Gary Burnison considers leadership to be a privilege. Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost. He says, “To lead is to be all in, transparent and accessible, calm in the face of upset and even crisis, and always mindful that you are a steward of something bigger than yourself.” That’s not easy. To whom much is given much is required. That’s the part that easily trips us up.
Nice animated video by Carolyn Durley, Graham Johnson, and Paul Janke in which they describe their introductin to and 1-year history with its implementation - with an emphasis on how it has changed their pratice. Inspiring. -JL
The Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE) Version One chart needed to be updated. Why? Because of the considerable feedback we received after posting our first version of the chart. Some of the feedback was about consistency and flow across the stages. What worked in what stage?
We definitely want to thank those that critiqued the stages for us and helped us with this version two. Some districts shared with us that our version one was going to be their foundation of their personalized learning initiative. We wanted to refine it so it was clear, consistent, and easily understood. We went to work to update the stages for them and anyone else moving to a personalized learning environment.
Please feel free to download version two and let us know how it supports your transformation to personalizing learning.
Over a 24hr period we have up to 70,000 thoughts, which works out to be about 2 thoughts for every heartbeat – basically our brains never shut up!
Meditation is one of the best ways to give our overworked grey matter some valuable time out. Meditation can help decrease stress, lower blood pressure, ease pain and improve the metabolism. Not only that but it can make us calmer, happier, feel more engaged, and more able to get things done.
This community is working together to create awareness and put in place services to support the optimal development of children's brains. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to these important efforts. Hope you enjoy and share with parents and professionals for the benefit of children!
Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school.
First, while parents and teachers talk often with young children about parts of the body and how they work, they rarely mention this most important organ - their brain.
Secondly, children can’t observe their own brains, and so are left to guess about what’s going on inside their heads—not unlike the state of ignorance in which adults dwelled for many centuries before the founding of neuroscience as a scientific discipline.
Marshall and Comalli designed a 20 minute lesson about the brain that they delivered to first-grade students. They learned that their brain was not just for thinking but also for seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling.
Carol Dweck's research with 5th graders and her program Brainology, children's attitudes and behaviors regarding achievement and failure are already in place by preschool. Dweck's research found the importance of mentioning how your brain grows very early.
Over the past two years, the Flipped Learning method has created quite a stir. Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new locations.
"Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal on teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education."
An excellent collection of articles categorised as
In order to understand how stress can be very detrimental to the mind of a young person it is important to have some understanding of what happens to the body when the brain triggers a stress response. It is equally important to bear in mind that full maturation of the brain does not happen until the third decade of life and as such the developing brain is far more sensitive to the chemical processes involved while mediating a stressful event.