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What are Teacher’s Biggest Challenges in 2014?

What are Teacher’s Biggest Challenges in 2014? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
First and Foremost on Teacher's Minds - Getting Students to be More Self-Directed in Their Learning. On Sunday we published the first part of our recent survey

Via Fishtree Education
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The second one is not something teachers control. It is something we have allowed the educational mythology to hold us accountable for. The other suggestions and concerns point teachers in a direction where they create the spaces where learning can happen. Pedagogy, in this sense, is mindful, thoughtful, inviting, but it never guarantees learning. It cannot. It creates opportunities and students have to accept the invitation in some form.

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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 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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Gene Wilhoit: Quality Curriculum is Key to Common Core Implementation

Gene Wilhoit: Quality Curriculum is Key to Common Core Implementation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Gene Wilhoit, the former Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers who led the effort to create the Common Core, explains that until we have a more powerful curriculum design and more deep professional exchange about content, pedagogy, and student work going on in our schools the Common Core will not be implemented as it should be.

Via Mel Riddile, Les Howard, Cindy Riley Klages
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Pedagogy and curriculum intertwine and help the student connect with their learning. It is an invitation into learning rather than a guarantee of learning. @ivon_ehd1
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How to Build a Better Learner

How to Build a Better Learner | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills
-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Via Yashy Tohsaku, Suvi Salo
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We should not want to build people. We should want to help educate them and guide their forming.

 

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Donald Clark Plan B: Why Finland is finished as role model in education

Donald Clark Plan B: Why Finland is finished as role model in education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Did the schools, teachers, and students create the lack of judgement on the part of Nokia and politicians? Probably not, so that means we should use the parts of the Finnish education system that make sense to us which is what we should have been doing all along. We should not mistake their particular elements as universal.

 

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I've posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to ass...
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Teachers do need to self-reflect, but need support from others in doing this. It is not an individual process, but one that involves communities of teachers.

 

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'When pupils know more than teachers' - Telegraph

'When pupils know more than teachers' - Telegraph | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
With 68 per cent of teachers concerned that pupils have a better understanding of computing than they do, Jason Budge says more training is needed

Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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This does happen and there are times when teachers know more than students. That is why education, teaching, and learning are conversations.

 

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A New Approach to Education

A New Approach to Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The key to compassion is being predisposed to help—and that can be learned. There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy. There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits. The first is cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it, and understanding their perspectives and mental models. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best understand. The second is emotional empathy, a brain-to-brain linkage that gives us an instant inner sense of how the other person feels—sensing their emotions from moment to moment. This allows "chemistry" in our connections with people.. The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education. Copyright 2014 Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge. Reprinted with permission from More Than Sound.


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Mindfulness is not a tool or technology. It is way of living and being which when practiced in this manner is great for people of all ages.

 

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leading and learning: John Holt quotes on learning - more pertinent than ever

leading and learning: John Holt quotes on learning - more pertinent than ever | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Learning is not the absence of teaching. It is the complementary working together of learning and teaching which is a challenge in Schools as they currently exist and with the direction we continue to take

 

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Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge

Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Researchers have found that something as small as text message reminders can help children born into poor families close the gap with richer students.


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I would start with the youngest children. What would help children succeed in school might help them succeed in university.

 

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What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble?

What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Knowledge comes into us through a variety of channels that can be blocked by our concern for status, and the successful knowledge-seeker will be one who keeps those channels open. The process requires that we be able to “listen,” either literally or figuratively, to what others say. If what they say shows them to be superior to us in knowledge, we will be hampered in our learning if our first reaction is to try to show that we know as much as they or more. The process also requires that we be corrigible, that we be open to the possibility that our opinions are in some way misguided. If, whenever our status as knowers is threatened by the specter of correction, we feel that we must prove ourselves to have been in the right, we will have closed off an avenue of knowledge and crippled ourselves as inquirers. It can be particularly galling, if one lacks intellectual humility, to be corrected in a public forum; and the galling can obstruct the process of learning.

 


Via Sharrock, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Skepticism begins with our own thinking and ideas.

 

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Sharrock's curator insight, December 9, 2013 11:57 AM

The most important value for learners is humility, but it should not be considered the only value. Credibility should be held as another value, but also is not the only value of imporance.

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20 Books They Think You Should Read

You are what you read, think, and write. Top 20 list of books that today’s change makers think you should read.

Via Ivo Nový
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Beginner's Mind was a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. It is an enjoyable read which provides a space to find one's self.

 

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The mass attention deficit era: what businesses can learn from schools

The mass attention deficit era: what businesses can learn from schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We are living through the first era of mass attention deficit.

You’ll recognise it if, like me, you struggle to read a book from start to finish, or if you start a task only to end up following a maze of different weblinks instead. And you’ll understand it if you have friends who just can’t put their phones down: on average, we check them 150 days a day, according to Nokia research.

It would be tempting to say this is just a millennial phenomenon; that a generation of self-centered 20- and 30-somethings is getting sucked into the screen. But, if you thought this group is bad, just look to the next generation.


The brain is changing

Kids aged eight to 18 spend twice as much time with screens as they spend in school. Children have fundamentally different cognitive skills nowadays and they are too easily distracted, according to two pieces of research by the Pew Internet Project, in which US teachers said kids need more time away from digital technologies. In the UK, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has suggested children receive lessons in concentration – an ironic proposition, to be sure.

But fighting modern modalities is not the best way to fit the reality of consumption and comprehension today. If brains are evolving to favour constant, short bursts of information, it is unlikely this can be reversed. Even in 1976 a study found that in-lesson concentration ebbed and flowed, topping out at just 10 to 18 minutes.


Via Miloš Bajčetić, Luciana Viter
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Are we saying this is good change? What if paid attention to the changes that are happening, not to control them, but to experience them more fully.

 

I am not sure School, the way it is structured, has much to offer.

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This is the reason I try to limit stories on my online newsletter to 500 words, and the reason I'm shifting from 50 minute segments on internet talk radio to less than 10 minute interviews.  -Lon

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Developing Mindful #Leaders for the C-Suite

Developing Mindful #Leaders for the C-Suite | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The use of meditation, introspection, and journaling are taking hold at successful enterprises.

Via Jenny Ebermann, Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach
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Be careful we do not turn a spiritual practice into a technique and technology.

 

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Critical Friends: Building A Culture of Collaboration Between Teachers

Critical Friends: Building A Culture of Collaboration Between Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

At New Tech Network, the Critical Friends protocol is an opportunity for colleagues to engage in honest conversations about teaching and learning.


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Collaboration:


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


Global Collaboration:


-  https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/






Via Gust MEES
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Teaching is often done in isolation. We need to meet each other face-to-face and in the virtual space. @ivon_ehd1
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At New Tech Network, the Critical Friends protocol is an opportunity for colleagues to engage in honest conversations about teaching and learning.


Learn more:


Collaboration:


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


Global Collaboration:


-  https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/


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The Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy of Mobile Learning

This presentation explores the move from pedagogy to andragogy to heutagogy and from instructivism to constructivism to connectivism – all within the context o…

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Kim Flintoff
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Much of what we know about learning, or think we know about learning, has been worked and re-worked by the likes of John Dewey, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alfred North Whitehead, Maria Montessori, etc. @ivon_ehd1
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 9, 12:37 PM

Learn by doing and then do by learning...

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looks very cool

Lúcio Botelho's curator insight, January 10, 5:02 AM

Temos de evoluir no ensino e integrar as novas tecnologias com a pedagogia

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Mindless Working Is This Century's Cocaine | Ray Williams | LinkedIn

Mindless Working Is This Century's Cocaine | Ray Williams | LinkedIn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Jenny Ebermann, Wise Leader™, Sílvia Dias
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It is and many of us engage in it unwittingly.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 23, 8:53 AM

Here's why I am working on #mindful #leadership development programmes and consulting!

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Learning with 'e's: Teaching and learning through dialogue

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Whether it is David Bohm, Martin Buber, Paolo Freire, and many others dialogue is at the core of teaching and learning.

 

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leading and learning: Beginning Teaching - some practical advice to start the year

leading and learning: Beginning Teaching - some practical advice to start the year | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The opening line says it all. Teaching has no shallow end. You are in the deep end and stay there, but get better at treading water.

 

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8 Things To Look For in Today's Classroom (Visual)

8 Things To Look For in Today's Classroom (Visual) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post on "8 Things To Look For in Today's Classroom", and it has been something that has helped my own learning, and hopefully others as well. Sylvia Duckworth, who ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo
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We need people who are in the classroom sharing these things and many more with teachers. It is not enough to sit outside and be an expert.

 

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Dr. Will : Five Steps to Being a Conference Presenter!!!

Dr. Will : Five Steps to Being a Conference Presenter!!! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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This is an interesting and helpful article for those interested.

 

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Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional

Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education reform is needed, but we must not undo our good work.

Via Mel Riddile, Bobby Dillard
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Improving schools is an important consideration in many countries. It does not begin with people who furthest away from the classroom, but includes everyone who has an interest.

 

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How to Gather Quantitative Data on User Behaviors

How to Gather Quantitative Data on User Behaviors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The quantitative methods we used were all time and cost-efficient, demonstrating that user research doesn’t require thousands of dollars and endless time.

Via Suvi Salo
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When we focus on quantitative, we focus on outcomes. This might be what we want at a given time i.e. a starting point, but qualitative helps explain what happened.

 

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Study: Better Teaching More Useful Than More Learning Time

Study: Better Teaching More Useful Than More Learning Time | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Years after the Obama administration began offering low-performing schools federal money if they agreed to add additional time to their school day or year in an effort to increase their performance rates, those schools who took the deal are saying...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I agree. In fact, perhaps less time so that teachers can work together might be in order.

 

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Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social

Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You and I are spending more time on our digital devices and TV and we're reading less. But leaders know the benefits of reading and make it a habit.

Via Anne Leong
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Reading has many benefits.

 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 18, 7:59 AM

Great readers are leaders .... Check out "Off the Bench Leadership" a quick short read getting great reviews.

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The Teenage Brain: Uniquely powerful, vulnerable, not fully developed - CBC.ca The Current

The Teenage Brain: Uniquely powerful, vulnerable, not fully developed  - CBC.ca The Current | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If the human mind is sometimes a puzzle. Then the teenage mind is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Lucky for us, one neuroscientist has just published a guide to that perplexing headspace. Dr. Frances Jensen who was once stumped by the behaviour of her own teens shares years of study on the teenage brain, that will warn you and give you hope.

Via John Evans, juandoming, Suvi Salo
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The teenage brain is undergoing significant changes.

 

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Marginalized

Marginalized | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Notes in manuscripts and colophons made by medieval scribes and copyists.

Via Luciana Viter
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Margins are interesting places to find creative words and people.

 

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