February 14, 2019

Kawhi Leonard is the perfect basketball athlete. Look at the size of those hands! It is as if he is the fulfilment of a sporting evolutionary niche - the sum of all the natural selection pressures to which the basketball population is exposed. To expect other members o...

February 13, 2019

Giving feedback to children is kind of my speciality. There’s a fine line between positive feedback and praise.

Positive feedback is empowering, it acknowledges someone’s efforts and results but ideally it makes them want to keep moving forward. It provides a new goal,...

February 12, 2019

Seth Godin says there’s no such thing as writer’s block. So far, I believe him. I have no shortage of things to write. I do have a shortage of time, a shortage of energy, and today, I have a shortage of courage to write something meaningful.

Do I want to put these ideas...

February 11, 2019

Teaching short story writing can be tricky. Kids don’t read a lot of good ones. Reading books (or ‘readers’) designed for reading instruction often don’t contain a complete set of narrative elements and most children seem to leap from readers to novels at some point be...

February 8, 2019

I can’t believe what I just read … link to news article at the bottom. Extract here ...

General Francis has admitted that officers have sexually abused female enlisted soldiers, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.

He said in that case his predecessor, General B...

February 6, 2019

I don’t drink as much coffee as people might think. One or two a day, sometimes less. But, I do love coffee.

I love that it takes practice and care to make a great coffee, regardless of how much the machine costs.

I love the mental break that a walk to the café provides...

February 5, 2019

I’ve never been a fan of ability grouping in schools. I’m always left with the feeling that we automatically limit what groups of student will learn. As if, based on where they are now, we’re going to expect one group of students to learn less than another and therefor...

February 4, 2019

Not too long ago we opened Spotify Family Subscription. I’d planned to use it to find all this new music and get back into the music scene. Instead, I’ve spent most of the time downloading all my old favourite albums. Barely a new track in sight! One of these old favou...

February 3, 2019

I grew up loving martial arts movies. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, Sammo Hung and Steven Seagal being some of my childhood heroes. Perhaps in the pre-social media era it was easier, but the legends of these guys were enormous. Yes, Chuck Norris has become a me...

February 2, 2019

I had an awesome idea for a post! And then it all went wrong …

In Shelter From The Storm, Dylan sings:

‘Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood

When reckless was a virtue, the road was full of mud

I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form

Come in, she s...

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