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The Case Against Zeros - Brilliant or Insane - Assessment Practices

The Case Against Zeros - Brilliant or Insane - Assessment Practices | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Inviting students into learning means they may not complete the work. A thoughtful teacher does not move on. They look for new ways of inviting students into learning.

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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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Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower

Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“The beginning of the year brings many “top” lists for what to look for in 2015. So far there’s not much predicting for what looks big for the academic library world. Here’s a shot at it.”


Via Peter Mellow, Tanyam, John Shank, Sharrock, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I wonder what competence-based education is? Were we churning out incompetent people and now think that is not a good idea?

 

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Revolving Door Of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year

Revolving Door Of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The constant churn affects schools' ability to provide all students with skilled teachers. But professor Richard Ingersoll says schools can fix this without spending a dime.
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This goes with my last scoop. It is a universal issue, costs lots of money, and appears to be getting worse.

 

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The 21st Century Learning Initiative ~ Cognitive Apprenticeship: Making Thinking Visible

The 21st Century Learning Initiative ~ Cognitive Apprenticeship: Making Thinking Visible | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
n cognitive apprenticeship, one needs to deliberately bring the thinking to the surface, to make it visible, whether it’s in reading, writing, problem solving. The teacher’s thinking must be made visible to the the students and the student’s thinking must be made visible to the teacher.

Via Kathleen Taylor Mills
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Moving beyond reform to transforming education. Trans means beyond.

 

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Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How - Huffington Post

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How - Huffington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for education policymakers and experts. Now, the country is changing the way it teaches students. Going forward, Finnish schools will be placing less emphasis on individual subjects like math and history, and will instead focus on broader, more interdisciplinary topics. The goal, according to Finnish leaders, is to provide students with the necessary skills for a more technological, global society.

Here are three things you need to know about Finland’s changing education system:

Via John Evans, Scott Anderson (Daymap)
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This is worth following. What will phenomenon-based teaching look like and how will teachers experience this?

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Mika Auramo's comment, March 30, 11:51 PM
Specially the second example show us how school culture is changing here in Finland, not only to teach the class, but do the lessons partly together, way to collaborate.
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The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

The Science (and Practice) of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Creativity isn't about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs," wrote the University of Winchester's Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. "It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation."

Sounds like the perfect skill set for equipping young people to navigate an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Encouragingly, there's plenty of evidence -- from both research and practice -- that most of the above can be taught in the classroom. In fact, innovation and education experts agree that creativity can fit perfectly into any learning system.

But before it can be incorporated broadly in curriculum, it must first be understood.

 

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

 


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Creativity fosters teaching and learning.

 

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Creativity must be cultivated in our schools.

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, March 31, 6:02 PM

Creativity has always been what has set America apart from other nations.  The ability of our population to imagine new solutions to everyday problems and create innovations has kept America as a world leader and given us the economic advantage.  many nations have looked at our education system and wondered how they could nurture this ability in their children.  As a gifted educator, teaching creativity has always been our focus.  Unfortunately, in these days of standardized testing, which lead to standardized curriculum and schools, we are losing our creative advantage.  Creativity is a key for ALL our children.  our children enter school with an active imagination and a natural ability for creative thinking.  We must understand creativity and how we can nurture it in our classrooms and schools. 

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There Is Not Just One Right Way to Be A Connected Educator

There Is Not Just One Right Way to Be A Connected Educator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I am a connected educator, whatever you think that term means. To me it means that at any given moment I have access to thousands, if not millions, of teachers around the world that can help me fu...


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It is all about (con)text.

 

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Teachers and salesmanship | A Learning a Day

Teachers and salesmanship | A Learning a Day | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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I am not sure I buy into the comparison, but I agree with the idea we all teach at some time in our lives and need passion and other qualities that help us in those actions..

 

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for the love of learning: Alberta Education's misleading class size averages

for the love of learning: Alberta Education's misleading class size averages | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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These seem to be global and universal problems.

 

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After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a new study that shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it.

Via Suvi Salo
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We think and imagine in images and not words.

 

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What Went Wrong With the Starbucks #RaceTogether Campaign?

What Went Wrong With the Starbucks #RaceTogether Campaign? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The well-intentioned attempt to become part of the conversation about race backfired when the Starbucks campaign was met with criticism from the media and social media users alike.


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It was well-intentioned, but it is a hard topic to talk about in a public setting.

 

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Stephanie Michelle Crowe's curator insight, March 26, 9:08 PM

A look at what detracted from the #RaceTogether - from the article "When the voices of detractors begins to outshine the original intent of the campaign, the brand is suddenly off message, and on the defensive. If organization doesn’t have a plan to counter the negative message, the whole campaign could be lost."

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Student engagement - Brookings Institution

Student engagement - Brookings Institution | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In part three of the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education, Tom Loveless examines student engagement, and how it relates to academic achievement.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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Canada ranks below the line, as well.

 

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How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic

How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Because parents & teachers live separately, tension can arise, but it doesn't have to be this way.


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We are on the same side. Dewey recognized that.

 

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Sounds right.

 

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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The educator becomes a connected educator and through sharing, is an active participant and contributor to the connected educator movement.

Being a connected educator means connecting with other teachers to exchange ideas, improve your teaching practice, and in turn, make a change in education. It is only through being connected that we can collaborate and help to foster learning for the 21st century and beyond. (Being a Connected Educator)

The gap between what is and what could be in education is larger than it ever has  been.  I believe this is largely due to technology and the ability to establish global connections because of social media. Educators are more connected and more aware about education trends than any time in the history of public education.

Imagine how education could be transformed if all educators use their own personal, often passion-driven voices. The bottom line is that if any individual educator believes there are flaws in the education, that it can be done better, then s/he has the responsibility to say something. I reaching the point that I am starting to believe it is a moral imperative for educators to share what they know to be true with other educators; and with administrators, students’ families, community members, politicians . . . the larger global society.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 


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I don't think this is a new responsibility, but it is important.

 

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We must break down the barriers and share our ideas to improve education.  It seems obvious that our national and state leaders have given our school system their best efforts and we still have too many children unsuccessful. Teachers are overworked, students over tested...we must creat a grassroots revolution to change the system for our children And their teachers.  

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J'aime ce post parce qu'effectivement, tout prof devient de facto une source pour les autres en matière de connaissance. Pourquoi pas le partager ?

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Four in 10 new teachers 'quit within a year,' union warns

Four in 10 new teachers 'quit within a year,' union warns | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teachers are leaving the profession due to low pay and long hours
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This is a universal issue with many underlying reasons.  It appears it may be getting worse.

 

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A Teacher's Moment: Finding 'The Essence Of Poetry'

A Teacher's Moment: Finding 'The Essence Of Poetry' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Jess Burnquist teaches creative writing at an Arizona high school. She talks about how one lesson helped a class become a team.


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An interesting story where what stands out is the teacher, despite a lack of support, finds a way to get things done.

 

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LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way

LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I Am An Autodidact, A Self-Directed LEARNer, How Can I LEARN Best For MY Professional Development? . A neglected part in EDUcation is certainly THE ===> #Autodidact #SelfDirected #LEARNer <===! This was since centuries the case AND STILL is the case, a pity as NEW research shows THAT individual learning and teaching individually (Personalized LEARNing) is BETTER to get BEST results!

Let us first have a look on WHAT is NEW in EDUcation below, please. WE are taking a look on ===> EDUcation 4.0 <===

 

Did YOU know that Leaonardo da Vinci is BEST known ===> Autodidact <===?

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

 

 


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It is not just about being an autodidact learner. Perhaps we all have that potential given the right circumstances i.e. highly motivated. Other times, most of us need someone to help with teaching.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 29, 2:20 PM

I Am An Autodidact, A Self-Directed LEARNer, How Can I LEARN Best For MY Professional Development? . A neglected part in EDUcation is certainly THE ===> #Autodidact #SelfDirected #LEARNer <===! This was since centuries the case AND STILL is the case, a pity as NEW research shows THAT individual learning and teaching individually (Personalized LEARNing) is BETTER to get BEST results!

Let us first have a look on WHAT is NEW in EDUcation below, please. WE are taking a look on ===> EDUcation 4.0 <===


Did YOU know that Leaonardo da Vinci is BEST known ===> Autodidact <===?


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/


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Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for e...

Via Suvi Salo
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This is worth following and seeing how it unfolds.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, March 28, 7:35 PM

#phenomenon-based #teaching

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What the best education systems are doing right

What the best education systems are doing right | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In South Korea and Finland, it's not about finding the "right" school.


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We need more of what Finland does in ways that work for what we do in our schools. Teachers need time to work together, learn, and improve their craft.

 

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10 questions you should ask yourself while reading

10 questions you should ask yourself while reading | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When you pick up a book to do some light reading, an assignment, or some quick pleasure reading, how much do you actually comprehend? Do you zoom through the book hoping for it to be over as soon as possible?

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The questions are interesting and worth considering.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings - the battle for education/ PISA/ our brain/ teacher artistry.

leading and learning: Education Readings - the battle for education/ PISA/ our brain/ teacher artistry. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The myths about digital technology is a good read.

 

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Is now best time to tackle teacher effectiveness? - St. Cloud Times

Is now best time to tackle teacher effectiveness? - St. Cloud Times | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Legislature examines bills on tenure, effectiveness; but is now best time to adopt them?

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Rather than talking about teacher effectiveness, perhaps talking about why there are shortages in many jurisdictions.

 

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Education Readings March 26th

Education Readings March 26th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach You've probably noticed that I'm posting this one day earlier than usual, as I will be out of internet access for the next few days. I welcome suggested articles, so if you come acro...
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The first link leads to a great article comparing Plato and Socrates' views on education. Aristotle is also used by some academics who write about education i.e. Gert Biesta.

 

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Duncan: America has no kids to spare

Duncan: America has no kids to spare | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
All of our children deserve an equal chance to succeed.

Via Nancy J. Herr
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That is what makes teaching so important.

 

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Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video)

Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As a treat for the readers of this blog here is a longer and more complete interview with Sir Ken Robinson that was recorded as part of the Learning {Re}imagined book where he discusses educational technology, creativity, assessment and the future of learning (15 minutes).   There are more exclusive videos contained within the book…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Miloš Bajčetić, Lynnette Van Dyke
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I wonder about the future of teaching. Learning is one side of the coin. It does not happen without dedicated adults.

 

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Lisa Gorman's curator insight, March 26, 7:02 PM

I have a great admiration for the thinking of Sir Ken Robinson... He speaks so eloquently and argues for creative learning...and so much more...

 

A stand out quote for me from this interview;

 

"What tends to dull the appetite [for learning] is being force fed things that people can't see an immediately relevance in or don't have an immediate interest in it...or where they are forced to learn in situations where they are inimitable... you know, 8 hours a day, sit still, do as you're told."

 

Bring on different ways of engaging with people around learning so that they not only 'get it' but they really enjoy it and become life long learners.

 

I recommend this 15 minute video to you!

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Sir Ken Robinson on how we should be teaching our children if we want a future rich with creative and innovative leaders.