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What I'm in to this week

1. Serial and Undisclosed
One of my students told me about Serial, a podcast that investigated the case of the murder of Hae Min Lee. I, like millions of others, have been hooked on the story. There is now an additional, unaffiliated podcast on the same topic called Undisclosed. The format is different but in some ways I prefer it. And I was blown away by episode 3 Jay's day. 
They're well worth a listen and have really got me into listening to podcasts while I'm travelling

2. Speaking of podcasts, I have also started listening to Gretchen Rubin's podcast about being Happier. I got a lot from her most recent book on habits called 'Better than before'

Photo of St Katherine's chapel and Chesil beach by Gary Ullah

3. Some bragging! My partner Gary entered the Telegraph's big picture travel photography competition with this photo of St Catherine's chapel and Chesil beach and came in the top ten! I understand that thousands of people enter this competition so it's a great achievement

4. Free online courses
My friend Bronagh told me about this site, future learn. It's a site that shares some MOOCs (massive open online courses) run by universities. You can even pay a small fee for a certificate of attendance!

5. I've been reading a lot of young adult fiction. I'm not a young adult and used to read loads of crime fiction but I've changed genre for a bit! For those that are interested I really enjoyed The theif Lord by Cornelia Funke, Inside out and Outside in by Maria V Snyder and am now reading Matched by Ally Condie

6. I introduced some of my students to Ken Robinson's brilliant and funny TED talk this week on the need for a revolution in education. I urge you to watch it if you haven't


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