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Talent Shortage or Transformation?

Talent Shortage or Transformation? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There have been ongoing debates for a decade or more over whether or not there is a talent shortage.  If there were real talent shortage we would have seen much different corporate behavior than we actually do see.

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If there is, it is due to the failure of an educational system to meet the demands in front of it.

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We’re asking kids all the wrong questions in school

We’re asking kids all the wrong questions in school | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Research, and common sense, show that kids learn more by being actively engaged in what they’re doing. When they engage in discussion, teach others, and grapple with a math problem, they boost their ability to absorb and retain information. The evidence is mounting against schools that fail to take this approach. Most are still built around making sure kids have the right answers to rote questions, rather than the tools to formulate meaningful questions that deepen their learning. In a randomized controlled trial of nearly 2,500 nine and 10 year-olds in the UK, students who were taught the skill of reason—how to formulate questions and thoughtfully explain an argument—performed better on assessments of math, science, and English than kids who had not been exposed to this kind of skill-building.
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Content is a vehicle to teach skills. With skills, students can adapt to changing situations .
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What Happens When Teachers Stop Giving Grades?

What Happens When Teachers Stop Giving Grades? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The intrinsic love of learning supplants the drive for high marks in the long run.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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When I stopped giving grades, I provided students better feedback. I spent considerable time with the curricula (I taught multiple grades and subjects) to refine rubrics each time I used them. Teaching is relational and conversational.
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Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and a Revolutionary Praxis for Education, Part I

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and a Revolutionary Praxis for Education, Part I | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"For educators in the present-day context of a neoliberal assault on the very idea of schooling as a public good, Freire’s opus resonates even more keenly. When faux-reformers see curricula as “deliverables” and student learning as a “product,” when schools themselves are reduced to commodities like different brands of consumer goods, Freire’s repudiation of instrumentalist logic assumes a fierce new relevance. In an era where elites seem to view the basic humanity of so many of the world’s residents as a proposition open to debate, to assert the agency and worth of all of our students can be an act of revolutionary praxis for educators. Perhaps the best evidence of the revolutionary nature of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed is in how much it still has to teach us."

 

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A profound appreciation of Freire for those confronting the cultural warfare in public education today. Author Paul Gannon makes a real attempt to construct the rarified language of pedagogical/revolutionary discourse in terms that can be usefully navigated by those unaccustomed to this terrain.


Via Jim Lerman, Miloš Bajčetić
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Freire's greatest contribution was the cautionary words that we not become "armchair revolutionaries." For people to speak, they must discover their voice. We have fallen into the malaise of trite and facile language i.e. empower, win-win, school reform, etc. as if those words engage people in changing their lives. It is through discovering one's voice and expressing what that means that we humanize education.
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Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What do you think they’ll actually use it for?
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A laptop is a tool and like all tools how it is used is dependent on what is to be done. As Maslow put it, "if the only tool we have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Good teaching and learning understands the tools we use are based on the teaching and learning to be undertaken.
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5 Reasons I Stay in Teaching

5 Reasons I Stay in Teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about quitting the teaching profession. There are days when I feel burnt out and exhausted, but there are also some really amazing reasons I stay. I love learning. When I was in college, I still wasn’t sure what career I ultimately wanted to devote my life…
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They are a love of learning, having autonomy, make a postive difference in lives, keeps a person occupied, and a love of subject matter.
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Creativity :: Creative Educator

Creativity :: Creative Educator | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

This is a landing page in Melinda Wolk's wonderful website, Creative Educator. This section on Creativity contains 16 articles on various aspects of Creativity such as: 5 Hallmarks of a Creative Project, Creative Instructional Design and Cognitive Complexity, and 5 Essential Tools for a Creative Journey. Each article contains a research foundation, implementation examples, and links to useful resources. Very nice work! -JL


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An interesting website with many ideas and links for classroom teachers.
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What Is Justice and When Is It Served?

What Is Justice and When Is It Served? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"One of the gravest mistakes people make is equating law with concepts of justice and fairness. In fact, the following phrase is engraved above the entrance of the United States Supreme Court building: 'Equal Justice Under Law.' It is important to note that it does not say 'Equal Justice' because that is limited to the context of the 'Law.' In other words, a court’s role is to resolve cases and controversies in accordance with the law, and to interpret the law, if necessary. By the way, 'fairness' is a synonym for 'justice.'

In order to conclude that 'Equal Justice' and 'Equal Justice Under Law' are the same, one must believe that laws are based upon concepts of fundamental fairness.... The law is the law and justice is justice. If the law is not necessarily just, how can 'Equal Justice Under Law' be just or fair?...

You may have noticed that I did not refer to 'Equal Justice.' My reason for removing the term 'Equal' is that whether or not 'Justice' is applied 'Equally' has been an ongoing source of debate throughout history."

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This is a provocative article that needs a thorough reading. It might make an interesting conversation and lesson starter in high school and university classes.
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This statement is important to reflect on for high school students and older students as well: 

"One of the gravest mistakes people make is equating law with concepts of justice and fairness. In fact, the following phrase is engraved above the entrance of the United States Supreme Court building: 'Equal Justice Under Law.' It is important to note that it does not say 'Equal Justice' because that is limited to the context of the 'Law.' In other words, a court’s role is to resolve cases and controversies in accordance with the law, and to interpret the law, if necessary. By the way, 'fairness' is a synonym for 'justice.' In order to conclude that 'Equal Justice' and 'Equal Justice Under Law' are the same, one must believe that laws are based upon concepts of fundamental fairness.... The law is the law and justice is justice. If the law is not necessarily just, how can 'Equal Justice Under Law' be just or fair?... You may have noticed that I did not refer to 'Equal Justice.' My reason for removing the term 'Equal' is that whether or not 'Justice' is applied 'Equally' has been an ongoing source of debate throughout history."

This distinction is an important one. That umbrella statement "under the law" means that knowing the law is important for justice when involving the court system. The ideas of the insanity plea and certain conventions in the court room have a limited status. Common sense does not apply. This is difficult to grasp. 
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Teaching to the Edges Using Project-Based Learning -- THE Journal

Teaching to the Edges Using Project-Based Learning -- THE Journal | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
For these two teachers, PBL is the key to differentiating lessons for students of all ability levels.
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Well-designed and thought out projects engage students. I used them throughout my teaching career. I discovered that PBL was not something I set up and let the students run. It was teaching, conversation, and asking questions throughout.
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Infidelity to Truth: Education Malpractices in American Public Education: Chapter Three

Infidelity to Truth: Education Malpractices in American Public Education: Chapter Three | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Duane Swacker About Duane Chapter 3 Justice Concerns and Educational Malpractices 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' Martin Luther King, Jr. Historically in Western thought justice along with fortitude, prudence and temperance has been considered one of the four cardinal virtues. Comte-Sponville considers it the only cardinal virtue "that is an absolute…
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This chapter considers justice in schools.
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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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Are Grades Diverting Focus From Real Learning? by Katrina Schwartz

Are Grades Diverting Focus From Real Learning? by Katrina Schwartz | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Grades help parents stay abreast of their student's progress, but theymay also be taking the focus away from learning.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Grades or marks are not a shorthand of how a student is doing as is suggested. They are a singular snapshot in time. When they appear on a report card, they are a statistical representation of cumulative efforts without reference to context.

Good learning is based on the good feedback from teachers. I found, when I stopped giving marks, (I still had to on report cards by decree) I provided better feedback, led with questions, and engaged in good conversations with, about, and through tools i.e. rubrics.
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A Letter to My New Principal

A Letter to My New Principal | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

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Teaching is human endeavour. The first two points in this letter underscore this. If a prinicipal cares about students, they care about the teachers. They engage them in conversation and support their teaching, because it will benefit children.
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Danger of assessing teachers / fake achievement / digital learning / inspirational teachers

Danger of assessing teachers /  fake achievement / digital learning / inspirational teachers | 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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The first link jumped out at me. Only in schools blindly adhering to a neo-liberal political and economic agenda would we tie student learning to teaching. Teaching is the teacher's responsibility and learning is the student's.
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The power of vulnerability – NewCo Shift

The power of vulnerability – NewCo Shift | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
An exploration of the counterintuitive notion that the ultimate form of confidence in leadership might just be vulnerability. “A late afternoon of what now seems several lives ago, I found myself […]”
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Parker Palmer writes that teaching done at the dangerous intersection of public and private lives. When we are fully alive, we are on that intersection. To have passion for something is to share the love of that subject with others, including the pain.
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Assessing Student Project Work

Assessing Student Project Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.

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Rubrics, when well thought-out and well-used, are great tools. The key is to sit with your curricula each time you assign a project and review the outcomes. Second, take time and discuss the rubric with students. What is expected? What do they understand and not? How can they use the rubric to guide their learning? Third, take time to talk and listen as they use the rubrics. A rubric is a conversation.
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Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

https://www.themespark.net/rubric/545a3834a500ffef33dd248b

 

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Projects are widely used with EFL/ESL students because they can incorporate various levels and skills.  Assessing them can be tricky, but it doesn't have to.  There are various parts of assessment, including a link to making your own rubrics, in this article.
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Looking back to look forward. What skills can history teach our children in a post truth age?

Looking back to look forward. What skills can history teach our children in a post truth age? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I think its vital! Teaching history is one of the surest ways of teaching children how to evaluate and assess a mass of information. For a start, it’s about working out what’s important. How do you…

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I do not subscribe to the notion that we live in a post-truth era. Truth still exists. History can assist us in finding ways to assess and judge the reams of information we encounter. It is not as if this were the first time in history propaganda and lies have been used.
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Educational Leadership:Gearing Up for Change:Empowering Teachers to Respond to Change

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By the nature of their teaching, teachers are leaders. It is not about empowering them, but inviting and engaging them in that leading that is essential. Educate and pedagogy are linked to leading through their etymological roots. The challenge is we have not moved past the ancient Greek thinking that teaching was done by those who had to be told what to do.
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Infidelity to Truth: Education Malpractices in American Public Education Introduction

Infidelity to Truth:  Education Malpractices in American Public Education Introduction | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Duane Swacker About Duane Swacker Introduction 'All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.' Galileo Galilei "The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become. When we make a mistake doing the wrong thing and correct it, we become wronger. When we make a…
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This is an introduction to a book by Duane Swacker.
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Education Readings July 21st

Education Readings July 21st | 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 Ivan Snook: Assessing teachers - a plea for caution ‘In recent discussion of teaching in New Zealand it has been assumed that the achievement of students and schools can be directly attributed to the work…
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Two links stood out: the difference between knowing and understanding, which is as much a philosophical point as a pyschological one, and a book by an inspirational teacher.
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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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