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@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.

Diaz Maggioli at "Teaching alone can lead to routine practice (and generally does)"

I almost always teach alone. Most of us do.

How do you break your routines?

@bgcarlisle Whoa...I can’t even imagine what that would be from if not from an ice rink.

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????

@Tdorey The TRU trip is right before one of them (speaking at Douglas College Oct. 26). Then the other one is in Toronto Nov. 21 or so. They're all three very different!

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. thewalrus.ca/demanding-kinder-

Today I learned a little about h5p: h5p.org/

Sounds intriguing from educational perspective (I teach at a university). Anyone have any thoughts on it?

psst
hey
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

@bgcarlisle was it 2000 before and you got it down to that? I know that kind of feeling! If so, it can feel like--ok, almost there, this is gonna happen.

@katebowles I should get to work early enough to take that kind of pause. I find myself rushing every morning. With partner and son, all of us just in time for what we need to do. And the day starts with us harried already.

@gemlog Good question. I really don't know. Something caught on in this moment from the various media stories about it. But why in this moment, exactly? I don't know.

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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.

@katebowles @Downes @xldrkp @dajbelshaw The left column for me shows all the posts of people I follow, not just my own posts. And the right column is as Kate says--it switches based on what you choose to show there.

Good read: "Open Source Friday" wants to remind employees to contribute: opensource.com/article/17/6/op

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.

@thebestsophist ideally a whole site, but can do it page by page. That's probably what will be needed?

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).

Thanks!