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Homeschooling on the rise in North Carolina

Homeschooling on the rise in North Carolina | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some students will skip heading to a school building this year and instead stay home.

Via Terry Harding
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I think this will become more the norm and not restricted regionally. Parents I speak to are increasingly concerned about the lack of real change in School. There is a concern School no longer serves the community and it is the community that serves the School.

 

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Terry Harding's curator insight, August 16, 2014 6:32 PM

More info on Home Schooling's rise in North Carolina.

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

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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



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

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Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
Alan Jordan's curator insight, April 3, 4:13 PM

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

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What Inspires Me: The Proof That Great Teachers, Like Parents, Can Change a Life

Ten or so years ago, I was on a plane to the west coast from Boston, sitting in one of the back rows so I could see the entire length of the plane. There were suits and dress shirts all the way up the
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I go all the way back to my Grade 1 teacher who took time to make each student feel welcomed and cared for.
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Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission

Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Creativity can rejuvenate your teaching practice by giving you the experience of escape, the foundation of community, and the magical abundance that lets you thrive.

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Teaching is a creative endeavour. We are adding to, discarding from, rethinking about, acting upon, etc. what we have done to make it better, unsure of what will emerge.
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Why this one STEM course has four different teachers

Why this one STEM course has four different teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our STEM course features a rotation model, where four different teachers take turns guiding students through a single STEM project

Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Teaching together makes sense. The challenge is we have walls, literal and figurative, that impede getting together.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 2, 9:43 AM

Teaching STEM requires a team approach!

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5 Ways to De-Stress Almost Immediately.

5 Ways to De-Stress Almost Immediately. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The marketer Seth Godin recently put out a short blog post that was so thought-provoking, it stuck with me all day. It was about the nature of work and how, no matter where we’re employed, our jobs often leave us feeling stressed. Godin reasons that: Responsibility without freedom is stressful. There are plenty of jobs…
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Responsiblity for one's actions and words grows out of freedom. Freedom comes with constraints and is not relativism gone wild.
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Classroom Culture vs. Classroom Management

Classroom Culture vs. Classroom Management | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What's the difference between classroom culture and classroom management, and how can you make the most of both? Lily Jones provides helpful tips and resources.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Engaging students and helping them find ways to be responsible for their learning is important. A culture of learning and teaching, not as either/or proposistions, but as two conjoined practices, is important. It is about leading (based on etymology of educate and pedagogy).
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 30, 5:30 PM

We think about classroom management, when the culture is the context in which all behavior occurs.  Transforming the culture can transform the behavior.

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THE PRINCIPAL CENTER

THE PRINCIPAL CENTER | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Schools need new dialogues with those closest to the action. This includes teachers who are often left out of the conversations vital to their classroom actions. However, it is not enough for this project to be something others decide upon for teachers. That is what has been going on for a considerable length of time.
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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.

Via Patti Kinney, The Rice Process
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Without courage and trust, real change (transforming which is always moving beyond where we are) is challenging. This takes new ways of understanding leading and following.
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Leading Teams: How to Avoid “Groupthink”

Leading Teams: How to Avoid “Groupthink” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Groupthink happens when people are afraid of the consequences of sharing their real thoughts, says team leadership coach Elena Aguilar. Learn the warning signs.

Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Groupthink is a product of a lack of trust, but it is also a cultural phenomenon. Perhaps it is so ingrained in the way things are done that it is hard to shake free. Schools abound with groupthink as people focus on managing rather than leading. It will take courageous leaders and followers to step out of those shadows.
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Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William

Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most of the time, however, the student work we're looking at is not important in and of itself, but rather for what it can tell us about students—what they can do now, what they might be able to do in the future, or what they need to do next. Looking at student work is essentially an assessment process. We give our students tasks, and from their responses we draw conclusions about the students and their learning needs.
When we realize that most of the time the focus of feedback should be on changing the student rather than changing the work, we can give much more purposeful feedback. If our feedback doesn't change the student in some way, it has probably been a waste of time.

Via Jim Lerman
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There is a bit of an over-simplified definition of feedback at times, as if it is always external. What if an objective is to help students and teachers (for that matter) to learn how to use internal feedback along with external feedback?
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 28, 11:21 AM

Very thoughtful and instructive article, with numerous examples from a variety of disciplines. Well worth reading.

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The persistence of #edreform despite evidence of failure

The persistence of #edreform despite evidence of failure | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
NAEP results are yet again indicating that strict reforms, as current high school seniors have experienced a near-lifetime of initiatives that count as education "reform," from NCLB to RTTT, have failed. Mountains of evidence are collecting, but education reform programs, like scripted curricula in all subjects, persist for two reasons, in my estimation. One, educational change…
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I use the word transform (to take beyond) rather than reform which is moving deck chairs around on a sinking ship. Yet, I prefer the word John Dewey used, "reconstruct." We are always reconstructing teaching and learning conserving what is of value, discarding what is no longer relevant (for whatever reasons), and adding new things as we move beyond where we currently are.
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The 4 C’s of Generative Leadership - What Is Dialogue?

The 4 C’s of Generative Leadership - What Is Dialogue? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What is the true meaning of leadership? I guess it depends upon who you ask. Some may say that leadership is about authority. Others may define leadership as the capacity to have a vision and inspire others to support it. Many speak to leadership from the standpoint of direction and decision-making. And still others define …

Via craig daniels
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Leading is about forming relationships through dialogue and conversation with others. It is less about a given role and more about attending to relationships.
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How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions

How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is your life. What do you want it to look like?

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These are three excellent questions when we go deep with them.
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donhornsby's curator insight, April 27, 9:33 AM
(From the article): At first, your actions will be small. Maybe you’ll send an email to a friend to find out what’s hurting them. Or maybe you’ll find some online training that will show you how to achieve more. But over time, this simple exercise will etch away the stone and reveal the singular roadmap for your success. 
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10 Albert Einstein quotes that will blow... - Higher Perspective | Facebook

10 Albert Einstein quotes that will blow your mind wide open!
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Love his thinking.
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It shouldn't be schools vs. students

It shouldn't be schools vs. students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Accountability rankings can create disincentives for schools to serve students most in need.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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I wonder if we need human-centric messages.  Nate Davis suggests we need student-centric messages, but this is a subset of the larger human enterprise that schools represent. Whether it is students, teachers, administrators, support staff, etc. school is about people first.
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The Difference A Teacher Can Make | Inspire 21

The Difference A Teacher Can Make | Inspire 21 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Wonderfully inspirational and inspiring. Find inspirational quotes and sayings to inspire, motivate, create inspiration and motivation. Sayings quotes, short stories, motivational stories, bible verses, free ecards, inspirational ecards.
Via Cindy Riley Klages
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We do make a difference when we see each child as having a name, a face, and a story.
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Jazz, Leadership, and Continuing Education

Jazz, Leadership, and Continuing Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If you are wondering how you can apply this to your continuing education program or need help with ideas to improve your learners’ experience, we’re here to help. 

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Leading and playing jazz have been tied together by others, including Peter Senge. Jazz, leading, and teaching are about improvising and reading off others as the lead is shared back and forth.
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Christopher Emdin Confronts “White Folks’ Pedagogy”: “whether one chooses to do damage to the system or to the student”

Christopher Emdin Confronts “White Folks’ Pedagogy”: “whether one chooses to do damage to the system or to the student” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In his For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too, Christopher Emdin confronts “classroom colonialism” (p. 14), and clarifies earlier in his Preface: What I am suggesting is that it is possible for people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on approaches to teaching that hurt youth of color…. I…
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Several years ago, I sat in a meeting and listened to administrators speak about students and teachers as if they owned them. They used ownership language that suggests how we speak is about colonialism, rather than autonomy. This is in the mainstream. I can only imagine what it is like outside the mainstream. Ownership language leads to managing rather than leading.
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Lead First Manage Second

For many, leading and managing is a synonymous concept. But in reality, they are quite different.

Via Anne Leong
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Leading and managing overlap in places. I used the mantra in school and private sector work: "You lead people. You manage things." The words educate and pedagogy are about leading.
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Deeper Learning

Deeper Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
All year, one of our inguiry groups has been working through a book about teaching kids to think. Making Thinking Visible Think of this as being different than teaching kids to find answers.  Doing the math problem is finding an answer understanding what math problem to use is thinking. #deeperlearning is the trendy version of…
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There is no question for me that school requires transforming which I do not think can be captured on an infographic. Transforming takes us beyond where we are; whereas reforming moves deck chairs around. Is a Socratic circle enough?
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Lucy Botten's curator insight, April 29, 10:46 PM

This image deonstrates the many layers underneath the tree that symbolizes students. It displays how collaborating ideas and designing many different platforms for students to learn from can achieve deep learning outcomes. By building another layer underneath the tree, it essentially means that teachers are designing another meanigful learning experience creating a strong structure of knowlege and understanding.

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The Language of Choice and Support

The Language of Choice and Support | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For all students, especially those with mental health challenges, the language of empowerment and choice contributes significantly to an environment that helps them grow toward their goals.

Via Patti Kinney, The Rice Process
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Deconstructing the words and ideas that we use becomes very important. The second step is reconstructing new meaning from the old without discarding everything. Once new meaning emerges we start over.
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The Rice Process's curator insight, July 2, 2015 9:06 AM

Language shapes behaviors and perceptions.

Tasia Thompson's curator insight, July 14, 2015 11:07 AM

How we speak to our students can set them on a path of growth or regression/destruction. Developing cultural proficiency in the area of mental health --educating ourselves on how we speak about or to our students who are experiencing struggles not only this area, but also academically and socially----is just as important as areas more commonly addressed areas of race, gender, sexual orientation,...-----because mental health really involves all of us and on a daily basis. 

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Data collected about student behaviour doesn't help improve teaching or learning

Data collected about student behaviour doesn't help improve teaching or learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Schools and universities pump lots of time and money into collecting data on learning analytics, but there is no research to show that such data actually helps to improve learning outcomes.
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I found the way the authors wanted to resolve the problem was to build on it, rather than think about what it means in a different way. Instead of adding more technology to gather data and surveil teachers and students, why not include teachers in the conversation?
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leading and learning: Teaching /learning in flexible spaces - Modern Learning Environments MLEs - New Tech High

leading and learning: Teaching /learning in flexible spaces - Modern Learning Environments MLEs - New Tech High | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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I think schooling needs a make-over in many ways. This article does a good job of beginning to explore new and old ideas. John Dewey's work might be central. It takes us beyond where we are without discarding the baby with the bathwater.
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Nashville principal Susan Kessler talks ESSA, discipline and weathering controversy

Nashville principal Susan Kessler talks ESSA, discipline and weathering controversy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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I think a key point in the article is teachers and administrators should not be punishing the many for the mistakes of the few. How does a school community get to that point?

However, another key take away is the idea that students learn without teachers. Certainly, they can, but is that what we want? Teaching involves teaching someone something. It is not an either/or proposition. It is teaching and learning. What does that mean? And, what does that mean when students do not learn?
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Investigating Poetry Because We Love It (and Our Students)

When it comes to love, to falling in love, I remain quite contentedly always a teenager. I fall hard and with such passion that I think I come close to losing my mind. I am reminded of terms like "gah-gah" and cartoon depictions of people floating off the ground they are so enthralled. But this…
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I enjoyed teaching popetry. I talked to students about the spaces between words, in the margins, and between lines and stanzas that evoke the need for silence and reflection. We also talked about how choosing the right words and punctuation was equally as important.
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Research Finds The Effects Of Homework On Elementary School Students, And The Results Are Surprising

Research Finds The Effects Of Homework On Elementary School Students, And The Results Are Surprising | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You might think homework is a great thing, but recent research suggests that maybe it's time to re-evaluate our use of it.
Via Yashy Tohsaku, Dean J. Fusto
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What we teach and learn has to be meaningful and be worthwhile. This applies to homework if we are going to assign any. I tried not to and, when I did, I tried to make sure that it was something students engaged with.
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