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This is something I would like to experiment with doing here in the States. I have often thought that something based along the lines of a monastery, ashram, or sangha would do more good for locale...

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This is a radical way of understanding community. Radical here draws on the origins of the word - returning to our roots. What do we hold in common? In what ways do this allow us to better hold the tensions of our differences?

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Don't Let Personalized Learning Become the Processed Food of Education 

Don't Let Personalized Learning Become the Processed Food of Education  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Let's make sure not to break learning into little bits and scraps and bytes of disparate skills, disconnected from an inspiring, coherent whole.

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"What I saw concerned me. The school was obsessed with standards, which were printed everywhere. But teacher-led instruction had become practically verboten. Everything looked like distilled and fragmented test-prep."

What can we do to engage students? Put learning in front of them that arouses their curiosty. Each child will experience it differently. Good teaching is relational and inspires.
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Harvard Student Submits Rap Album As A Thesis And Receives Honors

Harvard Student Submits Rap Album As A Thesis And Receives Honors | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
He was the first in the school's history to do so.

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How students are completing school and degrees is changing.
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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Storytelling in its way can have just as much complexity as music or mathematics. That we don’t really understand this craft – or that this is a craft – is partly because of the romantic myth of “inspiration” peddled by authors as much as anyone. It is taught (up to a point) in creative writing degrees – but it can be simplified enough to be taught to schoolchildren as well.

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When I moved to activies like Fractured Fairytales, students took considerable care with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They asked others and me to proofread.
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 25, 6:39 AM
Please, can someone pay attention to what this guy is saying??? In total agreement with his view!
Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, May 25, 3:40 PM

Excelente propuesta educativa para enseñar a contar cuentos (y construir desde las palabras) más que una gramática abstracta sin contexto ni sustento. Va con lectura política incluida. 

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Great!
 
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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | #ProfessionalDevelopment #ModernEDU

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | #ProfessionalDevelopment #ModernEDU | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 


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A growth mindset among teachers is essential to their growth as teachers. John Dewey wrote about this extensively. Keith Haggart points out modelling, new ideas, time for self-reflection, and formative feedback are important. However, these are not in evidence in many schools.
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The notion of fixed versus growth mindsets - and how it relates to students' learning and academic development - is explored further in this article . According to Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of its impact on our abilities and learning, and it is agreed that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students.
Leah Brosnan's curator insight, May 27, 9:46 PM

I have one student in particular who is struggling with growth mindset. Participates well until he makes a mistake, then removes himself completely. At the start of our next lesson we will be going through a visual representation like this to help with self awareness.

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Start writing by “freewriting” and let yourself dance a little.

Start writing by “freewriting” and let yourself dance a little. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Freewriting is the act of getting yourself physically moving,
doing writing movements,
loosening your writing apparatus
to engage in the motions that are necessary
to do writing work. Freewriting…
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I try spending time each day free writing as part of the method of currere. The questions that emegre do let me dance in truly unexpected ways.
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What Does it Mean to Be Educated? | Alliance for Self-Directed Education

What Does it Mean to Be Educated? | Alliance for Self-Directed Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A treatise on advancing real education by rising above the outdated, coercive schooling model of centuries past
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Blake Boles' lenghty article is a good read. He concludes engaging students is essential, teach by consent, balance offline and online lives, and student responsbility and choice are key.

It is important to note that self-directed education still has structure. Dewey's concept of self-interest is essential to this and leads to conversations. There is still teaching that happens. Instead of it being a free-for-all, self-directed learning and the teaching that accompany it are a conversation focused on the summary points.
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Education that Matters – CJE

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One of the challenges pointed out by the Joel Westheimer in the article is how little research may inform teacher practices. There seems to be a dualism between theory and research that should not exist. How do we make research relevant to teachers? How do we make schools relevant, through research, to students and teachers?

Westheimer refers to journal entries about his teaching and interactions with students. Would that be a place to begin? Do teachers keep journals of this nature?
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Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools

Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Robin Hood Waldkindergarten, which opened in 2005, is one of more than 1,500 waldkitas, or “forest kindergartens,” in Germany; Berlin alone has about 20. Most have opened in the last 15 years and are usually located in the city’s parks, with a bare-bones structure serving as a sort of home base, but others, like Robin Hood, rely on public transportation to shuttle their charges daily out into the wilderness, where they spend most of the day, regardless of weather. Toys, typically disparaged at waldkitas, are replaced by the imaginative use of sticks, rocks and leaves. A 2003 Ph.D. dissertation by Peter Häfner at Heidelberg University showed that graduates of German forest kindergartens had a “clear advantage” over the graduates of regular kindergartens, performing better in cognitive and physical ability, as well as in creativity and social development."


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The kindergarten teacher I interviewed described the essential nature of play in her teaching. As well, she argued that play is not something limited to kindergarten and it should be encouraged at all ages. It keeps us young.
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The Mark of a Great Teacher

The Mark of a Great Teacher | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

When you ask Morgan Ottman, Sheboygan Falls High School Senior and Kohl Excellence Award Winner, what the qualities of a good teacher are, she will tell you that there is more to teaching than just talking to students about a subject.

“A great teacher is a mentor,” says Morgan. “They are one who inspires, motivates, and opens up minds to the endless possibilities of which one can achieve. A mentor builds interpersonal connections.”


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The key word for me was inspire. Teaching is relational and the kindness spoken about in the article is essential to relating to one's students.
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Pondering and researching education while listening to a waterfalls

Pondering and researching education while listening to a waterfalls | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings May 24, 2017 Pondering and researching education while listening to a waterfalls   It has been five years since I was staying at the Sylvan Mills Bed and Breakfast in a room over a waterfalls. I went up to North Georgia to recharge perhaps another word might be to rekindle my passion for…
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The first thing that stood out was how the author used the time to rekindle their love for teaching. The second thing was the use of John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, Maria Montessori, Maxine Greene, Parker Palmer, etc. to support a view of experiential education.

I use the word experientia, rather than progreesive,l as I recall John Dewey stating that progressive and traditional schooling can complement one another. It reminds me a story in Parker Palmer's writing about one of his favourite teachers, who lectured most of the time.

Is there one right way to teach? Is it an amalgam of what seems best suited at a given time and place and a pedagogic wisdom emerges over time to guide these choices? In my writing, I am exploring this question.
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Energy Flows Where Attention Goes – The Mind Of The Organization – Medium

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes – The Mind Of The Organization – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Young children tend to draw people with big round heads and sticks for bodies and arms. From a young age we focus on our heads and brains as the centre of our being, but we are not brains on sticks…

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Christopher Martlew describes something like "flow." It is not just focus, but an engagement of the whole self that energizes us when we feel good about an activity.

I remember students leaving the classroom saying "I wish that had gone on all day." Schools with their schedules limit where our attention can take us.
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Turning Teaching Over to Students - Howard Rheingold

Turning Teaching Over to Students - Howard Rheingold | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Howard Rheingold interviews Michael Wesch, who is trying to help students make a life worth living, and that can’t just be taught and given a letter grade.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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When students participate in their learning and take responsibility for it, they engage in their learning. In my classroom, students often were asked to teach each other through their activities. More over, students wanted to help each other and teach. However, we should understand this is not an abdication of teacher responsibility. I played a vital role in their learning.
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Study Tips Backed By Science | Edudemic by Marian Oswald

Study Tips Backed By Science | Edudemic by Marian Oswald | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Marian Oswald

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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There are good tips in the article i.e. rest, teach someone, move, etc. The list would make a good classroom resource to be shared with students.
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A Solution for Student Disengagement

A Solution for Student Disengagement | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Tap students’ leadership potential to help them form strong bonds with each other and with their school."


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" What is one memory you have about a time in school when you felt strongly connected to other students? What is one memory you have about a time in school when you felt strongly disconnected from other students? Think back to someone—an adult or peer—in your school experience who threw you a lifeline. He or she knew you and cared about you, and this person’s caring made a positive difference in your life"

This is the at the heart of currere, which is an autobiographical way to understand curriculum. How do we engage students? First, (re)member what it was like to be a student. Second, learn who you students are and what interestes them.
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Art education / autism / Rip van Winkle / How people learn / handwriting / learning based on students' questions

Art education / autism / Rip van Winkle / How people learn / handwriting / learning based on students' questions | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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Two articles that got my attention were Life Changing Teachers and Art Education being important.
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School environment key to retaining teachers, promoting student achievement

School environment key to retaining teachers, promoting student achievement | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
New research identifies four organizational and administrative factors that can decrease teacher turnover and lift student test scores in math.

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"A school is more likely to retain effective teachers, a new study reports, if it is led by a principal who promotes professional development for teachers, is characterized by collaborative relationships among teachers, has a safe and orderly learning environment and sets high expectations for academic achievement among students, a new study reports."

I hope we are not just discovering this. Good teachers leave because their voices are silenced and they are marginalized by administrators, parents, and other staff.
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The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading

Making a daily practice of visiting classrooms, observing briefly, and talking with teachers has the greatest potential to improve student learning, help professionals grow, and help schools become more effective learning organizations.
I've come to this conclusion by studying an unlikely role model: Toyota. At Toyota, continuous improvement and employee development happen primarily through interactions between mentors and mentees—employees and their supervisors—on the factory floor or wherever the work is being done. We might assume that leadership in a manufacturing company would be rigidly top-down, numbers-driven, and directive toward frontline staff. But Toyota's focus on conversation is precisely what sets it apart from its competitors.

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Teachers visiting each other's classrooms and having conversations is a way for them to grow, which is under used.
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Learning, it's about the conversations of the learners and their thinking.  
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Education Readings May 26th

Education Readings May 26th | 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 What the Fidget Spinners Fad Reveals About Disability Discrimination ‘Autistic people (and others with developmental disabilities) have been fighting a war for decades. It's a war against being forcibly, often brutally, conditioned to behave more…
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There are interesting articles in this edition. What would a question based curriculum look like? I used to mine for questions as I taught. I put them in my lesson plans, distributed those to students and parents.
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We Teach Who We Art

Content and resources for the education researcher
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This was a premise underlying my dissertation and accompanying research.Yes, we struggle at various times in our careers, sometimes copying others. However, to be successful we have to be who (ipse-identity) we are, not a copy (idem-identity).
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We reviewed 60 studies on what makes for a dream job. Here’s what we found.

We reviewed 60 studies on what makes for a dream job. Here’s what we found. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We reviewed over 60 studies. We found a dream job isn't highly paid or easy, and need not involve your "passion". Rather, focus on 6 key ingredients.
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I once told a group of teachers I would teach for 1/2 the money. It was not a popular comment. What this articles points out is money is overrated. Yes, we need money to live, but it does not make us happy per se.

To find a dream job, look for: Work you’re good at, Work that helps others, Supportive conditions: engaging work that lets you enter a state of flow; supportive colleagues; lack of major negatives like unfair pay; and work that fits your personal life.
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Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express

Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A recent New York Times op-ed makes the case that the national school improvement debate over-focuses on teachers and should consider how school leaders set the conditions that enable great teaching and learning. In a blog post ("Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools"), literacy coach Shawnta Barnes simply states, "Yes, teacher development is important, but a great teacher under a poor leader is a teacher who is likely to leave and a school that is not likely to succeed." This issue looks at elevating the knowledge and skills of school leaders, who have so much riding on their shoulders, in ways that directly benefit the school community.

Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading
Why observing and talking with teachers is the best professional development for instructional leaders—and the best way to improve schools.
Six Keys to Successful Change Management
The most common reason many edtech projects fail is that district leaders pay too little attention to the need for change management. Here are six strategies that are crucial for success.
10 Dimensions of Holistic Leadership
A British school uses 10 qualities of good leadership—and their opposites—as a self-reflection and evaluation tool for school leaders.


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It is challenging for good teaching to exist in the midst of weak leading. I left teaching because what we call leading is managing. Teachers having a voice in their professional growth is essential.

The point that is missing is what role do teachers play in leading in schools? Teaching and leading overlap in many ways.
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How To Stop Wasting Time Like Seneca – Personal Growth – Medium

How To Stop Wasting Time Like Seneca – Personal Growth – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What if I told you that someone has already solved the procrastination puzzle, once and for all? What’s more, what if he’d done so 2,000 years ago? Well…someone has.
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Seneca proposed how we use time is essential to how we experience living. I spent a lot of time planning lessons and units. It benefited my teaching. It took extra time, but the time was enjoyable.
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A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times

A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work,” Toni Morrison wrote in her electrifying case for the artist’s task in troubled times. “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. That is how civilizations heal.”

But in such times of civilizational trauma, when the book of life itself seems to have come unbound, where are artists — who are not only human but perhaps the most human among us — to find the fortitude of spirit necessary for rising to their healing task?

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Courtney E. Martin offer a heartening answer in a collaboration that stands as a mighty manifesto for our time and a testament to the only mechanism by which the creative spirit has ever pulled humanity out of every abyss of its own making.

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Art can be a path towards social justice, as can teaching.
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Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic

Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Any story we tell of our species, any science of human nature, that ignores how important stories are in shaping what and how we think and feel is false. We evolved to be ultra-social (and self-deficient), so we care deeply about character and plot.  

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Stories complement logic in teaching when used with care. Students remembered my stories more easily than the material in textbooks. For example, I described how farmers I know use journals to help with their selective breeding of livestocks. 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 7, 5:25 AM

Absolutely.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 8, 7:40 AM
Yes!
Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 12, 1:22 PM

A short article with so many links, you'll be spiraling down the rabbit hole of storytelling for quite a while! This completely supports my bias toward story, so it was a delight to read!

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Journaling for Professional Development: Developing Yourself Through Reflection

Journaling for Professional Development: Developing Yourself Through Reflection | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Learn how journaling regularly can help you build new skills, develop self-awareness, and achieve your goals.

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I journalled when I was teaching. What I discovered was it was not helpful; not because it could not be, but because I just vented. Since retiring, I have journalled and focused on what I felt, what I was doing, and how this informed who I was becoming. It has made a difference.
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I discovered that only one teacher I interviewed journaled. Each teacher said they reflected extensively, but only one set it down on paper. It is good to journal to reflect on mistakes and what worked; keep information fresh, solve problems, and grow as a teacher.