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In Which I Am Engaged by Another Great Unity Mind

I love when people just hand me a blog fully realized. On Twitter, I saw something about Chelsea Clinton running for office. Someone responded with something like, please, no more Clintons. I tweeted that and someone said, "I'm STILL...Show More Summary

push-starting a dying VW microbus out of the parking lot, having been refused a cheap motel room for being dirty hippies

[The Abject continues to deliver on its longstanding 1 to 4 proportion of “why I am not blogging” blog posts… Proudly barely blogging since 2001!] Even by my standards, a five month post gap is unseemly. Partly driven by forces familiar to many of you… Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly unsure of myself. […]

DIY execution drugs in Arizona

The state of Arizona has apparently decided to allow condemned prisoners to supply their own lethal injection drugs. the Arizona Department of Corrections has issued a revised procedures manual that says death row inmates, through their lawyers or other representatives,...

Six Hundred Seventeen Dollars (times 800)

That's how much UFT pays to send people to the New York Hilton for the NYSUT Representative Assembly. This is an important event, because there will be an election that will determine whether NYS Unity or Stronger Together controls NYSUT. Show More Summary

Teacher as Savior

Yesterday I spoke of a forum I attended in the Bronx. An interesting conversation ensued between audience and panel about recruitment for TFA and Moskowitz Academies. Evidently the pitch is that children of color must be saved and only you, the students, can get it done. Show More Summary

Another model for support

I was thinking about today’s post, wherein I was talking about a couple of packages that  might help organizations move forward. I was reflecting back on some previous posts about engagement models, and was reminded of a more recent one. Show More Summary

Fordham U and Me

Last night I was honored to be included in a panel at Fordham University discussing mostly the welfare of our students. There was great discussion from both the panelists and the audience. In retrospect, it probably would've been smarter to write about this before it happened so more people would know about it. Show More Summary

Support for moving forward

I have to admit I’ve been a bit surprised to see that movements towards improving elearning and learning strategy  haven’t had more impact. On the learning design side, e.g. the Serious eLearning Manifesto and our Future of Work project, it still seems there’s a focus on content presentation. Show More Summary

Where's the Beef?

There was an interesting piece on NBC News, which seems to have originated from Telemundo, with which they are affiliated. I'm a Long Island resident, and what caught my attention was that 25 employees had been fired for taking part in the Day Without Immigrants. Show More Summary

Something's Fishy in the USA

How does Fox News hook people and keep them hooked? And why can't anyone on the left manage to do anything remotely close? These are tough questions. I've read entire books that try to answer them and come away still shaking my head....Show More Summary

The Best Catch There Is

I'm a big fan of Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I don't know how many times I've read it, but it really sticks with me. Catch 22 says that you have to be crazy to fly army missions when people are shooting at you. You can't fly when you're crazy. Show More Summary

National Geographic's guide to selected body horror

Speaking of insects burrowing into the human body, National Geographic published a fine guide to the many ways critters can invade the human body. The article is filled with wonderfully disturbing passages: Apart from intestinal parasites, few species brave the...

Tackling the tough stuff

I was reflecting a wee bit on my books (and writings in general), and realized that there’s somewhat of a gap when I talk about games, and mobile, and more.  And it’s not unconscious, but instead principled, even if it arises somewhat implicitly. So I thought I’d talk briefly about why I tend to focus on […] The post Tackling the tough stuff appeared first on Learnlets.

Stronger Together-Jia Lee=Neither Stronger nor Together

Stronger Together is a caucus of NYSUT that began when former President Richard Iannuzzi was unceremoniously overthrown by Mulgrew three years ago. A lot of locals didn't much like being told by UFT leadership who could and could not run NYSUT. Show More Summary

Murder by circular saw

Today's real-life Gothic murder comes from Germany, where a woman decapitated her lover with a circular saw. Of course it was part of a sex game: On the night of the killing, Alex H blindfolded himself with a pair of...

The New Student

In our school, we've looked at the new Commandment from the DOA directing us to work out a grading policy. This has been problematic for a lot of us. Some departments are saying students must get a participation grade every week, and are demanding rubrics for how we do it. Show More Summary

Meta-Learning Tools?

I wrote an article for Jane Hart’s Modern Workplace Learning magazine, triggered by my thought that in her tools survey.  I didn’t see a lot about a certain set of reflection (c.f. last weeks posts on diagramming) and experimentation tools: meta-learning tools. Show More Summary

They're Reading the Blog

After I posted this, UFT put up this tweet, pretending that Mulgrew does social media. That's progress! Happy Valentines Day! Make sure you show your love for our neighborhood public schools! -Mulgrew #PublicSchoolProud https://t.co/n1dE3oOOnt — UFT (@UFT) February 14, 2017

What's in an Aim? (Revisited)

I've heard from various and sundry administrators that there must be an aim for each and every lesson. I do write one, as supervisors are always fiitting in, out, and about, but I've never agreed that it was necessary. For one thing, I don't like to brag, but I'm a high school graduate. Show More Summary

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