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“Apparently my job is to shut up and study hard”

“Apparently my job is to shut up and study hard” | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
High school student Jack Hostager says:
[My participation in the Coastal America Student Summit on the Oceans and Coasts] was indisputably the best learning experience I have ever had.
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This is not the case, in many many classes.  However, it still exists.  It still exists.  

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The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning

The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Do you know the difference between contemporary and traditional learning and teaching styles? This handy chart breaks it down quite well.
The post The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning appeared first on Edudemic.

Via Karen Rockhold
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‘Traditional’ (here) means centrally dictated, curriculum based teaching.“Contemporary” (here) means teacher driven, student-centric teaching.Traditional teaching focuses on short term recall, and is highly focused on measurability.Contemporary teaching focuses on students taking ownership of their learning and using real, useful materials.
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Which Path for the Common Core?

Which Path for the Common Core? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Educators should use the common-core standards as a springboard to deeper learning in schools, Ken Kay and Bob Lenz write.
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"Visionary leaders see the common core as the leverage they need to dramatically change outcomes for students and the systems in which students learn. They call for students to not only master content and basic skills, but also critical dispositions like analysis, research, inquiry, and deeper learning outcomes, such as communication skills and critical thinking and problem-solving


1. First, some districts are using their common-core implementation to reinforce their commitment to a 21st-century learning model.

2. Capacity-building through professional development.

3. New assessment strategies.


We still have time to follow a better path—to treat the common core as an opportunity to transform teaching and learning and embrace a broad and expansive notion of college and career readiness.


Ts need to consider hopping off the first two levels and into deeper levels of  knowledge (http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/DOK_Chart.pdf)


Thinking Routines are one such way to design learning so that students indeed take content to strategic and extended forms of thinking.  http://www.old-pz.gse.harvard.edu/vt/VisibleThinking_html_files/03_ThinkingRoutines/03b_Introduction.html

 

 

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What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common

What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

Via Maya Mathias, David Hain
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Improv.  The art of teaching, as well.  

 

" To foster innovation, leaders hedge against the trap of "too much consensus." The underlying assumption is that when people disagree, they're both right. Thus, such organizations tolerate and encourage dissent and debate."



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Maya Mathias's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:42 PM

I'm a trained theatrical improviser, and use improv skills in my leadership and innovation training.  Love how this article summarizes how improv can make you a better leader for today's turbulent business climate.

John Michel's curator insight, March 14, 2013 7:32 AM

(CNN) -- How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

They invent novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net. They negotiate with each other as they proceed, and they don't dwell on mistakes or stifle each other's ideas.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 15, 2013 12:34 PM

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Talents of best jazz musicians are applicable to business people

The best in their field need to be expert improvisers

Balancing free expression and rules is another important skill

'Hit a groove' and work in teams to get the best from individuals

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10 Signs You Might Be a Transphormer

10 Signs You Might Be a Transphormer | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Keeping an eye on the corporate education agenda, in Massachusetts and beyond
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I'm STILL howling with laughter!  

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How to Privatize Public Education in 12 Easy Steps

How to Privatize Public Education in 12 Easy Steps | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
By Morna McDermott McNulty, an administrator of United Opt Out National

1) Manufacture a crisis and instill public fear. Waiting for Superman.

2) Create a rallying cry for the need for ACTION to
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Hysteria.  irritating.  

 

"Colonizing for land and profit. A brief history. Repeating Itself.

This is a common strategy used for domination. Remember how the White Europeans
used “manifest destiny” to justify taking over lands occupied by the Native Americans?"

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Slowing Down Change

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cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by kewl
Sometimes I wish that I had more great ideas.
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It is important to be visionary and forward thinking but it is also important to be supportive and patient. The best leaders will find the balance between the two.

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Our Education System is Obsolete

Our Education System is Obsolete | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
We need a curriculum of big questions, examinations where children can talk, share and use the Internet, and new, peer assessment systems. In the networked age, we need schools, not structured like factories, but like clouds.
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amazing video that won the 2013 TED prize.  Very surprising:  the hole in the wall experiment shows that we don't really need to TEACH so many things!  

 

" Groups of street children learned to use computers and the Internet by themselves, with little or no knowledge of English and never having seen a computer before. Then they started instinctually teaching one another. In the next five years, through many experiments, I learned just how powerful adults can be when they give small groups of children the tools and the agency to guide their own learning and then get out of the way."


It's about LETTING learning happen!  Self-organized learning : broadband,  collaboration, and encouragement.  We need a curriculum of BIG questions; not little details.  BIG questions.  

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David Hain's curator insight, March 1, 2013 6:25 AM

What a great talk.  I will be showing it to my kids.

Gust MEES's comment, March 1, 2013 6:27 PM
Give the kids the direction and let them develop, that's coaching! And THAT is THE Change as I say it since long as I gave courses for +/- 9 years by using it, the coaching together with group collaboration and freedom to learn... It works ;)
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Changing the DNA of learning and teaching

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One of the major reasons why it is so difficult to change the prevailing curriculum construct and pedagogical approach is because it's so embedded within the schooling process and has been so for t...
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Time to move into the future!

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Managing Uncertainty: The Skills Job-Seekers Need and Employers Don't Know How To Find - Forbes

Managing Uncertainty: The Skills Job-Seekers Need and Employers Don't Know How To Find - Forbes | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Ashoka's Search Team leader, Hayley Darden, on why education and experience alone won't get you hired. This is life in the new workplace. As a kid you wanted to be a baseball player, a ballerina, a fireman, or maybe an astronaut.

Via Jem Muldoon
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Resilient people can catch fly balls out of the blue!

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 24, 2013 12:17 PM

Managing uncertainty is a part of being resilience.

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The Wejr Board - The Problem With Black & White Statements in Education

The Wejr Board - The Problem With Black & White Statements in Education | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

…a blog about the present and future system of education.

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moderation is usually best.  black and white thinking keeps us from being objective.  the world is painted in shades of gray.  

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Using Google Hangouts for Teacher Development

"How is your family? Whoa! What's that on your head? Is that a wig?" "Give her a mustache!" "Great pirate!" "What did you eat for your Thanksgiving feast? Nice hat!" Between the guffaws and be
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Infographic: Six Skills to Reduce the Risk and Increase the Promise of Your Students > Eye On Education

Infographic: Six Skills to Reduce the Risk and Increase the Promise of Your Students > Eye On Education | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
In Reducing the Risk, Increasing the Promise: Strategies for Student Success, Sherrel Bergmann and Judith Allen Brough provide a clear path to foll...
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great paradigm.  

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I Went To College, Law School, And Grad School - Because I Wasn't Born Elite - Forbes

I Went To College, Law School, And Grad School - Because I Wasn't Born Elite - Forbes | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to higher education, there's a lot of resentment, recrimination, and outright hate going around the internet -- and real life. College admissions (as Ross Douthat suggests) is a shell game concocted to perpetuate elite privilege.
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Interesting read by a guy  WHO " went into college as a very smart and very focused kid from a middle-class family with a low net worth."  

 

"The upshot of my strange and technically unsuccessful journey through elite education is that knowledge isn’t the ticket out of a limited social sphere that I once thought it was. But wisdom — or, to put it less pretentiously, learned life lessons — probably is. Perhaps that seems like a pretty vague reward for years of trouble, uncertainty, and expense. But instead of feeling a bitter solidarity amid today’s torrent of resentment toward our culture of education, I feel like focusing on how I haven’t been wronged, how I’m not a victim, how life isn’t stacked against me, how the horizon of possibility is still wide open.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s worth its weight in debt."

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You Don't Know Jack | Morgan Spurlock

Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore, has developed a revolutionary new test for pancreatic cancer. The future of science is in the hands of our youth. Join…
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Great kid who paved his own way!

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At the Stevenson Campus, Nine High Schools, One Roof

At the Stevenson Campus, Nine High Schools, One Roof | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Seeking better results, the city divided Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx into nine theme-based institutions; today the Stevenson Campus has the most schools under one roof anywhere in the city.
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21st Century Assessment

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(If any of the links below don't work, email me at psolarz@sd25.org and I will email these out to you.  Also, names have been removed to protect student privacy.  Also, students have been...
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Wonderful!  Progress towards mastery followed!

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How to stop sucking and be awesome instead

If you're reading this abstract, you're not awesome enough. Attend this session to unlock the secrets of Jeff Atwood, world famous blogger and industry leading
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So many take-aways!  

 

One of mine?  Failure is a process that includes REVISION!  

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The Harsh Reality of the Classroom of the Future

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What does the classroom of the future actually look like? Here's a hint: it's your current classroom. There's just a harsh reality to face.

Via Gust MEES
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It is about how you use what you already have!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 3, 2013 8:22 AM

A MUST read to understand THE change in 21st Century Education!!!

 

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Hybrid Standards Based Grading

I have been interested in standards based grading since I first heard about it seven months or so ago. You can recognize the merit of some ideas the moment you hear about them – this is one of...
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Nice way to problem solve around the problem!  

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What most schools don't teach

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Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in most schools

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Les Howard
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Learning to code is learning to think.  

 

Thinking is the thing to teach!  

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Rosana Mondino's curator insight, February 27, 2013 4:01 PM

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Maria Claudia Londoño D's curator insight, February 27, 2013 11:53 PM

More thinkings about today's pedagogy...

Paul's curator insight, February 28, 2013 9:40 AM

Terrific video - I think I will show staff the 9-minutes version

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In Iowa, our Department of Education brags about elementary schools that cut recess | Dangerously Irrelevant

In Iowa, our Department of Education brags about elementary schools that cut recess | Dangerously Irrelevant | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Everyone wants children to be able to read. But unpacking that educational goal - and the political rhetoric that often surrounds it - may
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No recess for 7 year olds?  Something simply is not right......

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Just Block EVERYTHING

Just Block EVERYTHING | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
So this blog post idea has been running through my head for a while now. I’ve tried to really figure out how to say this and what exactly I wanted to say. I know I’m going to ruffle some feathers, but don’t we need that sometimes?
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Rethinking the online education revolution - Fortune (blog)

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Fortune (blog)
Rethinking the online education revolution
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With $7.5 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and Bessemer Ventures, Sankar, 32, aspires to play a key role in the transformation of education.

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 22, 2013 10:57 AM

"I'm a big fan of learning online. But we aren't being ambitious enough. If children in the developed world fall off the educational track, giving them computers is not going to help most of them. Education is more than lectures, assignments, and exams. It's a means to envision a different life from the one you're living. Let's give every student a shot at that."

 Amen.
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If students designed their own school… it would look like this

If students designed their own school… it would look like this | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
A public high school student actually allowed some students to design their own semester and run it themselves.

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miracletrain 夢想驛站's curator insight, February 21, 2013 1:02 AM

“It’s crazy that in a system that is meant to teach and help the youth there is no voice from the youth at all.”