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Sunday, August 12, 2018

A beginner’s guide to enjoying classic music. No snobs allowed | Music - Washington Post

“Hallelujah”: A primer for everyone who wants to learn about what they’ve been missing, as Washington Post reports.

Few art forms offer such a grand scale as a symphony orchestra. Here, Belgium's National Orchestra performs on stage during a rehearsal at the Henry Le Boeuf Great Hall at the center of Fine Arts .
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Classical music aficionados: Go away. This article is not for you. Instead, it is for everyone who sees classical music as a private club and who feels they’re standing outside the clubhouse. It’s for those who have been to one or two orchestral concerts but are still not quite sure what they’re supposed to be getting out of the experience. It’s for those who like the sound of a few classical pieces but want to move beyond Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the flower duet from “Lakme” — trust me, you’ve heard it; look it up — and take a deeper dive into the repertoire. 

But concert programs list unfamiliar names, without much guidance into how to choose between them, and when you type Mozart into Spotify you get a wall of tracks, many of them different versions of the same thing. For anyone who relates to any part of this description, here’s a field guide with a few points to keep in mind as you exercise your classical muscles and seek out which territory, in this wide-ranging field, feels most like home.
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If you love to read, you'll get lost in these 11 charming books about books | Books - HelloGiggles

"Our love for reading can’t possibly be contained to just one day. Every January 28th, we pose with our bookshelves on National Shelfie Day. In April, we observe National Library Week. And on August 9th, we celebrate National Book Lovers Day" inform Elizabeth Entenman, Books and Weekend Editor for HelloGiggles.

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A whole entire day devoted to shouting our love of books from the rooftops? That’s our kind of holiday. So today, we’re honoring National Book Lovers Day by diving into our favorite books about books.

I know, I know: For bookworms, every day is National Book Lovers Day. But today, we’re making a conscious effort to take a break, curl up in our favorite reading place with a good book, and get lost in the pages for a while.

What’s more enjoyable than reading a book? Reading a book about books. These charming titles are all about bookstores, libraries, and bibliophiles just like you. So when you observe National Book Lovers Day, do so with one of these books about books. It’s time to sit back, relax, and read.
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8 New Books You Should Read This August | Vulture

Looking for some reading? Check out this from Boris Kachka, contributing editor for New York magazine.

Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible.

Ling Ma’s Severance, Sam Anderson’s Boom Town, and more.

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8 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.  

Literary culture can be as guilty as the rest of American society when it comes to favoring the young, both as characters and as authors — when’s the last time anybody released a list of fashionable old writers, an annual tally of (say) “Five Over 65”?

That’s our loss. Age, after all, often brings exactly the ingredients most crucial to literary success, including experience, wisdom and perspective. The proof is in a handful of books we recommend this week, among them “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” by the former poet laureate Donald Hall (who died in June); “Clock Dance,” Anne Tyler’s latest novel, about a retiree who shakes up her placid existence in service of others; and “The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela,” by the legendary civil rights activist who earned his law degree at the tender age of 70, while still incarcerated, and became president of South Africa after his release. Let the young try to keep up.
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Striking photos of readers around the world | Photography - BBC

"A new book brings together Steve McCurry’s photos of readers, spanning 30 countries. From a steelworks in Serbia to a classroom in Kashmir, they reveal the power of the printed word" says Fiona Macdonald, Associate editor, Culture at BBC.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2014 '
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“Readers are seldom lonely or bored, because reading is a refuge and an enlightenment,” writes Paul Theroux in the foreword to the new Phaidon book Steve McCurry: On Reading. “This wisdom is sometimes visible. It seems to me that there is always something luminous in the face of a person in the act of reading.”
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"Young or old, rich or poor, engaged in the sacred or the secular, people everywhere read."

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Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them | BBC

Do you have a habit of picking up books that you never quite get around to reading?

If this sounds like you, you might be unwittingly engaging in tsundoku - a Japanese term used to describe a person who owns a lot of unread literature.

Does this sight look familiar to you? 
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Prof Andrew Gerstle teaches pre-modern Japanese texts at the University of London.

He explained to the BBC the term might be older than you think - it can be found in print as early as 1879, meaning it was likely in use before that.

The word "doku" can be used as a verb to mean "reading". According to Prof Gerstle, the "tsun" in "tsundoku" originates in "tsumu" - a word meaning "to pile up".

So when put together, "tsundoku" has the meaning of buying reading material and piling it up. 
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Where the world’s memory is stored by Cameron Laux.
A new book celebrates some of the world’s most beautiful libraries, with many of its entries in Europe. Cameron Laux looks at how they have carried knowledge through the ages, surviving 10th-Century raids – and looting by a 21st-Century crime ring.  

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How I Tricked Myself Into Reading More Books | Books - Lifehacker

I love books. I can’t leave a bookstore without at least one. But I also have a tendency to buy books and not actually read them, notes Patrick Allan, Staff Writer,

Photo: Patrick Allan.

Somewhere along the way reading fell by the wayside in favor of other forms of entertainment. To get back on track, I made some simple changes that have helped me with my reading habits thus far—no speed reading necessary.

I Made My Environment More Reading Friendly 
My first priority was to make reading easier in general. I am like electricity; I want to take the path of least resistance. If there are any obstacles in my way, I’m just going to give up and do whatever is easier to access and equally as satisfying in the moment. In my case, that usually means turning on the TV, messing with my phone, playing a video game, or eating until I fall asleep.

To fix this, I drew from a quote I once heard about software piracy. It goes something like “To combat piracy, you have to make your content easier to buy than downloading it illegally.” Basically, I realized I wasn’t buying into reading because I had made it difficult to access it. My reading light was in a bad position where I couldn’t comfortably reach the switch from my bed. I would have to get up out of bed to turn it on or off. Also, my bed was too tall and against a window sill so I couldn’t prop myself up when I didn’t feel like holding a book above my head. And worst of all, I had a giant TV in my room. Why read when I can fall asleep to Bob’s Burgers every night instead?...

I Carry My Books With Me Wherever I Go 
I’ve talked about carrying books around with you before—like when you have a reading deadline—but I hadn’t really made a habit of it myself until I read a story Neil Pasricha at Harvard Business Review shared about author Stephen King:
...Stephen King had advised people to read something like five hours a day. My friend said, “You know, that’s baloney. Who can do that?” But then, years later, he found himself in Maine on vacation. He was waiting in line outside a movie theater with his girlfriend, and who should be waiting in front of him? Stephen King! His nose was in a book the whole time in line. When they got into the theater, Stephen King was still reading as the lights dimmed. When the lights came up, he pulled his book open right away. He even read as he was leaving.
It reminded me that there are usable minutes hidden in every nook and cranny throughout the day. 

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

It's Time for a Change | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning - Faculty Focus

"About 10 years ago, the Teaching Professor Blog found a good home on Faculty Focus which provided a fitting forum for reaching a large contingent of college faculty beyond the monthly print newsletter" says Maryellen Weimer, PhD.

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But nothing stays the same and changing environments create new opportunities and call for new responses. That’s why you’ll begin noticing changes to the Teaching Professor and Faculty Focus.

New Teaching Professor website.

One of the first things you’ll see is that we’re retiring the Teaching Professor Blog name and recasting it as weekly column aptly named For Those Who Teach. It will no longer be a part of Faculty Focus, but is moving to an entirely new Teaching Professor website. The purpose and style of For Those Who Teach will be the similar to what you’ve come to expect from the blog—I’ll be offering new and interesting instructional ideas, summarizing relevant research, raising questions, making suggestions, and sometimes telling you (gently and constructively, I hope) that teaching improvement is for everyone. So yes, I will still be writing each week, and I sincerely hope you will still be making comments in response. I’ve loved the conversations we’ve had on the blog and look forward to them continuing.
I retired from Penn State in 2007, but one of the questions I often get is, why are you still working so hard?

One of the reasons I’m still working (besides hating to clean house) is that we have yet to discover the best ways to keep faculty informed on teaching and learning issues. We have lots of evidence that they don’t read books or read journal articles on it. . .yes, some do, I know, but not all that many. And yes, I know Teaching Professor readers are the exception—you do read more than most, thank you very much. But there’s still lots of reasons why we should explore different ways of presenting ideas and information on teaching and learning...

Magna needs and deserves your continued support. So, check out my column at its new home and see what the next-generation Teaching Professor looks like.
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Transforming the Learning Landscape One Byte at a Time | Articles - Training Magazine Network

What will classrooms of the future be like? by Cindy Mitchell, Director of Product Development at Traveling Coaches and Eileen Whitaker, Senior Learning & Change Management Consultant for Traveling Coaches.

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Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, learning analytics, artificial intelligence and wearables are paving the way for the future of learning. These promising technologies will change the way we deliver learning and empower us with the data and analytics needed to increase the consumption and efficiency of learning within the law firm.
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Student Motivation | Education Week

Check out this Spotlight From Education Week below.

Editor’s Note
Educators work tirelessly to keep all students engaged and motivated, both in and out of the classroom. In this Spotlight, discover the links between work students find meaningful and their levels of motivation in the classroom, see what teachers can learn from disengagement on tests, and explore how educators are building student-centered school cultures.

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Students Thrive When They See Purpose in Their Learning

Peg the duck walks for the first time using the final model of the prosthetic foot created by the students.
Photo: Armorel High School EAST

Three Arkansas middle school students committed to an unusual class project last year: creating an artificial limb for a duck that was

Their efforts—and hard-won success—illustrate a link between a sense of purpose and meaning in classroom work and student engagement.
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