusses some strategies for supporting students with grappling with more difficult texts.
Epic History TV walks through many of the different variables in the process of building the perfect castle.
Audrey Watters pushes back on the idea of the factory model in regards to the history of the school bell.
Whether it be food delivery drivers working for a phantom boss or Amazon workers unable to stop for the toilet, Clive Thompson provides examples of the way in which AI has made some jobs suck.
Ann Powers uses Get Back to reflect upon the myth of ‘band guys’.
Through a series of posts, Kevin Hodgson explores his process of songwriting.
Monks, a polymath and an invention made by two people at the same time. It’s all in the history of the index
Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Julie Street discuss Dennis Duncan research into the index.
Arthur Brooks explains that the challenge with regret is to acknowledge the past and use it for learning and improvement.
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So that was January for me, how about you? As always, hope you are safe and well, especially during this latest wave.