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Why Learning From Mistakes Is Overrated

Why Learning From Mistakes Is Overrated | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The common belief is that we learn valuable lessons from our mistakes. But what if we’ve got it backwards? Do we exaggerate the benefits of our failures? And undervalue the power of our successes?
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Paying attention and being present to success and mistakes are the keys to moving forward in living.

 

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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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Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching

Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Maryellen Weimer, PhD:
Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used.

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I will have to spend time exploring this.

 

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leading and learning: Creative schools to develop the talents of all students.

leading and learning: Creative schools to develop the talents of all students. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Teachers do not make young people. The provide space for students to take responsibility for their learning. That is a huge and risky responsibility.

 

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The Most Important Reasons To Avoid Educational Technology

The Most Important Reasons To Avoid Educational Technology | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A discussion on the five most important challenges facing teachers who are using educational technology : privacy, equity and corporate influence.


Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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There are good and provocative points raised.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 26, 9:24 AM

I suspect Mr. Campbell is being deliberately provocative in his call for avoiding technology. In reading his post, I think he is really asking for a rational response to educational technology. In workshop after presentation after workshop I have said and heard said that technology is only one of many possible resources that can be used in a classroom and that technology, as with any resource, should be used with intention. In other words, stop scraping your knees scrambling on the bandwagon.


Infrastructure is paramount. Equity is important. Having a plan for data security and data management is, without question, one of the most important first steps. And just because everyone else seems to be doing "it"--whatever the technological "it" might be, whether BYOD or buying tablets or charging headlong into some nifty new technology squirrel fad, doesn't mean "it" is right for your classroom(s), your school(s), your district. Having a PLAN and a vision for how technology might be integrated in your classroom(s) is the most important "it" for technology. And having some sense of how that plan might evolve as technology races through its evolutionary process is even more important. Do whatever it is that makes sense for you and your students, but do it well.

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Two teachers' refusal to give tests puts their jobs at risk, but they say it's worth it

Teacher says her opposition to test isn't about her evaluation, "it's about watching kids cry, and throw chairs and pee their pants and scratch their face until it turns red or they bleed." TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard says he is willing to listen to teachers and has called for an audit of all testing.

Via Christopher Tienken
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The superintendent is wrong and lacks courage. He is not in the classroom and his position needs to shift.

 

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Email to My Students: "the luxury of being thankful"

Email to My Students: "the luxury of being thankful" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In addition to the absence of coordination and sufficiency, the programs of the past all have another common failing — they are indirect. Each seeks to solve poverty by first solving something else...
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This is a well-written and well-thought out article and email. We live in difficult times and for young people that sometimes needs their teachers to step back helping to find the way. In a sense, it is a literal and figurative holding their hands.

 

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Understanding servant leadership

Understanding servant leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“The 21st century has brought much in the way of turmoil and change to the world of business. As a consequence, ways of doing business that were once universally accepted now seem outdated and inflexible in an age where knowledge drives economies and socially responsible corporate attitudes influence stakeholders and shareholders alike. ”


Via Anne Juvanteny
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I heard Dr. van Dierendonck present last summer at Gonzaga. It was interesting to listen how a quantitative scientist conceptualized servant-leadership.

 

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When everyone is a feminist, is anyone?

When everyone is a feminist, is anyone? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Jessica Valenti: It’s suddenly cool to be a feminist. But what does that mean for feminism as a movement?


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It is an interesting question. It is more about accepting that we are always transforming as people this includes our ways of thinking and identity.

 

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It Takes a Community to Educate a Student - Huffington Post

It Takes a Community to Educate a Student - Huffington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Experiences outside of the classroom are often as meaningful as those inside the classroom. The academic professionals on your campuses are integral to the success and well-being of your students....

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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It does. Unfortunately, too many Schools are not communities. Communities are organic and come with dysfunctions that have to be talked through and listened through.

 

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Why Middle Managers Are So Unhappy

Why Middle Managers Are So Unhappy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Who are the unhappiest among your workers? And what’s driving them crazy? They may not be who you think they are. They aren’t who we would have thought.

To find out, we gathered data from the most unengaged and uncommitted employees from more than 320,000 employees in a variety of organizations. We then identified those employees whose engagement and commitment scores were in the bottom 5% and compared the responses of these 15,729 unhappy souls to the rest.

You might think these would be the people with poor performance ratings or the ones in over their heads – people with inadequate training, education, or experience for the job. Or perhaps they’re the ones who haven’t been on the job long enough to decide they’re a bad fit and move elsewhere.

But when we examined the demographic characteristics of these employees, we found instead that they could best be described as those “stuck in the middle of everything.”

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David Hain's curator insight, November 25, 9:48 AM

Engagement bombshell! 'Unhappiest people at work are good, steady performers' ~ Zenger Folkman research.

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Systems Thinking: Seeing How Everything is Connected

Systems Thinking: Seeing How Everything is Connected | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Knowledge without deep comprehension, imagination and compassion is just a more complex form of ignorance. We need to shift paradigms, to grow wiser, all of us, especially the dominant cultures an...

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Einstein and Bohm are important to the intra-acting of all matter. There are other physicists who add a lot to the conversation i.e. Bohr.

 

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The 10 Principles Of The Future Manager

The 10 Principles Of The Future Manager | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong, Graham Clark, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Peter Vaill's work focused on the first point. He argued 25 years ago that managing and leading were integrated. This is not new, but it has taken a long time for others to pick up on it.

 

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, November 24, 9:23 AM

It is hard to wear so many hats simultaneously. The wise leader will develop them one at a time and add them to his or her toolbox.  In this way more will be accomplished in a shorter period of time than if we tried to do it all at the same time.  It is better to be excellent at several things acquired over time than to be mediocre at several things tried simultaneously...

Corinne Chauffrut Werner 's curator insight, November 25, 10:58 AM

Vous vous reconnaissez ?

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Introverts in the Workplace: Why they shouldn't be Underestimated

Introverts in the Workplace: Why they shouldn't be Underestimated | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Introverts have been having a bit of a moment in the spotlight lately. (Ironic, since that’s the place they’re least likely to enjoy themselves.) A few dozen Buzzfeed quizzes, a New York Times be…

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I struggled with my introversion for most of my adult life. I had a few advocates i.e. my spouse who helped me immensely. More recently, several colleagues recognized the strengths I presented and asked for me to use them. One thing about my introversion was, as a teacher, I had empathy for introverted students.

 

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How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Break-out spaces and furniture on wheels can do wonders to enhance a person's learning experience. Here are six low-cost ideas for creating those environments in the classroom.

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Taking teaching and learning off-campus is another way to approach this. As well, having parents come in and help is excellent. I had an emergency room physician and a registered nurse help with a Science unit about the human body.

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Essay criticizes state of assessment movement in higher education

Essay criticizes state of assessment movement in higher education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In higher education circles, there is something of a feeding frenzy surrounding the issue of assessment.

Via Blaine Morrow
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There are excellent points made. With predetermined outcomes, we turn learning, teaching, and assessment into mechanical, technical activities.

 

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Becoming a Listening Educator

Becoming a Listening Educator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.


Via Patti Kinney, The Rice Process
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Slowing down and being curious are vital to teaching.

 

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Teaching needs less ideology, and more evidence | Estelle Morris

Teaching needs less ideology, and more evidence | Estelle Morris | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Instead of political meddling, why don’t we look to rigorous research to decide what works in our classrooms? asks Estelle Morris

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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Quite often our ideologies shape the evidence we seek and we justify our positions that way. I agree that when we enter into ideologies we lock into binary positions which are not helpful to solving the challenges we face if that is at all possible.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 26, 9:57 AM

American politicians: please take note.


"I would focus the debate around where to place the boundary between education and politics on the issue of who decides how teachers should teach – after all, that is what makes the difference. . . Pedagogy is becoming a case of opinion and prejudice rather than a decision based on evidence and professional judgment."  Hear, hear!

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Why I’m Thankful for Today’s Educators

Why I’m Thankful for Today’s Educators | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Judy Seltz
Educators deal in hope. Unlike artists who create paintings or sculptures, manufacturers who run assembly lines, or programmers who write code, teachers and principals rarely see the finished “product” of their work.

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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Teachers are not creating products. It is difficult to find the right word but what we create is the hope that students can contribute in their particular way to society.

 

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Leverage Diversity for Greater Success - Otrazhenie

Leverage Diversity for Greater Success - Otrazhenie | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
From http://thefutureleadershipinitiative.wordpress.com As Adam Vaccaro points out, diverse workplace...
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This is an interesting article with a link to some recent research about diversity in the workplace. There is a suggestion that diversity includes access to information and different thinking.

 

 

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Feminism as Evangelism

Feminism as Evangelism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

How Gender Justice Brought Me Back to the Church “I have always found it difficult to walk away from the church, but I have also found it difficult to walk with it.” [1] Those evocative words, the first sentence of feminist…...


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Justice should be central to all thinking. We do not live in a binary world but one with considerable ambiguity.

 

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Six factors that explain why educational action research is being snuffed out.

Six factors that explain why educational action research is being snuffed out. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I'm noticing a trend, and I wonder if anyone else is noticing it. When I was working on my Master's back in the oughts, the big push was for meaningful action research in schools and classrooms. If...

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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It is much easier to jump on bandwagons than to do local action research. Or, at least it appears that way on the surface. Each School, for that matter each class, has its own needs and challenges. The bandwagons are broad templates which can add much when applied with local research in place.

 

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Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom

Standardized tests got you down? Need a dose of inspiration? With strategies from creativity experts, this presentation is for teachers looking for ideas to cu…

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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Creating a healthy environment where students and teachers contribute to forming good habits is an important first step.

 

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10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Middle school veteran Jennifer Gonzalez identifies 10 ineffective habits new teachers often develop and proposes some better classroom management techniques.

Via Patti Kinney, Dean J. Fusto
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These make sense. For example, waiting for the class to be quiet and providing visual cues are excellent ideas.

 

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Suzanne Trask's curator insight, November 26, 4:03 PM

Sounds interesting

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Is Higher Education Centered on the Student or the Faculty?

Is Higher Education Centered on the Student or the Faculty? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
FROM ACADEMIC ETHOS TO ADMINISTRATIVE ETHOS The academic ethos of universities has changed very little since the Middle Ages until the present.

Via David W. Deeds
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Higher education should be focused on integrating teaching and learning.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 24, 8:54 AM

Not much different in K-12! 

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Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Possession of facts is not learning. What is an important skill is the ability to sift through abundant information, identify what is valid and meaningful, then use it to create meaning and express it. This is why student creation is so important in the new economy of information.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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John Dewey, in Art as Experience, suggested we express our learning and identity as an aesthetic process. Although he was not a phrenologist and hermeneutic, Dewey;s writing and thinking overlaps with those fields.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 24, 9:54 AM

A lot of what Shawn McCusker says here is not new, but it is a well-written and clearly expressed reminder of what we know about hands-on learning and what we tend to abandon too quickly in our pursuit of the next squirrel.

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Great Scandinavian idioms - ScandiKitchen

Great Scandinavian idioms - ScandiKitchen | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A list of great Scandiavian sayings and idioms

Via Suvi Salo
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Some of these are a lot of fun, to be enjoyed.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, November 22, 3:17 PM

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