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20 Inconvenient Career Truths

20 Inconvenient Career Truths | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In career coaching, I share inconvenient truths with my clients on a regular basis. I know it’s hard to hear these things but they make you stronger.

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They are incovenient for sure.

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DPG plc's curator insight, May 25, 2013 6:16 AM

It is difficult facing up to home truths, but once you know about them you can do aomething about them

Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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Can Mindful Managers Make Happier Employees? | Mindful

Can Mindful Managers Make Happier Employees? | Mindful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers. (Former les #managers à la pleine conscience pour des employés plus #heureux ?

Via Nicole S. Bakhazi, Lynnette Van Dyke
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It would not be a given, but it certainly provides more possibilities for happiness. I found days I was stressed and less present for students were harder for them and, when I was more present, they were happier.

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Happiness classes should become part of the school curriculum new study suggests

Happiness classes should become part of the school curriculum new study suggests | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Happiness should become part of the school curriculum in a bid to improve our children’s deteriorating mental health and cut down the nation’s mental health bill for years to come.

Via Suvi Salo
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Maybe we should include play in the teaching and learning time?

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Why Teenagers Act Crazy

Why Teenagers Act Crazy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It’s not their fault. It’s all in the timing of brain development.

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It is an interesting article. Adolescence and its changes begin before the teen years and extend beyond the teen years which suggest serious implications for teaching.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 29, 10:43 AM

Interesting connection with the anxiety we seem to be notting in more adolescents. 

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Will Good Things Happen When You "Pay It Forward?"

Will Good Things Happen When You "Pay It Forward?" | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Much has been written about the need for and the power of generosity in our society, including the notion of “pay it forward.” The expression has been popularized by the best selling novel Pay It

Via Enzo Calamo
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The short answer is yes. There is karma. Emmanuel Levinas writes about gift giving which does not anticipate any reciprocity. Teaching in its purest sense is gift-giving of that nature. We can never anticipate the rewards.

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Psychologists Find that Nice People Are More Likely to Hurt You

Psychologists Find that Nice People Are More Likely to Hurt You | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
People who are agreeable are also more likely to make destructive choices, if they think doing so will help them conform to social expectations. That's the finding of psychologists, who suggest that disagreeable, ornery people may be more helpful than we think.

Via Chris Carter
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This is interesting. I don't think it means that good people cannot make good decisions. Good means something different than nice. Nice is about not rocking the boat. Sometimes being a good person requires rocking the boat. I know it does not go over well with School managers.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 28, 10:42 AM

Yes! I'm ornery! Love this!

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Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio Explains Emotions | MIT Technology Review

Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio Explains Emotions | MIT Technology Review | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio explains how minds emerge from emotions and feelings.

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This is a great article by a leading researcher in the research on emotions.

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To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym

To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
After years of cutbacks, Milwaukee Public Schools are re-hiring teachers for classes beyond the basic . They are hoping to retain students as well as boost attendance and test scores.

Via Chris Carter
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This makes sense. Students enjoy the fine arts and phys ed. They may not enjoy it all, but there are aspects within each they enjoy.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 23, 1:12 PM

Whaddaya know?!? Attendance!

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Why You Hate Work

Why You Hate Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.

Via Sharrock
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Not only do we hate work, we hate the commute to and from our work. I told colleagues I would teach for 1/2 the price. That was the wrong thing to say to other teachers. Apparently, even limited altruism is not welcome. When we work for money, it is inevitable that we will become unhappy. When we work for the love of what we do, we find ways to overcome the obstacles.

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Sharrock's curator insight, June 11, 9:24 AM

excerpt: "A 2012 global work force study of 32,000 employees by the consulting company Towers Watson found that the traditional definition of engagement — the willingness of employees to voluntarily expend extra effort — is no longer sufficient to fuel the highest levels of performance. Willing, it turns out, does not guarantee able. Companies in the Towers Watson study with high engagement scores measured in the traditional way had an operating margin of 14 percent. By contrast, companies with the highest number of “sustainably engaged” employees had an operating margin of 27 percent, nearly three times those with the lowest traditional engagement scores."

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How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To

How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

od Glassdoor recently announced their sixth annual Employees' Choice Awards, which uses employee ratings to determine the top 50 places to work. Here's...


Via Sandeep Gautam, Graeme Reid, simondcollins
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For the first 15 years of my teaching career, I loved to go to work. It actually was not work. For the last 5-7 years, I had to make sure that the bosses I worked for did not deny me the love of what I did. Healthy relationships are at the heart of work. It is rarely about money and perks.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 1, 6:50 PM

Employee engagement and motivation are some of the biggest challenges facing organisations today. 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 3, 8:20 AM

Key to engagement and enhanced productivity...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 8:31 PM

People do matter and feel they are heard when they go to a place they love to go to. When this happens, they trust people they work with.

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10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness

10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The more I discover about positive psychology, the more I am reminded that happiness is rarely found in material possessions or worldly pursuits.

Via craig daniels
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Experiences bring greater well-being than material possessions. This is important for teachers and students. Creating classroom experiences that increase well-being seems incredibly important.

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The New Role Of Leaders

The New Role Of Leaders | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The role of leadership has changed. It is no longer enough to merely plan and direct action, today we must inspire and empower belief.

 

Strategy in the 21st century has become less directed and more emergent.  Even the military relies less on plans and more on commander’s intent.  Corporate chieftains are following suit, experimenting with management structures such as holocracy.  Yet we need to do more than simply change policies and practices, leadership itself must be redefined.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Jerry Busone, Roy Sheneman, PhD, donhornsby, David Hain
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It is a slow process to change and one of the reasons may be that we still leadership as a top down process i.e. the use of terms like corporate chieftains.

 

One way to accelerate the process might be in school where children learn that there are other ways to lead. Holocracies might mean that the hierarchy is fluid and constantly shifting. Schools remain very rigid in their hierarchical structures and are managed as opposed to involving the complex interchange of leading-managing.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 10:01 AM

(From the article): Strategy is no longer a game of chess.  We can’t think only in terms of planning and execution, but need to understand how information flows and cascades self-organizearound strategic intent.  Hierarchy fails in the digital age not because it is illegitimate, but because it is slow and the world has become fast.


Today, you gain power and capability not by increasing scale, but by deepening and widening connections.  Brands have become open platforms.  Proprietary research must now compete with open innovation.  Control has become an illusion and a dangerous one at that.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 22, 1:14 PM

Absolutely agree but how many leaders are willing to inspire and empower?  Do you understand what this takes?

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, May 23, 1:53 PM

The New Role Of  Leaders

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50 End-of-School-Year, Self-Probing Questions for Educators - Getting Smart by John Hardison - edchat, edreform, students, teachers

50 End-of-School-Year, Self-Probing Questions for Educators - Getting Smart by John Hardison - edchat, edreform, students, teachers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Hey, educators. It's that End-of-the-School-Year time to take an honest self-assessment. Try these fifty out.

Via Mark Hoffman
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Some interesting questions which are not always easy to answer. The first one, although it is a yes/no question, sets the tone. Would I have wanted me as a teacher this year?

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7 Scientifically Proven Ways To Make You A Happier Person

7 Scientifically Proven Ways To Make You A Happier Person | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
1) Don’t equate a higher income to happiness Angus Deaton, an economist at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University and Daniel Kahneman analysed surveys of 450,000 Americans that questioned people’s daily happiness and their...

Via YACOUBAHIEN
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The seven listed are important, but having supportive relationships and enjoying one's work are missed. I loved teaching and, when that love was impeded by the school management, I stepped away. Some of the relationships need to be at school and work.

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Your Job Doesn't Define You

Your Job Doesn't Define You | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It took me a long time to realize that my work didn’t have to define me. All that mattered was that I could pay my bills while working toward my dream.
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I love teaching. For years, I got up and was excited to go and make a difference. I let others dictate what I found fulfilling making it into a binary where it was either good or bad.

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8 Things The Happiest People Have In Common

8 Things The Happiest People Have In Common | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There's plenty of lists giving you reasons you're unhappy. Here's how to actually become happier.

Via Sandeep Gautam, Bobby Dillard
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It is interesting to note that the only reference to work is helping others. I found the isolation in teaching worked against helping the other adults in the building and I found it was not always appreciated. Helping the students and their families worked for many years.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, July 7, 6:38 AM

Seven habits to inculcate for a happier, more meaningful life:-)

Wanda McKenzie's curator insight, July 7, 11:08 AM

this could be turned into a to-do list

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The Difference Between Knowledge and Experience

The Difference Between Knowledge and Experience | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What's the difference between knowledge and experience, and how does you brain process both? Which is more important for creative thinking? Buffer's Belle Beth Cooper investigates.

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Knowledge, as bits and fragments, is not necessarily connected. Experience and wisdom are the glue. This is what makes learning in concrete situations (Dewey) so important.

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How to take criticism well

How to take criticism well | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
No one likes getting criticism. But it can be a chance to show off a rare skill: responding to negative feedback well.

 

Learn more:

 

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

 


Via Gust MEES, Lou Salza
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94% of human resources people might say they prefer positive feedback, but that does not explain when they escort an employee of site. I find it useful to ask for examples. I once had a School manager suggest I was being unprofessional, but, when I asked for an example, he had none.

 

Feedback and criticism are necessary for growth. The relationship we have with employees and students is important in providing feedback and criticism. I eliminated giving marks on many activities and used rubrics as a way to guide learning. These were well explained to the students and became useful in student learning.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 29, 2:28 AM

Feedback is the DNA of development. Learn how to ask for it and take it.  Oh...and the more you give, the more you get!

Mark Dhamma's curator insight, June 29, 12:45 PM

Criticism is feedback, feedback improves performance- Embrace!

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, July 1, 12:20 AM

Embrace criticism!

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The Employee Trinity: Engaged, Happy and Motivated | Switch and Shift

The Employee Trinity: Engaged, Happy and Motivated | Switch and Shift | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Leaders are often looking for ways to increase the efficiency of their workforce. By engaging them enthusiastically, logically and collectively, employee

Via Anne Leong
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For the better part of my teaching career, these three existed. As School managers began to tell me what my work was without any sense of knowing what it was, these were eroded. We each need a job with a capital J and we need to stop doing the work of others.

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Guest Post - Zero-Tolerance Policy in School Violence: It doesn’t really exist

Guest Post - Zero-Tolerance Policy in School Violence: It doesn’t really exist | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Do you ever question the enforcement of schools “Zero Tolerance Policy” in relation to bullying and school violence? How much of it is enforced? To the hundreds of parents I have personally spoken ...
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Teaching is relational process. Learning is based on inputs and outputs. Students learn that they can bully and act violently against others by apologizing. I watched School managers accept apologies repeatedly from the same students with little evidence change occurred. The other part of in-school bullying is some of the worst bullies in schools are adults. A number of school Managers bullied staff saying they knew they had a particular personality issue they were working on, but again it never seemed to change.

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6 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Everyday

6 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Everyday | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via craig daniels
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The questions are very good.

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craig daniels's curator insight, June 20, 11:09 AM

"Committing to a journey of intentional self growth starts with slowing down. It’s recognizing and filling your day with the things that align with your values."


"Part of determining what you value is through reflection."


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10 Affirmations To Stay Positive When Life Is Not Going According To Plan

10 Affirmations To Stay Positive When Life Is Not Going According To Plan | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

How come it seems like some people have no problems at all, and you’re stuck under a constant avalanche?


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Do we need to be stuck under a constant avalanche? I told a School manager several years ago that when something is added to my workload something has to come off the plate. They did not understand what I was talking about and did not get it when things I had previously done were no longer done.

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Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. I enjoy every opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less.

Via craig daniels
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These are interesting articles. The first link took me to a great article about creating lasting happiness. It is not about occasional experiences which end up being false happiness, but being present in each moment. This would seem to be important in classrooms for teachers and students.

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The Death of the Hero Leader

The Death of the Hero Leader | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We have moved to a new age of leadership causing the death of hero leaders and the birth of social artists.

Via David Hain, Ricard Lloria, donhornsby
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There is a quality of mindfulness in the article i.e. being present. This is positive and can be built on to create organizations which are fluid and flexible.

 

In School, we still adhere to the hero leader i.e. principals who can change thing and silver bullet solutions i.e. the fad du jour. The result is we deform rather than transform School.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 22, 7:21 AM

#Blogathon latest.  Forget your 'to do' list, what's on your 'to be' list?

donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 10:04 AM

(From the article): Above all else, you must be genuinely you. Don’t be a mini-someone else. You have to operate knowing that you have everything you need to be a leader. Can you polish a few things? Sure. Will you learn ways to become more effective? Absolutely, but the canvas that you work from is you. I rarely meet a leader who is 180 degrees off the mark in being a leader that others want to follow.

 

Here are three things to increase the level of genuine you’re bringing to the office:

 

Be vulnerable; if you don’t know, admit it.Admit your mistakes and then make it right.Act with integrity. Integrity means to do the right thing even when no one is watching.

 

If you focus your leadership on being present, clear, and genuine, your leadership confidence, focus, and results will grow. As you grow, so will your team. Everyone wins!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 22, 1:12 PM

This is an excellent point.  The model today requires significantly different approaches to communications and connection.  The focus cannot be on only one person.

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A school of bullies is no place to get an education

A school of bullies is no place to get an education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

“There is a culture of bullying among staff at my school. They should consider the impact it is having on pupils, says a student blogger Continue reading...”


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I think this is an important article. The key point about a culture where adults bully other adults was and is evident where I taught. Would the School managers I worked for recognize their behaviors and those of others as bullying? No, but it often is.

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Should schools do more to protect teachers from cyberbulling? - The Guardian (blog)

Should schools do more to protect teachers from cyberbulling? - The Guardian (blog) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)
Should schools do more to protect teachers from cyberbulling?
The Guardian (blog)
The most common platform for abuse is Facebook, followed by Rate My Teacher and Twitter. A small number of teachers have also received abuse ...

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Taking care of teachers is essential if we expect them to work well and in a healthy way with children. This includes dealing with adult-on-adult bullying which sets the tone and represents a model for children.

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