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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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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.


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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

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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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The next big innovation in higher ed is…collaboration?

The next big innovation in higher ed is…collaboration? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Higher education IT leaders and presidents say collaboration, especially in IT, is the next major innovation for colleges and universities.
The post The next big innovation in higher ed is…collaboration?

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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It makes sense, but cooperation and community, much better words, should have been in place from K-12 and in higher ed. It is a failing that they are not.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 1, 2014 1:26 PM

This is about university faculty collaborating with each other and university departments collaborating and the university collaborating with diverse organizations. Maybe some think they are collaborating and need to revisit what constitutes meaningful and worthwhile collaboration.


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Sam Walton's Granddaughter Has Plans To Fix Public Education In America

Sam Walton's Granddaughter Has Plans To Fix Public Education In America | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Armed with her family's fortune and two decades of experience, Carrie Walton Penner is the most influential force in public education that you've never heard of.

Via Enzo Calamo
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Part of a broad neo-liberal agenda to fix and prescribe based on economic and political thinking inconsistent with real change.

 

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Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?

Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teach Reflection: Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?

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Take a Listen: How Mindfulness Could Benefit Your Teaching Practice

Take a Listen: How Mindfulness Could Benefit Your Teaching Practice | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Dig in a little deeper to how teachers and students are using mindfulness to stay focused and calm at school.

Via Suvi Salo
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Mindfulness is not a program and technique. It is a practice which draws from the root "praxis." Having said this, mindfulness and being present are important in teaching.

 

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Transforming Education: The One Thing I'd Change in 2014

Transforming Education: The One Thing I'd Change in 2014 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In order to work for change in our schools, we must visualize the changes we want to see.

Via Melissa Tothero, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Changing discussions and debates to conversations and dialogue seems very important. Listening to listen rather than listening to answer is critical.

 

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4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers

4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
4 Ideas For Motivating Adolescent Male Readers

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Set them up for success. Let them read what they are comfortable reading and show them the way.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, November 28, 2014 10:28 PM

In my case, many years ago, I enjoyed reading, but was not enthused by the classroom reading assignments.  I did enough to get by,

but emphasized science fiction and adventure books.  It would have been very helpful for assigned reading to more often be in my line of interest. :) -Lon

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Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation

Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Blogger Elena Aguilar describes how developing a practice of gratitude on our campuses can help change the culture and climate of our schools.


Via Vicki Moro, Dean J. Fusto
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I found a simple, genuine good morning and thank you fueled transformation in the classroom and with students beyond those doors.

 

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Affiliation and Ignite

Affiliation and Ignite | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The idea of affiliation in education is shifting.  While we still connect to traditional structures by role (unions, associations, etc.) and by where we work (schools, districts, etc.) the digital ...
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Teaching and learning are local activities and they cannot be dictated from afar. Frameworks and matrices will help bring a sense to what we do in each classroom and in each teacher-student relationship.

 

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Personalized Learning Means Kids With Computers, Not Teachers - Huffington Post Canada

Personalized Learning Means Kids With Computers, Not Teachers - Huffington Post Canada | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Personalized learning will mean that more often than not your child will be interacting with his/her personal computer while completing courses online. It makes so much sense to try to sell this doublespeak version of "personalized" to pare...

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The title does not do justice to the article contents. Teaching remains an important, albeit changing factor, in School.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 28, 2014 8:20 AM

Thanks to Mark Deschaine.

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Maybe..

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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

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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...

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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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This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege

This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
With a recycling bin and some scrap paper.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This is an interesting article both in terms of content and structure.

 

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Republicans Push To Update No Child Left Behind

Republicans Push To Update No Child Left Behind | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top...

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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As if it was working.

 

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The Art of Stillness

The Art of Stillness | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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To step away from the busyness can be a healing process, making each of us whole.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 1, 2014 9:04 AM

Pico Iyer is the author of The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere.


Read a review of his book from The Boston Globe here

David Hain's curator insight, December 1, 2014 12:35 PM

We all need quiet to listen to ourselves sometimes!

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Creating Crime, Criminals to Justify Deadly Force

Creating Crime, Criminals to Justify Deadly Force | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions"—and this I learned while teaching high school (more than) once when I supported a new school policy designed to encourage our students to come to cl...
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What do we want from students? This is an important question. The article begins to get at the idea that we want them to be responsible for their learning, their words, and their behaviors. It is not enough to talk about the rules. Students learn by living the rules and figuring out what it means to bump up against them. No book learning does that.

 

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Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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In School, allowing students to share in the decision making that goes on in the classroom helps achieve this end.

 

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leading and learning: Educational Readings-looking ahead/John Hattie/creativity and dysfunctional schools

leading and learning: Educational Readings-looking ahead/John Hattie/creativity and dysfunctional schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Some excellent articles included with provactive notes.

 

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The Inadequacy of Mass Education & the Case for Autodidacticism

The Inadequacy of Mass Education & the Case for Autodidacticism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ― Isaac Asimov I was always an "outstanding" student. I earned top grades throughout my high school and university educat...

Via Bobby Dillard
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Self-education, in German it is Bildung, is an important part of living. It includes pedagogy and teaching, but it is the forming we are always undergoing.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 29, 2014 8:29 AM

Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine.

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Heroic Gifts for Teacher Heroes

Heroic Gifts for Teacher Heroes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Todd Finley celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day with a catalogue of must-have gifts for heroic teachers, a custom selection ranging from the practical to the exotic and from the sublime to the ridiculous.
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The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Multitasking is pretty much seen as a necessity in the modern world. The ability to do several things at once – even if it’s something as apparently simple as emailing and talking at the same time – is taken for granted.

But the belief that engaging in several tasks at once means we are more productive is a myth. Instead of saving time, multitasking not only takes longer but also makes mistakes more likely. It also does something to our brains

Via David Hain
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Multitasking does not increase productivity, creativity, and learning. It works against them.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 28, 2014 1:36 PM
Many of us have discovered the myth of multitasking the hard way. We like to think we're being more productive, but we're not.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 28, 2014 1:39 PM

Multitasking is rarely an efficient or effective method of working, which many of us learn the hard way.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 29, 2014 1:04 PM

Yeahhh... true... everything which is not multitasking, vibrating extensively is simply boring... I live in this life too not only my children... and it's true also that it's not effective at all... I mean, the multitasking... it "helps" more or less to forget the bad things, the chimers (for the moment)  and gives the feeling of being very effective... false... fake... voila, one of our biggest dilemmas... and don't fool ourselves, it's ours too, not only that of our children...