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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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You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really… | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Biologists have long been wary of applying quantum theory to their own field. But, as Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden reveal, it might explain much natural phenomena

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Quantum mechanics and physics are useful in explaining complex behaviors. Several thinkers and writers have used the fields to help explain these complex ways of thinking i.e. Karen Barad, Donna Haraway, etc.

 

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20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know

20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It’s interesting how some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature. And chances are that we did not realize this back when we were kids. Sometimes it’s only when we’re older that we learn to fully appreciate and understand the poignant words from our childhood entertainment.




Here’s some of the best quotes from books we used to read.









1. A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh




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2. Dr Seiss, Horton Hears a Who




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3. Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse




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4. A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh




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5. Roald Dahl, The Twits




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6. Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go




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7. Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic




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8. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince




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9. L. Frank Braum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz




10. A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh




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11. E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web




12. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire




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13. J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan




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14. Shel Silverstein




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15. Roald Dahl, The Minpins




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16. Dr. Seuss, The Lorax




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17. P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins




18. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz




19. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland




20. A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh




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Share the wisdom with your friends, everyone loves a good quote.

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I had some of these posted in the classroom and others I shared with students.

 

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Bankrupt Cultural Capital Claims: Beware the Roadbuilders, pt. 3

Bankrupt Cultural Capital Claims: Beware the Roadbuilders, pt. 3 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Mathematics may well be simple, but the complexities of race and culture are often irreducible. They cannot be wholly addressed in a single essay or book or television show or movie. Roxane Gay, Ba...
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One challenge in School research and reform is the neo-liberal agenda that seems to come with it.

 

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8 Ways to Make Your Presentation More Interactive

8 Ways to Make Your Presentation More Interactive | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In a recent survey we conducted with the help of Harris Poll, almost half
of the respondents admitted to doing something other than listening during
a co-worker’s presentation—popular answers included sending a text message
(28 percent), checking email (27 percent), and falling asleep (17 percent).
To say the least, it can be difficult to hold an audience’s attention, let
alone get your message across when presenting. By making your presentation
more interactive, you can help your audience

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Presenting and teaching are similar so some of this might work for teaching as well.

 

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Talking To Students: What Do You Think?

Talking To Students: What Do You Think? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Talking To Students: What Do You Think?

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Open-ended (eloquent) questions should open up conversational spaces for students and teachers to enter.

 

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How to Become a Connective Leader Who Fosters Conviviality and Collaboration

How to Become a Connective Leader Who Fosters Conviviality  and Collaboration | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
To boost bonding among others so they are more apt to work (or play) well together, ask them, when together, to do two powerfully simple things that can be done rather quickly....

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Leading is always about civility and conviviality. Without those qualities we cannot be leaders.

 

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Stop 20th Century Thinking

Stop 20th Century Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In the 21st Century our approach to education can and should be very different from previous centuries. The basic skills we teach are pretty much the same, but the tools we have to use require...Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/- http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator


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We are almost 15% of the way through the 21st Century and this is still being discussed.

 

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kimi abreu's curator insight, October 25, 2014 3:46 PM

technology moves teachers into 21st century?

Maibritt S. Andersen's curator insight, October 27, 2014 7:33 AM

My suggestion: Use the knowledge of artists, musicians, busiess design - co-creation - in order to create new methods. Involve children and students as much as you can, and do it in a playful way. Now you're creating!

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Mark Twain on Slavery, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion

Mark Twain on Slavery, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Twain with his longtime friend John T. Lewis, of whom the author remarked: 'I have not known an honester man nor a more respect-worthy one.' Lewis is said to have inspired the character of Jim in 'Huckleberry Finn.'"

 

"Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is celebrated as America’s greatest humorist — from his irreverent advice to little girls to his snarky stance on creativity to his masterwork on masturbation. But underpinning his winsome wit was piercing insight into the human spirit and all its perplexities. From The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1 (public library) — which also gave us Twain on how morality and intelligence hinder each other — comes a moving anecdote about how his mother taught him the essence of empathy.

 

“'Poor thing, when he sings, it shows that he is not remembering, and that comforts me; but when he is still, I am afraid he is thinking, and I cannot bear it. He will never see his mother again; if he can sing, I must not hinder it, but be thankful for it. If you were older, you would understand me; then that friendless child’s noise would make you glad.'

 

"She never used large words, but she had a natural gift for making small ones do effective work."



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Mark Twain continues to have much to teach us.

 

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Leadership is More Than Skin Deep -

Leadership is More Than Skin Deep - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some people understand leadership to be like an article of clothing. They believe they can put leadership on or take it off as they need it. Some of us see a quality or skill in a window and decide to add it to our leadership ensemble. They may add a scarf or shoes to their leadership wardrobe …

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I am reading Arne Naess' work on deep ecology. Most of what we do is superficial. It takes hard work to go deep.

 

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Becky Willmoth's curator insight, October 22, 2014 7:27 AM

Individuals who truly know themselves develop a frame for their values, strengths, passion and vision. This knowledge enables them to lead with authenticity and integrity, creating a connection with and commitment from those around them. Leaders that lack this self awareness are more like to behave inconsistently, eroding trust and undermining their leadership effectiveness.

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Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves. Alfie Kohn explains.

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I found that unless parents could help (not do) with the homework assigning it was counter-productive. Quite often, I would ask students to have a conversation with parents about a social issue or something of that nature.

 

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Bibiana Vargas's curator insight, October 23, 2014 7:17 AM

Son los deberes realmente necesarios?  En esta pieza publicada en el Washington Post la evidencia muestra que no existe relación ninguna entre los resultados (notas) que obtienen los alumnos que hacen trabajos fuera del entorno escolar y los queno, y si existe es bastante modesta.  Lo que nos ahorraríamos en tiempo, esfuerzo y frustración no tendría precio!  ¿Será qué los deberes diarios pueden ser cosa del pasado?  

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Vygotsky on Collective Creativity

Vygotsky on Collective Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I just re-read a classic article about creativity, written almost 100 years ago by the legendary Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky. Vygotsky's theory--that innovations emerge from social networks a...
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An excellent summary of some classic thinking about creativity.

 

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seepn110_b's curator insight, October 21, 2014 1:20 PM

An interesting approach from the great Vygotsky,

in our day's also we talk about collective Intelligence

 

 

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Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual.”


Via Anne Leong, John Michel, Josée Lafontaine, Bobby Dillard, Dean J. Fusto, Nancy J. Herr
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Be the change that you want to see in the world - Gandhi.

 

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Web Connect Agency's curator insight, October 20, 2014 10:44 PM

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Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim's curator insight, October 24, 2014 7:52 AM

This is great for everyone. It provides great advice not only for business but in every day life.

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What Happens When Parents Decide to Opt-Out of Standardized Tests?

What Happens When Parents Decide to Opt-Out of Standardized Tests? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Parents are increasingly worried that the emphasis on standardized test scores is destroying children's love of learning.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Only good things can happen when parents exert their rights when it comes to standardized testing of any form.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 20, 2014 1:10 PM

Sure, we celebrate this rebellion against standardized tests, the latest punching bag in all that's wrong with education. And yet, we recognize that we want a mechanism to measure where our kids are. And yet, we worry about the overabundance of "big data." and yet, we wonder if we have enough of the "right" data. And yet, we wonder how we compare against other kids, other schools, other states, other countries. And yet, we want to empower our kids to learn and grow. And yet, we don't want them to fall behind. And yet. . . .


In other words, much of what we do in school conspires to exhaust students and teachers and administrators and parents in what and how we teach. Reform isn't changing this and fixing that. Reform is hard work that takes time and for which there has to be a plan, and for which there must be realistic expectations.


I'm not a fan of standardized tests, but I'm not a fan of making change for the sake of change. When we institute any changes at any level for any reason, we have to know why and what we hope to accomplish, and we have to have tried to consider possible unintended consequences.

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Why Superstars Struggle to Bond with Their Teams

Why Superstars Struggle to Bond with Their Teams | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
And what to do about it.

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I found in School we did not want those who were high-achievers. We wanted those who followed the party line and worked according to the boss' dictates.

 

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, October 27, 2014 12:35 PM

An interesting study that you should apply to yourself as you move into leadership positions and to those you lead. If you find yourself always pointing to the same  few staff members as exemplars, you should take into consideration how that attention affects their relationships with their peers. 

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How to Avoid Promoting to a New Level of Incompetence

How to Avoid Promoting to a New Level of Incompetence | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When I was taking business school courses a billion years ago, we used to laugh at the Peter Principle*, “managers are promoted to their level of incompetence,” to explain stupidity in organizations. Sadly, current evidence seems to point to th [...]

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One of the reasons that incompetence tends to survive and flourish is that bosses want someone to follow their directions without questioning. Open and civil conversations would be helpful.

 

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Inquiry and Collaboration

Inquiry and Collaboration | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"As teacher-inquirers begin formulating their initial wonderings, they often ponder in a similar fashion."  The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research   Teacher inquiry always invol...
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There is no question that teachers working together in various ways helps their learning and that of students. Do teachers have time to work together in effective ways?

 

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The ABCs Of Sticky Teaching - Learning That Lingers

The ABCs Of Sticky Teaching - Learning That Lingers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The ABCs Of Sticky Teaching

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That is an interesting way of labeling good teaching which leads to good learning: sticky learning. It lingers as we linger and while over the worth.

 

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Youth Sports Psychology: Ensuring Your Athletes Stay Confident, Motivated, and Having Fun

Youth Sports Psychology: Ensuring Your Athletes Stay Confident, Motivated, and Having Fun | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“By: Giovanni Grassi Read More at: As coaches, we are encouraged to motivate our young athletes to get better every day—and to have fun. But do coaches really know how to let young athletes have fu...”


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Learning at all ages and in all spheres occurs we have fun. It begins when we are young.

 

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Guillaume Dumoulin SportRising's curator insight, October 26, 2014 7:39 AM

(en anglais) Rappel sur les théories de l'éducation et sur les conduites à avoir dans l'encadrement sportif d'enfants (privilégier la confiance, la motivation et surtout le plaisir!)

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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.

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We do want students to struggle a bit with their learning. It is part of building resiliency.

 

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What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education? - The Atlantic

What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education? - The Atlantic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When a New Hampshire district found itself struggling with low test scores and high turnover, it made a radical decision: Flip the traditional model and let kids take over the classrooms.

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The teacher and teaching assume different responsibilities in classrooms where students take responsibility for their learning.

 

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Education Readings October 24th

Education Readings October 24th | 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 Myth of “Knowledge Gaps” “I asked this question:...
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Another post with links to excellent readings with diverse topics i.e. the threat of standardization, meta-cognition, the revival of constructionism, etc.

 

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A surprising new argument against using kids’ test scores to grade their teachers

A surprising new argument against using kids’ test scores to grade their teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This time, the question is whether some teachers tend to teach better children, skewing their students' test results.

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There is no basis for using test scores to grade teachers. Learning and test scores are students' responsibilities. We need people who know what teachers do in the classroom to provide feedback for teachers to help improve their work.

 

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Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership

Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“Diversity trumps ability” as a sufficiently diverse, large group of non-experts often outperforms a small group of experts,” found Future Perfect authorSteven Johnson. In our increasingly complex, disruptive world, we will face more situations where we’ll benefit from calling on the so-called wisdom of the crowd.


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That leadership begins in Schools where diversity walks in, logs on, etc. each day. It is not happening but it is where it can happen.

 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:33 PM

"Diversity trumps ability" is a clear message to all classroom teachers, institutions & business innovation organizers.  

John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:28 AM

Loved this article scooped by John Lasschuit! What intrigued me was the diagram plotting the relationships. As a Mind Map devotee, it was always going to lure me in! What was even more interesting was the notion of connective leadership. Great leaders are communicators; they work with and through people and they build relationships that, in turn, develop further relationships. If they don't, they are not great leaders!

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Can we find democracy in the classroom?

Can we find democracy in the classroom? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings October 21, 2014 Can we find democracy in the classroom? “There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.” Black...
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This is an important question. Luminaries such as Dewey, Ranciere, Freire, etc. wrote about this topic and question.

 

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Small Schools Work in New York ~ NY Times Editorial

Small Schools Work in New York ~ NY Times Editorial | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by the Editorial Board of the NY Times

 

"Mayor Bill de Blasio has been critical of the signature education strategy of his predecessor, Mike Bloomberg, a strategy that involved closing large, failing high schools and replacing them with smaller specialized schools that offer a more rigorous curriculum and a more personal brand of instruction. But over the last few years, the Bloomberg approach has been vindicated by an innovative, multiyear study showing that the poor, minority students who attend small specialized schools do better academically than students in a control group who attend traditional high schools.


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Small Schools work because students and teachers can have healthy and supportive relationships.

 

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