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for the love of learning: Time to weed out bad idea of merit pay

for the love of learning: Time to weed out bad idea of merit pay | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Merit pay and a lack of open conversation are the binaries we engage in our conversations. The business mind says throw money at it and we will solve the problem. Mindful use of money would be a place to start. We spend money in education and it is dubious it is being spent well. The other end is the concept that we cannot have open conversations in education. The result is we hide in corners and nothing changes. It is not money or silence that will solve the problems.

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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.

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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,

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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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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.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, juandoming
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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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How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist

How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I love a good page turner. There are few things more satisfying to me then starting a book and not physically being able to put it down. So much so that you look up from said book only to realize that you've been in your pajamas all day, and now it's nighttime. Such was the wonderful…

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I like the idea of starting with something that you never pull off. Students could buy into that.
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I absolutely love stories that stand up the hair on your arms--those rare plots where you never know what's lurking around each corner and senses are firing on all cylinders.

Want to know how to write your own creeper? This article gives us some really great ideas for a whiplash of a ride sure to thrill the reader.

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Secret Teacher: we're not reading – so why do we assume children will?

Secret Teacher: we're not reading – so why do we assume children will? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
English teachers at my school don’t have time to read whole books, and are told to rely on extracts in class. This is no way to inspire a love of literature

Via Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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When I asked my students to read, I read. When we read in class, we read together. In the school setting I was in many parents read with their children at home. A love of reading is a shared experience.
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A Self-Regulation Journey: One School’s Story

A Self-Regulation Journey: One School’s Story | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“ About a year and half ago, I wrote about the great work that was being done at Alexander Elementary with, among other things, it’s school wide insistence on making everyone’s learning v…”
Via Gino Bondi, Chris Wejr, Vicki Moro
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The idea of limiting visual materials and the use of neutral colours was described by one of the teachers I interviewed. She is informed by Pestalozzi's work, which proposes that teachers begin the year with blank bulletin boards and put up student learning as it is produced. Another teacher described using alternative seating and comfortable areas in the classroom.
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One school's examination of their classrooms and

routines in order to help students up or down regulate to be calm, alert, and ready to learn.

Chris Wejr's curator insight, May 17, 10:47 PM
Great story of a staff working together for calmer, less cluttered learning environments.
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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.

Via Jim Lerman
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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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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 16, 10:40 AM
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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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 22, 8:52 AM
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"…
Via Jeroen Bottema
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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 …
Via Ines Bieler
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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.


Via Andrew Spence
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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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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Maya Eilam is a freelance New York City graphic designer making digital and printed works that bring creativity to communication. Including websites, logos, social media graphics, custom lettering, illustration, photography, infographics, and more.


Via Penelope, Jim Lerman, Yashy Tohsaku
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This would be an interesting way to teach writing in school. There are certain basic literary archetypes that teachers could focus on. this is not an exhaustive list, but is a great place to begin
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Penelope's curator insight, April 21, 10:19 AM
Visuals are wonderful learning tools, and this beautiful infographic is a keeper. Created by an artist to depict "The Shapes of Stories" by Kurt Vonnegut, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

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Stressed teachers / do real science/early education / teaching writing ( and grammar) wrong / creativity and risk taking

Stressed teachers / do real science/early education / teaching writing ( and grammar) wrong /  creativity and risk taking | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Why have schools made it so complicated - we are all born learners Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggeste
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The second article grabbed my attention. As I taught multiple core subjects at the junior high level, I discovered activities i.e. Science Fair, novel studies, fractured fairy tales, etc. engaged students and met the curriculum-as-plan outcomes. Approaching teaching and learning this way provided flexibility and choice.
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