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The Science of Bullying | ED News Daily

The Science of Bullying | ED News Daily | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Guest article written by Dr. Susan Foster Faculty Member, M.Ed. in School Counseling at American Public University The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified bullying as a public health crisis.
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If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything

If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Stop avoiding what scares you.

Via Rosário Durão, Bobby Dillard
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How do we keep one foot inside the comfort zone and one outside?
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100 things I wish someone had told me about teaching

100 things I wish someone had told me about teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“ Even with our best intentions, we still have "why didn't someone tell me" moments in teaching. Here are 100 ideas to combat that.”
Via Chris Carter, Vicki Moro
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Teachers can have conversations before and while they are teachers.
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Another Matt Miller home run.
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Kindness: A Lesson Plan

Kindness: A Lesson Plan | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.
Via Vicki Moro, Dean J. Fusto
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  Each day should include random acts of kindness. A smile, a thank you, and a greeting are easy ways for teachers to model.
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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

Via ColinHickie, Educational Peaks, Renee Pope
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I used tables and let students spread out as needed.
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Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, Not Information

Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, Not Information | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This is an important reminder that teaching is all about building a relationship with your students. In fact, in today’s world, when information is at our fingertips, we don’t need to go to school to…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Good teaching is about who the teacher is. This leads how they teach and what they teach. Parker Palmer says who teacher is often overlooked to get to what, how, and why the teacher teaches.
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7 Ways to Think and Stay Young

7 Ways to Think and Stay Young | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The old saying goes, “You’re only as young as you feel.” But we live in a tough world. How can we possibly keep a youthful outlook on life when we have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and a roof to keep over our heads?

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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There are seven great ideas and explanations why.
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The Importance of Empathy in Everyday Life

The Importance of Empathy in Everyday Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In trying times is more important than ever to consider the feelings of those around you. We are all in our own bubble, with our own unique perspective on the world, and it is crucial for our personal development to understand how other people experience the world

Via Suvi Salo
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Being empathic and sympathetic towards others are essential to civil discourse and democracy.
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Teaching Why Facts Still Matter

Teaching Why Facts Still Matter | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
An unavoidable challenge arises when students realize that no matter how many facts support a certain conclusion, denial and dissent remain. Recently, for example, my government class discussed how, faced with a mountain of scientific data, anybody—including politicians—would refute global warming, or the role that humanity plays in its occurrence. Unfortunately, this kind of discussion leads to students’ doubting the power of truth to influence and inform wise decisions, which in turn makes them question the purpose of working hard to learn at all.

Via Nik Peachey, Elizabeth E Charles
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Truth is our relationship with facts and the world. There is always something subjective and contextual about that. It does not mean we live in a non-factual world, but that we have to learn to discern what facts means in our context. Teaching is incrediblly important in that learning and discerning.
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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 5, 5:08 AM
Plus que jamais, les étudiants rejettent d'étudier les faits, de connaitre des détails. Et plus que jamais nous en avons besoin pour séparer juste une opinion personnelle d'une opinion raisonnée.
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Education Readings February 3rd

Education Readings February 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 8 digital skills we must teach our children ‘Moreover, there is the digital age gap. The way children use technology is very different from adults. This gap makes it difficult for parents and educators to…
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There are a variety of good articles to read here.
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21st century challenges – Learning {Re}imagined

21st century challenges – Learning {Re}imagined | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It turns out that decontextualised knowledge, stuffed into children’s heads, regurgitated on demand and then forgotten just isn’t that useful in the grand scheme of things. Sure, back in the days of empire it was handy to have identically dressed clerks all over the world who could perform mental arithmetic and communicate in clear written English. The British East India company that ran the Indian sub-continent under corporate rule couldn’t have happened without it. One might say the same today with global corporations like Google, etc or the now stalled globalisation project.

Via Nik Peachey, Elizabeth E Charles
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Mike Rose wrote a provocative little book called Why School? It is a question we do not ask often enough. Regardless of why, we send children to school to be taught. That raises questions about what is to be taught and why.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 3, 3:11 AM

Some interesting reflections on 21st century skills.

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Some interesting reflections on 21st century skills.

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Fair and Balanced Education and Journalism: On the Death of Democracy

Fair and Balanced Education and Journalism: On the Death of Democracy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Once I posted a reader for Trumplandia, based on the increased sales of George Orwell's 1984 as well as the related thought pieces on important texts from Orwell and other writers, I was not surprised by the expected response calling for teachers and classrooms to be somehow politically neutral. I have rejected this idea often, focusing…
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Deomocracy only dies if we let it die. It is important to note that we do not have to include those who foster views that are so far out there that they prove to be scary. It is one thing to listen to someone who shares a different view than me. It is another to listen to someone who simply wants to harm others and put them down.
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Time for Disruptive Innovation in Our Schools

Time for Disruptive Innovation in Our Schools | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Decades of “school reform” have produced exactly what? In pursuit of better education outcomes for our children we have continued to modify a system of teaching that was never designed to help all…

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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We have to be careful with disruption. As Gadamer acknolwedged, more of tradition remains than is replaced. Dewey said we should discard the unusable and dated, but conserve what is of value. It means being aware and mindful.
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Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Don’t get stuck in your current ways of thinking.


Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard
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You have to unlearn many things to learn.
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Perspective | Transgender kids are bullied all the time. The White House is helping the bullies.

Perspective | Transgender kids are bullied all the time. The White House is helping the bullies. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Withdrawing guidance on school bathrooms will cause more pain.

Via Peter Mellow
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This is not a debate unique to the US. It is happening in Canada, specifically in Edmonton. What do we want for children? How do keep each child safe? Those are the question that should guide sound policy, but they are overlooked.
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A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A study by researchers at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children.

Via Skip Zalneraitis, mariana torello
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Let them listen to and play music.
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Wrestling with difficult issues through the lens of history

Wrestling with difficult issues through the lens of history | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The NEA edCommunities Bully Free Group encourages you to check out the website for Facing History and Ourselves, a 40-year-old nonprofit committed to empowering our youth, so they will build a more engaged, moral and compassionate society and change the world for the better.


Via WEAC
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Educating is about speaking for those who do not always have a voice. It is about leading.
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The 1-on-1 nature of building a high-trust culture | SmartBrief

The 1-on-1 nature of building a high-trust culture | SmartBrief | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Deborah Brennan, Dean J. Fusto
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I used to take time and chat with students. Even asking what they are doing after school, is important. It sets up a new conversation.
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Daniel Tremblay's curator insight, February 21, 8:04 AM
"Building a culture of trust is largely one-to-one in nature. Over time, those simple interactions accumulate and help create rapport and camaraderie, which are key ingredients for a high-performing workplace."

Juste un bonjour suffit parfois.  Un bonjour sincère suivi du mot qui fera vraiment sentir la personne spéciale: son prénom (ou son nom dépendemment du niveau de familiarité).
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How to Predict Employee Performance and Satisfaction

How to Predict Employee Performance and Satisfaction | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

What qualities do high-performing employees have in common? Many leaders in organizations measure employees’ skills and motivation as predictors of their performance, but there is a third, often-overlooked factor that is essential to predicting both job performance and satisfaction: confidence.

In a series of studies, my colleagues Dongseop Lee of Korea University, Jessica Greenwald of St. Ambrose University, Joseph Raffiee of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and I looked at whether confidence can predict individual performance and attitudes.

First, we had to figure out how to measure confidence. Because we conceptualized confidence as not directly observable, we identified four traits—hope, resilience, efficacy, and optimism—that we hoped would represent measurable indicators of confidence.


Via Steve Krogull, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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One of the challenges is to acknowledge those employees who are contribute the most to an organization. When we do not, we end up with good people leaving. The chaff is what is left, not the wheat.
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Education Readings January 27th

Education Readings January 27th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Well, here we are at the start of another year, which in New Zealand and Australia is also the start of the school year. I wonder what 2017 will bring as far as education is concerned. I fear that little that is good will happen, especially in the USA, given the suggested…
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The article about free play is worth reading. Recently, a kindergarten teacher told me that all teaching should be infused with play and playfulness.
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“This American carnage”: Trumplandia and the Ultimate Rise of “Careless People”

“This American carnage”: Trumplandia and the Ultimate Rise of “Careless People” | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Do an Internet search for "carnage" now and the first matches are from Trump's inauguration speech, in which he invoked "[t]his American carnage" to launch into his standard use of false claims to speak to his misinformed and misguided base. Setting aside whatever anyone may assume is Trump's intent—if "intent" even is applicable anymore—this use…
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Using fiction, such as the Great Gatsby, Camus' work, and Alice Walker's, is essential in teaching. Carefully and thoughtfully used we find other stories might exist.
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Education Readings: teacher 'burnout'/ creativity/ Sir Ken Robinson/ and more about Finland

Education Readings: teacher 'burnout'/ creativity/ Sir Ken Robinson/  and more about Finland | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Time for teachers to fight back! By Allan Alach How did it happen? Well, here we are at the start of another year
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Teacher burnout is an important topic to consider. How do we keep good teachers in the profession and teaching at a high level.
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8 Things Bosses Do That Make Great Employees Quit

8 Things Bosses Do That Make Great Employees Quit | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Avoid these critical leadership mistakes (or these bosses) if you want to thrive.

Via george_reed
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We overvalue the 80% instead of the 20%. In schools, that is an ethical challenge.
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george_reed's curator insight, February 3, 4:14 PM
Personnel management seeks to treat employees fairly and equitably. Talent management requires attention to the needs, wants, and desires of your best and brightest.
 
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A Quiver of Teaching Strategies (Not Just One Silver Bullet)

A Quiver of Teaching Strategies (Not Just One Silver Bullet) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

To develop a class of risk takers, administrators need to encourage faculty to try new teaching strategies so they model for their students risk taking, flexibility, and resilience when failure happens.


Via Kevreadenn, Malachy Scullion
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As we gain experience and mature (in an Aristotlean way), we learn which arrow to draw from the quiver. The challenge is, without strong support (something I found lacking), from adminstrators it is hard to grow (in a Deweyan way).
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Malachy Scullion's curator insight, October 14, 2015 10:43 AM

This is so important - "teachers are trained in a variety of methodologies."

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A quiver may not be enough.

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Education Readings - digital skills/ information literacy/ Seymour Papert / personalised learning / creativity and Sir Ken Robinson

Education Readings - digital skills/ information literacy/ Seymour Papert / personalised learning / creativity and   Sir Ken Robinson | 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
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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A cohesive list of the 44th president's favorites

POTUS is an avid reader and recently spoke to the New York Times about the significant, informative and inspirational role literature has played in his presidency, crediting books for allowing him to “slow down and get perspective.”


Via Jim Lerman
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There is a good mix of contemporary and classics.
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