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Is Caution Killing Your Career? 5 Risks You Can't Afford Not To Take

Is Caution Killing Your Career? 5 Risks You Can't Afford Not To Take | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Are you too cautious? The fear barometer on our collective psyche has dialled up in recent weeks.
David Hain's insight:
Some very good point here - I particularly like the idea of the cost of doing nothing, which is often high and painful.

Via John Michel, David Hain, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Risk awkward conversations and be candid. That is great advice.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 26, 2013 12:16 AM

In today’s climate of fear, it’s therefore increasingly important to be vigilant about which fears we buy into, and more discerning about whether they are actually serving us, or holding us back. To help you along, here are five risks you need to take to help you move ahead in your career and enjoy greater fulfilment in your life.

David Hain's curator insight, May 26, 2013 2:43 AM

Some very good point here - I particularly like the idea of the cost of doing nothing, which is often high and painful.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:42 PM

Risks feel risky.  BUT, you gain nothing by being stagnate.  

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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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What Should We Focus On Learning In An Age Where Almost All Information Is At Your Fingertips?

What Should We Focus On Learning In An Age Where Almost All Information Is At Your Fingertips? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

What should we focus on learning in an age where almost all information is at your fingertips? This question was originally answered on Quora by Robert Frost and Balaji Viswanathan. (@ForbesTech: "Data is not info.


Via Daniel Tan, Suvi Salo
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We should not confuse education with learning. Learning is something that focuses on the very specific; education focuses on much broader learning which is relevant to a particular society's survival. The two intersect, but are not the same just as school is not the same as education.

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Not Enough Students Are Success-Ready

Not Enough Students Are Success-Ready | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
According to a recent study, only 33% of U.S. students are success-ready. Here's how schools can foster students' crucial hope for the future and increase their overall well-being.

Via Thomas Faltin
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I was wondering what school they took the picture at. How many students wear ties? The stats sound discouraging.

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How early is too early for education? - Deseret News

How early is too early for education? - Deseret News | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

How early is too early for education? Deseret News Frances Campbell was a station-wagon mom in North Carolina, running her kids around town, when she got a part-time position to help with a scientific study on the benefits of early childhood...


Via Robert Hubert
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Children begin to learn and are being educated at the earliest ages. It may not happen immediately but, as they begin to respond to their environment, it takes off. I am not in favour of highly structured programs, but bringing children together to play is important.

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The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience

The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
These photographs tell stories that go beyond words.

Via Linda Alexander, Suvi Salo
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There are some great and inspirational images.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 18, 11:48 AM

Amazing photographs... Thanks, Claudia!  

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, April 18, 3:45 PM

Wow!  I can think of many educational uses for these compelling images.

Mike Masin's curator insight, April 18, 7:22 PM

Take 10 and check out these photos.

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The Power of Performance Assessments

The Power of Performance Assessments | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education is, of course, about so much more than filling minds with facts and figures. Teachers everywhere know that education is about developing minds for all kinds of future experiences: college, careers that will evolve over time, and community and civic life. So how can we know if we are developing minds -- and citizens -- for the future? The right kinds of assessment tell us far more than whether or not students are gaining knowledge.

Via Patric Lougheed
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There is merit in performance based assessment grounded in the life of the classroom and participants. In concrete settings, we move past the abstract and make it real.

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One Word... Hope - Great Leaders Serve

One Word... Hope - Great Leaders Serve | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Over the last few months, I’ve written several posts under the banner – One Word. These have included, Vision (A three-part mini series), Data, Diversity and others. Today, let’s explore a word that is critical to our success… Hope. The ability to generate hope is one of the hallmarks of leadership. Napoleon said, “A leader » Read More

Via Amy Melendez, donhornsby
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

There is a lot of servant-leadership in the article. The interesting thing about competence is it shares a common root with compete rather than collaborate. Collaborate has negative implications based on its etymology. Competing is striving together which takes competency.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, April 16, 11:59 PM

From the post: 

Hope, and the ability to generate it, is a big part of what we do as leaders. But the truth is, at some point, we must deliver. Hope without progress is unsustainable. It actually fades rather quickly.

The good news for us as leaders is we are more than dealers in hope; we create the future. That’s what ultimately keeps hope alive!

donhornsby's curator insight, April 17, 6:13 PM

Hope, and the ability to generate it, is a big part of what we do as leaders. But the truth is, at some point, we must deliver. Hope without progress is unsustainable. It actually fades rather quickly.

Ali Anani's curator insight, April 19, 1:57 AM

Insightful words for leaders

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Study Suggests Ways to Sharpen 'Tools of the Mind'

Study Suggests Ways to Sharpen 'Tools of the Mind' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A small-scale study suggests some ways to achieve better results for English-learners in preschool using the the popular, play-based Tools of the Mind curriculum.

Via Alfredo Calderon
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When we integrate the planned curricula with the living curricula in the classrooms, good things are possible.

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How to Remake the World by Making with Kids

How to Remake the World by Making with Kids | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Insights from MakerKids, one of the world's only makerspaces for kids.

Via OneLastMember
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Making things and helping children grow as people can go hand-in-hand. The Montessori connection is interesting and, if we added John Dewey's thinking to teaching, what schools we would have. I was there for almost 15 years and the bureaucrats and technocrats, with an eye on finished products got their hands on what we did and it no longer is.

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OneLastMember's curator insight, April 17, 4:46 PM

As crianças e os jovens precisam de engajamento para transformar seus heabitos e realidades. Nesta matéria a gente vê práticas aplicadas a educação, mas que são uma referência importante para a realidade do esporte.


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A quality education for all

A quality education for all | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Professor Stephen Dinham has been a strong and vocal advocate for greater equality in Australian education.  He wrote an excellent piece in the Melbourne Age recently on how the ineffective quick f...
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We should not confuse school with education. We want quality in both, but education prepares children and youth for more than what school does. School is part of education and not all of it.

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for the love of learning: David Staples, the Wildrose and their war on teachers and learning

for the love of learning: David Staples, the Wildrose and their war on teachers and learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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A radical view would be that teachers do not control student learning. They provide opportunities and invite students who choose to engage and how they will engage.

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Failing Goals of Education

Failing Goals of Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I recently had a discussion with a friend John, who is a Superintendent in a rural school district. We were discussing his district specifically and what it was providing its students in the way of...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

A challenge is we confuse education with school. School's goal might be, and I am stretching here, to place students in the workforce. That is certainly not the goal of education which is to help children and youth become good, moral, and ethical people, which probably means we will have people ready for the workplace.

 

Are we failing in the education of children and youth? How do we measure that?

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Education's culture of overwork is turning children and teachers into ghosts

Education's culture of overwork is turning children and teachers into ghosts | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Melissa Benn: If schools slowed down and focused on a deeper kind of flourishing, they might be more productive (if not very Goveian)


Via Nicolás Dominguez
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I like the terms whiling over (David Jardine) learning and lingering in (Ted Aoki) learning. Something that has worth is worth whiling over.

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Graduation requirements: Is there another way?

Graduation requirements: Is there another way? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
With increasing costs and shrinking resources most, particularly public, universities need to find alternatives to ever-increasing tuition and fees.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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A question that arose as I read the article was "what does it mean to be a poorly prepared student?" If we can find ways to make the learning meaningful and retained, that is a great beginning point.

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No Managers? No Hierarchy? No way! - Forbes

No Managers? No Hierarchy? No way! - Forbes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
No Managers? No Hierarchy? No way!
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In networked organizations, where work is self-managed, there are still managers. The managers have become enablers of self-managing teams and networks rather than controllers of individuals.

Via Jose Luis Anzizar, Bobby Dillard, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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The world is inherently hierarchical, but those hierarchies can be quite fluid. I wonder what schools would look like without managers, consultants, and outside experts?

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5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not....

Via Anu Ojaranta, Suvi Salo
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Libraries are great places to explore the world.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 19, 2:18 AM

Encourage the joy of reading, access to more resources than I could afford to buy, recommend resources that I may not have found on my own, access to activities and tools, teaching me responsibility for my library card .....

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leading and learning: Easter educational Readings -death of creativity/boys education/PISA nonsense and Diane Ravitch

leading and learning: Easter educational Readings -death of creativity/boys education/PISA nonsense and Diane Ravitch | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are some great links involved. A couple that caught my attention were In Defense of Poetry and Education's Culture of Overwork Turning Teachers and Student into Ghosts.

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Advice for Teachers: Dare to Be Strict

Advice for Teachers: Dare to Be Strict | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In “Good Teaching as Vulnerable Teaching” (The Teaching Professor, December 2012), Rob Dornsife of Creighton University invites us to embrace the uncertainties teachers encounter.

Via Blaine Morrow
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I never thought of it as being strict. Holding high and realistic expectations are important if students are to gain control of their learning.

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Professional Development: What's it to You? Part 2 | Not Dead Yet - Library Journal

Professional Development: What's it to You? Part 2 | Not Dead Yet - Library Journal | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Library Journal
Professional Development: What's it to You?

Via Blaine Morrow
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Teachers also want to have say in their professional development. What helps them and students in the classroom? That is a central question.

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Leadership in education by dr manishankar chakraborty

Leadership in education by dr manishankar chakraborty

Via Nevermore Sithole, iPamba
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Leadership is about being present. There is too much focus in schools on the long-term. We need to have a sense of direction, but we are making the path with each step we take and we do it in the company of others. We also use measures which are not always the most effective and only reflect a snapshot of what has happened and that is usually something in the past, rather than in the moment.

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Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries

Here's Why You Should Be Fighting To Save Libraries | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discove...

Via Karen Bonanno, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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Libraries can be great places. They are human spaces with adults who help children in schools. It is more than the books, but they are important as well. They let us travel in our imagination.

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, April 16, 5:03 PM

All types of libraries -- school, public, and academic -- form a library ecosystem that provides and supports lifelong learning. Funding cuts to school libraries have an impact on public and academic libraries as students lack essential information literacy skills. Public and academic libraries have to adjust their core services to accommodate the need" (Karen Bonanno)

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 16, 5:10 PM

Why we need to be saving all libraries

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 16, 5:46 PM

Via Barb Stripling: "At this moment we are facing a serious threat to school libraries, and thus to the entire library ecosystem."

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Children Are Not Widgets

Children Are Not Widgets | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In an effort to improve education, many reformers suggest that we use a business approach to evaluate teachers.  To do this they suggest that teachers must be rated based on what they “do” for the children that they teach.  For many, this means...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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And, teachers are not widgets. The opening line says a lot about reform which deforms. It comes from outside classrooms which denies teachers their voice in their work. How is this different than old-school, modernist thinking?

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OneLastMember's curator insight, April 17, 5:09 PM

Humanizando o olhar e a relação dos professores e orientadores com as crianças.


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Why Performance Tests for New Teachers Make Sense

Why Performance Tests for New Teachers Make Sense | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The leaders of AACTE, AASA, NAESP, and NASSP write in support of performance assessments for prospective teachers.
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Setting teaching standards for beginning teachers at the national level is not even commendable without local supports in place to help them once they get into classrooms. This is old-school, modernist thinking and implementing.

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Become Storytelling Leaders

Become Storytelling Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We need storytellers who can bring together the hopes of parents and the dreams of their children and the gifts of learning and joys of friendship into the experience of schooling. We need generous storytellers who can let the success story in my school become the story of your school also.
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I know superintendents and principals who are great storytellers, but they are not the ones I would want telling any stories.

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What feedback is and isn't - Granted, and ... Grant Wiggins

What feedback is and isn't - Granted, and ... Grant Wiggins | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"The research is clear: good feedback is essential to learning at high levels. Alas, too few people understand what feedback is and isn’t.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a true/false quiz: which of the following 4 statements is feedback?

 

“Nice job on the project, Sheshona!”

“Next time, Sam, you’ll want to make your thesis clearer to the reader”

“The lesson would be more effective, Shana, if your visuals were more polished and supportive of the teaching.”

“You taught about ants, Stefan? I LOVE ants!”"

 


Via John Evans, Suvi Salo
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If we think of feedback as being necessarily useful to be used, thoughtful teachers play a huge role in educating students.

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5 Signs You're The Problem at Work

5 Signs You're The Problem at Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

One of the reasons launching a startup appeals to a lot of people is that being your own boss--and the boss of others--is a lot more appealing than than being an employee.

 

But just because you're the boss doesn't mean the problems go away. In fact, there seem to be more--clients, employees, investors, regulations--and sometimes, the biggest problem is you. Here are a few ways to tell if some of your so-called problems could easily be fixed by changing your behavior and attitude.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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As I read, I thought the points applied well to school. The managers I worked for did not want teachers to have opposing view. When I retired, I was told not to tell anyone. I told who I wanted to and my employer was one of the last to be told. There is a culture that insists on dependency in schools that is not healthy

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 16, 5:10 AM

Face it, sometimes you're the cause of a lot of problems in your office.

Hemant Galviya's curator insight, April 17, 2:55 AM

nice one