Friday Finds: Stuff I’ve Been Reading Online

This is a new feature: a selection of my week’s readings, much of it originally found via my favorite tool for professional learning, Twitter.

At Hybrid Pedagogy, Kris Shaffer posted “Open-Source Scholarship,” a provocative argument equating scholarship with the open-source software movement and arguing that scholars and teachers are hackers:

This hacking is a core part of what we do as scholars and pedagogues. We are unapologetic tinkerers who neither invent the wheel, nor are satisfied with the wheels already at our disposal.

I find hacking to be a productive metaphor for thinking about what I’m trying to do in the classroom. I first heard it used in connection with teaching by Bud Hunt at his inspiring NCTE 2012 presentation, and at first, I have to confess that I was confused. Hacking’s bad, right? But it turns out that hacking, as Hunt defines it, is actually good: hackers take what exists and remix and repurpose. Hackers make, remake, play. Exactly what I want to be doing in my classroom.

Maria Popova at Brainpickings wrote about “The Pace of Productivity and How to Master Your Creative Routine.” I am far from having a regular creative routine, much less mastering it. It may be for that very reason that I’m so fascinated by the rituals and routines of others.

Since it doesn’t look like a vacation is going to be in the cards this summer, I may need to follow Beth Barany’s 6 Essential Tips for Your Own Stay-at-Home Writing Retreat in order to get anything creative done.

Katherine Arcement wrote an interesting piece about her obsession with reading and writing Harry Potter fan fiction that I might someday use in one of my classes.

Cynthia Leitich Smith writes about what longevity means in the context of a writing career in a post on Writing for the Long Haul.

Starr Sackstein calls Baz Lurhman’s adaptation of Gatsby an “epic fail”.

Rohan Maitzen’s piece, “Before Coursera There Were the Great Courses,” reminded me how much I loved listening to audios from the Great Courses series when I had access to a larger public library. I found her connection between The Great Courses and MOOCs really fascinating.

Finally–and not via Twitter–I really want this Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie for breakfast tomorrow but I’d probably drink the whole 3 servings all by myself.

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