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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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Some of the Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Celebration of Diversity and Difference

Some of the Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Celebration of Diversity and Difference | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings. “This is the entire essence of li


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How we encounter others is important. Who they are is who they are and we are ethically and pedagogically responsible for that.

 

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Educators as Lead Learners

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I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator's role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0. The educator's role has always been to model...

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Teachers are the lead learners in classrooms. This is compatible with servant-leadership which is about being first among equals. That is actually a fluid process.

 

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The Pupil in the Middle of Your Eye

The Pupil in the Middle of Your Eye | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Treehorn:           Why can’t we kids have a test-free, pupil-centred, achievement-oriented, holistic-learning-based-curriculum?  Why? Why? Testucator:        We  prefer the profit-based, stress-la...
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" Why can’t you replace tension with challenge, fear with encouragement, ritual with creativity." I don't see tension and challenge and ritual and creativity as incompatible. Fear, as opposed to encouragement, leads to loathing which is incompatible with teachig and learning.


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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2014: De-Testing and De-Grading Schools (Peter Lang)

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2014: De-Testing and De-Grading Schools (Peter Lang) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our volume has been named by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014. Bower, J., & Thomas, P.L. (eds.). (2013). De-testing and de-grading schools: Authentic alternatives to accountabil...
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Accountability and responsibility are similar but different. Accountability weaves together with Judith Butler's Giving an Account of One's Self. Responsibility works hand-in-hand with autonomy in Habermas. All three concepts are worthy of further exploring as to what they mean in classrooms

 

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15 Tips from Veteran Educators for Thriving in the First Year

15 Tips from Veteran Educators for Thriving in the First Year | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Veteran teachers can feel alone. It is a reason I left teaching. Despite all the rhetoric, there is little in terms of support and caring in School.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, February 14, 2015 3:35 PM

New teachers can often feel alone and not sure where to go. There is so much going on and so much to learn! These 15 tips from veteran educators are sound pieces of advice for new teachers! 

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The Relational Staffroom: The Power of Teacher Collaboration - Relational Schools Project

The Relational Staffroom: The Power of Teacher Collaboration - Relational Schools Project | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The importance of teacher-teacher relationships, especially in the current climate, the power of collaboration and the necessity for school leaders to provide the conditions to enable this to happen. This week, Helena Marsh, Deputy Headteacher, blogger and education thinker, writes for Relational Schools. I have always had a keen interest in the study of teacher behaviours …

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Cooperation and working together suggest there will be friction. If we don't think so, working together is a fiction. Teachers have to figure out how to work through the friction civilly.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, February 14, 2015 6:02 PM

Collaboration is important in developing a culture of trust and growth in a school. Ultimately, the working relationships of the adults will filter down to the students and their relationships. Teachers who work together in a collaborative manner, growing and learning together, create an atmosphere conducive to learning and experiment, especially if the administration is supportive of such relationships and works to provide supports for developing these relationships. 

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for the love of learning: My Keynote at Calgary Teachers' Convention

for the love of learning: My Keynote at Calgary Teachers' Convention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are two great points made and a third pointed towards. Writing about teaching and being a teacher are different things. We are not the teacher we used to be which means we are becoming someone new continuously. We are learning and forming continuously.

 

It is the difference between teaching for 20 years and teaching the same year twenty times.

 

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What David Carr told me about standardized testing — and his unconventional schooling

What David Carr told me about standardized testing — and his unconventional schooling | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
'The really good teachers see standardized testing as a necessary evil--or just plain evil.'

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Education is what happens in all facets of our lives and how they integrate.

 

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

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The opening paragraph is spot on. I taught kindergarten for two days and it was perpetual 20 questions. Teaching is about using the strengths students have and nurturing them. One of those is asking questions.

 

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, February 13, 2015 8:17 PM

Great idea to stimulate critical thinking at all levels, every classroom

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What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability'

What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability'

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What I heard was someone holding me to account externally who did not know my students and me. It denied me opportunties to be responsible for my work and express that responsiliity through a creative force. It denied me my voice earned through being responsbile for what I was doing, who I was, and who I was becoming.

 

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leading and learning: Primary school complacency and Secondary school confusion.

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The graphic is an important consideration along with Bruce's point about the universality of his message. Canadian/Albertan issues would be different in their particulars but there is considerable to be learned from each other.

 

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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Attract students to libraries and other rooms of learning by creating agile, inviting spaces with makerspace elements and, most importantly, a community feeling.

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Space combines both place and time. Many authors i.e. Dewey, Palmer, Montessori, etc. wrote/write about the need for inviting and community spaces in Schools.

 

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Interesantes consejos para transformar el espacio de aprendizaje a fin de hacerlo más atractivo a los estudiantes

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#HR #RRHH Enough training

#HR #RRHH Enough training | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In a recent CBC News story, a railway conductor lost her job following a derailment. She claimed she was not adequately trained. Here is a comment from the Railway Association representative:
    “In your job, you are qualified and do your job, but you feel you should know more. It doesn’t mean you are not qualified for your job. You might have a personal perception, that you would need additional training, but the minimum standards for your position are determined by the railways.”


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Interestingly enough, I would suggest most Schooling is now compliance training. Is that what we want?

 

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Marta Torán's curator insight, February 11, 2015 1:09 PM

La diferencia entre formar para el trabajo y apoyar el rendimiento explicado por Harold Jarche.

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The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

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The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

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Teaching is about a calling which is full of wonder and awe. That being said, teachers cannot do what they are told all the time. They need to get out on the edge. What I experienced with School managers is they did not like that. They wanted serfs who did what they were told and answered dutifully.

 

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, February 17, 2015 10:52 AM

Our teachers are overwhelmed with directives from building and district administrators, as well as the state and federal government.  Held to high levels of accountability for students passing a standardized test, it is no wonder many comply to survive.  

 

As a building administrator, I struggled to integrate the myriad of mandates into a  streamlined package that would enable teachers to meet the "firehose" of requirements from  all the different agencies.  

 

Our teachers need time to collaborate with others and to reflect on their practice.  They deserve timely, positive feedback and opportunities to grow professionally.  

 

Perhaps the best teachers do not do what they are told....and the best administrators help teachers to discriminate and choose how they can meet the mandates and maintain their professional expertise on what works for  the students in THEIR classroom.

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Teach 100 - daily rankings of the top educational blogs

Teach 100 - daily rankings of the top educational blogs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Make a difference

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Key questions should be asked about each blog. Who is writing them? When was the last time the authors were in a classroom as a classroom teacher? How how long have they been out of the classroom?

 

I worked for one of the authors and found his work was less than inspiring. Note that I did not say worked with. There is a difference.

 

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for the love of learning: Without democracy, our economy will destroy public education

for the love of learning: Without democracy, our economy will destroy public education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The final paragraph summarizes the article well. I think if we help children become ethical, responsible, and autonomous people we do our work, as teachers, well. It is not about creating replaceable cogs in an industrial machine that defaces and dehumanizes.

 

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behavior patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.

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Just being kind is essential to preventing bullying.

 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Know students who are struggling in school? Catalyst Learning Network can help. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
While it’s not uncommon to hear students say “I hate school,” some are really suffering and desperately want out.

I can relate. 

I became an educator not because I loved school, but because I was bored and miserable in school. I wanted to figure out how to change that for others. I started this blog to share ideas about how to do  that.  

Like my own experience, many students today are bored and disengaged for many hours each day, despite the best efforts of their teachers and parents to try to help them make the most of school. Many are depressed. They feel a complete lack of control over their lives, and have a bleak view of the future.

 

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This seems like a good idea to me. Please read on and contribute if the concept resonates with you. Also, please pass along to your network, if you can.


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I don't know if the right word is innovative. I think it is compassionate, caring, thoughtful, mindful, etc. Perhaps the approaches we take when we approach the student are innovative.

 

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, February 15, 2015 3:26 PM

The solution for education is that schools disappear? Well no longer an option, but what I see most viable and relevant is that the school (Students, Teachers and Parents) are processed. Some may say, that is not possible need help from outside, I replied already hit bottom and from inside the school is feasible to begin the transformation.

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20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

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20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

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I would have thought teaching and learning are relational in nature.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 15, 2015 1:54 PM

We'd think know what they need to know about learning. But teachers seek professional development for reasons other than hanging out with their bffs. They want to refresh their learning about learning, to learn new strategies, to learn about new research, and to have their instincts affirmed. These fundamentals do much of that.

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 18, 2015 8:16 AM

The fundamentals listed in this article are easy to do. I suggest trying to incorporate 1 or 2 a month Into your teaching.

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, April 1, 2015 11:04 PM

After reading through all 20 fundamentals, it's hard to pick a favorite.  They are all good!  I suggest taking one each day and reflecting on how you use it in your teaching.  If you find you are not using it, find a way to do so.  Try it for a week before going on to the next one.

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Poetic Existentialism

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The Urban Dictionary lists Bonto as something that is awesome, cool, off the chain, off the hook, freaking amazing or just chill.Edward de Bono used the word to describe a different form of limerick. He emphasized the importance of the structure that led to the fourth line being able to stand on its own, as a general philosophical reflection on life.Next to rhyming, syllables and beat are important too. He argued that a Bonto does not exist as a separate identity unless it retains the structure

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Poetry is a lot of fun to teach and learn. Once students shed their initial concerns, they thrive and relish the freedom.

 

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, February 13, 2015 5:59 PM

Me writing a Bonto

Want to gallop like Tonto

Lit the Spark

Stepped off the Ark

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Some people see me as Muslim first and a doctor second. That's how prejudice works | Haider Javed Warraich

Some people see me as Muslim first and a doctor second. That's how prejudice works | Haider Javed Warraich | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I am Pakistani and about to move to Chapel Hill. I never thought I’d have to pick a house based on where I might not get shot

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The article is important for teachers to read and think about. What are our first reactions towards those that are different from us? What does that signal to students?

 

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If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’

If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The rigidity of using only grades to determine future success has stifled creativity and reinforced a negative climate for learning

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It was interesting where I taught. Teachers came up with great ideas and implemented them only to have them appropriated and taken over by the bosses in the bureaucratic and technocratic corners. What incentive is there for teachers under those conditions?

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, February 13, 2015 9:47 PM

It's time our school grading systems caught up with the way students can work and began to use the tools available to show what they are learning and involve parents in the learning experience. 

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Education Readings February 13th

Education Readings February 13th | 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!   Why Corporate School Reform will Eventually Fail Min...
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There are good articles about the need for school focused reform rather than corporate, neo-liberal deform.

 

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for the love of learning: David Berliner and Pasi Sahlberg

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Berliner's comment about context being holisitic including student/teacher lives in the classroom and outside rings true echoing Dewey and Gadamer. It is not an either/or situation.

 

Sahlberg's comment about integrating the arts and physical education is important.

 

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Learning to learn about learning to learn...

Learning to learn about learning to learn... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Inference /ˈɪnf(ə)r(ə)ns/ n.  a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning A lot of inference goes on in management education, but I wonder how much of it is rigorous or even does an...

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Learning to learning about learning to learn may be the most important and most overlooked skill in School.

 

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