@ton I learn a lot from working with grad student TA’s (not all teachers have that opportunity though). They often have good ideas that I take on myself. I’m acting as a mentor for one right now that is seriously inspiring for me and providing me with new things to get me out of my routines.
Otherwise, I attend lots of professional development workshops for new things too.
Or maybe it was just that it seemed fantastic before coffee and wouldn’t actually have been after. I may never know.
Grrrr...I had this fantastic idea for how to improve the flow/tell a story in a talk I’m giving on Monday, this morning before coffee.
Then when I got more awake it was gone. WHY????
So I am giving two keynotes in the next 7 weeks or so. And of course I didn’t make them the same so I could save myself from writing two entirely different talks in that short time frame. So it’s gonna be long weekends from here on out I fear.
Hopefully I can use at least some from the first in the second.
Excellent article by a colleague at my university, on the importance of kindness and compassion in our classes. So many students dealing with so many difficulties. https://thewalrus.ca/demanding-kinder-classrooms-doesnt-make-you-a-snowflake/
that idea for a thing you'd like to write?
write a short, non-binding, no fucks given, just keep going version of it
then toss it away, but keep what you've learnt from the experience
or keep it, if it turns out to be good
win-win this bugger
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@theartguy Oh no, I'm sorry to hear this is bringing up previous trauma but it makes complete sense that it would. And I get the feeling that it shouldn't be about you but given your history how can it not be? From my perspective it seems okay to be upset here and worried. The former for you (understandably) and the latter for your friend and his wife. And then, I hope, relieved when things turn out okay.
Went camping for four days and wasn't sure there would be internet access. There was (via phone data) but I consciously chose not to use it. Four days without email, news, or anything else internet based was pretty lovely. Just my family and the forest and the ocean. Good break.
But catching back up on emails is not nearly as easy as I'd hoped it would be.
Good read: "Open Source Friday" wants to remind employees to contribute: https://opensource.com/article/17/6/open-source-friday-give-back
A good initiative as I think. And it could be adopted for the educational context as well: Teachers could remind students every week to contribute to the net as they build their knowledge on the open web every day. They could file an issue on GitHub or add to Wikipedia or write a blogpost. Many opportunities exist.
Looking for suggestions:
What is a good tool to check websites for accessibility? Ideally something free and very easy to use for those who don't understand code much. And something that not only points out what's wrong but gives suggestions on how to fix it (if that exists).