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so tomorrow I get to do my workshop where I bring a dozen violins and cellos to people who have possibly never touched an instrument like them and we play... !

There are few times in life when grown-ups willingly buy in to playing (like wholeheartedly) and this is one of those times where they are invited, encouraged, and I get to play with them.

(I better sleep past 4:15 am tomorrow. <--- Listen to that, jet lag.)

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Racism, Textbooks Show more

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I don't want to grade any more. Show more

Is there much less interesting than job applications?

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On November 11 I'll be presenting 3 out of 4 sessions at a local ed tech conference.

I submitted two proposals because I wasn't sure one of them would be good enough. They liked both and asked me if I would be willing to turn one of them into a two session workshop.

I agreed. The sessions are short, and the extra time will be useful.

I still lament that I only get to see one session at this conference, though. I am eating my cake while still wanting to have it.

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As I use today's professional development time to write up how I intend to improve my students' skills with storytelling (digital or otherwise), I am reminded that Twine is a super awesome open source web based tool for making "choose your own adventure" style stories.

Oh, yeah. Totally using this.

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Hashtag 5-7 interests that aren't in your profile:

(I talk about that more using my @Crash account...)

& (R.A. Salvatore, Pratchett, McCaffrey, Pournelle, Scalzi)

(Adam Savage's Still Untitled, Star Talk Radio, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Dragon Talk, History According to Bob)

This is a thing now:

Let's play a game, to help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same.


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From @eyebrows "Let's play a game, to help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."

These are mine...
#nihonshu #sake

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I've thought for a long time that my passion was learning (and by proxy education), but starting to realize that what I really care about is access.

Access to opportunity. Increasing all people's access to opportunities to change: our outlook, our awareness, our jobs, our lives, our communities, our world. Hopefully for the better.

Loved reading this @BenjaminDoxtdator takedown of Teach Like A Champion. Even outside the US, I think it's important to question this. I wonder about the money trail into this, KIPP, Grit/Behaviour Lab, and money out of the public school system.


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As I forge ahead with a new life, THIS is what I aspire to achieve. Thanks @Downes for the reminder.

" have to be yourself, no matter who you are. Your strengths, your weaknesses, your abilities, your handicaps - all these are yours, and you have to embrace them...

And, maybe - be generous. Help people in need. Share what you know. Be kind to animals... Not because you would want others to do the same for you, but because they are you."

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Responding to an inquiry, I wrote this perosnal post on 'What I Would Do Differently', in which I remind myself to embrace myself, weakness and all (and to be generous to others). Neither is always easy for me.

Following @theartguy , I guess an post might be a good idea.

I'm Marc, a university and school EFL teacher in Japan. I like the idea of public education for all. Unfortunately, I need to eat and feed my family so I work at private institutions because I could get work there.

My academic research interests are listening and phonology as well as corpus linguistics and Task-Based Language Teaching.


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I managed to catch up on most of the tasks that didn't get done this weekend because I was on the road visiting friends & family.

All it took was most of my planning time.

What strikes me as odd is that it's all schoolwork, so I was theoretically SUPPOSED to complete it all during my planning.

But then again, I'm a teacher. Who does that?

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Reminder that unlike on Twitter, Mastodon allows for Content Warnings (CW). These let others decide if they have the mental energy to deal with certain topics (politics, current events, bigotry, etc.) rather than you deciding for them.

You don't have to refrain from talking about those subjects here, but please make frequent use of CWs for those of us who use Mastodon as a refuge.

They're also good for hiding spoilers, joke punchlines, and long rambles, but don't forget their primary usage.

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This morning there was a hum in the house early. Heating came on in the night- wasn't planned, but neither was the cold. Going to the window, first I noticed the rim of condensation around the edges where the glass touches the frame, then looked out and saw gulls in the plowed field (farmers still harvesting the spuds). Cold out there.

Some kids from the village church did a 'sleep-out' on the streets in town to raise money for homeless.

They will appreciate their beds tonight. #smallstories