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Education Rethink @edrethink: 12 Alternatives to Boring Professional Development


Via Cindy Riley Klages
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The key is choice. It has to happen within a framework, but the framework has to be reasonable and allow some stretch. I found the last few years I taught that the education managers wanted to dictate with little room for breathing. They each had their little patch of development staked out for teachers.

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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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Five Ways to Create a State of Flow in the Classroom | John Spencer's Blog

Five Ways to Create a State of Flow in the Classroom | John Spencer's Blog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Via Suvi Salo
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I am not sure Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would necessarily agree that flow is easy to plan for, but it is a good idea to create the right environment for learning regardless which is what John Dewey suggested.

 

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Growth Mindset and Deeper Learning

Growth Mindset and Deeper Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teaching students that they can become smarter and learn to capabilities is at the heart of the Growth Mindset theory. Learn how schools are bringing a growth mindset into their classrooms to allow students to succeed like never before.

Via Mel Riddile, Janelle
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Deep learning, if it draws from deep ecology, is about doing things differently which does not always mean that it is about growth in the way we normally understand progress. It is about deep meaning in our learning and teaching.

 

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 27, 2014 2:28 PM

"growth mindset has the power to stick and transform how we think, act and talk in ways that propel students powerfully into their future."

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They turned college into McDonald’s: Adjunct professors, fast-food wages and how colleges screw more than just students

They turned college into McDonald’s: Adjunct professors, fast-food wages and how colleges screw more than just students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Adjunct professors are joining the fight for a living wage -- and show us all education isn't a guarantee of a job
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This is an interesting comparison and it extends into K-12 as politicians and bureaucrats at all levels use part-time contracts to reduce cost.

 

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This school in Norway abandoned teaching subjects 40 years ago

This school in Norway abandoned teaching subjects 40 years ago | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A 40-year experiment in education that's working.

Via Suvi Salo
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If you do the math, there are 4-6 teachers for 60-75 teachers which yields a student/teacher ration no higher than about 18:1. That says something and there was no mention of digital tools. I am sure they use them, but maybe it depends on con(text).

 

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How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning

How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Student know how to play school like it's a game, but if teachers change the rules, they just might appreciate it.

Via diane gusa
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School the way it is done is long out-dated and it is not a matter of reform, but moving beyond what School is and transforming it.

 

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diane gusa's curator insight, May 1, 10:09 PM

The first thing he did was move to standards-based grading. He told his students to show him they’d learned the material, it didn’t matter how long it took them.

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leading and learning: Education Readings - John Hattie is wrong/ Innovative teachers/ UK elections/ mental models and real school leadership.

leading and learning: Education Readings - John Hattie is wrong/ Innovative teachers/ UK elections/ mental models and real school leadership. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The article that Fullan is quoted is so right on. The system is set up to force 5% of the teachers out and it is applied to all teachers. What is troubling is there may be larger problems i.e. part-time contracts and high teacher turn over

 

 

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Education Readings May 1st

Education Readings May 1st | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz This week’s homework! Hattie’s research: Is wrong Part 3 – meta-meta analysis a...
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The second link about what schools can and cannot do echos words by Gert Biesta and Wm. Pinar.

 

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Can A New "Coach" Really Make A Difference?

Can A New "Coach" Really Make A Difference? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs are in full swing right now, and it got me thinking about a post I wrote several years ago on my blog Sell Lead Succeed. Hockey coaches often remind me of business leaders, and I thought sharing content from a radio interview would be appropriate.I was driving home from work one day last January and heard an awesome interview with Jeremy Rutherford from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Team 1260 Sports Radio in Edmonton. The discussion focused on the new coach of the St. Louis Blues, Ken Hitchcock, and the team’s amazing turn-around sinc
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Even if a person is not a hockey fan or hockey knowledgeable, the article makes sense. I met Hitchcock a number of years ago and then more recently. The change is noticeable and I think makes a difference for his players.

 

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Why you don't have to know all the answers

Why you don't have to know all the answers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
by Stephen Logan

Via Mel Riddile, Kelly Christopherson
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Teaching is about being vulnerable and exposing one's self. That is how teachers learn. It is not by being told by others who are not in the classroom what to do.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 27, 12:57 AM

This is something that more leaders, especially in education, need to embrace and model not just talk about as a good idea.

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Why Aesthetics Matter to Learning - ATD (blog)

Why Aesthetics Matter to Learning - ATD (blog) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
One obvious way to influence affect is through visual aesthetics, or the appreciation of an appealing design. Thus, the importance of visual design in learning is gaining in stature and will become increasingly important in years to come.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Suvi Salo
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Yes, a person's subjectivity and prejudice foreground their experiences in the world. The key is to know what they are and reflect on them thought ones' consciousness so as to use them well.

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for the love of learning: From Detesting to De-Testing

for the love of learning: From Detesting to De-Testing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Tests are one of the left-overs from an industrial age model of School. Oh, we still seem to be in that world.

 

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How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

How do Unschoolers Turn Out? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.

Via Antonia Rudenstine
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This is an extreme form of home schooling and my experience was that many families did a terrific job with their children and the children responded positively. Having parents actively involved in their children's education can work in school when it is given a chance, but too many School managers have their way of doing things that do not welcome this.

 

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Daniel Willingham: Teachers experience cognitive dissonance over educational ... - TES News

Daniel Willingham: Teachers experience cognitive dissonance over educational ... - TES News | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As scientific research is applied to more areas of education, teachers remain conflicted about its usefulness, according to celebrated cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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The challenge with the way research is done is researchers observe what teachers do and student responses as variables. What about including, real including, teachers in their research. That would mean re-thinking School as it exists and letting go of the way we do School.

 

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The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Official AndreasCY, Stephania Savva
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Curriculum comes from currere which has to do with repeatedly running the course and autobiography implying complex conversations. These happen in School and outside.

 

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Maximillian Danskin's curator insight, May 4, 12:57 PM

this is on point. in today's generation school has become a chore, not because it is boring or uninteresting (and it is) but because that is how we were raised to think. school is supposed to "suck" and we are supposed to hate it with a fiery passion. but if we could integrate the [arts kids love about school into the subjects we don't  believe that kids could learn to be excited about Knowledge and the expanse if possibility it holds.   

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Cass Hallacker on Insta

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Instagram photo by @casshallacker 


Via Vilma Bonilla
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And some of us are not.

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A School Garden Born in a Food Desert May Change the Way Kids Eat—and Learn

A School Garden Born in a Food Desert May Change the Way Kids Eat—and Learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The highly successful Green Bronx Machine wants to go national.

Via Alan Yoshioka, Jocelyn Stoller, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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It is not just about food, but can expand to science, social studies, and language arts. John Dewey used gardening as one of the trans-disciplinary ideas for the lab.

 

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euroagls's curator insight, May 3, 5:31 PM

Seconde : Nourrir les hommes.

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The Paradox of Deeper Learning: The Unlearning Curve

The Paradox of Deeper Learning: The Unlearning Curve | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Deep learning means that students may initially learn more while they understand less, writes Sam Dyson.

Via diane gusa
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For something to be learned it replaces something. The challenge is we find it hard to let go of what we learned.

 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 3, 1:16 AM

I like the diagram. Change champions are always unlearning and engaging in deeper learning and application. The great unlearning happening in remarkable workplaces is the unlearning of people management, change management, and performance management, all oxymorons in my view.

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“We’re Number Umpteenth!”: The Myth Of Lagging U.S. Schools - Alfie Kohn

“We’re Number Umpteenth!”: The Myth Of Lagging U.S. Schools

Via diane gusa
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It is wrong and impossible to take a statistic that averages everything out and find genuine meaning in that. Look at the local community and it will pose the right questions.

 

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diane gusa's curator insight, May 1, 10:16 PM

 Rich American kids do fine; poor American kids don’t

Test scores are largely a function of socioeconomic status.  

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for the love of learning: I'm in Sir Ken Robinson's book Creative Schools!

for the love of learning: I'm in Sir Ken Robinson's book Creative Schools! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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School changes daily, perhaps with more frequency. What we need is to (trans)form School beyond simply moving deck chairs around.

 

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Why Our 19th Century Education System Belongs in the Museum By Patricia Levesque

Why Our 19th Century Education System Belongs in the Museum By Patricia Levesque | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The nine-month school year dates back to the 1800s. It was developed to instill uniformity in public education.


Via Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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We need to move beyond (trans)form what School is without losing the human qualities and relationships essential to good teaching and learning.

 

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What Makes a School Effective? | Education.com

What Makes a School Effective? | Education.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What makes a school effective? Read our breakdown of Larry Lezotte's Effective Schools research, stressing the seven "Correlates of Effective Schools."

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I find it interesting that if I wait long enough the same research will show up again. Lezotte`s research and writing is about 25 years old.

 

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The Travelling Teachers: How to write a letter: formal or informal style?

The Travelling Teachers: How to write a letter: formal or informal style? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via TeachingEnglish, Juergen Wagner, Roselink, Luciana Viter
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This is a good infographic.

 

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Lessons for School Leaders from the Corporate World

Lessons for School Leaders from the Corporate World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
RT @eduleadership: The best business leaders engage in servant leadership. Shouldn't school leaders, too? http://t.co/lWeBKMPVu6

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I think teaching is about being responsible and using ones' pedagogic practices and standards in guiding that process rather than accountablity.

 

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Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children?

Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Student-centered learning has largely been the domain of middle class families. David Gribble found that less privileged children can thrive in these environments as well.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Self-directed learning does not mean an absence of teachers. It suggests teachers play a new role. It implies servant-leadership i.e. first amongst equals.

 

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 25, 6:31 PM

This is an interesting question. What will be available to them. What will empower them? What will excite them?

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These 4 Everyday Activities Can Easily Become A Mindfulness Exercise - Omvana

These 4 Everyday Activities Can Easily Become A Mindfulness Exercise - Omvana | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is hot right now. You may have seen Mindfulness on the front of Time Magazine, heard about mindfulness being used by staff at Google or maybe your health professional[...]

Via Pat Weber, Dr. J.L. Harter
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Just take time doing whatever is you are doing at any given time and devote your full attention to the task at hand.

 

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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 25, 10:33 PM

How often do we carry on absentmindedly? Here's some food for re-thinking the absence of mindfulness.