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How Course Design Puts the Focus on Learning Not Teaching

How Course Design Puts the Focus on Learning Not Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

This is the second post in a series of four on instructional design for online courses. The goal of this series is to introduce a fresh, innovative approach to course design. Instructional design, ...


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To get to constructivism and connectivism, learners need the skills provided in cognitivism.

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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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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
Alan Jordan's curator insight, April 3, 4:13 PM

I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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leading and learning: Paradigm Shift badly needed in Education/: Teachers are 'burning out'; we need to listen to the 'voice' of our students; and the need for Inquiry based creative learning.

leading and learning: Paradigm Shift badly needed in Education/: Teachers are 'burning out'; we need to listen to the 'voice' of our students; and the need for Inquiry based creative learning. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There is definitely a burn out factor in teaching, but also we have turn over due to young teachers only staying in the profession for a few years or not even entering it.
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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 


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that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 

 

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, August 16, 7:29 AM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Good stuff! Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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Professional Development Isn’t Just for Teachers

Professional Development Isn’t Just for Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Administrators need to learn how to lead schools into the future by empowering everyone in the building.
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Professional learning, rather than development, is based on autonomy and responsible choice. The idea anyone empowers someone suggests an external process that frees us from chains.
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leading and learning: Creative teacher readings: autodidacts/ creative classrooms/ inquiry learning and Asterix

leading and learning: Creative teacher readings: autodidacts/ creative classrooms/ inquiry learning and Asterix | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Creative teachers are not linear teachers. They respond to the students and their experiences in caring and sensitive ways, allowing students to be creative.
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Useful image - teaching all students (supporting all teachers)
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for the love of learning: Gabor Mate on The Biology of Loss

for the love of learning: Gabor Mate on The Biology of Loss | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Joe Bower passed away several months ago, but his blog is a wellspring of great writing and insight.

In this post using the work of Gabor Mate, Joe points out that we often confuse symptoms with what ails a person. Others, including Ken Robinson, point out similar flaws with overdiagnosis of children with ADHD.
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leading and learning: Creative teacher readings; too much maths? too much data? unschooling and the myth of genius.

leading and learning: Creative teacher readings; too much maths? too much data? unschooling and the myth of genius. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Good home schooling and unschooling, similar to good classrooms, can teach us considerable about what good teaching and learning can look like. Deb Meier wrote that her experience with home school children was extremely positive. I agree and extend that to the parents who taught me a lot when they entered my classroom and I visited their hoes.
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leading and learning: Genius in education/ technology and learning Diane Ravitch/ project Based Learning/ Pokemon and much more

leading and learning: Genius in education/ technology and learning Diane Ravitch/ project Based Learning/ Pokemon and much more | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Today I sat in a coffee shop and huge spider, perhaps the largest I have seen, walked across the floor. We talked about the spider. Teaching and learning is like that. We do not just follow a prescribed text. We focus on the lives of humans and what is happening in them.
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Anonymity and Professionalism: Teacher Voice in a Time of High Anxiety

Anonymity and Professionalism: Teacher Voice in a Time of High Anxiety | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Briefly on the National Council of Teachers of English's Connected Community, members could post on forums anonymously, spurring a few discussions and debates about anonymity and professionalism (as well as attribution of ideas and accountability during a thread about plagiarism). When I first moved to higher education, my current university had an online platform that…
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It is interesting that the voices that have been oppressed only speak in anonymity. What does that say about how teachers feel they are treated, even by other teachers and students?
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Education Readings July 22nd

Education Readings July 22nd | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz 10 ways Pokemon Go portends AR in learning May as well jump on this bandwagon… ‘Quite simply, this opens up immense possibilities and opportunities for learning. If we could take some of that AR ‘magic…
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The world isn't flat. We might just be missing a lot of nuances in 140 characters.
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Elizabeth E Charles
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We can all be transformational when we are called to teach and be with students in the classroom. Caring beyond what you teach has echoes of Hannah Arendt embedded in it.
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Shifting From Ed Reform To Classroom Reform

Shifting From Ed Reform To Classroom Reform | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Shifting From Ed Reform To Classroom Reform via Wendell Berry
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The Wendell Berry quote is thought provoking. We create a lanuage that acts as a code, only allowing those in who can repeat the code. However, depending on your role other codes can be used. For example, administrators keep teachers out with their code.
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How to Find Your Power—and Avoid Abusing It

How to Find Your Power—and Avoid Abusing It | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

For the past twenty years, I have been carrying out experiments to find out how power is distributed in groups. I have infiltrated college dorms and children’s summer camps to document who rises in power. I have brought entire sororities and fraternities into the lab, capturing the substance and spread of individuals’ reputations within their social networks. I have surreptitiously identified which members of groups are gossiped about, and who receive gossip. To chart the experience of power, I have studied what it feels like to be placed in positions of authority.

Findings from this research converge on an organizing idea: Whereas the Machiavellian approach to power assumes that individuals grab it through coercive force, strategic deception, and the undermining of others, the science finds that power is not grabbed but is given to individuals by groups.
What this means is that your ability to make a difference in the world—your power, as I define it—is shaped by what other people think of you. Your capacity to alter the state of others depends on their trust in you. Your ability to empower others depends on their willingness to be influenced by you. Your power is constructed in the judgments and actions of others. When they grant you power, they increase your ability to make their lives better—or worse.


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Leading is about listening and stepping aside when it is necessary. When we experience leadership as an assigned role, that is when problems arise and abuse of power occurs. What do we see in schools?
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David Hain's curator insight, May 23, 8:57 AM

Givers always gain, and it seems from exhaustive research that power may be one of the things they gain from giving!

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for the love of learning: Assessment and measurement are not the same thing

for the love of learning: Assessment and measurement are not the same thing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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This is a post from the late Joe Bower.
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10 things you should throw out in your classroom NOW

10 things you should throw out in your classroom NOW | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I like to streamline and simplify how my classroom runs. I don’t keep things I don’t really need. I could still teach well with a fraction of the materials I’ve accumulated. If there is something that I need later and don’t have, I trust that I will be able to find it again, or borrow it, or be able to do without it just fine.


The foundation of my classroom is my energy, enthusiasm, and know-how, not my stuff. I feel good about clearing away the things that drain my energy and enthusiasm by creating a cluttered, disorganized work space. I can let go of things I don’t need in order to make space for things I do.


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The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Hargreaves

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Hargreaves | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As the United States prepares to elect a new President this November, putting every student on a path towards a successful future should be required discussion at every presidential debate. This summer in The Global Search for Education, we bring back our popular 2012 Education Debate series and put these questions and others to thought leaders at the forefront of educational change. We asked Andy Hargreaves, Diane Ravitch, Howard Gardner, Randi Weingarten, Julia Freeland Fisher, and Charles Fadel to imagine they were Secretary of Education for the new administration. What are their answers to some of the big picture questions facing education and education reform?

Today we welcome Andy Hargreaves. Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Andy serves as adviser in education to the Premier of Ontario, is founding editor of two scholarly journals, and is President Elect of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement."


Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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In my current research, I asked teachers what advice they would give the Minister of Education in the redesign of Alberta's curricula. It is an interesting exercise to explore and imagine that way.
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leading and learning: Education Readings: writing junk/ Smart goals?/ STEAM education and lots more for creative teachers

leading and learning: Education Readings: writing junk/ Smart goals?/ STEAM education and lots more for creative teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are a couple of very interesting articles linked. The one about writing junk is important. Students and teachers still need to know how to write in a coherent way. As well, the one about laptops is interesting. Like any tool, digital tools are only as good as the thought that goes into choosing and using them.
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Education Readings July 15th

Education Readings July 15th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data? ‘The argument in favor of all this is that the more we know about how students are doing, the better we can target instruction…
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Teaching for happiness (Gates and Jobs article) is interesting.
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Teaching Literacy, Not Literacy Skills

Teaching Literacy, Not Literacy Skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Through the lens of having been a teacher/professor, published writer, and recreational/competitive cyclist for over thirty years, several high school experiences are now illustrative of larger facts about the tension between teaching discrete skills versus fostering holistic performances. In high school, I made As in math and science courses, but typically received Bs in English—and…
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This is a great article. Be creative in teaching all subjects. I had a student who struggled with reading and writing. While helping her with Science one day, I suggested we write answers and notes using poetry. She was unsure at first, because there had to be rules, but I grabbed several ee cummings poems and told her to not worry about grammar, punctuation, and capitals. Today, when I read her posts on Facebook, she writes so well.
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Preparing to give a talk.

Preparing to give a talk. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Aussie Friends of Treehorn encouraging adults to think sensitively, to care for kids, to make wise choices....with their hearts in gear, their pens active and their votes available . ‘Since 2008, the neoliberal corporate sector, using its own forms of unionism and exploiting the most powerful elements of New Public Management [Managerialism on steroids], has…
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These four points capture what education should be about.

1. Disinterested adults now ignore the wonder of childhood to such an extent that its very existence is not relevant. Children are regarded as hardened, little adult robots.

2. The exercise of humane attitudes towards children is no longer discussed in the schooling context. Data matters, not kids. [‘Homophobia’ or ‘Superannuation’ is a preferred public discussion point!]

3. Respect for children’s modes of individual development is now being totally ignored.

4. The heart of a healthy, social, professionally ethical and economically secure learning environment for all has disappeared from our down-under island nation.

I once was involved in a conversation where our new assistant-principal told us he had never wanted to teach. How disinterested is that? Today, that person is a full-time presenter and author. We should always ask where those folks come from.
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Navigating Your Identity as a Parent and an Educator

Navigating Your Identity as a Parent and an Educator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Check out these tips for parents who are educators on navigating their child's education and advocating when necessary.

Via Peter Mellow
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Teachers tell me that becoming and being a parent alters how they view teaching.
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The 1 Word Millennials Should Stop Using Today

The 1 Word Millennials Should Stop Using Today | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This all-too-common four letter word betrays a sadly naïve perception of how the business world works.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Fair is not the same as equitable which is what we should strive for. We confuse fair for getting our way.
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Education Readings July 29th

Education Readings July 29th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms? Well worth trying in your classroom. ‘I believe that every single child is gifted and that every kid has a talent which we as educators…
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The two articles that caught my eye were about community and teachnology. Community is a lot messier than teams and organizations. We don't get to choose who we live next door to in real communities. Technology is not the end-all-to-be-all. We still need teachers.
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In a world of data can we still use intuition?

In a world of data can we still use intuition? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings July 27, 2016 In a world of data can we still use intuition? I mentioned to a fellow teacher I can tell when a child has emotional issues most of the time after observing a few minutes and listening. Granted observations are part of most evaluations but I was referring to an intuitive…
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This is a great question. I think a challenge is that teachers are often being told what to do by people who are not in the classroom, perhaps have never been in a classroom as a teacher, and perhaps have never wanted to be a teacher. When you only understand something as a spectator, perhaps data is the only thing you can turn to. When you are embedded in the relational world of teaching, you form intuitive practices and responses that make classrooms come alive.
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Is the Purpose of Teaching Student Learning or Student Grading? | Pedablogy: Musings on the Art & Craft of Teaching

Is the purpose of teaching student learning or student grading? I don’t believe that you can have it both ways. That is, grading, at least the way it’s commonly done, inhibits student learning. This is not merely my idea. David Brooks wrote a piece in the NYTabout this, saying “We all know why it exists, but the grade-point average is one of the more destructive elements in American education. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the GPA system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their teachers what they want.“
Via Cindy Riley Klages
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Maybe it is neither. Instead is it about relationships?
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Who Are the Main Education Stakeholders?

Who Are the Main Education Stakeholders? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
 A main cause behind the globalization of higher education, and business schools in particular, is the internationalization of stakeholders. Marshall McLuhan’s global village has its global school
Via Ines Bieler, Miloš Bajčetić
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This is a neo-liberal way of understanding schools as corporate entities. Where are the community and parents in this scheme?
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