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How to Help Kids Find Their Aspirations

How to Help Kids Find Their Aspirations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A lot of kids have big dreams about what they want to do as adults -- whether that’s become a professional athlete or a teacher -- but no idea of what it takes to get there. Here are ideas on how to help them find their aspirations.

Via Cindy Riley Klages
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Students need adults who guide them into things. I just received a message for a former student thanking me for the help I provided a year ago. It is now bearing fruit today.

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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, 2014 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, 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 ;)
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What's the difference between "beautiful", "pretty", "gorgeous", and "handsome"?

What's the difference between "beautiful", "pretty", "gorgeous", and "handsome"? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Answer to the question "What's the difference between "beautiful", "pretty", "gorgeous", and "handsome"? " for English language learners - PhraseMix.com

Via Luciana Viter
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Language and choice of words means something.

 

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What mountains can teach us

What mountains can teach us | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Currently being in the mountains and enjoying the crisp fresh air as well as the snow, I thought it'd be a good moment to remind myself of the mountain meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn . The purpose ...


Via Jenny Ebermann
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Mountains have strong and broad bases. There is a calmness that finds its way into our practice when we spread the load out.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 25, 3:40 PM

Feel yourself rooted in stillness. I don't think we realize how important that is some days.

 

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The Future of Professional Development Is Teacher Empowerment

The Future of Professional Development Is Teacher Empowerment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
During my time in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public School System developed toward what I believe is the future of professional development for teachers in the United States.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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The future of teacher education (a much different phenomenon than development) is responsible and autonomous teacher engagement which is a much different phenomenon than empowerment. Empowerment is given to us. Engagement is a choice and motivated through our interests.

 

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 17, 3:53 PM

Our schools are filled with expertise upon which we too often fail to capitalize.  This article provides insight into a district where this expertise was used.  This practice not only benefits the teachers viewing the PDAS, it validates the practice of the master teacher.  By reflecting upon their practice and the elements that are creating success in the classroom, the presenting teacher becomes more intentional. 

 

A knowledgable, "present" administration finds ways to shine spotlights upon professional excellence. Participating in teacher planning sessions and daily classroom walkthroughs allow administrators to identify exemplary practices and provide platforms for sharing thess practices.  They also set up systems for data collection and a culture of trust that encourages reflection  and allows teachers to share data and discuss their practices openly.

 

 

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Being a beginner | A Learning a Day

Being a beginner | A Learning a Day | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Linus J Fernandes
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Being a beginner is a humbling experience. I am reading Levinas and Arendt and they would agree with their understanding of anarchy and action.

 

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Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught In School

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught In School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Empathy: While the three previous categories refer to a person’s internal emotions, this one deals with the emotions of others. Empathy is the skill and practice of reading the emotions of others and responding appropriately...

 

Your emotions are only one half of all your relationships. It’s the half you focus on the most, sure, but that’s only because you hang out with yourself every day. All the other people that matter to you have their own set of feelings, desires, triggers and fears.

 

Empathy is your most important skill for navigating your relationships. Empathy is a life-long skill, but here are some tips you can use to practice empathy.

 

Shut up and listen: Take up a contrary position to your own:Don’t just know, try to understand: 

 

ERIC RAVENSCRAFT

 

 


Via Edwin Rutsch, Jocelyn Stoller, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Emotional intelligence is not something that is taught, but it is learnable and requires teachers. Teachers are role models and pedagogues who lead in this sense.

 

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The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A memo to the cardinals applies to executives as well.

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD, Roger Francis, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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This has a very Buddhist feel to it.

 

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 15, 9:11 AM

To avoid disease we must practice healthy living and continue to grow as individuals...

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Someone Calculated How Many Adjunct Professors Are on Public Assistance, and the Number Is Startling

Once in a while, someone publishes an article about adjunct professors who resort to food stamps in order to survive on the rock-bottom pay that so many college instructors are expected to live on. But until today, I had never seen a statistic summing up how many academics are actually...
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This extends to K-12 where many teachers are increasingly working part-time and having to take a second job.

 

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Problem Solving Versus Empathy

Problem Solving Versus Empathy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A classical relationship problem is the dichotomy between solving a problem and providing empathy. If you really want to understand this, spend two minutes and watch the awesome "It's Not About The Nail" video below...

 

If you are an entrepreneur, CEO, or VC take a moment and think. Do you ever focus on “empathy” rather than “problem solving.” If you want to see an example of this in action, watch Jerry Colonna’s brilliant interview with Jason Calacanis. There’s a lot of incredible things on display in this interview, including plenty of empathy.


Via Edwin Rutsch, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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The title reminded me of David Bohm, Richard Rohr, and Parker Palmer. Quite often, we treat paradox like problems and try to solve them rather than holding the tension paradox offers. Empathy calls for dialogue rather than assumptions.

 

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John Michel's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:35 PM

 If you are an entrepreneur, CEO, or VC take a moment and think. Do you ever focus on “empathy” rather than “problem solving.” If you want to see an example of this in action, watch Jerry Colonna’s brilliant interview with Jason Calacanis. There’s a lot of incredible things on display in this interview, including plenty of empathy.

Pål Dobrin's curator insight, July 4, 2013 3:13 AM

A lesson worth remembering for all you guys out there. It´s not about the nail. Hahahaha Funny and full of wisdom...

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Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram

Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There is a diagram floating around LinkedIn and Twitter that attempts to illustrate an individual's true 'purpose'. It's amusing to me, because it's short-sighted. It may even be delivering a disse...
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When I think of vocation, I think of it as a calling to take action through words and deeds. That calling engages me.

 

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Your College Professor Could Be On Public Assistance

Your College Professor Could Be On Public Assistance | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The professor at the head of your college classroom may be on food stamps.In search of cuts to their bottom line, American colleges and universities are usin...

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., ICTPHMS
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I wonder if this is not happening somewhat at K-12. In Alberta, a number of teachers are teaching part-time and work second jobs.

 

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Bicycling and Education: More on the Burden of the Impossible

Bicycling and Education: More on the Burden of the Impossible | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I have been both a serious educator and cyclist for around 30 years, and I am often struck how competitive group cycling offers us important lessons about how we tend to fail the promise of univers...
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This is an interesting analogy about cooperation and education.

 

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51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“"At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot”


Via Mark G Kirshner
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There are some great quotes involved from classic literature.

 

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ASCD EDge - Teaching Excellence: a foundation for academic success

ASCD EDge - Teaching Excellence: a foundation for academic success | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge

Via Avi Bossewitch
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The last sentence, model it and they will follow, is a great summary.

 

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My fantasy curriculum for secondary school - The Guardian

My fantasy curriculum for secondary school - The Guardian | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I would follow the ancient Greeks and implement a whole way of living

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Putting philosophy at the heart of a curriculum is important. I hope it is practical and contains wisdom in an Aristotelian manner, that than in a Platonic way.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings: Modern Learning Environments/ Privatization of Education/ICT Report/ creativity and lots more!

leading and learning: Education Readings: Modern Learning Environments/ Privatization of Education/ICT Report/ creativity and lots more! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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What does it mean to give students access to technology?

 

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Cynicism and Experience – Interpreted Dance

Cynicism and Experience – Interpreted Dance | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Be experienced, not cynical.

Via Linus J Fernandes
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Experience and context work together.

 

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Education Readings April 17th

Education Readings April 17th | 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 This week’s homework!   Report debunks ‘earlier is better’ academic instru...
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How do we get students into nature is a provocative and important question. It is an article worth reading.

 

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Teaching and the Fear of a Mistake

Teaching and the Fear of a Mistake | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Teaching. No other profession is so closely watched for mistakes. Of course, I realize why- we are in charge of America’s future and it is a very important job.


Via ICTPHMS, Luciana Viter
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We use grades and marks to judge forgetting about the complexity of teaching and learning.

 

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Learning with 'e's: The numbers game

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We use grades of any form in large part because that is the way things have been done. As well, those outside the classroom use them as a means to judge teachers and how they teach.

 

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Advice to young teachers: what I wish I had been told

Advice to young teachers: what I wish I had been told | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
#youngerteacherself Yesterday I saw at Joanna Malefaki’s blog the #youngerteacherself challenge. It is about, as you may suspect, advice to your younger you. I love these challenges. In fact, my ve...

Via Luciana Viter
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The article has great advice. Treat your body like a temple stands out. That means doing what is good for the body and soul.

 

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New Blogging Series: “New Leadership in the New Economy: Diversity Matters”

New Blogging Series: “New Leadership in the New Economy: Diversity Matters” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Leadership is no longer defined by years spent in the industry, seniority with the company or the number of gray hairs on our heads. Innovation and social strategies play an increasing role in who wins – and who gets left behind. Often by necessity, leadership is getting younger, stronger and more diverse


Via John Lasschuit ®™
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I suspect diversity has always mattered. Perhaps we are more aware of that need. What I find intriguing is how often diversity is shut down in the echo chambers we call organizations.

 

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Here's What These Inspirational Quotes Are Really Saying

Here's What These Inspirational Quotes Are Really Saying | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Like that one friend on Facebook who won't stop posting them, these inspirational quotes need a healthy dose of reality.

Listen, everyone could use a few words of encouragement from time to time and sometimes these quotes and their inspirational i...

Via Suvi Salo
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Nature is a great place to just be. It cannot be reached virtually.

 

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What You Can Learn From Albert Einstein on Creativity and Work Ethic

What You Can Learn From Albert Einstein on Creativity and Work Ethic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
'Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.'

Via Creativity For Life, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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We can learn from those who went before us. It is important to engage them in conversation.

 

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What Is A Personal Learning Network?

What Is A Personal Learning Network? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Is A Personal Learning Network?

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Bert Frissen
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I wonder if there is such a thing as a personal teaching network? Or, are there non-personal networks?

 

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Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, March 10, 6:11 PM

A nice introductin (through brief text and a short video) to Personal Learning Networks.  If you wondered what they are and if they are for you, here's a good place to start.

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 12, 10:58 PM

I like this idea particularly for online. Seeing online groups as PLN's would take us away from a lot that's simply pontificating and self-obsessed boring.

 

Nothing online should take the place of an in person master-mind group http://blog.ianberry.biz/2015/04/how-are-you-embracing-third-mind.html

Miguel Damiani's curator insight, April 17, 8:52 PM

Bien...todos debemos estar dispuestos a crear nuestra propia red de aprendizaje, porque el aprendizaje es constante y para siempre...

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Great Reasons You Need to Trust Your Employees

Great Reasons You Need to Trust Your Employees | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Do you trust your employees? I mean really trust them. Are they able to make decisions on their own? Do they feel confident trying something new for the organization or proposing original ideas? Do they feel like they can tell you "NO" if "NO" is the best answer? You and I both know that there is a difference between leadership and micromanagement. While many leaders might be great at ‘letting go’ in some ways, it is taking that giant leap to fully trusting your employees that will bring you to the top.


Via Steve Krogull, Atisy Joëlle
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I found many leaders, who are really managers, did not trust teachers and set up systems rather than relationships.

 

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