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  • Writer's pictureDanny Hyndman

Issue #23

Hi Colleagues,

I hope this week’s edition finds you well.


“One of the things we have to be wary in life is studying the people who study the artists, as opposed to the artists themselves” – Josh Waitzkin




Back in May my talented Study Group team had our first get together. I can now officially announce that this is now available as a podcast. A huge thank you to my colleague Reid Clarke, who as always brought his technical skills to the fore to make this happen.

The link to listen to the episode is on my website.

It’s also available through Spotify:

I’ve included the blurb and links to resources discussed below:

This is Episode 1 of the Education Enclave podcast. For those of you who don’t have any context on me, I focus on excellence in education from F-12.

Earlier in the year, via my weekly newsletter, I offered to run a Study Group on a selected text over the course of the year. Based on the educators who expressed interest I decided to focus on Debbie Miller’s, What’s the Best That Could Happen? New Possibilities for Teachers & Readers. This episode is our discussion around chapter 1.

The talented group that joined me in the first study group session are the following educators: Dearnne Backhouse Erin Beissel Megan Lillingston Dee McNamee Cassie Ryan Elena Ziebell

The main topics that we discuss are: gradual release of responsibility, the workshop model and agency


Amplify online modules Depending on your medium of choice I’m also planning to convert this on to a YouTube Channel, which I will share with you when it is ready.

I’m looking to interview some really interesting and inspiring educators for future episodes. Also, our second study group session is planned for week 2 of term 3. Stay tuned!


To celebrate the fact that this year is the 150th anniversary of public education in Victoria, the State Library of Victoria has shared some history of the educational texts used in the 19th and 20th centuries.

You can check out the blog here.


In last week’s edition I wrote about a digital reset. It is so easy to lose large portions of time to social media, and I know for me there are much healthier alternatives than endlessly scrolling.

An app that I’m considering using to help minimise social media distractions is the one sec app. You might want to consider it for yourself and your students.

ONE SEC On the one sec site they refer to statistics that an online user spends on average 16 hours per week on social media. Heavy social media use such as this is likely to lead to a negative impact on wellbeing.

Social media is designed to take advantage of the dopamine response when we get an instant gratification via a notification or message on our phone. One sec sets out to break this habit by making you wait longer to open apps, and making you question whether you really want to spend time on social media.

Let me know if you give it a go, and whether it has been helpful for you, or your students.


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