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What happiness depends on

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Buddha is always a good source.

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Thoughts are powerful. Guard against negativity. Go to your happy place. Find solace in humor and the goodness of life. Be grateful and enjoy the moments you do have. ~ V.B.

Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning

What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Predictions pique our interest. Once we wager that our favorite sports team will win, we want to know the final score. Once we guess the identity of the

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Predicting was accompanied by reflecting and writing about each predication.
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12 Silent Saboteurs Of Innovation In Education

12 Silent Saboteurs Of Innovation In Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
12 Silent Saboteurs Of Innovation In Education

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There are several that caught my attention: teacher retention, poor PD (including PLC, bad policies, and reporting learning.

A challenge is that we talk about innovating schools, but most of what we do moves us in a different direction. We are reliant on the consultancy class, which has grown around schools. We end up deforming schools.
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There is no silver bullet for education reform

There is no silver bullet for education reform | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The honest and complex truth is that there are incredible things happening in every school in the country and there are massive challenges being faced by every school as well.
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Alfred North Whitehead proposed that the centre for school reform (transforming a school) is each school. It is an ongoing process. John Dewey's concept of reconstruction might be appropriate here.

We should not conflate school reform with education reform.
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ASCD Express 12.23 - Are Students Really Our Customers?

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Students are not consumers and teachers are not entrepreneurs.
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Infidelity to Truth: Education Malpractices in American Public Education: Chapter Six

Infidelity to Truth: Education Malpractices in American Public Education: Chapter Six | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Duane Swacker About Duane Chapter 6 Of Standards and Measurement Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. Henri Frederic Amiel How can anyone be against having standards in the classroom, standards for behavior or learning?  Kind of hard to argue against, eh!  What is so wrong with…
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This is another chapter of the book called Infidelity to Truth: Education Malpractices. It deals with standards and measuring.
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Change Your Desk, Change Your Life? – Taking Note – Medium

Change Your Desk, Change Your Life? – Taking Note – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The idea that orderliness breeds success reigns supreme. But what if messiness, especially a messy desk, offers its own rewards? What if we could eat healthier, be more generous, or better solve…
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I feel better. My desk is always a mess. My classroom was, too.
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Continuing a Conversation With Maxine Greene in Comics

Continuing a Conversation With Maxine Greene in Comics | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting way to help deliver a great thinker and writer's teachings about schools.
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Rejecting The Myth Of The 'Super Teacher'

Rejecting The Myth Of The 'Super Teacher' | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as the perfect student, classroom or teacher, writes Sydney Chaffee, National Teacher of the Year.
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The idea of opening up our classrooms, including the messy ones, (they are usually the best) to visitors is long overdue. Sharing with each other is not something that happens easily in schools and teaching.
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8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment #Infographic 

8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment #Infographic  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Rigor, data-based decision making may lead teachers to errors in assessing student learning. Find out how to address these issues thoughtfully.

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This is an informative infographic for teachers. Good teachers continuously learn about their students and their needs.
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My Challenge for the New School Year: The Kind Classroom

My Challenge for the New School Year: The Kind Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Cheryl Mizerny wants this to be the school year she cultivates a culture of kindness among her students as she joins with them to create The Kind Classroom.
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This is an excellent objective that could be approached differently based on grade level and what subject a teacher teaches. The key is to get to know your students and their interests.
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TEACHER VOICE: My classroom is the loud one – and the students are thriving - The Hechinger Report

TEACHER VOICE: My classroom is the loud one – and the students are thriving - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
My classroom is the one with lots of noise and activity from students. We like to get out from behind our desks, move around and have some fun — while learning. Moving and having fun helps to create a positive classroom culture. And I feel that a positive classroom culture is fundamental to learning. I’m …
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When children are active in their learning, they progress more than when they are passive.
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Movers shakers & policy makers - Carol Dweck, author, professor of psychology | #GrowthMindset #ModernEDU

Movers shakers & policy makers - Carol Dweck, author, professor of psychology | #GrowthMindset #ModernEDU | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What would you say are a few of the biggest myths about growth mindset?

OK, myth No.1 is the myth that it’s all about effort, and that you instil it by praising effort. Effort is one factor that leads to learning. So the ultimate value is growth, progress, learning. And effort is one thing that leads there but there are many other things – strategies, using resources, getting advice, guidance and mentorship, and when people leave that out and just praise effort, it’s not transmitting a growth mindset. Adults have nagged children for centuries to try harder. That’s not a growth mindset, it’s an adult nagging a child to try harder!

Also, we find that when teachers think it’s just about effort and praising effort they may praise effort that isn’t even there, or that’s not effective. So if a child tries hard at something and you say ‘great job, you tried hard’, but they didn’t make progress, they didn’t advance, you’re actually conveying a fixed mindset because you’re saying ‘great effort, I didn’t really expect you to do that, and I don’t expect you to do that, so I’m trying to make you feel good about not doing it’. So we need people to understand that it’s appreciating a variety of process variables that lead to learning.

The second myth is that you can teach students a lesson on growth mindset and put a poster up in the front of the room, and that’s that, that they will have a growth mindset from then on. And we know if the teacher doesn’t then embody a growth mindset, if teachers don’t embody growth mindsets in their teaching practices, in the way that they give feedback when the child is stuck, and the way they present a new unit, in the way that they give opportunities for revision and growth of understanding – if they don’t embody that growth mindset, they are not teaching it. And in fact, if their behaviour contradicts the poster at the front of the room, then maybe they’re doing a disservice.

 

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Carol Dweck outlines several myths about the pychology of a growth mindset.
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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 14, 12:27 PM
Interview with always interesting Carol Dweck. I appreciate the nuance of what she is discussing here. 
 
Ian Berry's curator insight, August 14, 7:15 PM
Great reminders of several aspects what I call appreciative leadership.  "Effort is one factor that leads to learning. So the ultimate value is growth, progress, learning. And effort is one thing that leads there but there are many other things – strategies, using resources, getting advice, guidance and mentorship, and when people leave that out and just praise effort, it’s not transmitting a growth mindset."
Chris Carter's curator insight, August 14, 7:31 PM
Carol Dweck gave words and concrete research to the belief that kids can succeed, that hard work matters, and that being "smart" has more to do with focus and determination than genes. 
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Why Our Brain Thrives on Mistakes - Mindful

Why Our Brain Thrives on Mistakes - Mindful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A slowly growing body of research suggests that our common aversion to failure is itself a failed strategy. Being curious about our mistakes is the royal road to learning. And mindful techniques can help.

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"Being curious about our mistakes is the royal road to learning." This is essential. Students and teachers who focus on being curious about their learning, successes and mistakes, grow.
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Failure is a growth opportunity! Mindfulness is something we really need to weave into our daily school life!

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler presents eight strategies for helping your students reclaim and master the lost art of conversation.

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I made we sure we had conversations. We sat at tables, not desks and set aside time for conversations. It is a time for teachers to learn about their students.
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Surround Yourself with People Who Hold You to a Higher Standard than You Hold Yourself

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This is worthwhile. Many supposed leaders fall short. They surround themselves with people who agree with them.

Schools would benefit from having teachers who set high standards. We would benefit from teachers who continue to grow and choose to remain teachers.
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Developing Creativity Through Critical Inquiry

Developing Creativity Through Critical Inquiry | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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The author presented a critique of what creativity is and is not. Sharon Bailin proposed that creativity is best developed through criitical inquiry, She argued that it is challenging, perhaps impossible to define creativity and its attributes. I wonder if we should not move towards project-based learning as a method to help form critical inquiry?
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Education Readings August 18th

Education Readings August 18th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Apologies for the absence of readings last week. I was hit by a double whammy – our internet connection went down for 48 hours, and then, as soon as that was restored, my computer decided to go on strike. In the end I had to erase the hard drive and reinstall everything.…
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The articles about digital natives and teaching creativity are interesting. The first argues that digital natives do not exist. There is some research to support this thinking. The second explores how we might consider teaching creativity. I am more inclined to think creating is what comes instinctively as we learn.
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Freedom to Learn

Freedom to Learn | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different - more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong. My undergraduate education, except for a few bright spots, was just an extension of my K-12 education including more grill and drill with sages on the…
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A key word used by Carl Rogers in describing the freedom to learn was students taking responsibility for their learning. This is a theme in educational literature i.e. John Dewey and Paulo Freire.

We have to be careful that we do not think learners are responsible for their learning because they have access to more information on the Internet.
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The 2 Hour Rule: The Genius of Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche Applied

The 2 Hour Rule: The Genius of Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche Applied | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments. He wondered, specifically…
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One of the themes that emerged in my dissertation research was that teachers are reflective. What I also noticed was they do not spend time writing their reflections and day dreams in a journal.

The method of currere is one means to help teachers grow in their reflective practices.
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Mindfulness in eating pays the body big dividends

Mindfulness in eating pays the body big dividends | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Schools are starting to use mindful eating in the classroom — and science shows that it can reduce overeating and improve overall health.
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Mindful eating is something easily taught and learned. A great source would be Thich Nhat Hanh's teaching.
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Critical Knowledge: 4 Domains More Important Than Academics

Critical Knowledge: 4 Domains More Important Than Academics | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Critical Knowledge: 4 Domains More Important Than Academics That Change Students & Communities

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Parker Palmer wrote that the least asked question is about who we are. Integrity and identity emerge from that question.
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"To move from students to learners–well, there are probably dozens of ways to make a move like this, but somewhere on that list is using technology, project-based learning, and place-based education to truly turn a school inside-out." 
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Foster A Growth Mindset in Your Class Using These Strategies | #ModernEDU

Foster A Growth Mindset in Your Class Using These Strategies | #ModernEDU | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

August , 2017
In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with  scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our life.Those with a fixed mindset mentality tend to be limited in their learning scope believing that their inner traits and abilities are biologically determined. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace change and tend to learn more from life experiences because for them concepts such as skills, abilities and competencies are not fixated  and can be developed through a process of error and trial.

In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’. Guido walks you through the different strategies you can use with your students to cultivate a growth mindset in your class and ultimately enhance students learning.  Read his post to learn more about each of the strategies featured here.

The visual below is also available in PDF format from this link.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=growth+mindset

 

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There are excellent ideas in the flow chart i.e. journals, teaching how to deal with challenges, create portfolios to show progress, etc.

Art Costa and Bena Kallick's Habits of Mind would be a nice complement to these.
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August , 2017
In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with  scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our life.Those with a fixed mindset mentality tend to be limited in their learning scope believing that their inner traits and abilities are biologically determined. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace change and tend to learn more from life experiences because for them concepts such as skills, abilities and competencies are not fixated  and can be developed through a process of error and trial.

In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’. Guido walks you through the different strategies you can use with your students to cultivate a growth mindset in your class and ultimately enhance students learning.  Read his post to learn more about each of the strategies featured here.

The visual below is also available in PDF format from this link.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=growth+mindset

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 

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Nuts and Bolts: Communities of Practice

Nuts and Bolts: Communities of Practice | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
How can a small group of people stamp out bad training and bad eLearning? They form, build, and grow a community of practice. You can do it too.

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Communities of practice emerge in informal ways, often defying organizational hierarchies and flow charts. They are challenging in school, because of the amount of isolation. That does not mean they could not emerge.
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Jane Bozarth analiza una comunidad de práctica de formadores deteniéndose en los 4 componentes del marco desarrollado por Etienne Wenger: Significado - Comunidad - Identidad - Aprendizaje

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Why Learning Should Be Messy

Why Learning Should Be Messy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The following is an excerpt of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, by 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High School in
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Learning is messy. I do not subscribe to a theory that creativity can be taught. I think we are born creative and curious. What happens is the flame is extinguished. Teaching is about helping students maintain the flame and let it grow. This does not happen in a one-size-fits-all school setting and with prescribed and rigid curricular outcomes.
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"The Ideal Education" - Sir Ken Robinson with Sadhguru

Sadhguru Talks @ In Conversation with the Mystic, Sir Ken Robinson with Sadhguru, The Ideal Education, May 2016, Los Angeles


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This is a long video. A key take away is we deaden the brain with too much information. Give people room to explore and be curious. What inspires them? Education becomes only an intellectual function when we ignore other dimensions of understanding.
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