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Students Share Characteristics Of Their Favorite Teachers - Edudemic

Students Share Characteristics Of Their Favorite Teachers - Edudemic | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
There are some critical characteristics students found in their favorite teachers and they may or may not be what you'd expect.
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These make perfect sense from the perspective of 11-13 year olds. Its worth remembering if you teach them, though these are not all you would keep in mind.

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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, 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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How to Expand Leadership with Gratitude

How to Expand Leadership with Gratitude | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Think of gratitude as a behavior not a feeling. Never allow your problems to prevent you from saying thank you to others.
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'Think of gratitude as a behavior not a feeling. Never allow your problems to prevent you from saying thank you to others.' It works - my commentary is a simple as that - it works! Try it out - but do not feign gratitude. 'Faking it' is worse than not saying thank you.

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5 Non-Evil Ways To Get People To Do What You Want, From Dan Pink

5 Non-Evil Ways To Get People To Do What You Want, From Dan Pink | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Science has some answers about how to deal with difficult people. Here NYT bestselling author Dan Pink breaks down how to make people behave better.
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Great advice!

"Five lessons from Dan’s experience on “Crowd Control”:

First, Get Their AttentionTelling People What To Do Doesn’t Work, Showing Them DoesMake Them Feel SomethingWhen Nothing Else Works, DistractTell Them Why "
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Why Student Voice is Essential at Edtech Conferences (EdSurge News)

Why Student Voice is Essential at Edtech Conferences (EdSurge News) | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When making big decisions about how learning will happen in my classroom I always consult my students. They are the reason I arrive at school before the sun rises and leave after it sets. They are the most important stakeholders in education, and their voice should be at the forefront of all decisio
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Student voice is well worth cultivating. Building a staff culture ready to handle frank student feedback is a significant challenge in many settings.

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Do We Need A Startup Mindset (In Education)?

Do We Need A Startup Mindset (In Education)? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"We live in a time where promises of stability, constancy and permanence can no longer provide our organizations and people the same foundations that we’ve been afforded in the past…and can often do more to destabilize, disrupt and disturb the current state of things."

 

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This post addresses the issue of “why teach an old dog new tricks.”  If the prevailing culture is risk averse or fails to acknowledge that change and risk is not 'needed, necessary or incorporated in any systemic way.'

'Abolishing risks will most certainly eliminate a questioning culture.  If we are not willing to take risks, to engage in experimentation and learning, then why ask the questions that will eventually lead us down that path.

So, if we are unwilling to take risks, or ask the difficult questions, we will definitely have a difficult time embracing or moving quickly on new, novel, creative and innovative ideas and thinking.  We will struggle to pivot and adapt with the quickness and rapidity that is necessary to match pace with the speed of change in today’s world.'

 

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Why I Hate "Digital Citizenship"

Why I Hate "Digital Citizenship" | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

As educators, we seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time talking about the notion of digital citizenship.... I don't think that's what we're teaching in the vast majority of these blog posts. Instead, I think we're teaching digital responsibility. We're teaching kids how to stay safe and be sensible - and that's not citizenship.

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A worthy post delineating the differences between digital responsibility and digital citizenship.

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The Hidden Trait Every Leader Needs And How To Get It

The Hidden Trait Every Leader Needs And How To Get It | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"The most recognized leadership traits tend to fall in to two categories: behavioral traits such as a personality or people skills and character traits such as integrity or empathy. While behavioral and character traits are certainly indicators of leadership, the most important leadership trait is also the most hidden: intrinsic value.

 

So what is intrinsic value? It’s a deep sense of self-worth and self-awareness that creates a synchronistic balance between internal and external pressures, expectations, and goals."

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There are some little gems in this post by Justin Foster.

"Completeness - You are connected to your true self.

Humility - You recognize that success is never a solo effort

Pain - You have overcome a lot of personal pain.

Restlessness - You have a perpetual desire for self-improvement and achievement. You love the pursuit of excellence, knowledge, and achievement.

Optimism - Regardless of circumstances or conditions, you have an endless conviction that things will work out in the end."

 

Justin goes on to say how purpose is a defining factor in organising life and while uncertianty in human existence always exists, uncertainty is not the same as insecurity.

 

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Thought Economics: Learning To Be Who We Are

In these exclusive interviews we speak to Marina Abramović (internationally acclaimed performance artist), and Sir Ken Robinson (widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business). We question the fundamental nature of learning and education and discuss the life long journey of understanding our purpose and who we are.
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This post including two interviews is well worthy of reading and reflection for anyone who likes to think about why they are a teacher and why we learn. The key for me is purpose, why I do what I do!

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What-Makes-Great-Teaching-REPORT.pdf

This Sutton Trust review set out to address three apparently simple questions:What makes ’great teaching’?What kinds of frameworks or tools could help us to capture it?How could this promote better learning?
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This short summary from the paper is an indication of how useful this Sutton trust review could be for school leaders. "Six principles of teacher feedback Sustained professional learning is most likely to result when: The focus is kept clearly on improving student outcomes; Feedback is related to clear, specific and challenging goals for the recipient; attention is on the learning rather than to the person or to comparisons with others; teachers are encouraged to be continual independent learners; feedback is mediated by a mentor in an environment of trust and support; an environment of professional learning and support is promoted by the school’s leadership."
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Visions: Next Gen Learning Spaces - YouTube

Visions takes a closer look at the work being done around the University of Melbourne on learning spaces. 

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There are some lovely spaces seen here and disucssed a little. in addition to those mentioned and seen, the Ormond College Library is superb as a learning space.

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PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
You may have already heard about PhotoMath, the new iPhone app that lets you point it at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while showing all the work involved.


Some are immediately reacting by citing it’s potential use in “cheating,” while others cheer that it might force math teachers and textbook publishers to be more creative in how they teach math. In some ways, it may force them to do what some of us in other subjects have been looking at — creating unGoogleable questions.


Here are some useful posts about the app, along with a video."


Via John Evans
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The promo looks slick. I suspect that it does not work quite that well based on some preliminary feedback. But even if it does work well, it seems it might achieve what  WolframAlpha can do without the typing.

It and similar technologies will sensibly provide Maths teachers with a good reason to reflect upon their practice. Good teaching cannot be replaced by a machine as it contains a positive relational component.

perhaps the reverse could be true: Any teacher who can be replaced by technology, probably should be replaced if they are no better than a machine.

 

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 25, 11:10 AM

So, there is this app called PhotoMath. Aim it at your textbook, and it can solve the written problem. It has caused an immediate reaction among teachers, parents and students. They key point is, is it cheating? Should students use the app? When is this type of technology truly useful? Is the answer section at the back of the book just as bad - or is this app better, because it goes through the steps required to solve the problem? Exactly how accurate is it, and does it show the 'right; way of solving the problem? This link leads to a collection of articles that explore these issues, plus more information on the app. 

Chris Carter's comment, October 26, 8:31 PM
Yes, a friend texted me link to the site just yesterday. His take is that it works quite well, except that it struggles to pick up negative numbers if that number begins the math problem.
Melissa Marshall's comment, October 27, 3:43 AM
Good to know - thanks Chris.
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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently?"


Via EDTC@UTB
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25 things skilled learners do is an excellent list for use with both students and for adult learning. It is important that these attributes and skills are nurtured in a school culture and are implicit in classroom practice and taught explicitly where appropriate.

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Leslie Wilson's curator insight, October 14, 4:08 PM

skilled learners' - their approach

 

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Rethinking Linear Leadership For Creativity And Innovation

Rethinking Linear Leadership For Creativity And Innovation | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"If the solution and the destination are determined up front, it leaves little if any room for creativity and innovation..."

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The clearer the 'destination', the less creativity and to a lesser extent innovation can flourish. Yet, we should know our goals. Conundrum? Quite possibly. But not necessarily. Innovation and creativity can be expressed through the journey towards the goal(s). Though demanding of time and energy and a bit messy, innovation is worth the effort at least some of the time.

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10 Reasons You Lose Gratitude and 16 Ways to Find It

10 Reasons You Lose Gratitude and 16 Ways to Find It | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Gratitude is a form of happiness. Ungratefulness, unhappiness, and ugliness travel in the same circles. Ungratefulness paints everything ugly....Gratitude is a way of seeing. Two people experience similar circumstances. One grows ugly. One finds gratitude. It’s up to you."

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"Gratitude is a way of seeing." having kept score for a good part of my life and having managed to move past that (at least some of the time), I agree that gratitude is an attitude, a way of seeing the world. There is always plenty to do as a school leader and some of it is unpleasant. Thus the way you approach the tasks and the people involved is critical. Your attitude matters. Working at being positive and grateful for the opportunities and people around you builds your own well-being.

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A Principal's Reflections: A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections: A Wake Up Call For School Leaders | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Eric Sheninger challenges educators and schools that are either resistant to or unsure about using social media, to move from a fixed to a growth mindset to create schools that work better for kids and establish relevance as a leader in your district, school, or classroom.

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Eric Sheninger's post provides significant advice for a school community, parents students and staff to move into a more collaborative and trusting relationship. My challenge is to see it happen reasonably smoothly.

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12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making

12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

By Carey Rossi

"Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control -- the death of a loved one, a job loss or financial troubles. But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize..."

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The positive facets of life that lie under these 'mistakes' are - be present in the moment, self monitor, keep a spread of activities in your life and remember humans are relational beings, the people around us matter.

These 12 habits are mistakes when they become indicative of a loss of balance in life and thus indicate potential problems.

Self monitoring the extent to which you do these things is possibly a good barometer. A little of each will not hurt but ....

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Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity

Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Education author/presenter Mark Barnes explains why it's time for teachers to stop giving their opinions to students and to rethink assessment.

Via Patti Kinney
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An interesting post with much to recommend it, especially the differences implied in the post between learning and ranking. There seems to some confusion between opinion and professional judgement.

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Assumptions And Adaptations

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“Learn what is done.  Learn why people are doing things the way they are done.  Question the linkages and assumptions.”  -Max McKeown ‘The Innovation Book’ ...

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At difficult thing to do can be to allow old ideas to depart without letting go of the underlying values that support actions and attitudes. Some times new ideas need to replace old ideas. Letting go, unlearning can be hard. Reflecting on the underlying values on occasion is also important.

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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"I am an adjunct faculty for several teacher education and educational technology programs.  I have been so for a few decades.  During that time I have noticed the changing nature of student behaviors and expectations regarding their class projects and assignments.  Students seem to expect perfect grades for not so perfect work."

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Jackie Gerstein suggests "that students use this “checklist” in order to develop and enhance their growth mindsets through personal accountability and reflection.

Did I work as hard as I could have?Did I set and maintain high standards for myself?Did I spend enough time to do quality work?Did I regulate my procrastination, distractions, and temptations in order to complete my work?Did I make good use of available resources?Did I ask questions if I needed help?Did I review and re-review my work for possible errors?Did I consider best practices for similar work?Is my work something for which I am proud – that I would proudly show to a large, global audience?"

 

Close enough is not a good enough attitude!

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Achieving high standards by starting from current performance

Achieving high standards by starting from current performance | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"If you aspire to be a world-class high jumper, is it better to set the bar at the world record height and keep attempting to clear it, or to lower the bar to a level you have a chance of clearing and work incrementally up from there? "

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The context refers to developing countries and to systems rather than a school, but I suspect the advice might hold true. Expectations need to be high but attainable - just! Expectations set too low are too easily met and no challenge. Set too high and the challenge is not accepted. The porridge in the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the expectations/challenge required of students needs to be 'just right'.

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7 Ways to Succeed at Telling People What to Do

7 Ways to Succeed at Telling People What to Do | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Being told what to do eliminates ambiguity, uncertainty, and confusion. When I travel, I’m often told where to go, who to meet, what time to be there. Before going on stage, for example, someone pu...
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The advice contained in this post sounds great as you read through it. The last point is especially seductive - 'Surround yourself with people who love to do what you hate to do.' But there is a sting to this, which goes to the heart of strong positive leadership - 'Remember that the people who love doing what you hate may rub you the wrong way.' The fact they love what you hate means they are different to you, complementary perhsp but different all the same. It is the 'Diversity takes you further than uniformity.' Strong positive leadership is not about being comfortable.

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Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Nearly seven years after first opening its doors, the Science Leadership Academy public magnet high school* in Philadelphia and its inquiry-based approach to
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A good brief insight into some of the advantages and limitations of inquiry learning.

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Expert panel: what makes a good teacher

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Amid debates about teacher quality and training, and with the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group soon to report on teacher education, we asked a panel of experts just what makes a good teacher…
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In the article four academics outline their thoughts on the attributes of a good teacher. Their responses are well worth reading and some resonated deeply with me.This excerpt is but one:

"The other challenge is that teacher-student relationships are multi-faceted. In fact, there are three key facets to teacher-student relationships:

The interpersonal relationship (the student connecting with WHO the teacher is as a person);

The substantive relationship (the student connecting with WHAT the teacher is saying and the tasks assigned by the teacher); and,

The pedagogical relationship (the student connecting with HOW the teacher communicates the subject matter and assigns the tasks to be accomplished).

We refer to this type of relational instruction as “connective instruction”. In fact, we liken a great lesson to a great musical composition: it takes a great singer (WHO), a great song (WHAT) and great singing (HOW)."

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Experiment with Organizational Change Before Going All In

Experiment with Organizational Change Before Going All In | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Your intuition is never enough.
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The article makes a good plausible case for engaging in experimental testing prior to a considerable change of direction and the devotion of significant amounts of resource is worthy of consideration.

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Five Future Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms

Five Future Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Nick Grantham of FractusLearning describes how five emerging technologies, despite their science fictional nature, might be used in classrooms of the not-too-distant future.
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These technologies offer perhaps unheard of opportunities for learning. Such technologies will place enormous pressure on traditional modes of operation and thus will elicit a tendency towards a false dichotomy. Some will see the new technologies as a panacea for the ills of the present and past; others will wish to hold on to the positive aspects of current practice and thus dismiss the new technologies. The reality will be the technological advances will continue to arrive. increasingly they will be of a kind that enhance learning through human interfaces developments. It is critical we look openly at the opportunities they provide and carefully protect the values and opportunities that humans as relational creatures need to thrive.

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