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Leading a significant life

Leading a significant life | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Deep within each one of us there is an inner desire to live a life of significance and contribution. Each one of us, is longing for a better future. We want to make a difference.


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Learning, leading, and life are invariably intertwined.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 14, 2013 7:58 AM

(From the article): No one wants to spend their lifetime doing something unimportant. People want to do something that matters.  People want significance in their life. When we strive for success in life, we ask, “How can I add value to myself?”  When we want significance we need to ask, “How can I add value to others?” Instead of asking what others can do for me, we need to ask what we can I do for others.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:07 AM

Excellent perspective!

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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, 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 ;)
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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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Crime: Schools could be part of the solution - but may be part of the problem

Anger is often a part of, and a driving force in violent crimes. Anxiety, depression, shame and guilt drive alcohol and drug related crimes. Behavior always follows emotions. Behavior starts and
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How do teachers help children who struggle? School is often seen as something separate from life. They are combined and provide variety in life.

 

School has long required a significant overhaul. It remains a product of archaic thinking run for economic purposes rather than than communal and human purposes. Quite often, decisions about children and adults are made without the benefit of conversation with those closest to the daily action.

 

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10 Ways To Make Your Own Damn Sunshine.

10 Ways To Make Your Own Damn Sunshine. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We can create our own piece of sunshine, one conscious shift at a time.
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Attitude is an important component to being in the world and being present to living.

 

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Why Learning From Mistakes Is Overrated

Why Learning From Mistakes Is Overrated | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The common belief is that we learn valuable lessons from our mistakes. But what if we’ve got it backwards? Do we exaggerate the benefits of our failures? And undervalue the power of our successes?
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Paying attention and being present to success and mistakes are the keys to moving forward in living.

 

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Beginning (again)

Beginning (again) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here we are on the cusp of the true New Year again, at …
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Having a great first day each day is a great summary to what teaching can be.

 

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2 Great Techniques for the Flipped Classroom

2 Great Techniques for the Flipped Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Inspire more student engagement in a flipped class with these two pedagogy-driven methods.

Via EDTC@UTB, Roger Francis, Dean J. Fusto, Suvi Salo
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These can be used in unflipped classrooms as well

 

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Jo Blannin - Innovative Learning's curator insight, August 26, 5:22 PM

Great article to get started with Flipped Learning. The idea that an 1800's classroom has no real discernible difference to todays classrooms is challenging to say the least! Enjoy this easy read :0)

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Top ten ways to start with “maker education” | Invent To Learn

Top ten ways to start with “maker education” | Invent To Learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"This is possibly the question I hear most frequently – “Where do I start incorporating making in my classroom?” I wish there was a single, simple answer! But here are a couple of ideas of where to start."


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Quite often we are not inventing. We are extending what students understand already.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 24, 2:31 PM

Learn more:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


Silverback Learning's curator insight, August 25, 9:39 AM

Some good ideas!

Michail Darley's curator insight, August 25, 4:27 PM

Want to add some oomph to project possibilities?

There is a succinct summary of the 'maker education' idea and a lot of useful links (some free video training sites).

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Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early

Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the day may help teens get more rest.


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This is something that the supposed movers and shakers involved in "School reform" should focus and change.

 

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12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014)

12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Jenny Edwards, PhD For all of you new teachers out there (and also those who have been in the profession for a while now), I wish you years of success, as you are in the greatest position of all— the position to influence the lives of many students. Right now, your current focus is probably on how to have a successful first few weeks of school. What might be the best ways to spend your time as you are preparing for the school year to start? What are some things you should keep in mind once the students arrive and class begins? Here are 12 tips for success as you begin your career (or school year) and continue growing in the teaching profession. Familiarize yourself with your school district’s website before school starts. Become familiar with the curriculum you will be using and learn about the district policies. Get to know your colleagues and begin to develop a good working relationship with them. Have the attitude of a learner. Be willing to share your ideas with them and be willing to learn from them. Get to know other school personnel, such as the secretaries, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Go out of your way to greet them. Seek out mentors. Identify people from whom you would especially like to learn and get to know them. Set up a classroom management system from the beginning of the year. Ask your colleagues what works for them and use ideas from your teacher training. Know exactly how you will manage the students the minute they walk in the door and use these strategies consistently throughout the year. Create lessons and materials for the first week of school prior to the start of school so that you will know exactly what you are going to do and will have everything ready to go. Think through when students will be turning in major assignments and stagger the due dates. Build positive relationships with your students by smiling, getting to know them, and treating them with respect. Build positive relationships with the parents of your students by making positive phone calls to them in the first several weeks of school. Introduce yourself, say something positive about their child, and let them know that you are looking forward to working with them and their child. Make sure they know how they can contact you and when you will be available. Make use of small bits of time throughout the day. If you have five extra minutes, what might you be able to accomplish? Call the parent immediately should an incident occur to explain what happened. People usually believe the first person they hear. Be sure to inform your principal as well. Ask yourself empowering questions throughout the day, such as “How can I help each of my students to enjoy learning today?” or “How can I build a positive relationship with each student?” Find more resources for heading back to school on ASCD's website. For more from Jenny Edwards, check out her new publication Time To Teach: How Do I Get Organized And Work Smarter?.

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The idea that returning teachers need to do many things similar to new teachers is important.

 

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University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan

 

We spend years teaching our children to share. Yet from the moment students enter academia, we discourage it. Lock up your work in prestigious subscription journals; keep your data close to your chest; compete instead of collaborate – these are the messages transmitted by peers and mentors. These are the tenets of our unhealthy academic culture. We need to change our priorities.


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Sharing our research is important, but forgoing vigor in publishing could be problematic. For example, what makes an open source published article strong? There is a a need to explore something different that allows publication, openness, and vigor.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 24, 12:48 PM

Open Education = Open Research?  Research behind the paywall vs research delivered by keyword search on Google or Bing?

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Research and Global Open Access Initiatives

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Do principals' classroom visits help student learning?

Do principals' classroom visits help student learning? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Principals say “instructional leadership” is important, but what does that mean? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham praises a new study that recorded how 100 principals spent their time during the school day.  Principals averaged 12.6 percent of their time on activities related to instruction, including classroom walkthroughs (5.4 percent) and formal teacher evaluation (2.4 percent).


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In a word the answer is no in my experience. I did not want to be visited by people who spent little time teaching and did not want to be teachers themselves. It is counterproductive.

 

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

Via Alexandra Duarte, Dean J. Fusto
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I think these are good ideas. The help students function in the moment preparing them for the future.

 

Do we teach tolerance? Or is it learned?

 

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Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors

Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?  Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that! 


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The article provides some insight into the importance of long-term relationships. Does it mean mentoring? Perhaps not. Perhaps it means being there down the road for students to touch bases with.

 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 24, 6:02 AM

Find yourself a mentor, teacher or coach ...

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Los Profesores de Como Líderes, mentores y Entrenadores.

Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, August 27, 1:03 AM

Magnífica reflexión para iniciar el nuevo curso.

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Returning to optimism

Returning to optimism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This week I received two doses of idealism, which made me realize I'd sunk into something like pessimism of late.  As a result I'm more optimistic about the future, despite everything. The first jo...
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When we lose sight of people and see School through an economic lens we are sunk. That is a strong conclusion in the article. Despite this, School continues to be driven by a neo-liberal agenda.

 

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Education Readings August 29

Education Readings August 29 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Buon giorno from Siena, Italy. It's a tough life but I am coping .... I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allan.alach@ihug.co.nz. This week’s...
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There are more great articles linked to the post. The Dewey article stood out for me. His work and that of others i.e. Montessori, Whitehead, Bruner, etc. can be helpful in rapidly changing times.

 

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Silence is the Mother of Existence.

Silence is the Mother of Existence. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Surrounding the thinking mind is a field of Silence. In this field, we sense and feel a presence that is both us and larger than us–it encompasses everything.
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We learn more in silence than we do in speaking. In listening, not to defend or answer, but to simply listen we hear what the world has to say.

 

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What Digital Accelerates #LeadershipDay14

What Digital Accelerates #LeadershipDay14 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This post is my contribution to Leadership Day 2014. #154397882 / gettyimages.com   The term is thrown around in circles often and it is something that I have focused on in my work with studen...
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It was not made clear what term is being referred to, but that seems acceptable in the digital world.

 

I just read James Hillman who challenged the way we use the words good and bad as part of simplistic moral instruction. What does it mean to be good or bad? Kwame Appiah suggested those who make good and bad into lessons to be taught rather than the interplay of daily life are turning wine into water.

 

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Seth's Blog: The wasteful fraud of sorting for youth meritocracy

Seth's Blog: The wasteful fraud of sorting for youth meritocracy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Sorry, you didn't make the team. We did the cuts today." "We did play auditions all day yesterday, and so many people turned out, there just wasn't a role for you. We picked people who were more talented." "You're on...
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It seems meritocracy is sold to us as a way of preparing students for the world where unfairness simply exists. Quite often, it is not about the best at something, but about those who want people who agree with them. This begins in School.

 

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Quote Slides - Nice collection to use with your classes

Quote Slides - Nice collection to use with your classes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Free quote slides, quotes ready for powerpoint

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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There are some interesting quotes. It is interesting to see one from Skinner.

 

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How to Achieve "Flow" in Your Work

How to Achieve "Flow" in Your Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You want to be experiencing “flow.” It’s when you’re so wrapped up in what you’re doing that the world fades away: Flow is the mental…

Via VISÃO\\VI5I0NTHNG, Sílvia Dias
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Flow is some important in teaching and learning. Immersing one's self in our "work" is incredible.

 

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Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning?

Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Test how well you know some of these counterintuitive study tips.

Via Dr Peter Carey
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The art of learning is the flip side of the coin with the art of teaching on it.

 

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School Starts Too Early

School Starts Too Early | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto
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Why don't we change? This is something so-called reformers can change if they have the will.

 

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We knew this, didn't we?  Adolescent brain research supports it.

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We often take school schedules as being fixed without questioning why they are as they are and if they meet the needs of our students.   Looking at the needs and natural dispositions of student as the basis for planning can lead to some very interesting innovations in how, where, and when we teach and learn.

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Make a Mark By Establishing Classroom Procedures

Make a Mark By Establishing Classroom Procedures | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I'm not here to just to mark papers. I'm not here to leave a mark in a negative way. I'm in this classroom to forever make a mark on the lives of the students within my care and trust. But to get t...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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I learned an incredible amount from kindergarten and primary teachers about establishing routine and its importance.

 

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The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart

The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By: Salman Khan
Join the #YouCanLearnAnything movement


My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word

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I was an early reader and yet I did not read. I memorized what older brothers and parents read to me from the picture book. I could repeat the story verbatim. I am not sure a five year old not recognizing the word gratefully is a problem. Where will they be as a reader later is the key.

 

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WeAreTeachers: Get to Know a Middle Schooler

WeAreTeachers: Get to Know a Middle Schooler | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Getting to know your new middle-school students goes more smoothly when you ask the right questions. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Asking and answering questions is part of the larger conversation of getting to know each other.

 

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10 Simple Ways for Principals to Show Teachers Appreciation

10 Simple Ways for Principals to Show Teachers Appreciation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

We always make it a point to honor our teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Day, but we know that trying to cram all of our appreciation into a single day can feel slightly disingenuous to teachers. Rather than wait for May to roll around again, we’d like to share 10 simple ways principals can recognize teachers throughout the year.


Via Patti Kinney, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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Daily, genuine appreciation is an important consideration. Simply thanking teachers for their work is a great way. We rely too much on those one-off days i.e. teacher appreciation days. What if we made a point of paying attention and thanking teachers regularly? That might provide a different element to important adult relationships in School.

 

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