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Mention Harvard and several things might come to mind: Ivy League, crème de la crème, high fees, and more.

But how about Bohemian Rhapsody? Here is Queen performing it.

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Even The Muppets have their take on this iconic piece.

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But so does THUD — The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers.

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The video above is their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody with plastic pipes.

Some might wonder how this justifies the high cost of going to Harvard. If they do, they are missing the point. This is part of their education and the type that actually matters. It is the application of creative thought. It is cooperation where the sum is more than the combination of its parts, i.e., true collaboration.

If you do not get that, you need an education. Perhaps not at Harvard. These YouTube videos are a good start.

Substituting nuance for novelty is what experts do, and that is why they are never bored. -- Angela Duckworth
The first thing that comes to mind on what I started reflecting on this year is the importance of nuance.

Nuance is going beyond simplistic arguments and time-honoured but unquestioned practices. Nuance is making the effort to climb above the obvious and low-hanging fruit. Nuance is rejecting easy answers and embracing difficult questions.

If I had to distill something memorable and funny that illustrates nuance, it would be this bit by Finnish comedian, Ismo.

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The video is not for the faint-of-heart. If you watch it, you might appreciate the subtleties in the use of the word “ass”. You might then appreciate the skill it takes to weave this nuance in language into a funny story and then tell it with panache.

Something similar could be said about educators who combine the findings of rigorous research and reflective practice to design and implement courses. Instead of merely doing what they were taught, they focus on what it means to learn. They take into account the nuance of context instead of just focusing on content.

You might know cognitive bias by a different name.

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The movie-phile might cite a young Forrest Gump: “Stupid is as stupid does”. The well-read might label this as the Dunning-Kruger effect.

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According to the video above narrated (by Stephen Fry, no less!) cognitive bias can take root due to the salience effect (what gets emphasised) and repetition (what gets repeated).

Some might point out that a little knowledge might be a dangerous thing, but — to quote a line from the video — complete ignorance also breeds confidence. This is the Dunning-Kruger effect.

The obvious salve seems to be to inject the stubborn and ignorant with timely information. But pride and bias make for thick skin. So Fry hinted at an alternative strategy: Tackle emotions first. Find ways to connect with those you seek to change.

Learning is a form of change. So if teachers take anything away, it might be this message: Reach to teach.

If you cannot reach them, you cannot teach them.

It’s Christmas! Even though I have become a bit jaded and curmudgeonly with age, I still appreciate a good Christmas story.

There are many online and this is one of my favourites.

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It is Sorted Food’s take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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The video above is the original music video, We Built This City, by Starship. The song was released in 1985.

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This is a parody, We Built This City …on Sausage Rolls. It was rerolled by LadBabay about a week ago. The actual song starts after some bickering.

If there is one thing about the process of change it is that something different is not always new. But what is new is somehow different. If that difference is not communicated, implemented, or celebrated, then there is not change.

Doing things differently does not always mean doing things better. But doing things better always means doing things differently. -- Hank McKinnell

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The video above tries to compare teachers in the US and in the UK.

Even if we assume that the figures cited are accurate, the video creates more questions than provides answers. For example:

  • What is the point of the comparison?
  • How valid is comparing averages?
  • Why compare just these two groups of teachers?
  • If data was not available (by lack or denial), why was this the case?

The videos below illustrate a product and a bit of insight into processes that led to the product.

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I like harping on seeing the processes and behind the product.

Why? Schooling still focuses too much on the products of learning and not enough on the processes.

Why? The products are easier to see and assess; the processes are less tangible and difficult to evaluate. And yet, the processes are what last and are thus more important.

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