The LSU Top 5 #43

This is the 43rd of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

My Existential Moment and Why Teachers “Making It Relevant” in the Classroom Bothers a Cognitive ScientistThe Relevant Classroom

A blog called ‘The Relevant Classroom’ isn’t the first place you’d think to find such a strong questioning of the central role of ‘making it relevant’. This reflective piece warns against trying to make everything relevant, saying that it isn’t the most important thing to get students engaged and learning. Instead we should focus more on building classroom relationships and keeping lessons organised, and ‘making it relevant’ only where the relevance is clear or to get students interested.


George Saunders’s Advice to GraduatesThe New York Times

In a convocation speech at Syracuse University, George Saunders describes his regrets, one being not being kinder to the bullied girl in seventh grade. His advice for graduates is not to focus so much on accomplishments or success (“whatever that might mean to you”), but on ways to become a kinder person.

Do all the other things, the ambitious things…but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness.  Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial.  That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality – your soul, if you will – is as bright and shining as any that has ever been…  Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.”


What I wish I’d known before I went to universityThe Telegraph

…and on the theme of advice to students, here’s a list of things that the author would have done differently if they were at university again. Although a common thing to write about, we like reading these and Sam even did his own version here.


Government lowers targets to slow HE student growthUniversity World News

The Vietnamese government has reversed its planned continuation of student numbers growth with a decision to keep student numbers stable until 2020. This is perhaps in response to high unemployment amongst graduates.


If Teachers Planned Inservice Training…Marvelous  Teacher Musings

A blogger looks at what they’d change about their in-house teacher training. For example…

5. What we despise? Really, really loathe. Think-Pair-Share = No.  You know what’s going to happen? You think we’re sitting around talking about your binder, and your PowerPoint (in the binder) and how much we loved the yarn activity, when really, we’re talking about where we’re going to for lunch.


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