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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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Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 12:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 3:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 4:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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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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Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 12:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 3:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 4:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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Chapter 2. The nature of knowledge and the implications for teaching | Teaching in a Digital Age

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I read some of the work I have done on my dissertation today. A key question emerging in the writing process is "What knowledge is important?" This is not a question we ask the whole group only, but one that is asked of each person. We make sense of what we learn based on what is important. Our personal life-stories and collective-stories mingle and form around the question about what is important.

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leading and learning: Edutopia - a great site( established by George Lucas) for creative teachers

leading and learning: Edutopia - a great site( established by George Lucas) for creative teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is not just traditional education, whatever that is, that can be isolating. Many of the reforms are also isolating. Teaching and learning are relational and social. When we isolate, we deny the human spirit which thrives in healthy relationships.

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OECD Report - Measuring Innovation in Education (Ontario data and World - country data)

OECD Report - Measuring Innovation in Education (Ontario data and World - country data) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Data and research on education including skills, literacy, research, elementary schools, childhood learning, vocational training and PISA, PIACC and TALIS surveys., This report explores the association between school innovation and different measures related to educational objectives. This book is the beginning of a new journey: it calls for innovations in the field of measurement – and not just of education.

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Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The study uses business metrics in evaluating educational innovation. This might be OK for some, however I do not see education as a business and think it is inappropriate to measure it as such. What has happened is that education has devolved into a prefabricated process of inputs and outputs called School using Technique.

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Les Howard's curator insight, July 23, 6:34 AM

Very interesting publication.  Link to read it for free. Can click on individual country innovations.

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How Evolved Is Your Leadership Style?

How Evolved Is Your Leadership Style? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leadership influences behavior. Effective leadership creates positive change by inspiring and motivating. It creates an environment where colleagues love their work and strive to perform at their

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA, The Rice Process
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Leading is about power and how it flows. When we are conduits and let power flow through us, it works and allows others to take responsibility. It is not so much about giving them responsibly and about creating environments where responsibility is taken.

 

I compare it to teaching and learning. I cannot learn for students. They take responsibility for their learning. It does not mean I shirk responsibility in my teaching, rather I use it differently than the expert at the front of the class, with lights down, allowing children to do worksheets projected onto a screen while he checks a Twitter feed.

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Formative Assessment: The Secret Sauce of Blended Success

Formative Assessment:  The Secret Sauce of Blended Success | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Although most people probably associate the term “assessment” with quizzes and exams, in reality these high-stakes activities represent a small subset of assessment opportunities. Educationally, assessments can be broken into two larger categories: summative and formative. Most of our experience with assessment usually comes in the form of summative assessment. We have our students take exams or write papers at the end of a chapter. Summative assessments are valuable because they let us know whether our students have successfully learned what we wanted them to learn. Summative assessments, however, are limited in that they provide little information to guide teaching because they usually serve as the endpoint of some instruction.

 

"Whereas summative assessments are assessments “of” learning, formative assessments are assessments “for” learning. They help to guide instruction and provide valuable information for the instructor and for the learner. Formative assessments can help to drive instructional decision-making and allow the instructor to “take the temperature” of the class. In the discussion with my colleague, I outlined the different phases of blended learning and highlighted opportunities for formative assessment in each."

 

- See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/educational-assessment/formative-assessment-secret-sauce-blended-success/?ET=facultyfocus:e80:154484a:&st=email#sthash.L5dbSYEK.dpuf

Via Patric Lougheed
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There is also a feature called assessment-as-learning which is an ongoing self-regulating process undertaken by teachers and students. The three features of assessment, summative, formative, and self-regulating, each play important roles. The challenge is that the first two are after-the-learning and need a complementary piece that students learn to use in their learning on an ongoing basis.

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Art Works: Integrating Creativity in the Curriculum

At Boston Arts Academy, high student achievement is driven by infusing the rigorous college-prep program with visual arts, dance, theater and music.

Via Sharrock
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I was always amazed how focused students were when they worked aesthetically. There was a fusion of quiet and noise that made its own sounds, a buzzing and helping one another.

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Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens - Edutopia

Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens - Edutopia | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting educational trends of the past few years. A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her. A Maker, re-cast into a classroom, has a name that we all love: a learner. A Maker, just like a true learner, values the process of making as much as the product. In the classroom, the act of Making is an avenue for a teacher to unlock the learning potential of her or his students in a way that represents many of the best practices of educational pedagogy. A Makerspace classroom has the potential to create life-long learners through exciting, real-world projects."


Via John Evans, Alfredo Corell
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This sounds remarkably similar to John Dewey who used the word reconstructing in describing real-world, concrete learning that can happen. This takes exceptional pedagogy and teaching in building  relationships with students.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 12, 6:18 AM

The Maker Movement will be a huge benefit to career preparedness in education through the implementation of Maker Clubs in K-12 and Maker Classes.  MakerSpaces in communities will serve to connect artisans of all types to education and industry.  For more on this "disruptive" movement check out this blog posting and related links. http://bit.ly/1me7ziK

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 23, 11:31 AM

Teachers new to PBL and Making often make similar mistakes:

  • Choosing projects too large for their comfort level and resources
  • Focusing on the outcome, not the process of Making
  • Thinking the educator must have the answer
june holley's curator insight, Today, 4:29 AM

Maker activities are great examples of self-organizing and we can learn a lot from how Maker Movement organizes space to support people's self-organizing.

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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten - Mind/Shift

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten - Mind/Shift | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"For the typical American kindergartner, unstructured free play during the school day consists of 20 to 30 minutes of recess, and perhaps some time at indoor “stations” — perhaps creating with building blocks, costumes, or musical instruments. But what if there was more? What if the answer to “what did you do in school today?” was, “I climbed a tree, played in the mud, built a fire”? That is exactly the kind of learning going on in the Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, where children ages four to seven spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. With no explicit math or literacy taught until first grade, the Swiss have no set goals for kindergartners beyond a few measurements, like using scissors and writing one’s own name. They instead have chosen to focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play."


Via John Evans, simondcollins
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The kindergarten model is too quickly dispensed of and might work well in the learning of older students and adults.

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What does inquiry learning look like? - What Ed Said

What does inquiry learning look like? - What Ed Said | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"There’s only one thing I found jarring in their feedback and it relates to my beliefs about inquiry learning. They noted that neither students nor teachers seem able to identify what particular inquiry cycles we follow. They said the children to whom they spoke didn’t seem to be aware of the specific ‘stages’ of inquiry and that most teachers couldn’t articulate how an inquiry cycle directs our planning.

 

To be honest, I’m glad."


Via John Evans, juandoming
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All learning, including inquiry based, should be messy and not adhere slavishly to a premeditated plan. Teachers and students should be thinking on their feet (meditating in other words) as they work together.

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Opinion: Dear Congressman, Research Shows Closing School Libraries and Cutting Certified Librarians Does Not Make Sense

Opinion: Dear Congressman, Research Shows Closing School Libraries and Cutting Certified Librarians Does Not Make Sense | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Closing school libraries and cutting certified librarian positions does not make sense, says YA author and advocate Sarah Darer Littman, who has backed this assertion with research she cites in an open letter to policy makers.

Via Joyce Valenza
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Reducing school librarians and librarians is one element of reducing the necessary resources in schools.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 23, 2:58 PM

Thank you, Sara!

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Dr. Richard Davidson on Teachers and Mindfulness - YouTube

Study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds shows mindfulness training can help reduce teacher stress and burnout. Mindfulness, a notion that stems...

Via Jenny Ebermann
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This is the first time I have found something specifically about research done with teachers and mindfulness. Personally, I found that meditation and yoga helped immensely.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, July 22, 9:05 AM

Are you a teacher and are you wondering why you should introduce mindfulness to your classroom and how it could help you too?

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Examining Knowledge Beliefs to Motivate Student Learning

Examining Knowledge Beliefs to Motivate Student Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“I just cram for the exam and then forget everything.”
“If I can just get this last paper done I am in the clear.”
Comments like these make us cringe, but we all know the external factors that motivate students: grades, grades, grades.

Via Blaine Morrow
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If students believe the knowledge is important, they will be engaged. That is quite important in the greater scheme of things.

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Speculative Diction | By the numbers | University Affairs

Speculative Diction | By the numbers | University Affairs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By the numbers
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Teaching, learning, writing are political work. Political work suggests there is an engagement with a polis or community. It might be small, but we engage someone in that work.

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Education Readings July 25th

Education Readings July 25th | 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 allan.alach@ihug.co.nz. This week’s homework! Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out? Your thoughts? “...
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The link that caught my eye was the one about Leonard Cohen. I have listened to his music since the late 1960's. He is a wonderfully creative poet and performer. I liked his comment about creativity being a search for self-respect. When we create, we feel good about the person we are.

 

The other links look great, as well.

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Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Perceptions of disadvantage may play role as American students from low-income families struggle more than counterparts in many other nations.
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When we use language which is diagnostic and based on learning being a place of deficiency, this is not just directed at those who live in poverty. It manifests itself most clearly there, but permeates School and its language.

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Ken Robinson rebuttal

Ken Robinson rebuttal | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Thanks to Scott Goodman, who sent me this essay analyzing Sir Ken's presentation on TED in response to my own piece on Sir Ken Robinson. Scott's analysis focuses more than mine on on Sir Ken's tech...

Via Sharrock
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I do have some issues with Sir Ken Robinson's views. For the most part, I have never considered them as an attack on classroom teachers. I see them as a justifiable criticism of a system that needs to be transformed. Quite often, his work is taken as a view that anything goes and I am not sure that is what he is suggesting. As well, I don't think he is saying the classroom teacher should be done away with. Here is where I think he does not go far enough. As a former classroom teacher, he might want to take the initiative and point out that many teachers are oppressed and provide ways for them to overcome an oppressive system which marginalizes their important and political work.

 

I found his work was often used to justify the widespread and thoughtless use of digital technologies and social media in  classrooms. With more clarification and a stand against the technocrats, bureaucrats, and so-called experts outside the classroom, Sir Ken would go a long ways towards helping improve the lot of teachers and students alike. He seems to not realize, and this is not unique to him, that many of the decision-makers are people who have not been in classrooms for decades, a sorry lot who sped through the classroom to tell us what they do not know, and others who have never been in the classroom.

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Why Employees Resist Change

Why Employees Resist Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
These are a few initial responses you may experience when you announce an organizational change to employees. You will be better able to change employees' attitudes and turn their resistance into cooperation, once you understand why some are resisting change.

Via Anne Leong, The Rice Process
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When people resist, we see that as problematic. In fact, it might be just what we need at times and maybe a lot of the time. Resisting, questioning, and challenging should be part of the conversation. I experienced a lot of compliance and conformity in School where someone external to my classroom often set the goals for my classroom. It was very unpopular when I spoke up and questioned, resisted, and challenged.

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12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free ~ Vox

12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free ~ Vox | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

from the website

via EdSurge

 

"The New Yorker has made its archives since 2007 (and a few articles from before that) free for the next three months. That includes some great journalism on education — a tour of the biggest debates in K-12 and higher education.

 

"If you need something to read on your next flight, want a break from beach reading, or are aiming for a better grasp of the American education system before the kids go back to school this fall… here's your summer reading syllabus."

 


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There are interesting titles and summaries listed.

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Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.
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It would seem raising children and teaching children to be kind is important in the world today.

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Teaching Metacognition

Teaching Metacognition | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This webpage is a summary, written by Carol Ormand, of Marsha Lovett's presentation at the 2008 Educause Learning Initiative conference. Dr. Lovett's slides and a podcast of her presentation can be ...

Via Chris Carter
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The key is self-regulating one's learning, a mindfulness of what is happening and adjusting as needs appear and they will. It would seem that meta-cognition, learning about learning, would be vital in the 21st Century and yet we do little in that area.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 23, 11:40 AM

Reflection and structure are so important here!

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How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions - The Atlantic

How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions - The Atlantic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions
The Atlantic
Their coverage of education research therefore could inspire parents and policymakers to bring half-formed ideas into classroom.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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An abstract does not research conclusions make. It takes time to read through and grasp the context and findings in any study. We do bring half-baked ideas into our classrooms and it is not just the parents and policymakers who are involved. Teachers, administrators, central office staff, and those doing research are often guilty, as well.

 

A key to good use of research and data is to see what works in the particular setting we work in. This is like doing our own research. The word comes from the French meaning to search again suggesting it is an iterative process and not a one-time event.

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5 ways to boost creativity in your class

5 ways to boost creativity in your class | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo
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Praise great questions over great answers.

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Forget Lean and Agile – It’s Time to be Anticipatory

Forget Lean and Agile – It’s Time to be Anticipatory | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We are all good at reacting and responding, putting out fires, and crisis management. In addition, organizations large and small have learned how to be lean and agile, and how to best execute a

Via Ron McIntyre, Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.
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Reacting and responding are two different things. Reacting is often a spur of the moment and off the cuff action that has little thought behind. Response, which is often understood as synonymous, is a measured process of thinking and acting. The word response is the root word for responsibility. Even in being lean and agile, we should be responsible and thoughtful in our responses.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 22, 7:34 AM

I have been advocating proactive management for decades so it seems the time has come.  What do you think?

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 22, 8:49 AM

Well. don't completely forget about Lean and Agile. Just broaden the perspective. Lean and agile imply readiness and responsiveness which are good things. But they should not imply "reactive-ness"; . responding well to current circumstances  is simply not enough. Anticipating, forecasting, predicting, as well as possible, future needs and conditions is also critical.

 

The assumptions that present conditions will prevail and simple improvements upon existing processes or  activities will remain sustainable is unwise. Effective organizations both adapt and strive to improve their adaptability. This can be described as sustainable adaptation.

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27 Awesome Straight-Talk Quotes About Teaching - BUZZFEED

27 Awesome Straight-Talk Quotes About Teaching - BUZZFEED | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"No question, teaching is one of the toughest and most satisfying gigs around. We’ve gathered 27 of our favorite quotes on the high wire act that is being a teacher. Save them for that day when it’s raining papers to grade and IEP forms and you need a little inspiration."

 


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These are very good.

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John Evans's curator insight, July 22, 9:10 AM

These are awesome! Please share this with someone today! JE

Jose Javier Aizpuru's curator insight, Today, 2:30 AM

I think the best way to learn some thing it's listening stories. I'm 65 years old, retired and started learning English three years ago and listening stories help me a lot of.        Jose Javier Aizpuru 

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11 Habits Of Extremely Boring People

11 Habits Of Extremely Boring People | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Yawn.

Via Official AndreasCY, Luciana Viter
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Reminds me of some School managers I worked for who insisted on presenting their view of what was important in School at every professional development day.

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, July 22, 10:43 AM

Know how to spot a bore — especially when it's you.

Disha B. Shrivastava's curator insight, July 22, 8:57 PM

It will be a fun day at work today..