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What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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The Difference Between Pedagogy, Andragogy, And Heutagogy

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The Difference Between Pedagogy, Andragogy, And Heutagogy

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It is essential to know the difference. For examp.le, teacher education should follow andragogical principles and heutagogy as they gain experience.
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When Should a Controversial Topic Be Brought Into the Classroom?

When Should a Controversial Topic Be Brought Into the Classroom? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teachers should not shy away from addressing controversial issues in the classroom.
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Within reason, this makes sense. What are students capable of having conversations about? It is a way to prepare them for the diversity they will experience in life in a safe way.
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Being treehorned. School sucks.

Being treehorned. School sucks. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
School Sucks. It Makes Kids Stupid. I'm so pleased that I chose the name TREEHORN as the title to the occasional papers that I used to send to like-minded friends. It's been so prophetic.  He started life as the hero of The Shrinking of Treehorn  by Florence Parry Heide. No adult, even his closest relatives…
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We should always ask what school is for and is it meeting those objectives. School is not just about preparing children for the workplace, although it has become that in many ways. We need to step away from the neo-liberal agenda that permeates schools and make it a space where children and adults enjoy going to.
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Liberal Learning as Conversation

Liberal Learning as Conversation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By John B. Bennett The values of liberal learning can be represented by the values that mark conversation: participation, engagement, openness to others.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I would add Hans-Georg Gadamer and David Bohm to the references, but this is a great article. Conversation and dialogue are different than discussion and debate. This can be used with care in K-12 school settings with teachers and students.
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Writing and Teaching Writing: By Topics

Writing and Teaching Writing: By Topics | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
One aspect of blogging that is a recurring pleasant surprise is when an older posts pops up in the daily stats; someone has discovered and shared, and then, it resonates, often in a way it did not when I originally posted it. Since my primary focus as an educator has been writing, I have accumulated…
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I am not sure what the label means, but the links to resources are extensive. It will take time to go through each of them.
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Helping Students Find Their Writer’s Voice

Helping Students Find Their Writer’s Voice | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Three exercises to get students writing with vivid detail—a key step to developing a distinctive style of their own.

Via Elke Höfler
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Sam Intrator described how a teacher he observed had students write about a small plot of grass about one square foot. The students did not want to, but, when they did, Intrator said the results were incredible. Students became attentive to small details that usually escaped their attention i.e. bugs.
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It’s Time To Treat Homework Like Any Other Lesson - by Paul Moss

It’s Time To Treat Homework Like Any Other Lesson - by Paul Moss | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
by Paul Moss

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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If a lesson and, by extension homework, has value, students will want to do it. As well, homework has to be something they can do and their parents can help with if needed.
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Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.
Via Cindy Riley Klages
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Providing choice can be great for students. They begin to take responsiblity for their learning. What works for each of them. "Differences make a difference." Good teachers understand this and still teach
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Questioning / problem solving / modern learning environments / killing creativity / deep learning and learning styles...

Questioning / problem solving / modern learning environments  / killing creativity / deep learning and learning styles... | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Easter Friday Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it t
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The first link is provocative. It is about mandatory standardized testing creating a captive audience. It echoes Gert Biesta who cautioned about oppressing students as a captive audience.
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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler presents eight strategies for helping your students reclaim and master the lost art of conversation.

Via Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin, Pilar Moral
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The use of board and card games can be a great prop for having conversations.
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I often tell students to practice their English by having conversations with the cashier at the supermarket, the person waiting at the bus stop, classmates waiting for class to start.  Often time, they reply with a well-deserved "How?"  I like this article because it sets up how to actually have a conversation.  It addresses the physical and not just the language.
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Bored Out of Their Minds

Bored Out of Their Minds | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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How does a teacher's lived-experiences as a student inform theri teaching? When we think we have a solution, do we just opt out and leave the classroom? Pedagogy (leading) is essential to teaching.
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Education Readings April 7th

Education Readings April 7th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz The Joy Of Opting Out Of Standardized Testing ‘Testing season is a gray period in my classroom. But it’s a joy in my house. As a classroom teacher with a daughter in the public school…
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Allan provided a number of links to good articles. The ones that were most interesting were the about "going back to the future" and myths about teaching.
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21stC Education and Modern Learning Environments - a critical view

21stC Education and Modern Learning Environments - a critical view | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A guest contribution by Kelvin Smyth e An independent voice on education speaking out on matters that need to be spoken about. I
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This is a great article. It challenges one to think not in terms of binary and false dichotomies, but in terms of the complexity involved in educating children in the 21st Century.
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Teacher Appreciation Story #4

Teacher Appreciation Story #4 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Gold stars At the time I was too busy being 13 to pay attention to the lessons that were being laid out before my seventh grade class, but in 1979 thirty of my classmates and I found ourselves learning enough about the social-emotional economic realities of the prepubescent classroom to write a doctoral thesis.   Of…
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When one of our sons was in Grade 4, he experienced his first male teacher. The year began with a female teacher who had been ill and it apparently became obvious she was not ready to return. I say "apparently" as our son did not think it was necessary to tell us and we did not hear from the school. Several other parents informed me and told me the new teacher yelled at the kids. When I asked our son, he said the new teacher was cool. Each student took care of an amphibian or reptile in an acqurium. Our son was excited. I asked about being yelled at. HIs answer suprised me. Apparently, the students were taking advantage of a substitute teacher while the new teacher sat in for a day or two. At one point on the Friday, he raised his voice and told the students they should not expect to behave that way on Monday and beyond. Our son paused and said "we deserved to be scolded. We were not behaving well." That teacher remains one of his favourite teachers, because he felt he was treated responsibly in being asked to care for one of the teacher's animals.
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The Art and Science of Getting into the Flow

The Art and Science of Getting into the Flow | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Research suggests that if you can cultivate the flow in your daily life, the benefits don’t just stop at job performance — the flow state of mind also contributes to health and well-being. But as soon as we try to bottle up the feeling and carry it into less appealing tasks, it seems to elude us. Rather than gettting in the flow, we end up disengaged and working harder than ever on work we just don’t appreciate.

Thankfully, cutting-edge psychological research can help us cultivate flow when we’re elbow-deep in work we don’t want to do. When facing difficult tasks, we can experience meaning, move through challenges, and embrace productivity while easing stress.

Quite simply, flow psychology offers an alternative to the daily grind: a way of working that is easier, more effective, and more enjoyable.

Via David Hain
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Flow activities are ones that truly engage participants. They range from busy and active to reflective and quiet. I had an activity called "The Culture of Peace" that was an example of the former and art was often like the second. Students would comment to each other they could "this" all day.
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How to find your flow! Everybody needs some time in this state...

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Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everything

Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everything | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley is obsessed with happiness. The pursuit of a mythical good life, achievement blending perfectly with fulfillment, has given rise to the quantified self movement, polyphasic sleeping, and stashes of off-label pharmaceuticals in developers’ desks. Yet Andrew Taggart thinks most of this is nonsense. A PhD in philosophy, Taggart practices the art of gadfly-for-hire

Via L. García Aretio, juandoming
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This has potenitial. I attended a weekend on philosophy in the classroom and critical thinking is largely shaped by classic and contemporary philosophy, but not to be confused with Socratic circles. These questions can take the form of what Gadamer called "eloquent questions," which help form the space for dialogue without certain answers.
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Follow-up to ‘Why School Makes Us Stupid”.

Follow-up to ‘Why School Makes Us Stupid”. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A TREEHORN FOLLOW-UP If you missed the clip of the young man's rant, here is a transcript. Yes. We call it TESTUCATION. He calls it REGURGITATION. Would you really call it EDUCATION? NAPLAN soon for Australia! That fixes everything! We flopped last year because the kids don't like it. What do we do now? We…
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For the most part, I agree with what Cathcart says. He conflates educating and schooling as the same thing and that is fundamentally incorrect. Schooling is a formal process and educating happens 24/7. To educate is to lead somone. School was supposed to be a place of leisure for good conversations about challenging topics. It might have been intended to prepare students for the future, but it happened in the moment with skills being learned and modelled.
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Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom

Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When we think about creativity and innovation, the words “humor” and “goofiness” don’t typically come to mind. But I’d argue that this is a critical piece of what it means to cultivate a climate of…
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Humor cannot be overstated. Each teacher has to find what works for them, but discovering one's humor is essential. I floundered in my first teaching assignment, until I used humor that fit who I was. The students saw me differently.
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How Empathy Is Important For Parents And Teens When Things Get Stressful

How Empathy Is Important For Parents And Teens When Things Get Stressful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Helping teenagers develop cognitive empathy, the ability to understand another person's perspective, can allow them to cope with stress better. But whether they
Via Vicki Moro
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Adults who can remember what it was like to experience being an adolescent might be able to relate with their children and students experiencing that time in their lives. For adults, currere is about the subjective experiences and how they felt as students and growing up in ways that can inform parenting and teaching
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Redefining Failure in the classroom by Ben Johnson

Redefining Failure in the classroom by Ben Johnson | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Why encouraging students to get everything right is the wrong direction.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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"Why encouraging students to get everything right is the wrong direction." It is. When we did not get the right answers, I asked students what might have happened to lead to the "failure?" Having students and teachers explore those questions can be quite fruitful.
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A very interesting twist on the growth mindset. What do you think?
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Competency-Based Education - Foundation for Excellence in Education (U.S.) - Is there a path for Ontario?

Competency-Based Education - Foundation for Excellence in Education (U.S.) - Is there a path for Ontario? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Every student has unique talents and abilities, and every student deserves an education that adapts to their needs rather than requiring conformity to an outdated model of education. Our nation’s goals and expectations for all students have risen. The conventional, one-size-fits-all system of education must evolve and adapt to meet the individual needs of each …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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What if we placed subjects in the middle? Could we get to a good place? What does mastery mean?
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Homework: Helpful, Harmful, or Otherwise? - A common sense approach via Matt Renwick

Homework: Helpful, Harmful, or Otherwise? - A common sense approach via Matt Renwick | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As I write this, I am out on our back patio. My kids are in the neighbor's backyard, flying a kite with friends. They had recently recovered the kite from a tree. This time around, they are staying away from the natural hazard. I don't know how they got the kite down previously; they had figured…

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Luciana Viter
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Do the students engage? Can parents help if necessary? I discovered if students were engaged in their homework and it was meaningful they found ways to get it done. If it lacked meaning, it did not get done or could not get done.
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Maria Del Mar Londoño's curator insight, April 15, 7:27 PM
I agree with the concept of homework seen as a policy more than a practice to develop more cognitive skill in students. The assignment of meaningful homework has been lost in the education field. It is seen more as a requirement for collecting grades than as a method for meaningful assessment that contributes not just to their learning process but also to their lives.
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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.


Adolescence is an exciting time as teenagers become increasingly independent, begin to look forward to their lives beyond high school, and undergo many physical, emotional, and cognitive changes. In that last category, teenagers can learn to take charge of their developing brains and steer their thinking in positive and productive directions toward future college and career success.


Via Elizabeth E Charles, Dean J. Fusto, Vicki Moro
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This makes sense. After infancy, adolescence from about 11 to 23 years, depending on the person, is the second most significant time for learning.
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To Connect Across Cultures, Find Out What You Have in Common

To Connect Across Cultures, Find Out What You Have in Common | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Focusing on differences won’t help you build trust.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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John Dewey described the etymology that brings common, community and communicating together.
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22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We go hard for National Poetry Month here on The Learning Network, so you may already be familiar with an earlier version of this piece we started way back in 2010.

But, as The Times kept publishing news and features about poetry and poets, we kept adding more and more ways to teach it, until that old piece started to look downright overstuffed.

Below is a fresh version for 2017, with over 20 ideas for helping even the most verse averse find something to enjoy.

Via Jim Lerman
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The article includes some excellent ideas.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 7, 7:13 PM

Poetry!

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Inma Contreras's curator insight, April 26, 5:18 PM
Brilliant way of learning literature. Education that brings the beauty to theeducational process.