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Rethinking School Councils - Ontario


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Here is a novel concept, but what if we let them do something meaningful? Do we think then parents might get on board? I don't mean some. I mean many more. Our school council went from standing room only to virtually no one because bureaucrats and functionaries dictated to them.

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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, 12:40 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, 3:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 4:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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A Spiral Model of Change

A Spiral Model of Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Designing change can be following the whorl of a shell more than the steps of a pyramid.

Via John Lasschuit ®™, Bobby Dillard, Suvi Salo
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Everything we need to know is already there. The challenge is shaking free from what shackles us in deeply held beliefs.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, Today, 2:19 AM

Dan Oestreich about #organizational #Change on Unfloding #Leadership.

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Sorry, Folks, Rich People Don't Create The Jobs

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Don't Create The Jobs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The theory sounds great. It just doesn't happen to be true.
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School is not the solution the way it currently exists. It is perpetuating, replicating the status quo.

 

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Leadership is Not a Contest

Leadership is Not a Contest | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Leadership is a noun which is a verb. It is a process rather than a contest which begins and ends declaring winners and losers. School operates on the premise that winners and losers have to be created.

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Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | 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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It begins with adults reading to children and leads to children reading for the love of it.

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The Science Behind Why Small Teams Work More Productively

The Science Behind Why Small Teams Work More Productively | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A look inside Jeff Bezos’ two pizza rule and what you can learn from it.

Via Eugene Fernandez
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I read on an educational blog several months ago that groupthink is OK.It is good to hear that Jeff Bezos and other think otherwise.

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, July 8, 6:18 AM

Smaller teams have higher productivity, less social loafing and more accountability. Smaller in this case is touted at roughly 7.

Stephen Hinwood's comment, July 8, 6:12 PM
Nice article, good find Eugene. I very much agree with the topics in this article and have experienced this myself. I'd add that putting the right people in the right role is very important in any case, but in small teams even more so. In my experience a highly productive small team MUST be constructed with people who will work together well. It may seem like common sense, but this is the realm of good management which is not actually common. One can't simply take any group of staff and make a productive team. Regardless of what size the team is, getting the right people is the foundation. Get the people right and small expert teams are EXTREMELY productive.
Eugene Fernandez's comment, Today, 2:47 AM
Good validation Stephen about getting the right team members in the first place- Saves a lot of wasted effort and energy which I have seen time and again.
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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Suvi Salo
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Peter Vaill suggested learning and leading are intertwined. Teaching is about learning and leading being intertwined with it.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 7, 10:26 AM

I love this analysis of a learning leader! It is spot on.  ~ V.B.

 

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May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive."

'Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gow (Happy birthday, Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson!

Via Loralee Scott-Conforti
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A playful mind is inquisitive. We should remember that for School.

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Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration - Jesse Lyn Stoner

Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Using collaboration, cooperation and teamwork interchangeably dilutes their meaning and diminishes the potential to create real collaborative workplaces.

Via Steve Krogull, Bobby Dillard, Emeric Nectoux, Dean J. Fusto
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It is interesting that we use the words quite interchangeably without thinking about context. Several months ago in preparing a presentation I discovered collaboration always has a negative meaning about selling out. The way we approach collaboration is that someone decides what the goals are and everyone else accepts it.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, July 7, 1:51 AM

Collaboration is the bedrock of creative solutions and innovation.

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Why Do You Lead?

Why Do You Lead? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Efforts to understand the core reasons behind why we lead require that we delve into the field of philosophy. 


Via donhornsby
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Parker Palmer speaks about the most important question we need to ask is who the person is that teaches, leads, and lives a particular life. It is the one that goes unasked in the busyness of asking all the other questions.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 7, 6:09 AM

(From the article): Value formation helps us understand why leadership is defined and practiced differently. Our personal belief – me, us or Him – influence how we act, what we deem important or unimportant and defines what is right or wrong. Understanding why we lead also helps us to understand ourselves, others and the activities we choose to undertake. Answering the why question is both a foundational and missing ingredient in leadership.

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How A Genius Thinks

How A Genius Thinks | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
'However, while many people define genius differently, most agree that Richard Feynman was one and there is probably no better example of his brilliance than his famous talk, There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom. It not only launched a revolution in physics and engineering that is still being played out today, it shows us how a true genius really thinks.'

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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Geniuses simplify the complex with their questions.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, July 7, 1:59 AM

A Complex Problem Posed Simply...

Gust MEES's curator insight, July 7, 7:49 AM

The simplest ways of expression are the BEST ways! Remember "Albert EINSTEIN": ===> If YOU can't explain it to a six year old, YOU don't understand it YOURSELF! <===


objectplace's curator insight, July 8, 8:16 AM

more than just a great genius thinker Feynman also has the gift of describing and simplifying big ideas in an approachable, beautiful way.

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Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns Lolly Daskal Leadership Development

The great leaders know that the more they serve, the greater the return.

Via Don Cloud
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Leading is serving, teaching, learning, etc.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, July 6, 4:46 AM

Great leaders *serve*.

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So How Do You Manage Your Classroom When You Don't Punish?

So How Do You Manage Your Classroom When You Don't Punish? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
  Following the debate over public behavior charts, many people wondered what they could do in its place to still keep students engaged and on track?  I referred to a few posts but then realiz...

Via Suvi Salo
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Including students in the process is critical. Students know how to do School by the time they are in Grade 5 is an interesting point.

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The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism -

The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We spend so much time in education trying to make things better. Better policies. Better technology. Better standards. Better curriculum. Better instruction. Better assessment. Better response to assessment data. And too with research, teacher collaboration,...

Via TeachersWithApps, Suvi Salo
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Learning to be is interesting, but might not go far enough. One way to interpret being is as a noun which is always the jumping off point for becoming, a verb.

 

Having a teacher involved is important.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, Today, 6:46 PM

I love to see adults learners learn from each other. I favor constructivism and connectivism respectively

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

Via Gust MEES, Sergio Scheer
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Humility is an interesting starting point for teaching, as well.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, Today, 6:39 AM

Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning.


Allan Shaw's curator insight, Today, 4:56 PM

When I first read these ideas for learning through humility, I thought these would be tough to implement well, but not so difficult if you are also working on being a good listener at the same time. Given, I have just started a new position, being a good listener and observer is critical to success.

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for the love of learning: Jeff Johnson strengthens cynicism and weakens democracy

for the love of learning: Jeff Johnson strengthens cynicism and weakens democracy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The more impermeable boundaries created with ideology and beliefs the more harm is done. To become education, School needs permeable boundaries and democratic processes where voices are heard and not shut out.

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Prof Rick Ayers on 12 ways teaching is like baseball

Prof Rick Ayers on 12 ways teaching is like baseball | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"1. Everyone has seen baseball, even played it, and thinks they could probably do pretty well on the field. In reality, it is incredibly hard."

 

More: http://huff.to/1kbBRy0

 

[via Huffington Post]


Via University of San Francisco, Suvi Salo
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Not everyone has seen baseball. Having said this fill-in-the-blank with a sport or activity that is complex and the analogies make sense.

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School Leadership: Resource Roundup

School Leadership: Resource Roundup | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultivating and retaining strong leaders.

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The principal who suggested groupthink is OK is on this list.

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Changing the Game With School Design

Changing the Game With School Design | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Ben Jackson

This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog.


If you ask 100 people to picture a baseball diamond and imagine where each player stands, they’ll all probably describe the same thing. But according to the New York ...

Via Chris Carter
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The conversation about what School is is long overdue. It has been hidden amidst other discussions which do not change the structure but only gloss over.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 8, 6:25 AM

It is time to hit a home run using data for school design.

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Public Speaking: Lessons from Maya Angelou | Pradical

Public Speaking: Lessons from Maya Angelou | Pradical | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There was no PowerPoint. No background music. Nothing but her incredible presence. There were many reasons why she was such a powerful speaker. Here are a few that we can all use to improve our own presentations:.

Via Sandra - Onlinevents
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Tell stories and be genuine are intertwined. Telling stories offers genuine insight into who we are as people if they are our stories and, when they are not, we provide insight into what makes that story important. Teaching is about telling stories. Parker Palmer suggested teaching happens at the vulnerable intersection between public and private life

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What Do We Mean By New Leadership?

What Do We Mean By New Leadership? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I am a great fan of curation and use Scoop-it on a regular basis to bring together and publish articles and blogs on key areas of interest. One of my curates is called “New Leadership” and a couple of weeks ago one of my Twitter followers asked me what I meant by that. It was a fair question and following the death last year of Margaret Thatcher, it was one which got me thinking about the way that our concept of leadership has changed over the last couple of decades.


Via Roger Francis, Bobby Dillard
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Leadership and leader are nouns. Leading is a verb suggesting a process.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 7, 5:37 AM

A great article from Roger Francis. 

 

(From the article): Finally, I think that people’s expectations have changed dramatically over the last 30 years. The global skills shortage, means that companies can no longer pay lip service to the hackneyed saying “Our people are our most important resource”. Talent retention and development at all levels are now a critical component of any decent strategic plan and this generation of workers will not accept the old, directional styles of leadership. They expect to be consulted and involved in decision-making and empowered to take genuine responsibility – not just simply given a job of work to do. Moreover, if they don’t get what they want, they simply leave. Loyalty is no longer a given.

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#RRHH #HR The Employee #Engagement Hoax - Forbes

#RRHH #HR The Employee #Engagement Hoax - Forbes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it


Somewhere around the late 1980s or early 1990s we stopped talking about employee morale and started talking about Employee Engagement instead.


Via David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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The one that gets me is the empowerment racket. As if we have the power to give someone else power. I hear this in education all the time. We are going to empower students as if we do their learning for them. Creating a positive and healthy learning environment with reciprocal relationships is the key.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 6, 10:44 PM

"The chief benefit of the annual Employee Engagement Survey is that it lets a tone-deaf HR leader say to her leadership team, “Look how high our engagement scores are this year! Surely I’m doing my job!”" ~ Liz Ryan

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 7, 7:01 AM

      I like the engagement concept, but it has been twisted to suit a management perspective that is unhelpful. It is helpful to think of engagement as behavioral and emotional commitment; this results in loyalty to the company a willingness to stay and provide discretionary effort. A prerequisite to engagement is employee satisfaction and positive morale.

 

      The problem with engagement arose because it was presented in many instances as a tool for driving performance. Consultants and pollsters latched onto the idea that if you measured engagement you could then take various actions to change it with a variety of employee focused HR tools. All of sudden then HR had the means, it believed, to drive, employee performance-- and, of course, how could this not be valuable for business and management.

     In fact, engagement is useful because it begins to address the complexity of motivating organizational behavior. It helps us understand that both intrinsic and extrinsic factors should be considered, that the social conditions are important as well. Engagement points to the fact that a whole person approach is needed to fully enlist individual efforts on behalf of the organization.

 

      To obtain a truly engaged workforce, enterprises must start with choosing people who see it as more than simply a place to work;who see it as a valuable, useful means to a positive end for themselves and the broader community of which they are a part. Enterprises must come to the realization that supporting individuals in reaching their goals is the cost of getting individuals to support the organization's.

 

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, Today, 3:38 AM

Engagement - 12 ideas to listen to your employees

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Differentiated Evaluation: An Inclusive Evaluation Strategy Aimed at Promoting Student Engagement and Student Learning in Undergraduate Classrooms

July 3, 2014

Julie Gosselin and Annie Gagné, University of Ottawa

 

Summary by Academica Top Ten, 7 July 2014

Giving students options on evaluation method improves achievement 

A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has found that offering students choice in how they will be evaluated can improve their performance and their perception of the learning experience. The report follows a study in which third-year psychology students were offered a choice between traditional examinations and differentiated evaluation (DE), in which they had the choice of several term project options. Students who chose DE and were performing below the class average improved their scores on the final exam more than those students who did not select a term project. Students also reported positive perceptions of the DE options, and said that it alleviated some of the stress they experienced writing traditional examinations. They said that the DE option added to their workload but felt that it better allowed them to showcase what they had learned. HEQCO Report Summary | Full Report


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Assessment should be focused on the individual student within the context of the learning they undertake.

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Take Another Look – How Your Perception Is Changing Your World

Take Another Look – How Your Perception Is Changing Your World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

We need to understand the way our perception shapes our world, this article gives some insight into how our perception can be changed


Via David Hain
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Perceptions are continuously changing which suggests the world is continuously changing.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 6, 2:14 AM

There are no 'truths', only perceptions. Reframe your perception, change your mindset, the world my colour differently!

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Fewer Policies - More Conversations

Fewer Policies - More Conversations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I know they’re necessary, but I hate policies. Leaders who love policies hamper leadership and hinder organizations.   Policies are the result of leadership distance. The further you are from ...

Via Don Cloud
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Policies are subjected to interpretation once they are in place. Policies create distance and are a form of policing employees in their work. It is something managers can point to and tell the front line workers i.e. teachers this is the standard. What is interesting is the words policy, police, and political share a common root in polis. It is in community we make sense of the rules and constraints. This suggests classrooms as political sites and teachers enacting political acts.

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An Example Of Experiential Learning

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An Example Of Experiential Learning

Via Suvi Salo
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What's not working is an important question. It helps students and teachers realize not everything works as it should. Figuring out what worked and what did not are insights which integrate the reflective practices. Reflection is about "true image" whereas diffraction and refraction are about the whoop and wharf bending and spreading the waves.

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