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Want to Build a GREAT School? Follow These 10 Commandments…

In Educational Leadership, Our Schools, Our Universities, Quality & Institutional Effectiveness on 12/07/2016 at 9:39 pm

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This was the post that I planned to use to re-launch my bouts of bloggery this summer…

 

In the end I went with an ‘easier’ option…because it was so bloody difficult to plan, draft and finish! I started by reflecting on all the schools I had worked with this year…and all the ways I had tried to support their plans and initiatives (an ‘annual’ review, if you will).

 

It wasn’t enough! So…I went back 5 years (and almost every blog post I had ever written)…still didn’t quite cut it!

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I found myself going back to the work of EDU Jedi Masters and their discussions of ‘what works in schools’…combining this with the THUNKS of those that helped me consider ‘what matters in schools’…and, reflecting on all the pearls of wisdom I had picked up from the school improvement, accreditation and institutional enhancement programmes I had worked on.

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That got me closer (but I had close to thirty pages of notes) – it was time for a procrastination pill!

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In the end, I decided to do a ‘career review’ – yes, reflect on the successes I had witnessed and LEARNed from, all my failures (because they helped me more than the successes I may have had and helped co-create) and all things I still have on my EDU Bucket Listafter over 30 years in the busyness of LEARNing.

 

The listicle of my ‘Magic 10’ Commandments started to take shape…but then the last episode of this year’s Game of Thrones forced me to binge-watch the earlier 50 episodes!

Procrastination (dice now never later)

What? I’m on holiday, too!

 

So…just to prove that all those quotes you can pull up (if you google ‘procrastination’) are hogwashhere you go:

IMAGE CREDIT: https://creativetheology.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/10-commandments.jpg

If you want to build a GREAT school…

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Thou Shalt ‘begin with the end in mind’ and ensure that your school is built on a focussed and clearly stated purpose – and make sure that all members of the school community understand, share and are committed to this purpose and the goals of the school…

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Thou Shalt believe in the transformative power of LEARNing, place LEARNing at the heart of your decision-making and walk-your-talk…

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Thou Shalt recruit the best TEACHers you can, retain them (at all costs) and renew their talents, skills and knowledge at every opportunity you find…

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Thou Shalt plan, implement and renew a curriculum / assessment framework that emphasises LEARNing the ‘right’ things in the ‘right’ way…

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Thou Shalt provide caring and effective leadership, create the conditions for wider shared-, teacher-, and student-leadership – and evaluate the quality of this leadership in terms of the level of trust you build and the amount of LEARNing co-created across the school…

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Thou Shalt create an environment and climate that is organised, secure and safe – yet provides for risk-taking, creativity and imagineering at the student, classroom, departmental and school level…

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Thou Shalt create a culture that is driven by professionalism, collaboration, and stakeholder involvement – and is fuelled by an ethos of feedback, improvement and results… Leader Shadow TG ver 100716

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Thou Shalt build and maintain a classroom-focussed LEARNing culture grounded on high expectations for both students and TEACHers, dialogic TEACHing practices and an approach to the adoption of EdTech driven by ‘fitness-for-purpose’ and ‘LEARNing first, TECHnology second’… 

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Thou Shalt adopt a research and evidence-based approach to change and planning – and balance the use of external best practices and internal research findings, as well as ‘big’ and ‘small data’…

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Thou Shalt use a range of policies, processes, and practices designed to evaluate and enhance the quality of decision-making, curriculum and assessment systems, classroom teaching, professional learning communities, allocation of resources, and stakeholder involvement across the school…

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That’s 10, right?

 

As I was boiling all the Commandments down, I did ask myself whether I need to ‘spell them out’ more. I hope they are clear…as I hinted, they are all backed by solid research and evidence-based practice (EBP) – but I have seen them ‘work’ and know they ‘matter’!

 

Can I rank them – in terms of importance or priority? Not really – but I’d be interested to see how you might…or (even more) see if you would add any others…

 

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When DIGITAL Natives… ‘Sleep’!

In Adult Learners, News & Updates (from the CBO), Technology on 19/03/2014 at 10:39 am

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I have been working far too hard these past few weeks – and, as we all know;

All work, and no play…makes Tony Hoca a “dull” boy!

Tony Hoca (new avatar)

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This weekend, I did a little webinar for those lovely boys and girls (all girls, actually!) over at The Spring Blog Festival – and talked about my own visual literacy “journey”.

I’m still getting the hang of this “webinar busyness” – time just whizzed by and I had so much fun doing it! And, to boot – I made some new cyber-playmates”

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THANK YOUNellie Hocam, Shelly Hocam and Slyvia Hocam 😉

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Doing that session (at 22:00 on a Sunday nite!) really helped me remember how important it is to thunk about visual literacy – in my bloggery…and my life in general:

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…but sometimes that “little boy” can go too far!

Camera…software…editing “time”:

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When digital natives go to sleep (TG ver)

When digital immigrants go to sleep (TG ver)

…on the sofa TONITE, I guess!

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Have a GREAT day!

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A Post That (Really) Made Me THUNK…

In Classroom Teaching, News & Updates (from the CBO), Teacher Learning, The Paradigm Debate on 11/09/2013 at 9:20 am

Are we too egocentric

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Yes, that’s it folks!

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That little quote ripped off from Grant’s latest blog post – and turned into one of my wee graphicsthat is my post for today!

Well, I am travelling these days (a lot) and that’s the best I can manage.

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Perhaps, I should not apologise too much – as it is such a powerful THUNK in itself.

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Read it again…and pop over to the post – for a closer look.

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What do you think?

How egocentric are we – as TEACHers?

How egocentric are YOU?

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Take a look at that last sentence (and the word “merely”)…now, that might ruffle a feather or 3!

You are here (universe) Ver 02

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…or…

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Has Grant missed the mark with this one?

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THUNKS…for Teachers (this time)!

In Adult Learners, ELT and ELL, Teacher Learning on 27/07/2013 at 8:26 am

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A short while back I did a couple of posts on “THUNKS”:

…and highlighted the great little book from Ian Gilbert  –  The Little Book of THUNKS – 260 questions to make your brain go ouch!

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A lot of you seemed to like this notion of THUNKingas any TEACHer worth her salt should. One of my friends also suggested that I read the follow-up book that Ian also did… – there was another?

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As it happened, I had actually bought that one , too – The Book of Thunks – but as I was moving house (I have done this soooooo many times over the last 17-18 years). The book remained packed…and it was not until I moved to big, bad İstanbul last month (and to a new house…again) that I re-discovered it.

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As was the case with the first, it was chokablock with some great thunkssome of them about LEARNing:

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The problem was…as I worked my way through the thunks, very few of them were directly linked to TEACHers. This is probably because Ian had set up this book as a set of dinner-party conversation starters – designed to annoy the bloody hell out of unwanted guests, no doubt.

So…I decided to adapt a few of them – like the one in the very first image of this post.

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Now, that one might not make your brain go “ouch”…but it sent shivers down my back! Go on…THUNK it over for a minute – and then ask your “boss” what she thunks!

I dare YOU!

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I started by playing with this one:

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OMG! That’s a bit serious, Tony…I work in the Gulf!

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Here’s another:

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Now, this is a topical one!

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What about this one:

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İsa, Meryem and Yusuf! Tony…

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Try this one:

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Now, that’s a conundrum!

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Hey, try this – with a few TEACHer-pals:

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Bet they never RT your tweets again!

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This one is for any TEACHer that has taught in a Turkish primary or high school – to lighten things a little:

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I thought they were both “dead“!

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I thought they would all be good for TEACHer pot-luck parties (most of us can’t afford to host a dinner party).

If your brain is not hurting too much, drop us a comment with your reflecto-THUNKS!

Enjoy…

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If you like these THUNKS….and want to do some of your own – why not pop over to www.thunks.co.uk and “add” a few yourself!

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Bedtime Reading: The Book of Thunks

AND…the 500K Winner is… (Cross my heart and hope to…)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 22/06/2013 at 9:01 pm

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And, so…without further ado…honest to God (this time)!

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Our Forth, Third and Second WINNERS are:

  • Anne Hendler (AKA @AnneHendler) 
  • Asena Çifçi
  • Dean Cuming

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And, our 500,000th CHAMPION is:

  • Funda Gökce (AKA @fgokcan)

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job-well-done

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I’d also like to say a BIG:

Thank you (glass image)

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…to everyone that follows the blog or just pops in from time to time!

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Guess…I need to get the ole THUNKing cap on…got a post or 3 to come up with!

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Till then…

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Keep Calm and Take Care

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…but remember…

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TELLıng theTRUTH (Ver 03)

AND…the 500K Winner is… (4REAL…this time)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 22/06/2013 at 1:35 pm

We have a winner

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Last time I did a post like this…I was very “naughty“!

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I dragged the post out forEVER…and then, said “C Ya”!

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Some of youquite rightly socalled me a real…

Donkey (Shrek)

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To make matters worse, I really played up the fact that I had said:

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WinnerTakesItAll

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That’s just MEAN! So MEAN….

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So this time…we have:

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WINNERSyep…4 of them!

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First prize…is the set of three books…I promised!

Second, Third and Fourth prize…is a surprise!

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but...

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I’ll tell you all…in a few hours!

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What? Did you say…

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Tony, you are a…

SUN of a DONKEY

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HEY, least you have some extra time, now!

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AND…the 500K Winner is…

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 21/06/2013 at 9:36 pm

DELAYED…Sorry!

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Probably for another 12-18 hrs!

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Yes, I know…I know!

…and a few of you are probably saying:

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I’m usually so good at predicting these things!

I’m guessing the NASDAQ “mini-crash” of the last 24 hrs has slowed EDUblogging traffic all over the world!

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I know one of you was hoping to open up this post and scream:

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Well, someone willthere is still a window:

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I am a dog of my word!

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As I noted in the orginal post – the prizes will go to the “commentor” that comes closest to the 500,000th visitor to the blog.  If you have already posted a comment…you can re-post it – as many times as you like!

OK – the prizes are BOOKS (if you haven’t forgotten what these are)…all good for Summer Reading! Including a copy of my very own (and Laurence’s) “book of Thunks” – Adaptation Studies and LEARNing: New Frontiers

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PLUS…TWO others (written by really famous and smart people)!

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All you have to do is:

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1. Add a COMMENT to this (or the original) post (they will be date and time stamped)

2. Tell me ONE thing you LIKE about the blog…and ONE thing I could LEARN to do better 😉

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İnşallah…by this time tomorrow…I’ll be able to announce:

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4 REAL!

Everybody LIES…

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 19/06/2013 at 12:00 pm

Everybody lies (House poster)

House…love you to bits!

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BUT, come on! Everybody?

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Yes, I know…I know:

Lies damn lies and stats (TG ver 02)

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Well…I NEVER tell lies! NEVER

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OK…maybe the odd, little fib…to “protect” others!

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Damn that blog of mine (ver 02)

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Or…is my over-sharing, acaba?

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Last week, I got all excited about getting to my 10,000th tweet:

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…a milestone is a milestone is a milestone!

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So excited, in fact, that I over-looked an even BIGger numbera BIGger statistic…

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Yes, some time over the next 2-3 days (so the Happiness Engineers at WordPress tell me)…someone (maybe YOU) will become my 500,oooth visitorto the ole blog!

Yes (logo)

I kid you not!

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So, to CELEBRATE…

I have 3 copies of my favourite books (and, YES…one of them is my OWN…signed by the “other” author)

Adaptation Studies and LEARNing: New Frontiers

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So “tacky”, I know…the other two books are far better!

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All you have to do is:

1. Add a COMMENT to this post (they will be date and time stamped)

2. Tell me ONE thing you LIKE about the blog…and ONE thing I could LEARN to do better 😉

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You NEVER know…in a couple of days!

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BTW

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House…NOT everybody LIES! – Ask my last “winner“…

(You HAVE to “click” on that little, red link…just have to)!

House (poster)

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Yeah…and YOU, too!

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To THUNK or not to THUNK…

In Our Schools, Our Universities, The Paradigm Debate on 17/06/2013 at 5:34 pm

Are you man made (thunk)

Does that make your brain go “ouch”!

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A lot of people ask me why I use the word thunk so often – and I do…sorry!

I’ve even had people leave a little note on my laptop (after a workshop session or presentation) saying things like this:

THUNK (post it)

Ahhh, that’s so sweet!

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The term THUNK is not mine…well, it is (it belongs to everyone now), actually – after Ian Gilbert gifted it to us in his wonderful book The Little Book of THUNKS – 260 questions to make your brain go ouch!

…way back in 2007.

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Some of Ian’s questions are just so much fun

3 Thunks (Ian Gilbert)

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I think I found the book a year later, when I was in Australia.

I used it so much with advanced LEARNers…and people who wanted to take their (already great) language skills to the next level…that I wore out my first copy! But, even younger adults just love them, too.

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Neyse, when I started the blog…it just fell into my bloggery lexicon – but my questions were not necessarily designed to make anyone’s brain go “ouch”.

I guess I just wanted more of us to “thunk”…in verb form!

…and, I wanted to build my blog on educational issues and questionsEDUthunks, if you will.

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You know, questions like:

EDUthunk 01

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Yeah…I know, my questions are a lot longer!

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This one is not too bad:

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And, what about from that lastmini-dizi I did:

Motivation THUNK

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My head is still “ouching” from that one!

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These “ouches” are good for us all – afterall, is it not questions that drive all our LEARNing? 

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LEARNing (Adams quote) Ver 02

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Ian tells us that “THUNK” is also the “noise that the brain makes when it starts to think about a thunk“! I loved that…and I listen to my own head whenever I get a thunk down on the blog…

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Are there any EDUnoises your head is making today?

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Acts of “Bloggery”…over 2012…(aka “Confessions of a Blogger”)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 01/01/2013 at 11:19 am

My name is Tony…and, I’m a blogger!

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Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

(about my bloggery),

The courage to change the things I can

(with the timing of my bouts of bloggery),

And the wisdom to know the difference

(between “life” and “bloggery”)!

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I woke up this morning (yes, just too “old” these days to have not slept)…wondering whether I could manage the first post of 2013…or…

…go on a New Year’s Day “cruise” up the Bosphorus – with my family!

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Choices…choices…choices!

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The THING is...

My inbox was full (“choka” yani…) of those “2012 in Review” posts that those lovely “happiness engineers” (still love that job title) at WordPress have been preparing for us blog-heads over the past 24-hours.

At first, I thunked to meself, “no” it’s just too much to look at all of them!

Put family “first”! Must fight the “urge”….

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I am a simple man…with many guilty pleasures“…and an issue or three with impulse control!

Idiot (inside)

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I started to “read”…“the girls” (and Dexter) were, after all, still asleep!

It is quite addictive…it is…shirously!

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It was interesting to look at all the stats from some of my favourite bloggers…even found a few posts I had “missed”.

Those happiness engineers at WP had pulled out a couple of “tricks” that worked really well.

For example, they suggested an “excerpt” for the “ready-made post” they had gifted me:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 310,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 6 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

What the heck did my blog have to do with Liechtenstein? Never even been there…maybe I should, now!

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Put family “first”! Must fight the “urge”….

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Ne se….

BOTTOM Line

The Bosphorus…and family “won”!

…as they shouldalways!

 

Bad news

But, the little buggar…sorry, blogger on my left shoulder…kept whispering I had to “do” somethink!

SO…

Click HERE to see the complete report.

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Take carehave a wonderful “day off”!

I will…