Weekend Reading 7/3/16


Well, I hope you’re having a nice productive weekend and are ready to get a new week started. I know that we have some international readers, but in the United States, we are celebrating Independence Day this weekend. While you have some time left in the weekend, here are some cool things you can fill it with.

A new podcast

Malcolm Gladwell has a new podcast out called Revisionist History. From the podcasts’s about page:

Welcome to Revisionist History, a new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.

Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

An few older podcasts

I actually learned about Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast when I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast this week. I learned about Tim Ferriss’ podcast when I was listening to the Freakonomics Podcast. I learned about Freakonomics when I was listening to Radiolab. That should give you more than enough information if you’re looking for new podcasts.

An article about quizzing

In I’m a Teacher Who Loves Quizzing; But Does Quiz Format Matter? Megan Smith and Yana Weinstein discuss the impacts that various quiz formats have on meeting learning goals and measuring actual improvement. This article is one in a series they had this spring about similar topics.

Some book recommendations

If you haven’t read either of John Pearson’s books, I encourage you to pick up a copy of them all.

Learn Me Good
Learn Me Gooder
I Coulda Caught That Pass!


You can also check out his blog Learn Me Good. And if you like his writing style and notice that he’s not blogging much these days, follow Learn Me Good on Facebook, where he does a lot more of his updates. He was recently featured with a clickbait post here that got far and away more shares than anything that I’ve written in my month back into blogging.

And be on the lookout for Learn Me Goodest in the not-too-distant future…

And finally, some patriotic music

I leave you with Jimi Hendrix’ landmark performance of The Star Spangled Banner from the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Along with that, here is a list of 10 Little Known Facts About the Performance that Defined the 60’s.

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Joel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

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