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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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The Power of Poetry in the Classroom

The Power of Poetry in the Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When his students write poems, they reveal the gap between who they are and who they might become, teacher Kip Zegers says.

Via Chris Carter
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What is interesting is one of the gurus I used to work indicated in presentation the lack of worth in teaching poetry. Today, I noticed his blog is nominated for an award,

 

Poetry requires learning to select the right words, creating spaces where silence can live, and speaking from the heart.

 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, December 4, 2014 7:26 PM

I use Poetry 180 in my classroom, though I am a History teacher. I find that poems do connect with themes and voices in History.

Chris Carter's comment, December 16, 2014 7:42 PM
Thank you for sharing, Bonnie. We still know so little of how the brain works, yet we do understand that imagination and imagery both play vital parts in the learning process. Poetry is perfectly suited for both areas.
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How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps

How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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The article points out that as much as things change they remain the same. We are still locked into an industrial model of schooling, unsure how to get out.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 4, 2014 9:31 AM

It's astonishingly easy to kill curiosity, and so much harder to reignite it.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 5, 2014 9:41 AM

"Twelve tips to help stifle learner curiosity and keep the learning nice and tidy in your classroom this school year...."

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Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On

Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On

Via Suvi Salo
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The article makes a good point. It is similar with digital technologies. Just because we use it in classrooms does not mean it is used well.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 4, 2014 12:45 PM

The point the author makes is a good one.  In all the most effective wilderness therapy programs (which of course is highly experiential), the real heart of the healing and progress is in the processing of the day's or expedition's events.  What he refers to as "Mind-on" is simply making time to process what's happening with the kids. -Lon

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How to Foster and Unleash a Creative Mindset in Your Students | Edudemic

How to Foster and Unleash a Creative Mindset in Your Students | Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Grant Montgomery, Lynnette Van Dyke
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There are some counter-intuitive ideas in the article. They are easier to read than explain.

 

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Top 5 Reasons Employees Leave Your Organization

Top 5 Reasons Employees Leave Your Organization | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

There’s an old saying that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers. I’m not sure that’s true anymore.


Via donhornsby
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When we are engaged and enjoy what we do, we are more likely to stay. Even then, it can be difficult if other things interfere. I enjoyed being in the classroom, but the management from outside was unbearable and eventually tipped the scales.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 3, 2014 9:30 AM

Because if companies don’t know the real reason, how can they possibly develop good practices to retain employees?

Suvi Salo's comment, December 3, 2014 11:08 AM
There should be flexibility in working methods.
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The Common Traits Of The Most Successful People

The Common Traits Of The Most Successful People | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Do you have a routine for focus and a feeling of connectedness in your work? These great innovators had these traits in common.

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I think by success the article is suggesting creative.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 3, 2014 10:04 AM

(From the article): The worst thing you can do to your career—and your life—is to allow your brain to get stale, says Greene. This is when you start thinking about and doing your work in a way that doesn’t spark creativity or inspire innovation. There are ways you can loosen up the rigidity that happens, especially when you get older. Greene advises developing an interest in a study of science or literature.

 

"Spend some free time delving into this new field that interests you but is not directly related to what you do," he says. "That will kind of give you ideas and give you perspective that you don’t normally get from reading the Wall Street Journal and listening to your colleagues. You need outside sources of information."

In almost all fields, the greatest innovators are those who came from outside of the industry they transformed because they’re able to think differently and aren’t tied down by "conventions and dogmas," says Greene.

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People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel

People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ivo Nový
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The underlying quality of great teaching and teachers.

 

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A Learning Problem Is Not an Intelligence Problem

A Learning Problem Is Not an Intelligence Problem | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We need to transition from placing all the weight on our kids' shoulders to the understanding that learning is transactional -- it happens between the child and the environment....

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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We become so focused on labeling and prescribing cures we forget about the gifts and creative skills children bring with them.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 2, 2014 10:27 AM

I think I've always known that special education teachers have been engaged in complex differentiation and personalized learning long before the rest of us picked up on those strategies to open doors to the possible for many of our learners. Reading this article simply reinforces my belief that special education teachers AND their students are quite amazing, and forces to be reckoned with. @Lori Feldman, @akbusybee, and all your colleagues around the world: you rock!

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Open teaching philosophy is about sharing

Open teaching philosophy is about sharing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and via the web. 2012 became
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It sounds somewhat phenomenological, although we cannot share the entire experience. We can share the meaning at a given time, but are limited by the spaces which emerge in telling about the experience.

 

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4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Children

4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Children | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Someone once said it’s not what kind of world we’re leaving for our children, but what kind of children we’re leaving for our world. Kindness and a sense of gratitude are core values that we need to help encourage in children. 

 

Studies have shown that children who cultivate gratitude in their lives have better social relationships and do better in school. Being grateful actually contributes to our overall sense of well-being and helps increase our happiness. But, as any parent of a young child knows – especially during the holidays – encouraging gratitude in the midst of pressure for expensive or numerous gifts can be challenging.


Via Pamir Kiciman
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Gratitude can be part of our daily conversations and what we experience each day in living.

 

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Students As Creators

Students As Creators | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via juandoming, Aki Puustinen, Suvi Salo
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This is an attempt to use Bloom's work.

 

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10 Things My Father Taught Me About Teaching

10 Things My Father Taught Me About Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is my dad. The picture shows how I choose to remember him most...smiling. That smile lit up the lives of thousands of children that passed through his gym over the nearly 40 years that he taug...
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Getting down on the floor with students at any age is worthwhile and inspiring. It is like colouring outside the lines.

 

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So How Do The Finns Do It?

So How Do The Finns Do It? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland's school system has consistently come at the top of the international rankings for education systems.   So how do they do it?   It's simple — by going against the test-driven, centralised model that much of the Western world uses.''

 

Pasi Sahlberg is  a visiting Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His book Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award.'


Via Vineta Erzen
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Having listened to Pasi Sahlberg and read some of his writing, it is important to understand that he says what happens in Finland works there. We can learn lessons and work to apply them in our settings, but have to be aware of differences.

 

Finland is largely homogenous, has a small population, and leaves much of the curricula design to local teachers. How will that work in our communities which have bureaucratized and technocratized School?

 

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Vineta Erzen's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:37 PM

Cooperation instead of daily competition and test driven education - why can't we make it happen?

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Eight Forces for Leaders of Change / Future schools and innovation / Leading change / Home - Educational Leaders


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Educational Leadership: Fundamentals of Creativity

Educational Leadership: Fundamentals of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via Gust MEES, shimrit cohen barabi
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The article tries to answer some questions about creativity including what it is. There are still many questions but that is part of creativity.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 25, 2013 2:58 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 

shimrit cohen barabi's curator insight, December 4, 2014 10:18 AM

The goal of this article is to explain five fundamental insights that can guide and support educators as they endeavor to integrate student creativity into the everyday curriculum:

1) creativity takes more than originality.

2)There are different levels of creativity.

3)Contaxt matters.

4)Creativity comes at a cost.

5) Theres a time and a place for creativity.

In conclusion,  the ariter saying: "As parents, educators, and creativity researchers, we are encouraged by the increased attention being paid to creativity and the recognition that it has a role to play in schools and classrooms. It's essential, however, that education leaders develop a thorough understanding of creativity and that they take the time and care necessary to ensure that the benefits of creativity are realized in schools and classrooms".

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Creativity Takes More Than Originality
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Parents May Matter a Lot More Than Schools for Getting Kids Into Science

Parents May Matter a Lot More Than Schools for Getting Kids Into Science | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There's only so much schools — even good ones — can do.

Via Cammie Dunaway
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Parents set the table for what children learn in school and outside. The more involved and engaged parents are in their children's learning, the more likely they are to succeed. I used parents frequently as full partners in pedagogic work.

 

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Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, December 3, 2014 7:31 PM

Another great reason to support Young Makers organizations.

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Can Educational Research Be Both Rigorous and Relevant?

Can Educational Research Be Both Rigorous and Relevant? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Thomas C. Reeves - Can Educational Research Be Both Rigorous and Relevant?
(Educational Designer is the journal of the International Society for Design and Development in Education)

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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It looks like an input and output flow chart. Is that the only way to understand research?

 

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How Your Daily Routine Is Ruining Your Creative Thinking

How Your Daily Routine Is Ruining Your Creative Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sticking to the same schedule may be hindering your brain's ability to build skills and knowledge.

Via Charles Tiayon, Charles Fischer, Lynnette Van Dyke, Suvi Salo
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As hard as breaking from routine is, it keeps us on our toes. As Derrida might say, we are decentred and destabilized.

 

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The Wrong Way to Thank Employees

The Wrong Way to Thank Employees | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

No worker has ever received an engraved plaque that read “Thanks for keeping your seat warm for 10 years.”

Yet that is the message employers send with awards for employees’ five, ten or 20-year anniversaries, according to human resources and recognition experts. They say that most recognition programs reward the wrong things.

As evidence, consider the many employee-service awards for sale on eBay, like this gold tie clip celebrating a 35-year anniversary at Goodyear, yours for about $7.99.


Via The Learning Factor
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I refused to submit my name for the 5-10-15 year gifts. I mean really who does that? Yes, my former employers who thought we should submit our names and choose our 'gift.'

 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 1, 2014 3:26 AM

Companies spend about 1-2% of payroll on recognition programs, according to Deloitte.

Momentum Factor's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:34 PM

Are you properly incentivizing your employees and reps? Longevity is not a behavior you need to encourage - broadening product and market knowledge, higher team & individual sales, recruitment, and happy customers should all be a part of a total incentive program. The longevity will naturally follow! 

Ian Berry's curator insight, December 3, 2014 6:57 PM

What other ways are you thanking your employees (or not) that is actually widening the chasm between you and your employees?

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Do we let "school" get in the way of learning?

Do we let "school" get in the way of learning? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I had some great conversations today in Queensland, Australia about some of the ways we need to change our mindsets about teaching and learning.  A big one that I kept reiterating was how we hold o...

Via Adrian Bertolini, Teenage Sons, Lon Woodbury, Suvi Salo
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This is directed at principals which is all well and fine, but should we not let teaching be included in this conversation. However, many principals, School managers, fled the classroom, did not want to be there in the first place, and spent little time teaching so what should that tell us. We are led down the path that Habermas described and deform the life world and life work of teachers. Everything can be planned.

 

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Adrian Bertolini's comment, August 18, 2014 8:51 PM
Just had a conversation about grades with a secondary college yesterday. When the students become more focused on that then learning then we know we have erected a barrier!
David W. Deeds's curator insight, December 3, 2014 7:57 AM

Yes, "we" do. ;)

Dennis Swender's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:15 PM

A principal for whom to need to work

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Feminism is not compatible with capitalism

Feminism is not compatible with capitalism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The exacerbation of sexism and oppression in capitalism is not just a coincidence; it's a side effect.


Via bobbygw
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The way capitalism is practiced and defined is incompatible with a lot of ways of thinking and not just feminism.

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Principals raise concerns over more high school testing of juniors

Principals raise concerns over more high school testing of juniors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some Michigan principals are worried that expanded testing for high school students will be a burden on students and their schools

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Principals, teachers, and parents need to stand together on this issue.

 

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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 28, 2015 2:16 PM

Yea.  This is an interesting move.  Does More equate to better.  I believe that more in this instance may not equate to better.  It sounds like more test may equate to more inconsistency when it comes to understanding data for student academic levels.

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Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic

Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Amy Burns
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Learning is growing and changing so it makes sense that a growth mindset is a better way to approach learning than a fixed mindset.

 

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Learning Theories: Jerome Bruner On The Scaffolding Of Learning -

Learning Theories: Jerome Bruner On The Scaffolding Of Learning - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Learning Theories: Jerome Bruner On The Scaffolding Of Learning by Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor, Plymouth Institute of Education In this post, we explore the work of Jerome Bruner on scaffolding of learning. This is a simplified...

Via TeachThought, Suvi Salo
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It is interesting and importantto see names such as Bruner and Vygotsky resurfacing in the disccourse.

 

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for the love of learning: My Barcelona Talk

for the love of learning: My Barcelona Talk | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There is access to a slide show and a book chapter about assessment.

 

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