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Disrupting Colonial Mindsets: The Power of Learning Networks | McGregor | in education

Disrupting Colonial Mindsets: The Power of Learning Networks | McGregor | in education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Disrupting Colonial Mindsets: The Power of Learning Networks
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We live in a colonial world.

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30 Things To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again

30 Things To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
30 Things To Tell Students You'll Never See Again  by Terry Heick At the end of every school year, you lose dozens of relationships that changed…

Via Suvi Salo
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There are some good ideas here.

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19 Proven Tips for Getting Parents Involved at School

19 Proven Tips for Getting Parents Involved at School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Experts agree that parent involvement in their children's education is one of the biggest predictors of student success. This guide offers 19 proven strategies for increasing family engagement and str

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I invited parents into my classroom, listened to them, and allowed them to be directly involved in their children's education as children's first pedagogues. It works when done authentically and providing meaningful opportunities.

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Public Speaking in an Era of Distraction | shouting loudly

Oned Nothing terrifying: the audience will be large, the comments will be brief, I’m far from the main attraction.


Via Bobby Dillard, Lynnette Van Dyke
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One thing I am observing is that we do not pay a lot of attention to substance. A person I worked with tells other people's stories as if they are his and no one seems the wiser. It is a challenge in the digital age.

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Richard Lock's curator insight, May 16, 1:15 AM

I still have faith in the power of story, yet it is interesting to note the continued impact technology is having on so many aspects of our lives. I agree a strong start is essential. Whether that needs to be deliberately provocative or merely unexpected is another issue. The temptation to create shock based soundbites is strong, but at what risk? In my view the danger is we lose our authenticity and that is what really engages people in our story. While people are tweeting that carefully crafted soundbite they are probably disengaging from you. Perhaps the best metric of audience engagement would be zero tweets during the presentation, but trending immediately afterwards.

What do you think?

Maureen Russell Harper's curator insight, May 20, 6:06 AM

Another example of how we have to compete for audience attention. When writing a speech these days, I do consider how certain phrases might be tweet-worthy. Is that good thinking for integrated communications? Or I am I aiding and abetting distraction?  I'm not quite sure. 

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A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Of the many eLearning theories that influence the practice, three of them are used by professionals on a daily basis.

Via Moni IDD, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Each of the theories suggests observing inputs and outputs which is not a measure of teaching and learning. It quantifies them, but little else.

 

The learner is never totally in control of their learning. One of the leading thinkers behind connnectivism as I understand was John Dewey. Dewey suggested the environment played a substantial role in learning.

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Strengthening Teacher-Student Relationships


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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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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 14, 2:42 PM

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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Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? Infographic shows that teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex.


Via Dennis T OConnor, Mohammed Omar Faruque Masud
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These are the formal things, but what about the informal, invisible things i.e. the forming of teacher subjectivity.

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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, May 18, 5:08 AM

Interesante comparación de la dedicación requerida para ser docente en cinco países del mundo.

Niki Davis's curator insight, May 19, 3:16 AM

Looks too certain to me - there must be enormous difficulties in measuring this across cultures, contexts and other aspects of these rapidly evolving ecosystems. 

Heather Morrow Giles's curator insight, June 19, 7:19 AM

this is why we go home so tired!

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5 Subtle Ways Leaders Lose Credibility

5 Subtle Ways Leaders Lose Credibility | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

You’re working too hard to build credibility with your team and organization to throw it away with a sloppy mistake. Pay attention to these potential derailers. Get others involved, sometimes they’re too subtle to see from where you sit. 


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When we want people to support what we are doing, openness, not transparency, is the key. This is sorely lacking in schools.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 16, 6:31 AM

(From the article): Credibility is hard to establish and even easier to lose. The sad truth is I’ve seen really good leaders lose the confidence and credibility of their teams by making well-intentioned and innocent mistakes. I’m not talking about the big stuff like lack of follow-through or breaking commitments, but the subtle shifts that undermine all the trust you’re working to build. Don’t fall into these traps. 

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 17, 8:44 PM

A pretty simple five............to consider while going about your leading.  Credibility is, indeed, that thing that makes people want to follow along.  Without it, we are just on a walk.  

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How Charter Schools and Testing Regimes Have Helped Re-Segregate Our Schools

How Charter Schools and Testing Regimes Have Helped Re-Segregate Our Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sure, it’s mostly the courts, but charter schools and testing regimes are reinforcing segregation.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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There is a real risk that our schools, Canadian as well, become sites of inequity based on geography and demography.

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Vincent van Gogh & the Importance of Doing

Vincent van Gogh & the Importance of Doing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Talent is only good if you employ it.

Via Suvi Salo
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Talent is only good if you employ it. First, we need to recognize it.

 

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Peter Wright's curator insight, May 15, 10:59 PM

What's your opinion?

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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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