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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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Teacher Motivation: Context and Culture

Teacher Motivation: Context and Culture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Catherine Joynson and Ottoline Leyser's The culture of scientific research identifies the motivation of scientists, which: provide[s] additional insights into how they view research, and the majori...
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The article raises good points. For generations, teaching was a calling and had vocational qualities going to the roots of vocation and speaking from the heart with courage.

 

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Learning needs a context

Learning needs a context | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? The purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy. This post discusses the instructional practice of asking students to memorize information.

How often have students (ourselves included) been asked to memorize mass amounts of facts – historical dates, vocabulary words, science facts, get tested on them, just to forget almost all those memorized facts a week or two later? Given that is this learning experience is more common than not, why do educators insist on continuing this archaic and ineffective instructional practice?

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It does. Enough said.

 

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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We do not prepare children for the workplace, but teaching by topic is better than outdated subject material. It shifts teaching into a more trans-disciplinary way.

 

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 21, 2015 9:59 PM

Teaching by topic not subject...high level integration of learning. Yet another level of education reform from Finland which we will be watching closely...Given our Australian Curriculum (with eight clearly defined Learning Areas) could this work at your school?

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The Creativity Mindset

The Creativity Mindset | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss...

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Philosophers such as Gadamer have written about Bildung which incorporates these characteristics as projects of self-renewal.

 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 20, 2015 5:25 PM

We often hear of growth mindset and fixed mindset. Is there also a creative mindset? Jackie Gerstein suggests that there is a creative mindset in this post. Why? If a mindset is defined as "ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation"  there is a list of "ideas and attitudes" that may be part of a creative mindset. The visual above provides Gerstein's list of some items she considers important for a creative mindset. The list is also below.

* Believes in one's own creativity

* Embraces curiosity

* Suspends judgement - silences the inner critic

* Tolerates ambiguity

* Persists even when confronted with skepticism and rejection

* Taps into childlike imagination; a child's sense of wonder

Each of these is described in more detail and links to additional resources are provided. There is also a short discussion conditions necessary to facilitate creative mindset in a classroom.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:26 AM
Thanks, Beth Dichter. I find the mindsets very understandable and appealing, much like the science habits of mind.
SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 6, 2015 11:48 AM

We must stop educating students out of their creativity and foster an environment that celebrates the creative genius of the students entrusted to our care.

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Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery

Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Ten Disciplines of a Learner
We decided to continue the conversation on this topic at a faculty meeting. Several meetings later we had a new report card. We decided to give two grades and average them—one for “Learning,” the other for “Mastery.”

Sara might get an “F” in mastery and an “A” in learning, culminating in a “C” for the course. To be rigorous we picked ten observable behaviors and named them “Disciplines of a Learner:”

1.     Asks questions

2.     Builds on other people’s ideas

3.     Uses mistakes as learning opportunities

4.     Takes criticism constructively

5.     Speaks up

6.     Welcomes a challenge

7.     Takes risks

8.     Listens with an openness to change

9.     Perseveres in tasks

10.   Decides when to lead and when to follow.


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Working cooperatively is not cheating. It is an important skill set that helps students today and down the road.

 

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, March 21, 2015 9:01 AM

Mastery versus Learning - Lots of thought provoking ideas here...

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 21, 2015 9:57 AM

Love this examination of 'Disciplines of a Learner" that clearly distinguishes between master and learning. I think we should demonstrate greater value to the lifelong skill of learning .

Carv Wilson's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:01 AM

Like the questions.

 

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The Power of Not Knowing

The Power of Not Knowing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When was the last time you said “I don’t know” in a business or organizational context, with the idea that your honesty would actually get you somewhere?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Not knowing opens up space for exploring and questioning. It seems to fit with Dewey's theory of learning.

 

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 20, 2015 7:42 AM

Memories can be considered dormant or stored expressions of energy. Thoughts can lead us in previously unimagined directions. So perhaps ‘knowledge’ is actually the power in not knowing, as well as realising that what we don’t know matters more than what we think we know. It is the practice of constantly becoming ‘knowledgeable’, or, developing the ability to send and receive knowledge, rather than having to own it or store it.


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Graham Ward's curator insight, March 22, 2015 3:34 PM

Great article which begins with a great question: How does what we know get in the way of what we don't know?

Véronique Calvet's curator insight, April 3, 2015 1:48 PM

“How does what we know get in the way of what we don’t know?” Liz Wiseman

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What 17 Adults Learned From Rereading Their Favorite Childhood Books

What 17 Adults Learned From Rereading Their Favorite Childhood Books | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

It's never too late to go back.


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Reading a book is so important. I enjoyed reading and had a lot of Hardy Boys in my library. They are still around.

 

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A Beautiful Timeline on The History of Education

A Beautiful Timeline on The History of Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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It is interesting.

 

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The difference between social learning and social collaboration

The difference between social learning and social collaboration | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In my framework of Modern Workplace Learning (see diagram on right)  I use the term social collaboration to label an important new element of work of the modern-day L&D department. I deliberate...
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The word collaboration's etymological roots is about working with the enemy. Teaching and learning are about mutual understanding. It does not follow that is agreement. In School as a workplace, I experienced a need to always surrender to someone else's understanding.

 

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Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever

Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In his popular TED talk, Ken Robinson made the powerful point that most of the students doing work in your classrooms today will be entering a job force that none of you can visualize.

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What we teach in School is not about getting a job. A 6 year old wants to be a police officer, what their parents are, and things that will change incredibly over time. Creativity is a way to experience and explore who we are becoming in education.

 

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If knowing is obsolete. . .

If knowing is obsolete. . . | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Speaking in 2013 at ‘TED’ Sugata Mitra (2013) posed the question ‘Could it be that at the point in time when you need to know something, you can find out in two minutes? Could it be that we are heading towards or maybe in a time when knowing is obsolete?’. This question has merit and far reaching implications for education. 


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The idea presented runs contrary to Dewey's theory of knowing as an ongoing project of self-renewal. Knowing, unlike knowledge, is a verb and process oriented. Changing that way of thinking makes knowing the acquisition of information and data, more nouns.

 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 17, 2015 9:04 PM

I know, I know .. oh, wait ...

Harin Desai's curator insight, March 18, 2015 6:10 AM

We need a greater emphasis on  ‘Long Life Skills’ (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving and social intelligence) and an ability for individuals and even groups to learn and unlearn the skills required for specific tasks.

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, March 18, 2015 9:37 AM

The comment that  schools are not broken , what they teach is obsolete is very interesting.  The need to move beyond memorization of facts has led to Project Based Learning and other instructional approaches.  Unfortunately, in many poverty schools the need to pass a standardized test  in order to receive an acceptable rating by the state and federal government leads many talented, well-intentioned educators to remain  focused on traditional pedagogies of lecture, worksheets and knowledge-dispensing methods.  Creativity, critical thinking,  tackling the in solved questions of a discipline and community problems are often found in more affluent schools.  This is not a reflection of the quality of teachers; it is a result of standardized testing and the fear many schools feel of being rated unacceptable.  We are creating a division in the skills of our children based upon economics that will be reflected in their ability to compete in higher education and the workforce.  We need to support poverty schools  and their staff so they teach for the 21st century .

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No percentage marks from Red Deer math teacher

No percentage marks from Red Deer math teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

High school math teach­er Dave Martin has stopped grad­ing his stu­dents’ as­sign­ments


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We did something similar and it was appropriated by administrators. It is good to see these innovations unfolding.

 

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Kofi Annan sur Twitter

Kofi Annan  sur Twitter | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
#Education is a Human Right with Immense Power to transform. #KofiAnnan pic.twitter.com/9q7cyQRmyp

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It is a human right.

 

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leading and learning: Bali Haque.The failure of Education Reforms in New Zealand - with an emphasis on secondary schools. NCEA/ NZC and National Standards.

leading and learning: Bali Haque.The failure of Education Reforms in New Zealand - with an emphasis on secondary schools. NCEA/ NZC and National Standards. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

What caught my eye was the point about whether teaching is important. The answer was "it depends." By and large, the vase majority of teachers do a good job so there is little in there that suggests a qualified answer.

 

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Student Engagement’s Three Variables: Emotion, Behavior, Cognition

Student Engagement’s Three Variables: Emotion, Behavior, Cognition | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Ace Parsi - For true student engagement, a student has to be invested in learning in three distinct ways: emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively.

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Engagement is different than empowerment. The former is the responsible acceptance of an invitation into one's own learning. The latter is something given to us.

 

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Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, March 22, 2015 11:18 PM

Remember:  Social and Emotional Learning is foundational for education.  You can not educate the mind without educating the heart.

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What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic

What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
More kids are setting aside books to spend time with tablets & cell phones. Still, fanfare over popular franchises suggests many kids remain eager readers.

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The point about reading declining with Internet usage is key. There needs to be good integration of the two so that neither suffers. Children learn to use the right tool at the right time in the right situation.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 20, 2015 5:47 PM

Access, access, access. Whether print books or ebooks, when students have access to a wide range of books they are more likely to read.

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Aspiring teachers struggled on new tests, data show, prompting diversity debate

Aspiring teachers struggled on new tests, data show, prompting diversity debate | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The new tests are designed to make the profession more selective, but last year’s pass rates have reprised concerns about […]

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The hidden curriculum extends its reach into our higher education.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings memory/ testing!/play/charter schools/ and the past revisited

leading and learning: Education Readings memory/ testing!/play/charter schools/ and the past revisited | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Bruce provides excellent and provocative links to articles again.


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Top 10 skills for the 21st-century worker ← My Career Info

Top 10 skills for the 21st-century worker ← My Career Info | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

RT @MyCareerInfo: Here are the top ten "soft skills" in most demand for the 21st-century worker [Infographic]: http://t.co/Xk5NxKOK9l #jobs…


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I am more inclined to think responsibility is more important than accountability. It is internal and not external.

 

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Rosa Maurí Castelló's curator insight, March 20, 2015 8:42 AM

añada su visión ...

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plus intelligence and sympathie 

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Education Readings March 20th

Education Readings March 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!   How teachers are taught to discipline a classroom mi...
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There are more great articles here. The two I checked more closely were about scrapping for what works and replacing it with unproven and questionable. The other one was working with spineless School managers. We have to find ways to integrate good management and leadership.

 

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Do We Have an Inborn Moral Sense?

Do We Have an Inborn Moral Sense? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This paper reviews some recent work in the relationship between caring behavior among humans, an evolutionary adaptation necessary for survival of the species, and our moral sense of right and wrong. The investigation presents some of our current understandings; the question is part of ongoing work in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Does caring behavior necessarily imply a moral sensibility?
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There is probably a natural unfolding of some form that is refined within environments that promote a moral sense. Aristotle argued that phronesis, moral judgement, was not something we learned in advance.

 

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You Don't Have to be Einstein...

You Don't Have to be Einstein... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Yesterday was my Cousin Albert's birthday! Actually, he was my fifth cousin, and we never met. My personal theory of relativity is that some relative of his got together with some relative of ours ...
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The article uses Einstein quotes and makes sound arguements about what education should be for children and adults.

 

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Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing

Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Writing is a deeply personal habit. There are plenty of ways to beat writer’s block. . .


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Mary Oliver and Annie Dillard provide great insight into writing, as well.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 17, 2015 1:19 PM

I love the idea of the unpublishable journal and have inadvertently started something like this. It's the journal in which I jot down random thoughts and questions, scribble notes about observations, write half-formed ideas for short stories or blog posts or something that hasn't any form yet. It's likely nothing will come from most of the those jottings, but one never knows.

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The 9 limits of our planet ... and how we've raced past 4 of them

The 9 limits of our planet ... and how we've raced past 4 of them | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In a startling January 2015 paper in Science, Johan Rockström says humanity has already raced past four of the nine boundaries keeping our planet hospitable to modern life. The climate is changing too quickly, species are going extinct too fast, we’re adding too many nutrients like nitrogen to our ecosystems, and we keep on cutting down forests and other natural lands. And we’re inching towards crossing the remaining five boundaries.



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We only have one planet.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 16, 2015 3:41 PM

Is it worth undermining the Earth system to create vast benefits for this generation, assuming the next generation will be more innovative?

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Parents in poor communities do care about their children’s schooling. Here’s how to get them involved

Parents in poor communities do care about their children’s schooling. Here’s how to get them involved | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Let no educator, parent or advocate ever say parents don’t care about how their children do in school. Most really do, and given the right chance, will do all they can to help.  Here in the heart of the nation’s poorest region, in a historic but partially destitute town, parents are gathering regularly to chart a course for better schools, a better community and better lives for their families. It’s happening through a growing program from the national nonprofit group Parents for Public Schools, based in Jackson, but with active chapters in big cities and small towns across the country.


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James Comer's work has proven this to be accurate. We have to do better for all children.

 

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