Reads of the Week #7



A wide range of reading for you this week from the language of death notices to how Joni Mitchell copes in her later years, from how we might stop the distractions of the Internet (no, really?!) to a proper explanation of what Economics should be for. And finally a Seamus Heaney poem which describes a child’s perspective on learning so well it should stay with you for ages. 

I’m tagging the tweets with these links #mrotw if you want to read the earlier ones. 

Happy reading!

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Reads of the Week #6

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Here’s week six of my reads of the week.

Schools don’t suit everyone, but why don’t all kids do well at school? buff.ly/1LeMpLK

You’ve got to be careful posting online, right? Here’s Jon Ronson on how one stupid tweet blew up Justine Sacco’s life buff.ly/1G4QEa4

The awful repercussions of texting while driving buff.ly/1zPmhP7

Here’s how Kenny Pieper changed how he used homework with his students for the better buff.ly/1vYolcN

The always thought provoking Secret Teacher series turns to the burden of work for teachers outside of teaching buff.ly/1Eq2Z7v

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33 questions on the Travers proposals

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This document was meant to be confidential. Members of the ASTI Standing Committee and the TUI Executive got copies on Thursday evening, the 12th of February with ‘Confidential’ plastered across the first page but when we arrived in the Gresham Hotel to meet on the 13th, the document was online in a national newspaper. I have no problem sharing it here in those circumstances except I’ve annotated it for clarity. I’ve included my own view on ‘the way forward’ on the final page.

Junior Cycle Reform – a Way Forward (Annotated)

Fintan O’Mahony
ASTI Standing Committee Region 8
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Reads of the Week #5

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Seven choices this week, it was impossible to narrow it down further because of the quality of stuff out there.

First up is the strange tale of one man’s efforts to rid Wikipedia of one particular grammatical error http://buff.ly/1E6IkW1

Next is an essay on the declining influence of poetry and the short story http://buff.ly/1E6Ik8p

Here’s David Didau on discipline in schools and how undermining teachers is easy http://buff.ly/1zzRB4g

And as if to prove the above essay on poetry wrong here’s Tell Us a Story, Grandma http://buff.ly/1J7iYh3 h/t Kenny Pieper

The Hunting of Billie Holiday is an account of the ceaseless, needless hounding of an artist by the FBI http://buff.ly/1KSo9NC

This New York Times article by Lynsey Addario proves pregnant women can do just about anything they wish, even photograph wars http://buff.ly/1Cnv38Q

And finally the always thought-provoking Mary Ann Reilly on how we slip into being teachers down different paths http://buff.ly/1J7iLKQ

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Reads of the week #4

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1. Why do we read? By Isabelle Cartwright http://buff.ly/1Irbkhg

2. Eugene O’Neill embraced torment as a pathway to inspiration: John Lahr reviews Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts by Robert Dowling http://buff.ly/1vy23P5

3. Progressive Labels for Regressive Practices: How Key Terms in Education Have Been Co-opted by Alfie Kohn http://buff.ly/1vy2gl8

4. It’s time ministers realised that teachers really do want to teach by Zoe Williams http://buff.ly/16EJmNS

5. One Year with Zelda by Laura June http://buff.ly/1C7gRn5

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My Reads of the Week #3

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Alfie Kohn tells us only 17% of kids given time at school almost every day to read a book they choose: http://buff.ly/1wFG6av

From the Paris Review: TS Eliot answers the question of the permanence of poetry http://buff.ly/1wFFYrt

This is pretty scary: How brutal government used cutting-edge spyware to hijack one activist’s life from The Vergea http://buff.ly/1KdwZVW

The New Yorker asks can the internet be archived? http://buff.ly/1zFC49E

The Long, Strange Purgatory of Casey Kasem http://buff.ly/161koIA (worth seeking out even if this link has died, for which phenomenon see previous read)

My reads of the week #2

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Here are my reads of the week, five of the best things I’ve read this week.

Why does Alex Quigley hate highlighters? http://buff.ly/1xRJizU

This is What Education Reform Looks Like according to Mary Ann Reilly http://t.co/sAAme7irCY

Dubliner Stephen Dawson: the police told me I could go to prison for match-fixing http://t.co/ykQ1wbFGGN (passed on by Brian Doug McMahon)

How Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith Use Technology http://t.co/uiJqaQNRS0 (passed on by Electric Literature

In 1965, Stephen Somerstein grabbed five cameras and headed south: http://t.co/DISiDrSB0e from New York Times Photo

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