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Forgive Your Mistakes (and Others') Each Night for Less Stress

Forgive Your Mistakes (and Others') Each Night for Less Stress | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Over at American Express Open Forum, they've collect a series of short rituals to consider at bedtime. Two of their best tips: forgive your mistakes at the end of each day for a better tomorrow.


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It is a great way to begin and end the world. Beginning with your self is important.

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Best bedtime ritual my mother taught me at an early age were a series of nightly prayers that included personal gratitude and forgiveness. I memorized those prayers at the age of three. ~ V.B.

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77 Short Inspirational Quotes About Strength and Life - BayArt

77 Short Inspirational Quotes About Strength and Life - BayArt | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here our handpicked unique collection of short inspiration quotes, words and sayings about strength, life, and courage.Bite-size pieces of advice for you.

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Forgotten Purpose: Civics Education in Public Schools

Forgotten Purpose: Civics Education in Public Schools | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Research into this long-neglected corner of the curriculum reveals surprising misconceptions about civics, and the promise it holds for student achievement.

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Public schools serve democracy.
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To transform an organization, give it purpose — or watch it perish

To transform an organization, give it purpose — or watch it perish | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Just as it is for individuals, the power of developing and instilling an inspiring purpose within an organization has transformative impact on its collective energy. 


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Can you imagine if schools focused on a shared vision encompassing the four W's?
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How to Stop Over-Planning (Even If You’re a Perfectionist)

How to Stop Over-Planning (Even If You’re a Perfectionist) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When done well, daily and weekly planning rituals can help you travel gracefully through life in a peaceful, intentional manner.

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There is a point where we have to get on with what we are doing. This became clear to me towards the end of my time in a K-12 classroom. Overplanning kills improvisation vital to teaching.
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New Research Identifies How Trust Impacts Employee Work Passion

New Research Identifies How Trust Impacts Employee Work Passion | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Trust at work is critical, but it can be difficult to pin down and address. Trust expert Daniel McAllister highlighted this challenge when he presented his initial research on the subject in 1995. McAllister opened with a quote from the book Behavior in Organizations. 


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Trust, in the form of relational trust, has been the cornerstone of Anthony Bryk's research in schools. The more trust the more schools and people succeed.
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By David Witt. By sharpening your knowledge about the impact trust has on work intentions, you can better design an environment where individuals trust their leaders, stay, endorse, and behave in ways that benefit the organization.

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10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students

10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Strategies developed at a school that specializes in learning differences may be helpful to all schools in order to help the variety of learners everywhere.

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Be intentional. This means being present and mindful.
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American Decline: Save the Children

American Decline: Save the Children | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If this country ever goes under, it will be for needless, egregious hypocrisy.” — Norman Mailer, Harlot’s Ghost

That would be our children, here in the US of A, not some (generic images of a) starving orphan in foreign lands. For a nation that claims to love and protect children, the USA does a pretty damn poor job of showing it. The infant mortality rate in this country is three times that of Sweden, twice that of Germany, and not much better than many nations with a fraction of our resources, like Cuba. Statistically, our literacy rates are among the highest in the world, yet many “American” children don’t read at their grade level. Nor can they write cursive, print, or type proper alphabets, words, sentences, or paragraphs. “Texting” is destroying literacy even as we speak. If we really want to save children in foreign lands, we could start by not bombing them, or undermining their governments, or stealing their resources, or exploiting their labor (farm workers). And the children on “Indian reservations,” and in the hills of Appalachia, or on the streets of Detroit are in just as dire straights (relatively) as the children over-seas.

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This may be a more pervasive and universal issue than we think. Sometimes, poverty, homelessness, and a lack of social justice are in our backyards.
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How to Help Teachers Get Better Together

How to Help Teachers Get Better Together | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"School districts in the U.S. spend $18 billion on teacher training each year. Most often, in terms of the total hours spent, the format for that training is collaborative professional development, a form of training in which teachers work together in groups to improve their teaching. These groups are often called professional learning communities (PLCs). Two-thirds of U.S. teachers now report spending time in PLCs.

"So far, the results of such collaboration have been poor. The intentions are good, but the implementation is not: teachers are even less satisfied with collaborative professional development than with the “sit and get” workshops that collaboration was intended to replace, according to a survey conducted by The Boston Consulting Group in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Many teachers we surveyed found programs poorly structured and the experience boring and disconnected from their day-to-day jobs. Half as many teachers were highly satisfied with their collaborative-professional-development experience (11 percent) as were highly satisfied with workshops (22 percent), traditionally the least interactive form of teacher training.

 

"Districts must begin to close the gap between the engaging, relevant, and hands-on training that teachers and administrators say they want and the reality of disengagement with collaborative training on the ground. The benefits: teachers who have positive collaborative-professional-development experiences say that they work smarter and that their jobs are more sustainable, and they feel that they are better able to address the many challenges they face in implementing Common Core standards, differentiating instruction to meet student needs, and more efficiently using data and technology. They are more engaged, and studies show that a feeling of engagement helps good, difficult-to-replace teachers stay in the profession. Ultimately, the evidence suggests that better implementation of collaborative training could add up to better outcomes for students."


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The challenge with "teacher training" is that it is ordered by those furthest from classrooms. Give teachers a voice. What is important to them and their students? Treat them as professionals and it will not be a free-for-all. Treat it like education not training.
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Education Readings March 24th

Education Readings March 24th | 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 Why even the world’s highest-scoring schools need to change ‘Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public schools in the United States need a paradigm shift. The core curriculum, he says,…
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Learning as an act of resistance fits with Neil Postman's writing on school.
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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…

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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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What’s the difference between Emotions & Feelings?

What’s the difference between Emotions & Feelings? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Emotions and feelings are often spoken of as being one and the same, and it’s easy to get them mixed up and confused. Although related, there is a d…

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This is important to help us understand how we experience the world. We confuse the two. As well, we write them off without fully understanding them.
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malek's curator insight, March 26, 4:37 PM

the way you behave in this world, is the end result of your feelings and emotions. Learning the difference can provide you with a better understanding of the people around you.

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From Schelling to Schools

We address theoretically whether and under what conditions Schelling's celebrated result of 'self-organized' unintended residential segregation may also apply to school segregation. We propose here a computational model of school segregation that is aligned with a corresponding Schelling-type model of residential segregation. To adapt the model for application to school segregation, we move beyond previous work by combining two preference arguments in modeling parents' school choice, preferences for the ethnic composition of a school and preferences for minimizing the travelling distance to the school. In a set of computational experiments we assessed the effects of population composition and distance preferences in the school model. We found that a preference for nearby schools can suppress the trend towards self-organized segregation obtained in a baseline condition where parents were indifferent towards distance. We then investigated the joint effects of the variation of agents' 'tolerance' for out-group members and distance preference. We found that integrated distributions were preserved under a much broader range of conditions than in the absence of a preference for nearby schools. We conclude that parents' preferences for nearby schools may be an important factor in tempering for school choice the segregation dynamics known from models of residential segregation.


From Schelling to Schools: A Comparison of a Model of Residential Segregation with a Model of School Segregation

Victor Ionut Stoica and Andreas Flache

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 17 (1) 5

http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/17/1/5.html ;


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Diversity leads to curiousity.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 11, 2014 1:37 PM

It appears as if racial segregation begins with where you live and are able to live.  This then helps to perpetuate misunderstandings, bigotry and biases against people from other racial, ethnic and social backgrounds than yourself in many individual cases across the human spectrum.

 

It's a shame that, even now, we're still so tribal, just like our chimp ancestors.

 

Think about it.

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Learning in the age of Social Networks

Learning in the age of Social Networks | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Our understanding of how to learn in this globally connected world is limited by our experience of learning. Our formal education has led us to believe that learning is something given to us. We are one step removed from the process of planning and regulating our learning for so much of our lives as learners that we become dependent on educators. We have powerful tools at our disposal and yet make poor use of them. Networks which should bring us closer together are used to divide and segregate. Instead of enhancing our collective understanding we are confronted by the challenges of alternate facts and fake news. We have an abundance of information but seemingly little wisdom and little understanding of who we may trust and how we may find truth.


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There is room for both global and local in teaching and learning. At the heart of good teaching are the relationships with students. Pedagogy is a feature of good teaching.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 27, 12:10 PM

Very true.

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Vantaggi e svantaggi dell'apprendimento nell'epoca dei Social Network
 
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vantaggi e svantaggi dell'apprendimento nell'era dei social networks

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For Students With Disabilities, Supreme Court’s Decision Means We Can No Longer Be Ignored

For Students With Disabilities, Supreme Court’s Decision Means We Can No Longer Be Ignored | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Too often, kids with disabilities are left behind.

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This is essential. Not only does teaching children with disabilities help each of them, it helps other students. The teachers I intereviewed suggested the inclusion of children with disabilities helped them understand that each child is a unique person, using the word exceptional.
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How I Turned Formative Assessment into a Dialogue with My Students via James Denby

How I Turned Formative Assessment into a Dialogue with My Students via James Denby | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
James Denby

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Asssessment is an ongoing conversation about teaching and learning.
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Study: Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment continue to increase substantially

Study: Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment continue to increase substantially | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Beginning in about 1990, substantial increases in the rates of ADHD diagnosis and medical treatment were found in several nationally representative samples of US physician office visits. For example, between 1995-96 and 2007-08, the number of office visits at which an ADHD diagnosis was made increased by over 400% in adults – from 3.1 per 1000 visits to 14.5 per 1000 visits. And, the percent of adult office visits including both ADHD diagnosis and medication increased from 1.9 to 11.4 per 1000 visits.

Among children aged 5 to 18, between 1991-92 and 2008-09, rates of ADHD diagnosis increased nearly 4-fold among boys – from 39.5 to 144.6 per 1000 – and nearly 6-fold for girls – from 12.3 and 68.5 per 1000 visits. During this time, the rate of visits that also involved medication treatment increased by similar rates.

These substantial increases in ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment raise the question of whether these trends have continued. Several recent developments in the field suggest this may be the case. First, the introduction of new ADHD medications and associated may contribute to increases in medication treatment simply because additional options are available. Second, changes in ADHD diagnostic criteria in DSM-V, i.e., required age of onset of symptoms increasing from 6 to 12 and reducing the number of symptoms required in teens and adults from 6 to 5, could contribute to an increase in individuals meeting a somewhat broader set of diagnostic criteria.

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We should ask what is happening. Is the warehousing of children in standardized schools part of the issue?
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Building a Science of Experience: Neurophenomenology and Related Disciplines

Building a Science of Experience: Neurophenomenology and Related Disciplines | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Context: More than 20 years ago Varela initiated a research program to advance in the scientific study of consciousness, neurophenomenology. Problem: Has Varela’s neurophenomenology, the solution to the “hard problem,” been successful? Which issues remain unresolved, and why? Method: This introduction sketches the progress that has been made since then and links it to the contributions to this special issue. Results: Instead of a unified research field, today we find a variety of different interpretations and implementations of neurophenomenology. We argue that neurophenomenology needs to give additional attention to its experiential dimension by addressing first-person methods’ specific challenges and by rethinking the relationship between the frameworks of the first- and third-person approaches.

 

Valenzuela-Moguillansky C., Vásquez-Rosati A. & Riegler A. (2017) Building a Science of Experience: Neurophenomenology and Related Disciplines. Constructivist Foundations 12(2): 131–138. Available at http://constructivist.info/12/2/131.editorial


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Humanity-free Education.

Humanity-free Education. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"When the U.S. Chiefs of Staff meet, their chests are emblazoned with colourful medals that they give to each other for killing people.  While our leaders want us to treat children as the enemy and keep trying to destroy their intellectual and creative spirit, our leaders should do the same." (Susan O) HUMANITY-FREE EDUCATION In…
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Teaching is about relationships with students. Education and pedagogy are about leading students. That makes education, teaching, and learning human activities of the highest order.
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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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