Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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7 Scientifically Proven Ways To Make You A Happier Person

7 Scientifically Proven Ways To Make You A Happier Person | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
1) Don’t equate a higher income to happiness Angus Deaton, an economist at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University and Daniel Kahneman analysed surveys of 450,000 Americans that questioned people’s daily happiness and their...

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The seven listed are important, but having supportive relationships and enjoying one's work are missed. I loved teaching and, when that love was impeded by the school management, I stepped away. Some of the relationships need to be at school and work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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…”
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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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Are You A Workaholic? via @TeacherToolkit

Are You A Workaholic? via @TeacherToolkit | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Do you ever stop working?
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Although the data appears to be from Britain, teaching is a high-stress activity regardless of where we are. Teaching is a calling and the article glosses over the fact that over 40% of teachers are not happy. Being in the right place, teaching what and who one enjoys is essential.
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The past and the future

The past and the future | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
by Wes Kieschnick

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John Dewey argued that the debate between progressive and traditional education was harmful. The two complement each other. Steve Wheeler's last paragraph about teaching children the skills to solve problems we cannot anticipate is critical, instead of engaging in a false argument.
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A reminder of what type of teacher I hope to become.
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Dismantling Monuments: History as a Living Document

Dismantling Monuments: History as a Living Document | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Disturbance at the Heron House A stampede at the monument To liberty and honor under the honor roll "Disturbance At The Heron House," R.E.M. "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" "Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley Possibly one of the greatest failures…
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Subjects we teach and learn have a subjective and fluid nature to them. An art teacher described how she used questions: "What is art? What makes this good art? Why do you like/dislike this art?" Although the questions are different in other subjects, each person's perception, historical view, culture, etc. come into play as we learn. What happens when there are inconsistencies between a dominant view and a minority view?
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Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."

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We each need each other. Teaching is about those relating to others in meaningful and caring ways. I need students and they need me.
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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.

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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

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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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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.


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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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A critical Skill of the Future to preserve your future

A critical Skill of the Future to preserve your future | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ventilla says that to be productive, and employed, in the future we need a new apex skill. We need to be able to develop “problem seeking and the ability to find the right problems to work on.” I saw an example of this while watching a show today. A museum had a fossil that had been there for many years. It was of a puzzling creature that no one had ever seen. There were other examples of this creature, but regardless of how many examples they had no one could figure out how to classify this tiny creature. Most examiners thought it was an invertebrate of unknown origin.

The problem was solved when a newly minted college student came to work at the museum. Using new equipment, she and her coworkers discovered that the creature was not an invertebrate, but rather had a primitive spinal cord. This allowed them to reclassify and find a relative in the known fossil record and ultimately a related creature today. She used her creativity, her knowledge of newer equipment and techniques to find the right problem to work on.

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Instead of teaching and learning content, the focus turns to teaching and learning skills. The content becomes a means to that end. In fact, selecting content is a problem looking to be addressed in teaching. Content needs to be relevant and engaging or it misses the challenge of teaching and learning skills.
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Education Readings May 19th

Education Readings May 19th | 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 Workaholic Teachers ‘If you are a teacher then you are permanently busting a gut, not getting enough sleep, struggling to keep up and very often going to work unwell. Despite all this, you live and…
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The article about an outdoor nursery is related to play, which might be something to consider for students of all ages and adults. This seems to fit with the article about creativity and risk-taking. Play is about creating, learning, and taking risks.
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Why Finland's education system puts others to shame

Why Finland's education system puts others to shame | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Some of the biggest ways Finland is winning in global education.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Cooperation, respecting teachers, play is sacred, etc. are essential aspects to Finland's school system. Pasi Sahlberg cautions that Finland is small and relatively homogenous, so how these things unfold there is different than it might elsewhere. Differences make a difference.
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I saw an article about this on TV, was very interesting.
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Check it out!  We could learn a lot about engaging our students from Finland.
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Empathy and Leadership

Empathy and Leadership | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A blog about digital leadership, pedagogy, learning, and transformative change in education.
Via Vicki Moro
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I do not subscribe to the idea of empathy being currency as proposed by the author Eric Sheninger. Sometimes, when we go there, professed empathy becomes just part of a scripted performance. We want teaching to be serving and leading, rather than transactional.

Having said this, even though I cannot see the world as they experience it, I can sensitively listen to and observe what students bring to the classroom.
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