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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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Growth mindset: What interventions might work and what probably won’t?

The claim that there are attributional differences between pupils which can affect their experience of school and their academic outcomes is well supported. You can read a bit more about some of the psychology behind the idea of a ‘growth mindset’ here: Growth Mindset: It’s not magic However, accepting that these key attributional variables exist still leaves at least two important questions that school leaders and teachers should be asking before seeking to implement ‘growth mindset’ interventions in schools.


Via Patti Kinney, Nancy J. Herr
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The key might be to understand that changing mindsets is not a linear, predictable process. It is likely to be messy and uncertain like much good work.

 

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leading and learning: Keeping alive the spirit of John Dewey -enuf of Henry Ford!

leading and learning: Keeping alive the spirit of John Dewey -enuf of Henry Ford! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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John Dewey's thinking about education is hard work. We tend to shrink it down to project-based-learning and some easy catch phrase.

 

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Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane

Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Who cares about high stakes testing? We want to put the magic in teaching.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , The Rice Process
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Putting the magic back in teaching suggest a need for teachers to find their voice. Teaching is a calling and, when we are so busy we cannot pause and reflect for a moment, we do not hear the call.

 

 

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 19, 2015 3:36 AM

I love that this article encourages teachers to take a moment with their students and have some creative fun. 

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Education Readings February 20th

Education Readings February 20th | 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 allan.alach@ihug.co.nz. This week’s homework!   The Pupil in the Middle of Your Eye This article by ...
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What do we mean when we say personalized learning? This is a worthwhile article to read and consider.

 

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The most powerful of all teaching tools is REFLECTION

The most powerful of all teaching tools is REFLECTION | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings February 18, 2015 The most powerful of all teaching tools is REFLECTION “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” Helen Keller Helen Keller was one of the most envisioned p...
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Self-reflection is the autonomy we bring to being responsible in teaching. It is where we make meaning of our work.

 

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How teacher brains detect confusion

How teacher brains detect confusion | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A study has shed new light on the signals in the brain that warn teachers when their pupils have not understood them.

Via Suvi Salo
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As we teach, the brain shifts back and forth between roles of teaching and learning.

 

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Barriers to effective communication

Barriers to effective communication | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Did you know that communication barriers can pop-up at every stage of the communication process (consisting of sender, message, channel/media, receiver, feedback and response) and have the potentia...

Via Jenny Ebermann
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It takes work to listen and that is quite often the side of communication that is missing. We listen to answer rather than listen to hear.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, February 18, 2015 7:25 PM

How effective are you when you are communicating?

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for the love of learning: Whom is the Alberta Government for?

for the love of learning: Whom is the Alberta Government for? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The way governments work is between the politicians, bureaucrats, and technocrats the most punishing place to be is in the classroom. I wonder if we tried to actually correct the issues in School rather than simply cut? Would that work? It might mean including classroom teachers in the conversation.

 

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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Inserting longer pauses throughout classroom instruction time can help students and educators open up to greater possibilities.

Via Becky Roehrs, Suvi Salo
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David Jardine uses the term whiling over what we learn as a play on the word worthwhile. The late Ted Aoki used to suggest lingering in our learning.

 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, February 17, 2015 7:08 PM
Research and common sense reminds us of all the time we can give our students and ourselves: moments to pause, and think, before answering questions.
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The Assimilation vs Accommodation Of Knowledge

The Assimilation vs Accommodation Of Knowledge | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Piaget was interested in how children organize "data," settling on two fundamental responses stimuli: assimilation and accommodation of knowledge.

Via Ramiro Aduviri Velasco, juandoming
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Perhaps, the first question is " Who decided this is the knowledge to be learned? What is important about this knowledge in this form?"

 

 

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Some of the Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Celebration of Diversity and Difference

Some of the Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Celebration of Diversity and Difference | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings. “This is the entire essence of li


Via bobbygw
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How we encounter others is important. Who they are is who they are and we are ethically and pedagogically responsible for that.

 

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Educators as Lead Learners

Educators as Lead Learners | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator's role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0. The educator's role has always been to model...

Via David Mackzum, Ed.D., Scott Cousins
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Teachers are the lead learners in classrooms. This is compatible with servant-leadership which is about being first among equals. That is actually a fluid process.

 

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The Pupil in the Middle of Your Eye

The Pupil in the Middle of Your Eye | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Treehorn:           Why can’t we kids have a test-free, pupil-centred, achievement-oriented, holistic-learning-based-curriculum?  Why? Why? Testucator:        We  prefer the profit-based, stress-la...
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" Why can’t you replace tension with challenge, fear with encouragement, ritual with creativity." I don't see tension and challenge and ritual and creativity as incompatible. Fear, as opposed to encouragement, leads to loathing which is incompatible with teachig and learning.


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Best Advice: Never Assume People Are Motivated by the Same Things You Are

Best Advice: Never Assume People Are Motivated by the Same Things You Are | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In this series, professionals share the words of wisdom that made all the difference in their lives.


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This should be the first rule of teaching.

 

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The Gallatin! A Self-Indulgent Piece on Wilderness.

The Gallatin! A Self-Indulgent Piece on Wilderness. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Voices from the Prairie, the regional literary anthology I co-edited with Kristi Rendahl, is in the hands of the printer. I am hopelessly impatient, so to cope with this minor problem, I have poste...
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Modern wilderness is a social construct, but much of how we experience the world, as observers, is similar. We stand outside the world, outside nature and act as observers. Philosophers i.e. Butler, Ranciere, Heidegger, etc. have argued we need to be more aware of the permeability of boundaries and the inner/reverse side--those things we do not see, but know are there. The late Arne Naess argued this in his work about deep ecology, but could the same not be argued about living more generally.

 

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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The memory researcher's guide to studying.

Via Ressources pour les cours d'anglais
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Certainly, re-reading is inefficient, but it depends on the purpose. When we are looking for the deepest meaning, re-reading serves a purpose that other methods may not.

 

 

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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 19, 2015 3:51 PM

Article très intéressant ! Bien souvent, nos élèves ne font que relire leur cours. Pour les amener à travailler leur mémoire à long terme, nous devrions leur demander de se poser des questions comme "pourquoi", "comment" ou "qu'est-ce"

Nous pouvons leur demander de créer des flash-cards, des diagrammes, des cartes mentales. Cela permet véritablement à l'élève de créer des liens et de vérifier sa compréhension.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, February 20, 2015 1:47 AM

I like to encourage the use of mind-mapping tools and flow-chart representations when being delivered content. For the last twelve months I have focused on using my mini tablet as my main recording tool in doing this - this article had me reflecting on why I was finding this methodology so useful.  

Agnes Ng's curator insight, February 27, 2015 12:51 PM

Useful tips for studying smarter. Apply these tips!

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Professional Reading

Professional Reading | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Treehorn:           Why can’t we kids have a pupil-centred, achievement-oriented, shared-evaluation as part of the learning process, holistic-learning-based-curriculum?  Why? Why?Why? Testucator:  ...
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There are excellent points made along with a link to some reading materials. The first point about treating teachers with respect and dignity extends to those managing Schools.

 

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Poverty Data Signal Urgency for Schools

Poverty Data Signal Urgency for Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Students from low-income households have made up a rising share of the public school population for years, but their recent shift into the majority serves as an urgent signal to policymakers and schools to address the needs of poor children, and the challenges of educating them, researchers and educators say.

 
Via Sharrock
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With an increasing gap between those who have and those who don't and a shrinking middle class, this is an issue not just for the future, but  for today.

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 18, 2015 3:46 PM
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10:24 AM on January 31, 2015

"I agree. And the confusion seems deliberate and more people should speak out against this kind of "confusion".

"Case in point, any researcher writing this...

"Students are eligible for reduced-price meals if their household income is below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. They qualify for free meals if their household income is no more than 135 percent of that threshold. The federal poverty level for a family of four was $23,550 in 2013. That increased to $23,850 in 2015."

"Would have then dissected that information for the reader to point out that the income level for free lunch is $44,122 and for reduced lunch it is $32,197 and then attempted to quantify the actual size of the group of impoverished students from that (and other data). Not simply continue with this obvious slight-of-hand and have the reader assume that 50% of the students are living in poverty."

 

 

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Forgetful Teacher, Tech-Addict Teacher & 18 Other Teacher Stereotypes

Forgetful Teacher, Tech-Addict Teacher & 18 Other Teacher Stereotypes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Forgetful Teacher, Tech-Addict Teacher & 18 Other Teacher Stereotypes
Ed note: This post has been republished from a late 2012 post
1. Crazy Teacher
This is the teacher whose class you don’t miss.

Via Yashy Tohsaku, Dean J. Fusto, Alicia Haviland
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There are some interesting descriptions. It is more likely teachers incorporate several of these into their identity which makes it that much more humourous.

 

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8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents

8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger David Cutler offers eight tips for engaging with parents, from avoiding confrontation and communicating clearly, to earning their trust on back-to-school night and coaching their children's after-school activities.

Via Peter Mellow
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Involve parents in their children's education is important and should begin when children start school.

 

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Authentic Learning: Developing a Student-Centered Classroom Through Portfolios

Authentic Learning: Developing a Student-Centered Classroom Through Portfolios | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Portfolios help students develop the metacognitive skills that are critical to the learning process and vital in the knowledge workforce.

Via Yashy Tohsaku, Dean J. Fusto
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Two things are important to take from this article. First, there are different types of portfolios and they are not mutually exclusive. Second, the object is not to train employees, but to help students form as responsible and autonomous in who they are becoming.

 

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School Is About More Than Training Kids to Be Adults - The Atlantic

School Is About More Than Training Kids to Be Adults - The Atlantic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What if all the hype around "college and career readiness" is missing the point?

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is an important consideration. Yes, we want children to grow up as ethical, responsible, autonomous people, but that is more than training and telling them what that means.

 

 

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If Not 40 Hours, Then What? Defining the Modern Work Week

If Not 40 Hours, Then What? Defining the Modern Work Week | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Is the traditional 40-hour work week dead? Today’s nine-to-fiver can only look at all of the alternative proposals being bandied about and savor the possibilities: the four-day work week, the 30-hour work week, the 21-hour work week, and even the no-day work week. With the advent of telecommuting, flexible hours, globalization and answering emails after hours and on vacation, the American worker has entered the era of the fuzzy work-home divide.


Via The Learning Factor
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Perhaps, I am living in a different world, but I did not find and do not find the work week to be in decline from 40 hours. It is quite the opposite. We are being a sold a bill of goods.

 

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Kimberly Kline's curator insight, February 18, 2015 5:13 PM

Telecommuting & Compressed work weeks are part of the modern work week.  Employers would do well to deal with them now, and get practices in place, to attract and keep quality employees!

John Norman's curator insight, February 19, 2015 9:42 AM

There is still a clear division between those that work for themselves and those that work for someone else. How many hours a week does the self employed person work, particularly when they are first starting out compared the person in say a middle management position?

I would be great to get some feedback.

Is it still a fundamental equation of What's In It For Me (WIIFM) or is there more to it?

TalentFinders-TX's curator insight, February 19, 2015 5:38 PM

The ‘No Hour’ Work Week is the reality today

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The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

Via David Mackzum, Ed.D., Scott Cousins
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Teaching is about a calling which is full of wonder and awe. That being said, teachers cannot do what they are told all the time. They need to get out on the edge. What I experienced with School managers is they did not like that. They wanted serfs who did what they were told and answered dutifully.

 

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, February 17, 2015 3:52 PM

Our teachers are overwhelmed with directives from building and district administrators, as well as the state and federal government.  Held to high levels of accountability for students passing a standardized test, it is no wonder many comply to survive.  

 

As a building administrator, I struggled to integrate the myriad of mandates into a  streamlined package that would enable teachers to meet the "firehose" of requirements from  all the different agencies.  

 

Our teachers need time to collaborate with others and to reflect on their practice.  They deserve timely, positive feedback and opportunities to grow professionally.  

 

Perhaps the best teachers do not do what they are told....and the best administrators help teachers to discriminate and choose how they can meet the mandates and maintain their professional expertise on what works for  the students in THEIR classroom.

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Teach 100 - daily rankings of the top educational blogs

Teach 100 - daily rankings of the top educational blogs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Make a difference

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Key questions should be asked about each blog. Who is writing them? When was the last time the authors were in a classroom as a classroom teacher? How how long have they been out of the classroom?

 

I worked for one of the authors and found his work was less than inspiring. Note that I did not say worked with. There is a difference.

 

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