I thought I’d start sharing some of my favorite readings of the month, whether tweets, blogs, or full on novels. We’ll go from short to long:
1. From @David_Perell:
“Anybody who doesn’t change their mind a lot is dramatically underestimating the complexity of the world we live in.” – Jeff Bezos
2. From @GeraldAungst:
Exit tickets are fine, but what did you do to assess understanding during the prior 75 minutes? @JohnSanGiovanni at #MDmath16
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Three Blog Posts
1. Pseudo-Context, from Dan Meyer
Imma keep saying this ’til the sun burns out: read everything Dan writes. He’s rebooted his series on how textbooks misuse real world data.
You’ve experienced this: the textbook has a photo of some cool situation next to a word problem, but then the problem is practically unrelated to the situation in the photo. Dan calls it “pseudo-context.”
Once you see pseudo-context, you’ll never be able to ignore it. His first episode features a god-awful use of a dart board.
2. Being A Square Peg, from Joelle
Same advice for Joelle’s blog: read it! It’s probably my most-linked-to gifted ed blog (but we still haven’t met in person).
I think we’ve all felt like the square-peg at work. If you’re looking for an amazing teacher to teach your young gifted kids, she’s your gal.
3. Pretend I’m Not Here, from David Cox
So many people just tell kids they must show their work, rather than demonstrating the real need for it. David writes a fantastic example of how to actualy help a student understand why it’s important to explain one’s thinking clearly.
His last sentence brings a tear to the eye, no?
Because real-life pal Beniy Waisanen retweeted wonderful author Neil Gaiman’s retweet of this article, which lists Ursula Le Guin’s best works, I experienced my first two Le Guin books this month: The Left Hand of Darkness and [The Lathe Of Heaven](http://www.amazon.com/dp/this article/?tag=byrdseed-20). Isn’t the internet amazing!?
Both were memorable, but The Lathe of Heaven is easier to summarize. A man’s dreams unintentionally affect reality – often for the worse. When he dreams about his Aunt dying, he wakes up to find that she died six years ago, but only he is aware of the change!
Naturally, he wants to stop dreaming, but someone else tries to harness his power for their own benefit! Wild stuff.