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Diagnosed with Asperger: "Forcing the norm onto me is the worst"

Diagnosed with Asperger: "Forcing the norm onto me is the worst" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Paula Tilli is a lecturer and language enthusiast. She does not know how to clean her house or when the Second World War took place. She believes that forcing one into norms is the worst.

Snap, open the tomato sauce jar and boil the spaghetti!

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I enjoyed teaching children who were different. I learned more by keeping an open mind and understanding that everyone is different.

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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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Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches

Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Coaching and teaching are similar but not the same.

 

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The Power of Detentions

The Power of Detentions | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If we had to host our own detentions... how many would we write? how would we want student behavior impacted as a result? how would we work toward achieving that result during our time with the stu...
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I was unimpressed with the second point about what consequences teachers want from the discipline meted out. Administrators are there to help teachers and students work these things out, not offload the work on teachers. If there is an alternative help teachers find, rather than pretend you have a secrete and won't share it.

 

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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.

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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

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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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WEAC's curator insight, January 26, 10:53 AM

This assessment contains questions to assist the educator in evaluating if and how s/he is facilitating 21st Century skills and attributes in the learning environment.

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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

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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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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.

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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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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

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We have to be careful that we don't think design and teaching are the same thing. I found that some of my best classes were knowing when to go with the flow. Certainly, there was some advanced planning and the six principles likely fit into that, but improvising was part of what unfolded.

 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 25, 7:37 PM

An excellent guide.

Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 8:24 PM
Thank you, Luciana, for passing this article on to your PLN. this piece hits so many of my philosophy cylinders!
Luciana Viter's comment, January 26, 5:09 AM
My pleasure, Chris, and thanks for the special mention! :)
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Can schools create gifted students?

Can schools create gifted students? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
ST. ROSE, La. – Sally Meredith’s reading class looks different from most at Albert Cammon Middle School in this suburban town perched on the Mississippi, upriver of New Orleans. Meredith, an ei

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A class with nine students is a gift. What I found in gifted education was that what was being offered up was not gifted students, but students who figured out what it meant to be compliant and conforming at a whole new level. It is the bureaucratically gifted.

 

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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/






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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.


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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/


Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, January 27, 6:13 AM

An interesting take on projects that can offer teachers support - being resilient, is more than just individual strength. It's about peer cooperation, and the sharing of experiences. EdTech can help. 

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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…

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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...

Christine Macia Carter's curator insight, January 9, 12:58 PM

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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.