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Webquests - An Introductory Guide and Resources


Via Malachy Scullion
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Webquests are a great tool for learning when picked carefully and there is time provided for successful completion. They cut across disciplines and allow excellent collaborative opportunities.

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Being a Kind Boss Pays Off | Mindful

Being a Kind Boss Pays Off | Mindful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Emma Seppälä looks at the hard data on being a nice boss.


Via Jenny Ebermann
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There is  a difference between being a leader and being a manager in the same way being a boss is not the same as the first two. An ethical view, per Aristotle, suggests aiming for the good and beautiful brings kindness along.

 

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Positive Teams Are More Productive

Positive Teams Are More Productive | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Research-based ways to make your employees happier.

Via Suvi Salo
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It makes sense. It does not mean people don't disagree. In fact, they might be more encouraged to speak their minds in a civil conversation.

 

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8 ways you may be encouraging your child to be a bully

8 ways you may be encouraging your child to be a bully | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Admit it. You've watched and wondered: Is my kid a bully? - New Zealand Herald


Via Peter Mellow
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The one that surprised me was the over sharing. That seems counter-intuitive, but forcing something to happen is learning. It is coercive. The one that is missing, but might be there implicitly is being a good role model and avoiding bullying as an adult.

 

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Frozen Yoga? It’s Snowga

Frozen Yoga? It’s Snowga | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

It seemed as if yoga should have exhausted its opportunities for expansion by now, considering it has already made such unlikely alliances as marijuana, dogs, karaoke and stand-up paddleboards. But the yoga creep carries on with what may be the practice’s strangest bedfellow yet: snow.


This latest incarnation of yoga is called, inevitably, snowga, and it’s done outside in freezing temperatures, that archenemy of stretching, often as a mash-up with snow sports like skiing and snowshoeing.

In Bozeman, Mont., this winter, a company called Flow Outside began a twice-weekly class in which participants snowshoe to their destination as a warm-up, do about a half-hour of yoga, and then snowshoe home. Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont offers snowga (calling it Stowega) with both skiing and snowshoeing. And at Finger Lakes Yoga Escapes in Canandaigua, N.Y., an owner, Jennifer Hess, said snowga (her version is with snowshoes) has been such a success that she plans to introduce a class at night, with headlamps...


Via Vilma Bonilla
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This would be popular in many parts of Canada. It reminds about a game I developed with students called snowshoe soccer. They wanted to play soccer and I wanted them to do a winter, individual activity.

 

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, March 5, 8:21 PM

"The latest version is often a mash-up with sports like skiing and snowshoeing." ~ This is a thing, lolz. Who knew?

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Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression?

Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
New research shows differences in the brains of kids who show excessive guilty behavior, which may put them at risk for a host of mood disorders later in life.

Via Suvi Salo
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Can we help children work through this?

 

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Which Jobs Have the Highest Rates of Depression?

Which Jobs Have the Highest Rates of Depression? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Sometimes when I observe someone doing their job, I can't help but think, "Man, that must be hard." Maybe it's a retail worker dutifully leading a customer to the linens aisle for the umpteenth time.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
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Education is just outside the top 7.

 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 22, 2014 4:05 PM

Before students decide a career they might want to check this out.

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Get Happy from Being Present

Get Happy from Being Present | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of articles recently about mindfulness (bringing elements of meditation into everyday life). Recent scientific research suggests that those who advocate it are right – it really does improve many aspects of well being. This infographic collates some of the best of that research and shows how being present really can make you happier.


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If teachers are present and help students in being present, it could make a difference.

 

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Employee study finds many Australian workplaces lack effective leadership - The Age

Employee study finds many Australian workplaces lack effective leadership - The Age | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ineffectual leaders who fail to clarify their company's direction are the leading cause of worker disengagement.

Via Professor Jill Jameson
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I found this was the case, In School, one would think that there would be more caring and sympathetic leaders.

 

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The Importance of Being Care-full

The Importance of Being Care-full | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I often like to make a distinction between caring and care-taking when it comes to leading others. This post, from 2011, gets more specific about what it means to care and why it’s important. =====...

Via donhornsby
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Caring for those we are there to help is an important aspect of pedagogic work.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 1, 2014 10:29 AM

(From the article): No one can produce desired results if they are working with a murky set of expectations. So it is incumbent upon the leader who cares to be able to state what s/he expects, as simply and succinctly as possible and to ensure that the person to whom s/he is speaking understands those expectations in the way they were meant.

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Why Thankful People Are Happier And Healthier

Why Thankful People Are Happier And Healthier | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It's the time of year where we feel like should feel thankful, but it turns out that gratitude is actually good for you.

Via Bobby Dillard
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The paragraph beginning with "dig for meaning" speaks about savouring life and living. It is a phenomenological experience where we appreciate rather than depreciate the ordinary contained in the extra-ordinary.

 

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Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude

Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias offers teachers several classroom activities to help students understand gratitude and put it to practice.

Via Amy Burns
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When teachers express gratitude in the classroom, students see and experience a very real model.

 

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Amy Burns's curator insight, November 28, 2014 9:27 AM

I think having students write thank you notes to project contributors is a good way to teach students about gratitude, plus, it builds community support and willingness to participate in future projects!

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Why Collaborative Leadership Trumps The Rule of One | Mindful

Why Collaborative Leadership Trumps The Rule of One | Mindful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Mindful friend and contemplative community builder Jeff Walker gets big ups on his book


Via Jenny Ebermann
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It is important to work cooperatively and this requires being attentive and mindful, being present.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, November 27, 2014 3:54 PM
Collaboration and co-creation are the keys!
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Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of mindfulness in education

Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of mindfulness in education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
--- More and more studies are showing the potential benefits of mindfulness practices for students --to improve physical health, psychological well-being,

Via Adrian Bertolini, Lynnette Van Dyke
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How do we help teachers help students?

 

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, November 24, 2014 4:09 PM

It is great to see more wholistic aspects of being human finding their way into research and schools

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12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic People

12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic People | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

To deal with toxic people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can't.


Via Bobby Dillard
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I left. That would seem to be a 13th.

 

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The Metamorphosis, Kafka

The Metamorphosis, Kafka | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“The Metamorphosis, Kafka”

Via Vilma Bonilla
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It would be nice. Kindergarten students take naps. I wonder if there teachers do?

 

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How To Be Optimistic: 4 Steps Backed By Research

How To Be Optimistic: 4 Steps Backed By Research | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Everyone says you should be positive... but how? Here what science has to say about how to be optimistic.

Via Bobby Dillard
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What if we looked forward to going to work, going to school, and living in general? It would make such a difference.

 

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He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here's What They Told Him.

He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here's What They Told Him. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Karl Pillemer has spent the last several years systematically interviewing hundreds of older Americans to collect their lessons for living. Pillemer admits he's an advice junkie. He's also a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University.


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Much of this advice is good for many ages.

 

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behaviour patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.


Via Andrea Zeitz, Luciana Viter
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What if we treated each other kindly every day instead of on special days? This might begin with the way adults treat each other in School.

 

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Top Ten Relaxation Techniques for Children

Top Ten Relaxation Techniques for Children | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Includes: ten great ways to help children relax, and practice these techniques together.

Via Lon Woodbury, Suvi Salo
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These are mindfulness practices and very important for children and adults.

 

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Theory of Awesomeness (infographic)

Theory of Awesomeness (infographic) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Ali Godding, Jose Luis Yañez
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This is an interesting way of understanding flow theory.

 

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Ali Godding's curator insight, December 6, 2014 5:59 AM

I love that this infographic which highlights so clearly the balance needed to achieve a 'flow state' where everything just seems to feel great and happen naturally.

 

The balance of feeling happy about life as it currently is, as well as a clear vision of what you are working towards can feel paradoxical.

 

"How can I be happy now if I know I want something else?" Asks the life that expects everything immediately, through eyes that can only perceive black or white.I know that is how I first felt upon reading such words. It felt so contradictory!

 

I have been on a tour around each of the squares in that diagram, bouncing from a 'current reality gap' to 'stress' to a total and annihilating 'negative spiral'. I learned that being ok with where we are right now, is a critical element of getting where we want to be next. I saw it happen in my life.

 

The most memorable being totally comfortable with my single status whilst having a vision of meeting my soul mate. Those who know me, know that meet my soul mate I did!  It's as if that balance relaxes us, takes the pressure off, let's the world know 'I'm ok, I'm ready for what's coming next'.

 

The trick is to remember to have this balanced focus in all areas of life, even when it feels as if everything is falling apart.

 

Today I'm still recovering from an acute illness. I still need lots of rest, more than I realised. I need to be kind to myself. I've finally learnt how to do that, to accept 'that's what's going on right now' and that's just fine. I'm alive!

 

I have people around me that love me, a comfortable home and interesting work. At the same time I still have a vision of my future as someone full of vitality, physically strong and vibrant. And I know deep down it will happen, I'll get there.

 

I hope this post gives you some food for thought on your own state of flow, on feeding your own mojo!  

 

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Ali Godding's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:05 PM

I love that this infographic which highlights so clearly the balance needed to achieve a 'flow state' where everything just seems to feel great and happen naturally.

 

The balance of feeling happy about life as it currently is, as well as a clear vision of what you are working towards can feel paradoxical.

 

"How can I be happy now if I know I want something else?" Asks the life that expects everything immediately, through eyes that can only perceive black or white.I know that is how I first felt upon reading such words. It felt so contradictory!

 

I have been on a tour around each of the squares in that diagram, bouncing from a 'current reality gap' to 'stress' to a total and annihilating 'negative spiral'. I learned that being ok with where we are right now, is a critical element of getting where we want to be next. I saw it happen in my life.

 

The most memorable being totally comfortable with my single status whilst having a vision of meeting my soul mate. Those who know me, know that meet my soul mate I did!  It's as if that balance relaxes us, takes the pressure off, let's the world know 'I'm ok, I'm ready for what's coming next'.

 

The trick is to remember to have this balanced focus in all areas of life, even when it feels as if everything is falling apart.

 

Today I'm still recovering from an acute illness. I still need lots of rest, more than I realised. I need to be kind to myself. I've finally learnt how to do that, to accept 'that's what's going on right now' and that's just fine. I'm alive!

 

I have people around me that love me, a comfortable home and interesting work. At the same time I still have a vision of my future as someone full of vitality, physically strong and vibrant. And I know deep down it will happen, I'll get there.

 

I hope this post gives you some food for thought on your own state of flow, on feeding your own mojo!  

 

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George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’

George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’ | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
George Siemens

George Siemens is an internationally renowned and highly respected professor and researcher of technology, networks, analytics, and openness

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Valary Oleinik
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The etymology of education is twofold. First, educare suggests caring pedagogy leading children towards taking responsibility, rather than just ownership, for their learning. Second, as students become more responsible for their learning, educere is leading in ways that allows students more responsibility in directing their learning.

 

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El poder del estudiante en su propio Aprendizaje ...George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’ | @scoopit via @eddebainbridge http://sco.lt/...

Alex Enkerli's curator insight, December 2, 2014 2:12 PM

Advocating for educational appropriation, innovative pedagogue George Siemens.

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Are You a Narcissist?: InfoGraphic

Are You a Narcissist?: InfoGraphic | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Do they have an exaggerated sense of self-importance? Do they expect recognition or praise even when they haven’t earned it? Do they exaggerate their accomplishments? Do they have a sense of entitlement? Expect special favors? Feel envious of others? Act arrogant?

 

All of these traits are listed among the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder.


Via Ivo Nový
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I can think of a number of School managers I worked for this would be an excellent resource for them to look at regularly.

 

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Creating a Culture of Gratitude at Work

Creating a Culture of Gratitude at Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

As we approach the holiday season, lots of heart-felt stories about kindness and giving start to appear. Tis’ the season, so to speak. It’s a time when even the busiest people pause (even if only for


Via Jenny Ebermann
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A simple thank you and a welcoming can be so important for adults and children alike.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, November 29, 2014 5:34 PM
Gratitude counts in all cultures!
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Education Readings November 28th

Education Readings November 28th | 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 allan.alach@ihug.co.nz. This week’s homework!   Playing Video Games Is Good For Your Brain – Here’s ...
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The thing I notice in a number of posts by Alan Alach and Phil Cullen is there are articles which point us towards some of the great writers in education. Today, it is an article by Steve Wheeler beginning with a Jean Piaget quote about the purpose of education.

 

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10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Practical Tips for Productive Living


Via Mike Klintworth, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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The first point about focusing on everyone's story but your own is insidious and sneaks up on us.

 

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