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Where Do New Ideas Come From? – Phenomena: Only Human

Where Do New Ideas Come From? – Phenomena: Only Human | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We tend to think of inventors as another species—geniuses—who have sudden flashes of insight. But Eureka moments may be the stuff of legend. According to historians who specialize in the developmen...

Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Eureka moments are stuff of legends. Ideas take time and are incubated. This is what we should focus on in schools.

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5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not....

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There are good points made. Libraries do not look like they did 20 years ago and that meets children's needs in new ways. What is sad is some schools are limiting library usage by doing away with librarians and teacher-librarians. That is very short-sighted.

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Peter Greene: How to Always Have Ineffective Teachers

Peter Greene: How to Always Have Ineffective Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Peter Greene says that corporate reformers have discovered the secret to generating an endless supply of "ineffective" teachers: just keep proclaiming that teachers are ineffective if their student...
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When teaching is measured by learning it resorts to input and output missing what goes on the relational necessities of teaching. Teaching is about relationships and meeting students in their learning which is a space we enter repeatedly. Corporate reformers, including many School managers, are externally measuring teachers in ways that do not reflect the way teaching and learning actually happen.

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Working Uphill

Working Uphill | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Work that is uphill requires slowing down and being mindful of the terrain. It is about finding worth in what we are doing. It is what took me into teaching over 20 years ago.

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Training and the Needs of Adult Learners

Research on learners has shown that adults learn differently from younger students. Adults have special needs as learners and these needs should
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The conclusion is key. Using various forms of pedagogy helps in adult learning. This can be extended to pedagogy, as well. Teaching involves understanding context and situation rather than blindly using a particular method.

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Why the trend for non-teachers filling high school coaching jobs?

I was asked recently my opinion on why less teachers are coaching and why more and more high school jobs are being filled by non-teachers? Below are some of my thoughts on this subject. I would love
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Perhaps another reason is the size of many high schools makes this even more challenging. Smaller schools build relationships that carry from the classroom to the gym and fields of play.

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Authenticity and Inclusion - connecting the dots » joe gerstandt

Authenticity and Inclusion - connecting the dots » joe gerstandt | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

My work has been focused on diversity and inclusion from the beginning, and over the past 2-3 years, authenticity has become my third primary focus. There are a number of reasons for this. 1- I am trying to fill my buzzword bingo card. 2- My own personal experience tells me that authenticity is hard work that matters to both the individual and the collective. 3- I have come to realize that it is directly connected to my other areas of focus, diversity and inclusion.

While I have thought about and reflected on the connection between these three things to the point where that connection is obvious to me, I realize that it is not self-evident to everyone.


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My PhD work has morphed in this direction. The forming and cultivating of teachers is the work of diversity and inclusion.

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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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When we teach and assess, it is based on multiple curricula. There is the curricula-as-plans along with each teacher's personal curriculum and each student's personal curriculum. The latter two are the autobiographical filters teachers and students use in teaching and learning. Teaching and learning encountered this way become complex conversations that bring the curricula-as-plans to life.

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Patricia Julia Alejandra Pérez's curator insight, June 18, 2014 8:54 AM

Las metas de desempeño tratan sobre  competencias, es decir, habilidades, destrezas y conocimientos que un estudiante debe tener cuando se halla en un nivel avanzado de su carrera, las metas de dominio hacen referencia al aspecto más específico, centrado en "dominar"  una o varias destreza determinadas. No son excluyen, son integradas unas con otras, por lo tanto no debería afectar los resultados de los estudiantes en las evaluaciones.

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Students' Rights AND Teachers' Rights | CTQ

Students' Rights AND Teachers' Rights | CTQ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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This is a universal issue. The second paragraph sets down the sound position that student and teacher rights are intertwined. They are not binary opposites which is the way they are often treated.

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why it's important to be

why it's important to be | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Identifying one's biases is a fundamental aspect of mindfulness. It does not mean we can change them, but awareness makes a difference.

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Manifesto for Creativity in Education

Manifesto for Creativity in Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ A - All Our Futures. This report states that all children and young people can benefit from creative approaches to learning and teaching across the curriculum - creativity does not just belong to the...”


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We need spaces which allow teachers and students to be creative.

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Faculty, the Secret Weapon for Student Retention

Faculty, the Secret Weapon for Student Retention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How one college is using teamwork on campus to move the needle on student retention and completion.

 

Academica Top Ten 16 June 2016 summary of article:
US college mobilizes faculty as "secret weapon" in student retention

North Carolina Southwest Community College has mobilized its faculty to help improve its student retention rate. The college brought passionate professors on board with what it calls "Retention Action Committees," small task forces created to help generate specific goals to help retain students. The groups developed initiatives including a revival of a mandatory first-year student success course and a retention alert process that notifies faculty when concerns arise. Faculty were enthusiastic participants and helped champion a "cultural shift" across campus. "Improving retention and completion is a responsibility that belongs to us. It's not just something that resides in student services," said NCSCC VP Instruction and Student Learning Thom Brooks. American Association of Community Colleges News


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Teachers who care and demonstrate caring will connect with students and student learning.

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iPamba's curator insight, June 16, 2014 11:39 AM

Is the issue of retention really more a concern about student welfare, or is it more a problem for schools? Affordable tuition and education costs, empathetic and effective services for students, and relevant learning processes made possible by spending allocations that prioritize human capital as well as relevant learning technologies - all these would go a long way toward decreasing the social and economic inequalities at the bottom of retention issues. Meanwhile, everything old is new again...depending on education trends, budgets, and spending priorities. 

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for the love of learning: Teachers can lead government renewal

for the love of learning: Teachers can lead government renewal | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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This might be the first time I have read or heard an "outside educational expert" speak in terms of where we are located temporally, approaching the middle of the 21st Century. The author challenges the recent excellence in teaching report by questioning the availability of resources for schools and classrooms.

 

There is an assumption that classroom teachers are supported by their principals, central office personnel, and school boards. This is the root of the immediate problem, these are disparate forces which are not working together, but protecting interest.

 

I do agree that teachers can lead government renewal with their teaching and their work.

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The Death of Planning Expertise

The Death of Planning Expertise | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Yesterday a friend of mine sent me this article written by a city planner talking about the death of planning expertise.

Via YACOUBAHIEN
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We are planning for uncertain futures we cannot predict based on the needs of today. This is happening in school planning and yet we promote new schools as cutting edge. Are they?

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The Heart Of Listening - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

The Heart Of Listening - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
   Who was the last person who actually listened to you?    Who was the last person you actually gave your full attention to?    I know what you’re thinking. YOU listen all the time. But do you really?

Via Rami Kantari, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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Listening from the heart is important in classroom teachers' lives.

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Homeschooling, Unschooling...

Homeschooling, Unschooling... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We are homeschooling, or unschooling or…  I actually don't know how these terms are defined and haven't had time to do the research necessary to speak about any of this with any authority, let alon...
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Homeschooling and unschooling are two different things which have some overlap. One thing they share in common is they are both hard work to do well. Homeschooling usually includes curricula and resources provided by an authorized source although that is not necessary. Unschooling is not what it sounds like. When done well, it has considerable structure. Students have input, but there is always responsibility on their part to complete projects.

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Five Moments That Make Teaching Worthwhile

Five Moments That Make Teaching Worthwhile | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Humor, infographics, printables, and inspiration for every educator.
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There are probably many more moments that make teaching worthwhile, but these are a great place to begin.

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Middle School or Junior High School?

What's in a name... Middle School or Junior High School?I was recently posed with this question by a parent in the office and while I am immersed in the knowledge about the differences, I realize
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It sounds like the benefits of middle school cannot be realized in junior high schools. Teaming can be done in both settings and the curricula would be similar in both settings. A name is just a name in this case.

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Should behaviour be taught as part of the curriculum?

A student asked me why school syllabus should not include etiquette as part of its curriculum. He also wondered if that would burden the students further. His question goes to demonstrate the
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A challenge, which the author touches on, is what constitutes "etiquette?" We live in diverse world with cultural impacts which need to be considered in creating curricula.

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Want Better Schools, America? Make It Harder to Become a Teacher. 

Want Better Schools, America? Make It Harder to Become a Teacher.  | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
So far this month in education news, a California court has decimated rigid job protections for teachers, and Oklahoma’s governor has abolished the most rigorous learning standards that state has ever had. Back and forth we go in America’s exhausting tug-of-war over schools—local versus federal control, union versus management, us...

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A key point to this argument would be increased local control over education. Finland is a much smaller country with a fairly homogenous population. What works there is a product of the local community being an integral part of schools. Schools are not separate they are part of the community. Pasi Sahlberg suggests countries like Canada and the US have to be careful what they take from Finland's system. What works there may or may not work here.

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Theory of Change in Education

Theory of Change in Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A structure for thinking about initiatives & educational change
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Change is not just about theory. It is about practices as well. The struggle many teachers have is, and this article points to this, is one has to be sacrificed for the other to varying degrees rather than being integrated.

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Leadership is Shaped Over Time

Leadership is Shaped Over Time | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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We grow into all roles and it is never forming that is complete. Teaching is similar.

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Why Academic Tenacity Matters

Why Academic Tenacity Matters | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“For academic achievement, ability is not enough. What’s also needed are mindsets and strategies for overcoming obstacles, staying on task, and learning and growing over the long-term.”


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This applies to teachers, as well.

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Brad Merrick's curator insight, June 16, 2014 8:51 AM
Self-regulation, mindset and strategy. Key comments about the repertoire of behaviours required to achieve well academically. I'd challenge teachers to focus on these rather than just measuring success by a mark. Gaining the understanding of the type of strategy and effort required in attaining these goals can significantly influences an individual's mindset for life.
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Comment on How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide by Looking for the Teacher of Grit | Carmel Schettino

Comment on How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide by Looking for the Teacher of Grit | Carmel Schettino | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

[…] blog which is trying to encourage math students to tinker with problems or here which is more of an all-purpose index of resources to teaching grit.


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Grit, tenacity, and perseverance are critical for students and teachers. Perhaps the best way to teach them it to have role models who demonstrate them.

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Why Good Grammar Matters

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review posted an article with the headline “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.” By his own admission, the author is a grammar geek and he needs to be.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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What we say and how we say it leaves impressions. I used to watch my grandmother, who spoke very little English, use a dictionary and thesaurus to write her letters as well as she could.

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