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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, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine, PhD I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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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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School environment key to retaining teachers, promoting student achievement

School environment key to retaining teachers, promoting student achievement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
New research identifies four organizational and administrative factors that can decrease teacher turnover and lift student test scores in math.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Mike Kelly
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I have understood this for some time. Happiness not salary are essential to wanting to stay on a job. Money is important. If I have it, it is not a guarantee I will stay.

I would have taught for 1/2 of what I made. That is not a popular sentiment. I left because I was not certain I made a difference. I was concerned I would become a cog in the machine just showing up.
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"A school is more likely to retain effective teachers, a new study reports, if it is led by a principal who promotes professional development for teachers, is characterized by collaborative relationships among teachers, has a safe and orderly learning environment and sets high expectations for academic achievement among students, a new study reports."

I hope we are not just discovering this. Good teachers leave because their voices are silenced and they are marginalized by administrators, parents, and other staff.
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How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity

How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity
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I reviewed and edited my rubrics each time I used them. I sat with the program of studies while doing that. I included students in the process, going over the rubrics and asking them what they understood about them and their learning.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 15, 10:47 AM
I did several things in using rubrics. First, I spent a considerable amount of time with the various curicula (9 to 11 core subjects). I read and considered what students were being asked to learn. I interpreted and prepared rubrics through that lens. Second, I edited each time I used a rubric. I discovered new insights. Third, I went over the rubrics with students which informed point 2. This provided them with insights as they began an activity and they were comfortable asking questions and making observations along the way.
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8 Signs of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

8 Signs of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence is an important part of being a successful leader. Learn the signs of emotional intelligence in leadership in this blog post.

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These qualities are essential to teaching. They are adaptability, optimism, initiative, resolving conflict, professional growth, having empathy, trustworthiness, and being reflective.
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Human Resources Isn’t About Humans – Backchannel

Human Resources Isn’t About Humans – Backchannel | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Human Resources is a failing institution, and it needs to change. Karen Wickre breaks down the problem, and offers a starter set of solutions.
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When Martin Heidegger wrote in the 1950's, he questioned the idea of humans being treated as disposable resources. In education, teachers become replaceable widgets with that thinking.

Karen Wickre argues that "human resources is a failing institution and it needs to change." First, we need to acknowledge human resources serves the institution and not people.

I taught in an organization where HR people were not teachers, but neither were many administrators and central office personnel in any real way. When this happens, teaching is understood as a technical and instrumental process rather than a calling.
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The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son

The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes."
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The letter written by Einstein describes flow and how, as we are immersed in an activity, time seems to stand still. Teachers experience those moments with their students. They ignite learning and conversing.
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Gisele HELOU's curator insight, May 24, 2:16 AM
The letter written by Einstein describes flow and how, as we are immersed in an activity, time seems to stand still. Teachers experience those moments with their students. They ignite learning and conversing.
Ian Berry's curator insight, May 24, 7:53 PM
Great insight and also a plug for the source Brain Pickings which I think is one of the great blogs
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22 Books That Expand Your Mind and Change The Way You Live

22 Books That Expand Your Mind and Change The Way You Live | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For the past few years, I formed a habit of asking everyone for book recommendations. It’s one of the habits that has truly changed my life. Reading is my favorite way to develop my mind because it’s…
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There are great books on the list, including Bird by Bird, Flow, Man's Search for Meaning, Walden, etc. There are authors I am familiar with but have not read their books i.e. Cain, Kahnenman, Harari, etc. When I taught, I shared what I was reading with my students. They might not read that book at that moment, but a seed was planted.
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What is school for? – Learning {Re}imagined – Medium

What is school for? – Learning {Re}imagined – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This interview was recorded for Renegade Inc on September 7th 2016 and first appeared on the Renegade community. Reposted here with kind permission. Graham: Hello, I’m Graham Brown-Martin. My…

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What is school for? This is a question we should ask regularly, maybe every day. School is a formal part of someone's education. It is not the complete education of a person. For each person there is a question about what interests them i.e. self-interest.
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10 incredible Quotes to guide your life. – Creatomic – Medium

10 incredible Quotes to guide your life. – Creatomic – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I’m a collector of quotes. I love it when I can find a phrase, a sentence, a particular grouping of words that can change my perspective, open my fucking eyes, and spread a little light for me. I…
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The quotes tie together. We are in this together somehow. As the McLuhan quote lays it out we are in this together. In this sense, teaching the way it is done is artificial. Teachers are separated from one another, encouraged to believe "superman" does exist and will provide the next terrific solution. What if teaches lived and taught in community?
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The Myth of the Starving Artist and Other Misconceptions about Creativity

The Myth of the Starving Artist and Other Misconceptions about Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Art for art’s sake was a creed of the 20th century bohemians, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. We should not create work that is functional or commercial, the argument goes, but rather…
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Jeff Goins argues that starving is not the end-all in art. Making money and marketing are essential to artistry.
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18 Questions the Best Leaders Use to Develop, Engage, and Retain Their Staff

Your employees want to know you care about their careers.

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What makes us so alive in what we do? Teaching was one of those things for me. It is a joyful and life-giving process.
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3. Insight, where you get direct reports to think about what they want to achieve and areas in which they could improve and what they are prepared to do to make those goals and improvements.

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Five Popular Myths About Learning That Are Completely Wrong

Five Popular Myths About Learning That Are Completely Wrong | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"What you think you know about how you retain new information and skills is likely completely wrong. Here’s what actually works."


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The first one is essential. We do not have fixed learning styles per se. We do tend to feel more comfortable using certain styles, but stepping beyond them can be essential to learning. The others are reading passively, focus on one topic at a time, first answer is the right answer, and practicing over and over.
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We don’t need hero leaders, we need cultures of learning and leadership

We don’t need hero leaders, we need cultures of learning and leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“We have relied on hero’s for far too long, perhaps because it’s such an enticing promise.

Somewhere there is someone who will fix everything. Somewhere there is the perfect leader who will lead us out of this mess.

Somewhere, there is someone who is visionary, charismatic and brilliant and we will happily follow him or her.

Somewhere.

Well, it’s time for all the heroes to go home.

It is time for us to give up these hopes and expectations, that only serve to make people dependant and passive.

It is time to face the truth of our situation. We are all in this together.

Let’s figure out how to engage the hearts and minds of everyone, and get on with the work to do it.” — Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

Via David Hain
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The author, Ash Buchannan, makes the point that, living in community, we each have the opportunity to rise to the occasion and lead. He referenced Margaret Wheatley's work.

Too often in schools, there is desire amongst teachers to be told what they are to do. No one can lead our students for us, so how do we step up in a community of teaching, learning, and leading? To educate and pedagogy are about leading.
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It takes a village...and communities thrive on everyone taking responsibility...

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Richard Feynman on the Art Behind Science – The Polymath Project – Medium

Richard Feynman on the Art Behind Science – The Polymath Project – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
One of the best antidotes to this view are the stories of Richard Feynman — everyone’s favorite safe-cracking theoretical physicist. For example, let’s look at how Feynman created the famous Feynman…

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The article takes us on a trip from Seneca and stoicism to Feynman and physics. John Dewey argued that empiricism comes from an etymology meaning rule of thumb. Scientists begin with something they want to prove. It is does not stop there and continues as repeated proving.
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These Life-Changing Books Will Expand Your Sense of Possibility

These Life-Changing Books Will Expand Your Sense of Possibility | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Change is the only true constant. But real change is a choice. A decision — a commitment to do something different. To take control of the direction of your life. Transformation is uncomfortable but…

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I am not familiar with most of the books, but there are interesting titles. The ones I am familiar with have informed my teaching i.e. Flow
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ASCD Express 12.18 - Ten Dimensions of Holistic Leadership

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Figure 1 which outlines the 10 dimensions breaks the dimensions up into effective and ineffective uses. The more effective is leading. The less effective is managing.

We have to be careful that we do not over-focus on efficiency. Human interactions are by their nature messy and complex, producing the unexpected.
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Don’t just sit there… | Henry Mintzberg

Don’t just sit there… | Henry Mintzberg | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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As a teacher, I found taking time to sit at tables and in circles without tables very beneficial to conversation.
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Some great old ideas you can make new again
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Shifting the scene - from taking to listening and the benefits at all levels of learning. 
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When Dreaming Becomes Doing, Magic Happens – The Writing Cooperative

When Dreaming Becomes Doing, Magic Happens – The Writing Cooperative | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We all want something better for ourselves: we want to be better writers and live our dream lives every day. We want to meet inspiring people. We want to be kinder to each other and we want world…
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Blake Powell's writing aabout writing is transferrable to other callings. He uses the word calling, which is a vocation and how we discover and express who we are. Teaching was/is a calling for me. It was/is a creative space. In that space magic can happen.
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No, it's not you: why 'wellness' isn't the answer to overwork

No, it's not you: why 'wellness' isn't the answer to overwork | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Nothing can alleviate the stress of overwork except working less. Like the road signs say, only sleep cures fatigue. We need to be reminded of this because tired long-haul drivers can be deluded into thinking that coffee, a can of Mother or an upbeat bit of music might help them stay awake. For the madly overworked, we need reminding that the only cure for working too much is to stop. It’s as simple as that.

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If we are overworking, the solution is to work less. When my administrator told me I was going to have a substantial load added, it was a blessing. I stopped going in early, staying late, and coming in on weekends. It was challenging and it led to considering whether I wanted to continue teaching under those conditions. I did not.
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Why Effective Practice Is Just As Important As the Hours of Practice

Why Effective Practice Is Just As Important As the Hours of Practice | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Students need to practice important skills, but it's equally important they know how to do so effectively.
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Practicing includes practicing the right way. When we make mistakes, how do those inform us?
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Many people always say practice makes perfect. However, is that really so, if practice is all it takes to succeed, why isn’t everyone doing it? Practice is not the only thing that is needed for success; one more thing is the way we practice. Practice also means that we must strive to find our mistakes and improve.
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How To Be A World-Class Mentor To Others – The Mission

How To Be A World-Class Mentor To Others – The Mission | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Becoming successful in your own right is one thing; where the real fulfillment starts to come from is when you can use your skills to help someone else achieve their dreams. Through helping someone…
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Mentoring and coaching is helping someone find their path. Quite often, it is asking questions that allow the other to explore. It takes time.
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Speech, Action, and the Human Condition: Hannah Arendt on How We Invent Ourselves and Reinvent the World

Speech, Action, and the Human Condition: Hannah Arendt on How We Invent Ourselves and Reinvent the World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The smallest act in the most limited circumstances bears the seed of the same boundlessness, because one deed, and sometimes one word, suffices to change every
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According to Arendt, action, including speech, transcends time and place. As well, we cannot predict how it will be understood beyond time and place. This is essential to understand in teaching. Pedagogic actions and speech are not just subject to interpretation in the moment and place they occur. The method of currere is an example of this transcendence. We look back and explore our lived-experiences to imagine the future of our teaching.
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Love what you do

Love what you do | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
learning, technology, education, steve, wheeler, social media, internet, mobile, school, teachers

Via Marta Torán, Ricard Lloria
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When we love what we do, we want to grow and flourish.
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Marta Torán's curator insight, May 17, 3:43 PM

Ama lo que haces y haz lo que amas.

Excelente consejo de Steve Wheeler.

Descubrir, un viaje de aprendizaje...

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Return on Character | Character-driven leaders deliver five times greater financial returns for their organizations.

Return on Character | Character-driven leaders deliver five times greater financial returns for their organizations. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Does the character of our leaders matter? According to research done by KRW International it really, really, does!

Welcome to a Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture. Joining Peter Clayton today is Fred Kiel, PhD, co-founder of KRW International, the author of Return On Character. For more than thirty years, he has helped Fortune 500 CEOs and senior executives build organizational effectiveness through leadership excellence and mission alignment.

 

Strategy+Business considers Return on Character one of the best business books of 2015.

With Credit Suisse replacing their CEO after years of fines and the future of companies like Uber and Yahoo! being questioned because of bad CEO behavior, (or the current CEO poster boy, infamous former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli), could this be the wakeup call we need to start measuring how the character of a leader impacts their organization's performance?

For the first time we now have data to measure the correlation. In Return On Character (Harvard Business Review Press,), the findings are revealed from KRW International's seven-year study on the financial impact of character.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Soft+Skills

 

Check also:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 


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The bottom line question is "does the character of our leaders matter?" Of course it does. Being responsible, admitting mistakes, forgiving, etc. are essential. I discovered how important these were in teaching and forming pedagogic relationships with students. I understand teaching as leading.
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Does the character of our leaders matter? According to research done by KRW International it really, really, does!

Welcome to a Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture. Joining Peter Clayton today is Fred Kiel, PhD, co-founder of KRW International, the author of Return On Character. For more than thirty years, he has helped Fortune 500 CEOs and senior executives build organizational effectiveness through leadership excellence and mission alignment.

 

Strategy+Business considers Return on Character one of the best business books of 2015.

With Credit Suisse replacing their CEO after years of fines and the future of companies like Uber and Yahoo! being questioned because of bad CEO behavior, (or the current CEO poster boy, infamous former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli), could this be the wakeup call we need to start measuring how the character of a leader impacts their organization's performance?

For the first time we now have data to measure the correlation. In Return On Character (Harvard Business Review Press,), the findings are revealed from KRW International's seven-year study on the financial impact of character.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Soft+Skills

 

Check also:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Leiarskap; "klart hovud, varmt hjarta"

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Finland sets example with vocational education reform

Finland sets example with vocational education reform | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Finnish government presented its proposal for a new vocational education act to the parliament on 24 April, 2017.

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Vocational skills will continue to be important. What can we learn from what Finland is doing?
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Journaling for Professional Development: Developing Yourself Through Reflection

Journaling for Professional Development: Developing Yourself Through Reflection | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Learn how journaling regularly can help you build new skills, develop self-awareness, and achieve your goals.

Via Ariana Amorim, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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I discovered that only one teacher I interviewed journaled. Each teacher said they reflected extensively, but only one set it down on paper. It is good to journal to reflect on mistakes and what worked; keep information fresh, solve problems, and grow as a teacher.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 23, 12:52 PM
I journalled when I was teaching. What I discovered was it was not helpful; not because it could not be, but because I just vented. Since retiring, I have journalled and focused on what I felt, what I was doing, and how this informed who I was becoming. It has made a difference.