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Though self-motivated learners will always find a way to learn, these tips certainly don't hurt!
Via Costas Vasiliou, JoelleYalin, Gust MEES
Expecting resistance to change and planning for it from the start of your chnage management program will allow you to effectively manage objections. Understanding the most common reasons people object to change gives you the opportunity to plan your change stategy to address these factors.
It’s not possible to be aware of all sources of resistance to change. Expecting that there will be resistance to change and being prepared to manage it is a proactive step.
Recognizing behaviors that indicate possible resistance will raise awareness of the need to address the concerns.
Via Shirley Williams (appearoo.com/ShirleyWilliams), donhornsby, Aki Puustinen
The Four Essential Strokes You Need To Be A Great Player.
Back when I was a software entrepreneur, I used to run a daylong leadership development workshop for my employees.
My objective was to pull together all the insights about leadership I’d gained in my years of business into a hard-hitting, cohesive, and interactive day.
I was pointedly trying to transform the participants, and give them a framework for becoming the best leaders they could be—something they would really use, and not just put on their shelves like the last management seminar they attended.
A Definition That Really Works
I used to start the workshop by going around the room and asking each person to give me his/her definition of “leadership” and writing it down on a whiteboard. When we got done we’d have a whole bunch of words and phases associated with leadership, but no cohesive definition.
Then I would say, okay, none of these phrases are wrong, but let me give you my own definition of leadership—a definition that is deceptively simple, yet quite powerful (if fully understood) in helping one become a great leader. Here it is:
"A leader is someone who figures out the right things and makes them happen."
Why is this definition so powerful? Well, because:
It has nothing to do with position, title, or power.Anyone can be a leader in any job.
Via donhornsby, ratzelster
Sharing with you my own presentation which I recently used when I addressed many school principals in the hope that it would ignite robust leadership action to transform their schools. Was excited to be advised by SlideShare that my presentation has been featured for next 16-20 hours.
Principals' Institute March-May 2012 in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Sandton, Pretoria, Midrand, Pietermaritzburg, Durban , South Africa.
32. Personal Learning Environments PLEs are not only personal web tools and personal learning networks. PLEs are much wider than this, taking in experiences Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011 Personal and realia, as well as learning through Learning Personal TV, music, paper based Network Learning materials, radio & more formal contexts. Environment Learning content is not as important now as where (or who) to connect to, to find it. Personal PWTs are any web Web Tools tools, (usually Web 2.0) chosen by learners to support their lifelong learning. Source: http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-ple.html
The Future of Learning: Don't get caught with your paradigm down View more PowerPoint from Anne Whaits @ Varsity College
Via Anne Whaits, Heiko Idensen
Have we shifted with our students as their sense of "audience" has changed?
Picture used from http://www.flickr.com/photos/haggismac/5040857788/ under CC Attribution license.
1. Writing requires reflection and greater understanding. 2. Blogging begins the cycle of collaboration. 3. Blogging allows the writer a chance to have a digital home. 4. A blog can help to brand the writer and build your platform. 5. Blogging encourages students to do the same.
Will Richardson argues that students aren’t really digital natives. In reality, while they may have little fear in using digital technology, they don’t really know how to appropriately utilize those tools. We can model blogging for our students so they can write for a purpose and for an audience.
Via Ann S. Michaelsen
How do you personalize learning? First you need to know what personalized learning is. Here is a new site that provides resources, research, models, examples, and stories. This page provides a toolkit that can help your organization begin personalizing learning to meet the needs of all learners.
Check out the chart that compares Personalization, Differentiation, and Indivdiualization. You can download the chart and a report that explains the details of the chart. The Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments can help you determine where you are in personalizing learning.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides the framework in personalizing learning for all learners. UDL also guides the design of the Personal Learner Profile[TM]. It provides the UDL lens to select the appropriate tools for the Personal Learning Backpack[TM]. UDL guides how Personalized Learning meets the Common Core.
Via Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey
The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance), founder and producer of Digital Learning Day, is pleased to share the first in its series of digital learning papers entitled, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning.
Via Steven Engravalle, Andrea Zeitz
Making the move from our safe and trusted traditional literacy habits to newer digital skills can be quite a challenge, but as teachers I think we are really unlikely to be able to use technology and help our students use technology really effectively unless we are prepared to face this challenge. Technology needs to be more than part of the way we teach but it also has to be part of the way we ourselves continue to learn and part of our everyday professional practice.
Via Nik Peachey, Tuba Angay-Crowder, kathymcdonough
The Internet's reach is so pervasive, it feels as though it has always been around. The reality is that the web is still in its infancy, and we don't really understand the risks it poses to our mental health. In fact, various experts, such as Larry D. Rosen, a psychologist and author of "iDisorder," believe that personal gadgets are making us mentally ill and are exacerbating other problems such as narcissism, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Other mental health professionals have already identified disorders ranging from "Facebook depression" to "phantom vibration syndrome."
Realistically, most of us don't have the luxury of disconnecting from the Internet, particularly communication professionals whose work depends more and more on it.
However, there are various things you can do to curtail the negative effects it may have and prevent digital burnout.
Via Gust MEES
Listening at the level where we understand someone’s meaning doesn’t come easily for leaders who are surrounded with distractions.
The ability to hear sound comes naturally, but the ability to understand a sound’s meaning (including someone’s words and emotions) is learned.
Listening at the level where we understand someone’s meaning doesn’t come easily for leaders who are surrounded with distractions. It takes hard work, especially for those of us who have spent the better part of our lives with our brain (if not our mouths) chattering away.
Yet the ability to really listen is foundational to a leader’s skill in attracting enthusiastic followers. While simple in theory, listening to the level of understanding is rare (just try to remember those times that you felt really listened to). I’ve often wondered how many leaders have been derailed due to an inability or unwillingness to listen yet were told it was for other reasons (“not a team player” or “lack of empathy”). It isn’t easy to reverse a lack of listening; it requires a desire to understand what others are trying to communicate and a great deal of practice.
This kind of listening is the opposite of the “pretend listening” that some leaders are very skilled at — where the chatter in their heads doesn’t stop and they don’t retain what they heard. They nod and have a faraway look in their eyes. If you are one of those, make no mistake that those who are communicating with you know that you are up to.
The wandering gaze, the checking of your smartphone and asking others to repeat what they just said give you away. Caught in the act, you aren’t really listening at all.
Pretend listening does more harm than good, so it’s best not to bother until you are ready and willing to really listen.
Via donhornsby, Jerry de Gier
A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults - and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.
Via Richard Andrews