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Should Principals Be Treated Like CEOs?

Should Principals Be Treated Like CEOs? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new report argues that the way to attract and hold onto high quality school leaders is to give them more autonomy, administrative support, and a $100,000 raise.
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I would be cautious with this thinking. My experience is many principals are managers and not leaders. Many of them had been out of the classroom for years. A new cohort appeared. These were teachers, and I use the word loosely, sprinted through the classroom in a few years and became managers.

 

A good point it made about raising pay is not the only prerequisite to leadership. Rather than thinking of principals as CEO's, what if we had smaller schools where community formed and classroom teachers were seen in a different light, as professionals. Research tells us schools with more than 500-700 students and teachers who have more than 80 students in a school year or term lead to compromises. We can tinker with the external pieces i.e. School managers, using consultants, standardizing how things are done, etc, but is that the real answer?

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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 3:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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A Teacher's Moment: Finding 'The Essence Of Poetry'

A Teacher's Moment: Finding 'The Essence Of Poetry' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Jess Burnquist teaches creative writing at an Arizona high school. She talks about how one lesson helped a class become a team.


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An interesting story where what stands out is the teacher, despite a lack of support, finds a way to get things done.

 

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LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way

LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I Am An Autodidact, A Self-Directed LEARNer, How Can I LEARN Best For MY Professional Development? . A neglected part in EDUcation is certainly THE ===> #Autodidact #SelfDirected #LEARNer <===! This was since centuries the case AND STILL is the case, a pity as NEW research shows THAT individual learning and teaching individually (Personalized LEARNing) is BETTER to get BEST results!

Let us first have a look on WHAT is NEW in EDUcation below, please. WE are taking a look on ===> EDUcation 4.0 <===

 

Did YOU know that Leaonardo da Vinci is BEST known ===> Autodidact <===?

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

 

 


Via Gust MEES, Silvia Nascimento
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It is not just about being an autodidact learner. Perhaps we all have that potential given the right circumstances i.e. highly motivated. Other times, most of us need someone to help with teaching.

 

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I Am An Autodidact, A Self-Directed LEARNer, How Can I LEARN Best For MY Professional Development? . A neglected part in EDUcation is certainly THE ===> #Autodidact #SelfDirected #LEARNer <===! This was since centuries the case AND STILL is the case, a pity as NEW research shows THAT individual learning and teaching individually (Personalized LEARNing) is BETTER to get BEST results!

Let us first have a look on WHAT is NEW in EDUcation below, please. WE are taking a look on ===> EDUcation 4.0 <===


Did YOU know that Leaonardo da Vinci is BEST known ===> Autodidact <===?


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/


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Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for e...

Via Suvi Salo
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This is worth following and seeing how it unfolds.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, March 28, 7:35 PM

#phenomenon-based #teaching

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What the best education systems are doing right

What the best education systems are doing right | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In South Korea and Finland, it's not about finding the "right" school.


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We need more of what Finland does in ways that work for what we do in our schools. Teachers need time to work together, learn, and improve their craft.

 

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10 questions you should ask yourself while reading

10 questions you should ask yourself while reading | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When you pick up a book to do some light reading, an assignment, or some quick pleasure reading, how much do you actually comprehend? Do you zoom through the book hoping for it to be over as soon as possible?

Via Yashy Tohsaku, Suvi Salo
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The questions are interesting and worth considering.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings - the battle for education/ PISA/ our brain/ teacher artistry.

leading and learning: Education Readings - the battle for education/ PISA/ our brain/ teacher artistry. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The myths about digital technology is a good read.

 

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Is now best time to tackle teacher effectiveness? - St. Cloud Times

Is now best time to tackle teacher effectiveness? - St. Cloud Times | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Legislature examines bills on tenure, effectiveness; but is now best time to adopt them?

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Rather than talking about teacher effectiveness, perhaps talking about why there are shortages in many jurisdictions.

 

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Education Readings March 26th

Education Readings March 26th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach You've probably noticed that I'm posting this one day earlier than usual, as I will be out of internet access for the next few days. I welcome suggested articles, so if you come acro...
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The first link leads to a great article comparing Plato and Socrates' views on education. Aristotle is also used by some academics who write about education i.e. Gert Biesta.

 

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Duncan: America has no kids to spare

Duncan: America has no kids to spare | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
All of our children deserve an equal chance to succeed.

Via Nancy J. Herr
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That is what makes teaching so important.

 

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Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video)

Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As a treat for the readers of this blog here is a longer and more complete interview with Sir Ken Robinson that was recorded as part of the Learning {Re}imagined book where he discusses educational technology, creativity, assessment and the future of learning (15 minutes).   There are more exclusive videos contained within the book…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Miloš Bajčetić, Lynnette Van Dyke
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I wonder about the future of teaching. Learning is one side of the coin. It does not happen without dedicated adults.

 

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Lisa Gorman's curator insight, March 26, 7:02 PM

I have a great admiration for the thinking of Sir Ken Robinson... He speaks so eloquently and argues for creative learning...and so much more...

 

A stand out quote for me from this interview;

 

"What tends to dull the appetite [for learning] is being force fed things that people can't see an immediately relevance in or don't have an immediate interest in it...or where they are forced to learn in situations where they are inimitable... you know, 8 hours a day, sit still, do as you're told."

 

Bring on different ways of engaging with people around learning so that they not only 'get it' but they really enjoy it and become life long learners.

 

I recommend this 15 minute video to you!

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Sir Ken Robinson on how we should be teaching our children if we want a future rich with creative and innovative leaders.

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Questions from Prof.Bill Bassett

Questions from Prof.Bill Bassett | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Treehorn Express Professor G.W. [Bill] Bassett asks Professor Bill Bassett, one of Australia’s most respected and formidable academics wrote his memoirs in 1987. He described the period of lear...
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There is an excellent quote in the article that speaks to schooling and its role in uplifting a society. The point is we have lost our way. Bassett suggested the pinnacle was the 1960's and 1970's. There is interesting research in North American (Goodson cited in his work) about the way teachers speak differently today about teaching. It is less of a calling and more of a job. I did not experience many teachers who treated it only as a job, but enough to believe there is merit here and wonder about the connection between the highpoint and changing language.

 

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Teacher Motivation: Context and Culture

Teacher Motivation: Context and Culture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Catherine Joynson and Ottoline Leyser's The culture of scientific research identifies the motivation of scientists, which: provide[s] additional insights into how they view research, and the majori...
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The article raises good points. For generations, teaching was a calling and had vocational qualities going to the roots of vocation and speaking from the heart with courage.

 

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The 21st Century Learning Initiative ~ Cognitive Apprenticeship: Making Thinking Visible

The 21st Century Learning Initiative ~ Cognitive Apprenticeship: Making Thinking Visible | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
n cognitive apprenticeship, one needs to deliberately bring the thinking to the surface, to make it visible, whether it’s in reading, writing, problem solving. The teacher’s thinking must be made visible to the the students and the student’s thinking must be made visible to the teacher.

Via Kathleen Taylor Mills
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Moving beyond reform to transforming education. Trans means beyond.

 

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Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How - Huffington Post

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How - Huffington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for education policymakers and experts. Now, the country is changing the way it teaches students. Going forward, Finnish schools will be placing less emphasis on individual subjects like math and history, and will instead focus on broader, more interdisciplinary topics. The goal, according to Finnish leaders, is to provide students with the necessary skills for a more technological, global society.

Here are three things you need to know about Finland’s changing education system:

Via John Evans, Scott Anderson (Daymap)
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This is worth following. What will phenomenon-based teaching look like and how will teachers experience this?

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Mika Auramo's comment, March 30, 11:51 PM
Specially the second example show us how school culture is changing here in Finland, not only to teach the class, but do the lessons partly together, way to collaborate.
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The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

The Science (and Practice) of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Creativity isn't about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs," wrote the University of Winchester's Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. "It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation."

Sounds like the perfect skill set for equipping young people to navigate an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Encouragingly, there's plenty of evidence -- from both research and practice -- that most of the above can be taught in the classroom. In fact, innovation and education experts agree that creativity can fit perfectly into any learning system.

But before it can be incorporated broadly in curriculum, it must first be understood.

 

Learn more:

 

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

 


Via Gust MEES, Silvia Nascimento
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Creativity fosters teaching and learning.

 

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à lire!

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Creativity must be cultivated in our schools.

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There Is Not Just One Right Way to Be A Connected Educator

There Is Not Just One Right Way to Be A Connected Educator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I am a connected educator, whatever you think that term means. To me it means that at any given moment I have access to thousands, if not millions, of teachers around the world that can help me fu...


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It is all about (con)text.

 

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Teachers and salesmanship | A Learning a Day

Teachers and salesmanship | A Learning a Day | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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I am not sure I buy into the comparison, but I agree with the idea we all teach at some time in our lives and need passion and other qualities that help us in those actions..

 

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for the love of learning: Alberta Education's misleading class size averages

for the love of learning: Alberta Education's misleading class size averages | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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These seem to be global and universal problems.

 

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After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a new study that shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it.

Via Suvi Salo
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We think and imagine in images and not words.

 

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What Went Wrong With the Starbucks #RaceTogether Campaign?

What Went Wrong With the Starbucks #RaceTogether Campaign? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The well-intentioned attempt to become part of the conversation about race backfired when the Starbucks campaign was met with criticism from the media and social media users alike.


Via ICTPHMS
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It was well-intentioned, but it is a hard topic to talk about in a public setting.

 

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A look at what detracted from the #RaceTogether - from the article "When the voices of detractors begins to outshine the original intent of the campaign, the brand is suddenly off message, and on the defensive. If organization doesn’t have a plan to counter the negative message, the whole campaign could be lost."

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Student engagement - Brookings Institution

Student engagement - Brookings Institution | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In part three of the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education, Tom Loveless examines student engagement, and how it relates to academic achievement.

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Canada ranks below the line, as well.

 

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How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic

How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Because parents & teachers live separately, tension can arise, but it doesn't have to be this way.


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We are on the same side. Dewey recognized that.

 

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Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. 

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It makes so much sense.

 

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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, March 23, 8:00 AM

Parents HEAR this message. Why do so few heed it?

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for the love of learning: My Talk on Education as Crime Prevention

for the love of learning: My Talk on Education as Crime Prevention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is easier to help children become strong then to intervene when they are troubled adults.

 

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leading and learning: Bali Haque.The failure of Education Reforms in New Zealand - with an emphasis on secondary schools. NCEA/ NZC and National Standards.

leading and learning: Bali Haque.The failure of Education Reforms in New Zealand - with an emphasis on secondary schools. NCEA/ NZC and National Standards. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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What caught my eye was the point about whether teaching is important. The answer was "it depends." By and large, the vase majority of teachers do a good job so there is little in there that suggests a qualified answer.

 

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