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If you have a few moments, I would be grateful to know what you value about this weekly newsletter? What resonates with you, and what impact does it have?

Congratulations Tom on #200. In regards to ‘impact, I really appreciate the way in which your newsletter creates a space to stop and reflect. As you generously share what you are doing with schools or a particular tool/strategy, it is helpful in stepping back and seeing things a little bit differently.
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Stumbled on this video in the link below with Brené Brown explaining her approach to sharing ideas and critique to a room of designers.
Her comments about the people and critique we should choose to pay attention to, really resonated with me. To use her language, unless you are doing the work, in the arena with me, I am not interested in your critique.

Tom, I really like the quote from Brené Brown. It left me wondering about what happens when there is nobody else doing what you are doing and who becomes your critical friend in that scenario?
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Welcome to a new decade and to the first edition of the Dialogic Learning Weekly newsletter for 2020. I want to set aside some of the normal topics I share to address the bushfires here in Australia.I know many of you don’t live here in Australia but would have seen a range of media coverage over the last few months. It is important that platforms like this newsletter help share accurate information that help you understand the reality of what is happening.It has been raining here in Melbourne ov

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When we sit in a circle we offer a powerful symbol that we are united and equal participants. Where it is practical, I try and start my workshops this way. I did this yesterday with teachers in a school in Sydney. After committing to some protocols, a few provocations encouraged a dialogue about teaching and learning.
In this issue I share what I am learning as I attempt to deepen, extend and abstract my experiences of dialogue. Recently I have been learning some of the indigenous origins of dialogue and how it is used within different cultures. I hope you enjoy the ideas and they get you talking.

Tom Barrett collects a number of resources on all things circles and circle time.
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This article by Ryan Holiday takes a radical look at changing our phone habits – just one of many technology-centric rituals we need to keep in check.

You want to use it. Just grab it and alleviate the boredom or discomfort. Might as well check the headlines instead of struggling to type words on a blank screen. And why stay in this tense argument with your spouse when you can see what’s new on Instagram? “Hey, sorry buddy, I can’t play dinosaurs right now — I have to answer this email.”

A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone – When I used these strategies, I finally took back my life by Ryan Holiday.

What did you think of Ryan’s suggested strategies? Have you tried any? What have been the results?

I found Ryan Holiday’s list interesting. For example, I scrapped alerts long ago, yet I have found myself subsequently checking for updates. I think the benefit is that this is at least on my terms. These posts are a useful provocation to at least stop and reflect.

I was intrigued by another post recently discussing the humane technology movement and the point that although they are pushing against platform capitalism, they are still very much in favour of the templated self.

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My second contender is Effect Size. Unfortunately, this term suffers from the ignominy of Nominal Fallacy. We think we know what this means but it is much more complex. I have long been trying to wrap my head around the use of this statistical calculation in education. It seems to have taken root in our edu-speak, however, it looks like we are using it incorrectly.

I am pretty sure I misuse ‘effect size’.

Personally, I prefer ‘warm data’ that is embedded in context. I recommend the most recent episode of Team Human.

In regards to jargon, you might enjoy Diane Kashin’s discussion of ‘cute’.

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Next time you are in the midst of turbulent change or deep developmental work consider your negative capability.

Congratulations Tom on 100 editions. I went back and reread you post on negative capabilities and liked your points about ‘sense of calm assurance and innovatory endeavour’. This had me thinking about Virginia Trioli’s advice to regularly take stock of where you are at.
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This little gem of an article popped up when I was exploring some music learning spaces research. 15 of the world’s most legendary recording studios. The post outlines a range of iconic recording studios across the globe and their contribution to music culture and history. I am always fascinated by creative spaces and in particular the music making process. The mobile recording studio started by the Rolling Stones was used for the live recording of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” – fantastic!

Tom, I really liked the post you linked to about the recording studios. One of the most interesting stories i have read about recording studios involved Rick Ruben recreating the conditions for Johnny Cash to flourish. What stood out was that everyone requires something different. Probably not much of a surprise, just hard sometimes with multiple ‘artists’ in the same space.
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It would be great to get some feedback from you about what you are enjoying about the newsletter and what hits home the most, what more can I do to improve it?

What I like about your newsletter Tom is the way that you bring others along with your own journey. Associated with this you share resources associated with your thinking.

My only wondering is your inclusion of other voices. Although you discuss some of the great work being done by clients, sometimes it would be nice to hear celebrations from beyond, however that may not be your intent.

Hope that helps.

P.S. I referenced your archive rather than this weeks newsletter out of respect.