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Good, Better, Best Leadership

Good, Better, Best Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be a good leader or a better leader or a best leader? Some of these steps might just get you to reach your best leadership. (When we invest in people, we are investing in our leadership.

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I think the best do all three of the things outlined in the article. They are present, involved without micro-managing, and build healthy relationships.

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(From the article): Then there are those leaders who realize that the greatest way to lead is by connecting to people and building authentic relationships. These are the best leaders, as they understand the meaning of open and trusting relationships. Their priority is empowering others to leverage their talents and abilities because high performing team members create high performing teams. They spend time getting to know what makes people tick and what they truly care about. - See more at: http://terriklassconsulting.com/2013/10/29/good-better-best-leadership/#sthash.vLBKDVdk.dpuf

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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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

We All Used to Be Geniuses - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
ThomasLife via FlickrTo adults learning a second language, it hardly seems fair: As they stumble their way through conjugation…

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Humans had to be geniuses to survive.

 

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Education Reform: Pedagogy First, Technology Second

Education Reform: Pedagogy First, Technology Second | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Reform: ‘Pedagogy First, Technology Second’ “Pedagogy is the driver, technology the accelerator.” This popular thought has been making the rounds on social media, instilling the importance...

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Pedagogy and curricula wrap together. It is in complex and complicated conversations we sort out the right tool for the people and situations at hand.

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Mark Rasi's curator insight, December 21, 9:22 PM

An important message that pedagogy is our focus rather than technology. Also there is no single 21C learning model or solution, nor is there one teaching strategy (eg flipped learning) that will transform the effectiveness of our practice. Individually reflecting on the big questions will provide multiple solutions that will suit our own context.

The Educationist's curator insight, December 23, 11:32 PM

An interesting take on pedagogy. One of our contributors Jozef Colpaert argues neither pedagogy nor technology should come first, rather teachers should be designers. Read and compare his article here: https://www.openlearning.com/educationist/NorTechnologyNorPedagogyShouldComeFirstInDesign0 ;

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 8:23 AM

There is some true to "pedagogy first, technology second" and there are some sound observations. Then it becomes a bit of a commercial for a platform of which I'd never heard and which I've not yet explored. Even so, the questions are good and I applaud the recommendation for a pilot program, especially for new and potentially expensive technology. Figuring it out and making sure it works as advertised and expected, and that teachers can use it effectively makes a lot of sense. I might suggest spending some time with your PLC and IT person/team to formulate the best answers for your school to those questions and determining which technology to pilot.

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If you were to Start a School from Scratch....

If you were to Start a School from Scratch.... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, I had many conversations with colleagues and teacher friends what it would be like to start, build, run and work at our own school. What would we do different in "our" scho...
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We started a small school and were told that we could not call it a school. It was different and thus threatened the status quo at the bureaucratic, administrative, and classroom levels. New Brunswick might do something different than Alberta.

 

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Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US

Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Patricia Williams: The rise in academic book bannings and firings is compounded by the US's growing disregard for scholarship itself


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It is an impressive list of banned authors and books. Fear instigates this process and there is more than one way to ban books and ideas. Bosses who dictate and order their teachers is similar.

 

This has been happening for years.

 

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Sharrock's curator insight, December 24, 6:50 AM
excerpt: " The court found that the content of Evans-Marshall's teachings concerned matters "of political, social or other concern to the community" and that her interest in free expression outweighed certain other interests belonging to the school "as an employer." But, fatally, the court concluded that "government employees… are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes." While the sixth circuit allowed that Evans-Marshall may have been treated "shabbily", it still maintained (quoting from another opinion) that "when a teacher teaches, 'the school system does not "regulate" [that] speech as much as it hires that speech. Expression is a teacher's stock in trade, the commodity she sells to her employer in exchange for a salary.'" Thus, the court concluded, it is the "educational institution that has a right to academic freedom, not the individual teacher."
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My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com

My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When I started writing my book on leadership, The Virgin Way, I openly admitted that I’ve never read a leadership advice book. However, I have picked up some useful leadership tips from some brilliant minds along the way. Here are 10 of my favourite quotes on how to be a great leader. 


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Grace Hopper and Lao Tzu on the same list is inspiring.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 24, 8:48 AM

A nice list of leadership quotes.

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There is no language instinct – Vyvyan Evans – Aeon

There is no language instinct – Vyvyan Evans – Aeon | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For decades, the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong
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Learning language has challenged many great minds i.e Whitehead, Derrida, Chomsky, etc. It likely will continue to do so. That is the power of questions about language.

 

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Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity.

Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What will make your life quest meaningful? Will peace be present? Will you have the courage to be authentic?

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Being consistent in words and actions is important. This is especially true in classrooms.

 

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Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know — PsyBlog

Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know — PsyBlog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Here are two trainable personal qualities which predict success four times more than intelligence.

 

"Being open to experience and conscientious is four times more important than intelligence in predicting academic success, a new research review finds.

 

"People who are open to experience are more likely to be imaginative, sensitive to their feelings, intellectually curious and seekers of variety.

 

"Conscientious people, meanwhile, are disciplined, dutiful and good at planning ahead."


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When we experience the world, we have an opportunity to be intuitive and connect with phenomena we encounter differently.

 

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Winter Solstice 2014: Each Child, Each Student a Sacred Trust

Winter Solstice 2014: Each Child, Each Student a Sacred Trust | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
That's me in the corner. "Losing My Religion," R.E.M. The Christmas season has always been the lowest point of the year for me. It has taken years and years to figure out all the elements, and comi...
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Derrida suggested presence indicates absence exists and vice versa. The same can be said about teaching and learning. They are inextricably intertwined.

 

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The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success? - Huffington Post

The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success? - Huffington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Effects of socio-economic status on educational outcomes can be mitigated, and this can be done on a whole-school and system-wide basis by the very people and the same schools where low performance was once the norm.

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These three points seem important to the supposed turn-around:

 

Supporting and mentoring the principal as instructional leader by focusing on the further development of core leadership capacities, practices and competencies;Providing job-embedded professional learning for staff with a focus on improvement and enhancement of teaching and learning, including providing time for staff to learn from each other;Improving achievement outcomes for students, particularly those who do not appear to be on track to graduate.

 

I say supposed, because when we look inside the numbers this is not Canadian and their are communities left out. What does it mean to graduate?

 

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I believe in the 70:20:10 framework

I believe in the 70:20:10 framework | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Charles Jennings promotes a 70:20:10 framework for organizational learning, where on-the-job experiential/informal learning and social learning represent the preponderance of each employee’s overall learning. Only 10% is from formal learning activities.

 

The reason this framework works is that it more or less reflects what’s actually true for employees in the typical workplace. Formal education has its place in preparing people for the workplace. Once those people become employees, they have a job to get done. People aren’t hired to learn, they’re hired to increase productivity or capability. There are productivity expectations and organizational needs to be met.

 


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School is a challenging place to learn to be a teacher. We are often isolated and it is difficult to learn informally.

 

The concept is great and it takes effort to put it in place.

 

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 20, 3:40 PM

Agente de Cambio Que ayuda a Fortalecer el foco cultural de ... Alto Rendimiento y desarrollo continuo ...I believe in the 70:20:10 framework | @scoopit via @edumorfosis http://sco.lt/...

june holley's curator insight, December 21, 8:28 AM

True for networks too?

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65 Quotes That Will Dare You to Do Great Things

65 Quotes That Will Dare You to Do Great Things | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

If we are to do great things we must always be motivated to take bold risks. If you're feeling timid or uncertain, find the inspiration to do what you are meant to do


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Lao Tzu and Mark Twain begin the list.

 

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kelvinsmim's curator insight, December 19, 11:29 PM

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The Power of Not Yet by @TeacherToolkit

The Power of Not Yet by @TeacherToolkit | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is a blog about The Power of Not Yet and how the 'Not Yet' theory may be applied in your classroom tomorrow! I am introducing this assessment philosophy into my own classroom throughout 2015 a...

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This is an interesting summary about keeping the doors and windows open for learning to happen.

 

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Expert advice is overrated

Expert advice is overrated | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Lots of people claim to be 'experts' who can help your startup. Here's how to know if that so-called expert advice is really worth paying for.

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It is, because it is usually coming from external sources and is theoretical and impractical.

 

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

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I am not as convinced some of these are happening and we are entering the 15th year of the 21st Century.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 8:31 AM

One of the greatest disruptions to higher education is the change in K-12 education. As K-12 classroom teachers introduce more digital learning, integrate blended and flipped learning, provide more opportunities for PBL, and help students push the limits of their possibilities, K-12 students are going to have greater expectations for their collegiate experience. If this is the future for the K-12 classroom, just imagine what the future of the higher education learning space should be.

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Seth's Blog: The meritocracy trap

Seth's Blog: The meritocracy trap | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This recent quote from an early PayPal exec is absurd: “If meritocracy exists anywhere on earth, it is in Silicon Valley.” It's pretty common for successful people to imagine that their success is solely the result of merit. It's more...

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Humans love hierarchies and organize themselves accordingly. Jacques Ranciere wrote about the desire to create intellectual inferiority and superiority rankings which work against equality.

 

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A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (Illustrated)

A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (Illustrated) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Inspired by questions from my last article, How Mindful Children React Different to Challenges, about how to actually teach mindfulness to kids, I’m putting out a new weekly post with FUN mindfulness exercises for the family.


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These are excellent for adults as well. Imagine sounding like a bee in the middle of a staff meeting?

 

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Creativity in Education Quotes

23 quotes that support focusing on creativity in education.


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I enjoy a good quote and there are 23 here.

 

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Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year | Dave's Educational Blog

Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year | Dave's Educational Blog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are many categories of students and learning. It is more complex than some who care and some who don't. How much do they care is important, as well. Teaching is about inviting and re-inviting students into their learning.

 

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Can character be taught at school? - Telegraph

Can character be taught at school? - Telegraph | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our definitions of educational success vary. So too do our definitions of "character". Can you really teach something that is so individual, asks Eleanor Doughty

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I think it can be learned. Teachers provide powerful role models and their behaviour is important in this learning.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 23, 12:41 AM

In a day public school its difficult,  and my experience is mostly with therapeutic boarding schools, created specifically for character education, emotional growth and therapy along with academics.  The following links to a discussion with a head of school, Maryann Campbell of Glenholm School in Connecticut, who described several things they do that could be applied even in a public school.  http://ow.ly/Gk6qJ 

  -Lon

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The Importance of Music and Creativity in the Autism Community | The Art of Autism

The Importance of Music and Creativity in the Autism Community | The Art of Autism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Through music autistic people can show their creative gifts. Performing and practice for workshops allows friendships to develop

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Music provides creative spaces for all learners.

 

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The Holy Grade: School Leadership is a Dangerous Business

The Holy Grade: School Leadership is a Dangerous Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There is a link that takes one to the original post.

 

“Those who implement changes in assessment, grading, professional practices and policies risk not only confrontation, but also unpopularity, social isolation, public humiliation, and ultimately, even their livelihoods.”


I experienced the isolation for many years without even being aware of it. Being different in School is not a good place to be.


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How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge - HBR

How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge - HBR | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

". . .people who have been mentored themselves are much more likely to mentor others. In essence, a culture of mentoring becomes self-perpetuating."

 


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I suspect the opening paragraph summarizes many realities. Most people want to translate "their knowledge" into some form of remuneration.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 20, 5:23 PM

It's not just leaving a legacy, but mentoring others and ensuring that what one has learned and established is passed on to others as a foundation for continuing to build means that the organization can continue to be healthy and productive.

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Teaching without Knowing, and Finding Problems to Solve

Teaching without Knowing, and Finding Problems to Solve | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
(Originally posted on the Edunautics blog) I've already written about one of the key paradigm shifts that I think needs to happen in education: education needs to be real. See "Online Education is ...
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Education in a sense has to do with the concept Bildung which is a forming process. We are being and becoming more skilled in the forming as we become more sensitive to the learning that is happening.

 

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How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated)

How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

One thing I know from my work is that mindful children react differently to challenges. To show you exactly what I mean, I've created a few illustrations....


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This would be helpful in classrooms.

 

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