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Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Instructional leadership is always hard work, but it’s even harder when our plates are overflowing with other responsibilities.
The truth, for a lot of us a lot of the time, is that we can barely even get to the work of leading learning improvement.

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We should never confuse the role of leader with leadership.

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Making the job "doable" is a must.  District leaders must fine ways to reduce the work load.  

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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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Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' - Education Week News

Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' - Education Week News | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Week News Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' Education Week News One of our colleagues provided us with an article by David Ruenzel, called "Business as Usual," that appeared 20 years ago in Teacher Magazine (then a print...

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"Most impressive is that fact that our colleagues continue to carve out progressive initiatives under a mountain of mandates created by those furthest removed from the process of public education."

 

This concern is appearing with more regularity.

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Famous Quotes are Paired with Clever Illustrations

Famous Quotes are Paired with Clever Illustrations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based illustrator Tang Yau Hoong has just released a brand new series where he pairs one of his older illustrations with a famous quote…

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There are some interesting and innovative connections made.

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My Students Don’t Know How to Have a Conversation

Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene, The Atlantic reports. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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"It might sound like a funny question, but we need to ask ourselves: Is there any 21st-century skill more important than being able to sustain confident, coherent conversation?" This is important. Whether we are physically or virtually communicating, we need to be present. The challenge is there are many adults, educators included, who do not know how to have a conversation.

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for the love of learning: If a child learns but isn't tested, does anyone care?

for the love of learning: If a child learns but isn't tested, does anyone care? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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This is a great question.

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Educating far from Equilibrium: Chaos Philosophy and the Quest for Complexity in Education

Educating far from Equilibrium: Chaos Philosophy and the Quest for Complexity in Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It would be futile, John Dewey argued in 1902, to think that we have to choose between child centered, progressive education and traditional, subject-matter-oriented approaches. Calling for adaptiv...
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There is a link to an article which argues using John Dewey's work a need to integrate subject and student-centred education. This calls for active teaching.

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Would You Want Your Child In This Exquisitely-Managed Classroom?

Would You Want Your Child In This Exquisitely-Managed Classroom? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The First Day Of School In A 9th Grade Classroom That Runs Like Clockwork: A Video Of Classroom Management We don’t talk much about classroom management here at TeachThought. (Well, sometimes we do.) First and...

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No. Teaching and learning are messy. They are not managed.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 16, 2013 3:18 AM

This video is worth gold in terms of potential for GOOD conversation about what we value as educators.  Are there pros?  Are there cons?  Would pros and cons vary, depending on the students?  

Sharrock's curator insight, April 22, 12:48 PM
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

This video is worth gold in terms of potential for GOOD conversation about what we value as educators.  Are there pros?  Are there cons?  Would pros and cons vary, depending on the students?  

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2 Student Beliefs That Can Change Everything

2 Student Beliefs That Can Change Everything | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
2 Student Beliefs That Can Change Everything by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education We know the relationship between feedback and achievement is strong. What about the relationship between feedback, personalization and, hence, motivation?

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I hope every student has more than one teacher who makes them excited about their learning. One is not enough.

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How We Can Connect School Life to Real Life

How We Can Connect School Life to Real Life | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Will Richardson's new TED Book Why School:  How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere. Richardson offers provoc

Via Jenn Alevy
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I attended a critical thinking workshop about 4 years ago. I described how parents and I helped children in classrooms and at home. One of the facilitators asked how I marked those projects and was I sure students were not cheating. I responded by saying cooperation and working together were valued in life and what would make not valued in schools. We used rubrics. Schools are not to prepare students for a future life, but to live the current life.

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Connectivism as a Learning Theory

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There is something remarkably phenomenological about what is being described as connectivism. We encounter a phenomenon and it, in turn, encounters us and a connection is made.

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Why Your Teaching Style Might Be A Bad Match For Your Students

Why Your Teaching Style Might Be A Bad Match For Your Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Why Your Teaching Style Might Be A Bad Match For Your Students


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Some students need more help than others. It does not mean they will accept it readily, but teaching is active and not passive. It is relational and situational so this chart can be helpful in viewing students and their needs, but take care we do not treat them as givens.

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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.


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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...


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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 21st Century Principal: Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed for Implementation

The 21st Century Principal: Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed for Implementation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Amy Burns, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Yes, students do have choice. What happens when they decide not to learn? Teachers remain important and vital in working with all students and not just as guides who help the self-directed ones who, themselves, need more direct help.

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Amy Burns's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:55 AM

Are you ready for PBL?  Great insights shared.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, Today, 7:03 AM

The major requirements brought about by Common Core require changes in pedagogy, too. Here are 12 tips for you to consider as you move forward.

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Coming up with explanations helps children develop cause-and-effect thinking skills

Coming up with explanations helps children develop cause-and-effect thinking skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Asking children to come up with explanations—even to themselves—enhances their cause-and-effect learning abilities, according to new psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin.

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What is cause and effect thinking in a complex, non-linear world?

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People: A Key to Innovation Capability

People: A Key to Innovation Capability | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Top performing companies recognize that successful innovation is inherently complex. No matter how much money a company invests, or how efficient it makes its internal processes, the companies that are the most successful at innovation are those that invest significant time, effort and money in people.


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The message educators should take out of this is that people teachers and students are important in educating for any innovation. It is not a far off and distant thing, but something immediate and in the classroom setting.

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Beyond Teaching Methods: A Complexity Approach

Beyond Teaching Methods: A Complexity Approach | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A complexivist  perspective to teaching critiques the commonplace teaching "methods" and illuminates alternative approaches to teaching and teacher preparation. Focusing on system growth, the mutua...
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The link is to an article about the complex nature of education and teaching. Complexity requires the teacher to an active participant in the work, but does not guarantee learning. The complexity is such that we cannot guarantee learning, but provide opportunities and guidance.

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leading and learning: Quality teaching and learning. Looking back; lessons about learning gained from teachers and students I have worked with over the decades.

leading and learning: Quality teaching and learning. Looking back; lessons about learning gained from teachers and students I have worked with over the decades. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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"Now it seems to me the insights gained through such experience is all but lost as school programmes are more determined  by those distant from the reality of the classroom."

 

This line stood out for me. Not only are decisions determined by those most distant from classrooms, but they are often made by those who had little interest in being in the classroom. One Canadian tech guru suggested his dream job was being a principal. Mine was being a teacher. There is a difference.

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How Should Learning Teams Choose Essential Outcomes?

How Should Learning Teams Choose Essential Outcomes? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
One of the questions that I'm often asked in #atplc workshops is, "How should our learning team identify the essential and nonessential standards in our curriculum?" My answer is a simple one:  Ins...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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The endurance test is an excellent idea, but it is not well understood or in place.

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The Case Against Zeros - Brilliant or Insane - Assessment Practices

The Case Against Zeros - Brilliant or Insane - Assessment Practices | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Inviting students into learning means they may not complete the work. A thoughtful teacher does not move on. They look for new ways of inviting students into learning.

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Steven Pinker’s Mind Games

Steven Pinker’s Mind Games | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Harvard professor culled exam questions from his course “Psychological Science.” Test your knowledge.
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It was interesting completing the test.

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To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Aspiring junior executives dream of climbing the ladder to gain more authority.  Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in.  Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have.

 

The problem is that, while authority can compel action, it does little to inspire belief.  It’s not enough to get people to do what you want, they also have to want what you want — or any change is bound to be short lived.

 

That’s why change management efforts commonly fail.  All too often, they are designed to carry out initiatives that come from the top.  When you get right down to it, that’s really the just same thing as telling people to do what you want, albeit in slightly more artful way.  To make change really happen, it doesn’t need to be managed, but empowered. That’s the difference between authority and leadership.


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This is interesting. It explains why so little changes in bureaucratic institutions i.e. school. There is little in terms of leadership and not much authority. What is exercised is coercive power.

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Greg Satell on #HBR
Change always requires #leadership rather than #authroity 

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Understanding Children's Writing Evolution

Understanding Children's Writing Evolution | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A really handy guide to what's normal in the evolution of your kid's squiggles.

 

From scribbles to drawings to phrase and whole-sentence writing. Respect the process. Understand, nurture and encourage your child's gift in reading and writing. Know children's writing evolution.


Via Kids Ahoy, Dr. Alison C Kay PGCE, FEED THE TEACHER, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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I wonder is we will have this sense of growth with the use of digital technologies? Writing provide teachers and parents with insights into the child's progress. It also helps with the creative brain development. And, there are some people who want to do away with cursive writing in school.

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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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Ali Anani's curator insight, April 20, 9:17 PM

Enablers are the new faces of managers

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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 18, 11:18 PM

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 .....

Lourense Das's curator insight, April 21, 12:47 AM

For parents: 5 reasons why you need to take your kids to the library

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 22, 8:12 PM

Share this post far and wide! So many of my students do not have public library cards. Let's get a drive going!