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Why Apologize?

Why Apologize? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
People often do feel better after apologizing -- though not as good as they do after being asked to apologize and refusing.

Via Sharrock
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"The reason to teach kids to apologize isn't to make the wrong-doer feel better. It's to make the person wronged feel better. Secondarily, it's to make the wrong-doer feel worse, or at least, to make the wrong-doer understand that he or she has done something wrong and unacceptable." Take one step further and ask for forgiveness. It is an incredibly humbling experience.

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Sharrock's curator insight, April 8, 2013 12:05 PM

We receive conflicting advice on why we should not apologize. But the reasons listed for why we often choose not to apologize helps explain a few things about how insecure people feel. We choose to win an arguement more than we care if we are right. Effectiveness is another loss in such exchanges where sometimes winning the battle is losing the war. Especialy, when the war is a complex or wicked problem.

Sharrock's comment, April 9, 2013 11:42 AM
I like that, Ivon.
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, April 9, 2013 6:49 PM
Thank you Duane
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13 Ways to Be an Exceptional Teacher - Lifehack

13 Ways to Be an Exceptional Teacher - Lifehack | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The one who influenced you the most – the one who had maximum impact. Who brought out the best in you and made you think you could do anything you set your mind to.
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I wasn't sure what category to place this one into and decided good teaching makes for happy people.

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
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Neuroscience is revealing so much about the brain and the way we learn that this article is extremely important. What ways does technolgy shape the brain? What way does quiet shape the brain?

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leading and learning: Creativity – its place in education

leading and learning: Creativity – its place in education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Humans are questioning, social, and creative creatures. Learning is about all three. Are we ready to re-imagine an educaitonal system that is about all three.

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In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: Social Emotional Health Is a Global Issue

In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: Social Emotional Health Is a Global Issue | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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I agree 100%, but do we have teachers who have the ability to model what healthy and social emotional health looks like? This is not a cogntive area and requires seeing great role models being vulnerable and resilient.

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How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness, by Rick Hanson

How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness, by Rick Hanson | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In recent years, we have started to better understand the neural bases of states like happiness, gratitude, resilience, love, compassion, and so forth.

Via Tom Wojick, Larry Glover, David Hain
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The brain, as neuroscientists are discovering, is an extremely malleable organism. Knowing that is critical to living and being in this world. What influences our brains good and not so good?

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, April 4, 2013 4:27 PM

Great article that delves into the best neuroscience on happiness. These are the instructions that the Founding Fathers forgot to attach as an addendum to the Declaration of Independence ... the pursuit of happiness instructions

Larry Glover's curator insight, April 5, 2013 2:30 PM

An excellent resource artilce covering dimensions of Happiness and neuroplasticity. Videos presentations as well.

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Guidelines To Being an Introvert | AfricanPlato

Guidelines To Being an Introvert | AfricanPlato | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It's tough being an introvert especially the extreme introverts. Most folks in the internet, we must agree, are mostly introverts but hey, if you're reading this and you would like to join the unique, if not extraordinary club of ...

Via Larry Davies
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I am an introvert. I am cool with that because it suggests I charge my batteries with quiet time i.e. reading a book, walking in nature, meditation, etc. We confuse introvert with shyness. They are not the same thing.

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metacool: John Maeda on creative leadership

metacool: John Maeda on creative leadership | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here's a really interesting diagram created by my friend John Maeda, who is the President of RISD. It's a portrait of leading, surviving being the leader of something, and then thriving and growing: This diagram really speaks to me.

Via Fred Zimny, Tom Hood
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This is a person's insight into making change in the world through creativity. I think the stories we can share about our creativity are critical learnings for others. Should we set to change the world or change our self? Perhaps the second 1/2 of the question allows the world to change differently. The article reminded me of the Gandhi quote: "Be the change you want to be in the world."

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Tom Hood's curator insight, April 6, 2013 12:47 PM

Just saw John Maeda (RISD) speak at DigitalNow Conference in Orlando and he was amazing! He talked through this diagram with the notion of resiliency and leadership and the leaders job to provide hope and inspiration. 

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The caring child: How to teach empathy

The caring child: How to teach empathy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The caring child: How to teach empathy (RT @wee_society: For everyone trying to raise good little people, a must-read from @BabyCenter on how to teach empathy.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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What will we do about the adults who did not learn empathy? Are they capable of teaching what they do not know?

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School Leaders Don't Let Your Teachers Lose Heart

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"Teachers in 2013 are getting discouraged. Their two goals are difficult enough without trying to incorporate all the newest programs and strategies in education."

 

This is a universal issue for education. As many as 25% of education students never teach. Up to 50% of new educators will leave the profession within 7 years. This does not bode well. Part of the problem is that we have too many bosses and not enough leaders.

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Writing with Writers: Poetry Writing

Writing with Writers: Poetry Writing | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Study the genre of poetry by taking part in step-by-step workshops with three of your favorite authors. Then have your work published online in our Scholastic archive. Includes teacher's guide.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

We need more poets in life.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, April 4, 2013 10:34 AM
yes, we do. :-)
Judith Morais's curator insight, April 5, 2013 1:34 AM

There are some lovely poems and useful exercises to use with elementary students as they learn to experiment with poetry. Prelutsky's poem "Louder than a clap of thunder" is a lovely image evoking poem and I would get my students to create their own sound poem using this as stimulus.

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:11 AM

Estudar poesia, participar em workshops e escrever com escritores. É possível aceder a documentos em PDF com atividades descritas passo-a-passo, onde se dão dicas e ensinam técnicas para que cada um se divirta com a escrita de poesia!

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Things I Carry: Smart Phone? I Prefer a Brilliant Assistant

Things I Carry: Smart Phone? I Prefer a Brilliant Assistant | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I couldn’t get through the workday without my assistant, Helen. While gadgets like smartphones and tablets certainly do have a huge positive impact upon my working life, it is the people around
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This is interesting. The most important thing for Richard Branson is his assistant, a person.

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leading and learning: Creativity – its place in education

leading and learning: Creativity – its place in education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Creativity needs to find or refind its place in education both on the teaching and learning sides. It is what can link the two - teaching and learning - together.

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Big Thinkers on Education

Big Thinkers on Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. Get inspired by their big ideas.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Cathleen Nardi
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

There are some great links here from some larger than life educational leaders.

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:34 AM

SOme great insights here

Denize Piccolotto Carvalho's curator insight, April 9, 2013 6:32 PM

Olha Jimi Estrázulas e César Alcon!

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9 Ways To Make Leadership Personal - Leadership, Sales & Life

9 Ways To Make Leadership Personal - Leadership, Sales & Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Leaders need to make their leadership personal. People want to resonate with the person who leads them. They want to connect and communicate.
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When we lead, we serve. When we present role models, we share the leadership with others. I thnk we want to do more than connect. Leadership has an important role to play: assist in building community which is more than connection.

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Brief mindfulness training may boost test scores, working memory | e! Science News

Mindfulness training may help to boost standardized test scores and improve working memory, according to a new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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The title suggests one benefit, but what if mindful practices made us happier and the world a better place?

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If Twitter Is Not PD, What Is It?

If Twitter Is Not PD, What Is It? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I was recently contacted by Barbara Madden, a Missouri educator with a Mississippi dialect, who is conducting a survey of educators, who use Twitter for Professional Development asking for some fee...
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"I do not think of Twitter as a tool for providing Professional Development, but rather a tool that enables collaboration. That leads to a curiosity, or more, a love for learning that takes some learners further down the road that all educators should be travelling. By any measure that must be a positive result for educators, that will impact their students in a positive way as well."

 

I agree that digital technologies, including Twitter, can serve as ways to facilitate PD and there is an increasing gap in those who use and those who do not. I also wonder about some who use. Frankly, I don't "give a damn" (to paraphrase) what someone is having for breakfast, supper, or anything else.

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Leadership Bytes - On Dialogue

Leadership Bytes - On Dialogue | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Universal Leadership Group; leadership skill development through adult learning, literacy strategies, and systems thinking. This group answers the questions, 'what is leadership' and 'how to become a learning organization'?
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I got pretty excited when I saw the title. The second part, "On Dialogue" is the title of two great books. One was written by David Bohm and the other by William Issacs. Both, along with this article, stand conventional thinking about communication on its head.

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Seven Crucial Leadership Conversations Critical to Future Business Success

Seven Crucial Leadership Conversations Critical to Future Business Success | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Like canaries in a coal mine, this year’s human capital trends should be viewed as leading indicators of emerging threats and strategic opportunities."


Via Andrew Spence, David Hain
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I am not sure I want to think like an economist, but I do want to debunk the superman myth. I am OK with saying: "I don't know." We need to in this complex world.

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Andrew Spence's curator insight, April 6, 2013 1:41 AM

" In 2013, leaders are tasked with meeting high expectations for performance and talent, despite dramatic shifts in technology, globalization, demographics and regulation."

Interesting report from Deloitte, with 7 Human Capital Trends for 2013.

Starting with "Thinking like an economist"......

Andrew Spence's comment, April 9, 2013 3:55 AM
Thanks for sharing this. Ivon - good point about being comfortable saying "I don't know" with some of these complex issues. I am not sure HR should think like an economist all the time, but one day a week might help!
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unMonastery :: EdgeRyders

unMonastery :: EdgeRyders | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This is something I would like to experiment with doing here in the States. I have often thought that something based along the lines of a monastery, ashram, or sangha would do more good for locale...

Via Keith Wayne Brown
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This is a radical way of understanding community. Radical here draws on the origins of the word - returning to our roots. What do we hold in common? In what ways do this allow us to better hold the tensions of our differences?

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The Art of Letting Go

The Art of Letting Go | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In letting go we lose illusion. In letting go we gain freedom.

Via Laurie Buchanan, PhD
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We need to let go of the beliefe that certainty exists. It is a liberating feeling.

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6 Signs Your Team Needs to Fight More | workplace MOJO

6 Signs Your Team Needs to Fight More | workplace MOJO | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Mary Meduna, PhD
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I think fight might overstate it. We need conversation spaces where disagreement is expected, allowed, and handled better than it is in many setings.

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Tools for Teaching: Ditching The Deficit Model

Tools for Teaching: Ditching The Deficit Model | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Children are more than one test, once a year, in one sitting. It seems as if many schools and districts have lapsed into a deep state of amnesia of Maslow's hierarchy of needs -- a possible lingeri
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I think this is a great idea. We need to think about the need to begin with an abundance model for our teachers and providing time for teachers to find the gifts of children.

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Albert Einstein on Individual Liberty, Without Which There Would Be ‘No Shakespeare, No Goethe, No Newton’

Albert Einstein on Individual Liberty, Without Which There Would Be ‘No Shakespeare, No Goethe, No Newton’ | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein reading his essay, 'The Common Language of Science.' Today we have a similarly rare treat: filmed excerpts from a speech on individual liberty that Einstein gave shortly after the Nazis rose to power and he became a refugee from his...
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Without freedom, we would not have had Shakespear, Goethe, and Newton. What have we missed due to the totaliterean ways in some parts of the world?

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Penn-Finn Learnings 2013: Does Student Voice Translate in Finnish?

Penn-Finn Learnings 2013: Does Student Voice Translate in Finnish? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As schools around the world focus on how best to prepare students for success in the 21st century, there’s been much debate about what approach works best. Educational experts -- from classroom teach
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I think we are redefining what it means to be the expert in the classroom. This is not just about understanding subject matter. It is about effective communication, when to step up, and when to fade into the background. The idea of collaboration is central to both teacher and student success.

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