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Why Bosses Think They're Stressed When They're Not

Why Bosses Think They're Stressed When They're Not | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Relax: If you're on top you're not really that worried. Just ask science.

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We need a certain amount of stress in life, but bosses need to be aware when too much is too much.

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It's not that the bosses aren't stressed, it's just that their subordinates are even more stressed. 

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I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Spending time reflecting and thinking has helped me balance priorities, solve problems, and generate new ideas.

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Time to reflect and write is essential to one's learning. I take time and write about my reflections. One change that has been key to my writing is I write about my experiences and what I control.
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Rejecting Growth Mindset and Grit at Three Levels

As the academic year began at my university, I was confronted with how the very worst of K-12 public education reform continues to creep upward, engulfing higher education. In this case, growth mindset was central to the faculty keynote address, prompting me to resist an outburst in front of my colleagues. I did, however, weigh…
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I am not opposed to the concept of growth mindset. I am not sure how easy it is to correlate it to grit and research it. Dew ey did propose the basis of education was growth that led to more growth. Is it grit that determines this? Or, is it interest and meaning of the topic to the learner?

This post makes excellent points. It is always worth considering opposing points of view.
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Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills

Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The country's status as a leader in teaching social skills is one reason it’s often ranked as the world’s ‘happiest’ country. Do Danes know something the rest of us don’t?
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Empathy is not something that lies outside what we teach. It is part of our teaching and being role models. It makes sense to teach to the whole child.
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Teaching with evidence in this age of fake news

Teaching with evidence in this age of fake news | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Students need to be able to assess the trustworthiness of evidence — especially when deliberating thorny public policy issues.
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When  we consider evidence of any form (children, youth, and adults), we do so through a subjective prism of our own experiences. This calls for dialogue and questions that challenge each of us to consider our own prejudices (Gadamer) and how those might inform how we understand the evidence.
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When a New School Year Means a New School Model, Students Can Be in for an Uphill Battle - EdSurge News

Anthony Principe worked as a special education teacher in Boston, Mass. for more than 30 years, and throughout that period he watched the educators i
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What if we had smaller K-12 schools? We have lost track of what schools are for: to help children grow in the moment so they can grow again.
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A Classroom Full of Risk Takers

A Classroom Full of Risk Takers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
State teachers of the year explain how they make students feel safe enough to take risks—and then push them to do so.
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When a science experiment did not produce the proposed result, I asked students what might have impacted the experiment. They grew to understand there are variables in teaching and learning we cannot control.
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Welcome to College!: How High School Fails Students

Welcome to College!: How High School Fails Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
From 1984 until 2002, I worked as a high school English teacher in rural upstate South Carolina, a relatively impoverished small town where I was born and also attended schools. For many of those…
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It is not just high schools that fail students. Universities, colleges, tech schools, and other post-secondary institutes do, too.

The first class I attended in university was overflowing. The professor, an arrogant person, said that by mid-October those who had not dropped out would have plenty of choice in seating. He was right. I had lots of choice in his class and the others. Some 40% of the other first year students had dropped out.

If we know what the symptoms are, why do we not try to cure the problem?
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Brains may need flexible networks to learn well

Brains may need flexible networks to learn well | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
New data suggest that brain cells may learn best when they are able to easily make and break off communications with neighbors — or distant brain regions.
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The brain is made up not of isolated regions, but of regions that work together in the form of networks. These networks can change as we learn and use our brains in different ways.
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The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Delivering content—in any class—through a story has positive effects on your students’ information retention.
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Stories hold our attention. Information is dry and boring. How do we combine the two? The author, Judy Willis, provided examples that teachers can use.
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The Future of Education Is Already Happening (If You’re Paying Attention)

The Future of Education Is Already Happening (If You’re Paying Attention) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Tonight, we saw a parade of Hollywood stars talking about the future of education on XQ Live. We saw nothing about equity and funding. Nothing about policy changes that free up teachers to innovate…
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What is we featured teachers and their stories instead of experts who spent no time in the classroom as teachers?
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Feedback: It’s all it cracked up to be!

Feedback: It’s all it cracked up to be! | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A lot has been said on the topic of feedback. Google will give you about 2,070,000,000 results in 0.82 seconds. There are different kinds and different definitions... my interest is in the realm of workplace performance which is defined as "the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the…
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Good feedback is timely, specific, and helps a student move in a particular direction. It is not just information. It is usable information that makes a difference in teaching and learning.
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Who Owns Knowledge? A Look At Curriculum.

Who Owns Knowledge? A Look At Curriculum. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The central focus of every curriculum is imparting knowledge in the best way possible. But who decides what “the best way possible” really is? The K–12 curriculum is often referenced in abstract ways, with many schools and districts claiming to want to teach the “whole child.” But what does that actually mean in the context of contemporary classrooms? Not every student exposed to the same information will achieve the same success and life outcomes. Just what is actually considered knowledge is interpretive, at best. Educators must narrow information to the learning materials that will make the biggest positive impact on …

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Curriculum-as-plan is a starting point. I immersed myself in curriculum; however that is not enough. The next step is sharing it with students throug curriculum-as-lived. This fits with the method of currere, which is a complicated conversation based on each person's curriculum and autobiography.

Do we really own knowledge? Or is it always being reconstructed?
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The hardest thing about being a teacher

The hardest thing about being a teacher | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“IT COULD be anything … their dog died. There could be relationship problems … someone didn’t return a text message … life, what we all cry about.”

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Teaching is a emotionally demanding. It is about being there for students we teach in deep and relational ways. The idea of starting as a part-time teacher is interesting. It has a downside. Do we end up with teachers only being part-time? That runs against the relational aspects of teaching. What might be in order is teachers teaching together and helping one another.
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It takes more than one strand to make a rope, in life and in education.

It takes more than one strand to make a rope, in life and in education. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings September 21, 2017 It takes more than one strand to make a rope, in life and in education.   “You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it.” Faith Baldwin   Every day as I talked…
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How the collective and each individual within it interacts is essential to teaching and learning. At the heart of teaching, learning, and living are relationships between people and time for solitude to make sense of those relationships.
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A mathematician is like a naturalist – Temitope Ajileye – Medium

A mathematician is like a naturalist – Temitope Ajileye – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A mathematician is like a naturalist. They travel far away around the world to find the strangest creatures. They enjoy classifying. Whenever a branch of mathematics is given a classification…
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Relating what students are asked to learn to their interests is essential to good teaching. It does not guarantee learning, but it might help students find meaning.

This article presents an interesting way to relate math to student interests.
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While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less - The Hechinger Report

While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The world’s developed nations are placing a big bet on education investments, wagering that highly educated populaces will be needed to fill tomorrow’s jobs, drive healthy economies and generate enough tax receipts to support government services. Bucking that trend is the United States. U.S. spending on elementary and high school education declined 3 percent from 2010 to …
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There is a link to the report. Money and spending on schools is not the only consideration. We need teachers who want to teach and are committed to staying. This means we have to have schools and people in them who foster growth in each other.
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3 ways to aid new teacher retention

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is check Facebook and the current events app on my phone. I read the daily stories as I prepare for work, like how my parents used to read the newspaper while eating breakfast.
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I think the last point is critical from two perspectives. First, exercise one's right to free speech. Second, have school settings where that is allowed.
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How I Use My Journal To Create My Future and Achieve My Goals

How I Use My Journal To Create My Future and Achieve My Goals | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Of all the things that have been helpful to me in personal growth and goal achievement, using my journal daily is at the foundation. It’s where the mental creation happens. And because my mental…
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When I focus on my teaching and what I control, my journaling is more effective and makes a difference. Currentlyi, I am using the method of currere which focuses on my lived-experiences.
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Cartoons and Stories of Students and Lawyers

Cartoons and Stories of Students and Lawyers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
For this month, I am combining those often repeated howlers that students write  on tests and say in class with a selection of actual back-and-forths between trial lawyers and witnesses. I wed these student stories/cartoons with courtroom exchanges to show that both children and professionals err and miscommunicate creating humor as they do. Enjoy!  …
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We should always look for humour in our daily work.
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7 signs you are growing

7 signs you are growing | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ray Kroc  who opened the first franchised McDonald's and built the company into what it is today, is known for asking the question: "Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?” Most of us think we are growing, without really identifying the signs that indicate growth versus decay. Here are seven signs that you are still growing.
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John Dewey proposed growth (learning) is about being prepared to grow again.
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Return to basic skills first step to fixing Ontario's math problem, teachers say

Return to basic skills first step to fixing Ontario's math problem, teachers say | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As the province prepares to embark on a complete “curriculum refresh” to address years of slumping math scores, several Ontario educators say the key is going back to basics.
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We dither with curriculum and think we can solve the problem. What if we asked classroom teachers rather than doing this outside the classroom?

John Dewey proposed that long-term outcomes were the work of adults not children. Children and many adults learn in the concrete moment of "ongoing nows" (Husserl). Pinar and Grumet wrote about this in Towards a Poor Curriculum in 1975.
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Alasdair MacIntyre on Education

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One of the summer’s great discoveries for me was the work of Alasdair MacIntyre. It’s a late discovery, but in a strange way, also just in time. A moral philosopher, i.e. a philosopher …
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"Contemporary teachers have the task of educating their students, so that those students will bring to the activities of their adult life questioning attitudes that will put them at odds with the moral temper of the age and with its dominant institutions."

There two underlying themes: teaching is ethical and relational. This means teachers have to be responsible and have freedom for their teaching rather than student learning.
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Letting Teachers Be Free

Letting Teachers Be Free | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.
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There are two intertwined aspects: autonomy and responsiblity. The former is about teacher agency and voice. The latter is what accountability is not. There istrust in this that does not exist in canned curricular material and its delivery.
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Collection of Papers on Quality in Higher Education

Collection of Papers on Quality in Higher Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Higher Learning Commission - Collection of Papers on Quality in Higher Education

 

"Established in 1895, the Higher Learning Commission accredits college and university institutions in nineteen states. The Commission hosts an annual conference that invites participating institutions to speak on the accreditation process, as well as best practices for institutional administration, curriculum, and pedagogy. A collection of papers is published from each annual conference - the link above takes visitors to an organized collection of papers from 2016, which can be browsed by category. Individual paper topics include: developing meaningful assessments with limited resources, using social media to engage institutional stakeholders, and developing a "graduate experience" in two-year master's programs. These papers are authored by professionals at public universities, private four-year colleges, and two-year colleges. Additionally, visitors can explore archived collections of papers dating back to 2013 in the Archives tab."


Via Jim Lerman, Dennis Swender, Ines Bieler, Miloš Bajčetić, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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What Do Talented Teachers Do? via @TeacherToolkit

What Do Talented Teachers Do? via @TeacherToolkit | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What do talented teachers do? Yes, qualifications are important but so are empathy and citizenship, two vital qualities that really demand our attention.
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Good teaching is about forming relationships with students that bring meaning to their learnng and one's teaching.
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