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Nothing but this

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[This post originally appeared at Classroots.org.] In the first part of his new book Present Shock, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff explains how we have come to a "now-ist" "presentism" resulting i...
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This is an interesting article with many questions about where we are. First, it offers up Douglas Rushkoff's theory that the story is dead. I would not agree. The story is something that comes from the heart and is different than a narrative. A narrative is one told to justify our way of doing things. The author of the post says something I understand similarly. Let us not confuse a narrative with a story. The first is about oppression and the other about uplifing.

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Divergent thinking

Divergent thinking | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Divergent thinking is essential for creativity. It is the ability to see lots of possible ways to interpret a question and lots of possible answers to it.

It is a thought process used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possibilities. Instead of taking obvious steps and walking alon

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One of the essential elements of divergent thinking is meditating, exploring, and reflecting on what we learn. This should include adults.
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Divergent Thinking Article in Times by Natasa Pantovic Nuit (Author of 7 Mindfulness Books). 'For Divergent Thinking to happen the classroom environment has to be a safe place for students to experiment, make mistakes and take risks. The environment has to be safe to fail, revise and try again...'
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Divergent thinking, from Conscious Parenting book
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If we know what works to motivate students, why are so many students still unmotivated? These five questions will help you determine if your practice is really

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The five questions focus on our relationships with students.
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Experience and Education -John Dewey 1938

Experience and Education -John Dewey 1938 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Such a lot of the ideas expressed today have their genesis in the ideas of John Dewey .That Dewey's ideas have yet to be fully realise
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I found this quote part way through the article about John Dewey's excellent book: Experience and Education. It summarizes his thinking about teaching and learning. Dewey was opposed to the binary either/or thinking that dominated, and continues to dominate school. It is as if there is only one right answer and all the others are wrong. How did we get this far with that thinking?

"It is at this point the either-or philosophy becomes pertinent.Dewey believed there needed to be an intimate relationship between experience and education and that students had to construct their own learning.

It does not follow however that the knowledge and skill of the mature person has no direct value nor the knowledge that is contained in traditional subjects. Early progressive schools made little use of organised subject matter nor any form of direction and guidance. This, Dewey believed, was too much of a reaction against the sterility of traditional teaching. Too much emphasis was placed on freedom for its own sake and neglected the role of the teacher."
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When Leaders Lead Their Schools Like Ben Zander Conducts Symphonies

When Leaders Lead Their Schools Like Ben Zander Conducts Symphonies | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We need leaders, like conductors, who lead by empowering those s/he leads.

Via Dr. Deborah Brennan
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Peter Senge, Ted Aoki and others have described leading and teaching as improvising like jazz musicians.
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How to Engage Underperforming Students

How to Engage Underperforming Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Guided by research, educators at Cochrane Collegiate have homed in on ten top teaching methods, and teachers receive weekly PD to help them implement the practices.

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Rather than student-centred, I focus on subject-centred. The word subject has three meanings: topic, human, and the verb. When we think of teaching and learning as subject centred, we focus on questions about what engages students. We can ask questions that frame dialogue without presupposed answers. How has each student and teacher experienced this subject in their lives?
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Losing out on learning: Action to ensure refugee children get an education

Losing out on learning: Action to ensure refugee children get an education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, Head of Education Policy & Advocacy and Sébastien Hine, Education Research Adviser at Save the Children The world is now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. According to UNHCR, an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees,…
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We need to understand living in refugees camps is dangerous and school is not always available. Many refugee families want their children in school and value a formal education.
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Education Readings September 22nd

Education Readings September 22nd | 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 Don’t Say “Times” When Teaching Multiplication (And What to Say Instead) ‘Choosing our words carefully can have a big impact on student understanding, especially when it comes to multiplication. Make this small change to your…
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There are links to articles by Henry Giroux, Alfie Cohen, and one about John Dewey.
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5 surprising lessons I learned from Buddhist nuns about dating and relationships

5 surprising lessons I learned from Buddhist nuns about dating and relationships | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I spent two weeks at Plum village, a Buddhist monastery in France. I came to recover from burn out, and what I found was not only wisdom and practice around how to be present with life, but also…
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I would take the five lessons one step further. Apply the lessons to thing in our lives i.e. teaching. Why do we teach or do any job? If we love something or someone, take time and savour the love.
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How Do New Critical Pedagogies Develop? Public Education, Social Change, and Landless Workers in Brazil

How Do New Critical Pedagogies Develop? Public Education, Social Change, and Landless Workers in Brazil | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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"The article argues that this social movement participation is appropriate if activists can mobilize parents, students, teachers, and other community members to implement this vision through a collective process of participatory governance."

This case study was completed in Brazil the home of Paulo Freire's critical pedagogy.
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It takes more than one strand to make a rope, in life and in education.

It takes more than one strand to make a rope, in life and in education. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings September 21, 2017 It takes more than one strand to make a rope, in life and in education.   “You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it.” Faith Baldwin   Every day as I talked…
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How the collective and each individual within it interacts is essential to teaching and learning. At the heart of teaching, learning, and living are relationships between people and time for solitude to make sense of those relationships.
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A mathematician is like a naturalist – Temitope Ajileye – Medium

A mathematician is like a naturalist – Temitope Ajileye – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A mathematician is like a naturalist. They travel far away around the world to find the strangest creatures. They enjoy classifying. Whenever a branch of mathematics is given a classification…
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Relating what students are asked to learn to their interests is essential to good teaching. It does not guarantee learning, but it might help students find meaning.

This article presents an interesting way to relate math to student interests.
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While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less - The Hechinger Report

While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The world’s developed nations are placing a big bet on education investments, wagering that highly educated populaces will be needed to fill tomorrow’s jobs, drive healthy economies and generate enough tax receipts to support government services. Bucking that trend is the United States. U.S. spending on elementary and high school education declined 3 percent from 2010 to …
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There is a link to the report. Money and spending on schools is not the only consideration. We need teachers who want to teach and are committed to staying. This means we have to have schools and people in them who foster growth in each other.
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3 ways to aid new teacher retention

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is check Facebook and the current events app on my phone. I read the daily stories as I prepare for work, like how my parents used to read the newspaper while eating breakfast.
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I think the last point is critical from two perspectives. First, exercise one's right to free speech. Second, have school settings where that is allowed.
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James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Clint Smith on James Baldwin’s “A Talk to Teachers” and the relevant lessons it offers teachers in our current political climate.

Via iPamba
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I had not read this essay. When I saw the post, I downloaded it. James Baldwin offers us a window into what it means to not be privileged in a mythical narrative that suggests everyone is.
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Why Books Will Always Matter - The Scholarly Kitchen

Why Books Will Always Matter - The Scholarly Kitchen | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
An inspirational talk by the National Book Foundation's Lisa Lucas.
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This is an excellent video explaining why books are essential to humans. They help us learn empathy.
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Educational readings:Time to return to the democratic vision of John Dewey and creative teaching

Educational readings:Time to return to the democratic vision of John Dewey  and creative teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Whatever happens in the New Zealand Elections Jacinda Adern has made us proud  to be Labour. Education Readings By Alla
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The article about only 2 hours of science per week is interesting. In multi-disciplinary classrooms, one can reach over topics and teach about science in Social Studies and LA. That is what I did, even in junior high.
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Teachers Are Quitting Because They're Dissatisfied

Teachers Are Quitting Because They're Dissatisfied | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teacher turnover hurts student achievement, is expensive for schools and districts, and leads to teacher shortages, Darling-Hammond said. 

And both teachers who leave the profession and teachers who change schools are most commonly leaving because they are dissatisfied, according to the analysis. See the below graph breaking down why teachers left the profession in 2012-13. (Percentages do not add up to 100 since teachers were allowed to select more than one reason.)

Via Mel Riddile, Les Howard, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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I think this is one of the underlying issues in why teachers leave. Teacher agency and voice are silenced. Teachers are the closest to their students, but, often, are excluded from the conversations that are essential to their students.

I experienced working for (not with) administrators who had not been in the classroom for years and others who fled the classroom after only a few years. Too often, the joy I found in teaching was squelched by the oppression I experienced.
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How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower (Engage) Them at School

The types of messages students receive can make a difference in how eager they are to learn subjects like math.
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Engage is a better word than empower. To empower is to give power. To engage is to enter into a conversation. Teaching is a deeply relational practice.
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Time for a rebirth of the creative spirit.

Time for a rebirth of the creative spirit. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
  The time is right for a true educational revolution! We need to listen to lost voices and rediscover our own. Who wants to join th
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The basic message in the article is how we have a limited memory of what works in schools.
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Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps

Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
South Carolina researchers have drawn a connection between low-income students' poor performance on math tests and the time of month when their families run low on food stamps.
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Good research is premised on a hypothesis and a best guess. My best guess would be classroom teachers understand poverty and hunger limit learning.
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Give Yourself Permission to Screw Up – Personal Growth – Medium

Give Yourself Permission to Screw Up – Personal Growth – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Millions of people are obsessed with perfection. This obsession makes it difficult to make a decision without wasting too much time analyzing every detail. Don’t get me wrong, it pays to get things…
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Making mistakes is an essential part of learning, therefore an essential part of teaching.
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I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Spending time reflecting and thinking has helped me balance priorities, solve problems, and generate new ideas.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Time to reflect and write is essential to one's learning. I take time and write about my reflections. One change that has been key to my writing is I write about my experiences and what I control.
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Time to reflect and write is essential to one's learning. I take time and write about my reflections. One change that has been key to my writing is I write about my experiences and what I control.
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Rejecting Growth Mindset and Grit at Three Levels

As the academic year began at my university, I was confronted with how the very worst of K-12 public education reform continues to creep upward, engulfing higher education. In this case, growth mindset was central to the faculty keynote address, prompting me to resist an outburst in front of my colleagues. I did, however, weigh…
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I am not opposed to the concept of growth mindset. I am not sure how easy it is to correlate it to grit and research it. Dew ey did propose the basis of education was growth that led to more growth. Is it grit that determines this? Or, is it interest and meaning of the topic to the learner?

This post makes excellent points. It is always worth considering opposing points of view.
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Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills

Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The country's status as a leader in teaching social skills is one reason it’s often ranked as the world’s ‘happiest’ country. Do Danes know something the rest of us don’t?
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Empathy is not something that lies outside what we teach. It is part of our teaching and being role models. It makes sense to teach to the whole child.
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Teaching with evidence in this age of fake news

Teaching with evidence in this age of fake news | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Students need to be able to assess the trustworthiness of evidence — especially when deliberating thorny public policy issues.
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When  we consider evidence of any form (children, youth, and adults), we do so through a subjective prism of our own experiences. This calls for dialogue and questions that challenge each of us to consider our own prejudices (Gadamer) and how those might inform how we understand the evidence.
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