Replied to The anti-cottonwool schools where kids stare down risk in favour of nature play by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (Read Write Collect)
This article from the ABC discusses a couple of schools in Western Australia that have reduced the rules on outdoor play. THis reminds me of Narissa Leung’s use of old bricks and Adrian Camm’s use of odd material to enage with play.

 

The school has just three rules — no stacking milk creates, no walking on the large wooden spools and no tying rope to yourself.

That is pretty much how our playground at Banton works. We do stack crates though;-)

https://twitter.com/Banton_Pr/status/1009405794255888389

Liked Workshop to Event Workflow in WordPress by Tom Woodward (bionicteaching.com)
Please think about stuff like this every time you hear a supposed web developer/ed tech person say “WordPress can’t . . . ” I’m not a skilled web developer and if I can figure out these things many others could do far better. Most supposed limitations are a failure of imagination rather than the technology or the skill. Also take note of how many times I tried things here. Not every one was a complete failure but there were plenty of those and a number that didn’t generate events at all. This stuff doesn’t necessarily come easy to me. Try not to get discouraged. In the future you can fail at entirely new and more complicated things!

👍 Enjoyed @twoodwar’s WordPress workings.

Liked 10 things I have learned since becoming a teacher | Blog My Wiki! (suppertime.co.uk)
9) Fads and factionalism – no thanks. Even in my short (5 year) teaching career I have seen things come and go out of favour. Learning styles, mindfulness, multiple intelligences, growth mindsets, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Cheese (I’m pretty sure it was cheese), I’ve been taught them then been told they don’t even exist. There’s probably a grain of truth in most of these things: good lessons should stimulate many of the senses but let’s not turn every teaching point into a song made out of differently-textured smells differentiated 30 ways to accommodate each child’s ‘learning style’. Life’s too short.

👍 I enjoyed all 10.

Liked Reads, Listens, Watches, and Editable Webmention Types and Avatars in the IndieWeb WordPress Suite by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
One can now go to the admin interface for their comments and webmentions (found at the path /wp-admin/edit-comments.php), click on edit for the particular comment they’re changing and then scroll down to reveal a droplist interface to be able to manually change the webmention type.

This is a nice idea, I sometimes get webmentions that have interesting contents I see in the email notification but here on the blog it just shows as an avatar with not text. Now I can fix that, example.

Liked Drafting #IndieWeb Principles for the Rest of Us (jgregorymcverry.com)
Yet to the audience I serve these set of core ideals can chase folks away for being too technical. So I wanted to remix them to see if I get develop the same principles for a non-technical crowd.

Although I’ve been playing with some indieweb technology and principals on this blog I’ve not really dug into the details. I footer and fidget rather than read and think.  Greg’s rewrite of the principals are interesting. i wonder if they could be ones for the 2nd or 3rd generation indiewebers? I think I am one of these.

I’ve been on holiday for the last two weeks, the second spent unwell with a sinus infection that made me uninterested in everything bar Lemsip and a bit of netflix.

Feeling a bit better and reviewing my pinboard links. Most seem to be around poetry, maths and micro:bits in the classroom ( I need to get out more).

Header image created with above mentioned Sketch Machine.