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Habits for Success in School and Life

Habits for Success in School and Life | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Take a moment to join us in a snapshot of a classroom we recently observed: Students are hard at work designing a travel brochure as a part of their study of Ireland. They need to think about how m...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo
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I used these habits in my classrooms almost 20 years ago. They are excellent and students play a substantial role in their learning.

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Cultivating a growth mindset is key!

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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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This school in Norway abandoned teaching subjects 40 years ago

This school in Norway abandoned teaching subjects 40 years ago | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A 40-year experiment in education that's working.

Via Suvi Salo
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If you do the math, there are 4-6 teachers for 60-75 teachers which yields a student/teacher ration no higher than about 18:1. That says something and there was no mention of digital tools. I am sure they use them, but maybe it depends on con(text).

 

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How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning

How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Student know how to play school like it's a game, but if teachers change the rules, they just might appreciate it.

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School the way it is done is long out-dated and it is not a matter of reform, but moving beyond what School is and transforming it.

 

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diane gusa's curator insight, May 1, 10:09 PM

The first thing he did was move to standards-based grading. He told his students to show him they’d learned the material, it didn’t matter how long it took them.

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leading and learning: Education Readings - John Hattie is wrong/ Innovative teachers/ UK elections/ mental models and real school leadership.

leading and learning: Education Readings - John Hattie is wrong/ Innovative teachers/ UK elections/ mental models and real school leadership. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The article that Fullan is quoted is so right on. The system is set up to force 5% of the teachers out and it is applied to all teachers. What is troubling is there may be larger problems i.e. part-time contracts and high teacher turn over

 

 

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Education Readings May 1st

Education Readings May 1st | 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 This week’s homework! Hattie’s research: Is wrong Part 3 – meta-meta analysis a...
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The second link about what schools can and cannot do echos words by Gert Biesta and Wm. Pinar.

 

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Can A New "Coach" Really Make A Difference?

Can A New "Coach" Really Make A Difference? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs are in full swing right now, and it got me thinking about a post I wrote several years ago on my blog Sell Lead Succeed. Hockey coaches often remind me of business leaders, and I thought sharing content from a radio interview would be appropriate.I was driving home from work one day last January and heard an awesome interview with Jeremy Rutherford from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Team 1260 Sports Radio in Edmonton. The discussion focused on the new coach of the St. Louis Blues, Ken Hitchcock, and the team’s amazing turn-around sinc
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Even if a person is not a hockey fan or hockey knowledgeable, the article makes sense. I met Hitchcock a number of years ago and then more recently. The change is noticeable and I think makes a difference for his players.

 

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Why you don't have to know all the answers

Why you don't have to know all the answers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
by Stephen Logan

Via Mel Riddile, Kelly Christopherson
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Teaching is about being vulnerable and exposing one's self. That is how teachers learn. It is not by being told by others who are not in the classroom what to do.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 27, 12:57 AM

This is something that more leaders, especially in education, need to embrace and model not just talk about as a good idea.

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Why Aesthetics Matter to Learning - ATD (blog)

Why Aesthetics Matter to Learning - ATD (blog) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
One obvious way to influence affect is through visual aesthetics, or the appreciation of an appealing design. Thus, the importance of visual design in learning is gaining in stature and will become increasingly important in years to come.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Suvi Salo
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Yes, a person's subjectivity and prejudice foreground their experiences in the world. The key is to know what they are and reflect on them thought ones' consciousness so as to use them well.

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for the love of learning: From Detesting to De-Testing

for the love of learning: From Detesting to De-Testing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Tests are one of the left-overs from an industrial age model of School. Oh, we still seem to be in that world.

 

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How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

How do Unschoolers Turn Out? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.

Via Antonia Rudenstine
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This is an extreme form of home schooling and my experience was that many families did a terrific job with their children and the children responded positively. Having parents actively involved in their children's education can work in school when it is given a chance, but too many School managers have their way of doing things that do not welcome this.

 

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Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View'

Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete.

 


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I have enjoyed gaining a PhD in philosophy. It broadens my way of interacting with the world and people.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 21, 1:53 PM

An interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex.


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Challenging your own point of view...getting at those beliefs we hold that hold us back or cloud our truth...I love Philosophy!

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This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time

This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sometimes, you just stare at the screen. You want to write but have no idea what to say. Here's a writing exercise that will get you writing every time.

Via Sharon Bakar, Sharrock, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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This makes sense. A strategy I use is to have some proofread my writing and then work at integrating what they provide as feedback. It often gets me started.

 

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SageRave's curator insight, April 25, 1:32 PM

Another writers block treatment. Enjoy!

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Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care

Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

What is Empathy?
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others, feel what they feel, and respond in helpful, compassionate ways. Children who are able to identify with and comfort others make friends more easily, generally perform better academically, and demonstrate a higher level of moral and emotional development.

 

How do we teach empathy?

Infants: (Birth to 1 yr.) ...Toddlers: (1-2yrs.) ... ( name feelings)Pre-schoolers: (3-5 Yrs....) (share) Ages 5 and up:... (model behaviors).


Model empathy...


Via Edwin Rutsch, Luciana Viter
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The article makes good points i.e. how adults interact with children and model empathy is important at all ages.

 

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Sophia Tara's curator insight, April 25, 12:55 PM

Model empathy: Above all, remember that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.  If we expect our children to grow into caring, empathetic adults we must model these behaviors. Let your children see your kind and thoughtful actions, hear you express your concern for the feelings of others, and demonstrate empathetic parenting. Listen carefully to your children and ask questions that help them clarify their thoughts and feelings. 

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A School Garden Born in a Food Desert May Change the Way Kids Eat—and Learn

A School Garden Born in a Food Desert May Change the Way Kids Eat—and Learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The highly successful Green Bronx Machine wants to go national.

Via Alan Yoshioka, Jocelyn Stoller, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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It is not just about food, but can expand to science, social studies, and language arts. John Dewey used gardening as one of the trans-disciplinary ideas for the lab.

 

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euroagls's curator insight, May 3, 5:31 PM

Seconde : Nourrir les hommes.

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The Paradox of Deeper Learning: The Unlearning Curve

The Paradox of Deeper Learning: The Unlearning Curve | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Deep learning means that students may initially learn more while they understand less, writes Sam Dyson.

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For something to be learned it replaces something. The challenge is we find it hard to let go of what we learned.

 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 3, 1:16 AM

I like the diagram. Change champions are always unlearning and engaging in deeper learning and application. The great unlearning happening in remarkable workplaces is the unlearning of people management, change management, and performance management, all oxymorons in my view.

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“We’re Number Umpteenth!”: The Myth Of Lagging U.S. Schools - Alfie Kohn

“We’re Number Umpteenth!”: The Myth Of Lagging U.S. Schools

Via diane gusa
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It is wrong and impossible to take a statistic that averages everything out and find genuine meaning in that. Look at the local community and it will pose the right questions.

 

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diane gusa's curator insight, May 1, 10:16 PM

 Rich American kids do fine; poor American kids don’t

Test scores are largely a function of socioeconomic status.  

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for the love of learning: I'm in Sir Ken Robinson's book Creative Schools!

for the love of learning: I'm in Sir Ken Robinson's book Creative Schools! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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School changes daily, perhaps with more frequency. What we need is to (trans)form School beyond simply moving deck chairs around.

 

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Why Our 19th Century Education System Belongs in the Museum By Patricia Levesque

Why Our 19th Century Education System Belongs in the Museum By Patricia Levesque | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The nine-month school year dates back to the 1800s. It was developed to instill uniformity in public education.


Via Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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We need to move beyond (trans)form what School is without losing the human qualities and relationships essential to good teaching and learning.

 

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What Makes a School Effective? | Education.com

What Makes a School Effective? | Education.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What makes a school effective? Read our breakdown of Larry Lezotte's Effective Schools research, stressing the seven "Correlates of Effective Schools."

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I find it interesting that if I wait long enough the same research will show up again. Lezotte`s research and writing is about 25 years old.

 

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The Travelling Teachers: How to write a letter: formal or informal style?

The Travelling Teachers: How to write a letter: formal or informal style? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via TeachingEnglish, Juergen Wagner, Roselink, Luciana Viter
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This is a good infographic.

 

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Lessons for School Leaders from the Corporate World

Lessons for School Leaders from the Corporate World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
RT @eduleadership: The best business leaders engage in servant leadership. Shouldn't school leaders, too? http://t.co/lWeBKMPVu6

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I think teaching is about being responsible and using ones' pedagogic practices and standards in guiding that process rather than accountablity.

 

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Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children?

Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Student-centered learning has largely been the domain of middle class families. David Gribble found that less privileged children can thrive in these environments as well.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Self-directed learning does not mean an absence of teachers. It suggests teachers play a new role. It implies servant-leadership i.e. first amongst equals.

 

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 25, 6:31 PM

This is an interesting question. What will be available to them. What will empower them? What will excite them?

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These 4 Everyday Activities Can Easily Become A Mindfulness Exercise - Omvana

These 4 Everyday Activities Can Easily Become A Mindfulness Exercise - Omvana | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is hot right now. You may have seen Mindfulness on the front of Time Magazine, heard about mindfulness being used by staff at Google or maybe your health professional[...]

Via Pat Weber, Dr. J.L. Harter
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Just take time doing whatever is you are doing at any given time and devote your full attention to the task at hand.

 

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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 25, 10:33 PM

How often do we carry on absentmindedly? Here's some food for re-thinking the absence of mindfulness.

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Why All Managers Must Be Leaders

Why All Managers Must Be Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Anyone within an organization has the potential to become a leader, but managers must be leaders. In schools and in our organizations we have been taught and conditioned to believe that managers and leaders are two separate people which is quite a harmful assumption. As a result we have managers [...]

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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The article echoes Peter Vaills work which suggests a concept called managerleader.

 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 29, 4:33 AM

on why being a manager should not be a dirty word and how every manager must also be a leader!

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, April 19, 11:01 AM

I agree!

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 26, 12:23 AM

I like this. I see though (and my work with clients is about this) in many places a going much further than this. I think both leadership and management are every person's role. The biggest shift happening in remarkable workplaces and a necessity in the new world of work is that people management is a dead concept. See my definitions of leadership and management that have stood the test for two decades at http://www.ianberry.biz/tailored-leadership-mastery-programs/

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12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms

12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our mindsets can affect the experiences our students have in our classes and how they feel about our subject and us as teachers. Effective ones can have great impact.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Kelly Christopherson
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I think at the heart of the article there is the message that echoes Einstein's definition of insanity: solving problems with the same thinking that resulted in those problems. That is what we do in School.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 24, 8:36 AM

"Mindsets"...yes, I like that! ;)

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5 Reasons Your 9-5 Routine is Killing Your Creativity – Design School

5 Reasons Your 9-5 Routine is Killing Your Creativity – Design School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Chances are you’re more than familiar with the “traditional” 8 hour work day.

In at 9, out by 5. It’s commonly regarded as the “norm” for working class citizens.

Via Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales, WELLENWIDE
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Creativity is not action that takes place on schedule. It arrives on is own time.

 

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