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31 Things You can Do to Improve Your Life in 31 Days

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" - Neale Donald Walsh If you have some suggestions of your own, feel free to share them with other readers in the c

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It is an interesting and thought-provoking presentation.

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Kay Abernathy's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:25 AM

May be of interest to a wide audience.

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7 Mistakes Not To Make With Your Twitter Profile | Seven Sentences

7 Mistakes Not To Make With Your Twitter Profile | Seven Sentences | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Check out these seven common mistakes with twitter profiles that both businesses and individuals are currently making.
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5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work

5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
From the results of the Learning in the Workplace survey and my analysis of how smart workers use social media to work and learn today, 5 key characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn ...

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This is a good article that sets down what we should be doing in the workplace including schools. Frequently, we have a talking head expert 'teaching' us.

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The Best Sites For Learning About Penguins | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Sites For Learning About Penguins | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Along with Talk like a Pirate Day, this is one of the most important days on the school calendar.

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for the love of learning: Ungraded Students

for the love of learning: Ungraded Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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And, we have created a new group of students less focused on creativity and learning, but on earning the currency of the land: grades. Educators reinforce this. We need mindful assessment and grading practices.

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50 task to teach with only a blank piece of paper

50 task to teach with only a blank piece of paper | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I've always been constructivist , meaning that I believe especially with language, students construct knowledge and are active participants in the creation…...

Via David Deubelbeiss, Juergen Wagner, Siani Katerina, Evdokia Roka, Ken Morrison
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I like low tech ideas which balance the busyness of high-tech

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:24 PM

I love lowtech innovation.

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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning | Edutopia

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning | Edutopia | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

By Mariko Nobori

 

"What do Mars and modern dance have to do with each other? How do you connect fractions with Andy Warhol? At Wiley H. Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, the answer is arts integration. Every teacher there is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for their students.

 

"Arts integration goes beyond including art projects in class; it is a teaching strategy that seamlessly merges arts standards with core curricula to build connections and provide engaging context. For example, in a science classroom you might see students choreographing a dance using locomotor and nonlocomotor movements to demonstrate their understanding of rotation versus revolution of the planets (PDF). In a math class, you might see students learning fractions by examining composition in Warhol's Campbell's soup paintings.

 

"(See more arts-integrated lesson plans from Bates.)"


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This is a thoughtful article.

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Teacher exodus - preparing to enter a profession with high attrition

25% - 40% of beginning teachers in Western World countries are "burnt-out" and are likely to leave teaching in the first 5 years (Ewing and Smith, 2003). Alarm bells!  Anyone?  This is obviously a ...
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Real-world learning vs. school grades & credits. No contest.

Real-world learning vs. school grades & credits. No contest. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Jack Hostager is a high school sophomore enrolled in an Eastern Iowa High School. His blog, Straight from the Desk, seeks to add the seldom heard voice of the student.

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We stymie creative thought from the moment children enter school.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, April 21, 2013 1:36 PM

A big "Ouch" together with a START the revolution! The world will be better for it.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 23, 2013 9:18 PM

"We refuse to wait to find our place in the world. The question is whether school is going to help us or continue to try to stop us. It shouldn’t take a trip halfway across the country to answer that."

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Too Much Like-Mindedness Hurts Companies, and the Country

Too Much Like-Mindedness Hurts Companies, and the Country | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In a world where we respond to increasing uncertainty by seeking out like-mindedness, companies can play a role in building diversity.

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The reason we seek out like-minded people is because we do not recognize the importance of civil discourse and the role diversity plays in creativity and innovation.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, April 21, 2013 7:22 PM

For me, this captures the value of Associations and many of our events, like our Innoavtion Summit where we are working in "planned serendipity" and the cross-pollinization of many areas of the CPA profession. While we have many of those "common interste groups, we have lots of events where serendipity and diversity can blossom - our town halls, Innoavtion Summit, our Board, and many of our professional developmet activities.


"Organizations that host a diverse and broad range of members have a resilience that results from cross pollination. They have the ability to sense trends and react quickly and creatively to problems as they arise. As the lines between industries increasingly blur, this capability becomes more important, and is one of the advantages that large companies can have over small ones. In a world where we respond to increasing uncertainty by seeking out others like us, companies can play a significant role in building diversity and creating the mechanisms to enhance the potential for serendipity. Those who figure this out are likely to build a significant competitive advantage in resilience and creative thinking over firms that let us stay in our comfort zone."

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Educational Leadership:The Principalship:Leadership in Challenging Times

Educational Leadership:The Principalship:Leadership in Challenging Times | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Let me see if I have this right: None of these were about technology. They are about people, the most valuable resources. We need to start treating people with respect and dignity.

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More Pre School? Yes! Let's do it Right. - The Genius in Children

More Pre School? Yes! Let's do it Right. - The Genius in Children | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Certainly what happens pre school is important. Here are a couple of examples of how it's done.
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`The purpose of preschool—actually any school through 12th grade—is optimal brain development with literacy as a subset. Focusing on brain development will have children reading as soon as they can, but benchmarking skills won’t serve anyone well—`` This quote echoed the point about the decline in creativity in children after kindergarten made by Ken Robinson.

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Another Reason to Care About School Design | Design on GOOD

Another Reason to Care About School Design | Design on GOOD | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Last fall during a stop in Los Angeles promoting his latest book Fire in the Ashes, education activist Jonathan Kozol spent some time discussing the impact of school design and environment on children.

Via Lene Jensby Lange, Autens
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The excuse is that we do not have the money to build the schools. That is just not true. We lack the political will to do what is right. Those who have resources also complain and have the resources to make their case. Those who lack are unable.

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Lene Jensby Lange, Autens's curator insight, April 26, 2013 4:23 AM

Still more evidence that design matters. Which is easy to establish when you look at what automatically happens to human interaction and activity in different settings - just imagine a typical conference hall vs a cafe vs a tech workshop area.

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for the love of learning: I teach kids not data points

for the love of learning: I teach kids not data points | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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I teach children, too. I am not a teacher of subjects either. Political mandarins and their bureaucratic minions need a number or data point for each child, each classroom, each school, and so on. They seem incapable of understanding the relational nature of learning and its importance in human life.

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When Did Work Become A Bad Word? - TanveerNaseer.com

When Did Work Become A Bad Word? - TanveerNaseer.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Work may be a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean we have to have a poor relationship between what we do and what matters to us.
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When did work become a dirty word? That is a great question. I suspect it always has been for a portion of our society. Is it just more obvious? What do we think work is?

 

As I get ready to leave public education, I look at 'colleagues' and this concept is deeply entrenched in some areas and, in fact, is rewarded. Those who do not like work are actually offended if they have to do some.

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Seth's Blog: In search of resilience

Seth's Blog: In search of resilience | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Most of the time, we build our jobs and our organizations and our lives around today, assuming that tomorrow will be a lot like now. Resilience, the ability to shift and respond to change, comes way down the list of...
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Resiliency, creativity, and adaptability fit together like a glove on a hand.

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4 Ways To Create Personal Growth Time - Leadership, Sales & Life

4 Ways To Create Personal Growth Time - Leadership, Sales & Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Creating personal time is important for leaders. Leaders need to make sure that they create personal time to learn, grow, relax, exercise and study.
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Everyone needs time set aside for their personal growth, relaxation, and re-energize. This can take on many different forms, but is increasingly important to counter the busyness of our world.

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Ken Morrison's comment, April 26, 2013 8:49 AM
I agree with each of these four points. Early morning seems to be the best time for me.
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I agree with each of these four points. Early morning seems to be the best time for me.
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When Is The Last Time You.....

When Is The Last Time You..... | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
said thank you to a customer for their business or got "wild and crazy" and hand wrote them a thank you card? helped a co-worker just 'cuz? read a book or listened to an audio book in your chosen c...
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When was the last time we thanked someone or helped someone for just doing their job.

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Diary Entry #103 – Do the Little Things Right

Diary Entry #103 – Do the Little Things Right | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” ~Theodore Roosevelt “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~Lao Tzu Why is your boss so obs...
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5 Ways To Change Your Mornings - Leadership, Sales & Life

5 Ways To Change Your Mornings - Leadership, Sales & Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
People who make the best use of their mornings are more successful than those who don't. Mornings set the tone for your the tone for the day.
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These five points make sense and are useful for those who struggle in the morning. I began to change my morning routine to fit sleep patterns and it has made a substantial difference.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:57 AM

Great pointers here for us larks!  The 'hour of power' can be a fantastic way to start the day - if we use it...

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The Us vs. Them Mentality: How Group Thinking Can Irrationally Divide Us

The Us vs. Them Mentality: How Group Thinking Can Irrationally Divide Us | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Studies show that thinking of ourselves in terms of groups automatically leads to a kind of irrational group favoritism, which ends up dividing society, instead of bringing us together.

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Usually, there is not a polarized and binary way to look at any complex topic. It is multi-faceted and requires multiple points of view to have great conversation.

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Sharrock's curator insight, April 21, 2013 3:36 PM

This article is helpful in fighting our tendencies toward thinking in polarities (us/them, this/that, choice #1 vs. choice #2, etc.). We are more complex and complicated than these either/or set ups. And problems are often more complex or complicated than the questions often posed in this way. 

 

The concept photo does something interesting with the colors red and blue. In the United States, there are the Blue States and the Red States, layer that with the angel for blue and the devil for red. It works on two levels.

David Mackzum, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 22, 2013 7:41 PM

Admin vs. teachers?

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How to Find Fulfilling Work

How to Find Fulfilling Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The desire for fulfilling work — a job that provides a deep sense of purpose, and reflects our values, passions and personality — is a modern invention. For centuries, most inhabitants of the Western world were too busy struggling to meet their subsistence needs to worry about whether they had an exciting career that used their talents and nurtured their wellbeing.


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I used to have a job with a capital J. Now, I just do someone else's work. We need to avoid this syndrome.

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The Kids are Alright (within statistical error)

The Kids are Alright (within statistical error) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
You may have seen this quote, often (apparently inaccurately) attributed to Socrates: "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders a...
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I wasn't sure which category to put this in, but it is a fun article and I wanted to hold on to it for future reference. I am not sure why; just curiosity?

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