#adventbookclub Day 14 Elizabeth 20171214 | grahart

I am always amazed by the women in the Bible

There they are, apparently downtrodden, servile to the patriarchy, and they come out with ball-busting grumpiness and steer the course of the Kingdom of God.  I noted in the story, which appears in Luke’s gospel, that Elizabeth and Zechariah were both good people, and according to the times, they ought to have been blessed by children.  Her acknowledgement that “her shame had been taken away” just shows how much her childlessness rankled.  That her discovery of pregnancy after her husband was struck dumb gainsaying an angelic messenger must have…

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#NUSTEMplay: our festive, robotic, IoT glockenspiel | Joe Shimwell

Every now and then, we (Jonathan and Joe) get an idea stuck in our heads. It’s usually a ridiculous idea, an idea that should never see the light of day. But then, one of us says it out loud…

We’d like to introduce you to the NUSTEM IoT Festive Glockenspiel.

Whilst you pick your jaw up off the floor, we’ll explain what’s going on and offer a little background as to how we ended up with this creation in our office.

The Glockenspiel has the brains of a Raspberry Pi, and those brains are listening to Twitter. When anyone posts using #nustemplay and requests a festive tune, our Pi picks…

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Crossroads – perceptions of behaviour in schools | Mr Whellan’s science

Being from a science subject background, I wouldn’t be surprised if anything I’m about to say strikes someone from a humanities background as so strikingly and stupidly obvious that I’d hear the slap of palms on foreheads from hundreds of miles away, but here it is anyway. Last week’s Twitter war over exclusions made me think again about an idea I first came across (via Twitter again…) in a completed unrelated to education way – intersectionality. A caveat; the idea, as far as I understand it, came from feminist explanations (an area where I can claim little expertise) for power and…

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#adventbookclub Day 13 John B 20171213 | grahart

Feels funny writing this post today.

So, new school and term ended today.  Yes really. And we had a Carol service: prayers, readings, carols, choir, jingly bells; the works.  And all that followed by lunch and speeches.

It’s a far cry from the challenging conditions faced by John the Baptist and Jim the photographer.  Two different voices crying in the wilderness.

Another voice crying in the wilderness… and another… and another.

This morning a chap called Moore lost an election to a chap called Jones.  For the senate.  In Alabama. A Republican, backed to the hilt by Trump, lost to a…

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Crossroads – perceptions of behaviour in schools | Mr Whellan’s science

Being from a science subject background, I wouldn’t be surprised if anything I’m about to say strikes someone from a humanities background as so strikingly and stupidly obvious that I’d hear the slap of palms on foreheads from hundreds of miles away, but here it is anyway. Last week’s Twitter war over exclusions made me think again about an idea I first came across (via Twitter again…) in a completed unrelated to education way – intersectionality. A caveat; the idea, as far as I understand it, came from feminist explanations (an area where I can claim little expertise) for power and…

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Accountability ‘stick’ is taking us to the brink: Time for radical change. | Tom Sherrington

Over the last few weeks, there have been some superb blogs and articles, alongside some grim news reports, adding fuel to the fire that is burning under our accountability culture.  More and more, as more and more people are saying, it seems blindingly obvious that our system of very high stakes inspection and performance measures has gone way past the point of having a positive impact. This is reinforced by various command and control elements of school management culture that have permeated our system in response: the whole machinery of appraisal, performance targets, performance…

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