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How a Class Becomes a Community: Theory, Method, Examples ~ HASTAC

How a Class Becomes a Community: Theory, Method, Examples ~ HASTAC | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Cathy Davidson

 

"About three years ago I began inviting my student-led, peer-evaluated, collaboratively structured classes to think about the shape of a course: what defined it, what its participants could do to describe and circumscribe its practices, how a group of strangers, all enrolled in the same institutional experience of a “course,” could come together as a community of choice, mission, shared purpose, and mutually beneficial learning. It was a student in “This Is Your Brain On the Internet,” an undergraduate class I taught at Duke in 2010, who said, “We need a class constitution!”

 

"Now in virtually every class I teach we begin with an exercise where we jointly compose such a document. In composing rules for our class we have everyone contribute to peer-production of the very idea of “peer production.” We use a common document to think through what we want from the very particular commons of a class."

 

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This is Chapter One from the recent ebook Field Notes for 21st Century Literacies, available for free download from HASTAC.


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The more students participate democratically in building community the more they will learn what it means to live fully in community.

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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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@Ivon Prefontaine, PhD I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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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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Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers

Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A creative writing journal can make you a better writer or poet. On this page, you'll find tips on how to keep a journal for writing, along with journal ideas to inspire you.

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There are good ideas in the list. I already walk, free write, and write about my experiences.
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I adore journaling. Most of it is a head dump, but sometimes I'll wax poetic on what I'm seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, etc.This will usually lead me on a meandering path to something greater that needs to be written.

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What’s the Best Writing Advice You’ve Ever Received?

What’s the Best Writing Advice You’ve Ever Received? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Have something in mind already? Excellent! Click on the button above and start writing your response while the idea is fresh. Otherwise keep reading for some inspiration from some of our favorite…

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The article provides advice from famous authors i.e. Kurt Vonnegut. I love the books authors such as Mary Oliver have written about writing.
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What follows is stirring and stimulating writing advice to inspire and motivate the inhibited. Place pen in hand, put to paper, and share with the world!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"*** 
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Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett All Use This Ancient Philosophy to Build Wealth

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett All Use This Ancient Philosophy to Build Wealth | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Figuring out what matters to you most may be the most important decision you can make.
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Stoic philosophy has merit. It is a mindful and practical way to be in the world. I am not convinced that it was specifically designed to build wealth. We do tend to commercialize many ways of being in the world
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It’s Okay to “Forget” What You Read – The Polymath Project – Medium

It’s Okay to “Forget” What You Read – The Polymath Project – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Paul Graham, essayist and founder of startup incubator Y Combinator, asks much the same question in his essay How You Know: Many of us feel this near-existential fear that we might “lose” what wisdom…
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A good books gets better with each reading.
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To Anyone Who Thinks Their Writing Isn't Good Enough

To Anyone Who Thinks Their Writing Isn't Good Enough | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Do you feel your writing isn't good enough? Do you hesitate to publish content? Learn how to become a writing pragmatist, so you can write and publish more.

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It is about patience and finding one's writing voice.
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Writers—listen up! Turn off all the noise, phone, music, TV, etc. and read this letter addressed to us. I am going to file these words away to pull out when that inner critic starts hacking away at my confidence. This article will give you a new spring of life from which to draw when you need to create your art.

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Joining the Circus – Thrive Global

Joining the Circus – Thrive Global | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I just saw a handwritten note from. “Joining the Circus” is published by Mark Nepo in Thrive Global
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This is a poem by Mark Nepo, who points out we all have to being somewhere and that fixed paradigms are hard to shift.
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HOW TO ENGAGE IN PSEUDOSCIENCE WITH REAL DATA: A CRITICISM OF JOHN HATTIE’S ARGUMENTS IN VISIBLE LEARNING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A STATISTICIAN | Bergeron | McGill Journal of Education / Revue des...

HOW TO ENGAGE IN PSEUDOSCIENCE WITH REAL DATA: A CRITICISM OF JOHN HATTIE’S ARGUMENTS IN VISIBLE LEARNING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A STATISTICIAN | Bergeron | McGill Journal of Education / Revue des... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
HOW TO ENGAGE IN PSEUDOSCIENCE WITH REAL DATA: A CRITICISM OF JOHN HATTIE’S ARGUMENTS IN VISIBLE LEARNING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A STATISTICIAN
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The author critiques John Hattie's methodology in this scholarly text.
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How to Find Purpose in Life: Lessons from Voltaire – Melissa Chu – Medium

How to Find Purpose in Life: Lessons from Voltaire – Melissa Chu – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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wFew philosophers have made so great an impact on French philosophy as Voltaire. Born in 1694, Francois-Marie Arouet spent his early years in Paris, France. He was educated in the classics by Jesuits…

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There are three interesting points in the article, which is a critique of a fictional story Candide. First, do not be overly optimistic. Start small. I am intrigued by those who argue we should shower the ones who disagree with us with positivity. What if we are wrong? Second, succes does not always live up to its promise. How do we know what is coming? Third, tend to your garden. It is not enough to talk. John Dewey said we should use the mind as a verb.
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The Terror Within and the Evil Without: James Baldwin on Our Capacity for Transformation as Individuals and Nations

The Terror Within and the Evil Without: James Baldwin on Our Capacity for Transformation as Individuals and Nations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"It has always been much easier (because it has always seemed much safer) to give a name to the evil without than to locate the terror within."

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James Baldwin and other great writers provide insight into love and what it can mean to us. Social justice and activism are grounded in love that emerges from each of us to others.
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A Look at the Big Picture of the Future of Work

A Look at the Big Picture of the Future of Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Maybe in your particular vision of the future of work, you imagine factories full of robots, automating commonplace tasks, while human beings orchestrate the work’s ultimate goals and intent. Perhaps you think of the working population’s shifting demographics, with the

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What will this mean for schools and teaching?
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A very interesting and very relevant article.  It includes a classification of "implications" into three categories.  This could be a great foundation for a more thorough exploration because there are important positive and negative implications beyond what appear to be "first--orders"  or even just categories.  Parts of this future will clearly be "paradigm shifts;" many are already occurring.

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On six women intellectuals: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus and Joan Didion

On six women intellectuals: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus and Joan Didion | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sontag advocated “feeling management” and emotional regulation, insisting on the responsibility of the intellectual to keep personal feeling out.

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This looks interesting.
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The Trouble with Incentives - New Rambler Review

The New Rambler Review publishes reviews of books about ideas, including literary fiction. It is edited by Eric Posner, Adrian Vermeule and Blakey Vermeule
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"The Moral Economy appeals to an ancient truth. Incentives and self-interest are no substitute for moral motivation and altruism"

Bowles makes an argument based on Aristotle's view of the good legislator and citizen. Subjected to laws from above that conflict with local norms people resist the former and accept the latter. This can be seen in classrooms as community comes together with good teachers leading the way. The converse is the person who spent little time, if any, teaching and professes to understand what it meant technically by teaching.
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61 Business Books I Find Repeatedly Useful – The Mission – Medium

61 Business Books I Find Repeatedly Useful – The Mission – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Do you want the chance to win all the books on this list? Click here to enter our giveaway and be in the running to receive over $1500 worth of books, for free! I have no formal business credentials…
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The ones I think are of greatest value are in the philosophy section. Books like 7 Habits are too formulaic for me.
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Who Owns Work, and Its Future? – Work Futures

Who Owns Work, and Its Future? – Work Futures | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here, at the outset of writing an on-going series of essays on the future of work, called Working Knowledge, I want to frame the discussion around work in an uncommon way. Specifically, I won’t be…
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This is an article for policymakers, teachers, administrators, business people, etc. If work is changing, who owns it must come to be understood differently. It is a paradigm change of enormous consequence and is a wicked problem. A wicked problem is like an eloquent question, in that it has no solution. It is about dialogue and conversation, therePore it is a paradox. The writing of David Bohm about dialogue seems appropriate here.
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No, Your Brain Isn't Divided By Creativity And Logic

No, Your Brain Isn't Divided By Creativity And Logic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“ While it's true that the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body & vice-versa, it's not divided into logical & creative portions.”
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The different parts of the brain are having a conversation with each other to get things done.
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The psychological importance of wasting time

The psychological importance of wasting time | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted. But the truth is, a life spent dutifully responding to emails is a dull one indeed. An
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We need to take a break and focus on the things which make life worth living.
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#Leadership Why Leaders Get Stuck at Average

#Leadership Why Leaders Get Stuck at Average | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Some leaders think they’re good leaders when they’re stuck at average.

We don’t automatically improve as time passes.  The longer we do something, the more likely we are to do it like we’ve always done it.

Leading doesn’t make you a better leader. Just like playing golf doesn’t make you a better golfer.

The only way to improve performance – in any field – is purposeful practice. (Researchers and authors often use the expression ‘deliberate practice’.)


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In phenomenology, a key concept is that a phenomena pulls us up short, leading to reflection on our practices.
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Richard Florida Is Sorry

Richard Florida Is Sorry | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For years, Richard Florida preached the gospel of the creative class. His new book is a mea culpa.
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From a social justice perspective, the creative class and its ascent appear to support diversity. What the article points out is narrowing creativity to economic interests limits diversity. This sounds eerily familar in how we design schools and learning for our children.
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Why Leadership Training Fails—and What to Do About It

Why Leadership Training Fails—and What to Do About It | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Companies spend billions on programs that don’t pay off. Here’s how to fix that.
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We don't train leaders. Maybe we can train managers. Leading is learned in the day-to-day. An interesting point in the article was a lack of honest conversations and senior managers not working as team members.

Leading is something each person has the capacity to do. Each person brings certain skills and strengths to the table that can benefit others and the organization. Too often, distributed and servant leadership are ignored.

In school management (I experienced little leadership), there is a tendency to choose those who echo the voice of those setting the tone from above. It results in little change and what does happen is cosmetic.
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C'est comme changer d'organisation, il ne suffit pas de se dire #EntrepriseLibérée ! se confronter aux résistances, requière un vrai engagement, du courage!  C'est un changement de mindset, une prise de conscience au niveau humain.  çà prend du temps 
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How To *Not* Be A Spineless Leader – Startup Grind – Medium

How To *Not* Be A Spineless Leader – Startup Grind – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Consistently I started to get told that I was inspiring people. I was seeing the changes that people were making as a result of the blog posts I putting up on social media. I felt good. I felt like I…
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Too often, people who think they are leaders fall into the grind of managing, not leading. Each point ties leading and teaching together. For example, doing the dirty work is a model for others to follow.
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Reality Is Nothing But a Hallucination: A Mind-Bending Crash Course on the Neuroscience of Consciousness


If you've been accused of living in 'a world of your own,' get ready for some validation.
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What we think we experience is not always what we experience, although it is. Reality is paradoxical and plural.
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The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut

The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"When I compose a first draft I just let everything I feel and think spill out raw and chaotically on the page. I let it be a mess. I trust my instincts. I just let my ideas and feelings flow until I run out of words. It’s fine for an early draft to be a disaster area. I don’t censor myself. When I have this raw copy, I can then decide if this idea is worth pung more effort into. If so, then with the second draft, I clean up spelling and grammar. I add anything I forgot to include in the first draft and take out whatever isn’t working. Then the real fun begins with the third draft. (Despite its importance, art should always be a form of play.) That’s where I work on what I know are my creative weaknesses."


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An interesting article that underscores the complexity and messiness of good writing.
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I love this piece. It absolutely sings and goes straight to the heart of a writer. If you are a creative, you should feel inspired and thankful for the opportunity to create beautiful art with your words.

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Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time – The Economist

Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time – The Economist | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
On the evening before All Saints’ Day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. In those days a thesis was simply a position one wanted to argue. Luther, an…
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I have a PhD in Philosohy of Leadership Studies. I don't have a job and I do not have prospects, but I think "if I have a PhD, I should be able to create a niche. If academia cannot figure out I am a worthwhile candidate to teach in higher ed, how do I overcome that?"

I read and write every day. I work to refine what got me this far.
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Can we hope to understand how the Greeks saw their world? – Maria Michela Sassi | Aeon Essays

Can we hope to understand how the Greeks saw their world? – Maria Michela Sassi | Aeon Essays | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Greek colour experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea?
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An interesting article that is much easier to read than explain. Without trying to put ourselves in the minds of Ancient Greeks, understanding their paradigms and theories is essential to understanding how they understood the world. The same can be said about any epoch and its thinkers.
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Stop Using the Excuse “Organizational Change Is Hard”

Stop Using the Excuse “Organizational Change Is Hard” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Change is hard in the same way that it’s hard to finish a marathon.

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Organizational change is hard, but change is always happening. The difference is organizational change should be purposeful and meaningful to the people in the organization. One of the reasons school remain little changed over time is that there is little effort on the part of those imposing change from outside on those inside schools and classrooms to engage teachers in the process. Instead of reform, we end up with school deform.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, July 22, 6:55 PM
Like the metaphor "Change is hard in the same way that it’s hard to finish a marathon." Yes change is hard work. It's less hard in my experience when we stop trying to change people and instead focus on changing processes