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We don’t need no educator : The role of the teacher in today’s online education

We don’t need no educator : The role of the teacher in today’s online education | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects

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While the video is not great quality the audio has excellent content and the slides support well. The medium may be average but the message is worth the effort.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 16, 2013 10:27 AM

A MUST read and watching the video from conference also...

 

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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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Elemental Principles: The Measure of Success

Elemental Principles: The Measure of Success | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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The importance of measuring what can be measured, the risks in doing so if it not done well, and the importance of what cannot be easily measured but that which we immediately recognise when present.

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How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust - @wrightsroom Mind/Shift

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust - @wrightsroom  Mind/Shift | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken.

A question I’m asked often is, “Where should a teacher begin?” Should teachers just let students go or is there a process to good student-centered inquiry? I’ve reflected on this a fair amount, and I think small strategic steps are the key. I think letting students “go” without any structure will likely create failure, especially if students haven’t spent much time collaborating. Skills need to be modeled.

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Managing the direction, rate of change and teacher confidence and competence is critical in developing better classroom practice. This post provides some good classroom focused suggestions and hints.

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Frances's curator insight, January 31, 8:08 AM

Yes, learning is not a solitary activity.  Learn is the partner to teach.

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 31, 7:07 PM

All effective teaching is relational at heart. Without a modicum of trust that the teacher has the students' interests in mind, there is no ability to effectively communicate. In place of trust is an adversarial relationship in which the students attempt to protect their sense of self from the teacher.

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, February 1, 9:08 AM

O texto traz algumas sugestões para conseguir estudantes ativos em sua aprendizagem. Nós professores precisamos conhecê-las, refletir sobre elas e decidir se adotamos ou não.


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The Classroom Is Dead — Bright — Medium

The Classroom Is Dead - Bright - Medium

For generations, thinkers have attempted to reimagine the classroom, to improve the classroom, and, of course, to disrupt the classroom, and where has all that gotten us?


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This is a 'light touch', provocative and 'tongue in cheek' peek into a possible future. It suggests to me that the underlying issues we need to keep in mind are; the developmental needs of children and their learning, the values that drive their lives, the lives of their parents and those of the staff that work with them.

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Eduard Lorda's curator insight, January 28, 4:07 AM

#novaeducacio

 

Frances's curator insight, February 1, 9:50 AM

Crazy? Brilliant? Off Base? Possible? How do you judge new ideas about learning?

Marinhos's curator insight, February 6, 5:38 AM

Mais uma vez anunciam a morte da sala de aula. Temo que ela permaneça viva - e por muito tempo - pois continuamos a formar professores que a alimentam. Se as licenciaturas mudarem, haverá uma chance de mudarmos a escola, ainda que ela tenha sala de aulas. Se as licenciaturas permanecerem no passado, não haverá um outro futuro para a escola.

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A Principal's Reflections: It's Not a Technology Issue - Linkis.com

A Principal's Reflections: It's Not a Technology Issue - Linkis.com | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"In a polite tone the school leader expressed his apprehension with allowing students to bring or use their own devices in school.  His main fear was a concern that students would be constantly off task texting or checking their social media accounts.  I paused for a moment to decide on an appropriate response.  Herein lies some irony. For the majority of my presentation this school leader had been disengaged himself with his technology.  As the majority of the group intently listed or participated in planned activities to apply what had been learned this individual and his buddies checked their email, surfed the web, and accessed their own social media sites."

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This post is well worth reading. Learning is a cultural issue. It occurs within a social context and involves many factors: authentically engaging learning, support for learners, classroom management, use of research to conduct best practice, modelling of learning by all staff in the school of personal productivity, digital citizenship and critical digital literacies.

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Researchers Find That Frequent Tests Can Boost Learning

Researchers Find That Frequent Tests Can Boost Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Too often school assessments heighten anxiety and hinder learning. New research shows how to reverse the trend
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"Retrieval practice does not use testing as a tool of assessment. Rather it treats tests as occasions for learning, which makes sense only once we recognize that we have misunderstood the nature of testing. We think of tests as a kind of dipstick that we insert into a student's head, an indicator that tells us how high the level of knowledge has risen in there—when in fact, every time a student calls up knowledge from memory, that memory changes. Its mental representation becomes stronger, more stable and more accessible."

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The 4 Abilities Required of Agile Leaders

The 4 Abilities Required of Agile Leaders | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Being an agile leader refers to remaining flexible, growing from your own mistakes and rising above the wide array of challenges you face.
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"There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence. Don’t be that person! Confidence will build your business. Arrogance will destroy it twice as fast. Never turn a deaf ear to what your customers or employees are telling you about your product or company.

Listening doesn’t mean agreeing with everything they say, but you must have a healthy sense of self-awareness if you’re going to remain in business for the long haul."

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National Institute for Student-Centered Education -

National Institute for Student-Centered Education - | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) aims to catalyze support for a vision of education where students—not politics, not tests, not expediency—are at the center of learning, and where all students have the opportunities and resources they need to succeed.
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A site possibly worth bookmarking and investigation!

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Prototyping, Learning Spaces, and Assessment.

Prototyping, Learning Spaces, and Assessment. | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Below are some of my thoughts to the process of prototyping in terms of learning spaces and assessment.
How might space and time be adapted to allow more scope for self- and peer-assessment, and for action to be taken on the back of that?
Time must be given to students to be able to self and peer assess as outlined by Ron Berger (2012) in the video about ‘Austin’s butterfly’. It is important for teachers to build in the time when developing lesson and project timelines. This sort of activity is

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This is an excellent post, linking a philosophical approach to learning, the use of space, the design criteria for appropriate spaces for learning and teaching strategies and assessment. :)

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 26, 2015 12:09 AM

This is an excellent post, linking a philosophical approach to learning, the use of space, the design criteria for appropriate spaces for learning and teaching strategies and assessment. :)

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Why leadership-development programs fail | McKinsey & Company

Why leadership-development programs fail | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Sidestepping four common mistakes can help companies develop stronger and more capable leaders, save time and money, and boost morale. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company

Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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"We’re not saying that the centuries-old debate about what distinguishes great leaders is over or that context is unimportant. Experience shows that different business situations often require different styles of leadership. We do believe, however, that our research points to a kind of core leadership behavior that will be relevant to most companies today, notably on the front line. For organizations investing in the development of their future leaders, prioritizing these four areas is a good place to start."

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Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"A group of schools calling itself the “Deeper Learning Network” has codified some of what its members believe are essential qualities of deep learning. Some of the goals include learning designated content, critical thinking, communication skills, collaborating effectively and connecting learning to real-world experiences."


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Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students. This is worthy of reflection and study. 


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Andres Garcia Alvarez's curator insight, August 5, 2015 6:13 PM

Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.


Наталия Вяткина's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:02 AM

Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.


Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 8, 2015 8:48 PM

Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.


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How to Succeed with People in Authority

How to Succeed with People in Authority | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Seek the highest good of your organization, even if it isn’t what’s best for you personally. Don’t compromise ethical standards for authorities...
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The 12 points listed here by Dan Rockwell are the essence of teamwork, even though the points are used in relation to gaining success with figures in authority. Worth a read.

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2015 11:05 AM

The 12 points listed here by Dan Rockwell are the essence of teamwork, even though the points are used in relation to gaining success with figures in authority. Worth a read.

Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2015 1:29 PM

The 12 points listed here by Dan Rockwell are the essence of teamwork, even though the points are used in relation to gaining success with figures in authority. Worth a read.

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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Cult of Pedagogy

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Cult of Pedagogy | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When I worked with student teachers on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise was the phrase “We will discuss.”

We will discuss the video.

We will discuss the story.

We will discuss our results.

Every time I saw it in a lesson plan, I would add a  note: “What format will you use? What questions will you ask? How will you ensure that all students participate?” I was pretty sure that We will discuss actually meant the teacher would do most of the talking; He would throw out a couple of questions like “So what did you think about the video?” or “What was the theme of the story?” and a few students would respond, resulting in something that looked  like a discussion, but was ultimately just a conversation between the teacher and a handful of extroverted students; a classic case of Fisheye Teaching.

The problem wasn’t them; in most of the classrooms where they’d sat as students, that’s exactly what a class discussion looked like. They didn’t know any other “formats.” I have only ever been familiar with a few myself. But when teachers began contacting me recently asking for a more comprehensive list, I knew it was time to do some serious research.

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This post is an excellent list of classroom discussion strategies. They are applicable to the classroom, but also to any need for discussion among children or adult groups. School leaders should have influence over the quality of discussion and learning in classrooms but also the quality of discussion and learning among staff.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, February 11, 8:13 AM

A very helpful list!

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, February 11, 10:18 AM

An excellent guide to student-focused discussions and pedagogy

Ra's curator insight, February 11, 3:33 PM

Resource for teachers looking to open up their class discussion strategies. 

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information.

That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation are necessary just to reduce all the noise and establish the credibility of information.

There is also the matter of utility. Evaluating information depends as much on context and circumstance as it does the nature of the data itself."

 


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The diagram is coherent and appropriate. Complex, also, but then simplifying teaching too much means the diagram becomes trite and possibly misleading.

Good teaching is complex and difficult and we often neglect that to our detriment.

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Margaret's curator insight, December 10, 2015 1:44 PM

It is so difficult to be a school students today... so much is expected.

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 3, 9:00 AM

Interesting diagram including many of the complex components for today's teacher. Following this diagram will engage learners.

Joe McDonough's curator insight, February 5, 5:11 PM

I'd like to see "Ethics" listed... maybe on the "Encouraging reflection" vector.

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Computing At School | Computational Thinking - A guide for teachers

Computing At School | Computational Thinking - A guide for teachers | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

This guide published in the UK aims to help develop a shared understanding of the teaching of computational thinking in schools. It presents a conceptual framework of computational thinking, describes pedagogic approaches for teaching and offers guides for assessment.

 

 

 


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For those in Australia or places other than the UK who would like to understand more about what occurs in other places, this guide published in the UK aims to help develop a shared understanding of the teaching of computational thinking in schools. It presents a conceptual framework of computational thinking, describes pedagogic approaches for teaching and offers guides for assessment.

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Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:


[Gust MEES]: Please check ALSO my #ICT #PracTICE <===>https://gustmees.wordpress.com/.../design-the-learning.../

 
 
 

<===> #PLN #Collaboration #PKM #SocialMedia #Design #DesignTHINKing#CriticalTHINKing #ProactiveTHINKing #DigitalCitiZENship #CyberSecurity#LEARNing2LEARN #Organization #Blogging



Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, February 4, 8:12 AM

Time has to be given to teachers to learn, be a part of and use this in meaningful ways.

junewall's curator insight, February 10, 6:37 PM

An overview with top level examples of what each aspect of computational thinking is about. I particularly note that while the examples are in respect to programming (mostly) all of the strategies or actions can be used in all subjects not just ICT. 

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10 Most Desired Attributes of Successful Leadership

10 Most Desired Attributes of Successful Leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “A leader is a dealer in hope”. A true leader is one who weaves dreams or envision goals that others are unable to fathom, playing on the front to achieve goals and lead by example."

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The list will not be surprising! That said, it is good to have the attributes listed and to be able to keep them in mind. For me, the most difficult aspect is to keep myself 'up to my own standards', to keep myself improving, and maintain the focus and energy, even when tired and when events may not be working out smoothly.

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Peer Pressure Has a Positive Side - Scientific American

Peer Pressure Has a Positive Side - Scientific American | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"...schools focus primarily on students as individual entities. What would happen if educators instead took advantage of the fact that teens are powerfully compelled to think in social terms? In Social, Lieberman lays out a number of ways to do so. History and English could be presented through the lens of the psychological drives of the people involved. One could therefore present Napoleon in terms of his desire to impress or Churchill in terms of his lonely melancholy. Less inherently interpersonal subjects, such as math, could acquire a social aspect through team problem solving and peer tutoring. Research shows that when we absorb information in order to teach it to someone else, we learn it more accurately and deeply, perhaps in part because we are engaging our social cognition."

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A post worthy of reading and reflection. Many worry about the lack of adult like responsibility or child like good natured compliance in our adolescents. This post provides an opportunity to reconsider the adolescent brain to improve learning outcomes for teenagers and improve our own well-being by not worrying about them as much.

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The State Trooper and I

The State Trooper and I | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

5 Lessons from speeding tickets:
Consequences say decisions matter. Life without consequences – either good or bad – is meaningless.
Consequences express compassion, when delivered with a person’s best interest in mind.
Don’t feel responsible to help irresponsibility. Too much help doesn’t help.
Deal quickly with issues. It’s irresponsible to neglect holding people responsible.
Create an environment where performance is expected, enjoyed, and honored.

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This post is a succinct little story about speeding tickets and the lessons that can be learned from consequences of the lack of them.

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Why screen time before bed is bad for children

Why screen time before bed is bad for children | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Screen time – by way of watching television or using computers, mobile phones and other electronic mobile devices – may be having a large and negative impact on children’s sleep.
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This is an excellent easy to read synopsis of the health issues for young people regarding screen time at night.

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The Incredible Importance of Body Language

The Incredible Importance of Body Language | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
From how to stand to internal psychology, here are the benefits of being mindful of how you act.
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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 27, 2015 7:09 PM

Being mindful of how you act and are perceived is an important component of how a school leader should operate. Sometimes you might feel like you are carrying the weight of the world or at least the school, but attention to little things, gentle confidence and care with body language can all assist in making the role a little easier and more successful.

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Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company

Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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"Organizations don’t change—people do

...A new strategy will fall short of its potential if it fails to address the underlying mind-sets and capabilities of the people who will execute it.

McKinsey research and client experience suggest that half of all efforts to transform organizational performance fail either because senior managers don’t act as role models for change or because people in the organization defend the status quo. In other words, despite the stated change goals, people on the ground tend to behave as they did before. Equally, the same McKinsey research indicates that if companies can identify and address pervasive mind-sets at the outset, they are four times more likely to succeed in organizational-change efforts than are companies that overlook this stage.

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Changing change management | McKinsey & Company

Changing change management | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Research tells us that most change efforts fail. Yet change methodologies are stuck in a predigital era. It’s high time to start catching up. A McKinsey & Company article.
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"Digital tools and platforms, if correctly applied, offer a powerful new way to accelerate and amplify the ability of an organization to change. However, let’s be clear: the tool should not drive the solution. Each company should have a clear view of the new behavior it wants to reinforce and find a digital solution to support it."

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 22, 2015 11:38 PM

"Digital tools and platforms, if correctly applied, offer a powerful new way to accelerate and amplify the ability of an organization to change. However, let’s be clear: the tool should not drive the solution. Each company should have a clear view of the new behavior it wants to reinforce and find a digital solution to support it."

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A MUST READ! What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

A MUST READ!  What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/privacy-in-the-digital-world-shouldnt-we-talk-about-it/

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These are some of the issues we are grappling with or some of us are realising that we need to grapple with at school. In a real school situation school leaders and classroom teachers also have to acknowledge and professionally balance parental expectations and society's views on what constitutes schooling along with the state mandated demands of curriculum and outcomes, with what we, as professionals, see as what students increasingly need as their future unfolds.

 

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Schooling for Personally Significant Learning: Is it possible? - Erica McWilliam - - Linkis.com

What’s the difference between schooling and learning? Most schools claim to meet the individual needs of students, but is this the same as ensuring that learning is personally significant to every one of those students? And how much credibility does the entire schooling sector have – government and non-government – when it comes to delivering on its marketing promises?

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This a superb analysis of the constraints of the system we know as schooling. better than just analysing the constraints Erica McWilliam then goes on to describe a work-around process, which is compelling and will work. For those interested in a focus on student learning within our current systems of schooling, this is a must read.

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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, August 2, 2015 7:35 PM

This a superb analysis of the constraints of the system we know as schooling. better than just analysing the constraints Erica McWilliam then goes on to describe a work-around process, which is compelling and will work. For those interested in a focus on student learning within our current systems of schooling, this is a must read.

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Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Based upon "Mindset: The Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck. 2006


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This is a neat little poster for use with students outlining some of the major the dispositions of a growth mindset. The last paragraph at the bottom of the page is useful. It warns that reality is not the false dichotomy of either a growth or fixed mindset but perhaps more of a mix of the two that can be 'tuned' through modelling, teaching and school culture.

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Tom Whitford's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:28 PM

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

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

Sylvianne Parent's curator insight, September 6, 2015 1:09 PM

Lorsque les élèves éprouvent de grandes difficultés à l'école, il est primordial de leur enseigner à développer un esprit de croissance personnelle axé sur les efforts et les défis personnels. Le concept de growth mindset est vraiment intéressant pour illustrer aux enfants que l'intelligence et le succès n'est pas fixe mais relié aux efforts aux tentatives et aux réajustements. Voir Carole DWECK l'auteure de ce concept.

Cecilia Di Felice's curator insight, September 7, 2015 10:05 AM

We are implementing this in our school....finally.