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Poverty Is Not Inevitable

Poverty Is Not Inevitable | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around by Dean Paton — YES! Magazine. by Dean Paton posted Aug 21, 2014 Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choi...
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I tell people that the resources to make the changes in education, health care, and social justice exist. I do not include people as a resource. We are people. Our "leaders" who are really managers and ideologues prefer people be called assets and resources in making the homeless, students, the sick, etc. faceless, stripping people of identity. Solutions lie not in the hands of the few distanced from the communities we live and work in, but with the many who live and work in those communities.

 

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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, 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, 6:57 PM
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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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

Via Jeff Domansky, Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 10, 11:28 PM

Your brain on writing…

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Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

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Idea: Teach Students To Think Irrationally

Idea: Teach Students To Think Irrationally | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Idea: Teach Students To Think Irrationally

Via TeachThought, Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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What if teachers thought irrationally? Thinking rationally does not mean we think reasonably. It may very well be that the way we think is seen as the only way to think. That thinking is irrational and unreasonable.

 

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'If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It': Not True

'If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It': Not True | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Fifteen years later I still find it weird that I sucked down so much nonsense working in the corporate world, lots of it without even noticing. I sat in workshops and seminars and heard the most patently ridiculous garbage shoveled at me and the other participants, year after year for [...]
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Should we be managing a child's learning? What does that mean?

 

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We All Used to Be Geniuses - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

We All Used to Be Geniuses - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
ThomasLife via FlickrTo adults learning a second language, it hardly seems fair: As they stumble their way through conjugation…

Via Alfredo Calderon
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Humans had to be geniuses to survive.

 

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Education Reform: Pedagogy First, Technology Second

Education Reform: Pedagogy First, Technology Second | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Reform: ‘Pedagogy First, Technology Second’ “Pedagogy is the driver, technology the accelerator.” This popular thought has been making the rounds on social media, instilling the importance...

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Pedagogy and curricula wrap together. It is in complex and complicated conversations we sort out the right tool for the people and situations at hand.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 8:23 AM

There is some true to "pedagogy first, technology second" and there are some sound observations. Then it becomes a bit of a commercial for a platform of which I'd never heard and which I've not yet explored. Even so, the questions are good and I applaud the recommendation for a pilot program, especially for new and potentially expensive technology. Figuring it out and making sure it works as advertised and expected, and that teachers can use it effectively makes a lot of sense. I might suggest spending some time with your PLC and IT person/team to formulate the best answers for your school to those questions and determining which technology to pilot.

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adicionar a sua visão ...

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tout à fait d'accord avec ces propos

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If you were to Start a School from Scratch....

If you were to Start a School from Scratch.... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, I had many conversations with colleagues and teacher friends what it would be like to start, build, run and work at our own school. What would we do different in "our" scho...
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We started a small school and were told that we could not call it a school. It was different and thus threatened the status quo at the bureaucratic, administrative, and classroom levels. New Brunswick might do something different than Alberta.

 

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Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US

Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Patricia Williams: The rise in academic book bannings and firings is compounded by the US's growing disregard for scholarship itself


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It is an impressive list of banned authors and books. Fear instigates this process and there is more than one way to ban books and ideas. Bosses who dictate and order their teachers is similar.

 

This has been happening for years.

 

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excerpt: " The court found that the content of Evans-Marshall's teachings concerned matters "of political, social or other concern to the community" and that her interest in free expression outweighed certain other interests belonging to the school "as an employer." But, fatally, the court concluded that "government employees… are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes." While the sixth circuit allowed that Evans-Marshall may have been treated "shabbily", it still maintained (quoting from another opinion) that "when a teacher teaches, 'the school system does not "regulate" [that] speech as much as it hires that speech. Expression is a teacher's stock in trade, the commodity she sells to her employer in exchange for a salary.'" Thus, the court concluded, it is the "educational institution that has a right to academic freedom, not the individual teacher."
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My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com

My top 10 quotes on leadership - Virgin.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When I started writing my book on leadership, The Virgin Way, I openly admitted that I’ve never read a leadership advice book. However, I have picked up some useful leadership tips from some brilliant minds along the way. Here are 10 of my favourite quotes on how to be a great leader. 


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Grace Hopper and Lao Tzu on the same list is inspiring.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 24, 8:48 AM

A nice list of leadership quotes.

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There is no language instinct – Vyvyan Evans – Aeon

There is no language instinct – Vyvyan Evans – Aeon | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For decades, the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong
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Learning language has challenged many great minds i.e Whitehead, Derrida, Chomsky, etc. It likely will continue to do so. That is the power of questions about language.

 

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Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity.

Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What will make your life quest meaningful? Will peace be present? Will you have the courage to be authentic?

Via Anne Leong, Ricard Lloria
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Being consistent in words and actions is important. This is especially true in classrooms.

 

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Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know — PsyBlog

Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know — PsyBlog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Here are two trainable personal qualities which predict success four times more than intelligence.

 

"Being open to experience and conscientious is four times more important than intelligence in predicting academic success, a new research review finds.

 

"People who are open to experience are more likely to be imaginative, sensitive to their feelings, intellectually curious and seekers of variety.

 

"Conscientious people, meanwhile, are disciplined, dutiful and good at planning ahead."


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When we experience the world, we have an opportunity to be intuitive and connect with phenomena we encounter differently.

 

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Winter Solstice 2014: Each Child, Each Student a Sacred Trust

Winter Solstice 2014: Each Child, Each Student a Sacred Trust | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
That's me in the corner. "Losing My Religion," R.E.M. The Christmas season has always been the lowest point of the year for me. It has taken years and years to figure out all the elements, and comi...
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Derrida suggested presence indicates absence exists and vice versa. The same can be said about teaching and learning. They are inextricably intertwined.

 

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Interesting Visual on Today's Students

Interesting Visual on Today's Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

December 26, 2014Below is an interesting visual I cam across through a tweet from We Are Teachers. The visual maps out some really intriguing facts about students today. These facts are based on...


Via ICTPHMS, Suvi Salo
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The article and infographic provides interesting information.

 

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Childhood, Philosophy, and the Polis: Exclusion and Resistance

It is interesting to note how, beginning far back in the history of ideas, the devaluation of childhood has paralleled a devaluation of philosophy. The correlation probably begins with a passage in Plato ́s Gorgias, where the devaluation of childhood

Via Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong
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Do teachers think of their classrooms as a polis and community?

 

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Tough Conversations

Tough Conversations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
 
  
A teacher who has known me for many years, knows that I appreciate my job because of the energy I receive every day from teachers and students.

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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When we look for fault, we find fault. What if we listened to what the teacher had to say and looked for mutual understanding rather than knowledge/information? Wouldn't that be a tough conversation?

 

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The Power of Not Yet by @TeacherToolkit

The Power of Not Yet by @TeacherToolkit | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is a blog about The Power of Not Yet and how the 'Not Yet' theory may be applied in your classroom tomorrow! I am introducing this assessment philosophy into my own classroom throughout 2015 a...

Via Suvi Salo
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This is an interesting summary about keeping the doors and windows open for learning to happen.

 

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Expert advice is overrated

Expert advice is overrated | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Lots of people claim to be 'experts' who can help your startup. Here's how to know if that so-called expert advice is really worth paying for.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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It is, because it is usually coming from external sources and is theoretical and impractical.

 

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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I am not as convinced some of these are happening and we are entering the 15th year of the 21st Century.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 8:31 AM

One of the greatest disruptions to higher education is the change in K-12 education. As K-12 classroom teachers introduce more digital learning, integrate blended and flipped learning, provide more opportunities for PBL, and help students push the limits of their possibilities, K-12 students are going to have greater expectations for their collegiate experience. If this is the future for the K-12 classroom, just imagine what the future of the higher education learning space should be.

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Seth's Blog: The meritocracy trap

Seth's Blog: The meritocracy trap | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This recent quote from an early PayPal exec is absurd: “If meritocracy exists anywhere on earth, it is in Silicon Valley.” It's pretty common for successful people to imagine that their success is solely the result of merit. It's more...

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Humans love hierarchies and organize themselves accordingly. Jacques Ranciere wrote about the desire to create intellectual inferiority and superiority rankings which work against equality.

 

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A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (Illustrated)

A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (Illustrated) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Inspired by questions from my last article, How Mindful Children React Different to Challenges, about how to actually teach mindfulness to kids, I’m putting out a new weekly post with FUN mindfulness exercises for the family.


Via Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales, Suvi Salo
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These are excellent for adults as well. Imagine sounding like a bee in the middle of a staff meeting?

 

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Creativity in Education Quotes

23 quotes that support focusing on creativity in education.


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I enjoy a good quote and there are 23 here.

 

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Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year | Dave's Educational Blog

Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year | Dave's Educational Blog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are many categories of students and learning. It is more complex than some who care and some who don't. How much do they care is important, as well. Teaching is about inviting and re-inviting students into their learning.

 

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Can character be taught at school? - Telegraph

Can character be taught at school? - Telegraph | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our definitions of educational success vary. So too do our definitions of "character". Can you really teach something that is so individual, asks Eleanor Doughty

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I think it can be learned. Teachers provide powerful role models and their behaviour is important in this learning.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 23, 12:41 AM

In a day public school its difficult,  and my experience is mostly with therapeutic boarding schools, created specifically for character education, emotional growth and therapy along with academics.  The following links to a discussion with a head of school, Maryann Campbell of Glenholm School in Connecticut, who described several things they do that could be applied even in a public school.  http://ow.ly/Gk6qJ 

  -Lon

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The Importance of Music and Creativity in the Autism Community | The Art of Autism

The Importance of Music and Creativity in the Autism Community | The Art of Autism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Through music autistic people can show their creative gifts. Performing and practice for workshops allows friendships to develop

Via Collection of First, Lon Woodbury, Suvi Salo
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Music provides creative spaces for all learners.

 

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The Holy Grade: School Leadership is a Dangerous Business

The Holy Grade: School Leadership is a Dangerous Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There is a link that takes one to the original post.

 

“Those who implement changes in assessment, grading, professional practices and policies risk not only confrontation, but also unpopularity, social isolation, public humiliation, and ultimately, even their livelihoods.”


I experienced the isolation for many years without even being aware of it. Being different in School is not a good place to be.


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