“Last night I went to bed at 1:30 and got up this morning at 9:15, just enough time to get to Terry Gross at NPR. I love Terry Gross to death. One of my favorite journalism moments is her versus Gene Simmons. He’s trying to do his usual shock shtick and she hung in there like a champ. It was Muhammad Ali against George Foreman, Rumble in the Jungle. He was arrogant and tried to bully her and she would stick him and lunge and move away. I don’t mess with Terry Gross.”— Questlove in an interview with Paper Magazine (via wbezmusic)
“Stevie Nicks was the first woman I ever heard say she had chosen not to have children because she cared more about her career. The first that ever warned me men might not like it if there are things more important to me than they are. The first that ever said that that was fine: sometimes, you have to leave them behind. Wherever she goes, she surrounds herself with girls. “I can’t imagine you in a bathing suit,” someone says in an interview for Rolling Stone, when Stevie says she likes to play in the pool in her backyard. “Yeah, well, you never will,” Stevie says. “There is never - ever - a man in the backyard. If there is, he is banished to the front of the house.” Men don’t get to look at Stevie Nicks unless Stevie Nicks wants men to look at Stevie Nicks. In her songs, even when she’s talking about how she has to change, she proclaims her power, her ability, her worth. She is a queen, she is a witch, she is a dragon, she is in control. She isn’t polite. She’s competitive. She’s bossy. She claimed all the things the men around her claimed — she spent as much money as they spent, had as much sex as they had, was as reckless as they were, stood at the front of the same stage — and never questioned that that was her right. The world tells us women are there for men, but despite all the boyfriends and the jokes about how she’s so easy and the sex-symbol status, she isn’t there for men at all. She does it without ever giving in to the men that dismiss her. She’s emotional. She’s dramatic. She raises her voice as much as she can. She thinks she’s pretty, she thinks she’s a star, and when her fans crowd up to the edge of the stage, crazy, she welcomes them, with open arms. She revels in it. She’s too much of a girl for you? She revels in it.”—Stevie Nicks is a queen, a witch, a dragon
Some of you know that I’ve recently started working on a project called “Visible Learning.” Most people in the education world know who John Hattie is, and the importance of his work, but in a nutshell:
World-renowned professor John Hattie out of New Zealand conducted 1000 meta-analyses comprising of more than 50,000 studies involving more than 240 million international students. I’ll let that sink it. 240 million students. This is data about what works in education. Professor Hattie catagorizes these studies into about 150 effect sizes about things like class size, feedback, retention (or holding a student back), expert teaching, etc and shows what effect they have on student’s learning.
The best part of what he found? 95% OF WHAT EDUCATORS ARE DOING WORKS. I am not a teacher but this work is so absolutely exciting and what we need to hear right now when all the media says is how our schools are failing our students. But the real question is, and what Visible Learning is all about… is what works best?
Visible Learning PLUS takes that reseach and turns it into practice. We’re putting on a webinar today and my colleague Jayne-Ann Young from New Zealand is going to take you through some of the most interesting parts of the research. Parents or future parents: I really reccomend you listen in. This is all about what learning looks like, something I know every parent wants to help their kids with. Oh yeah, teacher should maybe lsiten in, too.
Please inform me on the best planner to purchase for the upcoming year. I know you guys are into that kind of stuff.
P.S. Also, how do you organize projects for yourself at work? I use the four quadrants of urgent/important, urgent/not important, not urget/important, and not urgent/not important (aka everything that sales sends me ever.) Help?
Listen, I’ve been a Mac girl forever. The simplicity, the sleekness—and they just work. But, I live in the real world where i have to pay for things with dollars that come from months spent in the office so I’m a little more careful about how I spend them.
I’m also really logical. Which is why when you sit down to figure out the cost of a compareable MacBook Pro to our new HP Envy, you’ll see that there was just absolutely no reason to buy a Mac. None.
A compareable MacBook Pro (with a smaller screen) but same internal specs: $2,899.00
Our 17’ HP Envy (on sales for Black Friday): $899.99
1. I have an overwhelming amount of work to do. Just… heaps and heaps of work. I’m hosting a big training next week and nothing has been planned. Great job, me.
2. We bought a laptop (online) on Black Friday. Windows 8 is kiiiiiind of amazing. It lets you design, organize and size your apps and programs exactly how you want. The colors are beutiful and the real-time updating apps on the home screen is awesome. Very good for someone who suffers from a distinct need to have control over absolutelyeverythinginlifeever.
3. We have baby fever but are also trying to stay about three years away from it at the same time. We were hoping the cats would be a good substitute but I think it made it worse. Can we just get on with a life of an adorable family in Amsterdam?
4. The 21c Museum Hotel is in the running for top five favorite hotels ever. So happy I got to sneak a night in there before heading out to Nowheresville, OH. Ohio is the actual worst, mostly. (Spoken by a true Michigan fan, I supppose.)
EDIT: Found out that 21c was also named #1 hotel in the US by Conde Nast. So no need to take my word for it.
5. I love my family more with each year. Also, I’m excited to spend my first Christmas morning with Ryan’s family.
6. I like all my internet friends. You guys are really, really cool.
Today I am so grateful for a great meal and a warm home. It makes me think of all the people who don’t have either of those. So, here are some of my favorite ways to give back during this time of year:
Adopt-a-family (buying gift cards for grocery stores and toys for the kids)
Food banks (donating cans or, my favorite, helping sort the donations at your local food bank distribution center)
Hospital visit (I usually bring a little toy or card and ask the orderly how I can visit with people)