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Project Idea #1: Establish a true three-part government in school. Live the democracy.

Project Idea #1: Establish a true three-part government in school. Live the democracy. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How serious are we - U.S. schools and educators - about educating citizens for our American democracy?How many of our schools allow for, or even promote, student governments that model and mirror t...
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Do we really teach democracy? Is it a phenomenon which is learned given the right learning environment? This is a daunting task for teachers. It means we have to allow some conflict and figure out ways of helping students overcome differences. This is no easy task.

 

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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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Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Where Have All The Teachers Gone? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Enrollment at teacher training programs is down in many parts of the country, raising fears of a looming teacher shortage.

Via David Mackzum, Ed.D., Dean J. Fusto
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It is a great question and not just an American issue. There are likely several reasons, but two I think about are the use of part-time contracts as a fiscal and control tool and many young teachers graduating do not enter teaching. Their degree is valuable outside School.

 

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terry clarke's curator insight, March 4, 10:56 PM

Very sad! I may be in the minority, but I believe GOOD teachers are terribly underpaid!

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The Professional Development Commons: The Value of Listening | EDUCAUSE.edu

This article is the sort of thing that I need to read once every few months or so as a reminder to reevaluate and potentially change my behavior.  As an engineer whose job it is to help folks with technical tasks, I can sometimes try to "get to the answer" far too quickly. (from the comments section of the article).


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Many managers do not listen. It is what separates managing and leading at times.

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Peter Mellow's curator insight, March 4, 8:43 PM

Listening is a two way street. Please remember this academics! As lecturers we get a lot of time to talk, and value our own opinion and view. We need to learn to stop and listen, to other staff, to our students, to people, and take on board what they are saying. :-)

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How to fix a teacher shortage | eSchool News | eSchool News

How to fix a teacher shortage | eSchool News | eSchool News | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
State officials are debating ways to fix Minnesota's teacher shortage and encourage more educators to enter, and remain in, the profession.
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We need teachers in the classroom. This does not mean anyone, but someone who is qualified, socialized, and is called to the work.  It will be challenging, but in challenges exist opportunities to be explored.

 

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Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks

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The human ingenuity within any organisation are it's greatest competitive advantage. Yet according to the latest statistics, over half of todays workers are disengaged . When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all stakeholders.

Via Steven Engravalle, Aki Puustinen, donhornsby
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A substantial issue in many organizations i.e. School is the desire to manage and control the work. There is rhetoric and posturing that suggests something different, but it is rarely followed through on.

 

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Be safe all the time...

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Be the leader you can be!

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I like "It’s in the human DNA to want a sense of purpose and meaning in our work as well as in our lives outside of it; to know that what we are doing with our time, talents and expertise is for something more than just a paycheck."

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How to Educate Boys - New York Times

How to Educate Boys - New York Times | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Readers discuss if and how schools should address the differences in how boys and girls learn.

Via RJ Lavallee, Dean J. Fusto
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I think we should consider that each person learns differently. Although gender can influence learning, it is not the only influence. We need Schools that are not based on industrial age models.

 

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25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset - InformED

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset - InformED | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented." Carol Dweck


Via Beth Dichter, Heidi Podjasek
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Several points i.e. acknowledge and embrace imperfections overlap with mindfulness and neuroscience.

 

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Richard Varey's curator insight, February 23, 2:40 PM

In this sense, I think that 'enrichment' is a better term than growth, since the latter implies that quantity matters above quality.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 1, 2:57 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

Mika Auramo's curator insight, March 3, 12:08 AM

There is very useful listing how to improve understanding about growth mindset in classroom.

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Active Learning - create an active classroom

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How to create an active classroom experience with technology.   GUEST COLUMN | by Jessica Sanders The traditional teaching method of giving a lesson at the front of the class puts you, the teacher,...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Ressources pour les cours d'anglais
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Another way to consider this is that curriculum is a complex conversation. Engaging with students and curricula in this fashion creates an active and dialogic experience.

 

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M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, March 1, 6:49 AM

excellent, I absolutely recommend

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, March 1, 9:50 AM

I really like the advice given in this article.  Not reinventing something, using the objectives and easing into technology eases the stress of trying new technologies in class.  Good suggestions are also given.

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Study: Long-term meditation can help slow down aging-related brain volume decline | SharpBrains

Study: Long-term meditation can help slow down aging-related brain volume decline | SharpBrains | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Peo­ple who reported med­i­tat­ing for an aver­age of 20 years had higher brain vol­umes than the aver­age per­son, researchers report in Fron­tiers in Psychology.

Kurth and his col­leagues write that they can’t say med­i­ta­tion caused its prac­ti­tion­ers to lose less brain vol­ume, how­ever. Other habits of long-term med­i­ta­tors may also influ­ence brain volume…

Nearly 18 mil­lion adults and 1 mil­lion chil­dren prac­ticed med­i­ta­tion in the U.S. in 2012, accord­ing to a sur­vey on com­ple­men­tary med­i­cine from the National Insti­tutes of Health and the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Prevention…

Over­all, the vol­ume of gray mat­ter shown on the brain scans decreased as the age of the par­tic­i­pants increased. But the med­i­ta­tors’ brains appeared bet­ter pre­served than aver­age peo­ple of the same age…

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This is an interesting abstract and link.

 

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Education Readings February 27th

Education Readings February 27th | 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!   Four reasons to seriously worry about ‘personalized...
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There are good articles linked.

 

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The disposable professor crisis

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For decades, colleges have been turning to adjuncts to cut costs -- and it's hurting students and educators alike

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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The same thing is happening in K-12. In Alberta, using part-time teachers has become a cost-cutting measure in many Schools. What it does for students is less well-known, but I suspect it does not help learning.

 

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The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Imagine you are a slave. You belong to a farmer who owns a tobacco plantation on the eastern shore of Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his field. But not for much longer . . .What will you do? Make your choices well as you embark on your journey to freedom.

 

To play The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom, you must download and install the free Sandstone Player Software on your computer. Sandstone is required to support the 3-D style interaction in the game. Click here to find instructions for downloading Sandstone on a Mac or PC.  The game is also available as both an iOS and an android app."

 

Tags: USA, historical, National Geographic.


Via Seth Dixon, Suvi Salo
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I enjoyed including the underground railroad in my Social Studies work. Canada played a role as the destination of many who escaped via the railway.

 

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 27, 2:10 PM

This link could be used in a potential CLIL lesson.

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leading and learning: Personalising learning – what does it mean? How does it relate to Modern Learning Environments?

leading and learning: Personalising learning – what does it mean? How does it relate to Modern Learning Environments? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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What is/are the difference/differences?

 

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The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What happens when students and teachers converse, share experiences, and participate in activities together.

Via Suvi Salo
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Relationships are what teaching and pedagogy are all about. Without them, teaching and learning are disconnected.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 4, 4:08 PM

This sounds comparable to therapeutic boarding schools that emphasize relationships in their healing program. -Lon

margot roi's curator insight, Today, 9:49 AM

True that! 

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Abusive Supervision

Abusive Supervision: A Meta-Analysis and Empirical Review: We conducted a meta-analysis and empirical review o... http://t.co/BUmq7rNMIT

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The link is to the abstract which has another link to the PDF copy of the research article.

 

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george_reed's curator insight, March 4, 7:16 PM

I would advocate more research on this topic. Here's an example.

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Thinking About NAPLAN?

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Aussie Friends of Treehorn 3. Thinking About Naplan ? The Great Fracker If there is anything of recent invention that is capable of blasting the under-surface of Australia’s society with little cha...
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There are some interesting laws, theories, and critiques.

 

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ADHD & the brain: Does ADHD treatment improve long-term academic, social and behavioral outcomes? | SharpBrains

ADHD & the brain: Does ADHD treatment improve long-term academic, social and behavioral outcomes? | SharpBrains | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The core symp­toms of ADHD fre­quently cause sig­nif­i­cant impair­ment in aca­d­e­mic, social and behav­ioral func­tion­ing that adversely impact indi­vid­u­als’ qual­ity of life. These symp­toms often per­sist into adult­hood, poten­tially com­pro­mis­ing an individual’s func­tion­ing over many years. Under­stand­ing how ADHD impacts long-term func­tion­ing, and whether adverse long-term affects are dimin­ished with treat­ment, is thus extremely impor­tant. How­ever, despite ample evi­dence that treat­ments such as med­ica­tion and behav­ior ther­apy yield sub­stan­tial short-term ben­e­fits for most indi­vid­u­als, the impact of treat­ment on longer-term out­comes remains less well-established. This is an impor­tant gap in the research literature.

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As in all cases, learning is a personal situation. I suspect for some treatment helps and for others it may not. Being a parent of an ADHD child, I experienced the biggest obstacle was School.

 

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terry clarke's curator insight, March 3, 9:38 PM

I know medical management of ADHD is a controversial issue, but one I feel strongly about, having suffered badly from the disorder as a child (God bless my dear mother), and I, on the farther end of middle age, continue to take Adderal with great results.

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Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Do you have more than 30 students? Check out these strategies for keeping a large group of kids engaged and managed.


Via Cindy Riley Klages
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Many of the points are excellent. I found that larger classes provided both challenges and opportunities not present in smaller classes. What if we only had 10 students? What would the challenges and opportunities be there?

 

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The Disease of Being Busy

The Disease of Being Busy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing?

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And the article is not just about adults.

 

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craig daniels's curator insight, March 2, 10:30 AM

It's almost impossible to not get caught in the distraction trap. Everywhere we turn something is waving at us, something is pleading for our attention and focus.


Take a moment (yes I'm waving for your attention) to read this post, you'll be glad you did.

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Ontario Research - 21st Century teaching and learning


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This is timely as I move into some polishing work on a dissertation.

 

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What do you want leaders to do with technology?

What do you want leaders to do with technology? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Recently in a workshop, I asked the group how many people thought Twitter was “stupid”, to which had seen several hands raised.  I followed up with the question, “How many of you think it is beneficial to learn from other teachers?

Via Yashy Tohsaku, Dean J. Fusto
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I found most digital technology was forced on teachers in unacceptable ways. This is not leadership. It is not even management. It is coercive and oppressive. I found the people leading the charge were the most likely to speak the right words and not walk their talk.

 

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The real brain drain: How unemployment depletes cognitive and emotional resources | SharpBrains

The real brain drain: How unemployment depletes cognitive and emotional resources | SharpBrains | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Unem­ploy­ment is no cake­walk. It’s well doc­u­mented that an invol­un­tary job­less state can take a steep toll on one’s emo­tional and phys­i­cal health, and now new research illu­mi­nates a more sub­tle, if highly cor­ro­sive, con­se­quence the inabil­ity to find work can have on a per­son. In short, it appears that unem­ploy­ment has the power to change what we gen­er­ally con­sider rel­a­tively fixed – i.e., it can alter our per­son­al­ity, mak­ing us less agree­able and less con­sci­en­tious, while affect­ing our lev­els of open­ness, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Applied Psychology…Self-reported per­son­al­ity results for the employed changed lit­tle from the first test to the sec­ond, but self-evaluations by the unem­ployed – par­tic­u­larly those who had been out of work for a long time –changed sig­nif­i­cantly. Lev­els of agree­able­ness, con­sci­en­tious­ness and open­ness were all depleted.

“The results are con­sis­tent with the view that per­son­al­ity changes as a func­tion of con­tex­tual and envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors,” they write.

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There is an abstract and link to a research article.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings- Personalized learning and 21stC learning.

leading and learning: Education Readings- Personalized learning and 21stC learning. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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“What are most kids getting out of 12 years of school?” he asks. “The honest answer is they’re learning how to follow, and that was the original intent"


This is a great question and answer. Even the reform we propose is replicating what we have been doing.


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Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.

Via Suvi Salo
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It is interesting how the infographic portrays the role of teachers as important in this process. My experience was quite different. Teachers, except those who bought into the School ideology offered up by School managers, were largely shut out.

 

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World's Shortest Books

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Aussie Friends of Treehorn World’s Shortest Books “My View of Equity” by C. Pyne Gillard & Pyne : “Our Love for Teachers.” “Everything ACARA knows About Classroom Learning” "The Holistic Curric...
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The images says it all. We need to be thoughtful and caring in our work. We do not know what extinguishes and ignites the flame in each child.

 

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for the love of learning: Diane Ravitch's Forward for Finnish Lessons 2.0

for the love of learning: Diane Ravitch's Forward for Finnish Lessons 2.0 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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In reading and hearing Pasi Sahlberg present, I am struck by the key point he makes. Finland is a small and homogenous nation which needs to be considered when using ideas that have worked well there. Even Alberta, which is about the same size in terms of population, but is more heterogeneous, would have to consider that what worked in Finland might not work here. One thing I experienced as a teacher was a reluctance for the centralized bureaucracies, provincial and school boards, to let go of the decision making process. A second point is we have a much more centralized structure even at the school level. For the most part, teachers are shut out of the decision making and conversations.

 

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