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Creative Leaders versus Authoritative Leaders

Creative Leaders versus Authoritative Leaders | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This chart represents a summary of the kind of creative leadership that is rising -- and needed -- in the face of our increasing interconnectedness due to global economies, mobile devices, and social
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I think the article is a little optimistic. There is not a lot of evidence of creative leadership in my experience, but it is what is needed. The challenge we face is that do we have time to wait?

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Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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The Miraculous in the Mundane: Annie Dillard on Reclaiming Our Capacity for Joy and Wonder

The Miraculous in the Mundane: Annie Dillard on Reclaiming Our Capacity for Joy and Wonder | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand."
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Annie Dillard provides unique understandings of the world, learning, teaching, and wonder. Her writing reminds me of Thich Nhat Hanh.
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When is it Time to Quit Teaching?

When is it Time to Quit Teaching? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Each year I seek clarity for my teaching career. There are no easy answers here. Know this. The question is serious, “Should I teach another year?” As I ponder my own path, let me take you on a journey of thoughts.
Via Yashy Tohsaku, Miloš Bajčetić
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We should ask this question daily. I looked forward and miss being in the classroom. I do not miss the technocrats and bureaucrats outside the classroom. I do not miss those who sit silently and allow teachers to be oppressed.
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Finland’s fighting inequality with education, and winning. What’s their secret?

Finland’s fighting inequality with education, and winning. What’s their secret? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Finland has remade its education system to help kids like Lara Osman – born to poor, immigrant parents – grow up to be middle-class success stories.

Via John Evans, Aki Puustinen, Mika Auramo
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Education is about leading children in ways that provide them hope and being there for them in the present moment.
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Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective

Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Storytelling leads to self-awareness.

Via june holley
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Stories and humour help bridge many differences betweeen people.
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Leadership: For God's sake... Just Shut up !

Leadership: For God's sake... Just Shut up ! | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Sometimes Silence is the loudest statemen

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Whether it is spoken, written, or electronically conveyed, less is often better in sharing what one thinks. The best leaders listen and find themselves being quiet.
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Why are our kids so miserable?

Why are our kids so miserable? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Something in modern life is undermining mental health,” Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, wrote in a recent paper. Specifically, something is undermining young people’s mental health, especially girls.
Via Sarah Jorgensen
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Play and having ways to cope with things when we come up short are important considerations. There is no one thing that contributes to unhappiness.
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The Disease of Being Busy

The Disease of Being Busy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing?

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Busyness and dis-ease go hand-in-hand. Taking time for ourselves, others around us, and things we value is important. Time to reflect adds to the quality of life slowing down provides.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 15, 2014 9:28 AM

This is a wonderful article written with a Sufi view of the world, at least from the way I understand Sufism. Slow down and smell the roses.

 

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What Is Intrinsic Motivation?

What Is Intrinsic Motivation? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Why do you do the things you do? If you are doing them for some internal reason, then psychologists would describe you as intrinsically motivated.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Intrinsic+Motivation

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Engage-ME%21

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Motivation

 


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Finding the right balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is important for each person. Not everyone needs the same amount. What does that mean for teachers?
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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 12, 9:49 AM
Why do you do the things you do? If you are doing them for some internal reason, then psychologists would describe you as intrinsically motivated.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Intrinsic+Motivation

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Engage-ME%21

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Motivation

 

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Intrinsic Motivation is a very important topic and often overlooked by companies. For those who speak the Spanish or Portuguese, more about motivation can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Leadership and Trust | Leadership Learning Community

Leadership and Trust | Leadership Learning Community | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Trust comes up a lot these days in conversations about leadership, and especially in conversations about networks.  Recently I heard it mentioned numerous times in a recent SSIR webinar, The Network Leader Roadmap, definitely worth a listen.

Via Anne Leong, Pavel Barta
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When we have organizations that are focused on management and conflate leadership with management, control becomes a necessity. Listening to people and supporting them are important in organizations.
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How To Reach Every Student, Every Day -

How To Reach Every Student, Every Day - | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one–really seeing each and every one of them–seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. How? Some strategies to do this include:

Via TeachThought, Suvi Salo
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The boundary between teacher and learner is very thin, perhaps transparent and certainly permeable. It has a Jacques Derrida quality. Who is the teacher? Who is the learner? It looks more like teaching/learning, perhaps teaching-learning where the hypen bridges. These conditions (they are not strategies) are important foir teaching and learning.
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Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and relationships, and limit (even if they don’t entirely avoid) mindless escapism. But doing this is easier said than done, as we all know—and as I, too, have learned during years of trying unsuccessfully to boost my effectiveness.

In my case, I stumbled upon an ancient meditation technique that, to my surprise, improved my mind’s ability to better resist the typical temptations that get in the way of developing productive and healthy habits. Much in the same way that intense, focused physical activity serves to energize and revitalize the body during the rest of the day, meditation is for me—and for the many other people who use it—like a mental aerobic exercise that declutters and detoxifies the mind to enhance its metabolic activity.


Via The Learning Factor, Roger Francis, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help. Respond rather than react. LIstening attentively is a response.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, April 5, 8:42 AM

Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 7, 2:28 AM
Manish has writtern a wonderful article that suggests how one can be a better leader. While the adage, observe more react less is true, the means of doing this would require not reacting immediately, or even postponing decision making for another day. Meditating, relaxing by taking a break, and I guess 'sleepiong over the problem could be a great help.  It has been noticed that knee-jerk reactions to e-mails and other correspondences might cause more harm than good!
rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 7, 2:35 AM
Manish states very clearrly that it is not a good idea to react immediately to e-mails and make immediate decisions. Sometimes it is better to 'sleep over' over the problem! Taking a vacations before making a decision might help too!
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Carl Jung: “All the contents of our unconscious are constantly being projected into our surroundings….”

Carl Jung: “All the contents of our unconscious are constantly being projected into our surroundings….” | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Just as we tend to assume that the world is as we see it, we naïvely suppose that people are as we imagine them to be. . . .
All the contents of our unconscious are constantly being projected into our surroundings, and it is only by recognizing certain properties of the objects as projections or imagos that we are able to distinguish them from the real properties of the objects. . .
Cum grano salis, we always see our own unavowed mistakes in our opponent.
Excellent examples of this are to be found in all personal quarrels.
Unless we are possessed of an unusual degree of self-awareness we shall never see through our projections but must always succumb to them, because the mind in its natural state presupposes the existence of such projections.
It is the natural and given thing for unconscious contents to be projected.

Via David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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Projection - worth learning about, we all do it! Carl Jung wrote about education and I am just getting into that work.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 4, 6:57 AM

Projection - worth learning about, we all do it!

Ricard Lloria's curator insight, April 4, 11:58 AM

Projection - worth learning about, we all do it!

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leading and learning: Readings for 21stC teachers working to transform education

leading and learning: Readings for 21stC teachers working to transform education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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What is the purpose of education. We should not conflate school with education. School is part of a education, but as Dewey suggested education is not preparation for life. It is life.

What is worth studying and lingering over? That question takes us back to the eytmology of school.
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Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom

Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Explore our enormous collection of teaching ideas and classroom activities to use Lego with your children. Includes a huge range of cross-curricular ideas and downloadable resources for all ages and abilities!
Via Bookmarking Librarian, Aysin Alp, Dean J. Fusto
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We used a variety of toys in our classroom, including Lego. Students can often take the lead in this conversation.
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Homeschooling: Not So Eccentric Anymore | FlaglerLive

Homeschooling: Not So Eccentric Anymore | FlaglerLive | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The number of American K–12 children educated at home increased from 1.09 million in 2003 to 1.77 million in 2012.
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It is not for everyone, but for those who do it well it is great. I taught many students who were homeschooled and those parents who were committed to their child's education were supportive of my efforts. All they asked for was keeping lines of communication open.
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Leadership Cultivates Our Hope 

Leadership Cultivates Our Hope  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Some people believe they have earned the right to be leaders. Some are confident our experience or our education means we deserve to be leaders. Some of us think we have inherited leadership from our ancestors. Some people see themselves as having the personality or the ambition it takes to be a leader. 


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Leading people involves giving them hope. Managing takes it away.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 26, 10:34 AM
(From the article): The leaders I remember are the people who plant seeds in me every day. Even if it takes a long time for those seeds to grow and produce, they planted and cultivated them. Like persistent farmers, leaders cultivate hope that will produce for years to come. Whose leadership cultivates your hope today?
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What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Taking the time to practice mindfulness, every day, several times a day, has made a big difference at a school trying to overcome trauma.
Via Bookmarking Librarian
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The objective of mindfulness is to become present and aware. We practice becoming mindful, but it is important to integrate mindfulness as best as we can into living. It is not something we should pick and choose when to use and when not to use.
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Building Your Classroom Community

Create a tolerant and respectful environment that prevents bullying and other negative behaviors.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Community forms rather than is built. We build towns, cities, teams, etc. Community forms. What we have to be aware of and mindful of is the way we talk to each other and how we listen to each other. Respect for the other and being responsible for our actions becomes important. When children/students see and hear bullying that goes unaddressed, they copy the actions rather than the words.
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 20, 12:59 PM

Classrooms are social environments.  Here are some specific ways you can create a culture where everyone wins!

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Staying Present in the Classroom: Practicing Mindful Teaching

Staying Present in the Classroom: Practicing Mindful Teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
How am I going to transition to the next lesson? What's that smell? What am I going to have the kids who finish early do until the bell rings? Do you think any of them actually like this book? I hope our staff meeting doesn't go long; I've got to get home to my puppy…

Via Marisol Araya Fonseca
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As teachers gain experience, hopefully they become increasingly mindful and present in pedagogic situations. I am not sure all teachers can or even reach high levels.
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Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, April 16, 3:15 PM
Emotions are very important when we are teachers.
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The Unexpected Ways Your Bad Boss Brings You Down

The Unexpected Ways Your Bad Boss Brings You Down | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here are some surprising ways that a bad boss can impact you, and what you can do to prevent it.
Via george_reed, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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One has to be mindful and attentive to how toxic workplaces affect the rest of one's life. From a teacher's perspective, how does this impact how we teach and our students?
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george_reed's curator insight, April 12, 6:51 PM
The impact of bad leadership extends far beyond the workplace.
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The Uprooted

The Uprooted | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
War, sectarian violence, and famine have forced more than 50 million people from their homes—the largest number of displaced people since World War II.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This is the biggest challenge that faces people. What does it mean to educators worldwide? How do we become teachers without borders?
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Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership

Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Of 33,000 workers globally, one in three said they don't trust their employer. What gives?

Via donhornsby, Bobby Dillard
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When we conflate management and leadership, treating them as the same thing, we make the mistake of missing what leading is. It cannot be defined, but, when we see it, we recognize it.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 7, 10:37 AM
(From the article): One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman "Trust Barometer", a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace.

 Among the other notable findings, trust decreases down an organization’s hierarchy: 64% of executives, 51% of managers, and 48% of rank and file staff say they trust their organizations, and employees say they trust peers more than CEOs when it comes to company information. Right now, many workers have their choice of jobs that boast high earnings and a range of career opportunities. To stay competitive in the war for talent, most employers are offering a full complement of benefits and perks as well as beefing up their efforts to engage workers through inclusion initiatives. Indeed, many employees among the Top 100 Great Places To Work reported being satisfied with their jobs, but also having a high level of trust for their companies.

 That’s obviously not the case everywhere, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer. The survey revealed gaps between factors that employees rate as important for building trust and how their leaders rated based on those attributes.
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How Great Teacher Candidates Interview Differently

How Great Teacher Candidates Interview Differently | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
One principal’s interview mindset: If you are a candidate interviewing for a teaching position, I want to take a genuine moment to explicitly share what you are up against. As a principal, I a
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I think this is an interesting article. I disagree with the premise of going in having checked out their blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. If I wanted to check those, I would do it afterwards. What did the person tell me in the interview? Is it consisten with what is on the social media sites? The Lincoln quote supports that thinking.

Begin by understanding that the person across from you is not a candidate or a social media account. They are a person first.

Although my sample size is small, I am finding the teachers I am interviewing do not see themselves as "good students." They worked hard in school for their marks. What constitutes a "good teacher?" I have met prinicpals who I did not think were good teachers, so that is a big question.
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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teachers are trying to get students to slow down and take note of how and why they are thinking and to see thinking as an action they are taking. But two other core components of metacognition often get left out of these discussions — monitoring thinking and directing thinking.

Via Nik Peachey, Dean J. Fusto, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Well worth reading. Teachers help with creating structure and a good environment. Engaged learning and activies that promote that help immensely.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 5, 9:32 AM

Well worth reading.

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Diane Ravitch: Why all parents should opt their kids out of high-stakes standardized tests

Diane Ravitch: Why all parents should opt their kids out of high-stakes standardized tests | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
  The Network for Public Education, a nonprofit education advocacy group co-founded by historian Diane Ravitch, is calling for a national “opt out” of high-stakes standardized testing, urging parents across the country to refuse to allow their children to participate in this spring’s testing. In a video released on the network’s website, Ravitch says families should […]

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Parents do not always know they can opt out. I told parents it was a choice and many appreciated that much.
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