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These Simple 3 Words Can Change The Life Of All The Young And Ambitious

These Simple 3 Words Can Change The Life Of All The Young And Ambitious | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Sometimes, the young and ambitious ones become frustrated as they see the world and face the reality. But don’t you get demotivated yet! I have three words to change your life: create, big, and defy. Have you got three minutes?


Via Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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The article puts a different spin on the way we influence things. It is less about work and being in a personal creative space.

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Works for anyone I think - only control what you can

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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/



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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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10 Simple Ways for Principals to Show Teachers Appreciation

10 Simple Ways for Principals to Show Teachers Appreciation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

We always make it a point to honor our teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Day, but we know that trying to cram all of our appreciation into a single day can feel slightly disingenuous to teachers. Rather than wait for May to roll around again, we’d like to share 10 simple ways principals can recognize teachers throughout the year.


Via Patti Kinney, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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Daily, genuine appreciation is an important consideration. Simply thanking teachers for their work is a great way. We rely too much on those one-off days i.e. teacher appreciation days. What if we made a point of paying attention and thanking teachers regularly? That might provide a different element to important adult relationships in School.

 

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.
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Bigger purpose helps us all, teachers and students. Viktor Frankl's work points us in that direction. Even in times of struggle, have a larger purpose provides a sense of direction. Frankl suggested it was that which might have provided some with the ability to survive against what appeared insurmountable odds in concentration camps. Getting past the daily grind and seeing something bigger with clarity i.e. family, work, a particular cause, etc. seemed to make the difference.

 

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Why Teachers Need Personalized Professional Development - Edudemic

Why Teachers Need Personalized Professional Development - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As we’ve studied the educational process, it’s become clear that students learn in a variety of ways and that no single approach is always successful in a classroom. What makes complete sense to one student may sound like gibberish to another. Competency-based or “personalized” learning allows students to master skills at their own pace with …
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We have known this for some time. Alfred North Whitehead and John Dewey used the term that there is no one royal road to learning. This applies to teachers and students. The challenge is that many School managers impose their favourite new thing on all staff. The last 8 years I had three managers and the first imposed critical thinking, the second social media, and the third the seven habits. We all had to do the same professional development regardless of our backgrounds and the work we did. It seemed the more knowledgeable a person was the more these managers insisted.

 

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On Motivation

On Motivation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Margaret Wheatley – Paradigm Shifter, Author and Co-Founder of the Berkana Institute
There is a misperception that people are motivated by competition. People are actually motivated by generosity and love.

Via june holley
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Walk out and Walk on is a great book. The last few years I taught I thought about that phrase a lot. We have to let go when we move on. It is hard and ongoing work.

 

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june holley's curator insight, August 22, 10:51 AM

Great stuff on new leadership.

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Can Writing Be Taught?

Can Writing Be Taught? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether writing can be taught.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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Of course they can be. In fact, it is important to teach cursive writing.

 

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, August 22, 11:01 AM

I believe writing skills can be taught, refined, improved. But just as some of us are better with paintbrushes or technology or hammers and saws, others of us are better with words.

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A shocking statistic about the quality of education research

A shocking statistic about the quality of education research | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A research study about research studies comes up with a cautionary finding.

 

For more than a decade, school reformers have said that education policy should be driven by “research” and “data,” but there’s a big question about how much faith anyone should have in a great deal of education research. This is so not only because the samples are too small or because some research projects are funded by specific companies looking for specific results, but because in nearly all cases, it appears that nobody can be certain their results are completely accurate.


“I would love to believe that every single person doing education research around the world has ethics that are as pure as the driven snow,” Plucker said. “[But] the law of averages tells us there’s something out there.”



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The concept of replication has never made sense to me. We should be reproducing and reconstructing. Reproducing and reconstructing are not about identical. They are about checking more data against the original data collected. One can never replicate/duplicate the same situation so it is about similarities rather than exactness.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 22, 9:27 AM

“I would love to believe that every single person doing education research around the world has ethics that are as pure as the driven snow,” Plucker said. “[But] the law of averages tells us there’s something out there.”


That is reinforcing mey thoughts and believes as I said this ALREADY years ago THAT I DON'T trust on research in EDU!


Educate Massachusetts's curator insight, August 22, 11:49 AM

Data is significant yet can be deceptive.  We are developing human potential and there are aspects where data is not as reliable to success as we portray.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, Today, 8:42 AM

This article is about the low value placed on replication studies. It does not call into question all education research! I'd like to see how this replication issue compares to other social sciences before dismissing all ed research! 

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We can no longer assume that a story is true because it appears in the paper

We can no longer assume that a story is true because it appears in the paper | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
John Quiggin: We are now in an age of transition. 20th century assumptions about mass media, and particularly the Press are breaking down, but nothing has emerged to replace them

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We should never have and this is now the case for all news media sources. Kierkegaard suggested media distorted the story and it did not serve the public sphere well. It was controlled by the few and the many did not think about what was reported.

 

School is like that unless we have teachers who genuinely act as critical theorists opening up space for students to explore.

 

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Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is nice a Harvard professor agrees with Grade 9 students. Several years I discussed the idea of the average student with Grade 9 students. They understood there was no such thing.

 

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Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now!

Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Re-imagining youth learning must begin with an understanding of the world our children and youth are stepping into. This first requires a major reality check. That’s because most of us see a very
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If we continue to believe that learning is about command and mastery, we miss what it is really about, mystery and questioning. Even in solving a problem, it is more likely that new questions open up space and present new problems.

 

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How to Design Right-Sized Challenges

How to Design Right-Sized Challenges | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Design student projects that hit the sweet spot -- relevant to real life, challenging enough to be interesting, and achievable for diverse learners.

Via Suvi Salo
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Playful spaces are important in learning. Keep it low tech is important for students. They accomplish so much when they can handle the projects and instructions.

 

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If A Child Is Off-Task…

If A Child Is Off-Task… | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
TEST If A Child Is Off-Task… by TeachThought Staff Quick-hitting thought someone sent to us via email recently that resonated with us: If a child is off-task, perhaps the problem is not the child, but the task –Alfie Kohn If a child is off task,...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Perhaps it is our perception of what it means to be off-task. Perhaps the student is fully on task and immersed in something important in their learning.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 21, 1:52 PM

That's all there is to say about that...

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Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
TEST This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation by TeachThought Staff This is part one in our four-part “This is our classroom” series, one that will help you and your students take a look at your classroom as a “whole...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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There are some good points. I would take some a step further. For example, it is not just about minimizing the separation between what we learn and how we live. There is no separation between those two things as is there is no separation between teaching, learning, and living.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 21, 2:22 PM

This is a piece I'll probably post on my wall...

D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 7:07 AM

I wish I found this when i was still in the classroom. Value thinking and learning in their glorious uncertainty and complexity.

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Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors

Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?  Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that! 


Via AlGonzalezinfo, donhornsby
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The article provides some insight into the importance of long-term relationships. Does it mean mentoring? Perhaps not. Perhaps it means being there down the road for students to touch bases with.

 

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 13, 9:31 AM

From the post: We can start the process of leadership coaching IN the classroom. All this takes is an intentional approach and tools that teachers can use to teach leadership as part of their curriculum! 

Just like we coach our kids on the court, track or wrestling mat, we need to coach them on how to lead positive change and avoid the inferior behaviors that come so easily with aggression and unmanaged conflict. 

Gust MEES's curator insight, August 22, 7:53 PM

Well, might be good to read that as there are wise tips!


donhornsby's curator insight, Today, 8:02 AM

(From the article): Without positive leadership, aggression and conflict will attract our younger set and start the process of developing the bad habits that plague the workplace today!

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Poverty Is Not Inevitable

Poverty Is Not Inevitable | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around by Dean Paton — YES! Magazine. by Dean Paton posted Aug 21, 2014 Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choi...
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I tell people that the resources to make the changes in education, health care, and social justice exist. I do not include people as a resource. We are people. Our "leaders" who are really managers and ideologues prefer people be called assets and resources in making the homeless, students, the sick, etc. faceless, stripping people of identity. Solutions lie not in the hands of the few distanced from the communities we live and work in, but with the many who live and work in those communities.

 

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The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The art of leadership is not without struggle but those that lead from a strong foundation are unshakable, they have endurance for what life has to offer.
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I agree that a certain amount of struggle can help to temper a leader's steel; however there is a myth that it is always necessary. I think the myth also suggests that we struggle through or listen to only those of like mind. Both are challenges. Lincoln likely had some supports that helped him through the struggles. We need those in life and need to find a path that enables us to deal with the struggles.

 

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Fair Is Fair

Fair Is Fair | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Fairness affects everything we do. It shapes our judgment, impacts our credibility, affects our ability to trust, and influences our loyalty. Are you fair?
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Although rational thinking is important, fair leaders have an intuitive sixth sense which guides them as well. I think of leaders in School and private industry I worked for and those who had that sense were the fairest.

 

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Next Gen Learning Boosts Rigor, Relevance & Relationships

Next Gen Learning Boosts Rigor, Relevance & Relationships | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Don't miss this post! Tom Vander Ark explains how innovations in learning are supporting great learning environments for students &teachers.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto
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I think vigour is a better word than rigor which comes with mortis and makes the term rigor mortis. Also, it is like we are just discovering vigour, relevancy, and relationships are important. Dewey wrote about them long ago.

 

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Margaret J. Wheatley: Supporting Pioneering Leaders

Margaret J. Wheatley: Supporting Pioneering Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via june holley
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Where have all the leaders gone? That is an interesting question. They have become managers. That is what I experienced in School. Managing and leading are inseparable, but the School managers find managing and being a boss easier.

 

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Daniel Goleman: We Should Be Teaching Emotional Literacy in Schools | Mindful

Daniel Goleman: We Should Be Teaching Emotional Literacy in Schools | Mindful | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, makes the case for teaching emotional literacy in schools and how to put it into practice.


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Self-awareness is an important skill and attitude for students. It is about being responsible and resilient.

 

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Growing Closer To Your Most Challenging Students

Growing Closer To Your Most Challenging Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Growing Closer To Your Most Challenging Students

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Pillar #1 is relationships. This means knowing the stories students bring to school, not as excuses, but as part of knowing who that person is. Several years ago, a School manager explained that one "problem student" respected me and he listened to. The conversation stopped there. Instead of wanting to know what that meant, no one, including the School manager, was interested in how to build a respectful relationship with that student. It was like it was too much work.

 

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Education Readings August 22nd

Education Readings August 22nd | 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! Rational And Evidence-Based Responses To Standards Advocate...
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Another batch of excellent links. I found the one about the opposite of excellence interesting and important. Locked in a neo-liberal School agenda, we use test scores as the measure of excellence. What about the quality of relationships? How are those measured?

 

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, August 22, 9:14 AM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
http://goo.gl/st4aLZ
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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“But … We’ve Always Done it this Way…”

“But … We’ve Always Done it this Way…” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Carol A. Hand Did you ever feel like you were living in the wrong time? That somehow you had missed learning how to simply accept the fact that we should do things the way they’ve always been done?...
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What I found and I think this post gets at this was that those reforming School are as much about enforcing the status quo. It is not about change, but about the perception that in the busyness we are deceived and duped by the pace and do not realize deep change, transformation, is simply not happening.

 

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8 Steps To Ensure Great Communication With Parents - Edudemic

8 Steps To Ensure Great Communication With Parents - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As you’re preparing your lesson plans and classrooms for the first day of school (which may have already happened for some of you!), keeping in touch with parents is probably on your mind. Communicating classroom expectations and other pertinent information at the beginning of the school year is critical to get everyone started off on …

Via Suvi Salo
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Where I worked I communicated a lot with parents. This seemed to be a problem for the School managers who wanted to monitor and control the communication.

 

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Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, August 22, 7:25 AM

Teachers, lets plan to engage parents from the start.  Establishing common language, shared agreements, expectations, etc. from the beginning is a great way to get buy-in from the parents at the start of the school year.  Engage parents immediately and form a sturdy partnership with them, by letting them know how often you'll be contacting them, and that they are welcome in your learning community. 

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Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning

Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
we seem to talk about instructor role so rarely that she becomes not only intangible, but at times invisible. Part of the problem seems to be that we’ve conflated instructor role with “authority,” and we’ve regarded authority as a dirty word

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Perhaps person-centred learning is a more apt way of understanding classrooms. The teacher is part of the larger whole and not separate. It might be a human and humane world can emerge from classrooms where humans live humanely.

 

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Victoria Marín's curator insight, August 22, 8:54 AM

Interesting article on the critical role of the teacher in student-centred learning.

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Expert panel: what makes a good teacher

Expert panel: what makes a good teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Amid debates about teacher quality and training, and with the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group soon to report on teacher education, we asked a panel of experts just what makes a good teacher…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Although not all the "experts' used the word, relationships with students and revealing who we are as people is central to teaching. When we are in strong relationships with students, we shift the learning to them and it becomes their responsibilites in ways they enjoy.

 

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