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Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work

Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In one of my first jobs out of school, at a tender 25 years old, I found myself at a firm with no career ladder and a particularly demoralizing, tyrannical boss. Every morning that I walked from my house to that job, I was wretchedly miserable. My one glimmer of happiness was a smart, funny peer—let’s call her Sarah—who became my instant friend. We were in the same unhappy boat, at a similar level in the organization, and I seized on our lunch breaks as prime opportunities to vent my gloom and misfortune with someone who I knew would understand.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Complaining is problematic, but is it really what others think about the complainer that is important. Actually, it might be that the complainer ends up focusing on the negative and ends up in a morass of non-productivity. I used to just go back to my classroom and do what I felt was best. It did not make any difference whether the School manager agreed or not. Once I said my piece, I had better things to do.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 13, 6:19 AM

When you complain, you’re not endearing yourself to anyone.

John Michel's curator insight, July 14, 7:42 AM

Next time you feel the urge to reflexively complain, think through these common perceptions of workplace whiners (by non-whiners). They may just be the best deterrent when you have the need to gripe:

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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/



Via Gust MEES
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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, 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 ;)
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Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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Small Schools Work in New York ~ NY Times Editorial

Small Schools Work in New York ~ NY Times Editorial | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by the Editorial Board of the NY Times

 

"Mayor Bill de Blasio has been critical of the signature education strategy of his predecessor, Mike Bloomberg, a strategy that involved closing large, failing high schools and replacing them with smaller specialized schools that offer a more rigorous curriculum and a more personal brand of instruction. But over the last few years, the Bloomberg approach has been vindicated by an innovative, multiyear study showing that the poor, minority students who attend small specialized schools do better academically than students in a control group who attend traditional high schools.


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Small Schools work because students and teachers can have healthy and supportive relationships.

 

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4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future -- THE Journal

4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future -- THE Journal | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Forget about rows of desks pointed at a whiteboard. Here's how mobile technology is reshaping teaching and learning.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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So the images make the classroom look quite similar to classrooms of the past with students sitting alone. The key difference is they each have a laptop. Is that really different?

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 20, 2:11 PM

"Interactive whiteboards are on their way out." This kind of pronouncement is true for so much of technology and leads to many of the challenges educators face. What do we get? How long will it last? Will we have just gotten folks trained on the new tech when there's even newer, possibly better stuff available?


To the last question: Count on it. And plan your learning environments for flexibility because there is no way to anticipate precisely what any changes will warrant.

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Learners don't know what's best for them

Learners don't know what's best for them | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Annie Murphy Paul has a nice article about autodidacts -- yes, there are some, but most of us aren't.  MOOCs are mostly for autodidacts.  The paper from Educational Psychologist is excellent, and I...
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Hubert Dreyfus' model of skill acquisition supports the idea that most learning requires teaching. There is a point where students would lack enough knowledge and wisdom to direct their learning fully. The idea is not no input but being helped along the path.

 

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for the love of learning: 3 reasons to stop rewarding and punishing children

for the love of learning: 3 reasons to stop rewarding and punishing children | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Intrinsic motivation is an internal ordering and responds to the question about how we make sense of the world. Extrinsic motivation is an external ordering where someone tries to create a product based on often alien outcomes for the child and adult.

 

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10 Facts About Being Homeless in the USA by Bill Quigley

10 Facts About Being Homeless in the USA by Bill Quigley | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
10 Facts About Being Homeless in the USA by Bill Quigley As the Crisis Deepens, the Government is Doing Less to Help... Three True Stories... Renee Delisle was one of over 3500 homeless people in S...
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Although it looks at homelessness through an American lens, the article is a reminder to Canadians about the issues of poverty and homelessness in wealthy countries.

 

What are the impacts on children and School?

 

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How Should Professional Development Change?

How Should Professional Development Change? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Professional Development in Other Countries
The Shanghai teacher and Singapore teacher ratios of teaching time to collaboration time reveal even larger disparities. The Shanghai teacher reported teaching 15 hours a week and collaborating 7.5 hours a week. The Singapore teacher spends 18 hours teaching and 15 hours collaborating each week. Spending so much time collaborating with other teachers every week is not a reality for U.S. teachers who feel lucky to chat with their colleagues at lunch or in biweekly faculty meetings.

The differences in professional development systems do not end here though. In Singapore, teachers are expected to do 100 hours of professional development (paid by the ministry of education) every year. That would be 500 hours in five years. In Shanghai, teachers are expected to do a minimum of 360 hours of professional development every five years -- compare that to the mere 120 hours of professional development that is typically required of U.S. teachers every five years.

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 


Via Gust MEES, Bruno Koffi
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Without choice and voice, professional development might be training which is for seals and not human beings.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 18, 9:07 AM
Professional Development in Other Countries
The Shanghai teacher and Singapore teacher ratios of teaching time to collaboration time reveal even larger disparities. The Shanghai teacher reported teaching 15 hours a week and collaborating 7.5 hours a week. The Singapore teacher spends 18 hours teaching and 15 hours collaborating each week. Spending so much time collaborating with other teachers every week is not a reality for U.S. teachers who feel lucky to chat with their colleagues at lunch or in biweekly faculty meetings.

The differences in professional development systems do not end here though. In Singapore, teachers are expected to do 100 hours of professional development (paid by the ministry of education) every year. That would be 500 hours in five years. In Shanghai, teachers are expected to do a minimum of 360 hours of professional development every five years -- compare that to the mere 120 hours of professional development that is typically required of U.S. teachers every five years.


Learn more:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

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Schooling Beyond Measure

articles by alfie kohn

Via Karen Kurczak
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Although controversial at times, Kohn offers a different perspective on a range of issues i.e. standardized testing.

 

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Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching

Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching

Via Suvi Salo
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The keep listening and talking are important. Listen closely to others and find your voice.

 

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48 million Americans live in poverty, Census Bureau says

48 million Americans live in poverty, Census Bureau says | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
48 million Americans are living in poverty according to the latest Census report.

Via Official AndreasCY, Christopher Tienken
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Canada's percentage of people in poverty would be similar, perhaps slightly less i.e. 12%. What does that mean for School?

 

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Christopher Tienken's curator insight, October 17, 4:52 PM

It's ok. Common Core and national testing will help....

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, October 18, 1:09 AM

There is no excuse for 48 million of our citizens living in marginal housing and earning substandard wages, while we spend billions to police the world.  Our first priority should be to help the less fortunate in our own country , then, if anything remains, extend help to others. Congress needs to straighten out its priorities.  Aloha, Russ.

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10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — And How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com

10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — And How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Children are not born with a natural aversion to reading. Learn how to help reluctant readers begin to love books.


Via Cindy Riley Klages
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Point 2, they cannot read as fast as their peers, is also part of the diagnostic process. Does it make sense that the ability to read is based on speed? What happened to enjoying and whiling over the the worth of something worth reading?

 

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Dan Keldsen's curator insight, October 18, 12:25 AM

Stereotypes and generalizations are just plain lazy. Do the work to understand how people behave, what the want (in reality, not what they say they want), how they react, and stop playing to the stereotypes you may have fallen into.

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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Over the next twenty years the earth is predicted to add another two billion people. Having nearly exhausted nature’s ability to feed the planet, we now need to discover a new food system. The global climate will continue to change. To save our coastlines, and maintain acceptable living conditions for more than a billion people, we need to discover new science, engineering, design, and architectural methods, and pioneer economic models that sustain their implementation and maintenance. Microbiological threats will increase as our traditional techniques of anti-microbial defense lead to greater and greater resistances, and to thwart these we must discover new approaches to medical treatment, which we can afford, and implement in ways that incite compliance and good health. The many rich and varied human cultures of the earth will continue to mix, more rapidly than they ever have, through mass population movements and unprecedented information exchange, and to preserve social harmony we need to discover new cultural referents, practices, and environments of cultural exchange. In such conditions the futures of law, medicine, philosophy, engineering, and agriculture – with just about every other field – are to be rediscovered.

Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster. The good news is, some people are working on it.


Via Kim Flintoff
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This is an interesting article which points out that School is not meeting the needs today and is not likely to meet the needs of tomorrow without substantial change.

 

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, October 17, 8:08 PM

This ceraiinly seems to be a rationale for investigating more effective ways of fostering learning.  It could be suggested that the only core skills we all need are:

 

- the capacity to learn and relearn,

- the capacity to determine what learning is required,

- the ability to assist others with learning and

-  resilience to see that through the inevitable challenges that arise when we breach the limits of our comfort zone.

One wonders if national education policies and national curricula are fully supportive of this requisite shift in focus?

Lee SCHLENKER's curator insight, October 18, 3:35 AM

Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a global disaster.

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Resistance to change in organisations

Resistance to change in organisations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Infographic: Resistance to change in organisations - Understanding the most common reasons employees resist change - Torben Rick

Via the Change Samurai
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It is not just fear of the unknown. My experience was there was exceptionally poor communication, top-down oppressive ways of dealing with change, faddish approaches, etc. For example, the implementation of the 7 Habits work and digital technologies was a handful of people's dictates rather than consulting with classroom teachers who were doing the heavy lifting.

 

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Rob Kingston's curator insight, October 18, 11:27 AM

you can't manage change if you don't first understand the resistance  to change.  This concise and accurate infographic helps simplify it. 

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Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual.”


Via Anne Leong, John Michel, Josée Lafontaine, Bobby Dillard, Dean J. Fusto, Nancy J. Herr
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Be the change that you want to see in the world - Gandhi.

 

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, October 20, 12:03 PM

Self reflection questions to make you a better leader. 

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What Happens When Parents Decide to Opt-Out of Standardized Tests?

What Happens When Parents Decide to Opt-Out of Standardized Tests? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Parents are increasingly worried that the emphasis on standardized test scores is destroying children's love of learning.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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Only good things can happen when parents exert their rights when it comes to standardized testing of any form.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 20, 1:10 PM

Sure, we celebrate this rebellion against standardized tests, the latest punching bag in all that's wrong with education. And yet, we recognize that we want a mechanism to measure where our kids are. And yet, we worry about the overabundance of "big data." and yet, we wonder if we have enough of the "right" data. And yet, we wonder how we compare against other kids, other schools, other states, other countries. And yet, we want to empower our kids to learn and grow. And yet, we don't want them to fall behind. And yet. . . .


In other words, much of what we do in school conspires to exhaust students and teachers and administrators and parents in what and how we teach. Reform isn't changing this and fixing that. Reform is hard work that takes time and for which there has to be a plan, and for which there must be realistic expectations.


I'm not a fan of standardized tests, but I'm not a fan of making change for the sake of change. When we institute any changes at any level for any reason, we have to know why and what we hope to accomplish, and we have to have tried to consider possible unintended consequences.

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Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams

Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Understand what Transformational Leadership is and how to use it to really drive people-centred success.


Via Robert Hubert
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Transforming leading (the use of gerunds suggests ongoing and never-ending) is ethics based.

 

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What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Now, almost two decades after my first year in the classroom, here's a few things I wish I'd known about myself, about teaching, and about my students.
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The fact we have about 50% of young teachers leaving the profession within the first seven years of beginning and an increasing number of part-time contracts being used suggests a need for a different conversation.

 

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It's Privilege (and Race), not Effort

It's Privilege (and Race), not Effort | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In the tradition of Mel Riddile (see here and here), I want to assert: In the U.S., it's privilege (and race), not effort. The U.S. has a powerful addiction to a false myth, the myth of meritocracy...
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When  children come to School hungry, tired, abused, etc. what should we expect in their learning. It takes a special effort to reach out and build bridges with those students. It takes caring teachers and safe relationships.

 

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Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Listening and observing can be passive activities—in one ear and out the other, as our mothers used to say. Or they can be rich, active, intense experiences that lead to serious learning.


Via Cindy Riley Klages, Suvi Salo
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Students need to be helped in learning how to listen. It is not something that comes without help.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 18, 8:56 PM

I concur that good listening is a skill to be learned and practice. We need to model critical listening, too. It can easily be part of how we interact with our students.

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“Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong”

“Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong is a fascinating, and depressing, article in The Washington Post.

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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Meritocracy and the idea that we all have the same opportunities do not exist in School.

 

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Brain baloney has no place in the classroom

Brain baloney has no place in the classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: A study published this week brilliantly debunks myths about the brain that pervade the education system

Via Sandeep Gautam, Sharrock
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This is the second article in the last few days with this as the theme.

 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 18, 9:13 AM

Some neuromyths are so strangely resistant!

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How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?

How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Administrators, educators and students are discovering ways to include students in the programs that affect them most. Some programs help students speak directly to the people in charge.

Via Grant Montgomery, Dean J. Fusto
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I wonder if providing teachers with more voice would be helpful?

 

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or are you stuck with the brains you’ve got? Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says most of us have either a “fixed” or “growth” mindset when it comes to learning. Most of us can get through sixteen years of schooling regardless of which mindset we have, but when it comes to lifelong learning–learning for the sake of learning, without outside pressure–only a growth mindset will cut it."


Via Beth Dichter, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Learning is an essential aspect of living. I am not an advocate of the glib language that is fostered in 7 Habits thinking i.e. begin with the end in mine. It is great to have goals, but learning is often a non-linear, complex, chaotic process which defies that limited logic. The Dewey quote is echoed in the thinking of many others i.e. Whitehead, Montessori, Gadamer, etc. It is not just about learning. It is about forming and character which exceeds simple learning.

 

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Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, October 18, 12:15 PM

EDUCAR NO ES ENSEÑAR A VIVIR, LA COMUNICACION EDUCADOR-ALUMNO ES LA VIDA

Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 20, 9:47 AM

I am a firm believer of lifelong learning and this

Li Banban's curator insight, October 20, 8:23 PM

keep a growth mindset! its never too late to  learn.

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Deasy slams teachers unions, speaks of regrets

Deasy slams teachers unions,  speaks of regrets | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Days after stepping down as Los Angeles schools chief, John Deasy acknowledged he should have worked harder to improve relations with the school board but also criticized the teachers union for making it difficult to improve the district.


Via J. Mark Schwanz
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Teachers and students are often left voiceless in the battles between corporate School managers and their equivalents in the unions.

 

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, October 17, 7:57 PM
Blame needs to turn into action.
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Education Readings October 17th

Education Readings October 17th | 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!   Are You an Autodidact? Or Do You Need Other People T...
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The article that was an interest to me was the one about School serving the economy. Yes, it does, but who makes the decisions is an important one. What does this mean for teaching and learning?

 

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How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It)

How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Ever since the 1950s, children have undergone a test for tracking their creativity, in similar fashion to the IQ test. Professor E. Paul Torrance developed the series of tasks, which are administered by a psychologist, to a subject to measure the person’s ability to produce something original and useful. No [...]

Via Creativity For Life, David Hain, Dean J. Fusto
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There are some good points which teachers would find helpful in their work.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 17, 3:24 PM

Struggling Teens often are those kids who cannot/will-not give up their creativity.  Those are not broken kids needing serious treatment, but confused kids trying to find their way and making poor decisions.  There are schools working on this creativity gap, and should be a model for mainstream kids. -Lon


Nick Hester's curator insight, October 18, 6:35 AM

Celebrate diversity, be open, share, listen and learn...

Dr. Pat McGuire's curator insight, October 20, 11:41 AM

When my children were small we spent a great deal of time being creative and playing the "what if" game to test out theories. That is not seen with children in my practice much anymore.  They are stuck in overly compartmentalized learning and playing.  Few of them know what to do if told to go outside.

 

We need to bring curiosity and creativity back into the forefront of child development and learning.  I see the loss of this as being as devastating as when children were told "Do it because I said so and don't ask questions."

 

What do you think?