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What Makes You Happy? It Depends on How Old You (Think) You Are - Knowledge@Wharton

What Makes You Happy? It Depends on How Old You (Think) You Are - Knowledge@Wharton | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The experiences that bring happiness change as people become (or feel) older, recent Wharton research finds, creating implications for the way marketers attract certain demographics to their products.

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This is interesting research. The idea that what helps positively define us makes us happy makes sense.

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We reviewed 60 studies on what makes for a dream job. Here’s what we found.

We reviewed 60 studies on what makes for a dream job. Here’s what we found. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We reviewed over 60 studies. We found a dream job isn't highly paid or easy, and need not involve your "passion". Rather, focus on 6 key ingredients.
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I once told a group of teachers I would teach for 1/2 the money. It was not a popular comment. What this articles points out is money is overrated. Yes, we need money to live, but it does not make us happy per se.

To find a dream job, look for: Work you’re good at, Work that helps others, Supportive conditions: engaging work that lets you enter a state of flow; supportive colleagues; lack of major negatives like unfair pay; and work that fits your personal life.
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Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express

Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A recent New York Times op-ed makes the case that the national school improvement debate over-focuses on teachers and should consider how school leaders set the conditions that enable great teaching and learning. In a blog post ("Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools"), literacy coach Shawnta Barnes simply states, "Yes, teacher development is important, but a great teacher under a poor leader is a teacher who is likely to leave and a school that is not likely to succeed." This issue looks at elevating the knowledge and skills of school leaders, who have so much riding on their shoulders, in ways that directly benefit the school community.

Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading
Why observing and talking with teachers is the best professional development for instructional leaders—and the best way to improve schools.
Six Keys to Successful Change Management
The most common reason many edtech projects fail is that district leaders pay too little attention to the need for change management. Here are six strategies that are crucial for success.
10 Dimensions of Holistic Leadership
A British school uses 10 qualities of good leadership—and their opposites—as a self-reflection and evaluation tool for school leaders.


Via Jim Lerman
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It is challenging for good teaching to exist in the midst of weak leading. I left teaching because what we call leading is managing. Teachers having a voice in their professional growth is essential.

The point that is missing is what role do teachers play in leading in schools? Teaching and leading overlap in many ways.
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How To Stop Wasting Time Like Seneca – Personal Growth – Medium

How To Stop Wasting Time Like Seneca – Personal Growth – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What if I told you that someone has already solved the procrastination puzzle, once and for all? What’s more, what if he’d done so 2,000 years ago? Well…someone has.
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Seneca proposed how we use time is essential to how we experience living. I spent a lot of time planning lessons and units. It benefited my teaching. It took extra time, but the time was enjoyable.
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A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times

A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work,” Toni Morrison wrote in her electrifying case for the artist’s task in troubled times. “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. That is how civilizations heal.”

But in such times of civilizational trauma, when the book of life itself seems to have come unbound, where are artists — who are not only human but perhaps the most human among us — to find the fortitude of spirit necessary for rising to their healing task?

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Courtney E. Martin offer a heartening answer in a collaboration that stands as a mighty manifesto for our time and a testament to the only mechanism by which the creative spirit has ever pulled humanity out of every abyss of its own making.

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Art can be a path towards social justice, as can teaching.
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Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic

Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Any story we tell of our species, any science of human nature, that ignores how important stories are in shaping what and how we think and feel is false. We evolved to be ultra-social (and self-deficient), so we care deeply about character and plot.  

Via Nik Peachey, Joyce Valenza, Jonathan Acuña, Luciana Viter
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Stories complement logic in teaching when used with care. Students remembered my stories more easily than the material in textbooks. For example, I described how farmers I know use journals to help with their selective breeding of livestocks. 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 7, 5:25 AM

Absolutely.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 8, 7:40 AM
Yes!
Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 12, 1:22 PM

A short article with so many links, you'll be spiraling down the rabbit hole of storytelling for quite a while! This completely supports my bias toward story, so it was a delight to read!

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Journaling for Professional Development: Developing Yourself Through Reflection

Journaling for Professional Development: Developing Yourself Through Reflection | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Learn how journaling regularly can help you build new skills, develop self-awareness, and achieve your goals.

Via Ariana Amorim, Kevin Watson, Ricard Lloria
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I journalled when I was teaching. What I discovered was it was not helpful; not because it could not be, but because I just vented. Since retiring, I have journalled and focused on what I felt, what I was doing, and how this informed who I was becoming. It has made a difference.
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I discovered that only one teacher I interviewed journaled. Each teacher said they reflected extensively, but only one set it down on paper. It is good to journal to reflect on mistakes and what worked; keep information fresh, solve problems, and grow as a teacher.
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Every Child's Story Matters - Risk to Leqrn

Every Child's Story Matters - Risk to Leqrn | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Every child has a story.

It doesn’t matter if they are entering pre-kindergarten or getting ready to graduate next week, they have a story.

That story, their narrative, is everything.

As educators, I think we often find ourselves in the mindset that our job is to teach content...and content alone. Before going into administration I taught fifth and sixth grade, and I was very much under that impression. I knew relationships were important, I knew my students needed to know how much I cared about them, and their success. Yet what I lacked, what I failed to see, was the reality that every child comes with a unique background, a different story, and one that shapes the way they come to school, the way they learn, and the way they grow.

Our students need to understand, need to know, that we see them for who they are...amazingly wonderful individuals.

Via John Evans, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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"Teaching requires grace" That is a great quote to take from this post. I have spent the last month or two journaling about my lived-experiences and stories that emerged as a student. How did they inform my teaching? They did and continue to offer new questions each time I return to any of the lived-experiences. What is going on in a child's life that I will never know about? That takes grace.
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In my 46 years in public education, I never witnessed a school that fulfilled the author's vision. However, I had numerous teachers that understood the power of knowing a child's story and doing everything to help that child experience success as a person and as a student. You can always dream!
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Personalized Learning: What Does the Research Say? (Benjamin Herold)

Personalized Learning: What Does the Research Say?  (Benjamin Herold) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Benjamin Herold is a staff writer for Education Week. He covers education technology and writes for the Digital Education blog. This post appeared October 18, 2016 The K-12 sector is investing heavily in technology as a means of providing students with a more customized educational experience. So far, though, the research evidence behind "personalized learning"…
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Personalized learning is not just a digital tool way to learn. It blends traditional and progressive ways to teach. Teaching remains essential to learning.
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Teaching Toward Consciousness

Teaching Toward Consciousness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
To create equity in their schools, educators must seek to validate and acknowledge students, expose and reveal the unseen, encourage questioning, and facilitate reflection.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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John Dewey proposed teaching happened in the real world of the children. Far off and distant outcomes are an adult construct. Teaching is standing between the interests of children in the moment and what they are conscious of and those long term outcomes.
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Why Education Reformers Shouldn’t Dismiss the Idea of Year-Round Schooling

Why Education Reformers Shouldn’t Dismiss the Idea of Year-Round Schooling | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When it comes to propositions for educational reform, the suggestion that the U.S. adopt a year-round schooling model is one of the most drastic – at least within the eyes of the American public. Summer vacation has a long, nostalgia-draped history amongst American school children. Still, the idea of year-round schooling isn’t one that came out of nowhere. In 2005, the National Task Force on Public Education (NTFPE), which included prominent politicians, businesspersons, and education leaders as members, issued a report on the required methodological changes in our education system. The report, Getting Smarter, Becoming Fairer: A Progressive Education Agenda …
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Year-round schooling has had some success. It benefits some students as they do not lose what they have learned with shorter and more frequent breaks.
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Teaching Kids Controversy: Education, Pluralism, and Hot Topics

Teaching Kids Controversy: Education, Pluralism, and Hot Topics | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Public schools were created with a mission to bring diverse people together and inculcate shared values thought necessary for democracy. But teaching children about politically, religiously, racially, or otherwise highly charged topics has turned out to be very difficult, driven by fear of igniting explosive conflicts. The result has been that potential flashpoints—but also crucial topics—have often bee

Via Dennis Swender, Ines Bieler, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Students are curious. They have many questions. Hannah Arendt argued we live in the midst of radical pluralism. Classrooms can be safe places for students to interact and learn about the plurality they live in.
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Why Most People Will Never Be Successful – Thrive Global

Why Most People Will Never Be Successful – Thrive Global | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. Many people with lots of money have horribly unhappy and radically imbalanced lives. The more evolved you become, the more focused you must be on those few…
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Can we fully balance our lives? No, but we can integrate what Benjamin Hardy calls mini-retirements and regular sabbaticals into living. When we have time, these events make sense. I began to meditate later in my teaching career. Each day, I took a brief sabbatical or sabbaticals from my teaching. I integrated a practice into my living that continues to act as a touchstone.

I became more mindful and attentive to who I was and others. I did not set out with the goal of being more mindful per se, but that was an outcome.
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What Makes Work Meaningful?

What Makes Work Meaningful? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Article from the HR Transformer Blog, that highlights some research into what makes work meaningful.


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The first quality of meaningful work is essential. Why do we enter a particular profession and area of work? I wanted to make a difference and go beyond as a teacher. It is reflective in two ways. First, meaningful work reflects who we each are as a person. Dewey used the term "self-interest." Second, we reflect on what we do and who we are in our work to become better and grow. Parker Palmer says the question about who the teacher is that teaches is rarely explored. It might be what Paul Ricoeur explored as the phenomenology of the self.
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How can organisations provide work that is meaningful?

One of the first steps is to look at what makes work meaningful for individuals.  This is important for all those managing teams or designing or changing organisations.

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Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools

Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Robin Hood Waldkindergarten, which opened in 2005, is one of more than 1,500 waldkitas, or “forest kindergartens,” in Germany; Berlin alone has about 20. Most have opened in the last 15 years and are usually located in the city’s parks, with a bare-bones structure serving as a sort of home base, but others, like Robin Hood, rely on public transportation to shuttle their charges daily out into the wilderness, where they spend most of the day, regardless of weather. Toys, typically disparaged at waldkitas, are replaced by the imaginative use of sticks, rocks and leaves. A 2003 Ph.D. dissertation by Peter Häfner at Heidelberg University showed that graduates of German forest kindergartens had a “clear advantage” over the graduates of regular kindergartens, performing better in cognitive and physical ability, as well as in creativity and social development."


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The kindergarten teacher I interviewed described the essential nature of play in her teaching. As well, she argued that play is not something limited to kindergarten and it should be encouraged at all ages. It keeps us young.
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The Mark of a Great Teacher

The Mark of a Great Teacher | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

When you ask Morgan Ottman, Sheboygan Falls High School Senior and Kohl Excellence Award Winner, what the qualities of a good teacher are, she will tell you that there is more to teaching than just talking to students about a subject.

“A great teacher is a mentor,” says Morgan. “They are one who inspires, motivates, and opens up minds to the endless possibilities of which one can achieve. A mentor builds interpersonal connections.”


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The key word for me was inspire. Teaching is relational and the kindness spoken about in the article is essential to relating to one's students.
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Pondering and researching education while listening to a waterfalls

Pondering and researching education while listening to a waterfalls | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings May 24, 2017 Pondering and researching education while listening to a waterfalls   It has been five years since I was staying at the Sylvan Mills Bed and Breakfast in a room over a waterfalls. I went up to North Georgia to recharge perhaps another word might be to rekindle my passion for…
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The first thing that stood out was how the author used the time to rekindle their love for teaching. The second thing was the use of John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, Maria Montessori, Maxine Greene, Parker Palmer, etc. to support a view of experiential education.

I use the word experientia, rather than progreesive,l as I recall John Dewey stating that progressive and traditional schooling can complement one another. It reminds me a story in Parker Palmer's writing about one of his favourite teachers, who lectured most of the time.

Is there one right way to teach? Is it an amalgam of what seems best suited at a given time and place and a pedagogic wisdom emerges over time to guide these choices? In my writing, I am exploring this question.
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Energy Flows Where Attention Goes – The Mind Of The Organization – Medium

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes – The Mind Of The Organization – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Young children tend to draw people with big round heads and sticks for bodies and arms. From a young age we focus on our heads and brains as the centre of our being, but we are not brains on sticks…

Via Bobby Dillard, Gisele HELOU
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Christopher Martlew describes something like "flow." It is not just focus, but an engagement of the whole self that energizes us when we feel good about an activity.

I remember students leaving the classroom saying "I wish that had gone on all day." Schools with their schedules limit where our attention can take us.
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Turning Teaching Over to Students - Howard Rheingold

Turning Teaching Over to Students - Howard Rheingold | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Howard Rheingold interviews Michael Wesch, who is trying to help students make a life worth living, and that can’t just be taught and given a letter grade.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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When students participate in their learning and take responsibility for it, they engage in their learning. In my classroom, students often were asked to teach each other through their activities. More over, students wanted to help each other and teach. However, we should understand this is not an abdication of teacher responsibility. I played a vital role in their learning.
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Study Tips Backed By Science | Edudemic by Marian Oswald

Study Tips Backed By Science | Edudemic by Marian Oswald | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Marian Oswald

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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There are good tips in the article i.e. rest, teach someone, move, etc. The list would make a good classroom resource to be shared with students.
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Whiteboard Desks: Low tech can be really fun!

Whiteboard Desks: Low tech can be really fun! | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Somehow by the luck of the draw, I ended up with the worst desks in our entire school when I joined this staff in 2013. Not only are the desk legs loose, and I’m constantly tightening them with a wrench, but also they are peeling and carved up. One even says “I hate this class” in big letters across the front. Let’s not even get into the gum artwork under the desks...


It finally came to a point where I was fed up. These desks have been through a lot, and they aren’t serving my kids’ needs. I can’t exactly go out and buy new desks. Solution: do some DIY and make whiteboard desks.

Via John Evans, Marco Pozzi, Suvi Salo, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Mike Kelly
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At the beginning of the school year I put butcher paper on tables and laid out markers. The students enjoyed it for a few days. This would be better, as they could erase and it would remain fresh.
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Low tech-translate into lots of fun (and learning).. 

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A simple and ingenious idea 
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Servant Leadership Lessons From a 17-Year-Old

Servant Leadership Lessons From a 17-Year-Old | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I just read a great story about what Servant Leadership looks like. It's in the new book Stadium Status: Taking Your Business to the Big Time, which is based on interviews with high performers who make the stadium their office — from country musicians, to professional athletes, to coaches. The author, John Brubaker,

Via James Schreier
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Serving and leading are paradoxes. Serving while leading is not abandonning of responsibilites. Instead it is deomstrating caring for those around us.

Teaching would seem to a natural fit for serving and leading. The ultimate test is do those who follow themselves become leaders and serve.
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Bringing a Growth Mindset to Professional Development

Bringing a Growth Mindset to Professional Development | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A veteran educator shares a new vision for professional development that ditches the PowerPoint and involves teachers in their own learning.

Via Mel Riddile, Dean J. Fusto
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Teachers should be involved in their own learning and choose what is important to their teaching. Andragogy, which is teaching adults, and pedagogy are different. With lived-experiences adults can choose in responsible ways. Will they make mistakes? Yes, but part of learning is becoming responsible for those mistakes and learning.
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How Parents Can Help Kids Develop A Sense Of Purpose

How Parents Can Help Kids Develop A Sense Of Purpose | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Parents can play a powerful role in guiding kids to find a sense of purpose in their lives. Sometimes, that means standing back.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Suvi Salo, Luciana Viter
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Parents are children's first teachers. They can help and hinder their from finding purpose in life.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 21, 4:55 PM

Purpose - Grit - Integrity - Tenacity!

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5 Stoic Exercises That Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur

5 Stoic Exercises That Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Very few ancient philosophies can be traced back to an entrepreneur, but one can: Stoicism. Around 304 BC, a merchant named Zeno was shipwrecked on a trading voyage. He lost nearly everything. Making…
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This can be applied to teaching. For example, teaching subject matter, ages, grade levels, etc. you are "comfortable" with is essential to success. Being "comfortable" is not just "mailing it in." It is growing and learning and being willing to go the furthest reaches of your horizon.
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5 Teaching Skills All Educators Should Foster

5 Teaching Skills All Educators Should Foster | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Use these teaching skills to help you become an effective educator.

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I am not sure being likeable is something we can foster per se, but the other four, patience, creativity, communicating, and self-discipline, lay the groundwork for it.
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