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San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the...
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Simple inexpensive tool for reducing mayhem and suspensions and increasing attendance and academic performance ... 
Might be about time to face the fears related to meditation! 

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This Will Revolutionize Education - YouTube

Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education? These ideas have been...
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Will gigaspeed internet access revolutionise education?! 
I think so as the internet allows for something that all the other technologies have not - that of CHOICE for the learning ... WHAT do I want to learn?
And yes the social setting is still important! Children still learn best in an environment where they feel safe and valued. 

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A Third Grader’s Plea For More Game-Based Learning

A Third Grader’s Plea For More Game-Based Learning | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
One student speaks up about his experience of video games in the classroom.
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Gosh - wish that had been part of my childhood!

 

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Science Proves Hugging Trees Is Good for Health

Science Proves Hugging Trees Is Good for Health | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
It has now been confirmed by science that hugging trees can beneficially affect human health by altering vibrational frequency.

Hugging a tree may have gained popularity as a maligned hippy practice, but it has now been validated by science to be incredibly beneficial for both people and the
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Sitting under, walking among, caring for ... yes it is a healing experience!

Trees as teachers and fellow members of a school community?! Yes, please!

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Agile Schools: How Technology Saves Education (Just Not the Way We Thought it Would)

Agile Schools: How Technology Saves Education (Just Not the Way We Thought it Would) | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
People from President Obama to Bill Gates propose that technological innovation is the key to improving our schools. But tech products and concepts may not be as influential as tech processes and culture. Applying the Agile methodology to school operation could catalyze dramatic change by bringing a proven systematic solution to one of the most challenging social issues of our age.
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Individuals and interactions over processes and tools;Meaningful learning over the measurement of learning;Stakeholder collaboration over constant negotiation;Responding to change over following a plan.


The interesting bit starts from "A Man(ifesto) For ALL Seasons"

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'Boofy' haircut battle goes to High Court - National - NZ Herald News

'Boofy' haircut battle goes to High Court - National - NZ Herald News | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it

ThsA school boy who is refusing to cut his hair to conform with his principal's wishes is either a human rights crusader or simply disobedient, a court has been told today. - New Zealand Herald

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This is a good example of how when you set a rule you also have to punish when it is not obeyed ...
If you don't like to close your heart and punish a person you need to find other ways than defining rules they must obey to ... goes for school, family and society.
One way could be: Communication 

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SUMMERHILL (ep1)

This is the first of four 30' parts of the complete, double BAFTA winning, 2hr, SUMMERHILL, a drama that I directed and executive produced for the BBC about the…
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Entertaining movie about Summerhill, a democratic school in UK (1921) - interesting to watch by both children &adults - a good intro to democratic education and how personal transformation happens when freedom is introduced into their lives, not only for children but for parents too !
Search vimeo for "Summerhill Ep2" etc for the next 3 episodes. 

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4 Ways To Sharpen Your Animal Communication Skills

4 Ways To Sharpen Your Animal Communication Skills | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
We’re moving toward a spiritual evolution where we can understand without the need to ask why. Into a time when we can be content with just ‘knowing’ and satisfied with the knowing without having to ask ‘Why do I know this?’ When communicating with animals, we need to engage with the same level of trust of ‘just knowing’ that this evolutionary time is encouraging. Maybe this is why more and more people are engaging with animal communication right now.
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Part of a holistic education where racism, sexism, adultism and specism are something of the past

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Pedagogy: Council Habit of Mind | The Ojai Foundation Council in Schools

Pedagogy: Council Habit of Mind | The Ojai Foundation Council in Schools | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
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A website full of information on how to use "The Way of the Council" in schools - stories, tips and guideline for sitting in a circle sharing form the heart and listening to each other.

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▶ Return To The Heart.m4v - YouTube

RETURN TO THE HEART describes The Ojai Foundation's Council in Schools program. Council is the ancient practice of sitting in circle to share the stories of ...
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Connecting with others sitting a circle listening to each other and speaking from the heart.
Principal" The way of the council has really helped my vision ... creating a family environment"

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This One Minute Video of Jim Carrey's Commencement Speech Might Change Your Life [Video]

This One Minute Video of Jim Carrey's Commencement Speech Might Change Your Life [Video] | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
'All there will ever be is what's happening here.' Solid advice!
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Follow your Joy!

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Tema: Ro i klassen?

Tema: Ro i klassen? | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
På Læreruddannelsen i Aarhus bliver to klasser som et forsøg indført i mindfulness og nærværsøvelser. Det har vist sig at have en god effekt, og de studerende føler sig bedre rustet til at møde børnene og få ro til at undervise.
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Mindfulness practiced in public schools in Denmark, and as a trial taught to teacher students, who feel more confident in the meeting with the children (in Danish)

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Tips for Running Blended Learning Environment with your Students | Deborah McCallum

Tips for Running Blended Learning Environment with your Students | Deborah McCallum | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it

 With this all in mind, I have created a list of tips that I believe we need to keep in mind when setting up a blended learning environment with our learners.


Via Elizabeth E Charles
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The list of tips seems helpful
I love the one: Be willing to learn along your students!

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4 essential game-based learning questions | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

4 essential game-based learning questions | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
These four questions can help educators guide their game-based learning implementations.
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Games from being a reward to being a way of learning to ask questions

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Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
Children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.
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Support kids in continue to "Follow your Bliss" and they will learn what they need and want to learn while contributing their unique talent to their community

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Versal

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One idea can launch a million more
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Looking forward to seeing interactive online courses created by Versal ... 
Created online courses that are more than a YouTube video and yet does not require programming skills - what are we waiting for` 

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Small town big change: Dale Williams at TEDxAuckland - YouTube

Dale Williams is Mayor of Otorohanga and Chair of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. A certified motorcycle engineer by trade, Dale has first-hand experience lau...
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How to decrease youth unemployment and graffiti while keeping local businesses in a small rural community by caring for the youth - genuinely!
 

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Education Uncensored, by Laurie Block Spigel

Education Uncensored, by Laurie Block Spigel | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
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Some quotes from this excerpt from book "Education uncensored" : 
- "Music makes us better at math, art makes us smarter in history, physical activity and play makes us better at everything."
- "The ideal balance might be two thirds, or even three quarters, of a child’s day spent in the arts and physical pursuits"
- "Just as each parent knows how different their children are, they also know that a successful outcome for each child is a different outcome for each child."
Link is to author´s website 

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CU-Boulder study: Kids with less-structured activities better at setting, completing goals

CU-Boulder study: Kids with less-structured activities better at setting, completing goals | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
Children who spend time participating in less-structured activities have better goal-setting abilities and an easier time meeting those goals without prompting from adults, a new University of Colorado study suggests.
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Everything We Have Been Taught About Our Origins Is A Lie

Everything We Have Been Taught About Our Origins Is A Lie | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
In June 1936 Max Hahn and his wife Emma were on a walk beside a waterfall near to London, Texas, when they noticed a rock with wood protruding from its core. They decided to take the oddity home and l
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Further down the article discusses how we learn certain facts in school or at home, learn them by heart without ever questioning them. How much of what you learn do you actually personally know as a fact?!

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Welcome | Seven Oaks

Welcome | Seven Oaks | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
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An inspiring holistic school that I would love to visit! 
(In Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand) 

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▶ Council In Schools - YouTube

The Ojai Foundation's ground-breaking work in bringing the practice of council into schools is told from the perspectives of students, teachers, administrato...
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How to use age-old techniques to increase the well-being of students and teachers: Circles

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About MUM

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University in Iowa w standard degrees AND with Transcendental Meditation as a very present part of the studies 

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The British Parliament Stops to Meditate

The British Parliament Stops to Meditate | Democratic Holistic Education | Scoop.it
When you think of the places where you’re likely to encounter mindfulness meditation—like a yoga studio or a temple or a serene health retreat—British Parliament is probably the last place you would think of. With a highly charged atmosphere that sometimes even erupts in shouting matches on the debate floor, it’s hard to imagine any…
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Would love to see mindfulness practiced in every parliament, in every court, in every school, in every life ... 

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The Tutorial School, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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There are many democratic schools in the world.
The Tutorial School in New Mexico has a really cool and inspiring FAQ 

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