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Replacing Teachers with Emotion

Replacing Teachers with Emotion | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teachers mean well. By teachers, I mean you.

You mean well.

After all, you're here, aren't you -- looking for resources to become a better teacher or administrator? And you're in education to begin
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All humans want to feel needed. They want to know the people who should care for them are trustworthy and can be trusted when they care for them.

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The Neuroscience of Individuality

The Neuroscience of Individuality | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What makes one person different than another? Many may say it’s a combination of genes and environment, but recent neuroscience shows that it’s more than just that.
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Neuroscience provides increasing evidence that we continue to learn throughout our lives.

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The Best Educational Tool I Have In My Classroom - Edudemic

The Best Educational Tool I Have In My Classroom - Edudemic | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The truth is, the single best educational tool that we all have is simple to deploy and worth the very small amount of effort needed.
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My experience tells me reading books is an important and often overlooked tool in our classrooms and homes. Begin by reading to children

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Kindness is the New Black

Kindness is the New Black | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Many organizations are in pain. I am just back from the Front-End of Innovation conference in Copenhagen where I met several friends, ex-colleagues, relatives, business partners, and it seems that change and re-organization are the new normal in our organizations these days. It also seems to be a constant these days that organizations retract into the comfort zone of their core business and are tuning down their innovation initiatives. I have heard it from at least 4-5 large organizations this week. What remains is a lot of innovation rhetoric but no action on the floor other than political power games


Via John Lasschuit ®™, Trudy Raymakers
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Do we trust the people we work with? If we do not, we are in a difficult place.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:13 PM

Very good article. And good reading recommendations: 

John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, May 10, 2013 4:53 AM
If we don't it's of no use working together.
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How bad things can happen to good people who lack emotional intelligence

How bad things can happen to good people who lack emotional intelligence | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
School and school system leaders are far more likely to get into difficulty because of low social and emotional intelligence than because of deficiencies in their technical knowledge. At least that...

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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"Because these leaders often have a high need to control people and situations, they are unlikely to trust others or to delegate." They are not leaders then.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:53 PM

The thing is, HOW you do what you do matters.  

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for the love of learning: Cute or morally bankrupt?

for the love of learning: Cute or morally bankrupt? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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What if we taught and learned together? This reminds me of the self-help approach to life. Is that we want for our kids? But, when you have people, read educators, so bereft of capacity to learn and teach what should we expect?

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6 Great Ways to Make Another Person's Day

6 Great Ways to Make Another Person's Day | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Cards are nice. Gifts are nice. All the "standards" are nice -- and all, at least in part, are somewhat expected.So if you really want to make someone's day, do the unexpected. It's not

Via Mary Meduna, PhD
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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, May 7, 2013 4:23 PM

Now these are some great ideas! How will you make someone's day today?

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Happy Workplaces? Really?

Happy Workplaces? Really? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Is it really possible to create workplace conditions that lead to employee happiness? Each person’s happiness is triggered based on unique conditioning, the person’s distinctive experiences and beliefs, so there’s rarely a single set of environme...
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One person told me when she walks into my workplace she can sense the fear and unhappiness without talking to anyone. Workplaces or environments need to be places of well-being.

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Stop faking: the secret to getting real with assessments

Stop faking: the secret to getting real with assessments | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Quick, write a multiple choice question for this standard: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topic...
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We need more collaboration in our schools at the adult level. There is ample evidence when that happens students witness it and are more collaborative and creative.

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" Pedagogy Vs Andragogy " Chart

" Pedagogy Vs Andragogy " Chart | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Keith Wayne Brown
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We want children and adults to self-direct their learning.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, May 7, 2013 3:49 PM

Adult learning is a vast area of educational research and probably one of the most complicated. Adults learn differently and have different strategies in learning. Adults Learning Theory and Principles explain in details these strategies and sheds more light on how adults cultivate knowledge.

 Talking about adult learning brings us to the concept of Andragogy. According to the article Malcolm Knowles an American practitioner and theorist of adult education, defined andragogy as “the art and science of helping adults learn”. Knowles identified the six principles of adult learning as:Adults are internally motivated and self-directedAdults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiencesAdults are goal orientedAdults are relevancy orientedAdults are practicalAdult learners like to be respectedTom Whitby wrote this great article " Pedagogy Vs Andragogy " in which he argued for using these same principles of adults learning in kids learning. I highly recommend this article to those of you interested in learning more about Andragogy. I am also sharing with you this awesome chart created by floridatechnet.org  featuring the differences between pedagogy and Andragogy.
Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:41 PM

Excelente e simples comparativo sobre diferenças de aprendizagem entre adultos e crianças. Sem dúvida, vale um inforgrafico aqui pra ilustrar !

Prof. Mark Levit's comment, July 21, 2013 10:11 AM
With my time now time divided between university classrooms and the commercial sector, this chart suggests both reason and hope. Higher education today promises job readiness but the customs, standards, and traditions of the education business make that an unlikely outcome. For example, the college students before whom I stand weekly are substantially more interested in, and learn from, my stories of client, employee, & vendor relations and conflict than what appears in their texts. Those stories get remembered and provide practical rather than traditionally academic reasons to learn. Most students learn critical thinking and other university-mandated disciplines when reasons for learning them become evident. But with life now operating on fast-forward in this era of the Internet, paradigm shifts, and the profit-challenged corporate sector, we no longer have the luxury of education's traditional and (perhaps) obsolete modalities. When we cater to students other than those who perceive college as permission to party for 4 (or more) years, eliminate the aggressive financial goals of the powerful dollar-starved multinational corporations to which we refer as "universities," when we acknowledge students must learn for the purpose of competing on a commercial world stage, we'll enjoy,nonce again, the goals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Simultaneously, we'll put our nation back on-track for renewed greatness.
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The Complete Guide to Daily Stress

The Complete Guide to Daily Stress | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If you want to master the stress in your life, know when it’s time to embrace stressful and challenging activities, and know when it’s time to take a step back and just relax for a little bit.
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An excellent point made in the article is that stress is an indicator and helps us if we are aware of it as such.

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How To Fix Public Education

How To Fix Public Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Oliver DeMille Time magazine recently published a cover article on reforming American education, and its leading argument was the need for more great
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"As long as we have massive government bureaucracy and overwhelming levels of regulation on teachers, educational problems will increase." This stands out for me. The regulatory process so near and dear to the hearts of bureaucrats is to push this into the schools and classrooms. They have been successful at the expense of learning and well-being in the classrooms and schools.

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Beware of Managers From Hell

Beware of Managers From Hell | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here’s something they’ll probably never teach you in business school: The single biggest decision you make in your job -- bigger than all of the rest -- is who you name manager. When you
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I do not ascribe to the idea that management and leadership are the same thing. Nor, do I agree with the idea that of the 30% who are happy they have good bosses. It may be simply they overcome poor leadeship. I know when I am left alone by the petty tyrants I work with sometimes I can be happy doing my job.

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52 Character Building Thoughts for Children by Leah Davies, M.Ed.

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This is an excellent article with some things we can focus on with our students and children.

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10 things you didn't know about kindness

10 things you didn't know about kindness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Is kindness the better way to go? 10 things that can help you decide.

Via Jose Luis Yañez, David Hain
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We need kindness and compassion in our lives.

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True
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School Climate Matters

School Climate Matters | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Researchers continue to strengthen the link between positive school climates and student achievement.
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I am glad we are finding research here, but when will it actually inform practice?

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Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets

This video is from the Vook "Mind in the Making: The Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs Volume. Download this Vook here: http://bit.ly/jz49Jo and experi...

Via Chris Balogh
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This is an interesting and short video that is worth watching. What do we praise? It makes a differnece.

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The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier & Healthier | TIME.com

The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier & Healthier | TIME.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There's a reason why being kind to others is good for you— and it can now be traced to a specific nerve.
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There is science behind happiness. It involves finding meaning in life, taking time for those people and things that are important, and stepping away from busyness.

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Getting kids to learn is about relationships | eSchool News

Getting kids to learn is about relationships | eSchool News | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like,” says Rita Pierson, a veteran educator and recent TED Talks Education speaker. According to Pierson, connecting with students on a real, human level is the key to improving student performance.
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"Pierson also explains how education is beset by fads, but there are some basic truths; for instance, if a child isn’t present, he or she can’t learn. She also believes that teachers who fail should be fired."

 

The opening line is what education has devolved in. The closing line means we will not promote those incapable of teaching. That is what we do quite often.

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Cultural Narcissism and Education Reform

Cultural Narcissism and Education Reform | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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I don't think this began with the present generation, but we are seeing the product of this narcissism manifest itself more with it. I see the previous generation as being the first authors.

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11 Reasons Workplace Fun isn’t of the Devil | workplace MOJO

11 Reasons Workplace Fun isn’t of the Devil | workplace MOJO | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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This article reminded me of a Jon Kabat-Zinn quote I heard: "Get a Job with a capital J and stop doing someone else's work."

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The Power of Second Questions

The Power of Second Questions | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Most people never listen.” Hemmingway Questions are gifts. Asking, followed by listening, says others matter; telling says you matter. Eager to talk is reluctant to ask. Enemies of curiosity: Disi...
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What if we were all present. That is another word for gift. Research tells us being present speeds up meetings and gets people to effective action.

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A Nation of Wimps

A Nation of Wimps | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers.
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Although we occasionally need a genuine hug, self-esteem takes a backseat to resiliency, sefl-efficacy, and confidence in the lives of children. "Fall seven times and get up eight."

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Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines

Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We all want to work in places where we feel at our best. From an employers’ viewpoint, people who feel at their best can perform at their best.Everyone we encounter can impact our sense of
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I read recent posts from two people who I have worked with. The first indicated the role of a school leader was to establish the climate of the building. The problem is many schools are filled with fear. The second wrote about the importance of trust in schools and that is critical. If schools are oppressive and fearful places, will that trust exist? The oppressive comes from a Peter Senge quote in 1995. Has that changed?

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Is High School Academic Purgatory? [SLIDE]

Is High School Academic Purgatory? [SLIDE] | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Blogger's Note: My thinking here is unpolished.  I'm wrestling with the time-honored notion that one of the primary purposes of high school is to prepare kids for college.  As a teacher, that's alw...
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Do grades bring more happiness or do they lead to some desire to wanting more of the same? The title of the article brings us back to the question: What is school for?

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