Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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The Difference Between A Teacher And An Educator - Timmy Sullivan

International speaker and freelance blogger Timmy Sullivan shares his perspective on the major differences between teachers and educators and the impact a

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Educating is broader than teaching, at least in a formal way. Dewey described school as a place for formal education and education is living.

I would go further and say education is not always highly structured. It can happen without guidance for elders and can be peer related.

That does not mean teaching is irrevelant in a formal setting. It is essential. It is relational.

I don't disagree with the premise that being a teacher does not mean one is an educator. I get his point that an educator is something more than just being a teacher.
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Teachers as Interchangeable widgets.

Teachers as Interchangeable widgets. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness |
PLEASE SEND TO YOUR LOCAL FEDERAL CANDIDATE. Aussie Friends of Treehorn protecting school children from nasty excesses of the greedy and misguided Teachers as Interchangeable Widgets “They are just there to implement prefabricated knowledge.” “One of the world’s most influential education experts, Andreas Schiecher, has criticised the Australian Education System for falling behind global standards.” at the…
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When we begin to treat humans, whether teachers or students, it is a problem. I don't think this is unique to Australia. It is universal. When we order people, it does great harm and violence to who they are (see Biesta, Butler and Levinas).
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The 12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Teachers

The 12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Teachers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness |

A quick checklist to offer misguided souls who toss out off-handed comments to teachers they meet.

Via Jun Kim, Conrad Albertson, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is pretty good and will bring a chuckle.

Conrad Albertson's curator insight, February 26, 2014 9:33 AM

I am sure we have heard most of these before, and cringed (or worse). I especially liked this one:


“When I retire, I still want to do something, so I think I might take up teaching.”


"Teaching is not a hobby, like gardening or sailing. Teaching will likely make your old job feel like a vacation."

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The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Teachers Quit the Profession 

The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Teachers Quit the Profession  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness |
The reasons why teachers quit are varied and personal. We asked readers to share insights in hopes of learning how to keep good teachers in the classroom.

Via Becky Roehrs, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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I think this is the great challenge facing teaching and school. How do we keep good teachers in classrooms?
Becky Roehrs's curator insight, April 26, 11:08 AM

Lack of respect..and teaching to the test..both are demoralizing.. which stems from micro-managing content instead of providing a supportive environment.  

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Lead Letter: Why teachers feel unappreciated |

Lead Letter: Why teachers feel unappreciated | | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness |
The Times-Union recently ran an article about a first-grade teacher who retired early because she felt micromanaged and forced to teach a curriculum that she felt was inappropriate. The Times-Union referred to her as part of an uncounted underground of teachers.Are you part of this uncounted underground? You just might be if:■ You have questions about the appropriateness of the curriculum you are forced to teach. You might feel it is developmentally inappropriate, poorly written or lacks the supplemental materials to be successful.

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" You are frustrated by leaders who either weren’t in the classroom or were for just a cup of coffee years ago or by 27-year-old academic coaches and assistant principals who think they know more than you because they took the first opportunity they could to get away from kids and out of the classroom."

This is a powerful quote. I think a lot of teachers feel this way.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 22, 2016 3:00 PM

Teaching is a noble vocation; a calling a person responds to in an attempt to add something meaningful to the world. Without people who respond to the call, do we have education?