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ColLABoration

ColLABoration | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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A terrific way to communicate that collaboration is about experimentation.

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Building motivation, instilling grit---how?

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This article concludes that "Digital learning coupled with mastery-based learning is likely necessary to solve the problem at scale."  Interesting conclusion as I don't think digital learning is at the foundation of finding and acquiring grit in students.  What do you think?

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A Leader's New Year's Resolution

A Leader's New Year's Resolution | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

 

~ try my best to stay out of the box with others   

~ forgive those I don't want to forgive

~ stop blaming and trust more

~ mimimize my self-deception and my own virtue

 

Here is to a great 2013!


Via AlGonzalezinfo, Roger Francis, Metta Solutions
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 1, 2013 9:08 AM

Happy New Year!!!!

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In 2012, the biggest changes on the Web were in online education, social networks, and the increasing use of smartphones and tablets.

In 2012, the biggest changes on the Web were in online education, social networks, and the increasing use of smartphones and tablets. | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Of course, more and more of the Web was experienced on smartphones and tablets in 2012. The first time smartphones and tablets outsold personal computers was 2011, and that trend continued in 2012. Mobile Internet usage has been rising quickly


Via Nik Peachey
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Do you wonder where we, as teacher leaders, stand on this issue?  I think it is one where the teacher voice could play an influential role BEFORE the standards are set and someone else co-op's the conversation.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 28, 2012 6:07 AM

This is a little bit business orientated, but gives some interesting insights into the growth of online education.

Carmen Arias 's curator insight, December 28, 2012 11:39 AM

What about a reflection on our ending year 2012..

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School Design May Affect a Child's Grades

School Design May Affect a Child's Grades | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
A study of school design has discovered that school layouts can influence a child's development by as much as 25 percent -- positively or negatively -- over the course of an academic year.
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Does this crack you up?  That someone wrote an article that documents what teachers have longed known and incorporated into how they arrange their rooms.  What I'm wondering is this....how can we find a place in the design conversations that control the architect's dreaming?

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Things That Count

Things That Count | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein once said “Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.”  Think about this in our schools.

There are things you can cou
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I liked this getting 2013 started on a positive note!!

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Do We Still Need Libraries? - Room for Debate

Do We Still Need Libraries? - Room for Debate | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
What are libraries for, and how should they evolve?
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Don't know where you land on this issue...but it's a great piece that shows that there can be multiple, well-informed and formulated ideas about one topic.  Love the civil discourse tone to this question!!!!

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Do Young People Need to Be Saved, or Set Free?

Do Young People Need to Be Saved, or Set Free? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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"Society is increasingly being defined by change that we cannot predict. If we do not systematically change our way of understanding what our future leaders are capable nor encourage them to be their best possible selves, we will not be prepared for what is yet to come."

 

While this is a quasi-advertisement for a course, it brings a terrific point to mind.  How can we and how should we build from a student's starting point...seeing it as an asset instead of a deficit position?  Social Entrepreneurship seems to be on the rise and this may be a key entry point.

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Two Powerful Metrics for World Leaders

Two Powerful Metrics for World Leaders
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Interesting to see where Finland and Singapore stack up in this kind of comparison....since we believe their educational model worthwhile in following.

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Learning/WebLiteracies - MozillaWiki

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An emerging topic that teacher leaders need to consider....what are web literacies that we should be discussing and helping everyone to learn?

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24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know

24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Cutting through the buzzwords to talk about what matters in school technology.
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Are you up on this lingo?  Take a moment to expand your ed-tech vocab.

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Could Minecraft be the next great engineering school?

Could Minecraft be the next great engineering school? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Found this thought-punching idea thru EdSurge...and it does call you to consider what is an engineer and where do you best learn how to do it?  By doing it.  Or by studying how to do it?

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Developing and Assessing for Teacher Effectiveness

Gives good ideas and ways to think about this process and challenge.

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Seth's Blog: Two kinds of mistakes

Seth's Blog: Two kinds of mistakes | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
There is the mistake of overdoing the defense of the status quo, the error of investing too much time and energy in keeping things as they are. And then there is the mistake made while inventing the future, the error...
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Circling back to the notion that mistakes are part of the learning process applies to even Godin's way of thinking.

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5 Questions About Being Uncomfortable …

5 Questions About Being Uncomfortable … | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
“We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.” Frank A. Clark Sigh … ain’t it the truth? As human beings, we seek a level of com...

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 I remember learning this valuable lessons about embracing the uncomfortable years ago from Peter Senge.  People who offer resistance and opposition help idea producers refine their idea....and play a valuable role in the successful implementation of policy.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 3, 2013 3:30 AM

No gain without pain - trite but true in my experience.

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The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model

The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

The goal of the model is simple enough–not pure academic proficiency, but instead authentic self-knowledge, diverse local and global interdependence, adaptive critical thinking, and adaptive media literacy.

By design this model emphasizes the role of play, diverse digital and physical media, and a designed interdependence between communities and schools.


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nicolaperry's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:04 AM

This is a well-developed model that gives plenty to think about. 

Kelli DeBellis's curator insight, February 15, 2013 3:36 PM

interesting model that identifies what it calls The 9 Domains Of the Inside-Out Learning Model.

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Deeper Learning: Highlighting Student Work

Deeper Learning: Highlighting Student Work | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
I travel with a heavy suitcase.Over my 35-year career as a public school teacher and educator at Expeditionary Learning, I have been obsessed with collecting student work of remarkable quality and v (RT @cinjo: powerful post by Ron Berger about creating...
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A very inspiring story....especially where you read about how 2nd graders, with focused attention, could produce a real non-fiction book!!!!  PBL has elements that make it very compatible with the kinds of CCSS reforms teachers have been asked to implement.

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Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013

Six Questions to Elevate Leadership in 2013 | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Will you reach new heights in 2013?(Photo credit: brewbooks) The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations.  While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with...
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My favorite question of the set of six is "How will you sustain yourself" because it incorporates the long-term thinking critical to making change last.

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Joi Ito's Trends to Watch in 2013

Joi Ito on the technology trends he's watching in 2013. The Director of MIT's Media Lab says hardware start-ups, gene printing, disruptive education, and agile processes are set to shape the future.
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My favorite quote from this piece..."The reason that happened was because the internet is an open-sourced way of information sharing. It lowered the cost of innovation to nearly zero - just ramen and sweat. It pushed innovation from big innovators to the edges: student start-ups, etc. The whole explosion of the internet was led by small groups of people, which in turn meant that the whole nature of innovation changed as costs went down."

 

How does this impact our view of school reform?  It makes me stop and continue to consider how the fringes we see in education force the innovation for the mainstream.  Where can and should we be leading from those fringes of innovation?

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7 Dark Secrets of Entrepreneurs - Revealed

7 Dark Secrets of Entrepreneurs - Revealed | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Think you know entrepreneurs? Ha! Think again! These are seven dark secrets that entrepreneurs will never reveal about themselves: 1. Entrepreneurs are
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Loved this quote from the story, "Entrepreneurs are dangerous, lonely, crazy people. They are like Vampires. Either you stay away from them, or become them."

 

Teacherpreneurs are really no different....

---they can be lonely

---they can be selfish

---they walk in dark basements with the lights off

---they don't mind their own business...they want to mind yours

 

Just for a sampling of the change in viewpoint you might gain from reading this post.  Good stuff.

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The One Thing Your Team Wants You to Stop Doing

The One Thing Your Team Wants You to Stop Doing | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Asking your team for advice will make you a better leader.
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This author asked his PLN what a leader should do to improve...straight-talk, start coaching me, walk the talk, and stop playing favorites top the list.  Teacher leaders should incorporate this feedback into their style.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic]

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic] | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

November 30, 2012 by Angela Maiers

 

Love this great post from the folks at Always Prepared entitled: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology‘ and the infographic it inspired from Mark Bates. Both highlight “The Habitudes” of educators who are effectively using technology to enhance and impact teaching and learning. Hat tip to Shawn McCusker for this awesome Twitter find!

 

A MUST read:

http://www.angelamaiers.com/2012/11/7-habits-of-highly-effective-teachers-who-use-technology.html

 


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AAEEBL's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:26 PM

Applicable to all learners, whether students or teachers or carrerists. 

Maria Kallergi's curator insight, April 3, 2013 7:23 AM

we don't want to be left behind

Terri Rice's curator insight, July 27, 2014 7:08 PM

Absolutely! it is so good to know I have some of the qualities. Working on integrating them all into my daily life.

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11 Ideas for Fostering an Innovative Culture | Connected Principals

11 Ideas for Fostering an Innovative Culture | Connected Principals | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Without serious conversation about how we revive and strengthen this culture within our schools, our students will continue to struggle. What can you do this week?
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Articles like these help to "tee-up" questions we all need to address and enter into dialog with others.

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Teacher Leadership: Tremendous Opportunity

Teacher Leadership:  Tremendous Opportunity | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

The call for teacher learning is heard....compelling reasons are given by this superintendent.   Boy we need more voices like his out there!

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Great Boards for Great Schools - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark

Great Boards for Great Schools - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

This should poke your box.....what can we learn from the boards of charter schools?   Maybe this is an overlooked in-road for teacher leaders to exercise influence and change the future.  I'm not sure...what do you think?

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