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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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Education Readings April 24th

Education Readings April 24th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz This week’s homework!   Wobbly no more: Work on analogical processing help...
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I am looking forward to reading the article about becoming a good teacher. It fits with my dissertation topic.

 

Also the article about John Hattie's research is interesting. Who would have thought that meta-analysis was problematic?

 

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leading and learning: Have we lost sight of the purpose of education - to create the conditions to ensure all students develop their creativity or is it about testing and accountablity?

leading and learning: Have we lost sight of the purpose of education - to create the conditions to ensure all students develop their creativity or is it about testing and accountablity? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The Robert Sternberg quotes are important to the article. They provide a different view of creativity; one that scares those in charge or think they are in charge.

 

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Re-connecting with our Inner Selves

Re-connecting with our Inner Selves | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some while ago, I stumbled upon an inspiring thought by Anne Lamott:
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
At that time, I had only considered this to be a really funny, witty thought-provoking sentence. Now, in the

Via Jenny Ebermann
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The Anne Lamott quote is accurate. We need a break from just doing and sometimes need to just be.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 22, 2:51 PM

Do you know the feeling?

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No Student Is Unreachable

No Student Is Unreachable | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
No Student Is Unreachable: 4 Strategies To Reach Students That Don't Seem To Want To Be Reached

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With or without computers and the Internet, no student is unteachable.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 19, 4:38 PM

As educators, we sometimes get caught up with the actions of students and miss little things that could help us to connect with students. Relationships are not easy and in the fast-paced hectic schedule focused environment of schools, they sometimes become secondary to some of the other demands that teachers face. The article is a good reminder that, if we pay attention, no student is unreachable. 

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Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits

Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ ou’re in the boardroom with your team, everyone is brainstorming ideas, and the whiteboard is turning into a work of erasable-marker art. But you’re reluctant to add creative input, even in a space designed to be free from judgment.”


Via Creativity For Life, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Mika Auramo
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In a day and age of more connectivity, is it not surprising that isolation appears on this list?

 

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Chris Wejr's curator insight, April 14, 9:35 AM

Although this is about business, there are some key links to some hurdles to overcome in our schools.

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 22, 2:53 PM

#Mindfulness on the other hand as well as regular pauses, boost #creativity and #innovation!

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Do You Fail At Leadership?

Do You Fail At Leadership? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Let’s take a break from tech and talent analytics and think about bosses. Good bosses make the news: consider Dan Price, the CEO in Seattle who was so moved by a study on happiness that he took an enormous salary pay cut to raise his employees pay to a live-able [...]

Via Anne Leong, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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In Alberta, we have an election going on. The politicians like to talk about everyone making a sacrifice. This is what it might actually look like.

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The Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement

The Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Roger Francis, Isabelle Mayor, Jenny Ebermann
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Only 15% reach self-actualization. I wonder how many never get beyond security? More importantly, what constrains those people? As well, we should not mistake people who are busy selling themselves and their limited ideas with anything but the security level.

 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 2, 6:07 AM

I've always been a fan of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and I really appreciate this "tweaked" model because it maps it very close to the principles of employee engagement. 


On the survival level, I would add "I can't retire" as a common sign of disengagement.  As a supervisor, I do all I can to engage many of these staff as they often provide great context and insight as to what has been done in the past and how efforts can be optimized in order to succeed the next time we try them.  



Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 20, 3:12 AM

Having worked in many engagement programmes over the years, fulfillment and decent treatment are really key for employees to feel motivated and happy at their workplace.

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Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and into Classrooms

Administrators: How to Get Out of the Office and into Classrooms | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As an administrator, I think about the most enjoyable times I have had at school. Frankly, none of them include sitting in my office doing paperwork, disciplining, or attending meetings. The most enjoyable and productive times I have experienced are when I have been in the classroom observing teachers and interacting with students and teachers.

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What a novel concept this is.

 

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▶ POLITICAL THEORY - Henry David Thoreau I The School Of Life

Published on Apr 10, 2015
We are taught to think of modern civilization as inherently 'better' than the pre-industrial age - and take great pride in our gadgets and technology. That's why we need to tap into the caustic, liberating mindset of the great American political thinker, Thoreau – who escaped modern civilization to go and live in a cabin in the woods


Via Andrew van Zyl, Lynnette Van Dyke
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The more we think about what school, technology, and civilization mean the more we turn to those who came before us. Thoreau is one such example.

 

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How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?

How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Administrators, educators and students are discovering ways to include students in the programs that affect them most. Some programs help students speak directly to the people in charge.


Via Suvi Salo
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Begin with giving teachers more decision-making ability. That would help set the model we need in schools.

 

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The key ingredient to having groupthink-free meetings is leadership

The key ingredient to having groupthink-free meetings is leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Stand up for good meetings, if you want to avoid bad ones, that is.


Via Anne Leong
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It is, but it is hard to do and many people do not want it.

 

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Transformational Leadership: Paradigm Shift or Incremental Change?

Transformational Leadership: Paradigm Shift or Incremental Change? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A shift from a transactional to a transformational form of leadership in many organizations is revolutionary. The ROI? Improved safety performance.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Transforming leadership is more than change. Change can be just moving deck chairs around; while transforming is going beyond where we currently are.

 

 

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, February 27, 3:50 AM

"...It will also require the great effort to live and be true to the new reality..."

 
Laura Saavedra's curator insight, April 19, 11:00 AM

Quite interesting...isn't it?

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 19, 9:49 PM

Big words paradigm and transformational. The later is an outcome of several transitions which start with a decision to change. The former is really about intention, feeling and thinking change which precede the behaviourial change that is key to the transitions from what is to what can be

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Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do

Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Robin Lake - Districts must aggressively work to change incentives, policies, and structures so that they encourage and free up schools to innovate.

Via Grant Montgomery, Dean J. Fusto
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I think there is more give and take, but what I agree is that if local innovation is not supported at the jurisdiction level forget it. What is often desired by managers is innovation that fits easily from place to place i.e. systems like vs. considering what people at the local level want and need.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 23, 9:15 PM

There is a correlation to the amount of change and innovation schools do  and the freedom that people within the schools have to change and be innovative. Being innovative isn't easy, it means taking risks and trying new things - putting oneself out there. Without a culture that supports such initiatives, schools will continue to be places where innovation happens in pockets, not throughout the system. 

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What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Collaboration

What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Collaboration | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Art Custer, Dean J. Fusto
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Cooperation and collaboration are two different phenomena. I prefer the former over the latter.

 

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To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors

To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors - IDEO Stories - Medium
Lessons learned from my year working with IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown

Via Richard Andrews, Roger Francis, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I worked for a principal who presented about IDEO as being what we needed for creativity amongst teachers. He rarely acted with humility, if ever. That would be a good starting point for each of us.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 22, 12:11 PM

A great read. Please take the time to read this today...



(From the article): When it comes to leadership, humility is often perceived as weakness. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many ways to express humility — you might welcome feedback, admit mistakes, or simply treat others as equals. Your employees will view those as signs of strength, not weakness.

Ian Berry's curator insight, Today, 1:06 AM

a good 5 actions all the great leaders/change champions do

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Are You a Great Multitasker?

Are You a Great Multitasker? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Probably not. CNN recently posted an interesting video of Dr. Sanjay Gupta explaining what happens to the brain while multitasking. Gupta argues that we’re not actually doing two tasks at once; we’re diverting our attention from one task to work on another, and giving each just partial attention.He references a study done on multitasking while driving. It showed that listening to sentences while driving decreased the driver’s attention to operating the car by 37%. So rather than listening and driving simultaneously, you’re offering each activity your reduced attention,
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This is an interesting article that brings some perspective to a challenging topic. Mindfulness helps.

 

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Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.


Via Dean J. Fusto
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To paraphrase Whitehead and Dewey, this involves a to and fro between teachers and students. Teachers learn how and when to back off and when to step up.

 

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Kevin E. Boston-Hill's curator insight, April 22, 10:32 AM

This is a difficult concept for teachers to accept, as they feel they need more control in the classroom, but our students need to develop more grit along with being exposed to rigorous curriculum.

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Grammar & translation jokes

Grammar & translation jokes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Pins about Grammar & translation jokes hand-picked by Pinner Scheherezade Surià | See more about grammar, grammar humor and chistes.

Via Pilar Moral
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This reminded me of how one student wondered what astute meant. He asked if it were like a fart. We all laughed, but the students remembered what it meant afterwards.

 

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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

Via Ness Crouch, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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A short biography of a number of leading thinkers contributors work in education i.e. Dewey, Montessori, Freire, etc.

 

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Anita Vance's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:45 AM

A great reference of the educational theories and practices of our times.


Avi Bossewitch's curator insight, March 3, 8:16 PM

Excellent review of 20th century ed thought leaders and how they inform 21st century learning

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Leadership is Helping Things Grow -

Leadership is Helping Things Grow - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
People who help things grow impress me. As a boy, I grew up surrounded by people who helped things like corn, soybeans, and other crops grow. I have never been a farmer, though my friends include farmers, gardeners, even landscape architects.

Via Anne Leong, Mike Doherty, Kevin Cuckow
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Actually, leadership is enabling people to grow. People are not things.

 

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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, April 15, 2:26 AM

Ayudar a crecer a los demás que nos rodean, es esencial

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Being There: Heidegger on Why Our Presence Matters

Being There: Heidegger on Why Our Presence Matters | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We need to look beyond cognitive science to cultivate a truly profound relationship to the world we live in.
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It is highly unlikely that many educators are reading Heidegger even though he provided invaluable insight into being present.

 

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Education shouldn't be a zero-sum game

Education shouldn't be a zero-sum game | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There is nothing wrong with shining the spotlight on Canada’s college
sector and its success in aligning programs with job opportunities. There
is a problem, however, with arguing that, if we want more college graduates
in order to address anticipated skills shortages, we need fewer university
ones.
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Treating school as a zero-sum game promulgates the idea that the way we do things is the way to do it and does not lead to transforming what school is in our lives.

 

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Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know

Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Trying to complete a PhD thesis in time for the October deadline? We share some advice on getting over that final hurdle

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All the help one can get along the way is good.

 

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Do You Want Authority Or Responsibility?

Do You Want Authority Or Responsibility? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Time and again, I've learned a painful lesson: don't fall in love with your own authority. For example, here's what I wrote last year in an article about the value of initiative:I was was 18 and dragging a coil of electrical cable across a stage. The 2,000-seat college theater was empty, except for a handful of minimum wage stage crew like myself and the stage manager, who ran the whole place. I put the coil in the pile, and waited for him to tell me what to do next.When the stage manager notice

Via Bobby Dillard
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Both, as authority is about authoring work we do through responsible actions and words.

 

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Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to motivated learning.


Via Jenny Ebermann
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It benefits teachers.

 

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