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The Deeper Purpose of Learning: Satisfaction

The Deeper Purpose of Learning: Satisfaction | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teachers and students should focus less on grades and more on the deeper satisfaction that learning offers, Cord Ivanyi writes.
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We should, but the micromanagers and their political bosses would not have numbers by which to pigeonhole people, including children.

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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/



Via Gust MEES
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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 ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 6:57 PM
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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Right and wrong methods for teaching first graders who struggle with math - Education By The Numbers

Right and wrong methods for teaching first graders who struggle with math - Education By The Numbers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
To help young kids who struggle with math, well-intentioned teachers often turn to non-traditional teaching methods. They use music and movement to involve the whole body.  They use hands-on materials such as popsicle sticks to help the students understand tens and hundreds. Or they encourage students to come up with different strategies for solving 7 + …
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There might be merit in this, but without meaning in the child's life, does learning stick in any form?

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This is educational ‘innovation’?

This is educational ‘innovation’? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Guess what the OECD classifies as educational 'innovation.'
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I scooped a similar article yesterday. It contained similar opening paragraphs about OECD now measuring classroom innovation i.e. innovate pedagogic practices. A good point is made about using similar metrics to those used in business. School/education is not a business and should not be measured with the same metrics. I am not sure how you measure something as complex as pedagogic practice using quantitative metric. Yes, I know you gather numbers, input them, and they come out as statistical data. A number does not measure the complexity of each relationship that teachers and each student initiate.

 

I noticed that Ontario (not a country. Maybe someone should brush up on their geography) is the only Canadian province included. This despite many statements claiming Alberta and some of its local gurus are leading the way. It should be noted that most of the gurus in Alberta and Ontario are not in the classroom. They are waving magic wands from a distance. They either have not been in classrooms for decades or roared through them to teach the rest of us what they learned during their pit stops.

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This is educational ‘innovation’? ~ Washington Post

This is educational ‘innovation’? ~ Washington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss

 

"The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which brings the world the international testing program of 15-year old studentsknown as PISA, just issued a new report called “Measuring Innovation in Education: A New Perspective, Educational Research and Innovation.”

 

"Yes, the OECD is measuring innovation in education. There are, of course, innovation metrics for evaluating businesses, but schools aren’t businesses and shouldn’t be operated as if they were. So what exactly constitutes “innovation” in the educational world as viewed by the OECD?"


Via Jim Lerman
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Schools are not businesses and should not be treated as such. That is a good place to begin. Most re-form and de-form in School is a result of wanting to use business-like metrics to prove that the businesses providing the textbooks, the digital technologies, the professional development experts, etc. can justify their sales to School. Statistics are good when used well and help children at the classroom level in their learning and teachers in their teaching. The OECD stats are just badges worn by bureaucrats, technocrats, School managers, etc.

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‘Why I love to quit’

‘Why I love to quit’ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Paul Jarvis experiments with words and design. His latest book is called The Good Creative: 18 ways to make better art.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
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It depend what you are trying to quit. A bad habit can be hard to quit. Something you love, but know is not good for you is hard to quit. It took me several years to leave the classroom. I loved what I did as much as being in School with many adults who did not support what we did.

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Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Your 1:1 Program: Can You Answer These 10 Questions?

Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Your 1:1 Program: Can You Answer These 10 Questions? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via Robert Hubert
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Most of what is outlined is top-down and focuses on learning as inputs-outputs. Teaching and learning are relational and happen in an in-between space between the inputs and outputs. We need the inputs and outputs, but what does that look like in a particular class with particular teachers and students?

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12 signs you're a micromanager it's hurting employee engagement.

12 signs you're a micromanager it's hurting employee engagement. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

12 signs that you're a micromanager and 5 ways to overcome an overbearing manager using a results focused management approach. (12 signs you're a micromanager it's hurting employee engagement.


Via David Hain
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Point 2 is a good one. Look for patterns of difference and things that are not working. I worked with micro-managers and laissez-faire managers and neither is good.

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From Control to Trust – Unleash the Rebels!

From Control to Trust – Unleash the Rebels! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“Whatever you do, do not hire that man!” I had just finished interviewing a candidate for a job and called his former manager for a reference.


Via David Hain, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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My experience in School over the last few years was there seemed to be an overwhelming desire to have a party line that everyone adhered to. This included areas such as using digital technologies, the use of 7 Habits, stripped down professional learning communities, etc. Anyone who spoke up was branded a complainer and boat rocker.

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"it is easier to calm down 10 wild horses than to make one dead horse run" :-)

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'the longest journey any leader can take, is from controlling to trusting'. A great little article, discussing leaders trusting their employees, and also looking at the role of hiring 'rebels', who challenge the status quo, and can play an important role in change in modern organisations. A 3 min read.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 21, 3:55 PM

Well, the bull might get off you from his back but it might worth trying... the key is not to confound the rebel with the complainer... and to make enough space to the rebel...

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AASA :: How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed

AASA :: How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Nancy J. Herr
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I was told it was one thing to turn me loose in a classroom, but is that what we want to do with all teachers? We do turn teachers loose. They are on their own. Every bit of help, support, and companionship a new teacher can be given is essential.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 20, 8:06 PM

They are joining our staff now. What can we do to help them reach their potential. This is more important than we realize.

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Babies Practice Words In Their Heads Before They Can Talk

Babies Practice Words In Their Heads Before They Can Talk | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By: Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
Published: 07/14/2014 03:53 PM EDT on LiveScience

Months before they say their first real "mama" or "dada," babies are practicing those words in their heads, new research suggests. Brain areas as...

Via Suvi Salo
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Children seem to be trying to figure out what adults do and say, then copy them as best they can working towards some sort of mastery. Like in all good learning, the key is relevance and relationship.

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Remembering James MacGregor Burns and his leadership wisdom

Remembering James MacGregor Burns and his leadership wisdom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The leadership world lost a giant this week when James MacGregor Burns died at his home in Williamstown, Mass. on Tuesday.

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Burns' work and the concept of transforming leadership which is an ongoing process fits with the work of John Dewey in school. Both saw leading and learning as ongoing processes.

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A Network Way of Working: A Compilation of Considerations about Effectiveness in Networks

A Network Way of Working: A Compilation of Considerations about Effectiveness in Networks | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Networks aren’t new, but the role they play in our working lives is expanding significantly through technology. The potential for impact is great, but newly enhanced networks require new strategies.

Via june holley
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This is an excellent article with a detailed bibliography. It would be worthwhile for School managers to read and begin to realize networks are more organic and complex than just externally ordering them and insisting they happen.

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7 Public Speaking Tips From A Toastmasters Pro

7 Public Speaking Tips From A Toastmasters Pro | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Joshua Rinaldi, president of New York Toastmasters, explains how to get rid of your jitters and give an effective speech.

Via Thomas Faltin, Suvi Salo
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This might be something to consider in school. I know some students who do toastmasters and it shows in the confidence.

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Toastmasters helped me get over my jitters and taught me how to speak effectively.

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Addicted to Helping: Why We Need to Stop Trying to Fix People

Addicted to Helping: Why We Need to Stop Trying to Fix People | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Helping other people can become addictive. It can feel like the only way to show your love is to prostrate yourself at the needs of others. It's not.
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Some teachers are challenged by the need to help others and in some ways this becomes fixing. I was guilty of this many times and now look back recognizing I would have helped my students more by letting them choose how to fix and enable themselves. After all, it is their particular life.

 

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Gov't to boost school staff numbers to reduce workload for teachers - 毎日新聞

Gov't to boost school staff numbers to reduce workload for teachers - 毎日新聞 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The government is set to significantly increase the number of staff members at schools who will enga...
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It is a good plan until you dig into the details. They are not increasing the number of teachers to reduce workload in the classroom. They are hiring part-time experts to assist.  I appreciate any reduction of workload in the classroom, but is this a solution? Would we be better off reducing teacher-student ratios, letting teachers work together more during the day, and provide teachers with opportunities to learn about the interventions and how to implement them? It seems odd even in helping teachers we do not trust their judgement and expertise.

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Be a Leader | Scholastic.com

Be a Leader | Scholastic.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Become a school leader—without leaving the classroom.
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I think teaching by its nature is about leading. Do you have to leave the classroom? Do you have to do something official and formal? I don't think so. Being and becoming a good teacher might very well be enough. I look at those who are in School management and wonder. Largely, what we see is the same old same old done. It is re-forming and de-forming rather than trans-forming teaching.

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Should We Stop Teaching Calculus In High School?

Should We Stop Teaching Calculus In High School? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ Calculus has been a staple of high school math for decades, but do we really need it? Computer science and statistics are far more relevant, but the math curriculum today completely ignores both.”


Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby, Alma Vega, Alfredo Calderon
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Statistics are relevant if used well. A statistic is often confused as having a cause and effect component when in truth it is about correlations and leads a person who is adept at using statistics to question a diagnosis. My point is that if calculus is well-used and has a reason to be taught it should be taught. The same goes for statistics. To make broad sweeping statements is why School will not get the re-boot it needs.

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Transforming Global Politics - Dissident Voice

Transforming Global Politics - Dissident Voice | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Transforming Global Politics Dissident Voice With the advent of modern psychology, we now understand that chieftains, kings, and emperors from ancient times think and operate without a conscience, without empathy and consideration for people they...

Via YACOUBAHIEN
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One difference between transform and change is the former is an action describing ongoing reconstructing of the world and people. Change is a noun. It is what we call things when we want to impose ideologies and dogmatic thinking. A second difference is we can hyphenate trans-form. Trans means across, beyond, between and form is a look, a shape, a contour. It suggests we are moving between looks, shapes, and contours and it is ongoing thus we can easily use the gerund i.e. transforming, the continuous moving between new looks and forms. It is actually hermeneutic and requires continuous reading of the texture of the world we live in.

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10 Traits of an Encouraging Classroom

10 Traits of an Encouraging Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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When we encourage students and create safe environments we enable their learning. We do not guarantee it, but there is a better chance learning will happen where good teaching happens.

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How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
An exhibit designer at the Boston Children's Museum says kids are 'natural scientists,' and she wants to create experiences that cater to them.

Via Suvi Salo
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Writers such as John Dewey and Hans-Georg Gadamer did not separate work and play. As many of our roles are, work and play are performative.

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 20, 4:19 PM

“Play is naturally conducive to learning. It’s one of the best ways to learn: learning by doing, learning by playing and experiencing things."

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Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas: The Teacher Dropout Crisis

Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas: The Teacher Dropout Crisis | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas: The Teacher Dropout Crisis http://t.co/t6HWtWJoe6

Via J. Mark Schwanz, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is a universal crisis. 1/2 of teachers leave the profession within 7 years and up to 20% do not enter the classroom after finishing their degree. This becomes more challenging when one considers the use of part-time contracts in hiring new teachers. This is not a single-pronged crisis, but one with many factors.

 

One factor that may or may not be connected is an increasingly top-heavy bureaucracy, technocracy, and political structure.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 20, 2:14 PM

Question for further research: "How does the 'teacher drop-out' problem effect students in urban low socio-economic areas more than others?" The blogger notes that these teachers are leaving at a 50% higher rate than their higher socio-economic counterparts.

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Connectivism – it’s a theory. I am “the one who is connected.” | eLearning Faculty

Connectivism – it’s a theory. I am “the one who is connected.” | eLearning Faculty | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Connectivism is a learning theory that helps me, as a learner, think critically and become adaptable. There is some argument about it from the big brains and

Via Susan Bainbridge, Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Is it just a theory? Dewey and others suggested theory and practice were blended together. Theory without practice may not work. Practice without theory may not work either.

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Unhappy At Work? Either Change What You Do Or Change How You Do It

Unhappy At Work? Either Change What You Do Or Change How You Do It | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Video"I don't much like my job," confided Jake, a mid level pharmaceutical executive,"But I get paid fairly well, it's a stable company and I can't see any way out. So I turn up, do my job and get out of here. It's not ideal but hey, it pays the bills." Jake [...]

Via Suvi Salo
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I changed my job. I retired due to the environment in School. It was oppressive and there was little I could do to change that so I left.

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New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.


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The brain is an organ which can be changed with use and specific uses create specific changes. Enriching environments is important in learning and good teaching is a key to enriching environments. This is important research but is in a long line with other research i.e. Richard Davidson, Ellen Langer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, etc. showing the brain is quite malleable throughout life.

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How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit?

How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Have you ever wanted to change a bad habit or perhaps just form a new, good habit, but then found that you lack the discipline to stick to your intention? if so changing that pattern might not be as difficult as you think. This article share about the research behind forming new habits and also some guidelines for getting started.

Via craig daniels
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This suggests repetition is important in learning and that means multitasking might not be ideal.

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5 Proven Ways to Engage Students In Your Classroom - Edudemic

5 Proven Ways to Engage Students In Your Classroom - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
No matter what subject they teach or what age group their students fall into, all teachers face the same basic challenge: They have to find a way to actively engage students in the learning process. Today’s learners tend to respond best to interactive teaching methods, so many instructors have integrated technology into their lesson plans. …
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Engage is a much better word than empower. It suggests inviting and bringing students into their learning via teaching.

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