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A 'Neglected' Population Gets Another Chance at a Diploma

A 'Neglected' Population Gets Another Chance at a Diploma | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Around the country, schools and community groups are moving beyond dropout prevention to recover the students who have already left.
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Unless students see education as meaningful and rewarding, we will continue to struggle with dropouts. It is costing society regardless of what country you are in billions of dollars.

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Wellness Programs Can Save Companies Money

Companies that want to save on health care costs have no choice but to invest in wellness programs, says DeeEdington, director of the Health Management Research Center at...

Via Jose Luis Yañez
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And so does mindfulness.

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What is the value of studying math in education, career, and life

What is the value of studying math in education, career, and life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
My answer is based on a distinction between "practicing math" (word problems that are in fact practical problems) versus drills. I think there are 6 key skills one learns through mathematics (besid...
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Every teacher should think about the broader purpose of their discipline to the students who are asked to learn it.

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U.S. Teachers Love Their Lives, but Struggle in the Workplace

U.S. Teachers Love Their Lives, but Struggle in the Workplace | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teachers in the United States rate their lives better than those in most other occupation groups, trailing only physicians. Teachers also are in great emotional health, but their workplace wellbeing lags other professions.

Via Mary Meduna, PhD
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Canada and the US are often not far apart.

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Diary Entry #126 – Be a Voyeur Manager

Diary Entry #126 – Be a Voyeur Manager | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” -Ernest Hemingway “Either you deal with what is the reality or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal w...
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Do we listen to others? Do we listen to our self? Do we listen to our world?

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5 Questions To Ask Before You Teach Each Class

5 Questions To Ask Before You Teach Each Class | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As I was going through some old paperwork a couple of weeks ago, I came across the binder that I used with my band three years ago. I remember that was a difficult year because the classes were terribly large.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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These are five excellent questions that can put a teacher into a mindful frame of mind and centre them in the present.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:37 PM
Will my present attitude promote a positive learning atmosphere?Are all my thoughts focused on creating an educational experience throughout the class?Do I exemplify the standards of excellence I expect from my students?Am I properly prepared to make the best use of time by highlighting the growth of every student?Have I dismissed my own agenda of personal considerations so that this class will be directed toward serving students in a disciplined format of meaningful learning?
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Seth's Blog: Overcoming the impossibility of amazing

Seth's Blog: Overcoming the impossibility of amazing | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If you set your bar at "amazing," it's awfully difficult to start. Your first paragraph, sketch, formula, sample or concept isn't going to be amazing. Your tenth one might not be either. Confronted with the gap between your vision of...
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Is there another adjective besides amazing in the world?

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Maintaining Harmony by Controlling Conflict

Maintaining Harmony by Controlling Conflict | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We all play a role in conflict development and supervisors need to help all team members understand how conflict develops and what we can do to preven...

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Robin Martin
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We need mindful practices and to learn to take a breath.

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Robin Martin's comment, May 21, 2013 9:37 PM
Oh how true this is Al...! Especially when a supervisor's personality style is much different than an employee's. Introversion vs. Extraversion...I've seen it happen as well as had it happen to me numerous times!
AlGonzalezinfo's comment, May 21, 2013 9:48 PM
Thanks Robin, I have to admit I caught myself many times doing this when I started using leadership development tools and trying to improve the trust level with my staff members. As anyone can lead, we can all challenge our own assumptions and help develop trust with others. When we do this, the process of influencing positive change becomes much easier.
Jose Nevarez's curator insight, May 22, 2013 8:30 AM

Great information for understanding conflict and use it for the writer's advantage.

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10 Coworkers You Want to Kick in the Keister | workplace MOJO

10 Coworkers You Want to Kick in the Keister | workplace MOJO | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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We are each a little bit of some of these and maybe a whole lot of one.

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Where Passion Comes From

Where Passion Comes From | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Passion is longing to be what you could be, but aren't. Passion for leadership is the combination of falling below your imagined leadership potential and longing for exceptional leadership - at the...

Via John Lasschuit ®™
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We need to integrate passion with compassion.

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, May 20, 2013 1:44 PM

Engagement =? passion Level 1

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:40 AM

Relevant ABC's of leasership which we all need in order to deliver a great customer experience and keep the promise. At least adopt the ABC's.

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:41 AM

Adopt the ABC's of leasdership to drive your vision for the customer experience you're aiming for. When there is no vision the people will perish. Simples!

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How to Find Happiness? ~ Neel Writes This Blog

How to Find Happiness? ~ Neel Writes This Blog | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

How to Find Happiness? http://t.co/3F3MFS6aez


Via Dean Lynch
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I think happiness finds us.

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Dean Lynch's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:44 PM
Happiness is found when you choose to find it. Decide to be happy now.
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Innovation Excellence | Doing What You Love

Innovation Excellence | Doing What You Love | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A great motivational (and short but sweet) slide presentation by Sean McCabe on the importance of doing what you love.


Via Nora Wendel
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Looking forward to it.

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Nora Wendel's curator insight, May 16, 2013 12:58 PM

What are you waiting for?

 

Are you doing what you love?

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Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net

Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Studies show that around 80 percent of workers are not passionate about what they do. Here are 3 ways to start changing the status quo.


Via Maya Mathias, AlGonzalezinfo, David Hain
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We need different people running many organizations.

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Karin Sebelin's comment, May 14, 2013 12:55 PM
Thinking to feel empathy and really feeling empathy it is a great difference :-)
Karin Sebelin's comment, May 14, 2013 1:05 PM
We should never speak theoretically about empathy :-) Empathy is a practice!
Maya Mathias's comment, May 14, 2013 5:12 PM
Thanks for all the shares and comments! It was truly a joy to serve and I'm glad it resonates.
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Delivering Happiness

Delivering Happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I recently finished reading "Delivering Happiness" by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Simply put, it's inspirational and enlightening. I highly recommend it for everyone in business, but it's certainly ...
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Happiness is a relational and collaborative process

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:14 PM

Whatever it is, it clearly hasn't done Tony any harm!

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Breaking the chains of command | SmartBlogs

Breaking the chains of command | SmartBlogs | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Four steps to building a work culture governed by responsibility and good judgment instead of endless rules.
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We cannot be happy if we have central command and high turnover. This seems on the rise at times when they should be in decline.

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many th

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There are excellent points made in the article.

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SmartBlog on Education - Revising the questions that shape learning - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs

SmartBlog on Education - Revising the questions that shape learning - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Questions are powerful things. Socrates knew this. Einstein too. But curiosity has gotten a bad rep over the years. First there was that little incident
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Absolutely we ask the wrong questions and at every level of education. We use an outdated, outmoded model which is run by people who are furthest removed from the classroom.

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20 Inconvenient Career Truths

20 Inconvenient Career Truths | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In career coaching, I share inconvenient truths with my clients on a regular basis. I know it’s hard to hear these things but they make you stronger.

Via ThePinkSalmon, DPG plc, David Hain
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They are incovenient for sure.

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DPG plc's curator insight, May 25, 2013 6:16 AM

It is difficult facing up to home truths, but once you know about them you can do aomething about them

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Why Teams Fight and What to Do About It

Why Teams Fight and What to Do About It | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Image source Nothing is more frustrating, from a leadership point of view, than a group of individuals circling each other like vultures. In-fighting wastes time, energy, and resources. Incompetent...
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We need healthy conflict rather than toxic. The latter is an instrument of incompetency as 'managers' keep the minds and eyes off the real issue: their incompetency.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 26, 2013 3:03 AM

Without difference - there would be no conflict - and few decent ideas! See it as a positive thing and learn to manage it.

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13.5 Leadership Tips and a Powerful Video - Leadership, Sales & Life

Here are 13.5 leadership tips to help you become a better leader. There is also a powerful leadership video. Work on one of these leadership tips.
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"Create a culture where people do work that matters and not just a job." This is the important line in the article.

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10 steps to happiness in business (& life)

We're at the start of our journey to change the way that startups are built, for the better. We want to give business a better name by creating more purpose-dri

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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It is quite straightforward, but hard work. In the end, it would be worth it.

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Aki Puustinen's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:47 PM

Works also at school !

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Profession(al) Development

Profession(al) Development | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The teaching profession as we know it is changing. It is time to redefine the way we think about developing the profession itself. Margaret Roth and Shelly Blake-Plock describe a new culture of tea...
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"We see education not as an industry, but as an estuary. It is not a collection of factories producing goods for clients, but rather a point at which a convergence of influences come together to produce new things, new ideas, new life in a natural way as part of an ongoing and organically sustainable process." This is a great quote part way through this article. We need something radically different; a return to our roots.

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3 Key Benefits of Hard Work - Leadership, Sales & Life

3 Key Benefits of Hard Work - Leadership, Sales & Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Hard work is the only way to success. There are no shortcuts. Hard work builds character and perseverance. When you work hard tasks become easy.
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Hard work, when it is something we enjoy and with people we enjoy being with, can be its own reward when it is accomplished successfully.

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10 Lessons on Leadership - with Shareable Poster

10 Lessons on Leadership - with Shareable Poster | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson, Christine Heine, R.Conrath, Ed.D., John Shank
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I hope bosses read 4: "Take care of people" and 10 "Be a good listener."

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Ana Tapia's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:41 PM

Back to the basics...But could be a good reminder!!!

Ann Vega's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:16 AM

This is a great list!

Jenn Alevy's curator insight, May 15, 2013 10:36 PM

Always good advice, the best leaders I know follow these lessons.

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Diary Entry #117 – Jump Under the Bus

Diary Entry #117 – Jump Under the Bus | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.” ~H.S.M. Burns “A real leader faces the music, even when he...
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Well supported employees will learn, remain curious and be a happy bunch.

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