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New Handy Chart on The Difference Between Projects and Project-based Learning

New Handy Chart on The Difference Between Projects and Project-based Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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There are good distinguishing features. PBL takes us beyond a project to applying, evaluating, and synthesizing learning.

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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, 2014 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, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
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 ;)
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Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.

Via Suvi Salo
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It is interesting how the infographic portrays the role of teachers as important in this process. My experience was quite different. Teachers, except those who bought into the School ideology offered up by School managers, were largely shut out.

 

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World's Shortest Books

World's Shortest Books | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Aussie Friends of Treehorn World’s Shortest Books “My View of Equity” by C. Pyne Gillard & Pyne : “Our Love for Teachers.” “Everything ACARA knows About Classroom Learning” "The Holistic Curric...
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The images says it all. We need to be thoughtful and caring in our work. We do not know what extinguishes and ignites the flame in each child.

 

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for the love of learning: Diane Ravitch's Forward for Finnish Lessons 2.0

for the love of learning: Diane Ravitch's Forward for Finnish Lessons 2.0 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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In reading and hearing Pasi Sahlberg present, I am struck by the key point he makes. Finland is a small and homogenous nation which needs to be considered when using ideas that have worked well there. Even Alberta, which is about the same size in terms of population, but is more heterogeneous, would have to consider that what worked in Finland might not work here. One thing I experienced as a teacher was a reluctance for the centralized bureaucracies, provincial and school boards, to let go of the decision making process. A second point is we have a much more centralized structure even at the school level. For the most part, teachers are shut out of the decision making and conversations.

 

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Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.

Via Sandeep Gautam, Jose Luis Yañez
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There are links which will take some exploring in reading and reflecting upon this interesting article.

 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 25, 10:11 AM

Love the neuroscientist insights of Alice in wonderland!

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, February 26, 11:22 AM

5 revelaciones sobre el cerebro en "Alicia en el País de las Maravillas" de L. Carrol: Micropsias y macropsias, los múltiples cambios de forma,( metamorfosis), relaciones en el significado de las palabras,  memoria para anticipaciones ("recuerdos del futuro") y pensar en lo imposible. Los Boys scouts creo que afirman: "Imposible es aquello que se logra después"

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.


Via Patti Kinney, Dean J. Fusto
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"According to Jackie Gerstein, teachers, like the students they teach, can learn to develop a growth mindset, but this requires careful planning by school management."

 

Are we including teachers in this work or is it just something being downloaded by School managers?

 

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The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains

The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Neurologist Judy Willis explores what kinds of homework help students at different stages of development and just how long out-of-hours work should take

Via Cindy Riley Klages
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"Computer-assisted learning cannot replace good teaching: it is only from teachers that students can experience rich interactive learning and build conceptual understanding."

 

Good teaching is about figuring out how children learn best and actively working with students in this way.

 

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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative - TeachThought

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative - TeachThought | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.

For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students.

So how do you get there? Here are some tips that can help you get creative in the classroom in a variety of ways.


Via John Evans, Roger Francis, Dean J. Fusto
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Even though the list is long, it is likely incomplete. That is the reality of teaching. No list is ever complete.

 

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Itzel Sánchez's curator insight, February 23, 6:06 PM

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If we teachers themselves don't use creativity how will we inspire and develop creativity in children. Our future leaders and employees need to be able to innovate, if they can't? Find out how The Future Shapers 'Enable' leaders to drive innovation...

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Incessant Prediction for Education Reform: "bad things will happen"

Incessant Prediction for Education Reform: "bad things will happen" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Prescient then and now, Joanne Yatvin's minority report as part of the National Reading Panel is a must read (scroll to about page 444), and regretfully can be applied to every aspect of the enduri...
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Reform is not just about what is dictated from external sources. It emerges from the work teachers do each day in the classroom.

 

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How to Build Trust in Schools

How to Build Trust in Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Instead of incapacitating people's ability to problem-solve or try new ideas -- which is what fear does to us -- research on school reform strongly suggests that policy-makers should be encouraging school leaders to take a more humane approach. In their seminal 2002 study on the reform efforts of 12 Chicago public schools, authors Anthony Bryk and Barbara Schneider found that enabling positive social relationships between the adults was the key to successful school improvement -- and that trust was at the heart of those relationships.


Via Patti Kinney, Dean J. Fusto, Lynnette Van Dyke
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The inclusion of Parker Palmer's work is important. It is hard work, but it provides a foundation upon which we share and trust can grow. Trust does not happen because a colleague or School manager says, "Trust me." It is earned and takes time.

 

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The Moments

The Moments | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Live in the moment :-) by Stephanie Carls on Insta.

 


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Mindfulness at its best.

 

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, February 21, 5:05 PM

Moments are all we have. Strive to live and enjoy life with no regrets Baby! ❤️

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Is Connectivism A New Learning Theory Based on Old Ideas? ~ Stephen's Web

Is Connectivism A New Learning Theory Based on Old Ideas? ~ Stephen's Web | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Mike Clare
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New theories are based on something that preceded them otherwise they flounder and sink.

 

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margot roi's curator insight, February 21, 11:22 AM

Connections create the visualization of ideas.

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Growth mindset: What interventions might work and what probably won’t?

The claim that there are attributional differences between pupils which can affect their experience of school and their academic outcomes is well supported. You can read a bit more about some of the psychology behind the idea of a ‘growth mindset’ here: Growth Mindset: It’s not magic However, accepting that these key attributional variables exist still leaves at least two important questions that school leaders and teachers should be asking before seeking to implement ‘growth mindset’ interventions in schools.


Via Patti Kinney, Nancy J. Herr
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The key might be to understand that changing mindsets is not a linear, predictable process. It is likely to be messy and uncertain like much good work.

 

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The disposable professor crisis

The disposable professor crisis | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For decades, colleges have been turning to adjuncts to cut costs -- and it's hurting students and educators alike

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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The same thing is happening in K-12. In Alberta, using part-time teachers has become a cost-cutting measure in many Schools. What it does for students is less well-known, but I suspect it does not help learning.

 

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The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Imagine you are a slave. You belong to a farmer who owns a tobacco plantation on the eastern shore of Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his field. But not for much longer . . .What will you do? Make your choices well as you embark on your journey to freedom.

 

To play The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom, you must download and install the free Sandstone Player Software on your computer. Sandstone is required to support the 3-D style interaction in the game. Click here to find instructions for downloading Sandstone on a Mac or PC.  The game is also available as both an iOS and an android app."

 

Tags: USA, historical, National Geographic.


Via Seth Dixon, Suvi Salo
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I enjoyed including the underground railroad in my Social Studies work. Canada played a role as the destination of many who escaped via the railway.

 

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 27, 2:10 PM

This link could be used in a potential CLIL lesson.

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leading and learning: Personalising learning – what does it mean? How does it relate to Modern Learning Environments?

leading and learning: Personalising learning – what does it mean? How does it relate to Modern Learning Environments? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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What is/are the difference/differences?

 

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More Than Half of America's Millennials Lack Basic Workplace Skills

More Than Half of America's Millennials Lack Basic Workplace Skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A new report finds that, despite being more educated than ever before, more than half of US millennials lack proficiency when it comes to applying reading and math skills at the workplace.


Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Dr. Deborah Brennan
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We need to rethink School, but not as part of a neo-liberal economic and political agenda. That is what got Canadian and American School reform into its current quandary.

 

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Carlos Oropeza's curator insight, February 18, 5:09 PM

Modelos organizacionales que dan y quitan.

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, February 25, 1:27 PM

Too many reports cite American students falling behind their global peers.  This report rightly mentions that we have been talking Bout school reform for years.  the social and economic gap in our society continues fueled by inequity in educational outcomes.  Perhaps it is time to talk about a revolution in education rather than reform.  We need new frameworks in poverty schools--creative problem solving by educators that will create a vision of providing all students the skills needed for a changed world

Arturo Gutiérrez-Luna's curator insight, February 27, 10:08 PM

añada su visión ...

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives.

Via Gust MEES, Robert Hubert
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I wonder if this is what Derrida had in mind when he used the word deconstructed?

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 21, 10:57 AM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


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


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



Teresita Moreno's curator insight, February 26, 11:49 AM
Read please
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Important for networks and self-organiizing.
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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests...

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This is an excellent article with great quotes from Chomsky.

 

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Dreams

Dreams | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“True that.  #DreamsToReality”


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Paulo Coehlo quotes are thoughtful and point us in great directions.

 

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, February 23, 5:27 PM
Yes Baby, life is worth living making your dreams come true!❤️
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Justifying Your Role as Teacher Librarian

Justifying Your Role as Teacher Librarian | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The profession of Teacher Librarian could be currently called endangered. In Australia, the death knoll is ringing especially in public schools.


Via Bookmarking Librarian
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It is not only Australia that the death knell of this role is being sounded. It is happening in Alberta or perhaps has already happened. We should not have to justify a role that makes sense to everyone, but the ones running our Schools.

 

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How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it.

How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Presenting is an essential skill for communicating research, but unfortunately it is not a skill researchers get much guidance on. Sarah Knowles pulls together some general advice on giving an enga...

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A well-thought out article with solid criteria.

 

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Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com

Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here are some of the many ways that I use LEGO to boost engagement while introducing my students to a wide range of math concepts.

Via Alfredo Calderon
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Lego are for play time and play is good for learning.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings

leading and learning: Education Readings | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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What do we mean by personalized learning? If it is, as it often is, just another way of shifting deck chairs then it fails. If it is teachers working with students understanding the Dewey quote suggesting education is life itself, then we have a chance.

 

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Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom?

Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A motto is a powerful way for teachers to encapsulate the principles, values, and ideals which guide them in their daily decisions.

Via juandoming
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What we need to do is begin with a pedagogic creed, similar to Dewey and work from there. The creed represents the touchstone we can use to make sure our motto continues to evolve and grow in our work.

 

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Best Advice: Never Assume People Are Motivated by the Same Things You Are

Best Advice: Never Assume People Are Motivated by the Same Things You Are | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In this series, professionals share the words of wisdom that made all the difference in their lives.


Via Bobby Dillard
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This should be the first rule of teaching.

 

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