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There's gotta be a better way.


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This applies to teachers. Even a few of them, can make a substantial difference in the world and in educating children.

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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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Differentiation Is Important 'Because We Teach Students Not Standards'

Differentiation Is Important 'Because We Teach Students Not Standards' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Three well-known educators/authors provide guest responses offering effective ways to differentiate instruction: Regie Routman, Carol Ann Tomlinson, and Laura Robb.

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We do teach students. It makes teaching relational and situational. It is hermeneutic as we read the (con)text we teach within.

 

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Learning About Identity Through Art and Self Portraits - An Art Lesson Plan for F-2 - Australian Curriculum Lessons

Learning About Identity Through Art and Self Portraits - An Art Lesson Plan for F-2 - Australian Curriculum Lessons | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Summary of Lesson Plan: In this lesson plan, students learn to understand who they are in terms of identity and begin to


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I used a poetry activity, both reading and writing, and extended the art work.

 

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A New Priority? Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School

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A New Priority: Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School
From a press release
MADISON, Wis. — Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, the prekindergarten students learned their ABCs.

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Mindfulness is important in a world where there are so many distractions and they seem to be increasing.

 

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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Guest blogger Lori Desautels translates Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs into a blueprint for classroom practice that can set the stage with comfort, care and self-reflection to optimize brain-compatible learning.


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Maslow's work is important to teaching and learning.

 

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Why Certainty Matters in Business

Why Certainty Matters in Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Most people do not think much about certainty, but it governs most of what they do. “Certainty is the catalyst that turns attitudes into action,” says Zakary Tormala, a psychologist and associate professor of marketing in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His research, with Derek D. Rucker of Northwestern University, among others, has applications for executives, pollsters, and anyone who has an interest in spurring people to action. Managers who understand certainty can better groom leaders in their organizations.


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We would like to think that certainty is certain and there is a backdrop which against which much happens. Having said this, there are many uncertain things.

 

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A psychologist explores what makes our attitudes change over time.

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.

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I always found putting the topic/the subject in the middle worked well. We could share perspectives so much more easily, if that is at all possible.

 

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Education Readings January 30th

Education Readings January 30th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Another New Zealand school year is about to start, so I guess that means I need to unpack my brain and get started on this year’s education readings. I welcome suggested articles, so...
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The workload article is worth reading. Is it a new phenomenon or has it reached a magnitude we cannot overlook it any longer?

 

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The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.


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There is a lot more going on under the surface than meets the eye.

 

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Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 28, 9:46 PM
Nice pick @Vicki!
Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, January 29, 5:56 PM

Icebergs are a great metaphor. We use an iceberg in Shipley win-work sessions to highlight that deals are often won under the iceberg around unstated issues, then justified on the stated requirements. 

 

Later, when client agree they could make some powerful changes to their process for winning work, this iceberg about the hidden barriers to making that change comes into play.

 

The ratio of people and organisations that want to changes, but struggle to make it stick, is very high. We are fast approaching the point where effective change management becomes a bigger issue to work on with clients than the specifics of the solution being considered.

 

I recommend this article, and the powerful visual as a starting point for you own conversations with your team about making things happen.

 

I suggest starting with examples of projects or changes of significance that HAVE worked for you. Talk through why you think they worked.  Compare them to the projects or changes that stalled or ran late. What was different?

 

Talk to colleagues about their success and failures in change.

 

Leading a team, helping a customer - change is the foundation skill.

Where would you rank your ability to drive, lead and make change happen?

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 30, 10:02 AM

What really leads the changes... 

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Although Information Technology has transformed learning, references abound that the state of education today is still grounded in what remains from industrial revolution.

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There is an article linked to the post.

 

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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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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, January 28, 11:18 AM

This coaching perspective can apply to adults in the work setting just as well as students in a classroom. Facilitation and coaching are different skill sets but the roles do overlap in various settings.

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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.

Via Mel Riddile, Les Howard, Cindy Riley Klages
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Pedagogy and curriculum intertwine and help the student connect with their learning. It is an invitation into learning rather than a guarantee of learning. @ivon_ehd1
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15 Mistakes New Teachers Make (and what I learned making them) - A.J. Juliani

15 Mistakes New Teachers Make (and what I learned making them) - A.J. Juliani | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of new teachers the past three years, and I’ve seen many of the same mistakes I made during my first year teaching repeated over and over. Now, this isn’t to say that I thought teaching was extremely difficult during my first year (I actually loved it …

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The first one is hard to shake. Even veteran teachers stay for too long at School quite often.

 

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camille's curator insight, Today, 5:46 AM

15 mistake to avoid

David W. Deeds's curator insight, Today, 10:02 AM

Lots of "old" teachers still making these mistakes. ;)

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, Today, 10:10 AM

Great advice and resources for new teachers...heck, any teacher! 

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From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines

From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging routines and in professional...

Via Beth Dichter, Silvia Nascimento
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Teachers are first amongst equals in classrooms. Their role modeling of learning is essential to the learning of students.

 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 25, 7:14 PM

Silvia Tolisano shares updated visual thinking routines for:

1. Read > Write> Comment
2. Learn > Reflect > Share
3. Contribute > Feedback > Grow
4. Watch > Do > Teach
5. Document > Present > Disseminate
Along with a visual for each of these routines she also explains each step. She also shares three additional routines that she uses with students, as blogging routines and in professional development.

Elizabeth Karvonen's curator insight, January 27, 12:40 AM

I  have also found that the Visible Thinking techniques really work in class. The  ' I See - I think - I wonder' technique is particularly successful in an oral proficiency class I give. Thanks to the British Council for first introducing me to this! 

Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, January 27, 6:09 AM

A really wonderful representation of what being digital in this era is all about - learning in the digital era, is more of a contribution rather than a passive absorption of online information. 

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This May Actually Be The Oldest Profession

This May Actually Be The Oldest Profession | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
All schools are now back in session. How about a shout-out to our valuable Educators worldwide who give themselves away everyday at work. Enjoy.   original graphic: Thoughts For Teachers
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This is a great message about the work teachers do.

 

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development. Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...


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This is another good summary of Maslow.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings - first readings for 2015.'Begin with the end in mind'.

leading and learning: Education Readings - first readings for 2015.'Begin with the end in mind'. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are some good titles to follow up on in this article. Even the word administrator has a different meaning when we look at etymologically. It speaks about ministering to people in our care.

 

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Students Do Better When Public Schools Get More Money

Students Do Better When Public Schools Get More Money | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Recent research, however, has found that when schools have more money, they are able to give their students a better education. A new study on those who went to school during the school-finance cases a few decades ago found that those who attended districts that were affected by the rulings were more likely to stay in school through high school and college and are making more money today. The authors, Kirabo Jackson and Claudia Persico of Northwestern University and Rucker Johnson of the University of California, Berkeley, released a revised draft of their as-yet-unpublished paper this week. The benefits were most obvious for students from poor families. They found that a 10 percent increase in the money available for each low-income student resulted in a 9.5 percent increase in students' earnings as adults. A public investment in schools, they wrote, returned 8.9 percent annually for a typical pupil who started kindergarten in 1980. The findings are evidence that public schooling can be a way for children who grow up in poverty to overcome their circumstances, Johnson argued." | by Max Ehrenfreund

 


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I don't agree with this premise necessarily. It might be true, but my experience was that most School managers were so inept in spending the money they were given that is hard to know for sure.

 

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The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape - Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape - Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This report is the result of a two-year study examining the history of the Carnegie Unit and its impact on education reform in K-12 and
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A lot of what is used in School.is a century or more older. Why should Carnegie units be different?

 

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Looming Teacher Observation? 7 Tips For A Better Outcome

Looming Teacher Observation? 7 Tips For A Better Outcome | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Jason Lange

 

"With all of these thoughts swirling, even the most effective teacher can stumble during an observation. But there are a few things a teacher can do to diminish the likelihood of this happening. The key is to be prepared, welcome feedback, and use it to build a better classroom."


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What would be the purpose of observations done infrequently? It is important to build relationships which help teachers grow.

 

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What's Worth Learning in School?

What's Worth Learning in School? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We teach a lot that isn’t going to matter, in a significant way, in students’ lives, writes Professor David Perkins in his new book, "Future Wise." There’s also much we aren’t teaching that would be a better return on investment.

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This is a provocative article which may lead to buying the book. We miss a lot when we focus on information and the latest fad.

 

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

Via Chris Carter, Deborah Banker
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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

Via Suvi Salo
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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.


Learn more:


Collaboration:


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


Global Collaboration:


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


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