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One Hit Wonder

Nah, it's not about the guy in the picture, though I kind of wish it were. That song was pretty catchy. I saw him sing it on the Today Show, and it was pretty cool. He speaks our language. I'm not quite so sure about the guy who wrote The Battle for Room 314, which some publisher sent me for free. Show More Summary

A severed foot appears near Vancouver, once more

19 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Once again a severed human body part has washed up on the western shore of Canada. A hiker exploring Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew Sunday afternoon came across a running shoe containing a human foot in a sock. Because Canada...

"The Shadow Out of Time", a new video

19 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

There's a new video version of Lovecraft's classic story "The Shadow Out Of Time" (1936). Watch on YouTube, or below: Here's a nice explanation of the fx: puppets and stop-motion. (thanks to Dennis Moser)

Badass

That’s the actual title of a book, not me being a bit irreverent.  I’ve been a fan of Kathy Sierra’s since I came across her work, e.g. I regularly refer to how she expresses ‘incrementalism‘. She’s on top of usability and learning in very important ways. And she’s got a new book out that I was pleased […]

The Secret Sauce Revealed

No one knows how to "fix" schools. After all, the only reason they are "broken" is that many kids come from homes of poverty. Many parents have to work multiple jobs and haven't got time to spend with their children. Then, of course, folks like Joel Klein cry out that the schools suck and teacher heads must roll. Show More Summary

Social Training?

Sparked by the sight of a post about ‘social training’, I jokingly asked my ITA colleagues whether they could train me to be social.  And, of course, they’ve posted about it.  And it made me think a little bit more too. Jane talks about being asked “how you make people learn socially”, and mentions that you can’t force […]

Leverage points for organizational agility

I received some feedback on my post on Organizational Knowledge Mastery.  The claim was that if you trusted to human sensing, you’d be only able to track what’s become common knowledge, and that doesn’t provide the necessary competitive advantage. The extension was that you needed market analytics to see new trends. And it caused me […]

Charters Outspend Us, While We Spend Millions Praising Cuomo

It kind of freaks me out to read that Eva Moskowitz and her reformy BFFs have outspent union on lobbying. And by quite a bit, too:In all, labor groups and their key allies on education issues spent $8.3 million on political activity in 2015. Show More Summary

What if the Unity Gravy Train Is Derailed?

SCOTUS appears poised to deal us a loss in Friedrichs. But what will a loss look like? Will they simply decide that there are no more agency fees? That could be inconvenient for 52 Broadway, which has a machine to maintain. Will they...Show More Summary

Sexism, Sanders, and Lee

Are you sick of hearing how you're a misogynist because you favor Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton? Tired of being called a "Bernie bro," whatever the hell that is? I am. I read a lot of things like that in social media, and a lot of it comes from Randi Weingarten, who I follow on Facebook and Twitter.After all, that's kind of a straw man. Show More Summary

One Week In

The first week of school has just finished, and at my site that has meant some new staff, a number of new students and a heady mix of excitement and trepidation. I spent some time this morning with my new principal trying to describe the scope of and the idiosyncrasies of my role at WGS. […]

The Salesman

There is some sort of fundraising going on in my school. Everywhere they are selling sausages in cellophane. They are kind of like Slim Jims, the sort of thing that may have appealed to me when I was 12 years old but no longer makes me jump up and down. Show More Summary

UFT Delegate Assembly February 2016

Mulgrew welcomes us. Says he will shorten his report (!). Mentions groundhogsNationalUFT is everywhere. Retirees are in Iowa, NH, will be in SC. Michigan—UFT is in Detroit. Industrial hygienists blocked from school entry. Hoping they will get in and show what needs fixing. Show More Summary

Organizational Knowledge Mastery?

I was pointed to a report from MIT Sloan Management talking about how big data was critical to shorten ‘time to insight’. And I think that’s a ‘good thing’ in the sense that knowing what’s happening faster is clearly going to be part of agility.  But I  must be missing something, because unless I’m mistaken, […]

Hello, Heaviness

Rodney Dangerfield used to have a routine about heaviness. It followed him everywhere. He'd wake up in the morning and say, "Hello, heaviness." The heaviness would answer. It would say something like, "You're gonna be drinking earlyShow More Summary

Too Bad He Isn't With Us

Over the course of my job I meet a lot of Unity Caucus members. With very few exceptions (I know of precisely one), every single person who works for the UFT is a Unity Caucus member. I'm cordial with pretty much everyone unless they give me reason not to be. Show More Summary

The hijinks of Randolph Carter

"The Ordeal of Randolph Carter" is a very short video that starts with Lovecraft's classic short story, then makes... a different call. Shall I say that the voice was deep; hollow; gelatinous; remote; unearthly; inhuman; disembodied? What shall I say?...

A Dr. Seuss Call of Cthulhu

Your mashup for the day is a classic H.P. Lovecraft story retold as if by Dr. Seuss. Behold The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers. We first noted the creator's project way back in 2011. (via MetaFilter)

Too Bad He Isn't With Us

Over the course of my job I meet a lot of Unity Caucus members. With very few exceptions, every single person who works for the UFT is a Unity Caucus member. I'm cordial with pretty much everyone unless they give me reason not to be....Show More Summary

Eva Doesn't Need No Stinking Rules

Eva Moskowitz is pissed off that mean old NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is demanding she sign a contract over her pre-K classes. So what if 277 other pre-K programs have signed it? She's Eva Moskowitz, dammit, and rules don't apply to her. Show More Summary

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