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Busy isn’t respectable anymore.

Busy isn’t respectable anymore. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I especially like: even if you win the rat race you're still a rat ;)


Via Jenny Ebermann, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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If we are always running, can we create. Briggs and Peat suggest it is in the pauses between being busy that creativity emerges. We have time to let something percolate.

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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/



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

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 12:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 3:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 4:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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The Teacher as a Person


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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This is an interesting article considering it was published in 1962. The language is modernistic, but the ideas are sound when rethought in a more post-modern way.

 

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

Via Annette Schmeling
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Dialogue circles which genuinely engage students and open up communication are incredible. The key is setting respectful parameters in which people can authentically communicate and be safe in doing so. This is about being and becoming people and not doing learning.

 

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, Today, 7:02 AM

Studies have found that Restorative Dialogue Circles have a powerful effect on children as both a form of discipline and as an opportunity for growth. Give students tools for creating and maintaining community and provide a different model for dealing with conflict in peaceful and creative ways.  Congratulations Glenview Elementary School1

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How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”?

How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Flickr:Saxtourigr In preparing students for the world outside school, what skills are important to learn? This goes to the heart of the research addr

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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Deep learning and, for that matter, deep teaching is about understanding the learner and teacher as being embedded in community relationships with each other and the learning which happens. We bring autobiographies into the classroom, personal curricula if you will, and these filter the teaching and learning. Teaching and learning can never be the same for each person and in each moment, but it is based on authentic relationships arrived at in context.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, Today, 8:11 AM

I love it when the "oldies but goodies" resurface.


"Deeper learning" is when students are able to transfer knowledge and experience from one thing to another, when they are able to make connections.


While teachers can implement strategies to encourage deeper learning, I suspect deeper learning really occurs when teachers provide opportunities for students to make connections in unexpected, whimsical, and yes, innovative ways. Yea, folks, that could be #geniushour.

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Survival Tips for New Principals

Survival Tips for New Principals | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Susan Kessler, April Snodgrass, and Andrew Davis of Nashville (Tenn.) Public Schools discussed the struggles of being a new principal and shared valuable insight for surviving the first year during their 2014 ASCD Annual Conference session "When Do You Sleep: Surviving the First Year as a Principal." The dynamic trio each shared tips that have played an integral part in their own success.

 

 


Via Patti Kinney, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Suvi Salo
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New teachers and, for that matter, all teachers need support. I don't think this should be called survival skills.

 

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Supporting the Teacher Maker Movement

Supporting the Teacher Maker Movement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In order for teachers to encourage student innovation, they need the freedom to be innovative as well. Eight ways school leaders can support faculty who want to develop engaging curriculum.

Via Suvi Salo
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Teaching is about innovating. It is not about doing what the boss has dictated because he/she knows something they learned in a classroom or PD years ago.

 

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Courageous Hearts: Teachers Write about Their Work

Courageous Hearts: Teachers Write about Their Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Editors from The Center for Courage & Renewal introduce four short essays from a new book, Teaching with Heart, each written by an educator who reflects on an inspirational poem. Re-energize yourself as you begin to prepare for the new school year!

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I have the original and the writing and selected poetry shaped my teaching.

 

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"Creating a Transformational Learning Experience" by Shelley K. White and Mindell Reiss Nitkin

The Simmons World Challenge is a unique, interdisciplinary program recently developed at Simmons College. It immerses students in an intensive winter-session course that challenges them to tackle a pressing social issue, such as poverty or hunger, and create actionable solutions to the problem. The program was conceived and designed to harness the strengths of pedagogical theories on transformational teaching and learning. This article describes the Simmons World Challenge and presents assessment findings from the program’s third iteration in 2013, as well as on the long-term impact of the program based on follow-up assessments with the first two cohorts of students. These assessment findings demonstrate the deep and positive impact of the program on students’ engagement with learning, personal growth, academic habits and attitudes, student leadership and initiative, and sense of community at Simmons College.
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This is research and the idea of interdisciplinary study might be taken a step further and seen as trans-disciplinary.

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Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.

Via Sharrock
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An important aspect of reflecting and learning is getting beyond what went well and, even when we think we have succeeded, look for the things that were different about this learning.

 

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Sharrock's curator insight, July 30, 9:28 AM

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"Learning is more effective if a lesson or experience is deliberately coupled with time spent thinking about what was just presented, a new study shows. In “Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance,” a team of researchers from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina describe what they call the first empirical test of the effect of reflection on learning. By “reflection,” they mean taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important points."

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 31, 8:46 PM

Reflection is crucial.  If we don't take time to reflect, we don't take time to improve.

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Why the Best Leaders are Servants, Not Kings

Leaders must empower their people, not just command them.

Via Anne Leong
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Leaders engage and invite people. Empowering suggests acting externally on people. Inviting and engaging allows people to enter their work on their terms to a greater extent.

 

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What Motivates Teachers?

What Motivates Teachers? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teachers overwhelmingly report that they love their jobs, but hate their workplaces. Teachers weigh in on why they love the classroom and how things could change to make their lives easier.

Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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What places inspiring work, teaching, at the bottom of the happiness scale and yet can, at the same time, be inspiring and rewarding work? The environment many teachers work in is one that does not reward the teachers for the fine work they do when it is done.

 

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Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, July 31, 8:09 AM

Teaching is by far one of the most rewarding occupations there is.  However, attached to those great rewards are lots of policies, assessments, and evaluations.  When you start to feel burned out and in a rut, you must remind yourself why you wanted to become a teacher in the first place.  You have to regain that aspirational spirit and motivation.  You must encourage yourself through the difficult times... its critical for everyday effectiveness.

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The Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins

The Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

 

Loris Malaguzzi so eloquently reminded us that our image of the child is where our teaching should begin. It’s necessary that we believe that the child is very intelligent, that the child is strong...

Via Diane Kashin, Janice Comrie
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I am not convinced about suggesting children are images. I think that we meet children where they are in their learning. That is real and tangible and, most importantly, relational.

 

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FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP: A Conversation with Sharyland ISD Superintendent Dr. Virginia Richter (Part II)

FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP: A Conversation with  Sharyland ISD Superintendent Dr. Virginia Richter (Part II) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When Sharyland ISD trustees selected Dr. Richter as the district’s new superintendent, I remember reading in the paper that a PSJA administrator had been selected for the job. At the time, I assumed she had followed the traditional route to becoming superintendent. When we met, though, I learned “the rest of her story.”
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The idea of walking the talk is important in leading in School. Working shoulder to shoulder with staff is key to developing everyone.

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Misfits and Innovators

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"It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.” - Steve Jobs


According to some writers and research, some of the big names of creativity and innovation share personal qualities with various sorts of “misfits.”


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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The Steve Jobs' quote is bang on. Teachers, who are pirates, are not doing someone's work. They are performing and serving in their being and becoming.

 

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Teacher with Geeky Technology

Teacher with Geeky Technology | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
4 Stages of Educational Technology Integration Infographic (4 Stages of Educational Technology Integration Infographic via @pinterest http://t.co/vtt7OxdDiC)...

Via David W. Deeds
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A key understanding might be to change the word integration, a static noun, to integrating, suggesting an ongoing and dynamic process.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, Today, 5:54 AM

Here's my pick for Infographic of the Week! 

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5 Characteristics of an Innovative Educational Organization

As the year has wrapped up for most North American schools, I look back at my year and realize how blessed I am to not only be able to travel the world and share my experience with others, but also the opportunity to still work withParkland School Division on a part-time basis.  I think that this allows me to still “do the work” in schools while also having the ability to share it with others as well.  The balance that this has created to both see other organizations and share my work, and vice-versa, has been immeasurable for my learning.

 


Via Patti Kinney, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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Is this person in classrooms?

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Teachers May Not Want To Reduce Out-Of-School Suspensions: Survey

Teachers May Not Want To Reduce Out-Of-School Suspensions: Survey | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"According to a survey, about half of superintendents said they strongly want to reduce expulsions and out-of-school suspensions (OSS) during their time in leadership. However, if they were to take official action in doing so, 72 percent would expect pushback from teachers and 57 percent would expect opposition from principals. At the same time, a majority of superintendents said they would expect support from parents and students."


Via Mel Riddile, Dean J. Fusto
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Students being suspended does not resolve the underlying issues. Neither does creating universal policies from on-high. What if we reduced class sizes and teachers worked at building healthy relationships with all students?

 

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, Today, 9:02 AM

Schools can reduce out-of-school suspensions if they have resources and alternatives like in-school suspension programs. Just telling principals do reduce suspensions will not work.

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Education Readings August 1

Education Readings August 1 | 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 allan.alach@ihug.co.nz. This week’s homework!   Being a Better Online Reader “Certainly, as we turn ...
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There are excellent links as usual. One that jumped out for me was passion and purpose. It looks at common core and student learning. We cannot design teaching and learning from the furthest points outside the classroom. Teaching and learning are relational, invitational, and situational.

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10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box

10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
TEST 10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box by Thom Markham Albert Einstein nailed it–“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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If we emancipated teaching and learning, we might put an end to these emaciated terms. Play is creative and is important for children, youth and adults.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, July 31, 11:47 AM

If you don't read any other article today - or even this week - this is the one you ought to check out. I will be thinking about this one for days because it is so on-target. These are terms that I just accepted and never thought about in regards to the limitations they impose. Definitely worth a read.

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Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12

Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Principals are applying concepts familiar in business circles—such as marketing, branding, and coordinated public outreach through social media—to manage their schools.

Via Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Suvi Salo
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When we make comments like managing our schools and communicating with the community, this raises issues for me. It is not about managing schools. It is about teaching and learning. It is not about communicating with a community, but being embedded in community. Communication is natural and organic as a result. John Dewey, amongst others, did not see school as separate from the community, but talking about School as if it is separate is not the same as education and school.

 

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Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher | Part two

Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher | Part two | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers

 

 


Via Gust MEES, Silverback Learning
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I did not want to be a great teacher. I wanted to be a teacher.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 30, 5:55 AM

Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers


Silverback Learning's curator insight, July 30, 9:19 AM

There are so many resources available to educators today. Great teachers are great learners too.

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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz


Via Ivo Nový, Elysian Training
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Profound quote

 

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A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality

A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Share your enthusiasm with pupils and welcome probing questions from 'nerds', a former pupil suggests (Required reading for all teachers!

Via Suvi Salo
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There are three things that are important in teacher-student relationships. They are passion, compassion, and practicality. When teachers are authentic they can accomplish incredible things.

 

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Back to School: Preparing for Day One

Back to School: Preparing for Day One | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Six tips for helping new teachers have a successful first day of school.

Via Suvi Salo
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I treated the first day as time and space to get to know each other. All my activities were focused on students exploring who they were and letting others sense who they were in authentic ways.

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What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books

What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Those predicting the demise of public libraries aren't reading closely enough.

Via gwynethjones
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The library is not just books. It includes books, digital technologies, helpful humans, etc. Perhaps, the library's death has been greatly exaggerated.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, July 30, 5:36 PM

Oh No He diiiddn't! Hating on @worstall and loving on @sesmithwrites  ---- Really?  People still don't get this?

Sheesh - how backward! -


Libraries, both school & public, are democratic FREE Community Information Commons and a place of refuge and resources for learners of all ages!

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Teacher: 10 Things I Learned Sitting in a Classroom

Teacher: 10 Things I Learned Sitting in a Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A week of summer PD has left Sarah Cooper inspired but also more thoughtful about how her students experience daily classroom life. Read her 10 takeaways.

Via Mel Riddile, Dean J. Fusto
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Sometimes spending time, reflecting on and living what happens in classrooms is necessary. It is not always obvious to us in the midst of teaching. Teaching and learning are relational thus messy, noisy, strange in good ways, etc.

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