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Are You Managing To a 'T'? Time To Break With Tradition — HBS Working Knowledge

Say hello to the T-shaped manager. In this HBR excerpt, HBS professor Morten Hansen and colleague Bolko Von Oetinger introduce a new-generation exec who shares information horizontally across the organization as well as vertically among...
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While the language of 'revenue' and 'business units' is somewhat difficult for educators, the concepts of T shaped leadership are worthy. 'Transfer of best practice', 'peer advice' for high quality decision making, 'shared expertise', 'cross pollination of ideas' and 'coordinated implemantation' are valuable in the complex environments of large schools.

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Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones

Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The Rogers Innovation Report looked at parents and young adult children to see how they use their smartphones.
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Agron S. Dida's curator insight, April 28, 2014 6:16 AM

Smartphones are just little notebooks we are going to use for emergency only. (By the way I am 63!)

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The Science of “Intuition”

The Science of “Intuition” | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"The power and fruitfulness of intuition has had innumerable and celebrated champions — from Einstein, Anne Lamott, and Steve Jobs to some of history’s greatest scientists and philosophers. But what, exactly, lies behind this amorphous phenomenon we call “intuition”? That’s precisely what CUNY philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci explores in a chapter of Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life (public library)."

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Brilliant post, linking intuition to domain specific learning and to deliberate practice! Makes good sense - an intuitive response!

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In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

..."boredom is not only an adaptive emotion but a vital one — with its related faculties of contemplation, solitude, and stillness, it is essential for the life of the mind and the life of the spirit, for art and science in equal measure."

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Boredom, stimulus, presence and mindfulness - an useful post for school teachers and leaders to read.

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Digital Transformation, Innovation, Optimization, and Disruption: Spin the Dial | WIRED

Digital Transformation, Innovation, Optimization, and Disruption: Spin the Dial | WIRED | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Agile Architecture approach leads to emergence  – business agility in the face of any disruption, self-organization that leads to adaptation and drives innovation. Isn’t that the Digital Transformation you’re really looking for?"

 

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The basis of the paper is making both people and technology more flexible at the same time within the one organisation. Phew! Hard work but worthy of the effort to make the organisation adaptable enough to not only deal with but embrace deal disruptive change.

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The basis of the paper is making both people and technology more flexible at the same time within the one organisation. Phew! Hard work but worthy of the effort to make the organisation adaptable enough to not only deal with but embrace deal disruptive change.

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Complexity Of Change: From Pain Masking To Pain Mapping

Complexity Of Change: From Pain Masking To Pain Mapping | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
“When we experience the world as “too complex” we are not just experiencing the complexity of the world. We are experiencing a mismatch between the world’s complexity and our own at this moment. Th...
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The medical analogy mentioned here makes some sense in that the deeper reasons for 'pain' in an organisation need to be delved into as they may not be the obvious point where the 'pain' is manifest. But to any experienced school leader that is stating the blindingly obvious. I would have liked this post to have provided some insight into how this deeper insight might be gained. But perhaps like much in leadership, the context heavily influences the tools required to be used.

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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"Brave new world" style post that has much truth, potential and potential problems to be thought through and overcome for the benefit of children. But will it all happen? I think so! Just about inevitable and it is our role to see the future develop in the best interests of children.

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Donald Clark Plan B: 3 fallacies about exaggerated teacher impact in education (Pasi Sahlberg)

Donald Clark Plan B: 3 fallacies about exaggerated teacher impact in education (Pasi Sahlberg) | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Pasi Sahlberg, who knows a thing or two about Finnish education, has repeatedly warned us about the misrepresentation of Finnish education, used for political and policy statements  Sadly, in the world of educational theory and policy, the keystone myths have been taken up with a fervour by both politicians and professionals. He’s exasperated by countries who flog the following dead ponies:"

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Pasi Sahlberg is a wise man! Nothing in education is simple, if only because people are involved and people, their motivations and interests are complex. This is an excellent read. Thanks to @vickisteer

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Are You A Professional LEARNER or a Professional Leaner?

Are You A Professional LEARNER or a Professional Leaner? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Recently I got the opportunity to work with one of the state’s top performing schools....One of the defining characteristics of the school is the clarity and commitment that all the professionals in the place have regarding the following statement:  WE ARE LEARNERS.  Leaners or leaning behaviours are simply not tolerated in this workplace.  Leaners prop up against the comfort zone and maintain a strong sense of complacency.

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This is a neat post from Tracey Ezard. The distinction between teachers as 'learners' or 'leaners' is useful. The alliteration of 'learners' or 'leaners' is simple to remember and the image of complacent teachers as 'leaners' is evocative. The examples given are also true in my experience. While I do not often find false dichotomies attractive, this simple distinction would be good to use with fellow teachers. The post also provides access to an infographic on the same topic.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 25, 4:51 PM

Recently I got the opportunity to work with one of the state’s top performing schools....One of the defining characteristics of the school is the clarity and commitment that all the professionals in the place have regarding the following statement:  WE ARE LEARNERS.  Leaners or leaning behaviours are simply not tolerated in this workplace.  Leaners prop up against the comfort zone and maintain a strong sense of complacency.


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Education: Aiming high boosts esteem

Education: Aiming high boosts esteem | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Instilling pride in a school can motivate staff and students to achieve.
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High expectations, modelling appropriate attitudes and behaviours and positive reinforcement (continually) are some of the ingredients of building a successful school, improving an already successful school or simply and most importantly developing fine young people who will influence the world in good ways!

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, April 26, 6:23 PM

High expectations, modelling appropriate attitudes and behaviours and positive reinforcement (continually) are some of the ingredients of building a successful school, improving an already successful school or simply and most importantly developing fine young people who will influence the world in good ways!

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Ten Trends 2015: Learner orientation | EDtalks

Ten Trends 2015: Learner orientation | EDtalks | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

'Learner at the centre'. A goal to drive attitude and action.

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'Learner at the centre'. A goal to drive attitude and action. This is a succinct little video clip worthy of your attention. I doubt many would disagree with its concepts but making them come to fruition is much harder work. Revising habits, systems and processes of the past is indeed gritty work but needs to be done, continually if carefully and mindfully.

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Curiosity: The Heart of Lifelong Learning

Curiosity: The Heart of Lifelong Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

'If you suspect that curious kids fare better in careers and life, you're right—for a variety of reasons. Research suggests that intellectual curiosity has as big of an effect on performance as hard work. (link is external) When put together, curiosity and hard work account for success just as much as intelligence.

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Another study found that people who were curious about a topic retained what they learned for longer periods of time (link is external). And even more impressive, research has linked curiosity to a wide range of important adaptive behaviors, (link is external) including tolerance of anxiety and uncertainty, positive emotions, humor, playfulness, out-of-box thinking, and a noncritical attitude—all attributes associated with healthy social outcomes.'

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This post explains the importance of curiosity and lists ten strategies to sue to develop curiosity. We worth reading and for reflection to consider using in classrooms.

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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going
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Whilst US data, this Pew Research Center material is reassuring in one way. It confirms what I see anecdotally in my community in another country. This is useful background information for educators.

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21st Century Smart: Staying Relevant In The Artificial Intelligence Age

21st Century Smart: Staying Relevant In The Artificial Intelligence Age | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Unless you have been under a rock, you know that the world is changing fast. You know that technology advances, especially smart robots and smart thinking machines, will continue to drive change. They will raise serious questions about how anyone over the age of 18 stays relevant and competitive job-wise [...]
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Professor Ed Hess lists seven new habits to cultivate to build relevance and competence in a coming age of smart machines. I would see the seven habits as those required of anyone wishing to positively influence, lead or work with others now and in the past. They make good sense for positive human relationships.

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Why Technology Will Never Fix Education

The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.
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This post goes some way to explaining the 'Law of Amplification' and the social context in which good learning thrives. There are probably more reasons to consider, such as the type of motivation the learner exhibits, the encouragement and expectations of family and friends (not only staff), and the good disposition or habit of acceptance of delayed gratification.

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.
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This post correctly connects adult attitudes to learning to those of children and adolescents. Humans are learning creatures; we enjoy and need to keep learning, whether it be formal or informal learning. This post comments on both Dweck's Growth Mindset as applies to children and could apply to adults. Worth reading! Thanks to Andrew Ferguson for passing on and Keith Heggart for authoring the post.

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that as learners progress to the higher grades, there is less use of images and visuals to teach concepts.

The power of the use of vision for learning is emphasized by developmental molecular biologist, John Medina, where in his publication, Brain Rules, he states:

Vision Trumps All Other Senses

We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Professionals everywhere need to know about the incredible inefficiency of text-based information and the incredible effects of images (http://www.brainrules.net/vision).

Via John Evans
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With regard to learning, we forget this basic information regarding memory and visual stimuli at our peril. Our own learning and that of students deserves greater use of and focus on visual learning cues and aids, as well as an understanding of visual literacy.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, July 18, 7:32 AM

There have been lots of research papers written on visual learning. Many learners need to see things as well as hear them and do them. Brain science aside, it seems common sense to ensure that we deliver material to learners in a variety of modes in order to help them to retain it and than connect it to prior knowledge. 

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One Minute to Make a Difference

One Minute to Make a Difference | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"One minute praisings:
Praise the behavior.
Do it soon. Be specific.
Say how good you feel about it.
Pause to let people feel good too.
Encourage them to keep up the good work."

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The key to these successful points are:

praise the behaviour not 'talent', be specific, not general, articulate and enjoy your own feelings and let others see that, pause to let it sink in for others and provide encouragement.

Obvious are they not? Yet why do we so often ignore this basic connection with people? Most people get it right most of the time, yet we spend so much time on when it goes wrong!

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Music education key to raising literacy and numeracy standards

Music education key to raising literacy and numeracy standards | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Instead of agonising over why Australian students can't or won't study maths or science perhaps we should concentrate on improving the nation's cognitive capacity via music lessons.
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This is an interesting post and another good reason to be prudent in thinking that improved literacy and numeracy only occurs through more time on task in literacy and numeracy. Learning is complex. looking only for simple causal relationships is risky!

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Travel safely with your tech: How to prevent theft, loss and snooping on the road | eSkills

Travel safely with your tech: How to prevent theft, loss and snooping on the road | eSkills | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
All your pricey electronics are juicy targets for hackers and sticky-fingered thieves. Here's how to reduce your risks while traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/dangers-of-wifi-in-public-places/

 


Via Gust MEES
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Useful advice. Thanks Gust Mees

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 14, 10:36 AM
All your pricey electronics are juicy targets for hackers and sticky-fingered thieves. Here's how to reduce your risks while traveling.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/dangers-of-wifi-in-public-places/


Barbara Knab's curator insight, June 14, 12:45 PM

Summer is here and so are vacations - stay digitally safe!

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Perceptions of BYOT

Perceptions of BYOT | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When you see a student with a personal mobile device in the classroom, what do you think is happening with that device? In the above illustration, what is the student doing? Here are some possibili...

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This post sums up the conundrums facing school school leaders. Where is the balance drawn. Ban devices, run hard with BYOT or somewhere in between? To my mind the balance must include not only the staff at the school (not just teachers, though they are critical) but also parents and students. The community needs to be involved in an ongoing dialogue where decisions will move with discussion and time.

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The Paradox Of Chaos

The Paradox Of Chaos | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"We strive for order, both in our professional and personal life.  Without order, there would be mayhem and bedlam throughout our world.  We would live life in a perpetual state of turmoil and upheaval.  It would be a world ruled by confusion and chaos…and constant change.

However,...“The things we fear most in organizations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.”  -Margaret J. Wheatley"

 

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This post by DCulberhouse is interesting. The Paradox of Chaos is an apt title - change, doubt and confusion on one hand and opportunity for invention on the other.

However, in dealing with children and parents one needs to be very careful. A stable emotional environment is vital to build confidence in children. Thus the values that underpin operations need to be explicit and maintained. The partnership with parents must be developed, nurtured and maintained.

The greater understanding of how children learn, the influences of digital technologies and broader societal changes are all bringing pressures to bear, challenges to tackle and advantageous opportunities for schools.

Our challenge as educational leaders is to keep the values and human interactions stable and positive, analyse and take advantage of the opportunities as they arise and carefully explain these opportunities to parents as they develop.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 24, 6:29 AM

The balance between order and chaos matters! Nice article.

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Thanks David and Allan for great insight!!
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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Are you planning and communicating your feedback criteria? Here is our Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design, an infographic to help you plan better assessments.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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'In the infographic, Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy, we have organized types of activities that suit various levels of assessments (2001) starting with remember, understand, and apply in the first row. The second row of our infographic includes higher levels of active learning including analyze, evaluate, and create. Engaging curriculum whether face-to-face, blended, or online push student performances to these levels of learning; however, these assessments are less conducive to automated feedback systems as rubrics typically require intelligent judgment. The appropriate level of learning for any assessment should be determined by the learning objective(s).' - This is worthy of your time and reflection.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, April 26, 6:18 PM

'In the infographic, Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy, we have organized types of activities that suit various levels of assessments (2001) starting with remember, understand, and apply in the first row. The second row of our infographic includes higher levels of active learning including analyze, evaluate, and create. Engaging curriculum whether face-to-face, blended, or online push student performances to these levels of learning; however, these assessments are less conducive to automated feedback systems as rubrics typically require intelligent judgment. The appropriate level of learning for any assessment should be determined by the learning objective(s).' - This is worthy of your time and reflection.

Georgia Heffernan's curator insight, April 26, 7:43 PM

To enable our students to become assessment literate, teachers need to align their assessment feedback practices with the purpose of the learning. This info graphic provides an easy to use guide based on Bloom's taxonomy of developmental learning - a good reminder to be deliberate!

Gary Stanyard's curator insight, April 29, 5:56 PM

Useful infographic

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Appreciating people key to leadership

Appreciating people key to leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The soft stuff can really make a hard difference.
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'"Don't bypass the heart", appreciating people is the key to leadership' as a friend and colleague of mine eloquently commented.

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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.
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I think this quote from the post sums up why this is useful and well worth reading and reflecting upon. 'At California’s Impact Academy, three or four different sets of students and their families meet simultaneously, as teachers circulate through the room, making sure parents are getting their questions answered, and only intervening if the student is struggling. Yet in all cases, the basic spirit is the same: this is the student’s moment to share his or her reflections on achievements and challenges.'

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10 Phrases Incompetent Leaders Keep Saying and 10 Ways to Rise

10 Phrases Incompetent Leaders Keep Saying and 10 Ways to Rise | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Everyone who gets ahead establishes a track record of reliability." What you say and how it is said does mattter.

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The ten phrases incompetent leaders or indeed those without confidence use are correct, but I the ten ways to improve are much more useful. The improvements are commonsensical but harder to live out as a matter of course each day.

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3 Things That Have Slowed the Change Process Down in Education (And What We Can Do About It)

3 Things That Have Slowed the Change Process Down in Education (And What We Can Do About It) | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"To become a master teacher, you must become a master learner....Classroom teaching has long been an isolating profession where collaborative talk was difficult if near impossible. With social media, that isolation is now a choice educators make."

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The three things this post focuses upon as working against innovation in education are firstly, professional isolation of teachers preventing collaborative discussion, secondly, a continuous focus on student weaknesses, rather than building upon their strengths, loves and passions and thirdly, experience is a very powerful teacher and in what other profession do neophytes come to the profession with up to 16 years of watching others fulfill the role!

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