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The Search for Happiness

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Are you happy? Could you be happier? Gretchen Rubin was already "pretty happy" when she asked herself these very questions. In search of the answers, she started her own pursuit of happiness, which eventually became a New York Times bestseller titled, The Happiness Project. She has now written a second book, Happier at Home, based on the idea that the home is the foundation of happiness. Knowledge@Wharton recently spoke with Rubin about why happy people work more hours each week, how to make and keep happiness resolutions, how to ward off the three happiness leeches and how to start your own Happiness Project.


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There is some excellent research on happiness out there.

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Gretchen Rubin - a different kind of pursuit of happiness 

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What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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Building a Science of Experience: Neurophenomenology and Related Disciplines

Building a Science of Experience: Neurophenomenology and Related Disciplines | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Context: More than 20 years ago Varela initiated a research program to advance in the scientific study of consciousness, neurophenomenology. Problem: Has Varela’s neurophenomenology, the solution to the “hard problem,” been successful? Which issues remain unresolved, and why? Method: This introduction sketches the progress that has been made since then and links it to the contributions to this special issue. Results: Instead of a unified research field, today we find a variety of different interpretations and implementations of neurophenomenology. We argue that neurophenomenology needs to give additional attention to its experiential dimension by addressing first-person methods’ specific challenges and by rethinking the relationship between the frameworks of the first- and third-person approaches.

 

Valenzuela-Moguillansky C., Vásquez-Rosati A. & Riegler A. (2017) Building a Science of Experience: Neurophenomenology and Related Disciplines. Constructivist Foundations 12(2): 131–138. Available at http://constructivist.info/12/2/131.editorial


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Humanity-free Education.

Humanity-free Education. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"When the U.S. Chiefs of Staff meet, their chests are emblazoned with colourful medals that they give to each other for killing people.  While our leaders want us to treat children as the enemy and keep trying to destroy their intellectual and creative spirit, our leaders should do the same." (Susan O) HUMANITY-FREE EDUCATION In…
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Teaching is about relationships with students. Education and pedagogy are about leading students. That makes education, teaching, and learning human activities of the highest order.
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A Continuum on Personalized Learning: First Draft

A Continuum on Personalized Learning: First Draft | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
After visiting over three dozen teachers in 11 schools in Silicon Valley and hearing an earful about "personalized learning," I drafted a continuum where I could locate all of the different versions of "personalized learning" I observed and have read about. If readers have comments about what's missing, what needs to be added or how…
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The key to Larry Cuban's post is towards the end where he concluded that little is different in terms of how we organize and do school compared to 100 years ago. Yes, there are different tools and strategies, but it feels remarkably the same. I think something that emerges is that pedagogy and teaching remain vital to student learning.
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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class - NYTimes.com

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class - NYTimes.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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I watched our "guru" of all things tech turn the lights off, sit at his desk, blog and tweet, and put worksheets up on the overhead for students. Even with new tools, we teach and learn much the same way we always have, sitting at desks and with a front of the room. Activity is essential in learning and teaching.
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In Defense of Educators

In Defense of Educators | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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Teachers are essential in the teaching of children and youth.
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Education Readings March 9th

Education Readings March 9th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach A day earlier this week, as we're moving house... I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Networkonnet education manifesto for the 2017 election Kelvin Smythe has produced this document setting out his vision for education for the coming New Zealand general election in…
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An article that leaped out was teaching as a subversive activity. Do we just accept what we are told to do? It is essential to question the "powers-to-be." Often, they are simply promoting the "same-old-same-old."
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Should I Do my homework? Infographic

Should I Do my homework? Infographic | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Should I Do My Homework? Infographic Over the past years, there has been a continuous debate regarding homework. Some critics’ opinion is that there is no evidence that homework helps in student achievement, while others believe that homework is helpful and necessary and it was designed... http://elearninginfographics.com/do-my-homework-infographic/
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Good homework is meaningful and parents can help children as needed.
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Educational transformation : Finland/ education thru the arts / stress release / fostering creativity....

Educational transformation : Finland/ education thru the arts / stress release / fostering creativity.... | 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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Using art to learn and creativity as part of teaching and learning; what novel ideas.
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Rethinking Grading as Instruction: Rejecting the Error Hunt and Deficit Practices

Rethinking Grading as Instruction: Rejecting the Error Hunt and Deficit Practices | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As a first-year English teacher, I joined the department of the high school where I had graduated only five years earlier, becoming a colleague with teachers who had taught me. That introduction to the field allowed me behind the curtain, and one of those secrets was being handed a sheet that detailed every grammar and…
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Grading and assessment are two different things. They may complement each other, but often they do not. Good rubrics that are shared with students, using language they understand, help students learn and accept responsibility for their own learning.
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The Role of State and Local Policies in Bullying Prevention

The Role of State and Local Policies in Bullying Prevention | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
State laws and policies around bullying prevention became a focus for the US Department of Education in early 2010. In its analysis o
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It is essential for bullying to be dealt with at all levels. My experience was that we had adults bullying adults in schools.
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Classes, Communities Across US Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Influence On Literacy

Classes, Communities Across US Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Influence On Literacy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In the midst of Read Across America Week, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers will participate in Read Across America Day, an annual reading celebration on March 2 — Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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Dr. Seuss had an influence on literacy. His books are also a great way to introduce children and adults to social justice and equity.
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Read Across America day celebrates Dr Seuss Birthday!

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Education Readings March 3rd

Education Readings March 3rd | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz What Australia can learn from Finland's forested classrooms ‘Children's brains work better when they are moving, the master teacher explains. Not only do they concentrate better in class, but they are more successful at "negotiating,…
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A one-size-fits- all and the crisis of democracy and education are interesting links.
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What Is Education? Insights from the World's Greatest Minds

What Is Education? Insights from the World's Greatest Minds | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As we seek to refine and reform today’s system of education, we would do well to ask, “What is education?” Our answers may provide insights that get to the heart of what matters for 21st century children and adults alike.

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A good collection of insights into education.  One note, few restrict education to only school or just mental academics. -Lon

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How to Help Teachers Get Better Together

How to Help Teachers Get Better Together | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"School districts in the U.S. spend $18 billion on teacher training each year. Most often, in terms of the total hours spent, the format for that training is collaborative professional development, a form of training in which teachers work together in groups to improve their teaching. These groups are often called professional learning communities (PLCs). Two-thirds of U.S. teachers now report spending time in PLCs.

"So far, the results of such collaboration have been poor. The intentions are good, but the implementation is not: teachers are even less satisfied with collaborative professional development than with the “sit and get” workshops that collaboration was intended to replace, according to a survey conducted by The Boston Consulting Group in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Many teachers we surveyed found programs poorly structured and the experience boring and disconnected from their day-to-day jobs. Half as many teachers were highly satisfied with their collaborative-professional-development experience (11 percent) as were highly satisfied with workshops (22 percent), traditionally the least interactive form of teacher training.

 

"Districts must begin to close the gap between the engaging, relevant, and hands-on training that teachers and administrators say they want and the reality of disengagement with collaborative training on the ground. The benefits: teachers who have positive collaborative-professional-development experiences say that they work smarter and that their jobs are more sustainable, and they feel that they are better able to address the many challenges they face in implementing Common Core standards, differentiating instruction to meet student needs, and more efficiently using data and technology. They are more engaged, and studies show that a feeling of engagement helps good, difficult-to-replace teachers stay in the profession. Ultimately, the evidence suggests that better implementation of collaborative training could add up to better outcomes for students."


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The challenge with "teacher training" is that it is ordered by those furthest from classrooms. Give teachers a voice. What is important to them and their students? Treat them as professionals and it will not be a free-for-all. Treat it like education not training.
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Education Readings March 24th

Education Readings March 24th | 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 Why even the world’s highest-scoring schools need to change ‘Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public schools in the United States need a paradigm shift. The core curriculum, he says,…
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Learning as an act of resistance fits with Neil Postman's writing on school.
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You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A new survey shows widespread misconceptions and unfounded confidence about learning.

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It was interesting to take the quiz.
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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 22, 3:18 PM

Un cuestionario para averiguar si crees en algunos mitos sobre el aprendizaje.

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Education and Democracy Part 1 – Learning {Re}imagined

Education and Democracy Part 1 – Learning {Re}imagined | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This interview was first published by openDemocracy, 27th February 2017 and is republished here by kind permission under Creative Commons From Trump to climate change, our children must be prepared…

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A crisis of democracy is always a crisis of education.
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Mathematics in education and ability grouping

Mathematics in education and ability grouping | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Exploring geometry through play Time to focus on mathematics in education Recently I had a discussion with some young teachers abou
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I found I could teach Math when we cooked in school and completed a variety of other "fun" learning activities. As well, I used practical, everday examples for students who struggled with concepts i.e. pizzas for fractions.
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Rethinking My 21st Century Classroom

Rethinking My 21st Century Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teaching Tidbits - tools, tips and techniques for the progressive educator.

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The opening quote is essential.
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Safe teaching is risky teaching

Safe teaching is risky teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We teachers can be pretty risk averse. We don't like to take chances. But by trying to be safe, often we're engaging in risky teaching.

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The beautiful risk of education is the title of a Gert Biesta book. He points out that teaching is relational in nature. It is always someone teaching someone and that means we take a risk. A good resource might be the Bill Pinar's method of currere.
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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 19, 2:31 AM
We fail our students when we continue to prepare them for a world that doesn't exist anymore. Solving unstructured problems and handling new information are the realms of mankind moving forward; the realms of synthetic thinking. Computers own routine cognitive and manual tasks. 
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We fail our students when we continue to prepare them for a world that doesn't exist anymore. Solving unstructured problems and handling new information are the realms of mankind moving forward; the realms of synthetic thinking. Computers own routine cognitive and manual tasks. 
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Manifesto for educational change/ technology in education/ performance pay/ reading levels and environmental awareness...

Manifesto for educational change/ technology in education/ performance pay/ reading levels and environmental awareness... | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings  By Allan Alach I welcome suggested article  so if you come across a gem, email it to me at
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Teachers need time to work with each other in the classroom and in their planning.
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Appreciation: On the poetry of Derek Walcott, Nobel Prizewinner for Literature

Appreciation: On the poetry of Derek Walcott, Nobel Prizewinner for Literature | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Derek Walcott’s seascapes.

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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it's a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful.


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By its very nature, standardizing something means we have to force people to conform to one particular way of knowing that thing, in this case knowledge. In so doing, we stifle creativity and curiousity.
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about the assessment paradox...
 
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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing
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The Relationship between Bullying and Trauma

The Relationship between Bullying and Trauma | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Research- and evidence-based bullying prevention programs have addressed bullying in a systemic and comprehensive way. We now hav
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Bullying and trauma are linked. A place to begin is to reflect on the power of role models. Do the adults in our schools bully one another and children?
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Lessons from the life of Drucker

Lessons from the life of Drucker | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As much can be learned from Peter Drucker’s own life and career as from the teachings of the great man himself, writes William A Cohen

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Drucker emphasized being effective as opposed to being efficient.
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