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Prof. Robert Buckingham fired after criticizing Saskatchewan university plan

Prof. Robert Buckingham fired after criticizing Saskatchewan university plan | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Prof. Robert Buckingham was fired this morning from the University of Saskatchewan after speaking out against the school's TransformUs plan.
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This is the world we live in. Dissenting voices are shut down. When I worked, we had administrators who would tell us what we could and could not say publicly, as if we were children. In fact, teachers and professors are tax payers who have a right to speak up and out even when it is not in agreement with their employer.

 

The administrators I worked for, and I never mistook working for them as working with them, were people who claimed to be fair and open promoting themselves as innovators and shakers and movers.

 

The most interesting comment was the one about a university in someone's basement in Arizona.

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Report Finds Weak Link Between Value-Added Measures and Teacher Instruction.

Report Finds Weak Link Between Value-Added Measures and Teacher Instruction. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
States should have more time to examine the quality of the measures, the report says.

Via ICTPHMS
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I find it interesting that the way we measure quality is in quantity.

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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods.


Via Nik Peachey, Les Howard, Suvi Salo
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I agree. If we stick with one mode it gets boring. Mixing approaches helps the teaching and learning.

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Tony Parkin's curator insight, May 16, 12:13 AM

It would be interesting to know if this has changed over time?

Monica MIRZA's curator insight, May 16, 9:04 AM

Quite logical...

 

Lisa Carey's curator insight, May 30, 6:50 AM

Who has the most "air-time" in a classroom?  The teacher or the students?  We learn by doing. 

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for the love of learning: Alberta teaching reform would impede innovation

for the love of learning: Alberta teaching reform would impede innovation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Reform that is not transforming and is deforming does not impede innovation. It stops it completely and make actually put it in reverse.

 

I read the report. First, it is 200 pages which means that it must be brilliant. My dissertation will be about 300 pages and I don't think I will do more than scratch the surface of my topic: forming teacher subjectivity. Second, the research used is quantitative using inputs and outputs. That ignores the very essence of teaching and learning which happen in an in-between space between input and output.

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Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why has the factory system remained such a strong metaphor for education for so long?

Via Suvi Salo
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This metaphor persists as many of the change gurus are managers and their change ignores where we have come from. I had a conversation about this today. When we are accustomed to a command and control system, it is not just those in charge who sustain it. It is also the employees. Largely, the metaphor remains entrenched as a taken-for-granted way of doing School.

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Serving Your Subordinates

Serving Your Subordinates | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In his book Arthashastra, the ancient Indian scholar Chanakya wrote that “the king shall consider as good, not what pleases himself, but what pleases his subjects.”

 

That philosophy of leadership, embraced by many ancient religions, is increasingly being adopted in the professional world as organizations adopt people-centered management practices. Servant leadership, a concept modernized in the 20th century by the writer and consultant Robert Greenleaf, involves sharing power, putting the needs of others first, and helping followers perform at their best.


A team of behavioral scientists recently investigated the role that emotional intelligence — the ability to monitor the feelings of ourselves and others — plays in servant leadership.

 

Using a variety of psychological measurement tools, the researchers surveyed 75 civic leaders to measure their emotional intelligence and their perceptions of their servant leadership style.

 

The overall results showed that leaders with higher levels of emotional intelligence were more likely to rate themselves as valuing followers’ interests above their own, demonstrating empathy toward their subordinates, and taking responsibility for the well-being of the organization — all components of servant-leader ideology.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, donhornsby
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Servant-leadership is one way to flatten corporate hierarchies and address organizational flux.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 14, 7:37 AM

The overall results of the study indicate that, no matter how strongly you believe in a nurturing leadership style, your subordinates may not see that altruism manifested in your behavior.

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Beyond Rigor - Hybrid Pedagogy

Beyond Rigor - Hybrid Pedagogy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Intellectually rigorous work lives, thrives, and teems proudly outside conventional notions of academic rigor. Although institutions of higher education only recognize rigor when it mimics mastery of content, when it...
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I am reading Dewey and Gadamer about play and aesthetics as mediation in teaching and learning.

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The New Commercial Education

The New Commercial Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The New Commercial Education

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA, The Rice Process
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Having read Wendell Berry (prose and poetry), he does not come across as a big fan of contemporary, commercialized School. He does come across as a big fan of education which is different than School.

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A leader fills the spaces...

  There are questions that can make you think and there are questions that can help you to take action. The question "What would a leader do?" is a

Via Anne Leong
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Leadership is about being present in ways that create healthy (healing has the same root word) relationships.

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Research Detects Bias in Classroom Observations

Research Detects Bias in Classroom Observations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Although the debate over teacher-evaluation systems is dominated by the use of test scores, a new Brookings Institution analysis finds flaws with the observation component.

Via terry clarke
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The article points out principals give some teachers (a small minority in my experience) a substantial boost when being evaluated. This might be a product of a desire, on many principal's parts, they want certain voices privileged; those voices that support the fad du jour of the principal. One blog, a principal purporting to be a voice of change, suggested groupthink was OK in some cases. I cannot think of a time it is OK, but I would argue that thinking is embedded in School.

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Leadership Series: Vulnerability and Inspired Leadership

Leadership Series: Vulnerability and Inspired Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
After spending the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness, I’ve come to believe that leadership has nothing to do with position, salary, or number of direct reports.

Via John Lasschuit ®™
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A great point is made that we are looking for authentic leadership including in our schools.

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Brené Brown about being #vulnerable and how this leads to inspired #leadership

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Imagination: The Forgotten 21st Century Skill? | Scholastic.com

Imagination: The Forgotten 21st Century Skill? | Scholastic.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Creating time during the day to allow students to use their imaginations is important and easier than you think.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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We are making education into something that is unimaginative. A key is teachers who use their imaginations and make that a visible demonstration for students.

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Walk and learn in Norfolk schools

Walk and learn in Norfolk schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Spot-checks by division officials and principals ensure that educators make the grade.
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This is something similar to what has been done for about 20 years and called managing by wandering. We continue to measure inputs and outputs rather than the in-between experiences of people in the classrooms as if the only experts are those outside the classroom.

 

I wonder if we have ever considered asking teachers to describe what they do and talk about it in meaningful ways?

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Strengthening Teacher-Student Relationships


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Ted Aoki pointed out that the keyw to understanding something that was hyphenated was the hyphen. What does it represent? It is the in-between space where the relationship happens.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 15, 7:26 AM

Relationships are the foundation for all learning.  

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3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development

3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I remember my first professional development as a teacher...
I was fresh out of college. 
The PD centered around how to use clickers in the classroom. I saw great potential there.

Via Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The idea we can go home and learn everything we can about a topic is as problematic as command and control PD. I admire the initiative and the willingness to challenge the status quo, but...

 

Having pointed that out, most PD is command and control, ordered by someone other than the teachers in the room, and largely unconnected with what is done in the classroom. Who decides what is important is important. It is matter that matters. The last few years I taught I was ordered to attend tech PD, critical thinking PD, and to learn the 7 habits of highly effective people. Whenever I asked for explanations on the choices being made for me, I was ignored and painted as a dissident. This was despite being pretty adept with digital technology and using it my classroom, having attended critical thinking PD on my own, and using Parker Palmer's work in leadership. These were always outlined in my professional growth plan along with my PhD work. It makes one wonder about what the purpose of professional growth plans are and how they relate to PD.

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What Your Classroom Setup May Be Saying To Students

What Your Classroom Setup May Be Saying To Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I looked out at my room the other day – the same room I started to teach Japanese in when it was a new school in in 1997.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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The article demonstrates how teachers are being and becoming. We do not arrive fully formed and take time to figure out who we are as a teacher. It might be we never fully do. I used tables for most of my teaching career. I created cooperative settings without re-arranging. Quite often, I sat amongst the students.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 15, 10:11 AM

I love this article and felt strongly that we librarians need to read it and think about it, too. What does the arrangement of our space say to users? Do we welcome them? Do we embrace them? Do we make sure there is collaborative as well as individual work spaces? Are books easy to locate? So many questions to ask ourselves and this article will help you get started! 

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Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap

Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The former secretary of labor on American society's single greatest obstacle -- and what we can do about it

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Education and schools could play a key role in this work. Classrooms where democracy is lived rather than just talked about are vital.

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STEM students fare better when professors don't just lecture, study finds @insidehighered

STEM students fare better when professors don't just lecture, study finds @insidehighered | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is not a matter of either/or, but is about 'and'. Well-used lecture components is important in learning, but any poorly used pedagogic tool is just that poor.

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Peter Drucker’s 9 Functions of a Mentor

Peter Drucker’s 9 Functions of a Mentor | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I don't care who you are or what you do. Be a mentor. Have a mentor. Don't worry if you don't understand mentoring. Just go engage in one of the nine behaviors that follow. 9 functions of a mentor:...

Via Karen Bowden
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Drucker was a brilliant writer and thinker. People using these nine functions should dig deeply into all his work to help make sense of excellent summary points.

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The Phenomenology of Participation: Derrida and the Future of Pedagogy

The Phenomenology of Participation: Derrida and the Future of Pedagogy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Hospitality in the classroom and digital pedagogical practices encourage participatory pedagogy and collective action. This model of learning and teaching emphasizes the shared responsibility between all members to contribute to...

Via ICTPHMS
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I am reading Derrida and Levinas along with Gadamer for my dissertation. Hospitality as part of pedagogical work is foundational. Instead of distance between the self and the Other, there is an intimacy.

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Like Derrida’s theory of language, critical digital pedagogy encourages the freeplay of intellectual rigor; it acknowledges discourse as communal, the multiplicity of decentered learning environments, and collaborative construction; it rethinks the materials of communication and the mutability of meaning; it celebrates the networked nature of the critical work of learning, teaching, and being.


The Rice Process's curator insight, May 14, 3:11 PM

"Hospitality in the classroom radically rethinks the “territory” of the learning space because it alters the rights and obligations of both students and teachers". The notion of hospitality speaks the host's  openness, welcoming, inviting, and .caring nature. Hospitality elevates the learning space. 

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Using Brain Research to Design Better eLearning...

Using Brain Research to Design Better eLearning... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Jey principles from neuroscience research paired with tips that will allow course creators to achieve effective eLearning development.

Via Jason Leon Wright, Keith Wayne Brown
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This suggests the importance of teaching i.e. help learners.

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Audrey Jackson's curator insight, May 14, 4:56 AM

Educational neuroscience is powerful!

Adelia Peña's curator insight, May 17, 7:55 PM

Something that we should consider when teaching  to make knowledge relevant for our students.

 

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Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student ... - Washington Post

Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student ... - Washington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student ...

Via The Rice Process
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I wonder if the Alberta task force on teaching excellence considered this?

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The Philosophy of Creativity

The Philosophy of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There is little that shapes the human experience as profoundly and pervasively as creativity. Creativity drives progress in every human endeavor, from the arts to the ...

Via craig daniels
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Perhaps reading the book, would reveal the work of John Dewey and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Their work is central to the 20th Century philosophy of creativity.

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The Key to Preparing Difficult Students for the Real World

The Key to Preparing Difficult Students for the Real World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some of the best and most effective practices to motivate difficult students and improve their behavior at school are met with skepticism and even dismay from more than a handful of educators. These

Via Suvi Salo
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John Dewey suggested classrooms were simplified communities which mirrored (were fractals) the larger community.

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10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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The bonus one is interesting. There are people using Power Point who have over 100 slides in a presentation and claim to be tech gurus. I stay under 30.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, May 12, 2:37 PM
Ha! These are some god ones. ~ V.B.