Links to be reading

img_2982The Unhealthy Truth Behind ‘Wellness’ and ‘Clean Eating’ – pass me another piece of cake.

Grab your tissues – parenting after the death of a child.

On Women’s representation in the media. Related – there’s no business case for all-white casts.

 How babies fit into wombs – babies are weird.

A meditation teacher’s 5 tips for breaking your screen addiction once and for all. – I left my phone at school by mistake this week – the bus ride to and from school was very, very different.

Links to be reading


There’s a whiff of holidays in the air.

If children lose contact with nature they won’t fight for it shared by @LShenstone

Mekong: a river rising shared by @katherineqi

My Students Don’t Know How to Have a Conversation shared by @cpaterso

Why people believe they can’t draw – and how to prove they can From Facebook

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation from @taratj on facebook

Links to be reading

Megacities, not nations, are the world’s dominant, enduring social structures – “There are far more functional cities in the world today than there are viable states. Indeed, cities are often the islands of governance.” fascinating article on connectivity  shared by @mscofino

Pearson’s Quest to Cover the Planet in Company-Run Schools am I the only one terrified by this?

If There’s Only One Woman in Your Candidate Pool, There’s Statistically No Chance She’ll Be Hired – “managers can change the status quo of the finalist pool by including two women, then the women have a fighting chance.”

How Sweet Briar Came Back from Financial Ruin and Proved Women’s Colleges Are Still Relevant –  women’s colleges find their way in the 21st century. IMG_2946

Links to be reading

Science education is woefully uncreative. That needs to change.  Science is also a creative endeavour  shared by @igeducators

What Does Sound Look Like? – The New Yorker – And science also starts with really great questions. 

Why Typical Preschool Crafts Are a Total Waste of Time  put away the hand prints. Another goodie shared by @igeducators

What my students taught me on their last day of school – the focus on the residual understanding shared by @ndbekah

How to Email Your Professor (without being annoying) – forget letter writing to a pen pal. Asking for information from people is an important life skill. Shared by a facebook friend.

Links to be reading

Is it time to redefine success? – a fantastic first blog post on what the ‘end game’ should be in education for kids (Shared by @sherrattsam)

Ask yourselves… are you changing our way of life? – Teachers as  society makers (via RSS)

Why luck matters more than you think – Humility is a quality we don’t talk about in schools.

You may hate Donald Trump. But do you want Facebook to rig the election against him? Thought-provoking piece on digital democracy. (Shared by @Rachcarrell)

World Without Mobile would those born after the Year 2000 get the joke?

Malls of America – shop local. It’s killing our cities.


Links to be reading

Enabling Spontaneous Learning Environments: 5 keys to breaking free of (or within) the 4 walls “Underpinning great spontaneous learning is a lot of hard work that’s mostly invisible.”  A great post on how mindset trumps fancy spaces every time. (Shared by @FriedEnglish101)

The Weird and Wonderful World of Academic Twitter: Accounts that mock, self-ridicule and bring a smile to academia  Academic content is often thought of dry and removed from the ‘real world’ however media is changing the way academics are communicating with the general public.  (Friend share on FB)

Growing Up in Pornland: Girls Have Had It with Porn Conditioned Boys Lets make Sex Ed about more than contraception and consent more on meaningful relationships. (friend share on FB)

Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age Even my favourite movies don’t do so well. Shared by @klbeasley on FB

Skills for success in a Disruptive World of Work Shared by @sarahmartin74

Renaissance Artworks Reimagined As Wild, Cheeky Modern Day Instagram Posts – As I was walking through paintings of fruit, I wondered to myself if paintings were a form of Instagram. Now I know the answer is yes.

Links to be reading

The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Third Culture Kid Jetting around countries isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Shared by @mscofino
The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital – no suprise media is high on the list. But should education be higher?
Why Investing Time In Innovation Pays Off – the importance in iTime across disciplines.

Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest A powerful piece shared by @rsavagenz on how gender affects learning but not in the way we typically conceptualise the problem.

“Boys’ underperformance in school has more to do with society’s norms about masculinity than with anatomy, hormones or brain structure. “

When Teachers Highlight Gender, Kids Pick Up Stereotypes A follow up to above piece