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This article explores what metacognition is, why it is important and how it develops in children. It argues that teachers need to help children develop metacognitive awareness, and identifies the factors which enhance metacognitive development. Metacognitive thinking is a key element in the transfer of learning. The child's development of metacognitive skills is defined as meta-learning. Meta-teaching strategies can help mediate the metacognitive skills of children, help to stimilate children's metacognitive thinking. The article draws upon reserch currently being undertaken in London schools on raising achievement in thinking and learning through developing the metacognition of children as learners in schools.

 


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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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How Much Practice is Too Much?

How Much Practice is Too Much? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

By Annie Murphy Paul Why do I have to keep practicing? I know it already!” That’s the familiar wail of a child seated at the piano or in front of the mu


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Once we think we have mastered something, the enjoyment of practice and performing continues to help develop the skill.

 

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Sharrock's curator insight, December 16, 6:35 PM
This has been the argument for practicing technical skills as one becomes an artist.
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Keep on practicing, even after it seems the task has been learned. ~ Neuroscience study.

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leading and learning: End of year survey – tapping the wisdom of your class/school/community

leading and learning: End of year survey – tapping the wisdom of your class/school/community | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Notice the questions about people were asked about who they were, not what they were.

 

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14 Witty Jokes for the Grammar Nerd in Your Life

14 Witty Jokes for the Grammar Nerd in Your Life | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If you get a kick out of grammar jokes, you'll love this list of 14 of our favorites.

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Humour always helps.

 

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Top 3 Journal Selectors for PhD Students | Hazman Labs, Inc.

Top 3 Journal Selectors for PhD Students | Hazman Labs, Inc. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We understand that finding a suitable journal might be a tough phase for most of us to locate and publish.

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I will keep this handy for future articles. I have a couple in the folder right now.

 

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Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers

Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
'Don’t tell us that you know more about good instruction than we do." And six other things.

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Reform the way it is done is about external ordering of what goes on in classrooms and fails to engage teachers, their teaching, and student learning.

 

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leading and learning: Educational Readings - student centred inquiry learning and the importance of making things

leading and learning: Educational Readings - student centred inquiry learning and the importance of making things | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The Khan Academy article/video raises the important question asked in Alan's article: "Are digital technologies the holy grail(s) of School?" Like all tools, they are only useful when well-used and that suggests teaching, albeit continuously changing pedagogic practices, is important. This raises the question about what teaching is?

 

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US Department of Education "Cures" Children with Disabilities

US Department of Education "Cures" Children with Disabilities | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Why is it that the USDOE hates children with disabilities so much that it would pursue a regulation taking all of that away?

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Every child has their particular gifts and abilities. What can we do to tap into those? This is relational and classroom focused rather than regulated from afar.

 

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Networks, Organizations and Movements

Networks, Organizations and Movements | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When thinking about social change movements, networks teach us that it all comes down to the human connection.

Via Don Dea, David Hain, Dean J. Fusto, Suvi Salo
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Do we have influence? I am not as convinced we do. We have access to more people, but that does not guarantee influence.

 

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 13, 1:26 AM

technology plays a critical role in maintaining connections and enabling loosely coupled collaboration across large numbers of people. Mobile phones, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook play critically important roles in helping these new, more networked movements to stay coordinated with minimal organizational overhead.

David Hain's curator insight, December 13, 6:16 AM

Become a citizen of the world to make it a better place.  After all, we're all human...

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Study Shows How Toxic Bosses Wreck Teamwork

Study Shows How Toxic Bosses Wreck Teamwork | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What if you were on a team of six people who had been toiling for two months to organize a company retreat and just as everything was coming together, you and your colleagues came into work on a Tuesday morning to find a group email from the boss that said [...]

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The challenge with toxic bosses, besides the fact they are around, is they threaten any possibility of community.

 

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george_reed's curator insight, December 12, 12:35 PM

The evidence continues to mount, but are those who have the power and authority to make decisions about key positions and development programs acting accordingly?

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Accountability for the Top 95 Percent

Accountability for the Top 95 Percent | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Moving to a focus on evidence-based reform will not solve all of the contentious issues about accountability, but it could help us focus the reform conversation on how to move forward the top 95% of teachers and schools -- the ones who teach 95% of...

Via Mel Riddile, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Lynnette Van Dyke
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Tests are only one small way of gathering data. Teacher observations and experiences are a larger source.

 

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Great Leaders Develop People

Great Leaders Develop People | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The ability to actually develop people over time is one of the most significant differences between leaders and managers. Managers have the mindset to do the best they can with the people they have, while leaders learn how to take the people they have and make them better. Most experienced leaders and coaches know that the best way to begin to influence people’s perceptions of themselves is to affirm their talents and value gradually and very persistently. Most people are not used to another person looking at them and actually seeing more talent and more upside than everyone else perceives. This is exactly what exceptional leaders do.


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Leadership and pedagogy have similar qualities. Pedagogy is leading students forward and letting them go as they gain the skills that allow them to do so. Leading is always about people and relationships.

 

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Tracy Spears. What exceptional #leaders do.

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Philosophy: Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy, glamorous. 

 

Watch this wonderful video from The School of Life for a short introduction to Sartre. Speaker: Alain de Botton. 

 


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I don't scoop many video, but Sartre is an interest of mine as his work was in phenomenology which is the way I am approaching my dissertation.

 

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Why Soft Skills Are Anything But Soft

Why Soft Skills Are Anything But Soft | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As the workplace becomes more virtual and collaborative, soft skills training is vital to the success of an organization.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Suvi Salo
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The soft skills noted i.e. communicating are hard to learn and get us into complexity and messiness. They are not concrete and quantifiable therefore we discount them not for hard skills but skills we think we can count.

 

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Our Weekly Conversation about Teaching and Learning

Our Weekly Conversation about Teaching and Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In this the final post for 2014, I wanted to say thanks to those of you who take time to add comments after the posts. I don’t respond because I’ve had my say.

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The article raises an interesting question: "Do we know how to talk about teaching?"

 

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Collective intelligence

Collective intelligence | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Collective intelligence exists as a natural property of the living, and it has become a new research discipline. This entry article will give you an overview.

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This looks a deep article with a need to explore the links provided.

 

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5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development

5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Today, professional development runs the gamut from one-shot workshops to more intensive job-embedded professional development, which has teachers learn in the day-to-day environment in which they work rather than getting pulled out to attend an outside training. However, the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education report, “Teaching the Teachers,” notes that most professional development today is ineffective because it neither changes teaching practices nor improves student learning.


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I wonder if teachers working together and cooperatively might not work. The best professional learning is in the classroom with both students and peers.

 

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Andrew Hockley's curator insight, December 16, 7:49 AM

This is not from an ELT context, but there's a lot of valuable stuff in this article.  Recommended

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James Baldwin: "It’s a trauma because it’s such a traumatized society"

James Baldwin: "It’s a trauma because it’s such a traumatized society" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Thomas Merton, the Trappist Monk, said we call it "falling in love" because it involves the risk of being hurt. All love is unconditional and carries the real possibility of pain.

 

Would it not be nice to live in a world where the world accepted our love for what it is?

 

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As a young child I loved Dot to Dots, joining the seemingly random patterns to reveal a recognisable image. I loved to try to work out what the dots were going to magically transform into by connecting them via ...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Suvi Salo
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The beauty of connecting the dots is there are dots we are always becoming aware of. Just as we think we have got them all, more pop up.

 

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David Hain's curator insight, December 14, 6:08 AM

“It takes a village to raise a child” ~ Jim Laney.  Connecting with others for learning.

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What to Do If You’re Smarter than Your Boss

What to Do If You’re Smarter than Your Boss | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“Find something to respect.”


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I reminded them of it on a regular basis. It kept me busy. Today, I regret not having asked different questions.

 

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Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students

Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
From Jackie Gerstein's resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we'd like to instill in our students. The post also includes a long, helpful list of resources for everything from how to help students develop hope, to encouraging empathy and social and emotional skills, to how to foster grit, tenacity and perseverance: an educator's guide.

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We should value the student as a person and individual, their singular nature.

 

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More Mindfulness, Please: On Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

More Mindfulness, Please: On Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The time is now. We as teachers need it. Our students need it. Our quick-fix, fast-paced society of more and now needs it....

Via Mika Auramo
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This article is written from the teacher's perspective and working with children.

 

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5 Questions You Should Ask Your Principal

In my opinion, the principal is probably the most important job in an educational organization.  There are many studies that reiterate this, but I think it is that they have the most authority closest to kids.  It is not to say that teachers aren’t important; they are absolutely vital.  But a great principal will help to develop great teachers, and a weak principal will do the opposite. They also tend to push great teachers out of schools, although most of the time unintentionally.  Bad leaders tend to drive away great talent.  A great teacher can become even better with a great principal.  As the very wise Todd Whitaker says “when the principal sneezes, the whole school gets a cold.”

 


Via Patti Kinney, Suvi Salo
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These are important questions, but they presuppose that there will be a conversation based around them. My experience with the principals I had was there was no such thing as a conversation. It was one-sided.

 

What is interesting in this post is the idea that someone not in the classroom would or would not know something about teaching. That is implied in the 2nd questions commentary. What about those who spent little or no time in the classroom?

 

A final point is I am not a Covey advocate. Yes, I agree that character is important. Credibility is part of character. What does that mean? Who defines character? Again, the principals I worked for and I worked for them, not with them, lacked character in some ways and not in other ways.

 

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Better Together: Parenting a Child in an Independent School

Better Together:  Parenting a Child in an Independent School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
While all good schools work to meet the needs of every child, it can seem as if demanding "squeaky-wheel" parents get more attention than those who quietly try to follow school protocol. Yet how much of our protocol is explicit? Who helps p...

Via Linda Alexander
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I worked closely with parents, but, when it is not the cultural norm, it is resented. An independent school has some advantages in breaking free from repressive norms.

 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, December 12, 7:43 AM

This is sound parenting advice for anyone....public school, boys and girls.  It just happens to be coming from Ann Klotz, Laurel School headmistress...a gem!

 

Linda Alexander's curator insight, December 12, 7:44 AM

Ann Klotz is one of my favorite heads of school.  This works for any parent in any school...and for boys as well as girls.

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If teachers know best about professional learning… let's follow their lead. | CTQ

If teachers know best about professional learning… let's follow their lead. | CTQ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

But most principals just don’t know how to implement the kind of PD that matters, having had little preparation or support to do so.


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I found the teacher-principal gap was a product of a lack of understanding about professional learning. Teachers want something that helps them in their day-to-day work. I experienced principals wanted something that was efficient and they could do at a whim. For example, Professional Learning Communities do yield benefits when done well, but that does not mean once a month as an add-on to staff meetings or as something done after school. Effective professional learning is a conversation that occurs identifying particular needs and not those imposed on teachers.

 

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Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
At one time or another, we’re all in a position to lead. We’re parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders.  As such, we know that setting a good example is an important part of lead...

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Albert Schweitzer is a great example of leadership.

 

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“You can’t make me be nice. You can’t make me be good. You can’t make me believe.But your example, your kindness, your patience and love will affect me perhaps enough that eventually I may choose to do those things.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich