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The Unexpected Ways Your Bad Boss Brings You Down

The Unexpected Ways Your Bad Boss Brings You Down | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here are some surprising ways that a bad boss can impact you, and what you can do to prevent it.
Via george_reed, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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One has to be mindful and attentive to how toxic workplaces affect the rest of one's life. From a teacher's perspective, how does this impact how we teach and our students?
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The impact of bad leadership extends far beyond the workplace.
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The Uprooted

The Uprooted | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
War, sectarian violence, and famine have forced more than 50 million people from their homes—the largest number of displaced people since World War II.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This is the biggest challenge that faces people. What does it mean to educators worldwide? How do we become teachers without borders?
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Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership

Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Of 33,000 workers globally, one in three said they don't trust their employer. What gives?

Via donhornsby, Bobby Dillard
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When we conflate management and leadership, treating them as the same thing, we make the mistake of missing what leading is. It cannot be defined, but, when we see it, we recognize it.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 7, 10:37 AM
(From the article): One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman "Trust Barometer", a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace.

 Among the other notable findings, trust decreases down an organization’s hierarchy: 64% of executives, 51% of managers, and 48% of rank and file staff say they trust their organizations, and employees say they trust peers more than CEOs when it comes to company information. Right now, many workers have their choice of jobs that boast high earnings and a range of career opportunities. To stay competitive in the war for talent, most employers are offering a full complement of benefits and perks as well as beefing up their efforts to engage workers through inclusion initiatives. Indeed, many employees among the Top 100 Great Places To Work reported being satisfied with their jobs, but also having a high level of trust for their companies.

 That’s obviously not the case everywhere, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer. The survey revealed gaps between factors that employees rate as important for building trust and how their leaders rated based on those attributes.
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How Great Teacher Candidates Interview Differently

How Great Teacher Candidates Interview Differently | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
One principal’s interview mindset: If you are a candidate interviewing for a teaching position, I want to take a genuine moment to explicitly share what you are up against. As a principal, I a
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I think this is an interesting article. I disagree with the premise of going in having checked out their blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. If I wanted to check those, I would do it afterwards. What did the person tell me in the interview? Is it consisten with what is on the social media sites? The Lincoln quote supports that thinking.

Begin by understanding that the person across from you is not a candidate or a social media account. They are a person first.

Although my sample size is small, I am finding the teachers I am interviewing do not see themselves as "good students." They worked hard in school for their marks. What constitutes a "good teacher?" I have met prinicpals who I did not think were good teachers, so that is a big question.
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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teachers are trying to get students to slow down and take note of how and why they are thinking and to see thinking as an action they are taking. But two other core components of metacognition often get left out of these discussions — monitoring thinking and directing thinking.

Via Nik Peachey, Dean J. Fusto, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Well worth reading. Teachers help with creating structure and a good environment. Engaged learning and activies that promote that help immensely.

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Well worth reading.

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Learning and critical thinking skills
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Diane Ravitch: Why all parents should opt their kids out of high-stakes standardized tests

Diane Ravitch: Why all parents should opt their kids out of high-stakes standardized tests | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
  The Network for Public Education, a nonprofit education advocacy group co-founded by historian Diane Ravitch, is calling for a national “opt out” of high-stakes standardized testing, urging parents across the country to refuse to allow their children to participate in this spring’s testing. In a video released on the network’s website, Ravitch says families should […]

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Parents do not always know they can opt out. I told parents it was a choice and many appreciated that much.
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How To Take Care Of Business? Take Care Of Yourself

How To Take Care Of Business? Take Care Of Yourself | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Burn out in business is a very real thing. One of the main reasons I have been able to avoid it – across a career that has spanned 50 years – is because I have always made my health and wellness a priority. When I’m asked: ‘what’s the key to success in business’ my answer can differ depending on the subject at hand – delegation, people, learning from failure, etc – but when it comes down to it, the key is you. The simple fact is, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of business.

Via David Hain, donhornsby
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Good advice from Branson on keeping the mojo going so that your organisation thrives!


A healthy body equals a healthy mind, and a healthy mind takes care of business.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 1, 7:17 AM

Good advice from Branson on keeping the mojo going so that your organisation thrives!

donhornsby's curator insight, April 1, 8:06 AM

Good advice from Branson on keeping the mojo going so that your organisation thrives!


A healthy body equals a healthy mind, and a healthy mind takes care of business.

Hervé Odet's curator insight, April 15, 3:12 AM
Bonne lecture et pratique, Hervé Odet, Karuna Coach
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THE PRINCIPAL CENTER

THE PRINCIPAL CENTER | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We want our feedback to make a difference, but we also want to soften the emotional blow, so we use the instructional leader’s most common feedback tool: the “feedback sandwich.”

Via Cindy Riley Klages
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I experienced feedback as promoting a particualr administrator's agenda and ideology. When I asked questions, I was treated as resistant to feedback.
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'The reality is that technology is doing more harm than good in our schools' says education chief

'The reality is that technology is doing more harm than good in our schools' says education chief | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The number of Sydney schools banning laptops and tablets is increasing as education experts find technology is impeding learning.

Via L. García Aretio, juandoming
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I am finding that teachers want time to learn about the tools, digital and otherwise, and use them in their classroom. One teacher said it is not enough to go to a one day workshop. They don't have the time to use the technology.

Larry Cuban wrote in the early 2000's that there was no evidence more technology led to better teaching and more learning. It is 2016 and we are just catching up.
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Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal.

Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Commit to daily reflection.
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The suggestions about finding a quiet spot and handwriting are good. I find, when I am writing, taking the time to write in a quiet spot and, then, keyboarding can be very helpful. It is like having a conversation with myself.
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Stephanie Hogan's curator insight, March 20, 2:49 PM
The suggestions about finding a quiet spot and handwriting are good. I find, when I am writing, taking the time to write in a quiet spot and, then, keyboarding can be very helpful. It is like having a conversation with myself.
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Let Teachers Teach

Let Teachers Teach | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Aussie Friends of Treehorn trying to protect school children from the greedy and misguided; encouraging adults to think sensitively, to care for kids, to make wise choices....with their hearts in gear, their pens active and their votes available. NAPLAN has nothing to do with learning. It has nothing to do with teaching. It has nothing…
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When we have engaged teachers, they can engage students. I agree with owning ones classroom as a living topography. I am not so sure about owning the kids. We certainly can be in positive and healthy pedagogic relationships with them that help them grow beyond the curriculum-as-plan.
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Two-Thirds of Managers Are Uncomfortable Communicating with Employees

Two-Thirds of Managers Are Uncomfortable Communicating with Employees | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
And they fear giving feedback.
Via Richard Andrews
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I think there are a couple of things at play: management is about efficiency which does not involve messy communication. As well, we want to avoid messiness and what we perceive as negative moments. Leading involves both of these.
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Education and Exercise Can Keep The Brain Young

Education and Exercise Can Keep The Brain Young | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Neuroscience News has recent neuroscience research articles, brain research news, neurology studies and neuroscience resources for neuroscientists, students, and science fans and is always free to join.
Via Yashy Tohsaku
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Walking is also good. Keeping students active and moving is an important and, sometimes, overlooked pedagogic practice.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 10, 7:11 PM

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Thanks to Yashy Tohsaku.

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What Is Intrinsic Motivation?

What Is Intrinsic Motivation? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Why do you do the things you do? If you are doing them for some internal reason, then psychologists would describe you as intrinsically motivated.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Intrinsic+Motivation

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Engage-ME%21

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Motivation

 


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Finding the right balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is important for each person. Not everyone needs the same amount. What does that mean for teachers?
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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 12, 9:49 AM
Why do you do the things you do? If you are doing them for some internal reason, then psychologists would describe you as intrinsically motivated.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Intrinsic+Motivation

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Engage-ME%21

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Motivation

 

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, April 13, 6:27 AM
Intrinsic Motivation is a very important topic and often overlooked by companies. For those who speak the Spanish or Portuguese, more about motivation can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Leadership and Trust | Leadership Learning Community

Leadership and Trust | Leadership Learning Community | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Trust comes up a lot these days in conversations about leadership, and especially in conversations about networks.  Recently I heard it mentioned numerous times in a recent SSIR webinar, The Network Leader Roadmap, definitely worth a listen.

Via Anne Leong, Pavel Barta
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When we have organizations that are focused on management and conflate leadership with management, control becomes a necessity. Listening to people and supporting them are important in organizations.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 10:00 AM
Joseph Stiglitz links a decline in trust to staggering inequality (from the post). For example, although they are teachers, school managers and executive elevate themselves beyond classroom teachers and distance themselves for those experiences.
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How To Reach Every Student, Every Day -

How To Reach Every Student, Every Day - | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one–really seeing each and every one of them–seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. How? Some strategies to do this include:

Via TeachThought, Suvi Salo
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The boundary between teacher and learner is very thin, perhaps transparent and certainly permeable. It has a Jacques Derrida quality. Who is the teacher? Who is the learner? It looks more like teaching/learning, perhaps teaching-learning where the hypen bridges. These conditions (they are not strategies) are important foir teaching and learning.
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Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and relationships, and limit (even if they don’t entirely avoid) mindless escapism. But doing this is easier said than done, as we all know—and as I, too, have learned during years of trying unsuccessfully to boost my effectiveness.

In my case, I stumbled upon an ancient meditation technique that, to my surprise, improved my mind’s ability to better resist the typical temptations that get in the way of developing productive and healthy habits. Much in the same way that intense, focused physical activity serves to energize and revitalize the body during the rest of the day, meditation is for me—and for the many other people who use it—like a mental aerobic exercise that declutters and detoxifies the mind to enhance its metabolic activity.


Via The Learning Factor, Roger Francis, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help. Respond rather than react. LIstening attentively is a response.

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Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 7, 2:28 AM
Manish has writtern a wonderful article that suggests how one can be a better leader. While the adage, observe more react less is true, the means of doing this would require not reacting immediately, or even postponing decision making for another day. Meditating, relaxing by taking a break, and I guess 'sleepiong over the problem could be a great help.  It has been noticed that knee-jerk reactions to e-mails and other correspondences might cause more harm than good!
rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 7, 2:35 AM
Manish states very clearrly that it is not a good idea to react immediately to e-mails and make immediate decisions. Sometimes it is better to 'sleep over' over the problem! Taking a vacations before making a decision might help too!
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Carl Jung: “All the contents of our unconscious are constantly being projected into our surroundings….”

Carl Jung: “All the contents of our unconscious are constantly being projected into our surroundings….” | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Just as we tend to assume that the world is as we see it, we naïvely suppose that people are as we imagine them to be. . . .
All the contents of our unconscious are constantly being projected into our surroundings, and it is only by recognizing certain properties of the objects as projections or imagos that we are able to distinguish them from the real properties of the objects. . .
Cum grano salis, we always see our own unavowed mistakes in our opponent.
Excellent examples of this are to be found in all personal quarrels.
Unless we are possessed of an unusual degree of self-awareness we shall never see through our projections but must always succumb to them, because the mind in its natural state presupposes the existence of such projections.
It is the natural and given thing for unconscious contents to be projected.

Via David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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Projection - worth learning about, we all do it! Carl Jung wrote about education and I am just getting into that work.

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Projection - worth learning about, we all do it!

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Projection - worth learning about, we all do it!

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leading and learning: Readings for 21stC teachers working to transform education

leading and learning: Readings for 21stC teachers working to transform education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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What is the purpose of education. We should not conflate school with education. School is part of a education, but as Dewey suggested education is not preparation for life. It is life.

What is worth studying and lingering over? That question takes us back to the eytmology of school.
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What is Otherness?

What is Otherness? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
George Herbert Mead’s classic text, Mind Self and Society, established that social identities are created through our ongoing social interaction with other people and our subsequent self-reflection about who we think we are according to these social exchanges. Mead’s work shows that identities are produced through agreement, disagreement, and negotiation with other people. We adjust our behaviour and our self-image based upon our interactions and our self-reflection about these interactions (this is also known as the looking glass self).

Via Sharrock
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When we perceive someone as a stranger, we "other" them. Although the post is sociological in nature, philosophers (Derrida, Levinas, Butler, etc.) took up the topic.
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Teachers as Interchangeable widgets.

Teachers as Interchangeable widgets. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
PLEASE SEND TO YOUR LOCAL FEDERAL CANDIDATE. Aussie Friends of Treehorn protecting school children from nasty excesses of the greedy and misguided Teachers as Interchangeable Widgets “They are just there to implement prefabricated knowledge.” “One of the world’s most influential education experts, Andreas Schiecher, has criticised the Australian Education System for falling behind global standards.” at the…
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When we begin to treat humans, whether teachers or students, it is a problem. I don't think this is unique to Australia. It is universal. When we order people, it does great harm and violence to who they are (see Biesta, Butler and Levinas).
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A wandering mind is an unhappy mind HARVARD RESEARCH.pdf


Via Pavel Barta
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There has to be some structure in the journey. A path without boundaries gets one lost easily. A path thatis too narrow leads us to the same conclusions others found. One has to wander, but with structure and space that works.
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At-risk school success stories

At-risk school success stories | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
No matter how cutting-edge the technology or advanced the curriculum, students have a hard time mastering essays and equations if they’re hungry, traumatized or feeling marginalized by a textbook’s inaccurate portrayal of their ethnic group.

Via Dr. Deborah Brennan
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The approach has undercurrents of Maslow's hierarchy. We need to feel safe and connected before the higher order aspects happen.
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Letting Happiness Flourish in the Classroom - NYTimes.com

Letting Happiness Flourish in the Classroom - NYTimes.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When I look out into my classroom, and take the emotional temperature of my students, I’m usually checking for engagement. I want to make sure they feel supported, are interested in the lesson at hand, and that the lesson is relevant to each student.
Via Cindy Riley Klages
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"Unfortunately, we put our children’s happiness at risk when we model what Dr. Seppala calls the “myths of success”: the belief that success is inextricably tied to stress and anxiety, perseverance at all costs, avoidance of personal weakness, and a myopic focus on cultivating expertise in a specialized niche."

Teachers who model the myths of success in classrooms are not helping students find happiness.
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We don’t do that to children.

We don’t do that to children. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Aussie Friends of Treehorn encouraging adults to think sensitively, to care for kids, to make wise choices....with their hearts in gear, their pens active and their votes available. “We don’t treat children like that!” Australian schooling is sick. It has no heart. It lacks humanity. It treats children as robotic sources of data that are…
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Even if the teacher ennui described is not apparent, we must be vigilent against it. Children need teachers who care, are thoughtful, and have healthy pedagogic relationships with the students. The era of bureaucracy and technocracy in schools has eroded those relationships, leading to the ennui.
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