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Lectures Didn't Work in 1350—and They Still Don't Work Today

Lectures Didn't Work in 1350—and They Still Don't Work Today | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A conversation with David Thornburg about designing a better classroom

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School has not been a happy place for many of us. We need real conversations rather than a continuation of the same old same old.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, November 17, 2013 8:34 AM

It is really about learner engagement.

 

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:12 PM

Interesting considerations for reimagining school.

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Teachers Are Quitting Because They're Dissatisfied

Teachers Are Quitting Because They're Dissatisfied | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teacher turnover hurts student achievement, is expensive for schools and districts, and leads to teacher shortages, Darling-Hammond said. 

And both teachers who leave the profession and teachers who change schools are most commonly leaving because they are dissatisfied, according to the analysis. See the below graph breaking down why teachers left the profession in 2012-13. (Percentages do not add up to 100 since teachers were allowed to select more than one reason.)

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I think this is one of the underlying issues in why teachers leave. Teacher agency and voice are silenced. Teachers are the closest to their students, but, often, are excluded from the conversations that are essential to their students.

I experienced working for (not with) administrators who had not been in the classroom for years and others who fled the classroom after only a few years. Too often, the joy I found in teaching was squelched by the oppression I experienced.
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How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower (Engage) Them at School

The types of messages students receive can make a difference in how eager they are to learn subjects like math.
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Engage is a better word than empower. To empower is to give power. To engage is to enter into a conversation. Teaching is a deeply relational practice.
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Time for a rebirth of the creative spirit.

Time for a rebirth of the creative spirit. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
  The time is right for a true educational revolution! We need to listen to lost voices and rediscover our own. Who wants to join th
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The basic message in the article is how we have a limited memory of what works in schools.
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Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps

Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
South Carolina researchers have drawn a connection between low-income students' poor performance on math tests and the time of month when their families run low on food stamps.
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Good research is premised on a hypothesis and a best guess. My best guess would be classroom teachers understand poverty and hunger limit learning.
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Give Yourself Permission to Screw Up – Personal Growth – Medium

Give Yourself Permission to Screw Up – Personal Growth – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Millions of people are obsessed with perfection. This obsession makes it difficult to make a decision without wasting too much time analyzing every detail. Don’t get me wrong, it pays to get things…
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Making mistakes is an essential part of learning, therefore an essential part of teaching.
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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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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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How to Engage Underperforming Students

How to Engage Underperforming Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Guided by research, educators at Cochrane Collegiate have homed in on ten top teaching methods, and teachers receive weekly PD to help them implement the practices.

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Rather than student-centred, I focus on subject-centred. The word subject has three meanings: topic, human, and the verb. When we think of teaching and learning as subject centred, we focus on questions about what engages students. We can ask questions that frame dialogue without presupposed answers. How has each student and teacher experienced this subject in their lives?
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Losing out on learning: Action to ensure refugee children get an education

Losing out on learning: Action to ensure refugee children get an education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, Head of Education Policy & Advocacy and Sébastien Hine, Education Research Adviser at Save the Children The world is now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. According to UNHCR, an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees,…
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We need to understand living in refugees camps is dangerous and school is not always available. Many refugee families want their children in school and value a formal education.
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Education Readings September 22nd

Education Readings September 22nd | 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 Don’t Say “Times” When Teaching Multiplication (And What to Say Instead) ‘Choosing our words carefully can have a big impact on student understanding, especially when it comes to multiplication. Make this small change to your…
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There are links to articles by Henry Giroux, Alfie Cohen, and one about John Dewey.
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5 surprising lessons I learned from Buddhist nuns about dating and relationships

5 surprising lessons I learned from Buddhist nuns about dating and relationships | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I spent two weeks at Plum village, a Buddhist monastery in France. I came to recover from burn out, and what I found was not only wisdom and practice around how to be present with life, but also…
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I would take the five lessons one step further. Apply the lessons to thing in our lives i.e. teaching. Why do we teach or do any job? If we love something or someone, take time and savour the love.
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How Do New Critical Pedagogies Develop? Public Education, Social Change, and Landless Workers in Brazil

How Do New Critical Pedagogies Develop? Public Education, Social Change, and Landless Workers in Brazil | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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"The article argues that this social movement participation is appropriate if activists can mobilize parents, students, teachers, and other community members to implement this vision through a collective process of participatory governance."

This case study was completed in Brazil the home of Paulo Freire's critical pedagogy.
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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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