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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behavior patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.

Via Kathleen Taylor Mills
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Just being kind is essential to preventing bullying.

 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
While it’s not uncommon to hear students say “I hate school,” some are really suffering and desperately want out.

I can relate. 

I became an educator not because I loved school, but because I was bored and miserable in school. I wanted to figure out how to change that for others. I started this blog to share ideas about how to do  that.  

Like my own experience, many students today are bored and disengaged for many hours each day, despite the best efforts of their teachers and parents to try to help them make the most of school. Many are depressed. They feel a complete lack of control over their lives, and have a bleak view of the future.

 

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This seems like a good idea to me. Please read on and contribute if the concept resonates with you. Also, please pass along to your network, if you can.


Via Jim Lerman
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I don't know if the right word is innovative. I think it is compassionate, caring, thoughtful, mindful, etc. Perhaps the approaches we take when we approach the student are innovative.

 

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, February 15, 3:26 PM

The solution for education is that schools disappear? Well no longer an option, but what I see most viable and relevant is that the school (Students, Teachers and Parents) are processed. Some may say, that is not possible need help from outside, I replied already hit bottom and from inside the school is feasible to begin the transformation.

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20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Lynnette Van Dyke
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I would have thought teaching and learning are relational in nature.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 15, 1:54 PM

We'd think know what they need to know about learning. But teachers seek professional development for reasons other than hanging out with their bffs. They want to refresh their learning about learning, to learn new strategies, to learn about new research, and to have their instincts affirmed. These fundamentals do much of that.

Pearson Australia's curator insight, February 15, 4:53 PM

I think this is a great post for Academy. I think I could probably write some content around classroom learning and the practice of telling children why they are learning what they are learning.

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 18, 8:16 AM

The fundamentals listed in this article are easy to do. I suggest trying to incorporate 1 or 2 a month Into your teaching.

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Poetic Existentialism

Poetic Existentialism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Urban Dictionary lists Bonto as something that is awesome, cool, off the chain, off the hook, freaking amazing or just chill.Edward de Bono used the word to describe a different form of limerick. He emphasized the importance of the structure that led to the fourth line being able to stand on its own, as a general philosophical reflection on life.Next to rhyming, syllables and beat are important too. He argued that a Bonto does not exist as a separate identity unless it retains the structure

Via Eugene Fernandez
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Poetry is a lot of fun to teach and learn. Once students shed their initial concerns, they thrive and relish the freedom.

 

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, February 13, 5:59 PM

Me writing a Bonto

Want to gallop like Tonto

Lit the Spark

Stepped off the Ark

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Some people see me as Muslim first and a doctor second. That's how prejudice works | Haider Javed Warraich

Some people see me as Muslim first and a doctor second. That's how prejudice works | Haider Javed Warraich | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I am Pakistani and about to move to Chapel Hill. I never thought I’d have to pick a house based on where I might not get shot

Via iPamba
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The article is important for teachers to read and think about. What are our first reactions towards those that are different from us? What does that signal to students?

 

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If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’

If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The rigidity of using only grades to determine future success has stifled creativity and reinforced a negative climate for learning

Via Kelly Christopherson
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It was interesting where I taught. Teachers came up with great ideas and implemented them only to have them appropriated and taken over by the bosses in the bureaucratic and technocratic corners. What incentive is there for teachers under those conditions?

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, February 13, 9:47 PM

It's time our school grading systems caught up with the way students can work and began to use the tools available to show what they are learning and involve parents in the learning experience. 

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Education Readings February 13th

Education Readings February 13th | 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!   Why Corporate School Reform will Eventually Fail Min...
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There are good articles about the need for school focused reform rather than corporate, neo-liberal deform.

 

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for the love of learning: David Berliner and Pasi Sahlberg

for the love of learning: David Berliner and Pasi Sahlberg | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Berliner's comment about context being holisitic including student/teacher lives in the classroom and outside rings true echoing Dewey and Gadamer. It is not an either/or situation.

 

Sahlberg's comment about integrating the arts and physical education is important.

 

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Learning to learn about learning to learn...

Learning to learn about learning to learn... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Inference /ˈɪnf(ə)r(ə)ns/ n.  a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning A lot of inference goes on in management education, but I wonder how much of it is rigorous or even does an...

Via Julie Tardy, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Suvi Salo
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Learning to learning about learning to learn may be the most important and most overlooked skill in School.

 

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Why Work-Life Balance is Becoming Critical

Why Work-Life Balance is Becoming Critical | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Disconnect Between Employers and Employees on Work-Life Balance


Via Jenny Ebermann
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Finding ways to integrate work and life is a key to creativity.

 

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College education gap between rich and poor continues to grow in the US

College education gap between rich and poor continues to grow in the US | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A new study shows that for kids who are growing up poor, a bachelor's degree is getting further out of reach.

Conducted by two higher-education research institutes and released this week, the study shows that the college-education gap between rich and poor has multiplied dramatically over the past four decades to perhaps the widest it's been in national history.

The rate of affluent people completing college has exploded, while the rate of low-income people getting diplomas stayed relatively flat, according to the study. In 1970, 40% of affluent students finished college by 24, compared with about 6% of low-income students. In 2013, according to the study, more than three-quarters of upper-income students had finished college by age 24, but less than 10% of poor students did by the same age.


Via Stewart-Marshall, Dean J. Fusto
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First, a college education should not be the ultimate goal for all students. There are many college grads unable to find work in the US and Canada.

 

Second, the gap has been persistent and one wonders why. It begins in our K-12 Schools.

 

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The Lack of Evidence-Based Practice--The Case of Classroom Technology (Part 2) @CubanLarry

The Lack of Evidence-Based Practice--The Case of Classroom Technology (Part 2) @CubanLarry | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In  the No Child Left Behind Act (2001), the phrase "scientifically based research" is mentioned 110 times. Not a typo. Evidence-based practice, a variation of the NCLB phrase, and data-driven deci...


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This is an interesting approach. There is little actual research done in classrooms testing what is being done. The closest we come is the work teachers do and we discredit it.

 

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Ten Contemporary Assumptions Underlying Australian Education

Ten Contemporary Assumptions Underlying Australian Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Revisited in the hope that some testucator will challenge any of these assumption...... now that Australian parents are said to be refusing NAPLAN in their thousands; that states are reclaiming the...
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The ten points make sense in Canadian contexts, as well. There may be slight differences, but Western School is similar across the board with a handful of people making the decisions.

 

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15 Tips from Veteran Educators for Thriving in the First Year

15 Tips from Veteran Educators for Thriving in the First Year | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Kelly Christopherson
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Veteran teachers can feel alone. It is a reason I left teaching. Despite all the rhetoric, there is little in terms of support and caring in School.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, February 14, 3:35 PM

New teachers can often feel alone and not sure where to go. There is so much going on and so much to learn! These 15 tips from veteran educators are sound pieces of advice for new teachers! 

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The Relational Staffroom: The Power of Teacher Collaboration - Relational Schools Project

The Relational Staffroom: The Power of Teacher Collaboration - Relational Schools Project | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The importance of teacher-teacher relationships, especially in the current climate, the power of collaboration and the necessity for school leaders to provide the conditions to enable this to happen. This week, Helena Marsh, Deputy Headteacher, blogger and education thinker, writes for Relational Schools. I have always had a keen interest in the study of teacher behaviours …

Via Kelly Christopherson
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Cooperation and working together suggest there will be friction. If we don't think so, working together is a fiction. Teachers have to figure out how to work through the friction civilly.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, February 14, 6:02 PM

Collaboration is important in developing a culture of trust and growth in a school. Ultimately, the working relationships of the adults will filter down to the students and their relationships. Teachers who work together in a collaborative manner, growing and learning together, create an atmosphere conducive to learning and experiment, especially if the administration is supportive of such relationships and works to provide supports for developing these relationships. 

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for the love of learning: My Keynote at Calgary Teachers' Convention

for the love of learning: My Keynote at Calgary Teachers' Convention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are two great points made and a third pointed towards. Writing about teaching and being a teacher are different things. We are not the teacher we used to be which means we are becoming someone new continuously. We are learning and forming continuously.

 

It is the difference between teaching for 20 years and teaching the same year twenty times.

 

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What David Carr told me about standardized testing — and his unconventional schooling

What David Carr told me about standardized testing — and his unconventional schooling | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
'The really good teachers see standardized testing as a necessary evil--or just plain evil.'

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Education is what happens in all facets of our lives and how they integrate.

 

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

Via Maree Whiteley
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The opening paragraph is spot on. I taught kindergarten for two days and it was perpetual 20 questions. Teaching is about using the strengths students have and nurturing them. One of those is asking questions.

 

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, February 13, 8:17 PM

Great idea to stimulate critical thinking at all levels, every classroom

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What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability'

What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability'

Via Kelly Christopherson
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What I heard was someone holding me to account externally who did not know my students and me. It denied me opportunties to be responsible for my work and express that responsiliity through a creative force. It denied me my voice earned through being responsbile for what I was doing, who I was, and who I was becoming.

 

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leading and learning: Primary school complacency and Secondary school confusion.

leading and learning: Primary school complacency and Secondary school confusion. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The graphic is an important consideration along with Bruce's point about the universality of his message. Canadian/Albertan issues would be different in their particulars but there is considerable to be learned from each other.

 

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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Attract students to libraries and other rooms of learning by creating agile, inviting spaces with makerspace elements and, most importantly, a community feeling.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , CSO Ed Serv
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Space combines both place and time. Many authors i.e. Dewey, Palmer, Montessori, etc. wrote/write about the need for inviting and community spaces in Schools.

 

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Miguel Damiani's curator insight, February 13, 9:50 AM

Interesantes consejos para transformar el espacio de aprendizaje a fin de hacerlo más atractivo a los estudiantes

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#HR #RRHH Enough training

#HR #RRHH Enough training | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In a recent CBC News story, a railway conductor lost her job following a derailment. She claimed she was not adequately trained. Here is a comment from the Railway Association representative:
    “In your job, you are qualified and do your job, but you feel you should know more. It doesn’t mean you are not qualified for your job. You might have a personal perception, that you would need additional training, but the minimum standards for your position are determined by the railways.”


Via Marta Torán, Ricard Lloria
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Interestingly enough, I would suggest most Schooling is now compliance training. Is that what we want?

 

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Marta Torán's curator insight, February 11, 1:09 PM

La diferencia entre formar para el trabajo y apoyar el rendimiento explicado por Harold Jarche.

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Smart Leaders Are OK with Seeming Uncertain

Smart Leaders Are OK with Seeming Uncertain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Though it may be particularly hard for leaders to embrace uncertainty after years of being taught to display confidence, there is a clear business benefit in doing so. Research has shown that over-confident CEOs make overly risky decisions, often at the expense of their shareholders. Leaders who are able to come to terms with uncertainty and communicate it to employees may avoid such bad decisions.

 

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, june holley
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As we move deeper into the 21st Century, it mystifies me how we still hold on with absolute certainty that there is certainty in decision making. Is this why School has changed so little despite the rhetoric?

 

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, February 12, 8:09 AM

Truth, transparency and vulnerability are the qualities of any great leader today - especially those who want to build trust.

george_reed's curator insight, February 12, 3:05 PM

For an excellent exploration of this topic, consider Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership by Phillip Clampitt and Robert DeKoch.

Don Lowe's curator insight, February 15, 5:24 PM

It's amazing how difficult it is for people to use the phrases:"I don't know", "I need help", or "I was wrong".


But who would you rather work with or for...

1. Someone who, faced with a challenge they don't understand, pretends to know the answers (to give you confidence in their leadership)....or...

2. Someone who asks for your help when they  recognise they are in a situation that is beyond their level of competence?


Knowing (and admitting) when you're incompetent - perhaps the most important leadership competence!

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6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.

Via SHIFT eLearning, Suvi Salo
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The first point is key and has been known for some time. We learn more effectively when the information is presented visually. I would take it one step further and suggest that we learn most effectively when using all our senses.

 

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Dorote Lucci's curator insight, February 10, 3:15 PM

Useful insights on how to learn more efficiently-and integrate the information

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The Future of Learning Is Stuck in the Past - Social Media Today

The Future of Learning Is Stuck in the Past - Social Media Today | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Everything starts with you. I understand it's difficult and daunting. After all, there's a reason why change is either slow or ignored. It takes courage to break what isn't yet broken and rebuild it in a way that others can't yet ...

Via Bobbi Dunham, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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The future of learning has been stuck in the past for a long time. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

 

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Maruja Romero's curator insight, February 11, 1:41 PM

Without defining a vision of what we are trying to do – something that will matter to people – we are just going through life the way we always have. We are not moving in any new direction. Profunda reflexión que debemos enfrentar y actuar en consecuencia.