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Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions

Coaching on How To Ask Powerful Questions | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

Here are ten ways asking questions can help us be more effective leaders and create breakthroughs in our impact.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 9:21 AM

(From the article): 

Here’s the real challenge to asking good questions. It requires a shift in our own mindset as leaders. We have to let go of three ego needs that hold us back.

Let go of the need to be superior or to prove ourselves (e.g. I’m the smartest person in the room so let me tell you everything I know).Let go of the need to control outcomes (e.g. the best and most efficient way to do this is my way, so let me just help you by telling you what to do).Let go of the need for perfection or need to succeed without any tolerance for failure (we have to do this perfectly because anything less than success will make us or me look bad).

This is where executive coaching really works to uncover limiting beliefs and paradigms we have so we can let our curiosity naturally flow through. Do these apply to you?

 

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 25, 4:36 AM

Ten good ways to ask difficult questions. Worth reading

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 25, 8:08 AM

Questions will start the process of communication, resolving, thinking, etc. Great article.

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Take A Classroom Selfie & Share It With The World

Take A Classroom Selfie & Share It With The World | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Take A Classroom Selfie & Share It With The World

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Cas Op de Beek's curator insight, April 11, 5:26 AM

Taking selfies to a higher level witch you class. 

Joe Boutte's comment, April 11, 5:32 AM
What a great idea. Hope this creates 1000s of photos that demonstrate and document the real servant - leadership of teachers all over the world.
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The right tool for the job: Five collaborative writing tools for academics.

The right tool for the job: Five collaborative writing tools for academics. | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Research collaboration now involves significant online communication. But sending files back and forth between collaborators creates redundancy of effort, causes unnecessary delays and, many times,...

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massimo facchinetti's curator insight, April 5, 3:34 AM

Not only for academics…!!!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 14, 2:58 AM

Five collaborative writing tools for academics.

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What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.

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Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, January 1, 12:16 AM

join me in implementing meditative breaks throughout our day. even if for 1 minute.

Xavier Fazio's curator insight, January 1, 8:19 PM

Amen!

Carol Rine's curator insight, January 3, 10:10 AM

Having spent the last 10 days "mostly" off the grid, I appreciated this article.  :O)

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The Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs

The Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Our Inaugural Selection of the Best IT Blogs
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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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flea palmer's curator insight, September 23, 2013 6:20 AM

Interesting article highlighting confusion between formal and informal writing when using digital tools. On a positive note, students benefit from being able to see each others' work and collaborate online.

Sarah Peterson's comment, October 1, 2013 9:27 AM
This article was very fascinating. It talked about the impact of technology on student writing. I thought this was interesting because there are so many ways now that students can write on the computer. For example our school now has 1:1 laptops so we use technology more often now. I thought it was interesting how they also talked about how the technology can create some bad writing habits though. This article was great and I would encourage students and teachers to read it.
Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:28 AM

An informative article on the positive and negative impact of digital tools on student writing. The entire report is downloadable in its pdf format from the website.

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Surgeon live-streams knee repair with Google Glass

Surgeon live-streams knee repair with Google Glass | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
A Google Glass-wearing surgeon transmits video of major knee surgery to colleagues and students. It's a first-of-its-kind moment in the US and a big step for wearable tech. Read this article by Christopher MacManus on CNET.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:26 AM

 

Check it to find out the possibilities of Google Glass applications, very interesting...

 

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The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic

The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students. The handy infographic takes a look at different types of assessments and their attributes and questions. Keep reading to learn more.


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Shea Stehm's curator insight, August 2, 2013 1:41 PM

Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students.

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, August 5, 2013 5:02 AM

Do you like standardized testing?

Can we stop measuring  students?

Dee KC's curator insight, August 6, 2013 3:25 PM

following the DfE's assessing without levels guidance this looks like  god place to start when reviewing how you measure progress

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10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer

10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
These are the tools that will transform your classroom in the fall because you’ll notice the definite threads that run throughout all these applications... real-time, collaborate and creative! Thos...

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Dawn Bothwell's curator insight, July 14, 2013 7:45 AM

Please share other tools you like so I can add them to this list!

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7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology


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Why Computers Alone Won’t Move the Needle | MindShift

Why Computers Alone Won’t Move the Needle | MindShift | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Though a large study showed that the act of giving kids computers did not alone affect grades or attendance, the results may have been different had the students had some guidance on how to best use the computers and if teachers had been involved...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Tagboard - Organization for Following Hashtags

Free Technology for Teachers: Tagboard - Organization for Following Hashtags | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
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24 Powerpoint Alternatives & Presentation Programs For 2014

24 Powerpoint Alternatives & Presentation Programs For 2014 | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
At CustomShow, we decided to list some alternatives to powerpoint that could help in solving your overall presentation problems. These programs serve many purposes.

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Natalie Sing's curator insight, May 1, 12:19 PM

Lots of Presentation ideas here that would be great for High School Students

Lino's curator insight, May 2, 5:50 AM

24 Powerpoint Alternatives & Presentation Programs For 2014

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 5, 5:18 AM

A new list of the most popular digital presentation tools available.


And a very helpful list of advantages and disadvantages for any of the tools.


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Thinking Critically | Learning Commons

Thinking Critically | Learning Commons | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

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Abdul Torah's curator insight, April 6, 9:25 PM

Thinking Critically | Learning Commons

Melf's curator insight, April 7, 6:34 AM

Unevirsity thinking explained. Its quite intresting how they think. Even if this information isn't true its still intresting. You may recognize some traits about yourself in the video

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Exclusive Special Report on Blended Learning

Exclusive Special Report on Blended Learning | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 15, 4:56 PM

Blended learning requires strong classroom teaching skills and a fluent understanding of online teaching technology.  A challenging and very rewarding way to re-imagine your classroom.

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 16, 3:40 PM

Read and share.

Greg Alchin's curator insight, February 16, 8:56 PM

For Blended learning to be successful educators need to really unpack the principles of TPACK and SAMR. It is the considered use of the tech for education purposes not the tech itself that is the driver.

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Library Database Information Sheet Free Printable | Deep Librarian

Library Database Information Sheet Free Printable | Deep Librarian | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Use this free printable to keep track of all your library database information.

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Invisible Helmet Deploys Like an Airbag on Impact

Invisible Helmet Deploys Like an Airbag on Impact | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Researchers in Sweden have developed an "invisible" bicycle helmet that deploys like an airbag on impact.
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Apple's iOS 7 Update Fixes 80 Security Bugs

Apple's iOS 7 Update Fixes 80 Security Bugs | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Yesterday's iOS 7 update brought a slew of bug fixes, 80 in total, to Apple devices.

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13 Rules High Achievers Never Break

13 Rules High Achievers Never Break | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:13 PM

After looking at the lives of certain great men, I was able to come up 13 rules that high achievers never break. If you obey these rules, you will become a high achiever too.

1. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them; you have no idea what their journey is all about.

Stop trying to be someone else. We all have our own distinct purposes in life. Be yourself always and become the best version of you. You are original, not a counterfeit.

Mary Ann Charters's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:02 AM

Some great advice for life!

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Ethan Zuckerman wants you to eat your (news) vegetables — or at least have better information

Ethan Zuckerman wants you to eat your (news) vegetables — or at least have better information | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Zuckerman wants to create nutritional labels for news, showing how much marshmallow fluff you mix in with your meat and potatoes. But both the tech and politics of categorizing journalism have a long way to go.

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Cindy Rogers's curator insight, September 6, 2013 5:40 AM

Are you getting a balanced diet?

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Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills Of Socrates

Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills Of Socrates | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

Socrates, this ancient philosopher holds the key to an essential leadership skill: asking great questions. The challenge is that too few leaders, managers and employees ask great questions. This is a big problem. Cultures that embrace a culture of questioning thrive and those that fear it either fail or are doomed to mediocrity.


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God Is.'s curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:39 AM

Have you ever attended any Socrates Cafe groups in your community?

Linda Allen's comment, July 23, 2013 10:49 AM
No I am not familiar; I'm going to look this group up asap. Thank you!
Khai Tran's curator insight, January 8, 2:03 AM

In order to become great Leaders one should always ask questions if something is not clear. Like the saying goes the only dumb question is the one not asked.

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Tech Transformation: The changing role of the librarian: an information coach

Tech Transformation: The changing role of the librarian: an information coach | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

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Cindy Rogers's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:33 PM

From information gatekeeper to information coach, this post succinctly sums up the changing role of the librarian.

John Shank's comment, July 11, 2013 4:13 PM
I like the term research coach, too.
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27-ways-to-increase-engagement-in-learning.jpg (600x1830 pixels)

27-ways-to-increase-engagement-in-learning.jpg (600x1830 pixels) | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, July 4, 2013 10:47 PM

Some quite concrete - and some ideals!

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Robots able to reach through clutter with whole-arm tactile sensing (w/ video)

Robots able to reach through clutter with whole-arm tactile sensing (w/ video) | Information Powerhouse | Scoop.it
Robots able to reach through clutter with whole-arm tactile sensing (w/ video)

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:59 AM

 

Check it out, very interesting...