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5 Things Smart Leaders Never Say

5 Things Smart Leaders Never Say | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Only fools say dumb things, intentionally. Think back to the last dumb thing you said. Did you think it was dumb, before you said it? The dumb things you've said seemed smart at first. 5 things sma...
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This post has much written from a negative stance but also contains a real gem. It follows:

7 smart behaviors of successful leaders:Listen. Be dumb courageously.Build relationships.Develop yourself and others.Talk mission and vision.Build strong teams.Challenge people.Fuel urgency.

 

Good positive behaviours, although do not overdo the last one!

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5 tips for teaching 'grit' in the classroom

5 tips for teaching 'grit' in the classroom | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

“Despite debate over whether perseverance can actually be taught, these tactics can help foster an atmosphere of critical thinking in the classroom.”


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Like others for whom I have much respect, I prefer the term 'resilience' to 'grit' but that is a minor matter.

 

There is much to reflect upon and use in this post that is positive and while the debate on whether resilience  can be taught explicitly will continue, there is no doubt that the school culture and climate can contribute much towards acknowledging and cultivating resilience.

 

Schools are places where the quality of relationships is critical and thus resilience can be cultivated, but I do not agree with the statement "..when students do demonstrate perseverance, do not tell them good job." That is a simplistic comment. Children and young adults, like older adults, need positive reinforcement and encouragement. All humans need acknowledgement of a good well done and we all wish to develop a positive student culture and climate in a school. We do not want students doing something just for the acknowledgement, but being relational creatures, communication and positive acknowledgement assist in our development.

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David Foster Wallace on Leadership, Illustrated and Read by Debbie Millman

David Foster Wallace on Leadership, Illustrated and Read by Debbie Millman | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

“A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.” (Please excuse the gender specific pronouns.)

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'Obviously, a real leader isn’t just somebody who has ideas you agree with, nor is it just somebody you happen to believe is a good guy. Think about it. A real leader is somebody who, because of his own particular power and charisma and example, is able to inspire people, with “inspire” being used here in a serious and non-cliché way. A real leader can somehow get us to do certain things that deep down we think are good and want to be able to do but usually can’t get ourselves to do on our own. It’s a mysterious quality, hard to define, but we always know it when we see it, even as kids'

 

(Please excuse the gender specific pronouns.)

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Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -

Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? - | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Are You Teaching Content, Or Teaching Thought? by Terry Heick Thinking is troublesome. For one, it is an intimate act splicing time and space. It is done right here, but it spans moments in the pasts...
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While this piece could be said to provide a false dichotomy, the underlying consideration that we, as professionals, are not clear about our goals, is worthy of reflection.

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ideasLAB - exploring new possibilities

ideasLAB - exploring new possibilities | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

ideasLAB aims to challenge the way we think about learning and teaching, and find new ways to take technology into the classroom.

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ideasLAB's new white paper explores a new model for Collective Knowledge Construction and is well worth a read. It has some strong concepts that make much sense, and some that are theoretically sensible but perhaps challenging with adolescents and young adults.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 21, 2014 10:44 PM

ideasLAB's new white paper explores a new model for Collective Knowledge Construction and is well worth a read. It has some strong concepts that make much sense, and some that are theoretically sensible but perhaps challenging with adolescents and young adults.

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Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
As education grows and changes educators have the opportunity to change the way they envision their roles and their classrooms.

 

Jobs in education, Pink said in a recent interview, are all about moving other people, changing their behavior, like getting kids to pay attention in class; getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and to therefore study harder.


At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellers of ideas.


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'One of the big topics Pink tackles in his current book is the idea of moving from transactions to transcendence — to making something personal. That’s the best way to “sell” students on what they’re learning, Pink maintains. This has been a recurring theme in education: connecting what’s taught in classrooms to students’ personal lives. But, as evidenced by current school dynamics, that’s not the way the tide is moving.

“Most of our education is heavily, heavily, heavily standardized,” Pink said. ... The idea that you treat everybody the same way is foolish, and yet the headwinds in education are very much toward routines, right answer, standardization.”

Why is it moving this way? One of the reasons, Pink said, is the “appalling” absence of leadership on this issue. “One of the things that I see as an outsider is that so much of education policy seems designed for the convenience of adults rather than the education of children,” he said.... "Why do we have standardized testing? Because it’s unbelievably cheap. If you want to give real evaluations to kids, they have to be personalized, tailored to the kids, at the unit of one. Standardized testing: totally easy, totally cheap, and scales. Convenient for politicians and taxpayers.”

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 21, 2014 9:43 AM

I am not sure sell is the right word. That suggests commodification. Having said this, teacher play a role in exciting students in their learning. When we do it well, the students engage rather than simply buy in and comply.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:37 PM

The author of Drive talks about how to use these theories in education! 

cioccas's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:07 PM

Think a lot of this is relevant to teaching language to adults too - supporting autonomy, etc.

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The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love

The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

“When you trust people to help you, they often do,” Amanda Palmer asserted in her beautiful meditation on the art of asking without shame. But what does it really mean to “trust,” and perhaps more importantly, how can we live with the potential heartbreak that lurks in the gap between “often” and “always”? That’s precisely what psychologist David DeSteno, director of Northeastern University’s Social Emotions Lab, explores in The Truth About Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More (public library).

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This is a long and quite detailed post. It is well worth the read and reflection.

'What ultimately matters for trust to emerge is that individuals are meeting the expectations their partners set, thereby freeing their partners from having to consistently check.'

 

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The Five Elements Of A 'Simply Irresistible' Organization

The Five Elements Of A 'Simply Irresistible' Organization | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
New Deloitte Global Human Capital Research shows that organizations today must work hard to create a meaningful, humanistic work environment to drive engagement, performance, and a magnetic attraction in the market. And this is good business. The Great Place to Work Institute has published studies which show that the “100 best places to work” outperformed [...]
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"We as individuals also have to take care of ourselves. Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive (just published) can help us understand this issue. Huffington’s book and her new website The Third Metric redefines what success means: slow down, disconnect, get more sleep, and become more mindful about our lives.

“Health creates wealth,” she says. Healthy, focused people are not only happier, they make better decisions, become better leaders, and drive greater value for their organizations."

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Your body language shapes who you are

Your body language shapes who you are | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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This is a great TED talk. I cannot really comment on the psychology or the science but the explanation resonates with my anecdotal experience. This is worthy of 20 minutes of your time to listen and watch and then some more to reflect upon the obvious possibilities but also the long term ramifications for the development of young people.

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Choose Your Default Response to Everything

Choose Your Default Response to Everything | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

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"Choose curiosity as your initial response to every leadership situation and encounter."

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"8 powers of curiosity:

Empowers you. The person asking the questions controls the situation.Moves toward.Expresses courage and openness.Strengthens relationships, eventually.Protects organizations.Affirms and gives space to others. Curiosity says you and your situation matter to me.Elevates your status as a leader.Exposes opportunity."
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 2014 7:50 PM

This is a straightforward article about how authentic curiosity overcomes many obstacles.

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20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan - TeachThought

20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan - TeachThought | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
16 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan by TeachThought Staff Literacy is a chief concern for both academic and professional progress. Digital literacy is emerging as a genuine concern in education as technology...

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A useful resource to consider.

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Leading Change - Richard Gerver - YouTube

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My background as a teacher strongly resonates with Richard Gerver's material in this clip. Whether it be about change, or the currency of logical thought, the organic cultural development required for successful change or the anecdotes about what makes for a well developed and balanced life. This is a must to view and reflect upon!

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6 ways to rethink knowledge sharing

6 ways to rethink knowledge sharing | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The quest to effectively share knowledge within a company is one that still appears elusive. How do you keep on top of your competitors’ developments? How do you monitor articles that mention your brand? How do you make sure your teams get the information they need to make decisions and to learn? Continue reading →
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Knowledge curation systems have a niche in how schools share knowledge and processes.

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Beyond Principals: Leadership Assessment Tools for All Educators

Beyond Principals: Leadership Assessment Tools for All Educators | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Two education college professors from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a consultant from the Wisconsin Center for Educational Products and Services have developed a survey-based system that calculates areas of strengths and weaknesses in schools, and creates an action plan for improvement. The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning, or CALL, does not single any particular educators but rather takes a snapshot of what is happening as a whole entity. It is a smart assessment tool to implement at the end of the year and then brainstorm actionable steps on improvement when school is back in session.
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I have no personal knowledge of this product but like the concept that all educators need to be involved in leadership, individually in what they do and how they act but also collectively. No one person can improve the education of all students in a school. All have to be involved and the greater the synergy, the more effective the systems, the greater the development.

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Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei

Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

“Our modern conception of human excellence is too often impoverished, cold, and bloodless. Success does not always come from thinking more rigorously or striving harder.”

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Read on as this is fascinating.

'Two ancient Chinese concepts might be our most powerful tools for resolving this paradox — wu-wei (pronounced oooo-way) and de (pronounced duh). Slingerland explains:

"Wu-wei literally translates as “no trying” or “no doing,” but it’s not at all about dull inaction. In fact, it refers to the dynamic, effortless, and unselfconscious state of mind of a person who is optimally active and effective. People in wu-wei feel as if they are doing nothing, while at the same time they might be creating a brilliant work of art, smoothly negotiating a complex social situation, or even bringing the entire world into harmonious order. For a person in wu-wei, proper and effective conduct follows as automatically as the body gives in to the seductive rhythm of a song. This state of harmony is both complex and holistic, involving as it does the integration of the body, the emotions, and the mind. If we have to translate it, wu-wei is probably best rendered as something like “effortless action” or “spontaneous action.” Being in wu-wei is relaxing and enjoyable, but in a deeply rewarding way that distinguishes it from cruder or more mundane pleasures."'

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Applying Constructivist Leadership in the School Setting

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"The reciprocal process that enables us to construct meaning usually occurs within the context of relationships. Therefore, creation and expansion of the possibilities and capacities for relation only occur in communities that are rich in relationships. There is  a need for school leaders to stop thinking of people as separate entities, but rather in terms of interconnected relationships."

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'A study by Claremont Graduate Schools’ Institute for Education in Transformation identified the most important factor in schools: relationships. The study was carried out by teachers, and conducted as a series of dialogues. The participants, parents, students, teachers, administrators, and support staff, pointed out a lack of authentic relationships in which they were trusted, given responsibility, regarded with warmth and honesty, and treated with dignity and respect.'

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Challenging the BMX bike syndrome

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As the date approaches for the annual NAPLAN testing (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy), the discussion around the value of national testing, and indeed international testing, is revisited."

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"Dr Paul Brock usefully distinguishes between “the basics”, literacy and numeracy, and “the fundamentals”, the full breadth and depth of learning possible in English and Mathematics. He alerts us to the dangers of an over emphasis on national test results:

'…the fundamentals continue to be at risk of being seriously diluted by the necessary, but not sufficient, focus on the basics.'"

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The social brain and its superpowers: Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. at TEDxStLouis - YouTube

"In this TEDx Talk, Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience that reveals that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental than our need for food or shelter and that the social pain and pleasure we experience has just as much impact as physical pain and pleasure...."

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For an educator this TEDx talk is significant. Lieberman overturns Maslow's hierarchy, suggesting seeing the world socially is our default cognitive setting. We are born into the world as mammals that require our social network in order to survive and the social pain of separation is real pain. Our urge to connect is critical as we need to live, work and play in a social context.The African term Ubuntu resonates with this neuroscience research. Social connection is a prime predictor of happiness and well-being.

Lieberman goes on to note that social and analytic thinking are complementary and when one is highly active the other is less active.

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Your body language shapes who you are

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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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This was superb and well worth the investment of precious time. The sense of feeling more confident simply by how you stand is amazing.

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A Short Guide to a Happy Life: Anna Quindlen on Work, Joy, and How to Live Rather Than Exist

A Short Guide to a Happy Life: Anna Quindlen on Work, Joy, and How to Live Rather Than Exist | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are."
Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the fuzz on a baby’s ear. Read in the backyard with the sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived"

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Remember "There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely,..."

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Why Change Is Difficult

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Change is more difficult than you believe. Having an intellectual understanding the reason something needs to change isn’t enough. An emotional need to change is necessary and more powerful. Change...
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These are nine very practical and useful points to remember and use to advantage in considering innovation in schools.

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Trying to Create Tomorrow’s Company with Yesterday’s Rules and Tools: Part 3 - Moving from the Old to the New

Trying to Create Tomorrow’s Company with Yesterday’s Rules and Tools: Part 3 - Moving from the Old to the New | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Last time we explored some of the new innovation methods that are unseating the established conventional approaches that many companies still use. This time we will discuss the dynamics of this
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Great commentary! The generational adjustments are probably inevitable. The list of advantages and disadvantages are useful and well worth considering. Over time, it will be interesting to note the overall balance.

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BYOD HOME

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This page has a bit of info on BYOD and then collation of information that may be of use. Our Journey: Newington College, like many other schools, was all Windows except for a few isolated Macs in ...
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Worth a read if you are in this territory.

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take risks and explore new possibilities is becoming an ever more valuable skill in today’s marketplace
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Trust, sensible risk taking, clear focus on learning and care for those around you all sound like very obvious things to cultivate in a school culture. Yet all to easily, trust can dissipate through errors for which an apology is not forthcoming. When this occurs ego can stand in the way of care. Fear and distrust is the result. Innovation and improvement dissolves! So sad! Do not let it occur in your environment.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 28, 2014 2:13 AM

When employees feel that their contribution is truly valued, they are challenged to experiment, and they can constructively express their opinions (however different), it triggers greater ownership of their own success as well as their commitment to the larger organizational mission.

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david o'connor's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:12 AM

This is a really great post.

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The Current State of Blogging | Social Media Today

The Current State of Blogging | Social Media Today | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"One of my favorite Thoreau quotes has long been, “Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” You should hunger for whatever it is that you’re blogging about and make it your mission to know all within that area you possibly can. When someone writes about a topic that matters to them or is on a subject they’re genuinely excited to see grow and shape over the years, the passion for it shows and draws in the reader. As far as my “picky” portion of this title goes, that’s more of a nod to remaining fastidious in your work."

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This is sensible advice and appropriate advice for educators. The intent should be about quality learning. Having something decent to say in your commentary is the top priority in nay writing. A quality profile will come with quality writing. The obverse also holds true.

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