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Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A high school teacher tries a classroom management experiment thinking it will fail. Years later, he’s still at it.
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I think how I changed was similar. Rules were part of a larger conversation with students in a given year. I found it interesting how new students struggled with the idea they did not have to ask me to go to the washroom. The norm was to do so quietly.

I think new teachers need structure. I had mine early in my career and moved to a dialogic process as I grew comfortable through experience.
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So…What Exactly Should Curriculum Planning Look Like – for 2017/18? (Part 02)

So…What Exactly Should Curriculum Planning Look Like – for 2017/18? (Part 02) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Have you ever done a blog post that totally leads people down the garden path – then promises to make up for it by saying that Part 2 will be more focused, useful and better-written? Have you ever …
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The method of currere is a reflective and imaginative process for curriculum planning (Pinar, 1975). It places subjective interpreting of a subject and curricular outcomes, not learner outcomes, at the heart of a complicated conversation. It does not ignore the student, but as Parker Palmer (2007) said places the topic in the centre, allowing each person to use their lived-experiences to explore and grow.

Ted Aoki argued the curriculum-as-plan and the curriculum-as-lived are complementary. The first sets a direction to be explored through the second.
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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


Via Penelope
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The 11 tips are practical i.e. write each day, first writings should be stream of consciousness, create lists, etc.
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Writing is love

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
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Straight up conversation: 2017 national history teacher of the year Sara Ziemnik

Straight up conversation: 2017 national history teacher of the year Sara Ziemnik | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Sara Ziemnik was recently named the 2017 National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Since 2004, Gilder Lehrman has celebrated exceptional American…
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What stood out in this inteview as the interest this teacher had in history and teaching it to her students. John Dewey said self and interest are two words for the same thing. What and who we are interested in animates us to teach.
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Theorising information literacy #ecil2017

Theorising information literacy #ecil2017 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

These are the slides from the panel on information literacy and theory, that I chaired at the European Conference on Information Literacy.


Via Elizabeth E Charles, Mika Auramo
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It is interesting that the methodology I used, hermeneutic phenomenology, is grounded in the practical leading theory. I think there is a continuous interchange between the two. Even in our daily lives, we hypothesize in taken-for-granted ways, act, and gather data again in taken-for-granted ways.

John Dewey argued that empirical means rule of thumb and is not cast in stone. It is the interchange between practice and theory that is essential.
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Want to feel more significant at work? Lead what only you can lead

Want to feel more significant at work? Lead what only you can lead | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Levels of workplace malaise have now reached epidemic levels. Gallup’s statistic of 70% of the workforce being disengaged has rang like a warning shot across the bows of companies around the world. And yet a lack of inspiration and feelings of insignificance at work rage on.  
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Like teaching, who we are as a unique human subject has a bearing on how lead. The author drew on Nora Ephron to write about a need to engage people in leading from a vantage point of what makes them significant. Instead of just mimicking, we come from the depth of who we are and our lived-experiences.
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Education Readings October 20th

Education Readings October 20th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach News flash: The new government in New Zealand means that the previous government’s National Standards & associated policies (our version of GERM) will be no more. Sanity is…
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Two links that caught my eye were we should let children dawdle and dream. The second one was about daydreaming being essential to learning.
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Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens

Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A high-needs school in Rhode Island helps close the achievement gap while preparing students for active citizenship.

Via Ove Christensen
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We do not build community, citizens (they are people), and inclusion. Those form around what we hold in common: our humanity. Divesity, even in homogenous appearing groups, is essential to community.
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Do You Have an Idea Garden? – The Mission – Medium

Do You Have an Idea Garden? – The Mission – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Where do you plant your idea seeds? How do you give those idea seeds the love and attention they need to become your next great idea? From my experience, most people have the hardest time at the…
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As I read the article, I wondered how I could use an idea garden for other parts of life i.e. teaching, research, reading, etc?
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What Education Ought to Provide Young People – The Mission – Medium

What Education Ought to Provide Young People – The Mission – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There are practically as many philosophies of education as there are schools in the United States. There are the Prusso-American schools of Horace Mann’s age, the public schools of the No Child Left…
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The Ivan Illich quote is one that makes me stop and think. It does not fit with a concept such as accelerated learning. In fact, that oxymoronic term reduces learning to an instrumental understanding.

Illich says school learning, as it is done, assumes revealing of secrets in an orderly manner from an expert source. Living and learning are exploring mysteries in ways that defy that thinking. I watch a young child at play and witness the time they spend whiling over the worth of their learning in ways that reveal mysteries in anything but an orderly way.

Accelerated learning is the next in a long, sorry list of ways to reform school in ways that deform learning. We want to transform schools into places where we can live the mysteries of living and learning more fully.
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Dodge Ball and Relay Races at Recess are Curbing Bullying at Some Schools

Dodge Ball and Relay Races at Recess are Curbing Bullying at Some Schools | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
NYC schools with structured recess are reporting less aggressive behaviors, studies found.
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Although structured time can be useful, unstructured play is essential to children learning. Finding how to integrate these two is a key for teachers, parents, and others.
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How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know - PsyBlog

How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know - PsyBlog | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
How experts think, the power of framing, the miracle of attention, the weird world of cognitive biases and more...

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There is interesting research.
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 Interesting. #Brain science

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Hayek and Camus Walk Into a School – The Mission – Medium

Hayek and Camus Walk Into a School – The Mission – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There are practically as many philosophies of education as there are schools in the United States. There are the Prusso-American schools of Horace Mann’s age, the public schools of the No Child Left…
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F. A. Hayek made two essential points. First, school curriculum should not be centrally planned. Second, pedagogic humility and responsibility is vital for teachers as they are understood as autonomous professionals.

Albert Camus contributed the essential idea that each human being crafts meaning for their particular life as they explore the world, including school.

I think John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead would have agreed with them. Teachers are learners in these views.
 
Contemporary educators who subscribe to treating teachers as responsible and autonomouns professionals are William Pinar, Gert Biesta, and Maxine Greene.
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TEACHER VOICE: In Finland, it’s easier to become a doctor or lawyer than a teacher — Here’s why - The Hechinger Report

TEACHER VOICE: In Finland, it’s easier to become a doctor or lawyer than a teacher — Here’s why - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In Finland, teachers are trusted, appreciated and educated in advanced degree programs. Becoming and being a teacher starts with earning a placement at one of the country’s highly selective teacher education programs. I vividly recall the two educational books I was required to study for the first part of Finland’s initial classroom teacher education entrance …
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"In Finland, teachers are trusted, appreciated and educated in advanced degree programs. Becoming and being a teacher starts with earning a placement at one of the country’s highly selective teacher education programs."

Perhaps if we begin from the premise that trusting, appreciating, and educating teachers is a great starting point we will attract and retain teachers.
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What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland

What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Beth Holland

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Luciana Viter
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The infograhic is helpful. I am not convinced that these are new skills. John Dewey wrote about character, learning as social, communicating, problem solving, etc. a century ago.
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Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 21, 10:13 PM
This article adds Citizenship and Character Development to the 4C's.  I agree!
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TCRecord: Article

TCRecord: Article | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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Many English Language Learners arrive with multiple languages being spoken. The labeling of them can be problematic and lead to self-fulfilling prophecies.
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The Value of the College Degree is Crashing. Here’s How to Fix It.

The Value of the College Degree is Crashing. Here’s How to Fix It. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I had coffee with a friend of mine the other day who recently graduated from college. After the parties and the Facebook posts from aunts and uncles saying, “I’m so proud of you, congratulations!!!…
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This is not a new phenomenon. It might be more obvious. We have to be careful we do not leave people behind in the process.
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Seven Steps to Superior Learning – The Mission – Medium

Seven Steps to Superior Learning – The Mission – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Have you ever read through a book only to be left with only a vague recollection of what it was about? Have you ever spent months with a book on your shelf knowing that you should read it, but never…
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I am not an advocate of seven step, habits, concepts, etc. For each formula, there are others that propose different steps. What drew me to this article was that it was not carved up into easily repeated maxims that don't mean anything i.e. win-win.

Having said this, the seven steps are interesting. They are learn with purpose, make in interesting to yourself, relate through analogy/metaphor, make learning multi-sensory, teach the subject to someone, practice, and be heallthy in body, mind, and spirit.


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Fall Reading on Education

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The book came out—These Schools Belong to You and Me: Beacon Press—and so I have been busy promoting it on the east coast.  But it reminds me of how much writers are anxious—and not just for moneta…
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Deb Meier is a hero of mine. The list is short but includes a book about being addicted to school reform and another by Sonia Nieto.
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The best way to teach: Teacher-directed vs. Student-led. Results will surprise you.

The best way to teach: Teacher-directed vs. Student-led. Results will surprise you. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"There is a long-standing, red-hot debate in educational circles about the most effective way to teach kids. 


Some favor more traditional teacher-directed methods, with the teacher presenting materials and responding to questions about it. Others advocate for inquiry-based learning—where students drive their own learning through discovery and exploration, working with peers and developing their own ideas—arguing it results in deeper, and more meaningful learning. 


The two are sometimes pitted against each other as “sage on a stage” (teacher directed) vs. “guide on the side” (student-led, or inquiry based). Both cite ample evidence to prove the superiority of their method (see here for teacher-directed, and here for inquiry-based). 


McKinsey applied machine learning to the world’s largest student database to try and come up with a more scientific answer. 


The bottom line: A mixture of the two methods is best, but between the two, teacher-directed came out stronger. 


In all five regions of the world, scores were generally higher when teachers took the lead. “The more frequently teacher-directed happens, the better students do,” said Marc Krawitz, an associate partner at McKinsey. Conversely, “Student outcomes tend to decline with inquiry-based, as it is increased in isolation.”"


Via Mel Riddile, Nevermore Sithole, iPamba
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John Dewey argued that traditional/progressive and child-centred/teacher-centered are false dichotomies. The research here points to something like that as well. Teachers teach and are responsible for that element. Students have to grow and become responsible for their learning.
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The best way to teach: Teacher-directed vs. Student-led. Results will surprise you.
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Education Update:10 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back:10 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

Education Update:10 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back:10 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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At some point in the school year, teachers struggle. These are some ways to get back on track and rejuvenate one's self.

I like pause and reflect and keeping the flame going. Teachers should reflect. Take time, reflect on your experiences, and write them down. This should be an ongoing process i.e a journal. Keeping the flame going can part of this. What brought me into teaching? Why not write that question down at the top of the page each day.
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5 school-improvement tips for civic and community leaders

5 school-improvement tips for civic and community leaders | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I was down in Shreveport, Louisiana, last week to talk school improvement. I had a chance to visit with the usual mix of thoughtful business, civic, philanthropic, political, and educational leaders…
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Point 4 is near and dear to my heart. Include those closest to the action, teachers, parents, and students, who are quite often left out.

We have a consultancy class that just leads around in circles. The result is school deform, rather than transforming schools.
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Learn Like Leonardo da Vinci – The Mission – Medium

Learn Like Leonardo da Vinci – The Mission – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It’s hard to talk about accelerated learning without mentioning the impressive genius of Leonardo da Vinci. He was a master artist, anatomist, engineer, scientist, biologist, and experimenter. What…
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Learning like Leonardo da Vinci includes learning across disciplines, being curious and asking questions, exploring, be patient and experiment, and record your observations, thoughts, and experiences.

Something to note is that genius, a word used to describe da Vinci, etymologically means love of place and people.
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How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats

How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

Via Penelope
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The list is broken into categories i.e. inspiration, characters, craft, etc.
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Quotes can be instant inspiration. There are some very unique ones in this article. I like #12. What's your favorite?

“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

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Is Homework Helping Students Learn?

Is Homework Helping Students Learn? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Practice, or reinforcement of a skill, is part of the educational process. Practice in classwork and homework is an important part of guaranteeing students are learning what is being taught. Skilled, targeted practice is what is planned but the art of practice is both complex and simple. 

In sports, theatre, and music programs, a model for how to develop expertise lives right in front of us. To acquire a skill, practice is necessary. Yet, when practice is unsupervised and lacks immediate feedback, frustration can arise, motivation can wane, and bad form can be embedded. Learning is either limited or non-existent without the practice feedback loop ongoing.  In sports, a targeted skill is focused on and the coach gives consistent feedback as the player practices that one skill. In the arts the same is true. Skills are identified, modeled, and the students or players or actors, or musicians are given feedback on the skill(s) identified so that practice becomes both targeted and informed. Feedback is key. Encouragement is essential.

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I assigned ver lyittle homework. When I did, it had to be meaningful and the students had to be able to complete it. Quite often, the homework was a project they could do at home and I sent a note/email home letting parents know what was happening. I also checked with my students daily to make sure we were making progress and to help.
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A Survey of Grown Unschoolers: Overview of Findings

A Survey of Grown Unschoolers: Overview of Findings | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In a study that preceded the one to be described here, my colleague Gina Riley and I surveyed parents in unschooling families — that is, in families where the children did not go to school and were…
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Unschooling, like home-schooling, is schooling, albeit a different form. The students do not go to school, but learn and are taught. Although I do not want to generalize there is more choice available for students and parents in unschooling and home schooling.

Deb Meier in an interview said home schoolers were some of the most respectful students she taught.
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