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Educational change in Finland?

Educational change in Finland? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Now that I’m back after three weeks in Finland sponsored by the Fulbright Specialist Program, the Fulbright Center in Finland, and the University of Helsinki, a few other aspects of the Finnish edu...

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Change is also about the change process. Something that might not always stand out in change is there is structure. Structure is not always rigid and enforced. The structure described in this article moved from one that was centralized to one that was about the social connections within the particular school. Alberta's school reformers could learn something here.

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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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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, 2016 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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Why Smart People Don't Multitask - Multitasking Lowers IQ, Impairs Cognitive Processing

Why Smart People Don't Multitask - Multitasking Lowers IQ, Impairs Cognitive Processing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Every time you multitask you aren't just harming your performance in the moment; you may very well be damaging an area of your brain that's critical to your future success at work.

Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

A Special Skill?

But what if some people have a special gift for multitasking? The Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multitaskers—those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance—were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another.

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It takes time to refocus, so the supposed efficiencies are eliminated. As well, we do not attend to the people in front of us and the tasks at hand.
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Can teachers use learning as their pallet?

Can teachers use learning as their pallet? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings December 29, 2016 Can teachers use learning as their pallet?   I wrote the basics of this article nearly twelve years ago and at the time was thinking of an artist friend who was trying to define her art as well as searching for her own meaning in life. My friend often reflects…
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"I was thinking back several years to a teacher searching the closet for teacher’s manuals and transparencies to teach a subject they had taught for forty years. I was a bit taken back. How do you teach a subject for forty years and now get stressed over a manual and transparencies. You should know the material and it should not be the exact same for every class. The delivering of the material is the key issue here. I was curious as I watched and observed the mounting stress for this teacher as no teacher’s manual and transparencies could be found. Fortunately for the students their regular teacher made it back in time."

We should teach day and moment as if they are new, because they are. Having said this, it is important that teachers be teachers. There are some (too many) looking at it as a job, not a vocation and passion.
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Wanted: Substitute teachers for Michigan classrooms

Shortages of substitute teachers are happening largely because fewer people are pursuing teaching as a career

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is an ominous sign. Instead of privatizing schools, politicians might want to show some backbone and realize there are issues that can only be solved (if they can be) at the local level
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The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on Things

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on Things | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The ancient Greek term "akrasia" helps explain why we don't follow through on things. Read this article to learn how akrasia works and what to do about it.

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Procrastination is not good, but it happens for good reasons. We think we have other important things to do.
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The Atlantic’s 16 Best Education Stories from 2016

The Atlantic’s 16 Best Education Stories from 2016 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Take a stroll down memory lane, a scroll through some #TBTs, or whatever the school kids are calling a throwback these days. Here are our favorite education stories The Atlantic published this year.
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These will take time to read through and fully digest.
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Bosses, take note! Men are more likely to quit their jobs due to bullying at workplace - The Economic Times on Mobile

Bullying often causes women to go on prolonged sick leave or use antidepressants. - The Economic Times on Mobile
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I wonder why? That was a reason I left teaching. I could take care of myself, but it was hard to watch others be bullied.
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This is an interesting teaser. Additional research is necessary on gender differences when it comes to the impact of toxic leadership.
 
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The Best Collections Of Education Research – 2016 via @LarryFerlazzo

The Best Collections Of Education Research – 2016 via @LarryFerlazzo | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I do lots of posts about education research, including my own year-end “round-up.” Other places have begun to do the same thing, so I thought I’d create another “Best”…

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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There are some good links here.
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Emily Dickinson Eternal: “I’m Nobody! Who are you?”

Emily Dickinson Eternal: “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It seems an odd thing to celebrate the birth day of someone long deceased, someone we have immortalized, in a way, as the British Romantic poets desired: "Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed /Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu," John Keats exclaims in celebration of the immutability of art—the recreation of foliage…
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When we teach poetry, it is a hermeneutic experience for each person.
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Chart: What Great Leaders say to Engage Teams

Chart: What Great Leaders say to Engage Teams | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Anne-Laure Delpech
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Thank you and please are great starters. Besides saying things, what leaders lead with their actions.
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Abidine A.'s curator insight, November 27, 2016 5:58 AM

Le choix de mots par un leader

Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, December 9, 2016 5:31 PM
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Self fulfilling prophecies

Self fulfilling prophecies | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
learning, technology, education, steve, wheeler, social media, internet, mobile, school, teachers

Via Marta Torán, juandoming
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Self-fulfilling prophecis in schools are like echo chambers where everyone speaks the same way and agrees with the most powerful voice. We just saw evidence of it in the American election.
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Marta Torán's curator insight, December 16, 2016 1:11 PM

Teorías de Aprendizaje-> El efecto Pigmalion

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The Most Important Things Schools Don’t Do – A challenge to Australia’s Educatio MinisterThe Most Important Things Schools Don’t Do – A challenge to Australia’s Education Minister

The Most Important Things Schools Don’t Do – A challenge to Australia’s Educatio MinisterThe Most Important Things Schools Don’t Do – A challenge to Australia’s Education Minister | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
PLEASE SEND THIS ON TO YOUR STATE MINISTER. TREEHORN DOES NOT HAVE READY ACCESS TO THEM OR THEIR DEPARTMENTS. Treehorn Express A CHALLENGE TO STATE MINISTERS This week, the collective wisdom of Australia’s education system gathers to consider what can be done to ensure that Australia has the world’s best  system of schooling.  It’s a…
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Student learning is always grounded in the immediate time and place they exist in. That is what makes teachers essential to student learning.
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We Can't Teach As Fast As Things Change

We Can't Teach As Fast As Things Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By things I mean information. Perspectives. Ideologies. What’s socially acceptable and what’s not. Our collective cultural biases & intellectual prejudices.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Bobby Dillard
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The title says a lot.
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DNL's curator insight, December 16, 2016 5:04 AM
Broodje aap, zou prof. Kirschner zeggen.. 
Claudia Andrade's curator insight, December 18, 2016 9:19 AM
In that case, we must acquire the fundamentals of knowledge to deal with fast change such as digital culture, pedagogy or thinking. 
Inés Solá's curator insight, January 5, 2:08 PM
Estoy de acuerdo, no limitemos a los niños a nuestras ideas, pensamientos o creencias 
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Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life

Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teacher Shelley Wright explains why a school system that revolves around academics fails to teach kids what they really need to know. Students have many talents
Via Mr. Meade
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All teaching is academic. The question is what is worth teaching? This is a question many have asked (Dewey, Pinar, Montessori, etc.) over the years. I think dispositions and habits in a John Dewey way are critical.
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Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace

Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Today, people think for themselves, especially in the entrepreneurial arena. Less really is more when it comes to building extraordinary organizations. Give people a dream that they can wrap their head and heart around, get out of the way, and let them run!

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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It is the least understood of human traits. It is essential in each relationship we are in.
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Andy Webb's curator insight, December 5, 2016 7:22 PM
Poignant article that reminds us to be human to those we lead.
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Democratic Schooling

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I have argued in speech and writing for years that democracy is not “natural.” Although it is well within our human capacities it is not our “default” position. To demonstrate this would take longer than this blog/web allows. But I think there are good solid reasons why as a specie we retreat to authoritarian solutions…
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"The first reform I would make if I were … what? – is that every publicly funded school (and maybe institution) must develop a plan of governance that can be defended as explicitly democratic and where those most affected have the freedom to make important decisions with the fewest possible exceptions. In Catholic theology this is called “subsidiarity.” Yes, there must be exceptions laid down by larger and broader based governing bodies (like a locally elected school board,"

Public schools are grassroots institutions. It is the local community that informs the needs of its school, rather than distant bureaucrats and politicians.
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Opening A Charter School Without Knowing The Facts: The Elephant In The Room // Missouri Education Watchdog

Opening A Charter School Without Knowing The Facts: The Elephant In The Room // Missouri Education Watchdog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"This is not about whether you are a fan of charter schools or choice. This is, however, an interesting case about transparency and accountability." 
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/opening-a-charter-school-without-knowing-the-facts-the-elephant-in-the-room/ ;


Via Roxana Marachi, PhD, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Schools are being targeted by big money. If they succeed, what does it mean for democracy. The Waltons operate on the premise that they can pay employees little and government will take care of them. Trump appointed a charter school supporter to be Secretrary of Education
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Teaching Tidbits: Teaching Is Like a Sushi Roll

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This is an interesting metaphor to consider. It is actually a simile.
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Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem'

Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
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In the early part of the 21st Century, do we need another Walt Whitman to bridge the gap between democracy and poetry?
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Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“ Research explores the pros and cons of two distinct leadership styles.”
Via Brad Parcells, Aperio Coaching & Consulting, LLC, Vicki Moro
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It is a bit of an oversimiplication to thin there are only two forms of leadership. Maybe that is why people vote the way they do? Where does servant leadership fit?
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Education Readings December 9th

Education Readings December 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 Taking the PISA New Zealand teacher Mike Boon (aka Boonman) ‘Well, friends, today was PISA day. The day when all media outlets around the world breathlessly pronounce their education system is either “plummeting” down the…
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Using standardized tests to measure and quantify humans as if they are objects, is dehumanizing.
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Black Professor Gives Epic Response to White Student Who Proclaimed Slavery Was 'a Positive Thing' - Atlanta Black Star

Black Professor Gives Epic Response to White Student Who Proclaimed Slavery Was 'a Positive Thing' - Atlanta Black Star | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A Black educator from Cleveland, Ohio, gave a white student quite the virtual talking-to after he outrageously wrote that slavery was “actually a positive thing” because it taught Black people to fight for who they are.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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I cannot think of anything postive that comes from oppressing others.
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The Unbearable Lightness of Lying: Renaming What We Value, Fear

The Unbearable Lightness of Lying: Renaming What We Value, Fear | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Who is more to be pitied," muses artist and main character Rabo Karabekian in Kurt Vonnegut's Bluebeard, "a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?" As in most of Vonnegut's fiction, there is a tension of tone between the narration and the weight of the…
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A key point in the post is how under totalatarian regimes people grow to fear each other. This happens under the veneer of supposedly democratic regimes.
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13 Leadership Skills You Didn't Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential

13 Leadership Skills You Didn't Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leadership skills aren't stagnant. Different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the way people lead.

Via David Hain, Ron McIntyre, Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Leadership is always changing and transforming.
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David Hain's curator insight, December 15, 2016 2:54 AM

Misleading headline, bathes trends have become more critical in recent times.

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Play in education / John Dewey / teacher stress / critical thinking / the Corporate takeover of education and the destructive impact of political agendas

Play in education / John Dewey / teacher stress / critical thinking / the Corporate takeover of education and the destructive impact of political agendas | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Merry Christmas to you all Education Reading s By Allan Alach Another year is ending , which means in New Zealand an
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A teacher told me that play should be infused in all grades. The article on play struck a chord with me. Also the John Dewey article is worth reading.
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Education Readings December 16th

Education Readings December 16th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Another year is ending, which means in New Zealand and Australia, it’s also the end of the school year, and time for teachers and children to have a long summer break away from the trials of teaching and learning. Make the most of the break - it’s the only real chance teachers…
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What does a post-truth world mean for teachers? I am not sure what a post-truth world is, but clearly teachers need to deal with this.
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