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How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work

How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft and fluffy term that's easy to dismiss.

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A positive mindset is essential to creativity and happiness.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, January 25, 2014 2:44 PM

This is a great article on the power of positive and negative thinking.

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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.

Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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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.

Via Lon Woodbury, Dean J. Fusto
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There are great insights provided.
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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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A quick overview of four Instructional Design Models

A quick overview of four Instructional Design Models | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If you’re new to eLearning, then understanding and following instructional design best practices from the beginning is crucial to your success. The eLearning niche is vast, and you will find numerous theories, models, and resources that have worked for different experts.

Leave them for later.

Begin with the basic, most widely used models that eLearning designers acknowledge and use to structure and plan their training:

ADDIE ModelMerrill’s Principles of InstructionGagne’s Nine Events of InstructionsBloom’s Taxonomy
Note: This overview doesn't intend to evaluate the models. Each framework has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of which to use will depend on which model works best for you, your company, and your learners.

Via Edumorfosis, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is an article that might take some reading and comparing of the models. Good pedagogic principles and practices are vital to teaching regardless of whether it is elearning or face-to-face.
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Phonics?/ Yong Zhao - side effects of reform / MLEs - modern learning environments ( or flexi ble FLEs, or innovative, learning environments ILEs )

Phonics?/ Yong Zhao - side effects of reform / MLEs - modern  learning environments ( or flexi ble  FLEs, or innovative, learning  environments ILEs ) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teaching as a creative art Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem
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An interesting article is the one about teachers thinking like students. How did we each experience our learning?
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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…

Via Bibiana Vargas
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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.

Via Chris Carter, Dean J. Fusto
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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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I love his poetry.
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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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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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Research evidence or Professional Judgement?

Research evidence or Professional Judgement? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
So, what works? It is a question teachers ask every day of the week. Whether it is 'does this mastery stuff in maths work then?', or 'what should I get my students to revise this week?', or 'what literacy programme should I pick for Jane, who is struggling big time with her comprehension?' We are questioning machines - and don't try and get us all to agree on the answers either! Today was a day out of school for me, leading Research-lead training for a group of teachers and school leaders in North Lincolnshire. I came away inspired by teachers exercising their professional judgement and grappling with research evidence. Some were going back to their schools to ask tough questions, others had lots of new ideas. I took away what I think it the best  new idea to help reading I have heard in ages. Once home, nursing a cold , I read this blog by Sue Cowley entitled: 'What Works for What?' It was a blog that jarred with my lived experience today and flew in the face of some of my views. I

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Research evidence and professional judgement go hand-in-hand.
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Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track

Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There's more to learn at school than reading and math. Teaching kids to control their emotions, solve problems and work well with others can help them succeed

Via Sarantis Chelmis
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My experience isthat many at-risk students do not have good role models in other parts of their lives. When they come to school, they need to be helped to understand that they will not always succeed right away.
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