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The importance of instilling a need to read - Telegraph

The importance of instilling a need to read - Telegraph | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teens who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life, research shows. But getting them to do so isn’t easy, says Jonathan Douglas.

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The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. St Augustine's quote can be applied to those who do not read. You never leave your home.

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It's good to remind ourselves of this every now and then...

Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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Cartoons: The Politics of Schooling

Cartoons: The Politics of Schooling | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
For this month, I have selected cartoons that get at the vulnerability of public schools to social, economic, and political demands. The cartoonist's pen captures how fads and fashions easily spill over schools since they are wholly dependent upon the beliefs and whims of taxpayers and voters for their annual budget. Enjoy.      …
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Those furthest from the classroom with the least experience get to decide what is done in our schools.
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The 10 Habits (of Mind) of Highly Effective Information Seekers | Designer Librarian 

The 10 Habits (of Mind) of Highly Effective Information Seekers | Designer Librarian  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

I have been on blog-writing hiatus of late due to my new status as a PhD student in Information Science. Happily, this past year has given me plenty of time to delve deeply into the theoretical underpinnings of information literacy and information seeking. I learned a lot, and have been chewing on one problem in particular: What are the missing components of information literacy instruction? What is not currently being addressed?

 

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These habits of mind, based on Costa and Kallick's work, can ground the learning of skills by students. I taught them early in the year and we created posters to refer to throughout the year.
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First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined below are a few novel activities for using that first day of class to emphasize the importance of learning and the responsibility students share for shaping the classroom environment.

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Regardless of who we teach, students and teachers first day together sets the table for the year. I used a poetry activity based on a poem called Who Am I? It included writing a paragraph, poems, creating a collage, etc. It was designed for me to learn about my students, their interests, and how those could inform my teaching over the course of the year.
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Love and Growth: On One Aspect of James Baldwin’s Significance for Education

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James Baldwin's literature provides lessons for each of us about power, privilege, innocence, and love. How do we grow as humans?
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A Town Helps Transform Its School

A Town Helps Transform Its School | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A low-performing rural school in New Hampshire reached out to the local community for help turning things around.
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The more teachers and administrators communicate with their local communities the more they understand what is needed to make school successful for students. This is not about an economic agenda, but is about relating to other human beings in meaningful ways
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Workplace bullying and 'the new normal' | BPS Beta Site

Workplace bullying and 'the new normal' | BPS Beta Site | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Admittedly, it’s not always the primary factor, but workplace bullying does seem a common comorbidity for a range of other workplace dysfunctions and if I am present onsite long-enough, I know that people will raise concerns.

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Can you imagine what it is like trying to teach children to not be bullies in schools where adults bully one another?
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I like to say that toxic leadership is an organizational phenomenon. It is not an exception, but something that is present in many organizations to some degree. 
 
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Learning vs Education

Learning vs Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
  A lot of people confuse education with learning. They believe that one is intelligent if the person had graduated from one of the most elite colleges(E.g. Harvard,). They also judge a person's intelligence based on his grades in school. If someone is A+ he is intelligent and for the grades of D and F…
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Education is a 24/7 proposition that should not be conflated with school. Where they overlap is to educate means to lead children and youth. School is a formal and organized way in which we might learn. Grades are not a great indicator of whether we learn. Even an F suggests we learned something.
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Is education and learning same? 
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Another way of looking at it is that learning is what the student does, and education is what the teacher does.  Of those, by far the most important is what the student does.  -Lon

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On Common Terminology and Teaching Writing: Once Again, the Grammar Debate

On Common Terminology and Teaching Writing: Once Again, the Grammar Debate | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In 1971, after years of scrounging and clawing, my parents were able to build their dream home on the largest lot at the new golf course in my home town. This was a redneck working-class vision of…
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Writing is learned by writing is the closing thought. There is merit to this, but writing is learned by reading. I asked students to read their writing out-loud, often to themselves. Often, they realized the issues with grammar as they read.
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Make a Bold Move, Give Up Grades

Make a Bold Move, Give Up Grades | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
For too long, we have asserted that students need grades in order to participate in their learning or to take it seriously.
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Feeback and conversation are essential to student learning and teaching. The only time I offered I grade was at report card time. It was mandated.
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Fairy Tales and Globalisation: Bringing Up the Young in the Values and Virtues of Great Civilisations

Fairy Tales and Globalisation: Bringing Up the Young in the Values and Virtues of Great Civilisations | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Globalisation affects children’s values, self-images and world outlook through targeted marketing of fairy tales, games and assorted media products. This article analyses these effects and proposes a number of measures to counteract them. Pro-active, grassroots approaches on the part of educators, writers, and artists should help produce specially designed storybooks, animated cartoons, and online games that would introduce the young to a variety of cultures, including aboriginal cultures, without, at the same time ‘Hollywoodising’ them. These approaches should be positive and affirmative rather that fear mongering and alarming.

Particular attention should be given to the difficult task of providing models of behaviour for boys, helping them reach maturity and inner harmony. Educators, above all parents, must critically discuss the values of competitiveness and egoism with their children in spite of the messages broadcast by corporate media.

Empowerment of parents is posited as the main motive force of demands to change educational policies and to circumscribe the scope of advertisement targeting children. Parents must promote sensitivity to their cultural heritage, read bedtime stories, and otherwise be there for their offspring. Children should also be given a chance to hear stories that have shaped their ancestors’ culture for generations. Children should acquire what rightly belongs to them: their cultural heritage.This involvement should produce a generation freed from the belief, actively promoted by business interests, that neoliberal globalisation is natural and inevitable. They should become citizens in spite of the massive globalised efforts to reduce them to consumers. This, in turn, should prompt national governments to resume their duty as protectors of children from undue commercial interests and from the values that underlie such interests. But for this to happen, the change has to come from below.

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One way to approach learning about the values and virtues of people and great civilizations is through humanities-based learning.
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Seriously, don't let children watch TV, especially alone.....

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Why 99 Percent of All Meetings Are a Complete Waste of Money

And time. And energy. And opportunities to accomplish great things instead.

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Teachers spend an incredible amount of time in staff meetings thinly vailed as some form of professional development. Little is accomplished. Good meetings have an agenda and provide agency and voice for each person attending. It is not pushing a principal's or central office's pet project.
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Any meeting that won't directly generate revenue or cost savings--either in the form of a key decision or a concrete plan of action--is a complete waste of mo

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Teacher Agency and Curriculum Development | BERA

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"Recent research evidence suggests that autonomy in curriculum-making can be limited by strong socialisation associated with previous curriculum policy, assessment practices, and accountability practices (e.g. see Priestley & Minty, 2013). These influences seem to encourage a risk-averse and often instrumental approach to curriculum development, and limit teachers’ ability to envisage alternative futures and to manoeuvre between repertoires in their practice."

The authors go on to suggest teachers working together might be a way to provide teacher agency in curriculum development.
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Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community

Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"The Academy of American Poets and EDSITEment have teamed up to create Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community, an online initiative and set of lesson plans designed to engage youth with contemporary poetry. The title of the initiative comes from Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who, during a 2015 interview at the Library of Congress, discussed the civic responsibility of poets: "Let's create incredible bridges." Aimed at middle school and high school learners, each lesson incorporates a famous poet reading her or his own work, along with multimedia resources and interactive activities. For example, in a lesson centered on Joy Harjo's poem "Remember," students listen to "The Water Song" by Corbin Harney alongside Harjo's poem. In another lesson centered on Claudine Rankine's "From Citizen IV [On the train the woman standing,]" students act out the premise of Rankine's poem before exploring it together. Other poets featured here include Adrienne Su, Edward Hirsch, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Each lesson plan meets Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts."


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I would have loved to have this when I was teaching.
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Teaching Students to Dislike Poetry: “What is the most boring subject/possible?”

Teaching Students to Dislike Poetry: “What is the most boring subject/possible?” | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As an avid reader, teacher, and writer/poet, I read poetry nearly every day, especially now that I am prompted wonderfully through social media such as Twitter. So Matthew Zapruder's recent Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think spurred both my Teacher-Self and my Poet-Self with his lede: Do you remember, as I do, how in the…
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How do we overcome the tendency to teach poetry in ways that turn off students? There are some great ideas in the post.
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“Differential education is a competitive factor” - Pasi Sahlberg

“Differential education is a competitive factor” - Pasi Sahlberg | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg predicts a backlash against global standardization and says teachers need different training and skills

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"Finnish educator and author Pasi Sahlberg predicts a backlash against global standardization and says teachers need different training and skills to succeed."

That is a great opening. There has to be resistance against a neo-liberal political and economic agenda. Teaching is relational and much more about what is happening currently in a classroom. It is less about what content to be memorized and more about skills being modeled and taught, so students can communicate, cooperate, and think critically,.
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Teaching 21st Century Skills For 21st Century Success Requires An Ecosystem Approach | #eSkills #ICT

Teaching 21st Century Skills For 21st Century Success Requires An Ecosystem Approach | #eSkills #ICT | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It is almost universally acknowledged that in order to succeed in the 21st century, students must learn much more than the “three Rs” and basic computer competency.

 

The term “21st century skills” is used often in educational circles to refer to a range of abilities and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the classroom, including problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Others define the term as “information literacy, media literacy, and information, communication and technology literacy.”

 

More importantly, students need these skills because employers across a huge variety of industries increasingly demand them. A recent McKinsey report indicated that close to 40 percent of employers could not find people with the right skills while 60 percent “complain[ed] of a lack of preparation.” Even jobs that were once considered vocational, such as welding, petroleum production, and even factory work, are now high tech, and require specialized knowledge that includes not only a robust science background and familiarity with the computerized machinery that keeps heavy industry humming, but also critical thinking and collaboration skills. In other words, 21st century job growth is outpacing our ability to develop a prepared workforce, making it more critical than ever to teach these skills.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/if-i-would-own-a-company-what-skills-would-i-expect-from-my-workers-in-21st-century/

 


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Critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills, and cooperating are among the skills needed in the 21st Century. They have been all along, regardless of century. Communicating and cooperating mean that teaching and learning are social and people gather together.
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Don Quixote’s Classroom – The Big Roundtable

Don Quixote’s Classroom – The Big Roundtable | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The school is best found in winter, when the days are short, or on rainy afternoons when the drizzle blurs the details on Stanhope Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Then, as one walks from the Dekalb…
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"The guiding principle was to be 'Everyone listens to everyone,” with the belief that putting this principle at the center of teaching could change lives, and that it should be open to all committed youths in the community, irrespective of their age. The break he sought from traditional education is enshrined in each part of the definition he gives of Still Waters as an “independent, voluntary, one-room schoolhouse.'”

Human relationships are essential to teaching and learning.
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Why This Superintendent is Banning Homework — and Asking Kids to Read Instead

Why This Superintendent is Banning Homework — and Asking Kids to Read Instead | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Elementary school students in one Florida school district are going to find a welcome new — but controversial — policy when they return to school for the 2017-2018 school year next month: no traditional homework. They are being asked to do one thing to help them academically: Read for 20 minutes a night."


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Children enjoy reading and being read to. Too often, homework is meaningless and parents cannot engage with their children. There are links to research in the article.
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Why don’t Americans trust their teachers?

Why don’t Americans trust their teachers? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What should students in high school and college English classes read? Whether you think they should be reading Ovid and Melville, or only books written by diverse, contemporary authors, or books with no explicit sex, or books with no explicit violence, most people have an opinion on how and what teachers teach in thei

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Deborah Britzman concluded we all experienced being taught in school. As a result, we think we know what teaching is and overlook the complexity of teaching. Furthermore, we have cultural filters that affect the meaning we attach to what is taught. What makes something meaningful to one person is not a given for the next person.
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Decoding the Workplace - Switch & Shift

Decoding the Workplace - Switch & Shift | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Dismal employee engagement numbers for the last decade certainly intensify the need to look at what is not working in our relationship with work.

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"Meaning is at the heart of employee engagement and job satisfaction. Meaning comes from within us. We give meaning to our experiences at work and in life. Jobs that are challenging, jobs we are good at, jobs where we can see how our work is part of the big picture – here we are more likely to perceive our jobs as meaningful."

Teaching is a calling. When it is understood and experienced this way, it is meaningful and gives meaning to our lives. Yes, meaning comes from within, but how we are treated is essential to how we feel.
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Classroom Design — Not everyone likes learning at Starbucks

Classroom Design — Not everyone likes learning at Starbucks | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Where do you go to work? Do you have a long commute? Is it in the cab of a truck or tractor? Is it in a restaurant? What does it look like? How does it feel? Are you excited to get there?What is the…
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Classrooms still look and feel much like they did when I went to school. I used tables and students spent a lot of time in other spaces i.e. hallway, library, outside, etc.
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A Definition of Leadership for These Pressing Times

A Definition of Leadership for These Pressing Times | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Without a common definition of leadership, we are in danger of talking at cross-purposes during the pressing conversations we need to have about leadership.

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"Instead of thinking of leadership as a role or as an action, with this definition we see leadership as a phenomenon that emerges."

Jesse Lyn Stoner goes on to say there is a need to separate the role from the leading. As well, providing a space for people to speak and lead is essential. This applies to teaching, too.
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Objective or Subjective? Can the arts be assessed?

Objective or Subjective? Can the arts be assessed? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Rachael Jacobs  As with any subject area arts education must conform to curriculum policies and procedures, including those related to assessment. In subjects such as Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts, students’ creative work is assessed formatively and summatively through a range of assessable instruments. However, the assessment of artistic work presents unique challenges,…
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Perhaps a way to deal with assessment in the arts would be to have conversations before a unit and lessons about what is being assessed and how it is being assessed. Students become part of the assessment rather than sitting outside. This could work in other subject areas.
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TEACHER VOICE: It’s tough to prepare children for kindergarten if parents and teachers don’t collaborate - The Hechinger Report

TEACHER VOICE: It’s tough to prepare children for kindergarten if parents and teachers don’t collaborate - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When parents and teachers and parents work together, children arrive at school ready for kindergarten. I have spent the past ten years teaching at in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, in Boyle, Mississippi, the most recent four of those years teaching kindergarten for 5-year-olds at Bell Academy. Nearly one-third of the population of Boyle …
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"When parents and teachers and parents work together, children arrive at school ready for kindergarten."

I taught in a school setting where the parents, students, and teachers formed a partnership. Pedagogy is not limited to teaching. It is a broad educational and leadership process that includes parents, teachers, coaches, and other elders.
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Assigning Blame: The Rhetoric of Education Reform

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This is review of a book about the rhetoric of education reform. The book, by Mark Hvalic, explores five recent schools of thought as they apply to school reform i.e. Milton Friedman, Jonathan Kozol, Diane Ravitch, etc.
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