Replied to What would go into your Room 101? - Issue 101 - by Tom Barrett (Dialogic Learning Weekly)
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.
Replied to Daydreamers Mindwanderers Unite! - Issue 98 by Tom Barrett (Dialogic Learning Weekly)
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.