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Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional desi...
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This is an interesting article. I am not sure we moved past treating students as passive vessels and filling them with information which we cannot really do.  Information needs to be transformed into something useful through practical wisdom and applied wisely.

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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 ;)
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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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Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.

Via Sharrock
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An important aspect of reflecting and learning is getting beyond what went well and, even when we think we have succeeded, look for the things that were different about this learning.

 

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"Learning is more effective if a lesson or experience is deliberately coupled with time spent thinking about what was just presented, a new study shows. In “Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance,” a team of researchers from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina describe what they call the first empirical test of the effect of reflection on learning. By “reflection,” they mean taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important points."

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Why the Best Leaders are Servants, Not Kings

Leaders must empower their people, not just command them.

Via Anne Leong
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Leaders engage and invite people. Empowering suggests acting externally on people. Inviting and engaging allows people to enter their work on their terms to a greater extent.

 

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What Motivates Teachers?

What Motivates Teachers? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teachers overwhelmingly report that they love their jobs, but hate their workplaces. Teachers weigh in on why they love the classroom and how things could change to make their lives easier.

Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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What places inspiring work, teaching, at the bottom of the happiness scale and yet can, at the same time, be inspiring and rewarding work? The environment many teachers work in is one that does not reward the teachers for the fine work they do when it is done.

 

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The Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins

The Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

 

Loris Malaguzzi so eloquently reminded us that our image of the child is where our teaching should begin. It’s necessary that we believe that the child is very intelligent, that the child is strong...

Via Diane Kashin, Janice Comrie
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I am not convinced about suggesting children are images. I think that we meet children where they are in their learning. That is real and tangible and, most importantly, relational.

 

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FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP: A Conversation with Sharyland ISD Superintendent Dr. Virginia Richter (Part II)

FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP: A Conversation with  Sharyland ISD Superintendent Dr. Virginia Richter (Part II) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When Sharyland ISD trustees selected Dr. Richter as the district’s new superintendent, I remember reading in the paper that a PSJA administrator had been selected for the job. At the time, I assumed she had followed the traditional route to becoming superintendent. When we met, though, I learned “the rest of her story.”
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The idea of walking the talk is important in leading in School. Working shoulder to shoulder with staff is key to developing everyone.

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Education Reform Is Awful and Supporters Know It

Education Reform Is Awful and Supporters Know It | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
At the top of many education reformers' wish list is expanding charter schools to give students a choice. The total number of charter schools currently competing with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham public schools is zero....

Via The Rice Process
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Although this has an American slant, Canadians and Albertan should be concerned with School reform often resembling deform. Even when politicians, bureaucrats, and reformers set out to reform little changes. Simply put, the next new fad i.e. digital technologies gets ordered into the classroom with inadequate supports and little input from teachers.

 

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Waiting For the Human Workplace

Waiting For the Human Workplace | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

If more human workplaces are more profitable and companies still don’t build them, there must be a good reason for it. There is a good reason.

 

There are three of them, in fact:

Inertia — it’s a pain in the neck to change thingsBureaucracy — we took the time to write these policies and rules, so we may as well stick with ‘emFear
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Inertia, bureaucracy, and fear repel transforming Schools into human and humane projects.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 29, 2:17 PM

We know how to design great products. We know how to untangle customer service snarl-ups. We know how to build supply chains that cover the globe. Surely we’re smart enough to peel the onion on toxic and dysfunctional workplace ideas and practices that suck the life out of organizations and diminish the people inside them, too! All we have to do is begin.


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The hero’s journey through the landscape of the future

The hero’s journey through the landscape of the future | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The forces of the Big Shift are driving both fragmentation and consolidation, fundamentally changing the nature of the relationships among businesses.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Journey is an interesting word. It comes from the French journee which means day, but is not the day. Instead it signifies the progress during the day, a moment-to-moment process. Alfred North Whitehead called the recurring present holy ground where past and future fused. Being and becoming present, mindful, might be the most important part of the hero's journey. What makes me a better person and the world a better place?

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 29, 3:07 PM

This is a must read publication from Deloitte University Press written by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Tamara Samoylova and Duleesha Kulasooriya. 

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Three Lines of Resistance: Ethics, Critical Pedagogy, and Teaching Underground

Three Lines of Resistance: Ethics, Critical Pedagogy, and Teaching Underground | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It is easy for those of us invested in critical pedagogy to see need for major change in education in the U.S. It is also easy for us to write highly ideological manifesti that make sweeping philosophical statements about how things should be.

Via Hybrid Pedagogy, Suvi Salo
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The challenge of major and substantial organizational structural change is impeded by institutional inertia that many hold on to while saying they want change. Worse yet those who promote themselves as changers often are the most resistant to deep, meaningful change. The key are other lines of resistance. Personal ethics, critical pedagogy, and doing what is necessary underground are part of that solution. Eventually, we need to step up and take it the forefront.

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5 Signs It's Time for You to Change Careers

Many people hate change; contemplating the unknown is scary. So many stick with familiar things even though they no longer fit. This is especially true of careers. Sometimes people get stuck in a career direction or work environment that makes them terribly unhappy, and they stay there because it's tough to change careers once you have gained experience, power, and good compensation.

 

People often end up in the wrong careers by accident. They start out with a job and become proficient, so they advance and make a good living. They may even start a company in that field. They get so focused on growth, meeting objectives, or making the money to support their lifestyle, they don't realize how toxic their life has become.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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I left School before any of these became too engrained. I look back in incredible experiences with students and some colleagues with considerable fondness. Other colleagues and bosses less so.

 

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 27, 11:20 PM

Sometimes you just end up following the wrong career path and it takes someone else to objectively point it out. Here are 5 signs you can identify on your own.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 28, 3:36 PM

If you recognise these signs then it may be time to consider a career change.

James Cracknell's curator insight, July 29, 1:24 AM

Recognise any of these? - I felt many of them in my career but one that is not mentioned is guilt. Guilt that you are doing a job that many would crave for; guilt that you feel this way at all; guilt that you constantly keep asking that there must be more to life yet how would others that you love feel about a sudden urge to change?

 

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3 Ways to Build Trust for Professional Learning | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

3 Ways to Build Trust for Professional Learning | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

National education reports often have difficulty getting attention, but that was not the case when the Gallup polling organization released State of America's Schools. Rather than prescribing technocratic approaches for improving education, the report focused on the "human elements" that drive student achievement. - See more at: http://www.learningfirst.org/3-ways-build-trust-professional-learning#sthash.j3UpTVR6.dpuf


Via Cindy Riley Klages
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One other thing is allow teachers an authentic voice which questions what is done in our schools. After all, they are the closest to the action.

 

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If You Thought I Was Perfect, You Weren't Paying Attention

If You Thought I Was Perfect, You Weren't Paying Attention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Did you know that great teachers feel slightly disappointed and somewhat unappreciated with a perfect evaluation? Take a look at the following quotes. "I want to be better. Telling me how great the...
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It is important to link teaching and learning. However, it is important to make sure the relationship which links the two is revealed to the extent it can be. Teaching and learning are phenomenological and hermeneutic spaces and times which can never be fully encountered. Reducing and rendering them to the learning outcomes however is not the way to evaluate.

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Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher | Part two

Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher | Part two | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?

 

Learn more:

 

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

 

 


Via Gust MEES, Silverback Learning
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I did not want to be a great teacher. I wanted to be a teacher.

 

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Learn more:


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


Silverback Learning's curator insight, Today, 9:19 AM

There are so many resources available to educators today. Great teachers are great learners too.

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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz


Via Ivo Nový, Elysian Training
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Profound quote

 

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A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality

A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Share your enthusiasm with pupils and welcome probing questions from 'nerds', a former pupil suggests (Required reading for all teachers!

Via Suvi Salo
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There are three things that are important in teacher-student relationships. They are passion, compassion, and practicality. When teachers are authentic they can accomplish incredible things.

 

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Back to School: Preparing for Day One

Back to School: Preparing for Day One | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Six tips for helping new teachers have a successful first day of school.

Via Suvi Salo
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I treated the first day as time and space to get to know each other. All my activities were focused on students exploring who they were and letting others sense who they were in authentic ways.

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What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books

What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Those predicting the demise of public libraries aren't reading closely enough.

Via gwynethjones
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The library is not just books. It includes books, digital technologies, helpful humans, etc. Perhaps, the library's death has been greatly exaggerated.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, Today, 5:36 PM

Oh No He diiiddn't! Hating on @worstall and loving on @sesmithwrites  ---- Really?  People still don't get this?

Sheesh - how backward! -


Libraries, both school & public, are democratic FREE Community Information Commons and a place of refuge and resources for learners of all ages!

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Teacher: 10 Things I Learned Sitting in a Classroom

Teacher: 10 Things I Learned Sitting in a Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A week of summer PD has left Sarah Cooper inspired but also more thoughtful about how her students experience daily classroom life. Read her 10 takeaways.

Via Mel Riddile, Dean J. Fusto
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Sometimes spending time, reflecting on and living what happens in classrooms is necessary. It is not always obvious to us in the midst of teaching. Teaching and learning are relational thus messy, noisy, strange in good ways, etc.

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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.

Via Chris Carter, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Students love creating and sharing. Not all students fall into that category. When given a choice, most students chose the hands-on projects, but occasionally some chose tests and quizzes. The latter were the anomalies, but they are out there.

 

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

Via Suvi Salo
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One that was missing was relationships. That would make ten. Gert Biesta concluded learning is about inputs and outputs. Teaching is relational and invitational. That echoes John Dewey. Teachers do not guarantee learning rather they create invitational and relational spaces and times for students to make their choices about learning. Mary Doll says when we talk about pedagogy it is always talking about something.

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The Need for Principal Renewal: The Promise of Sustaining Principals Through Principal-to-Principal Reflective Practice

The Need for Principal Renewal: The Promise of Sustaining Principals Through Principal-to-Principal Reflective Practice | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

AContent and resources for the education researcher

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A substantial challenge in principal renewal work is that it does not match the structural changes necessary in School. Reflective practice is all well and fine, but is it deconstructing the work being done. I found it did not when I was still teaching. Quite often, it was just echoes of whatever was being promoted at central office. An important consideration is that principals do not spend the time in the classroom teaching. They are virtual experts and that has to change.

 

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The Troubling Flaws In How We Select Experts

The Troubling Flaws In How We Select Experts | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Organizations are constantly scouring the earth for the talent or perfect expert that will provide the fresh edge and perspective needed to overcome the challenging obstacles that stand in their way to the top. In their pursuit of excellence however, you may be shocked to learn the criteria they use to define credibility and expertise may be severely flawed.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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I always wondered how it was done. It certainly does not make much sense in School who is promoted and privileged.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 28, 7:35 AM

Sadly, it's human nature to overlook the talent nearest you and think an outsider can save the day.  


Why are recommendations perceived as bad ideas when suggested by employees, but suddenly brilliant when a lesser known individual suggests the same thing?


Why are these outsiders perceived to be more credible?

Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 28, 11:32 PM

In the words of Mark Twain, “An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town.”

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Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Stephen D. Brookfield explores the notion of self-directed learning. He takes Knowles' (1975) influential definition as a starting point and then explores some of the problems surrounding the idea....

Via Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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Self-directed learning has a social quality to it. I like the idea that teaching is about listening. It might be about deep listening and being open when students speak. Self-directed learning can be learned and one role teachers play/perform is creating space and time when students take increasing control of their learning. After all, despite the way we evaluate teachers based on student learning, learning is  students' responsibility. Teachers are there to listen and guide, not do the learning for students. That sounds like it is self-directed.

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Confound it! Correlation is (usually) not causation! But why not? - Less Wrong

Confound it! Correlation is (usually) not causation! But why not? - Less Wrong | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It is widely understood that statistical correlation between two variables ≠ causation. But despite this admonition, people are routinely overconfident in clai
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They are not the same thing; however it is good to ask this question and remind ourselves that cause and effect can only be seen in retrospect. They do help in predicting what might happen. The key word is might. It cannot be with certainty beyond might.

 

This is why I love articles predicting the Internets future, provide a certain number of habits that lead to success, and use an average to suggest what a teacher should do in classrooms. It is fun to predict, helpful to use certain habits which do not take too seriously, and realize junior high students are able to know sometimes that number does not represent any real classroom and student.

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6 ways to start a speech

6 ways to start a speech | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The opening of your speech needs to be an attention grabber. You want the audience to sit straight in anticipation of what’s coming. A “thank you mr. chairman, I’m delighted to be...

Via Bobby Dillard, Suvi Salo
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Question, word, statistic, action, quote, and story are great ways to begin a speech and teaching students.

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