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5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor

5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, Nancy Jones
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A text does not the curriculum make. The curriculum is what the children learn and mesh with their lived history. The ultimate test is Life and all its manifestions according to Alfred North Whitehead.

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 24, 4:36 AM

Good start. Also relevance to the student.

Leslie Minton's curator insight, January 24, 7:52 AM

Rigor across curriculum content, not just a particular subject matter is essential to effective teaching and learning. It is knowing what rigor is in order to determine if it exists.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 24, 8:59 PM

This iactually the second article of a series . This is a  word used frequently, but it's definition varies.  I  think rigor need to also differentiate , say, reading levels so each learner is challenged from the level they are currently at. Rigor does not mean, "one size fits all!"

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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 ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 6:57 PM
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 Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership.  But what about the beliefs and values that drive behavior? 



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Several contemporary educational i.e. Gert Biesta writers express concern about a Platonic approach to education and Socratic circles. Aristotle's work is much more compatible focusing on phronesis. Gadamer felt we needed to rethink the role of praxis which was downplayed in Plato's work. It is the blending of them that makes them function well.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 19, 3:12 PM

Executive coaching and leadership development programs rarely include much, if anything, about the power of clarifying one’s philosophical world-view. But there is mounting evidence that they should.

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The Study Buddy Infographic

The Study Buddy Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The Study Buddy Infographic The Study Buddy Infographic reveals how a study buddy makes studying more effective, while it also analyzes the different study buddy types to help you find your match! In addition, in the Study Buddy Infographic you will get invaluable tips on how to be a great study... http://elearninginfographics.com/study-buddy-infographic/


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Learning is a social process and requires ongoing conversations.

 

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10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed in School | Michele Borba

10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed in School | Michele Borba | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Educational psychologist, Michele Borba, offers ten crucial ways parents can help their kids succeed in school

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I worked in a small school where parents played an integral role in their children's learning. They helped through their sharing their pedagogic experiences with me and this enabled me to help their children. When we discourage working parent-teacher partnerships, and my School managers did, teaching and learning are negatively impacted. The last 7 School managers set up roadblocks to those relationships and that little school no longer exists beyond its name.

 

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Old Concepts, New Tools: An Action Research Project on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Teacher Education

Old Concepts, New Tools: An Action Research Project on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Teacher Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Social learning has long been seen as a positive direction in education with many advantages for learners.

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Teaching needs more action research.

 

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Students Aren't Products

Students Aren't Products | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Students Aren't Products

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Suvi Salo
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Gert Biesta has written eloquently on this topic and points out the need for teachers in the student learning. He uses the Ancient Greek concept of praxis to support his position and does not discount techne and poieis as aspects embedded in praxis which is relational. This thinking is well-supported by Pinar, Aoki, Grumet, and others who have written about teaching in the latter part of the 20th Century and early in the 21st.

 

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Education Readings September 19th

Education Readings September 19th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Guten tag! 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!   Study: Music Education Could Help Close T...
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Here are some excellent articles and their links. The link that caught my eye was the end of the era of closing the door and doing your own thing. This is probably necessary, but is happening at a glacial pace or not at all. What stood out in the article was the key point about the importance of teachers in the learning of students. This is not to be seen as teaching guaranteeing learning, but the importance of the teacher-student relationship in the students taking responsibility for their learning.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 19, 11:23 AM

A collection of  educational articles:

 

-Study: Music Education Could Help Close The Achievement Gap -Between Poor And Affluent Students

-Look at Life Through Autistic Eyes

-Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

-5 reasons why we need physical activity in schools

-The Myth of Monotasking

-Teacher: Finnish schools let down two-thirds of kids

-An End to the “Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing” Era

-The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

-How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

-The Student Side of Making

-Mastering the Teaching Game

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Blended Learning in the Mix: The Proactive Teacher

Blended Learning in the Mix: The Proactive Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teachers in blended learning programs should take the opportunity to learn and lead -- your ideas and observations are worth hearing and acting upon.

Via Becky Roehrs, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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In keeping with Donna Harraway's work, I like the word hybrid which suggest their is no purity in learning. It is a mix.

 

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Ching Rem's curator insight, September 19, 4:23 AM

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Why We're More Likely To Remember Content With Images And Video (Infographic)

Why We're More Likely To Remember Content With Images And Video (Infographic) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Without a visual component, your message might not be getting heard.

Via Maria Margarida Correia, Suvi Salo
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Humans are visual learners. What is interesting is that computer screens are not considered part of the visual array that works best for learning.

 

 

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The death of the classroom as we know it

The death of the classroom as we know it | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The classroom of today has changed little since the Industrial Revolution. The time for a new approach, experts say, is now.

Via Cindy Rudy, Dean J. Fusto
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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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Science is bearing out what good teachers intuitively have known. This hopefully informs what we do in classrooms and who we are teachers in classrooms.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, September 18, 11:21 AM

Dr. Willis refers to Alfie Kohn's idea of exuberant discovery, where there is joy in the prospect and process of learning. That doesn't mean there have to be games or that an activity has to be "fun," but students experience learning in a particular way.

Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim's curator insight, September 18, 3:12 PM

There is some great insight in this article. 

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When to Use Whole Class Feedback

When to Use Whole Class Feedback | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Whole class feedback … you know, when the teacher returns a set of papers or exams and talks to the entire class about its performance, or the debriefing part of an activity where the teacher comments on how students completed the task.

Via Blaine Morrow
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The subject of the feedback is critical. I am not as convinced that peer pressure is that effective in all cases.

 

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Educating Parents About Education

Educating Parents About Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Many parents today have an educational perspective based on 20th century pedagogy and methodology. Teachers need to educate them about where education is now.

Via Gust MEES, Dean J. Fusto
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The second paragraph begins with the line "things have changed." In response, I would say the more things change the more the stay the same. The important point in the article is engaging teachers in a conversation and asking them to be part of the solutions not for now, but for the future. We have too many experts stating imperatives rather than engaging in conversations, asking questions, and listening.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 17, 6:58 PM

Many parents today have an educational perspective based on 20th century pedagogy and methodology. Teachers need to educate them about where education is now.


Learn more:


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




Lori DiMarco's curator insight, September 17, 10:52 PM

Our goal (TCDSB) this year is to have parent focus groups to determine what parents need to understand the 21st Century Learner - and then we will begin working with parent groups to address these needs

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Personal Ethics and Successful Leadership | Switch and Shift

Personal Ethics and Successful Leadership | Switch and Shift | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Ethics, as a general understanding, is a set of principles to be followed as an individual. Most of the organizations will have ethics as part of their core

Via Anne Leong
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Ethics are not just a set of principles and universals. They are how we behave. If we behave poorly, ethical principles and universals become moralistic posturing and theoretical exercises with little value.

 

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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

 

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

 


Via Gust MEES, Yashy Tohsaku, Dean J. Fusto
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Growth mindset should be a philosophy in teaching and learning. Does it replace pedagogy? I don't think so, but I think they work together. Max van Manen's work in the area of thoughtful pedagogy fits well with growth mindset.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 19, 5:24 PM
It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.


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


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Balance is an Illusion

Balance is an Illusion | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is another one of those posts that I've been trying to write for some time. It's quite philosophical but it's about something that I, and many others, have been trying to come to terms with fo...
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When the universe appears as though it will balance, it is readying itself for motion which happens without complete equlibrium being accomplished.

 

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How Teacher Turnover Harms Student Achievement

Matthew Ronfeldt, Susanna Loeb, James Wyckoff
Feb 1, 2013; 50:4-36
Section on Social and Institutional Analysis

Via ICTPHMS, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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If 1/2 of all teachers leave the profession within 5-7 years, that can not be good for students. Teaching is a vital aspect of student learning.

 

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Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database

Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Another resource for #METData from @umich @ICPSR: http://t.co/AIiw2R726c . #AERAMET

Via ICTPHMS, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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I hope the picture in the article is not an example of a PLC. Do we just see PLCs? Can we feel them, hear them, sense them, etc?

 

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for the love of learning: 5 ways to better support Principals

for the love of learning: 5 ways to better support Principals | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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I am sure it is unintended but the language is still very modernistic. We will build capacity and use technology for creative learning and good citizenship. Bildung is a concept that sees forming as something different than building. Building is often building an artifice or ordering something externally. Bildung and forming are internal orderings which respond to the world. Community is formed, people contribute to and cultivate the community, and this forming happens in very non-linear ways.

 

I think the way School is managed, which is what 21st Century principals do, (think about the language we use i.e. classroom management) needs to be completely rethought. Are Schools functioning in ways that need managers?

 

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for the love of learning: The future of principals in Canada

for the love of learning: The future of principals in Canada | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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I found the David Berliner article contrary to what my experience was with School managers for last 10 years I taught. The seven I worked for were managers who made little attempt to lead. This did not appear to be my experience alone. In conversations with other teachers, many of the same concerns were expressed about a lack of leadership and empathy for what was going on in classrooms. We need fewer people in management roles and more people in classrooms. One of the School managers I worked for made it clear he never wanted to be in the classroom. His objective was to get out of the classroom. Many School managers in the school division I worked in used ownership language with the pronoun my in front of School, teachers, students, etc.

 

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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Yet, I found School managers and their bosses wanted nothing to do with diversity.

 

 

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Three Tips to Focus Parent-Teacher Conferences On Creating a Partnership

Three Tips to Focus Parent-Teacher Conferences On Creating a Partnership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Parent-teacher conferences are a great time for the adults in a child's life to get on the same page about the student's educational journey at school and at home.

 

Learn more:

 

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

 

 
Via Gust MEES, Dean J. Fusto
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Strong and healthy parent-teacher relationships are integral to teaching, parenting, and learning. What I found the last few years of my teaching, was the School managers wanted to ensure that those relationships did not happen.

 

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The World of Teaching Part 1: America

The World of Teaching Part 1: America | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A collection of infographics on the state of the teaching profession for education workers and other interested parties.

Via Paul Murray
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We should realize other governments are failing our Schools, teachers, and students, hence the communities they live in. We should not just ask where male teachers have gone. We should ask, "What are the reasons male teachers left the profession?" This is not just about male teachers leaving and not entering teaching. It is about the systemic reasons they leave. Schools are places of oppression. It is in this light we should ask our questions. For example, we should ask about the increase in part-time contracts.

 

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Paul Murray's curator insight, September 18, 9:13 AM

A quick look at a series of infographics on the state of the teaching profession in the United States of America.

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Good to Great: Have We Forgotten About Authentic Leadership?

Good to Great: Have We Forgotten About Authentic Leadership? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
One of my favorite books is Good to Great by Jim Collins.  It is an excellent articulation of what it takes to transform a business from good to great.  In his own words, Jim writes, “Some of the k...

Via Anne Leong
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The question might be, "Did we have authentic leadership?" I didn't see a lot of it in School. I saw a lot of management and rote learning of cliches and catch phrases.

 

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Six Principles for Measuring and Communicating the Value of Your Faculty Development Center

Six Principles for Measuring and Communicating the Value of Your Faculty Development Center | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is an era of rapid transformation and heightened opportunities for Faculty Development Centers (FDCs).

Via Blaine Morrow
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Outcomes do not describe the thinking that went into those outcomes. Do we live in an era of rapid transformation? Transforming is quite different than change. Transforming is more than moving deck chairs around.

 

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8 Characteristics of the "Innovator's Mindset"

8 Characteristics of the "Innovator's Mindset" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Recently I explored the notion of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and have thought a lot about this idea.  As I look to write on the topic of “Leading Innovative Change” within schools, we are looking t...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I agree with the final paragraph which suggests that innovation is just the latest in a litany of buzzwords. This is most often promoted by the so-called experts who are not in the classrooms. It is easy to sit outside, look in, and pretend one knows what is happening. We need less of this and more support for teaching. What is happening in School is managing and not leading. It is stating imperatives rather than working with and conversing with teachers.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, September 18, 10:21 AM

"Innovation" has lost its luster just as "awesome" has lost in true sense of awe. When everything is "awesome," nothing is. When everyone--in business and in schools--is straining towards "innovation" we will lose sight of how to be innovative or what is truly innovative.