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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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'Genius hour': What kids can learn from failure

'Genius hour': What kids can learn from failure | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some schools are building in time for students to work on passion projects -- an idea inspired by Google's 20% time.

Via Suvi Salo
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There are circumstances that these innovations can occur in for students to take great control of their learning. Does it happen in all settings? It is probably not happening in more than a few settings.

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Heutagogy, Self-Directed Learning and Complex Work

Heutagogy, Self-Directed Learning and Complex Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Then came Heutagogy advocating principles of self-determined learning:

“A heutagogical learning environment facilitates the development of capable learners and emphasizes both the development of learner competencies as well as development of the learner’s capability and capacity to learn" (Ashton and Newman, 2006; Hase and Kenyon, 2000). Heutagogy applies a holistic approach to developing learner capabilities, with learning as an active and proactive process, and learners serving as “the major agent in their own learning, which occurs as a result of personal experiences” (Hase & Kenyon, 2007, p. 112).


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Learning, when it happens, is about personal meaning and connection. There is a place for self-direction, but complexity and chaos theory also point out the interconnected nature of the universe and this applies to learning. We cannot live and learn on and as islands.

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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, March 19, 12:02 AM

De la Andragogía a la Heutagogía: aprendizaje adulto autodirigido.

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Chomsky: The Corporate Assault on Public Education

Chomsky: The Corporate Assault on Public Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our kids are being prepared for passive obedience, not creative, independent lives.

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This is not new. It is just more obvious and without remorse.

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13 Reasons Teams Lose Momentum

13 Reasons Teams Lose Momentum | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Multiply waste by the number of people involved. The capacity of teams to waste time and resources staggers the imagination. It's one thing to tolerate one person wasting time. But, the amount of t...

Via Nancy J. Herr
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If teams were rethought and transformed into community where there is engagement rather than doing someone else's work, we might see differences in education.

 

Community is organic and teams are hierarchical by their design.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, March 18, 7:47 PM

in education, we rely on teams to get things done. This article highlights what inhibits teams from succeeding and suggests what keeps them on track.

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'Grit' Is Not a Substitute for School Support of Teachers

'Grit' Is Not a Substitute for School Support of Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Cindi Rigsbee says she returned to teaching after almost giving it up, but not because she lacked grit.

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No it is not, but it is through that support that students begin to learn how to bounce back.

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9 Wonderful TED Talks on Re-imagining Schools

9 Wonderful TED Talks on Re-imagining Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Is our education system broken? Answers to this question differ depending on the perspective from which each one of us looks at it and also in terms of what we mean by broken. This question has also been the theme that several scholars and educators from all around the world covered in their TED talks.


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I will have to watch these.

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Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership - Forbes

Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership - Forbes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Not long ago, most discussions of leadership were about leaders – their personality traits, how to identify and groom those with ‘leadership potential,’ and what were the skills that leaders employed.

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It sound somewhat formulaic. Trust is hard work and hard to retain. It was lacking where I taught.

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Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 7:49 AM

I dont believe it's the new core, it's been there all along, perhaps we are only just taking notice. Do you agree?

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, June 1, 5:37 AM

Collaboration and Shared Leadership are the norm in schools today. At the base of success with these tools is trust.

Mercedes Jahn's curator insight, June 1, 8:06 AM

Trust is the invisible and powerful  life "glue" 

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A Different Approach to Education

Sugata Mitra--an acclaimed education researcher from India--believes children can teach one another, bypassing the traditional "top down" method in which tea...

Via Bill Ferguson
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Jacques Ranciere described this process as something that has happened in exceptional educational settings since time immemorial. Great teachers know that creating a space and inviting into it is a way to discovery and learning.

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The DNA of GREAT Teachers - 3 "listicles" you have to read!

The DNA of GREAT Teachers - 3 "listicles" you have to read! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“Last week, allthingsLEARNing offered a bout of bloggery from guest-blogger Steve Brown (Is it all in the Genes?). Today we have a follow-up guest-post from Cas Olivier (all the way from "Harties", ...”The Top 10 Things that GREAT TEACHers “do” to Improve - - Discuss their teaching with colleagues. - Learn from any source to improve their teaching. - Appreciate positive and negative critique on their teaching. - Do not take critique personally. - Keep on looking for better ways to engage students in more creative and challenging learning. - Open to advice. - Willingness to change. - Remind themselves that they should not be the main source of information during lessons. - Keep on looking for ways students can discover and create their own answers. - Keep abreast by reading about teaching.


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I found the article humourous but it made great points.

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Where do Savant Skills Come From?

Where do Savant Skills Come From? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Unraveling the mysteries surrounding the exceptional performance of savants.

Via Sharrock
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My first experience with a student who was autistic taught me a great deal about learning and creativity. I was the student many days. We are all different and that is important to acknowledge.

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 18, 10:04 AM

This is an informative article. I have been guilty of suggesting that people with autism might often demonstrate savantism. However, the article clarifies that savantism is not a correlated subset to autism: "one in ten people with autism have savantism, although only half of the documented savants are autistic. The rest have some other kind of developmental disorder. - See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/psychology/where_do_savant_skills_come_from#sthash.6AnqduZw.dpuf. Students with Asperger's syndrome are not synonymous with students with savantism. 

 

Another important point about savantism is that it is not simply a superintelligent skill. "The trade-off between memory and meaning is common among savants. The purpose of memory is to simplify experience. We didn’t evolve memory to be precise. Instead, we extract meaning wherever we can so that we can organize the regularities of experience and prepare for similar situations in the future. But without the imposition of meaning, savants can focus on literal recall. Some savants even have hyperlexia, which is the opposite of dyslexia. They are precocious readers, but have no comprehension of what they are reading."

 

- See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/psychology/where_do_savant_skills_come_from#sthash.6AnqduZw.dpuf

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15 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Brain

15 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Brain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Your brain is the engine that controls your actions throughout the day. Here are 15 scientifically-proven (but very simple) ways to recharge your brain!


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They are very simple and easy to implement. It would be neat to leave bowls of almonds out in classrooms.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an ac

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The challenge with being a divergent thinking in school is that the curricula are set up in a generally linear and convergent manner. Teachers struggle to break out and break them down. Once we figure what needs to be done, perhaps our career is finished.

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The Long Death of Creative Teaching - U.S. News & World Report

The Long Death of Creative Teaching - U.S. News & World Report | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Long Death of Creative Teaching
U.S. News & World Report
But as teacher-blogger Jose Vilson, puts it, "People who advocate for the [Common Core standards] miss the bigger picture. ...

Via The Rice Process
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It is not simply common core standards. We don't have them yet in Canada. Despite this, creative teaching is a rarity. The issues are structural i.e. lack of time, lack of true collaboration, and a lack leadership. These can be overcome, but would take thinking differently about the way we do School. The capitalization is on purpose. The kids interviewed either are fed up or given up. The first refuse to play the game and the latter do not. Those who are successful, whatever that means, have learned to play the game or ignore it. The issues are not classroom issues, although they manifest there. They are issues that exist outside the classrooms and in the school systems.

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At West Side Chicago school, kids go without teachers

At West Side Chicago school, kids go without teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

WBEZ interviewed a dozen students at Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, and all of them told the same story. Their core courses in English and science have been taught mostly by substitutes this year—sometimes a different substitute every day—meaning no homework, and often no classwork.  One student said students are passed automatically since there are no teachers.


Via Sharrock
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There is still a role for teachers and stability in education. I am not sure what stability means, but it might include the same caring person with students each day.

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Another sad story.

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10 Risks Every Teacher Should Take With Their Class - A.J. Juliani

10 Risks Every Teacher Should Take With Their Class - A.J. Juliani | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As I work with students and teachers there is one common thread that the “stand-out” classrooms share: They take risks. Not only do these students and teachers take learning risks, but they also take them together. They are partners in the learning process, where the teacher is the “lead learner”. My job as a staff …

Via Grant Montgomery, The Rice Process
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There are some excellent ideas. The teacher becomes first amongst equals and shares leadership in the process. It it not given. It is assumed at the right moments.

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Sugata Mita’s talk, in cartoon form

Sugata Mita’s talk, in cartoon form | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Check out a visualization of Sugata Mitra's talk, created by Gavin Blake of Fever Picture.

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I have the video and now the cartoon. My point is that this is not new that people teach themselves, but there is no enduring evidence it is a sustainable way to approach education.

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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.

Via Dean J. Fusto, Suvi Salo
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I began reading Karen Barad's Meeting the Universe Half-Way. She suggests we need to focus on patterns of difference rather than reflect on sameness. Escher art might be a useful tool in that approach.

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leading and learning: Bridging the Language Deficit Gap – appreciating that before the word comes the experience!

leading and learning: Bridging the Language Deficit Gap – appreciating that before the word comes the experience! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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A lot of material based on John Hattie's work. His idea of rich conversations extends into school. William Pinar suggests curriculum is a complex conversation and it is important to see it in that light.

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Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone

Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone

Via Suvi Salo
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When we use words that make it sound like learning and teaching are linear processes that can be planned in advance, I shudder. Teaching is something that is by its nature creative. If it is not creative, it cannot be teaching.

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Navigating the Common Core

Navigating the Common Core | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The debate over the Common Core State Standards Initiative has rocketed to the forefront of education policy discussions around the country.

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Reading the list means that there will only be one way to teach and it can be prescribed. That doesn't sound promising. Perhaps, I have it wrong. Will this improve creativity amongst students and teachers?

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New Study Suggests Millennial Workers Discount Today’s Growing Need for Global Career Experience

New Study Suggests Millennial Workers Discount Today’s Growing Need for Global Career Experience | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Released today, findings from MSLGROUP's original research project 'The Millennial Compass'reveal that Gen Y workers in the U.S. and Western Europe tend to undervalue the need for global career experience compared to their counterparts in India, China and Latin America.  Despite having grown up in an increasingly polycentric business world, and expecting to be in senior management positions in just a few years, Millennials in the West show little interest in gaining work experience in the so-called emerging, fast-growing nations.  These Gen Y employees also seem to believe that their online connections with friends around the world count as global professional experience.

 

"The danger for Millennials in countries such as the U.S., UK and France is that they are putting at risk key career opportunities in global corporations because of a lack of interest in moving beyond their comfort zones, family and friends.   At the same time, with the dramatic growth of educated and successful Millennials in other parts of the world, global companies have a much greater talent pool from which to hire and this opens up great global opportunities for Gen Y workers from India, China and Latin America," said Brian Burgess, Global Co-Director, Employee Practice, at MSLGROUP.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Emeric Nectoux
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This means that we have to think about the educational system and make adjustments.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 18, 2:03 PM

New study reveals that millennials tend to undervalue the need for global career experience.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 18, 2:48 PM

Interesting analysis on the Gen Y behavior and values. 

Happy Yuppie's curator insight, April 21, 2:15 AM

Interesting piece of writing.

 

"Millennials in the West show little interest in gaining work experience in the so-called emerging, fast-growing nations. "

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Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Didion, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Orwell, and other literary icons.

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There is quite a list and a lot to read and digest.

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Placing Time on Your Side for Collaborative Innovation | Innovation Management

Placing Time on Your Side for Collaborative Innovation | Innovation Management | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Time represents the persistent, substantive constraint to being effective within an organization. Can you have a moment of a sponsor’s time to share the benefits of collaborative innovation? Does the sponsor and challenge team perceive you as respecting their time once you persuade them to pursue the practice with you?

Via Anne Leong
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"Organizational life ebbs and flows" is very much complexity and chaos theory thinking and echoes the work of Alfred North Whitehead.

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6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

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The feedback we provide should be ongoing and not just a one time shot. This fits with the other five targets.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 18, 10:43 AM

Years ago I took a "brain-based learning" class from someone who just stood in front of a room and lectured on brain-based learning. WHAT? Take a look at YOUR classroom and your delivery and see where you can hit these targets. Where is public school failing the worst? See #1.

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Embrace The Chaos: How To Reduce Stress In 5 Easy Steps

Embrace The Chaos: How To Reduce Stress In 5 Easy Steps | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Being busy is a fact of life you can't change--but you don't have to let everyday stress get to you.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Being present and on task is fundamental. Despite this, I know educators, leading lights in some quarters, that claim kids think differently and can multitask effectively. These are adults who cannot say hello coherently when they meet you because they are on Twitter.

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