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Homeschooling on the rise in North Carolina

Homeschooling on the rise in North Carolina | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some students will skip heading to a school building this year and instead stay home.

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I think this will become more the norm and not restricted regionally. Parents I speak to are increasingly concerned about the lack of real change in School. There is a concern School no longer serves the community and it is the community that serves the School.

 

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Terry Harding's curator insight, August 16, 2014 6:32 PM

More info on Home Schooling's rise in North Carolina.

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Tissue Paper Reforms: Coding for Kindergartners

Tissue Paper Reforms: Coding for Kindergartners | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some school reforms are like rebar that have lasted for more than a century. Examples? The age-graded school and the kindergarten. Some school reforms are like industrial-strength plastic-covered p...
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Although the article does speak about coding, I think the bigger takeaway is that reforms are a shuffling around of deck chairs. Educational reform is rarely lasting when done by those furthest from the centre of action, the classroom. We need to engage teachers and students in the process to bring substantive structural change at the local levels.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2014 1:20 PM

Skills for a new generation of students. It's time we made the shift! 

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No problem with problems

No problem with problems | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

As a principal awaiting the start of school, I knew one thing for certain: There would be a lot problems in the year ahead. Most educators ironically are too busy solving problems to find time to reflect upon the nature of their relationship to problems. Since reflection is essential for learning, I offer some of mine, based on a career of living with problems.


Via Patti Kinney, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Suvi Salo
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Educate has a second meaning based on its etymological roots. Educare is leading students. Educere is letting go of students at the right time. School is a highly oppressive place for both students and adults. There is little freedom to take steps on our own.

 

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Feedback techniques from a coaching perspective

Gain accountability through effective coaching. Giving effective feedback is critical to the process. This presentation provides techniques and do's and don'ts of giving feedback.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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One thing that attracted me to curate this presentation was it is short. I find many of the presentations provided by the education tech gurus are long, far too long.

 

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 15, 2014 12:33 PM
Excellent presentation that provides some simple feedback delivery techniques. What resonated with me the most was slide 7, Features of Effective Feedback. There is a time and place for delivering feedback. Delivery needs to be timely but does not have to be immediate. Privacy needs to be highly regarded, especially when delivering corrective feedback. It is worth stating that public settings are not appropriate venues for discussing corrective feedback or organizational issues. -- V.B.
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8 lessons for effective school leadership

8 lessons for effective school leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Today’s school leaders face a new education landscape, one fraught with challenges and new expectations. Smart leaders are realizing the benefits of applyi

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Some of these are very old-school. For example, holding others accountable is an external and top-down process. Teachers can and should be expected to be responsible, a more internal process.

 

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MFaculty's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:52 AM

As leaders in education wrestle with the dynamic changes in funding, the continued pressures for increased performance, and an ever demanding  need for a quality workforce, they must operate within their means.

 

Shared here are tactics that will assist leaders navigating these challenging times within their workforce. Although focused at school leadership, there are lessons to be learned by leaders across the spectrum   

Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 16, 2014 10:58 AM

I think #5 is important for workforce and students.

Albert Chia's curator insight, August 26, 2014 3:55 AM

Other than an instructional leader, be an institutional leader to be more effective!

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The Winds of Change Are Here

The Winds of Change Are Here | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Being a leader in this era of educational change requires we critically look at how every aspect of education is addressed. We can no longer make grandiose assumptions that what we are doing educat...
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The best professional learning is relevant and the teacher makes use of it immediately. It brings into question the use of off-site training. In fact, training is problematic. It suggests an external process which many "reformers" decry when it comes to student learning. What makes it better for teacher learning?

 

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Almost no education research is replicated, new article shows @insidehighered

Almost no education research is replicated, new article shows @insidehighered | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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This should not be surprising. Replicating produces exactly the same results, but no two situations are identical so how can that happen?

 

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Education Readings August 15th

Education Readings August 15th | 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!   A Big Problem with Ed Research If this article is ac...
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Here are some links with great articles at the end of them. The one that caught my eye was the one about revisiting content and curriculum. It speaks to the important work and the hard work done by John Dewey and Paulo Freire amongst many "progressive educators." As I read that article, I wondered, "Are we just replicating reform? How is that even possible?" It looks like that is what we are doing.

 

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Exactly

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We are who we are. Race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, citizenship, family status are examples of immutable characteristics. "An immutable characteristic is any sort of physical attribute which is perceived as being unchangeable, entrenched and innate." --Wikipedia

 

These characteristics are used to classify protected groups of people under the law to safeguard against discrimination. It is important to be aware how immutable characteristics may affect the way we respond in certain situations. Fortunately, behavior may be modified and responses changed.

 

Our music, food and political preferences may also be affected by these characteristics. Other factors may come into play as well. For this reason, it is good to get to know different people in context and reserve judgement.  -- V.B.


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Who is the person who lives this life paraphrases Parker Palmer. The world acts on us, but we have the opportunities to make choices.

 

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 14, 2014 5:26 PM

Know yourself. Be yourself. ❤ 

 

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Confuse Students to Help Them Learn

Confuse Students to Help Them Learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Forcing them to work past impasses can promote deeper levels of comprehension, researchers find.

Via Alfredo Calderon
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Learning is confusing. We are continuously trying to put pieces together in a puzzle without the finished picture provided.

 

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The nurturing and social reform models of teaching and their relevance to connectivist online learning

The nurturing and social reform models of teaching and their relevance to connectivist online learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The point of empathy is good teachers remember what it was like to learn and not always be successful in their learning. Nurturing and caring does not ignore the content. Teaching these ways supposes that the content is important and it is pedagogy that helps learning happen.

 

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for the love of learning: John Oliver on the Wealth Gap and Inequality

for the love of learning: John Oliver on the Wealth Gap and Inequality | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The key to great schools and great learning is great teaching. I wonder if we eliminated tests what would happen to the correlation between test writing and socio-economics?

 

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More Poetry on Teachers and Teaching

More Poetry on Teachers and Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Last month I began a feature on poetry about teachers and teaching. Poets who write about teaching are educators, students, and non-educators. Across the globe, they share a common experience of be...
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Teaching is poetry. Poetry is teaching.

 

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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

Via Patti Kinney, Dean J. Fusto
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"While these reformers talk a lot about markets and competition, the essence of a good education — bringing together talented teachers, engaged students and a challenging curriculum — goes undiscussed." That quote wraps it up well.

 

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Meta-cognition: What does it mean for teachers? - Education Research: What does it mean in the classroom?

Meta-cognition: What does it mean for teachers? - Education Research: What does it mean in the classroom? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Hattie's research is just that research. I think teachers have known that helping students learn to think about their thinking is critical. What we mean by this is something different. What does it mean when the student and teacher do not agree with a (pre)formed answer? Hattie's work was outside the classroom. It would be interesting to see what happens in the classroom.

 

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Self-Assessment Inspires Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Read and download this self-assessment rubric and accompanying questions to help you assess your own or your students' social and emotional development this year.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Teachers and students gaining control over their learning will be motivated in their learning. That makes a lot of sense and suggests independence and supportive environments.

 

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3 Ways Effective Principals Support Teachers

3 Ways Effective Principals Support Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Innovative educators are often frustrated when administration will not allow them time for collaboration and professional study. At the same time,  innovative educators know that to succeed they need to have an effective principal at the helm.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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For the last few years I taught, these three were imposed. I was told what I was to learn and how I should collaborate. It is what led me to retire.

 

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Character Development and the Point of Education

Character Development and the Point of Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Increasingly there are voices in our media considering and commenting on the importance of education in the formation of "character" in children and young people. We see this as a very good thing -...
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The idea that education is holistic is important and is a part of an always forming character and identity. School is not those things. It is one contributor to the forming processes.

 

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elephantjournal on Instagram

elephantjournal on Instagram | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
elephant is dedicated to bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society (one photo at a time).
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Here are some great quotes.

 

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Project Idea #1: Establish a true three-part government in school. Live the democracy.

Project Idea #1: Establish a true three-part government in school. Live the democracy. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How serious are we - U.S. schools and educators - about educating citizens for our American democracy?How many of our schools allow for, or even promote, student governments that model and mirror t...
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Do we really teach democracy? Is it a phenomenon which is learned given the right learning environment? This is a daunting task for teachers. It means we have to allow some conflict and figure out ways of helping students overcome differences. This is no easy task.

 

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Metacognition: The Brain is a Muscle -

Metacognition: The Brain is a Muscle - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Metacognitive strategies encourage learners to reflect on their learning activities, monitor them, and refine them to enhance memory, retention, and understanding.

Via Ramiro Aduviri Velasco, juandoming, Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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It really isn't, but we need to think about it metaphorically that way. Students and teachers who think about their thinking are building the metacognitive skills required in life.

 

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JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA's curator insight, August 15, 2014 3:27 PM
Metacognition: The Brain is a Muscle
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What is Authentic Assessment? (Authentic Assessment Toolbox)

A form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills -- Jon Mueller

 

"...Engaging and worthy problems or questions of importance, in which students must use knowledge to fashion performances effectively and creatively. The tasks are either replicas of or analogous to the kinds of problems faced by adult citizens and consumers or professionals in the field." -- Grant Wiggins -- (Wiggins, 1993, p. 229).

 

"Performance assessments call upon the examinee to demonstrate specific skills and competencies, that is, to apply the skills and knowledge they have mastered." -- Richard J. Stiggins -- (Stiggins, 1987, p. 34).


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Authentic assessment is the opportunity for students to choose projects that enable them to demonstrate their learning. This means a broad rubric of choices might be available. It is about teachers helping students with parameters and guiding them along the process.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2014 2:10 PM

"Authentic Assessment" - this phrase continues to be used in so many different situations to mean so many different things. It's worth taking time to reflect and determine what it means to each of us. The quotes and information helps to provide a starting point for a deeper reflection about what Authentic Assessment might look like in a classroom, with particular students, in a school-wide initiative or as a personal exploration of growth. 

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Let’s stop trying to teach students critical thinking

Let’s stop trying to teach students critical thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Many teachers say they strive to teach their students to be critical thinkers. They even pride themselves on it; after all, who wants children to just take in knowledge passively? But there is a problem…
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The way critical thinking is taught is conforming and complying to a preset answer. It is a Socratic Circle which returns the student to the "right answer." What we might want to consider is a truly democratic environment where students explore different ways of understanding what they are learning. Critical thinking is about an environment where students engage in ways that enable them to draw on their previous learning and not be involved in harmful practices.

 

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Content and continuous learning: The cornerstones of a learning architecture

Content and continuous learning: The cornerstones of a learning architecture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What separates powerful learning and development organizations from the middling crowd? A May 2014 report from Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP looking at the role of a learning architecture identifies what high-impact learning organizations (HILO's) are. In short, they actively make use of their technology, modalities and learning architecture in support of L&D objectives.
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I wonder if architecture is similar to Foucault's archeology? Continuous learning is about subjects and content that inspire us to learn.

 

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Give children time to play alone and explore the world, says academic

Give children time to play alone and explore the world, says academic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Letting children play alone helps them develop crucial skills linked to higher academic achievement, according Cambridge University lecturer Dr David Whitebread.

Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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It is where they are most creative. Play has no end goal. It is just play in this moment. It is the work of children so easily forgotten in the bureaucratic malaise of School.

 

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, August 14, 2014 3:54 PM

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