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Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning ~ Brain Pickings

Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning ~ Brain Pickings | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

"When you step away from the prepackaged structure of traditional education, you’ll discover that there are many more ways to learn outside of school than within."

 

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The always wonderful Popova writes an lovely essay/review of Don't Go Back to School, which is, in turn, authored by Kio Stark. This is a relatively long piece, but so enjoyable to read and full of wonderful prose and clear thinking about education and learning.

 

This volume is Popova's choice for the best education book of 2013.


Via Jim Lerman
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"A gracefully executed quit is a beautiful thing, opening up more doors than it closes."

 

That is how I felt when I left last June.

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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, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
Alan Jordan's curator insight, April 3, 2016 4:13 PM

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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Step Away! Creativity and Innovation

Step Away! Creativity and Innovation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A hugely interesting article some time ago discussed a new addition to the 20th century theories that have fatally wounded the “Brainy Demon”. This

Via Eugene Fernandez
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Are creativity and innovation the same thing? We use them interchangeably, but they mean different and overlapping things.
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Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

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Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves

Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Educators often have trouble acknowledging their contributions to good outcomes. Here are some tips for changing that.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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It is not about bragging, but sharing what we each do well as teachers. We are discouraged from talking about what we do well. Those in charge and their minions seems to like it that way.
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Vanessa Ong Li Wen's curator insight, March 19, 10:40 AM

I think the issue that is discussed in this article is highly relevant to Singaporeans, particularly Asians. Since young, most of us are taught the virtues of humility and submissiveness, but do we truly encompass the values behind this virtue when we shy away from a challenge or dispel praises sung of us? Are we merely denying compliments because we are afraid of seeming too arrogant in front of others? Asians should develop the culture of being humble while at the same time, learning how to accept and respond to compliments. In the competitive society that we live in today, it is important that we learn how to “sell” ourselves to others and prove our capabilities, without seeming like we are bragging or are too full of ourselves. I highly recommend this article to Singaporeans as it teaches us the importance of accepting credit, and how to do so without coming off too strong.

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Goodwill isn't just an asset, it's also a strategy 

Goodwill isn't just an asset, it's also a strategy  | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via donhornsby
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Servant-leadership and the goodwill it engenders are hard work.
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 3, 9:44 AM
Approaching others with goodwill engenders empathy; you cut them slack, do your best to walk in their shoes, and view things from their perspective.
 
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 Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ (EdSurge News) By Mary Jo Madda

 Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ (EdSurge News) By Mary Jo Madda | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Mary Jo Madda

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Bobby Dillard
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It is not the schools that fail. It is people running schools and deciding what should be done in each classroom. Not only do they fail the children, they fail teachers. We confuse reform for transforming schools.
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 1, 3:04 AM
Always nourishing!!!!!
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learning revolution

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A Strategy For Steady Leadership in an Unsteady World

A Strategy For Steady Leadership in an Unsteady World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Management is tough enough in normal times. But what are leaders to do when their companies are buffeted by global uncertainty? Bill George explains charting a course True North.

Via Dr. Deborah Brennan
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VUCA would be useful in schools.
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A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment

A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education”
Via NextLearning, Mika Auramo, Suvi Salo
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This is helpful and should be in the hands of teachers.
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Theories of learning – epistemology of #connectivism - by Stephen Downes

Presentation of major branches of epistemology, placing connectivism into this content, and then describing learning theories in this framework. This becomes a…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Zoila Pérez
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To some extent, the epistemology uses multiple intelligences to fill the gaps.
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Jess Chalmers's curator insight, November 8, 2016 6:35 AM

From Stephen Downe's site -Theories of learning – epistemology of connectivism

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Behaviorisme vs. Cognitivisme vs. Connectivisme
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Awesome Chart on " Pedagogy Vs Andragogy "

Awesome Chart on " Pedagogy Vs Andragogy " | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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The chart and article have merit. Although a student comes with less experience, it does not mean that they cannot be part of and responsible for their learning. We often conflate these two things. For example, Freire's work is more directed towards adult learning. We can use some ideas from him with younger students i.e. inquiry, but should be careful.
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Education Readings February 24th

Education Readings February 24th | 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 A new phonics test for Australian six year olds is a BAD idea ‘As renowned English author Michael Rosen explains, the difference between a phonics test and learning to read is that a phonics test…
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The three links to articles/posts about the role of teachers caught my eye. Teaching is both traditional and progressive or it should be. I think we do need to give teaching back to teachers. This does not mean it is a free-for-all, but who is in the classroom is essential. Lastly, teachers will not become obsolete. There is a changing role for teachers. That is part of the traditional and progressive aspect. What do we retain? How do we move forward?
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The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Nobody understands what consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics either. Could that be more than coincidence?

Via Maria Latzaki, Sarantis Chelmis
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Why teen brains need later school start time

Why teen brains need later school start time | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sleep deprivation in teenagers as a result of early school start has been a topic of much debate. Are teenagers just lazy, or is there more to their inability to wake up early?

Via Peter Mellow
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When we allow school managers to call the shots, we end up with poor decisions about learning and teaching.
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Beginning the 2017 School Year - some practical activities to select from

Beginning the 2017 School Year - some practical activities to select from | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Begin the year in style The summer holidays in the Southern Hemisphere are coming to an end and teachers will be starting to thin
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Although written from an Australian perspective about how to begin the school year, there are excellent ideas and links provided for any teacher.
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Learning myths/ classroom technology/ creativity / Spiritual learning from Ireland / Singap ore thinks again / educating the senses and David Hockney

Learning myths/  classroom technology/  creativity / Spiritual learning from Ireland / Singap  ore thinks again / educating the senses and  David  Hockney | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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There are several excellent links here.
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Teacher Quality: A Reader in 2017

Teacher Quality: A Reader in 2017 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Let me start with a full disclosure: Lawrence Baines is a colleague and friend with whom I have collaborated on several book projects and presentations. So I want to offer some friendly concerns about his thoughtful When 'Highly Qualified' Teachers Aren't in Education Week. Baines open with: "Recent research confirms that America's most vulnerable children are being…
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This is a good read. Who is teaching those who need the most help up?
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Boys education/ art education/ mathematics education/ genius hour/ and flogging dead horses

Boys education/ art education/ mathematics education/ genius  hour/ and flogging dead horses | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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A couple of articles worth reading are the one about little change in 100 years of using this model of schooling and the link to a post about teacher quality.
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Pedagogical Knowledge and the Changing Nature of the Teaching Profession 

Pedagogical Knowledge and the Changing Nature of the Teaching Profession  | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Highly qualified and competent teachers are fundamental for equitable and effective education systems. Teachers today are facing higher and more complex expect

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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We need competent, caring, and thoughtful teachers in classrooms.
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Young Americans don’t trust any single news report on its own—and they think everything is biased

Young Americans don’t trust any single news report on its own—and they think everything is biased | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Young people in the US are generally skeptical of the news they consume, so they turn to multiple news sources to make their own judgements on the information, new research shows. The Knight Foundation commissioned six focus groups that were conducted by the Data & Society Research Institute last summer to understand how people between the ages of 14 and 24 interacted with news. In all, 52 teens and young adults were interviewed in the US cities of Philadelphia, Chicago, and Charlotte. The researchers urged caution due to the very small sample size, but there are a few takeaways about attitudes toward news, which itself was defined in an interesting way by the participants—taken broadly to mean anything from a status update from a friend on Facebook to a cable-TV news report."


Via Manuel Pinto, Luciana Viter
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We confuse news and commentary. What roles can teachers play?
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Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted learners via Robyn D. Shulman

Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted learners via Robyn D. Shulman | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The top five ways to support introverted students and young entrepreneurs in the classroom.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Jim Lerman
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Introverts are often reflecting and gathering their thoughts in the heat of the conversation. Stopping and giving people time to write their thoughts down can be helpful.
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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 27, 10:22 AM
Remember to engage all learners in your classroom. Each will engage differently. Support them all.
Elizabeth Lim's comment, March 4, 1:52 AM
Finally. An article that actually acknowledges the difference between shyness and introversion. There is finally some warmth in the world. But seriously, I agree that introverts are highly misunderstood by many educators who pressurise more reserved and thoughtful students to speak up and behave more like extroverts, which honestly is EXTREMELY annoying and also makes us introverts feel ostracised and unaccepted for who we are. I think it will be good for people to understand that being outspoken or able to communicate well verbally is not the be-all end-all quality for students to achieve, and instead of getting students to follow a rigid model of what a "good" student should be, I think it is more beneficial to students to allow us to do things and express ourselves in ways we are comfortable with so as to bring out the best of our abilities.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 6, 3:42 AM
 Voilà un sujet dont on parle peu, mais qui vaut la peine d'être reconnu : les introvertis en situation d'apprentissage.
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Book Readers Live Longer Lives, According to New Study from Yale University

Book Readers Live Longer Lives, According to New Study from Yale University | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Image by Johannes Jansson, via Wikimedia Commons
What are the keys to longevity? If you ask Dan Buettner, the author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he'd list nine key factors.
Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is interesting. Adults i.e. teachers, parents, librarians, etc. can help children at early ages.
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Homework - Tip sheet for Parents via People for Education


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Homework should be meaningful and engage students. At the same time, parents have to be able to help their children.
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The Fundamental Differences Between Leadership and Management

The Fundamental Differences Between Leadership and Management | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Visionary leadership and great management achieves the best results. Seems obvious right? Then why do so many companies get it wrong, especially during times of needed change?

 

There are core fundamental differences between leadership and management that apply to any team or organization, but the focus of this article is to explore the strengths of each as they apply to leading organizational change.

 

Generally speaking, management is a set of systems and processes designed for organizing, budgeting, staffing and problem solving to achieve the desired results of an organization. Leadership defines the vision, mission and what the "win" looks like in the future. It inspires the team to embody the beliefs and behaviors necessary to take the actions needed to achieve those results.

 

The most successful transformations occur when strong visionary leadership converges with great management. Both are required to define a clear path, plan accordingly and see the mission plan through to fulfillment.


Via The Learning Factor
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The first paragraph and its questions are essential. We confuse leadership and management. We put managers in roles and call them leaders.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 23, 5:15 PM

Visionary leadership and great management combined achieves winning results. Here's why.

Begoña Pabón's curator insight, March 22, 5:41 PM
Existen diferencias entre direccion y liderazgo...Cierto! Aunque nada es excluyente... lo idea: un fuerte liderazgo visionario con una gran direccion. ¿Posible?...Yo creo que si.
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10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If you're one of countless people who don't make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of them are listed below.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D., Sarah McElrath, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Parents and teachers can read with their children and students. It can be done as silent or reading to them.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 19, 9:33 PM

One of the assignments I had for my writing students was called "Kleptomania" which I lifted from someone a very long time ago. Belatedly, thank you. So, the activity required students to find three different writing styles, fiction and/or non-fiction. Just find three passages from three different writers. Then they were to write about something familiar--an event, an experience, an observation--and copy that voice and style. They were to mimic the punctuation and sentence structure, too. It was hard for many reasons but they learned a lot about their own styles and voices, most of which were still in development. But they also realized how much about writing they could learn from reading. Yep, sneaky teaching. Got to love that.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 21, 8:22 AM
Do your exercise - Read.
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Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.

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Our view of the world can override facts. It is the Proust quote about seeing the world with new eyes. This might make parenting, teaching, and pedagogy that much more important for children.
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What can Western leaders learn from Africa?

What can Western leaders learn from Africa? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leontine van Hooft explains the Power of African thinking, Ubuntu and unifying leadership. Western leaders can learn from Africa.

Via Dan Kirsch
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What if we focused on long-term relationships and sustainability? This is about Ubuntu and unifying leadership. Consider the recent American elections. It was about dividing and remains so, rather than being about unifying. The closet we come to this is servant-leadership and we avoid it, because it is hard work.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 29, 2016 6:23 PM
I have been fortunate and have spent time with people from different cultures, including African. Ubuntu is seeing the other person as a person and taking time to acknowledge their presence. As one person from Africa told me, when they are in North America, they find it difficult not to get caught up in the rush of life.
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More on Tethered Choice in the High-Stakes Classroom

More on Tethered Choice in the High-Stakes Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A recent post, Navigating Choice Reading with High-Stakes Accountability in Mind, has resonated on several levels, although primarily among Advanced Placement teachers. I want here to continue to examine how ELA teachers in all types of courses can effectively implement choice despite high-stakes testing demands as well as other constraints of bureaucracy and programs. My context…
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This is a very detailed look at how to provide students with responsible ways to choose their own reading material in high stakes testing scenarios.
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