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Where Do Eureka Moments Come From? - The New Yorker

Where Do Eureka Moments Come From? - The New Yorker | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
  A man in a town married twenty women. There have been no divorces or annulments, and everyone in question is still alive and well. The man is not a bigamist, and he has broken no laws. How is this possible? This is the so-called marrying-man problem, which psychologists often use to study creative insight: the process by which we suddenly figure out the answer to something that had previously stumped us. A problem makes no sense at first. But then we turn it around in our minds and, presto, the answer comes. So, naturally, Mark Beeman, a cognitive neuroscientist at Northwestern University, who studies insight and creativity, likes to pose questions like this one to applicants who want to work in his lab. (The answer to this particular conundrum is that the man is a priest.) Beeman studies insight because it’s a key component in how creativity works—the main subject of his research. Creativity is the whole process of how we come up with new ideas; insight is just a step along the way, albeit an important one. A composer who writes a new, beautiful song has done something creative; the moment when she realized that she could end it on a minor chord was insight. In general, creativity seems to come when insight is combined with the hard work of analytical processing. A person can’t discover the theory of general relativity in a dream if he isn’t a physicist who’s done some heavy thinking about the subject beforehand.

Via Anne Leong
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We each possess creativity. Sometimes it goes untapped. Other times it is tapped into.

 

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I Had Shamed Students Without Realizing It - Education Rethink

I Had Shamed Students Without Realizing It - Education Rethink | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Robert Hubert
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Our words and actions have incredible impacts on students. They silence students and invite them to participate. We get to choose what we want to do silence or invite.

 

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Preventing Arson Instead of Putting Out Fires

Preventing Arson Instead of Putting Out Fires | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What do the allegory of the river, the science fiction film In Time, and a mainstream examination of living in poverty by an economist and a psychologist reveal for those of us seeking the next pha...
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School needs a different way of understanding change and reform. Going back to the roots of the issues at hand and the roots of the purpose behind School which was one part of the education of the young in society are important.

 

The article makes the point that we live in times of rapid change and it is necessary to think differently about what we want from School and, at the same time, find the traditional points that still make sense in School.

 

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New brain science findings for education

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New brain science findings for education (New brain science findings for education
http://t.co/Bk1WCPdKMF http://t.co/n0jpJAQx4D)...

Via Suvi Salo
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Neuroscience provides windows into new thinking about teaching and learning.

 

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Exam system is 'outdated and archaic', says Eton headmaster Tony Little

Exam system is 'outdated and archaic', says Eton headmaster Tony Little | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
An unlikely opponent of exam league tables emerged today, with the head of Britain’s top public school mounting an attack on the Government’s approach to measuring the success of education.

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The whole idea of exams/tests is outdated. When was the last time we tested employees at the end of the day, week, or month. We don't. It is interesting to be told how much School needs to catch up to the "real world" of work and we fail in the most obvious ways. The very thought that any test is necessary is ridiculous and teachers should move away from it and discourage parents from letting children write government exams.

 

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The Hiring Problem In Higher Education - Edudemic

The Hiring Problem In Higher Education - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Hiring the right talent in higher education is far from easy. While the recent report “Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive: Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education” says administrative positions have grown by 28 percent, the overall economy is still suffering from a skills gap. In fact, a recent Careerbuilder survey found 38 percent …

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This seems to be an issue at all levels of School as teachers are leaving, if they even enter, the profession in large numbers. The personal connection in interviews and hiring might be part of the solution. It is challenging when large numbers apply, but School managers are paid the big dollars to solve these problems.

 

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Many SA mathematics teachers know less than 11-year-old kids

Many SA mathematics teachers know less than 11-year-old kids | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Research shows that 79% of grade 6 mathematics teachers do not understand what they are teaching (Challenges in South African mathematics teaching; major consequences for science and technology in the country http://t.co/eKiqP6CY9a)...


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I am not sure what to make of this. Does it raise questions in Canadian and Albertan Schools?

 

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Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom

Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom

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I wonder so many reformers are outside classrooms? Some I know spent little time in classrooms, racing through them, and pronouncing themselves expert on what they only glanced at in passing.

 

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, August 9, 2014 1:22 PM

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Transformation starts  in your own classroom...don't pass the opportunity around , do something

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Titles Can't Lead

Titles Can't Lead | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You've worked hard to earn your title and position of leadership. You've done more than required of you and now you have the opportunity to truly make a difference. Maybe you've just lucked into th...
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When I worked in private industry, I told people we lead people and manage things. I left banking believing teaching would be a space where that is obvious. It is not. School managers think that their role makes them experts. Some passed through classrooms and principal's offices so quickly they are a blur. We need to rethink the hierarchical nature of School. Do we want people whose only claim to a role is the title? Or do want people who set the tone and work with teachers in their classrooms?

 

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Education Readings August 8th

Education Readings August 8th | 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!   Thinking about One’s Thinking “Metacognition is, put...
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Allan provides some great links to articles which are eye-opening and provocative. The one which caught my eye was the one critiquing running schools like businesses. I once worked for a School manager who prided himself as being an entrepreneur and what that meant in running in a School. Other managers would tell me that School was a business, but when I told them with 20 years in private industry I wanted behind their desk, they changed their tune. Comparing School to business is specious and a red herring by people who do not know what they are talking about. School is not a business.

 

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Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests

Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Over the last few months I have worked with a number of high schools and middle schools where the grading and assessment practices simply do not work in a world of standards. The schools are not making local assessment rigorous enough in their concern with demoralizing students through low grades. The solution is straightforward: don’t thoughtlessly translate scores into grades."


Via Dennis Richards, Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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We do have to meet standards, but perhaps if we stopped predicting what we think, as adults, what children will respond, we might be successful.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 8, 2014 11:44 AM

Love Grant but it takes him a long time to get to the point. As for DOK, there are tools out there that can make integration of DOK a bit easier. Though I'll also suggest that time with a competent consultant (Ahem!) might not be a bad idea. You might check out http://www.c2ready.org/ProductDocs/DOK%20Guide.pdf as DOK resource.

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How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success

How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.

Via Anne Leong, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I am trying to recall who is responsible for the line that play is serious business. It is the work that helps children learn. It is what adults need to re-embrace.

 

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Learning More About Creativity And Innovation From LEGO - Smashing Magazine

Learning More About Creativity And Innovation From LEGO - Smashing Magazine | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By studying LEGO's crisis, lasting from 1993 to 2004, we’ll answer two main questions: Can creativity and innovation help an organization in its time of crisis? And can studying cases such as LEGO’s reveal a model for the broader role of creativity in an organization for other enterprises to follow?

Via Anne Leong
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I think about the fun our children had with Lego and this makes sense. I am not talking about corporate creativity, but the kind that comes from play and the learning which emerges. I can only imagine the people who design Lego must be creative and imaginative as well.

 

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Coaching v mentoring: what works best for teachers?

Coaching v mentoring: what works best for teachers? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Teacher Andrew Jones explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and how they suit different professional development needs

 

Coaching, on the other hand, consists of peer-to-peer discussions that provide the person being coached with objective feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in areas chosen by them. While discussion is led by the coach, they ask questions that allow the professional seeking advice to reflect on their practice and set their own goals for improvement. This is the opposite of mentoring as the coach does not evaluate, judge or set targets, and the person being coached is in full control of the discussion.

 

Unlike mentoring, coaching also gives the recipient more say on the direction of their professional development and encourages them to take more ownership of their CPD.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 


Via Gust MEES
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Is it one or the other? Or is it some of both?

 

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june holley's curator insight, August 12, 2014 7:47 AM

This is a distinction that is important for developing network leaders.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 13, 2014 10:46 AM

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Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, August 14, 2014 3:06 AM

Les termes de coaching et mentoring sont souvent utilisés et je n'avais pas vraiment réfléchi à la différence des deux approches. Si elles se basent toutes deux sur des échanges informels, elles ont un périmètre et des objectifs différents très bien expliqués dans l'article.

 

Cela va m'aider dans le mentoring que j'effectue autour du digital, activité que j'ai acceptée sant trop connaître les principes.

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The Law of Diminishing Intent

The Law of Diminishing Intent | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Many times as managers, coaches, or leaders we think we have to become experts in a new area before we take the step and try something new.  The people we lead do the same thing.  We all think that...
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This article led me to think about it context of School reform which is largely happening outside the classroom with a lack of input from teachers. Most of the material being brought is left at the doorstep and teachers have no idea what to do with it. In fact, they are overwhelmed by it. It always comes wrapped in the glowing words of someone supporting the latest fad or the latest recycled fad which is often a School manager's idea.

 

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 11, 2014 10:33 PM

"Never mistake movement for action...Start with something small and take immediate action. You and the people around you will have an ignited passion..." -- Very insightful on the immediacy of taking action.

 

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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction ~ teachthought

What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction ~ teachthought | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Cindy Riley Klages
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The opposite of differentiated teaching and learning is tracking which fits students and teachers into rigid categories. Differentiated teaching and learning are meeting students where each of them is in their learning.

 

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Great for pre-service teachers!

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Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leaders who lead beyond their comfort zone. They take risks. They take responsibility. They seize opportunities. They challenge things to make improvements.

Via the Change Samurai
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Challenging one's self is questioning what we hold as assumptions and givens. Karen Barad suggests rather than reflecting we should be diffracting and looking for differences. What did not go well is often more important than what went well. When was the last time you heard a School managers ask, "We learn from our mistakes?" We hear it all the time, but little changes. We are simply moving deck chairs around rather than making substantial structural change.

 

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 11, 2014 10:37 PM

Excellent read on leadership! -- "Lead From Within:  Leaders who lead beyond their comfort zone take stands. They take responsibility. They seize opportunities to make things better. They challenge things to make improvements. They take risks to create change."

 

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Why Teach with an Interdisciplinary Approach?

Interdisciplinary Teaching Increases Student Learning Engaging students and helping them to develop knowledge, insights, problem solving skills, self-confidence, self-efficacy, and a passion for learning are ...

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Rather than interdisciplinary, it might be trans-disciplinary as teachers and students engage in multiple disciplines simultaneously.

 

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Assessment Design: A Matrix To Assess Your Assessments

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Assessment Design: A Matrix To Assess Your Assessments

Via Marta Torán, Alfredo Calderon
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This is helpful. A tweak might be to make the verbs into gerunds i.e. drawing conclusions or concluding suggesting there is not a final answer or one answer.

 

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Marta Torán's curator insight, August 10, 2014 6:29 AM

La Meta-Evaluación: una rúbrica para evaluar las evaluaciones.

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5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale - Management ...

5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale - Management ... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In my research on the topic of employee morale much of the focus I've seen is employee driven. By that I mean the attention leans toward what can be done to make the employee happy (perks driven), motivated, etc.

Via NASSP Center for New Principals, Nancy J. Herr
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The Indira Gandhi quote is a good starting point in the article. I attended a meeting several years ago and each School manager who spoke used ownership terms. For example, they used phrases such as my school, my teachers, my students, etc. which led me to believe this people, almost all males, were killing morale with their lack of leadership.

 

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, August 6, 2014 10:48 PM

As a new principal, you have to be focused on improving employee morale or sustaining and building high morale if you are lucky enough to 'inherit' it.  Don't start out by killing it with poor collaboration or lack of listening. This short article makes some great points!

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Shots in the heather

Shots in the heather | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here's a Gaelic proverb: Is iomadh urchair tha dol san fhraoch. (Many a shot goes into the heather.) In other words, when you hunt, you miss. And if you fire indiscriminately, paying no attention t...
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Research is from recherche, to rehunt, relook, rethink, etc. The good researcher is always questioning assumptions and rethinking positions.

 

Teaching is research. At least, it should be research. We rethink what is happening, realize when we missed the mark, and make adjustments. It is likely we miss the mark more often than we realized.

 

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Dear Robyn: A Letter to a Beginning Teacher

Dear Robyn: A Letter to a Beginning Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
August 9, 2014 Dear Robyn, I am writing you this letter…
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Every teacher matters. Letters like this are important. Teachers supporting each other in their work is an essential step towards students learning well.

 

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for the love of learning: Shameful blog from Teach for America

for the love of learning: Shameful blog from Teach for America | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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We can never place ourselves in the life story of someone else and fully understand who they are. We can be a character in that story, but it does not provide license to treat harm as if it were somehow something to be further exploited.

 

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“Innovation” vs. Perfection — Medium

“Innovation” vs. Perfection — Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A week or so I had a conversation over drinks with a designer friend of mine.

Via Mike Donahue
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We should focus on achieving the Middle Way in our work. It is not set in extremes where novelty or perfection will exist.

 

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Mike Donahue's curator insight, August 8, 2014 12:36 PM

Sometimes you just need to thin slice your way to success.

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Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
One educator rethinks Bloom's Taxonomy because it gives the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity in students.

Via Maree Whiteley, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Is it starting or ending with one or the other? Or is it moving fluidly between them?

 

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