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In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: Building Resilience

In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: Building Resilience | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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We need resiliency and self-confidence over self-esteem.

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Operating engineers - The Ten Happiest Jobs - Forbes

Operating engineers - The Ten Happiest Jobs - Forbes | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Playing with giant toys like bulldozers, front-end loaders, backhoes, scrapers, motor graders, shovels, derricks, large pumps, and air compressors can be fun.
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OK I write poetry and teach. I must be happy.

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The Problem With Black & White Statements in Education

The Problem With Black & White Statements in Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I continue to hear how certain educational practices are harmful to kids. Things like homework, desks in rows,  multiple choice questions, worksheets, and tests are stated as being "toxic" and "edu...
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Educators need to acknowledge two points. First, we live in a complex and chaotic era with rapid change. Second, it will take different leadership and conversation to navigate the waters. We cannot rely on the experts who brought us here and have stranded us and only downloaded one more fad on the beleagured system that presently exists.

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Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools

Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Let me start with this: We need poetry. We really do. Poetry promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. It can cross boundaries that little else can. April is Nationa
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Students enjoy poetry; even those who say otherwise. I use it as an emotional touchstone, to enhance creativity, to help struggling writers, etc. What intrigues me is how often I hear other educators demean poetry.

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Teacher Of The Year: Let Us Lead

Teacher Of The Year: Let Us Lead | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This piece comes to us courtesy of the New Haven Independent.
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I like the idea the teacher does not want to leave the classroom and puruse  "leadership" positions. I think we need to recognize we can lead without those positions. We need a flatter leadership structure that brings teachers forward as the leaders. Too many of our 'leaders' are far removed from classroom work.

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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
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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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Student Leadership Starts With Passion

Student Leadership Starts With Passion | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I was a freshman in college. I had just found out that one of my neighbors (who I used to babysit) was diagnosed with brain cancer. I was devastated. I felt useless in her battle, as I was four hou...
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The author makes four great points about leadership: respect and passion, humility, stamina, and focus on the group's goals ahead of your individual goals. Many contemporary leaders fall far short.

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Engagement and Compliance in the Classroom. They Aren't the Same!

Engagement and Compliance in the Classroom. They Aren't the Same! | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I've come to understand that the term "engagement" needs to be unpacked before addressing issues of management in the classroom. If you ask an educator, "What does engagement look like?" responses will surely vary.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson, David Hain
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No they are not the same. One is busy work and the other is real, often deep learning.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 9, 2013 11:35 PM

just watch the problems wade away.........

David Hain's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:18 AM

Not just in the classroom!

Andrea Cruz's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:40 PM

I agree that engagement is key to classroom management. I also recommend Daniel Pink's book titled Drive. It is an excellent read!

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Givers, Takers, and Matchers: The Surprising Science of Success

Givers, Takers, and Matchers: The Surprising Science of Success | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Counterintuitive insight on what makes people thrive from the wunderkind of organizational psychology.
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We need to consider what makes people happy. The evidence is it is not our work. It is the relationships we have to people nearest to us.

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It's Not the Test That Made Them Cheat

It's Not the Test That Made Them Cheat | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
No good can come of shifting the blame from the perpetrators to the system when it comes to organized cheating on standardized tests, writes Michael J. Feuer.
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“[t]hese scandals are the predictable result of overreliance on test scores”)." If you monetize student learning, you will have cheating. What is allowable and what is not? That becomes the game educators would have to play.

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The Success Indicator

The Success Indicator | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We are what we say, show, do and feel. How we stand, the tone in our voice, our levels of energy - all represent how we 'show up' in the world. How we carry ourselves is how the world see us, but m...
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What does it mean to be successful? What do we do? What do we say?

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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
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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'?
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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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