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


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?

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

The awful repercussions of texting while driving

Here’s how Kenny Pieper changed how he used homework with his students for the better

The always thought provoking Secret Teacher series turns to the burden of work for teachers outside of teaching

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33 questions on the Travers proposals


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


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

Next is an essay on the declining influence of poetry and the short story

Here’s David Didau on discipline in schools and how undermining teachers is easy

And as if to prove the above essay on poetry wrong here’s Tell Us a Story, Grandma h/t Kenny Pieper

The Hunting of Billie Holiday is an account of the ceaseless, needless hounding of an artist by the FBI

This New York Times article by Lynsey Addario proves pregnant women can do just about anything they wish, even photograph wars

And finally the always thought-provoking Mary Ann Reilly on how we slip into being teachers down different paths

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Reads of the week #4


1. Why do we read? By Isabelle Cartwright

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

3. Progressive Labels for Regressive Practices: How Key Terms in Education Have Been Co-opted by Alfie Kohn

4. It’s time ministers realised that teachers really do want to teach by Zoe Williams

5. One Year with Zelda by Laura June

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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:

From the Paris Review: TS Eliot answers the question of the permanence of poetry

This is pretty scary: How brutal government used cutting-edge spyware to hijack one activist’s life from The Vergea

The New Yorker asks can the internet be archived?

The Long, Strange Purgatory of Casey Kasem (worth seeking out even if this link has died, for which phenomenon see previous read)

My reads of the week #2


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

Why does Alex Quigley hate highlighters?

This is What Education Reform Looks Like according to Mary Ann Reilly

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

How Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith Use Technology (passed on by Electric Literature

In 1965, Stephen Somerstein grabbed five cameras and headed south: from New York Times Photo

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