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Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills Of Socra...

Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills Of Socra... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Socrates, this ancient philosopher holds the key to an essential leadership skill: asking great questions. The challenge is that too few leaders, managers and employees ask great questions. This is a big problem.

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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This is an excellent article. It fits with some reading I am doing with Gadamer.

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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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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 3:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
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Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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Excellent Tips to Stimulate Creativity

Excellent Tips to Stimulate Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
November 18, 2014
Creativity block, similar to writer's block, is a mental state that makes you feel incapacitated and unable to generate new ideas to move the process of whatever you are working on...

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They are simple and do not take us out of our daily routine in many cases.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, November 21, 2:57 PM

I'm a sucker for a good Infographic and I really like this one. What a great poster for the classroom!

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Edutopia: A New Era for Student Assessment

Edutopia: A New Era for Student Assessment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Standardized assessments, even when they include open-ended questions and are performance-based, only give us part of the picture of a student's readiness for college and career success.

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What if we did away with standardized testing?

 

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How to Lead with Compassion but Not Be a Pushover

How to Lead with Compassion but Not Be a Pushover | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Compassion goes wrong when it goes too far. Too much compassion prolongs helplessness, failure, and mediocrity. Compassion done well fuels confidence, excellence, and success. Organizations without...

Via Anne Leong
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Caring about other people is not a weakness. All teachers should be compassionate and caring. That would make the classroom such a wonderful space.

 

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Signs That You’re a Micromanager

Signs That You’re a Micromanager | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
And four strategies to help you reform.

Via Maite Finch, Ricard Lloria
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I found School full of micro-managing. I think there is a tendency to let this flow down into the classroom where teachers unwittingly become micro-managers. Awareness helps us overcome it.

 

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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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The third paragraph with a number of questions points to what teaching is about. It is about renewing practice and rethinking what we think teaching is and is not.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 20, 5:48 PM

This is not to say students should never memorize, but they should understand what they're memorizing and why it matters. This is an article worth reading carefully and probably discussing with your colleagues.


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Leaders, when in doubt – ask the right questions

Leaders, when in doubt – ask the right questions | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Are you confused and concerned? Do you lack the confidence to move forward? Ask the right questions and you will understand. 


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My reading and writing has taken down a phenomenological path. Leading is about wonder and asking questions which have no presupposed answers.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 20, 10:36 AM

When you lack confidence: You aren’t sure which road to take because you don’t know if the company is heading for the same destination as you once thought. If you knew the vision you would diligently pursue it. Rest assured, you will lead without fear once again. Ask the right questions and you will understand.

 

“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.”-  Peter T. Mcintyre

 

If you are feeling confused, concerned and don’t have that old confidence anymore because things have changed, here’s what you do: Ask the right questions and you will understand.

 

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

1. Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now.

2. The way you feel about people and situations will shift, and that’s OK.

3. There will always be more tough changes to make.

4. Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.

5. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

6. You were born with the ability to change someone’s life.

7. You can best serve yourself and others by giving yourself what YOU need.

8. Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life.

9. You are not alone in feeling weird and alone.

 


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You are not alone in feeling weird and alone.

 

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How Much Performance Pizzazz Does a Teacher Need to be Effective?

How Much Performance Pizzazz Does a Teacher Need to be Effective? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Does does a teacher's performance distract, or does it inspire?
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Via Yashy Tohsaku
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I don't know that it is pizzazz, but teaching is performing. We are always becoming someone new, as well in that performing. Derrida might have written performing as (per)forming.

 

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leading and learning: Time to return the focus back to encouraging creative teachers - the only real way to transform our education system

leading and learning: Time to return the focus back to encouraging creative teachers - the only real way to transform our education system | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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We cannot standardize education. We can standardize School. What we need to counter the standardizing process, are creative teachers who undertake the risks necessary in student learning.

 

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Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age

Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Digital citizenship is not so different from traditional citizenship. We still need to guide students to be kind, respectful and responsible. What’s new is teaching them how to apply these values to the realities of the digital age.


Via Luísa Lima, Monty Bell
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What does this mean in real life? We are often caught up in platitudes which do not go beyond words. How are we experiencing being a good person in the digital world.

 

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What is host leadership?

What is host leadership? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Will you step forward - or step backwards?

Via F. Thunus, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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Hospitality is an important par of leading. Jacques Derrida, although he may not have spoken about leading, spoke about the need to welcome and defer to the stranger.

 

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Is Democracy in Deep Trouble?

Is Democracy in Deep Trouble? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As the recent US congressional elections show, a growing number of citizens aren’t voting, reasoning that their ballot won’t change anything. Especially young citizens, people everywhere agree with
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Rather than providing answers to unasked questions, we should ask what is causing the disconnect with democracy. In fact, it has been going on for some time.

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How A Sense Of Community Can Help Us Achieve Greatness

How A Sense Of Community Can Help Us Achieve Greatness | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
3 measures successful leaders employ to foster a sense of community in their organizations to drive success and growth over the long term.

Via David Hain, Dean J. Fusto, Robert Hubert
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Community is organic and natural. Team are formed by someone in charge with a particular agenda. Teams are not bad, but they are more artificial.

 

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David Hain's curator insight, November 21, 2:24 AM

The future of the planet will hinge on the quality and impact of our community building. Ideas from @TanveerNaseer  on how to do that.

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When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
See what it looks like when a district that has a strong collaborative culture undertakes a major initiative like implementing the Common Core.

Via Patti Kinney, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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When colleagues (teachers and administrators) work cooperatively, the benefits for students is positively correlated. When we use two different words to describe teachers and School managers, the separation is artificial. Aren't principals first teachers?

 

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Common Core: Understanding standards vs. curriculum. The what vs. the how

Kelley Brock is a Baldwin resident and former special education teacher and principal, who raised her children in Cherokee County Public Schools.


Via Darren Burris, Cindy Riley Klages
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It is important to consider the what and the how in learning and teaching. It is equally, perhaps more, important to think about the who.

 

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Lifelong Learning and the Plastic Brain

Lifelong Learning and the Plastic Brain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Researchers attempt to unravel the mechanisms of how the brain learns.

Via Anne Leong
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Reading, writing, and good conversation are important in keeping the brain healthy and growing.

 

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The Physical Act of Writing

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We spend lots of time talking about the writing process here at TWT. This post tackles something that has nothing to do with meaning, structure, focus, word choice, elaboration, voice, or conventi...


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Writing is an important element to learning. Here is a blog devoted to teaching writing.

 

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Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Now Presenting …

Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Now Presenting … | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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It is not just presenting. It is about listening and being civil in the listening.

 

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Stanford researcher explores why cliques thrive in some high schools more than others

Stanford researcher  explores why cliques thrive in some high schools more than others | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Schools that offer students more choice are more likely to be rank-ordered, cliquish and segregated by race, age, gender and social status.

Those are among the conclusions of a new study, published online today in American Sociological Review. The lead author is Daniel A. McFarland, professor of education at Stanford Graduate School of Education. "Educators often suspect that the social world of adolescents is beyond their reach and out of their control, but that's not really so,'' McFarland said. "They have leverage, because the schools are indirectly shaping conditions in these societies."


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Teachers play a key role in helping set the tone and pace in School. Their positive involvement is essential.

 

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Vineta Erzen's curator insight, November 19, 5:24 PM

 What  potentially valuable qualities in adulthood. are , directly or indirectly,  shaped by high school conditions?

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A paradigm shift schools need now — and it's not Common Core, tech or rigor - Washington Post (blog)

A paradigm shift schools need now — and it's not Common Core, tech or rigor - Washington Post (blog) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How and what students learn need to be overhauled.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters, Lynnette Van Dyke
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There is an interesting list of names included with quotes relevant to education i.e. Thomas Merton, Peter Senge, and Neal Postman. I think we could include Deb Meier, Ivan Illich, and Nel Noddings.

 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 19, 2:02 PM

Excellent! Take time to look this over!

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ID and Other Reflections: L&D's Role in the VUCA World: Part 1

ID and Other Reflections: L&D's Role in the VUCA World: Part 1 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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When we talk about human resources, we create products rather than people forming. The former is an external ordering and the latter an internal ordering making sense of the former.

 

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University students surveyed on knowledge of indigenous issues

University students surveyed on knowledge of indigenous issues | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A Queen's University professor is studying how much students know about indigenous issues, and why they might not know them.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten 19 November 2014

Survey tests first-year students’ knowledge of Indigenous issues

First-year students at 10 Ontario universities have been asked to participate in a survey to determine their knowledge of Indigenous issues. The voluntary survey, launched by Queen’s University professor Anne Godlewska, was developed in consultation with Indigenous groups and is designed to test students on their knowledge of Aboriginal history in Canada. Godlewska was inspired to create the survey after teaching a class on Indigenous geography. "A very great deal has happened in the legal system and social system in Canada. There's been huge activism on the part of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and [students] just knew nothing about it," she said. It is hoped the survey may also indicate why this lack of knowledge exists. Participating students will be asked to complete a second survey in their fourth year. This story also appeared in Academica's Indigenous Top Ten.CBC


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I found that students wanted to know more (I did, as well), but curricula and resources gloss over the material trying to make it look like the Europeans were more benevolent than they were and are in Canada.

 

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Ten Stupid Rules That Drive Great Employees Away | LinkedIn

Ten Stupid Rules That Drive Great Employees Away | LinkedIn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Plato probably did not envision a polis like what exists today, but policy is not about policing people externally. It is about negotiating the workplace norms. Biesta and Ranciere write about this in School.

 

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for the love of learning: In the real world, we wouldn't judge a teacher by their students' test scores

for the love of learning: In the real world, we wouldn't judge a teacher by their students' test scores | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The article speaks many truths.

 

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: "The Teenager's Sense of Social Self" | Edge.org

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: "The Teenager's Sense of Social Self" | Edge.org | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The

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The human brain continues to develop and form throughout life. This is an important consideration in teaching and learning. For example, what does it mean in professional development? Choice and responsibility are important for teachers.

 

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