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Replacing Teachers with Emotion

Replacing Teachers with Emotion | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teachers mean well. By teachers, I mean you.

You mean well.

After all, you're here, aren't you -- looking for resources to become a better teacher or administrator? And you're in education to begin
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All humans want to feel needed. They want to know the people who should care for them are trustworthy and can be trusted when they care for them.

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Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive

Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We place emphasis on the benefits of high self-esteem. But when does high self-esteem turn into subclinical narcissism?
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There are many of these people in positions of power. They are not true leaders. One reason I left teaching was that many of the school managers I worked for fell into this category. They are bullies.
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george_reed's curator insight, December 29, 2016 9:56 AM
Are narcissism and toxic leadership connected? It appears to be the case. That self-centeredness and undeserved self-esteem appears to be a factor in putting self over others. Self-confidence is a good thing-- until it isn't. 
 
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Education Readings August 26th

Education Readings August 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 Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Education Childhood stress levels are at an all time high. ‘The way to combat this childhood suffering is by creating a paradigm shift in how we currently educate our children.…
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"Leaders need the courage to question every assumption that has been taken for granted but they will need to face up having cold water tossed on their ideas."

Don't touch the bananas is an interesting article. The tossing of water is often done by those who think they are innovative and are just following along without thinking through what they do.
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Cartoons on University Teaching

Cartoons on University Teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In looking for cartoons that caricature professors, research, and teaching--viewers of this blog have all seen up close professors teach--I found a few that got me to chuckle. Perhaps they will get you to grin. Enjoy!                        
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I found these cartoons spoke for themselves.
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We Need Engaged Educators - Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano @langwitches

We Need Engaged Educators - Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano @langwitches | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
All our best strategies, plans, projects, initiatives, etc. will all come to nothing and fizzle out, if we, as educators (Yes, I am also talking about teachers AND administrators) are NOT engaged as leaders and learners.

Via John Evans, Dean J. Fusto
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Engaged teachers are important to students.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 26, 2016 8:15 AM
Essential question. Are you engaged as a leader and teacher?
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4 lessons from Bhutan on the pursuit of happiness above GDP

4 lessons from Bhutan on the pursuit of happiness above GDP | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Waking to the sound of monks chanting prayers and drumming their gongs during countless traditional pujas, a ceremony of honour, worship and devotion; running up the steep Himalayan mountain slopes under colourful prayer flags hung between trees in the lush natural landscape; looking out at the expanse of forests and mountains that surrounded its capital city, Thimphu. These are the memories that remain imprinted in my memory after two years living in Bhutan – the Himalayan Kingdom best known for its concept of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH). But, what is GNH and are the people of Bhutan really the happiest in the world?

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Marc Anielski writes and teaches at the MBA level about this phenomenon. I have heard him present several times in PD settings but do not see a whole lot of movement in schools towards this wayt of organizing and leading in schools.
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The @DavidGeurin Blog: Ten Things Every Educator Should Say More Often

The @DavidGeurin Blog: Ten Things Every Educator Should Say More Often | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“ In a previous post, I shared eight things a successful educator should never say. Admittedly, that is a negative way to think about the impact of words on teaching and learning. Why not consider what we should be saying more, I thought? So here goes.”
Via John Evans, Vicki Moro
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I discovered that saying thank you and good morning were important ways to speak. It is interesting how rarely I heard those from administrators and other teachers.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 9, 2016 7:23 PM
Powerful! One comment should  be said every day to each student and more often whenever appropriate. 
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Thank a Teacher in Your Life #thefirstyear

Thank a Teacher in Your Life #thefirstyear | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I had the opportunity to blog for ASCD this week on a topic that is near & dear to my heart...appreciating teachers. I hope to always retain my "teacher eyes" and now have the benefit o
Via Vicki Moro
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One way of thanking teachers is to say hi to them when we see them later and outside of classrooms. This means a lot to me.
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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.

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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.
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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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Carol Dweck Explains The “False” Growth Mindset That Worries Her | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU 

Carol Dweck Explains The “False” Growth Mindset That Worries Her | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
False growth mindset is saying you have growth mindset when you don’t really have it or you don’t really understand [what it is]. It’s also false in the sense that nobody has a growth mindset in everything all the time. Everyone is a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. You could have a predominant growth mindset in an area but there can still be things that trigger you into a fixed mindset trait.

 

Something really challenging and outside your comfort zone can trigger it, or, if you encounter someone who is much better than you at something you pride yourself on, you can think “Oh, that person has ability, not me.” So I think we all, students and adults, have to look for our fixed-mindset triggers and understand when we are falling into that mindset.

I think a lot of what happened [with false growth mindset among educators] is that instead of taking this long and difficult journey, where you work on understanding your triggers, working with them, and over time being able to stay in a growth mindset more and more, many educators just said, “Oh yeah, I have a growth mindset” because either they know it’s the right mindset to have or they understood it in a way that made it seem easy.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/pssst-the-most-important-in-education-understanding/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/getting-ready-for-modern-education-first-try-to-understand-what-it-is/

 

 


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False growth mindset is saying you have growth mindset when you don’t really have it or you don’t really understand [what it is]. It’s also false in the sense that nobody has a growth mindset in everything all the time. Everyone is a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. You could have a predominant growth mindset in an area but there can still be things that trigger you into a fixed mindset trait.

 

Something really challenging and outside your comfort zone can trigger it, or, if you encounter someone who is much better than you at something you pride yourself on, you can think “Oh, that person has ability, not me.” So I think we all, students and adults, have to look for our fixed-mindset triggers and understand when we are falling into that mindset.

I think a lot of what happened [with false growth mindset among educators] is that instead of taking this long and difficult journey, where you work on understanding your triggers, working with them, and over time being able to stay in a growth mindset more and more, many educators just said, “Oh yeah, I have a growth mindset” because either they know it’s the right mindset to have or they understood it in a way that made it seem easy.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/pssst-the-most-important-in-education-understanding/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/getting-ready-for-modern-education-first-try-to-understand-what-it-is/

 

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The Post and Courier: Get real for reform by ending ‘get tough’ school discipline

The Post and Courier: Get real for reform by ending ‘get tough’ school discipline | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Get real for reform by ending ‘get tough’ school discipline [See original submission with hyperlinks included below] Reforming School Discipline Policies Must Recognize Racial Inequity P.L. Thomas A recent Post and Courier editorial argues: “[school] is…not a place where children should be labeled criminals on a regular basis. And that’s what seems to have been…
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We need to transform schools and how we interact with young people.
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Resources on Mindfulness in Education

Resources on Mindfulness in Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Discover how mindfulness practices are being applied in schools, learn about some of the early research on benefits, and explore classroom, school-wide, and after-school strategies and programs.
Via Vicki Moro
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Increasingly, mindfulness and being present in one's teaching and learning is important.
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Stop, Drop, and Roll With It: Teacher Burnout Prevention

Stop, Drop, and Roll With It: Teacher Burnout Prevention | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Prevent teacher burnout by sustaining yourself with a non-education hobby, finding a teammate for shared venting, regular journaling or blogging, and finding reasons to laugh.
Via Dean J. Fusto
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Spending time with a hobby, friends/family, and journalling are important factors in staying healthy.
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How To Build A Culture of Employee Recognition

How To Build A Culture of Employee Recognition | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Recognition leads to higher motivation. Higher motivation leads to more productivity. Every leader should understand the psychology of employee recognition to get the most out of their team. The key…

Via Anne Leong
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In interviewing teachers, the subject of affirmation is important to them. Perhaps that means something when we talk about retaining teachers.
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Don’t Be “Cool,” Be Interested — The Synapse — Medium

Don't Be "Cool," Be Interested - The Synapse - Medium
In thinking about this exchange, I think I’m coming to realize that what my students valued about the conversation may not have been the subject matter necessarily, but rather that I was willing to stop the lesson for a few minutes just to have a talk about why I found it interesting. When interacting with other students, I try to do the same thing: allow the conversation to proceed naturally from a genuine question, and not worrying about a specific academic goal for every interaction. I’ve had some of my deepest, most interesting, most academically rigorous conversations with students based on this questioning method — they aren’t used to teachers allowing themselves to get sidetracked from the lesson at hand, but once they realize that they aren’t being played in some way, they engage at an almost miraculous level.

Via Jim Lerman, Lars-Göran Hedström
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Expressing an interest in a topic and stopping to have a conversation with students in the midst of well-planned lessons is the magic of teaching.
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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Students deeply desire to hear that their teachers believe in them, recognize and can explain their purpose, and want to know who they really are.
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I think there are many ways to express these three and they made add to the list. Students want to be acknowledged and cared for and about. What is important is forming relationships.
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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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So many ideas !
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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, 2016 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.
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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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Classrooms are social environments.  Here are some specific ways you can create a culture where everyone wins!