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Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching?

Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We like to talk about the value of pedagogy, but we never seem to get around to rewarding it.

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Good teaching is probably happening without us realizing it. I read an article that suggested good teaching is about raising the standards for learning. It is a mindful experience.

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Alexa SHdez's curator insight, May 27, 2014 11:39 AM

El docente puede inculcar cultura puesto que influye como enseña y demuestra su forma de enseñanza y la forma en como evalúa.

Bob Irving's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:07 AM

Addresses mostly higher ed. A welcome approach from uninformed teacher bashing. Truly great teachers are the most influential people on the planet.

Michel J. Boustani's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:15 AM

The title says all!

Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity
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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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 ;)
Alan Jordan's curator insight, April 3, 4:13 PM

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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What is music?

What is music? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
 Hello from Treehorn...  Music is a school subject that is one of the first to be scrapped while any kind of test-preparation is in hand. It’s not important according to Naplanists and testucators. That’s one of the great traditions of the Australian testucation system. Music folk don’t agree.....   Would you like to be human?   Remember…
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We need music, art, physical education, etc. to complement the core subjects.
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The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools

The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Bruner found that even very young children constructed their own knowledge—that is, they made sense of new information based on prior experience and understanding. The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew.


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The challenge is that the work of Dewey, Bruner, and Pestalozzi is hard work in classrooms. It will require rethinking what we call school and leadership rather than management.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 10, 4:08 AM

Well worth reading.

David Baker's curator insight, June 16, 10:57 AM
"The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew. So it didn’t make sense to fill children with facts, which they would forget as soon as the test was over. The goal was to help them recognize relationships between facts. You didn’t have to be a physicist or a historian to understand gravity or the Civil War. But you did need a teacher who could help you think like a physicist or a historian, ordering and analyzing information just like they did."

Interesting insights. Again demonstrating the importance of teaching students to think and make sense of content.

Haiden Jacob-Byrd's curator insight, September 21, 2:27 PM

Bruner believes that teachers have to specialize in critical thinking.

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Teachers do not build things. They guide students. Other than that, the qualities of good teaching are about love and compassion  for their students.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, September 19, 1:59 PM

Because it really is all about the kids. ALL about the kids.

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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.

A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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In making school and education synonomous with each other, we eliminate the need for teachers who teach and relate to childrn with faces, names, and stories. We have turned our schools into places where teachers can be replaced and we only need part-time teachers. This is a universal challenge that will not be resolved with more neo-liberal and market-type thinking and remedies.
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Education Readings September 9th

Education Readings September 9th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Do Our Expectations of Kids Aim Too High or Too Low? By Alfie Kohn ‘My premise is that it makes sense to adopt what might be called a “working with” — as opposed to a…
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There are links to various articles. One that I found interesting was the Steve Wheeler link about what parents expect of teachers in the 21st Century. Embedded in the post is a link to Professor Wheeler's blog.
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leading and learning: Paradigm Shift badly needed in Education/: Teachers are 'burning out'; we need to listen to the 'voice' of our students; and the need for Inquiry based creative learning.

leading and learning: Paradigm Shift badly needed in Education/: Teachers are 'burning out'; we need to listen to the 'voice' of our students; and the need for Inquiry based creative learning. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There is definitely a burn out factor in teaching, but also we have turn over due to young teachers only staying in the profession for a few years or not even entering it.
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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 15, 8:47 AM
that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

 

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, August 16, 7:29 AM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 20, 6:49 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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Professional Development Isn’t Just for Teachers

Professional Development Isn’t Just for Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Administrators need to learn how to lead schools into the future by empowering everyone in the building.
Via Sandy Shoro
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Professional learning, rather than development, is based on autonomy and responsible choice. The idea anyone empowers someone suggests an external process that frees us from chains.
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leading and learning: Creative teacher readings: autodidacts/ creative classrooms/ inquiry learning and Asterix

leading and learning: Creative teacher readings: autodidacts/ creative classrooms/ inquiry learning and Asterix | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Creative teachers are not linear teachers. They respond to the students and their experiences in caring and sensitive ways, allowing students to be creative.
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Sandy Shoro's curator insight, August 4, 7:46 AM
Useful image - teaching all students (supporting all teachers)
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for the love of learning: Gabor Mate on The Biology of Loss

for the love of learning: Gabor Mate on The Biology of Loss | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Joe Bower passed away several months ago, but his blog is a wellspring of great writing and insight.

In this post using the work of Gabor Mate, Joe points out that we often confuse symptoms with what ails a person. Others, including Ken Robinson, point out similar flaws with overdiagnosis of children with ADHD.
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leading and learning: Creative teacher readings; too much maths? too much data? unschooling and the myth of genius.

leading and learning: Creative teacher readings; too much maths? too much data? unschooling and the myth of genius. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Good home schooling and unschooling, similar to good classrooms, can teach us considerable about what good teaching and learning can look like. Deb Meier wrote that her experience with home school children was extremely positive. I agree and extend that to the parents who taught me a lot when they entered my classroom and I visited their hoes.
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leading and learning: Genius in education/ technology and learning Diane Ravitch/ project Based Learning/ Pokemon and much more

leading and learning: Genius in education/ technology and learning Diane Ravitch/ project Based Learning/ Pokemon and much more | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Today I sat in a coffee shop and huge spider, perhaps the largest I have seen, walked across the floor. We talked about the spider. Teaching and learning is like that. We do not just follow a prescribed text. We focus on the lives of humans and what is happening in them.
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It''s about learning/ assessment/ the arts/ creativity and how boys learn

It''s about learning/ assessment/  the arts/ creativity and how boys learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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Students learn because they have good teachers who care about them.
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Neo-liberalism.

Neo-liberalism. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
 AUSSIE FRIENDS OF TREEHORN  Neo-Liberalism in Control  Neo-liberalism is rooted in the fiction that those people with the most money know more about the control of society than anybody else does. Their views on the control of society’s political, religious, education  and economical welfare are superior to all other views because they are rich and…
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Neo-liberalism is an instrumental approach rather than a relational one that teaching is all about. Neo-liberalism is about management rather than leadership.
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Expectations/ Teaching 'grit'/ Assessment/STEM/ drawing/ good teachers/ the power of interest/ parent expectations

Expectations/ Teaching 'grit'/ Assessment/STEM/ drawing/ good teachers/ the power of interest/ parent expectations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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The link to the article about technology being a hoax is interesting. Digital technoogy is here to stay, but we have not made good use of it in our classrooms.
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Education Readings September 16th

Education Readings September 16th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Ambitious Mathematics Curriculum ‘What about curriculum? We all know that children enter classrooms in many different shapes and sizes, and that their understanding of the content we intend to teach is as varied, and yet…
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The Will Richardson articles raises questions. What role do teachers play in the learning of children? Children can learn on their own and there is lots of information out there. It is not a simple process, but a complex one that involves good teachers.
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Learning with 'e's: Three things all teachers need

Learning with 'e's: Three things all teachers need | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Here is an article by Steve Wheeler. The three things include parents have an interest in their children's learning, teachers should inspire learning, and teachers should provide freedom for children to use their imaginations. Good teachers have always done this.
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for the love of learning: Assessment and measurement are not the same thing

for the love of learning: Assessment and measurement are not the same thing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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This is a post from the late Joe Bower.
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10 things you should throw out in your classroom NOW

10 things you should throw out in your classroom NOW | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I like to streamline and simplify how my classroom runs. I don’t keep things I don’t really need. I could still teach well with a fraction of the materials I’ve accumulated. If there is something that I need later and don’t have, I trust that I will be able to find it again, or borrow it, or be able to do without it just fine.


The foundation of my classroom is my energy, enthusiasm, and know-how, not my stuff. I feel good about clearing away the things that drain my energy and enthusiasm by creating a cluttered, disorganized work space. I can let go of things I don’t need in order to make space for things I do.


Via Teach n' Kids Learn, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Hargreaves

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Hargreaves | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As the United States prepares to elect a new President this November, putting every student on a path towards a successful future should be required discussion at every presidential debate. This summer in The Global Search for Education, we bring back our popular 2012 Education Debate series and put these questions and others to thought leaders at the forefront of educational change. We asked Andy Hargreaves, Diane Ravitch, Howard Gardner, Randi Weingarten, Julia Freeland Fisher, and Charles Fadel to imagine they were Secretary of Education for the new administration. What are their answers to some of the big picture questions facing education and education reform?

Today we welcome Andy Hargreaves. Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Andy serves as adviser in education to the Premier of Ontario, is founding editor of two scholarly journals, and is President Elect of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement."


Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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In my current research, I asked teachers what advice they would give the Minister of Education in the redesign of Alberta's curricula. It is an interesting exercise to explore and imagine that way.
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leading and learning: Education Readings: writing junk/ Smart goals?/ STEAM education and lots more for creative teachers

leading and learning: Education Readings: writing junk/ Smart goals?/ STEAM education and lots more for creative teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are a couple of very interesting articles linked. The one about writing junk is important. Students and teachers still need to know how to write in a coherent way. As well, the one about laptops is interesting. Like any tool, digital tools are only as good as the thought that goes into choosing and using them.
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Education Readings July 15th

Education Readings July 15th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data? ‘The argument in favor of all this is that the more we know about how students are doing, the better we can target instruction…
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Teaching for happiness (Gates and Jobs article) is interesting.
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Teaching Literacy, Not Literacy Skills

Teaching Literacy, Not Literacy Skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Through the lens of having been a teacher/professor, published writer, and recreational/competitive cyclist for over thirty years, several high school experiences are now illustrative of larger facts about the tension between teaching discrete skills versus fostering holistic performances. In high school, I made As in math and science courses, but typically received Bs in English—and…
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This is a great article. Be creative in teaching all subjects. I had a student who struggled with reading and writing. While helping her with Science one day, I suggested we write answers and notes using poetry. She was unsure at first, because there had to be rules, but I grabbed several ee cummings poems and told her to not worry about grammar, punctuation, and capitals. Today, when I read her posts on Facebook, she writes so well.
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Preparing to give a talk.

Preparing to give a talk. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Aussie Friends of Treehorn encouraging adults to think sensitively, to care for kids, to make wise choices....with their hearts in gear, their pens active and their votes available . ‘Since 2008, the neoliberal corporate sector, using its own forms of unionism and exploiting the most powerful elements of New Public Management [Managerialism on steroids], has…
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These four points capture what education should be about.

1. Disinterested adults now ignore the wonder of childhood to such an extent that its very existence is not relevant. Children are regarded as hardened, little adult robots.

2. The exercise of humane attitudes towards children is no longer discussed in the schooling context. Data matters, not kids. [‘Homophobia’ or ‘Superannuation’ is a preferred public discussion point!]

3. Respect for children’s modes of individual development is now being totally ignored.

4. The heart of a healthy, social, professionally ethical and economically secure learning environment for all has disappeared from our down-under island nation.

I once was involved in a conversation where our new assistant-principal told us he had never wanted to teach. How disinterested is that? Today, that person is a full-time presenter and author. We should always ask where those folks come from.
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Navigating Your Identity as a Parent and an Educator

Navigating Your Identity as a Parent and an Educator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Check out these tips for parents who are educators on navigating their child's education and advocating when necessary.

Via Peter Mellow
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Teachers tell me that becoming and being a parent alters how they view teaching.
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