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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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6 Ways to Motivate Teachers: Be the Hope

If you have one technology helping kids learn more than anything else, would you care for it? You bet you would. You’d lock it away. You’d polish it. You’d make sure no one messed with it. You’d take good care of it.

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Tell all teachers they are important and help them realize their important work in the lives of children.

 

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10 Actions to Reverse America's Creativity Crisis

10 Actions to Reverse America's Creativity Crisis | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Literacy expert Laura Robb argues for refocusing school reform on opportunities for all children to develop as creative, divergent thinkers and problem solvers.

Via Patti Kinney, Dean J. Fusto
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Points which stood out were the link to poverty, the need for teacher support, and that we are in midst of a creativity crisis. Perhaps the last point is tied into the standardizing of School and the way we think learning is about inputs and outputs forgetting about its relational nature.

 

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What Effective Principals Do

What Effective Principals Do | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

7 effective practices of principal leadership


Via Karen Bonanno, Heidi Podjasek
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The first one balancing managing and leading echoes Peter Vaill's work. He sees the two integrated and refers to them as managelead.

 

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Tony Palmeri's curator insight, October 25, 2015 11:06 AM

I chose this resource because, as a prospective educational leader, I was interested in knowing "what to do". I particularly like the distinction the author gives between "management" and "leadership". Managing effectively is a necessary element, principals who manage proficiently have the opportunity to influence and lead. Also, having an idealized vision, but addressing matters that are "actionable" and work towards the greater goal is important - staff wants to witness progress. The most important consideration is the students. I believe good principals always revisit the question "what is best for the kids" 

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Keeping Introverts in Mind in Your Active Learning Classroom

Keeping Introverts in Mind in Your Active Learning Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Introverts. Who are they and how do we ensure they thrive in active learning classrooms?

Via Robert Hubert
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I discovered the depth of my introversion while doing my Master in Education. It helped immensely that I was in a setting where others recognized and used my strengths. It provided me with a different approach in the classroom.

 

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Education Readings October 10th

Education Readings October 10th | 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!   The Perils of Plans: Why Creativity Requires Leaping...
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The link that caught my eye was the one about 16 Habits. I am not a big fan of habits i.e. Covey, but these made sense and I used the work of Costa and Kallick to help use them in the classroom. Even when students left and visited, they talked about the habits and self-directed learning.

 

Self-directed learning in some quarters is similar to Bildung. Bildung is more complex so the link is tenuous in my view.

 

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Interactive learning theory matrix

Walden UniversityProf. Dr. Shirley Weaver Behaviorist Theory EDUC 6115-2 by Cognitive Theory Tina Nkobi

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Bert Frissen
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How does learning occur? There is no easy answer if there is one to that question.

 

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12 Courageous Acts of Leadership

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Meetings suck, problems persist, and relationships degrade because of cowardice. Mediocrity persists for lack of courage.   You begin with a dream, but the real issue is courage. 12 courageous...

Via Nancy J. Herr
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There are some great servant-leadership points. For example, I was wrong and can you forgive me. How often do we hear that in School?

 

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, October 9, 2014 6:10 PM

Some simple reminders that aren't so simple. 

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Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone

Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most school field trips are to places the students might never go on their own: a museum, a play, a nature preserve. The idea is to open kids wide to the wonderful world.

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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There is always a fine line between what makes sense and what does not. We come to terms with that when we become parents and look back at the silly and dangerous things we did growing up. I don't mean that spells certainty, but we, as pedagogues, begin to see the challenges any pedagogy faces.

 

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The Art of Moving On

The Art of Moving On | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We all experience disappointments at work. Passed over for a promotion. Argument with a client or colleague. Office politics run amok. As a leader, your colleagues may see you as the cause of their

Via Sandeep Gautam, Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks, The Rice Process
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Being ready to move on is essential. When I left teaching, it was the right time. I was able to let go. I miss the classroom, but not the micro-managing, the lack of integrity, the adult politics, etc. that went on. There was little choice in my professional development. School is a fiefdom operating under the dictates of those furthest removed from classrooms. That I was happy to shed myself of and was ready to do so without bitterness or rancour. Sadness was there, because I know children need something different than what is happening.

 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 9, 2014 3:44 AM

after any episode causing grief- like voluntary/forced separation from a team/ company etc; its necessary to  re-bond, reconnect, heal, forgive, come to terms with and move on:-)

Catherine McAnally's curator insight, October 13, 2014 6:13 PM

It's necessary to reconnect after a disappointment.

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10 Painters Who Are Changing Their Medium In The 21 Century

10 Painters Who Are Changing Their Medium In The 21 Century | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"FEW modern myths about art have been as persistent or as annoying as the so-called death of painting," Roberta Smith wrote back in 2010. "Too many people -- most obviously women -- are just beginning to make their mark with the medium...

Via Suvi Salo
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The fine arts are important in expressing who we are as people. This is important in School where students and teachers reveal and express something about them selves when they engage aesthetically.

 

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Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement

Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if it were true in other disciplines as well."


Via Beth Dichter, Agisa Abdulla
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The article provides a broad summary with links and references to studies and work done in specific areas.

 

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Joy Power's curator insight, October 9, 2014 9:21 AM

Important research on learning for achievement.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 9, 2014 3:53 PM

Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 13, 2014 9:51 PM

Research about how self-awareness can help you tap your learning potential

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How to dream and have goals that set your soul on fire

How to dream and have goals that set your soul on fire | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

If you consider yourself a practical person and think it's too airy fairy to be a dreamer, no problem. We can just rephrase it. Instead of dreaming, let's just set some goals that you would love to make happen and that will make you feel amazing....


Via Vilma Bonilla
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The article has a counter intuitive feel to it focusing on dreams rather than goals. Dreams are big and hard to quantify.

 

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Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? - Huffington Post

Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? - Huffington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Whether we're talking about preschool, elementary through secondary school, college, or even adult learners, I have serious objections to the idea that learning supposedly only comes via the eyes, the ears, and the seat of the pants. Schools -- and policymakers -- have for too long accepted the belief that learning best occurs while students are seated (and quiet, of course). The theory may have been understandable back when they didn't have the research to prove otherwise. But today we do.

Via John Evans, Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Audrey
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I was once told that my classes were busy, messy, and noisy. Students enjoy that and learn. Teaching is relational and getting to know the students.

 

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Michail Darley's curator insight, October 8, 2014 11:45 PM

This is really fascinating. No simple answers here, but it reinforces the view that sitting quietly alone at a desk is not a prerequisite for the best learning.

Bethan Greenhalgh's curator insight, October 9, 2014 2:20 PM

I know that PE and the Dramanauts will have something to say! Churchill's standing desk is still in the PM's office - should we consider it? As someone with U6 lessons 10 & 11 on a Friday I say yes!

Marianne's Musings 's curator insight, October 14, 2014 10:38 PM

Another great advantage we have as home educating families. Our children are not required to be seated all day. They learn in different places and in different positions, moving, observing, walking and on the trampoline! 

Love this quote from the article, " we have research demonstrating that sitting in a chair increases fatigue and reduces concentration (our bodies are designed to move, not sit). "

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“Teaching is about relationships. Students need to know you care before they will care about what you know.” – Jason Messer, USA

“Teaching is about relationships. Students need to know you care before they will care about what you know.” – Jason Messer, USA | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leading a large school district always comes with challenges, especially in regions plagued by poverty and the social problems that tend to come with it.

Via Becky Roehrs, Dean J. Fusto
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Gert Biesta, Bill Pinar, and Madeline Grumet write about the relational aspects of teaching drawing on Dewey, Gadamer, Arendt, Levinas, and others.

 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 10, 2014 3:10 PM

Very inspiring!

Natarsha Miller's curator insight, October 11, 2014 6:36 PM

Very forwarding thinking and moving

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Feature: do the social sciences need a shake-up?

Feature: do the social sciences need a shake-up? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald examine the state of the disciplines
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The biggest change might be from discrete disciplines to a more trans-disciplinary approach. That has begun with work by Karen Barad, Donna Haraway, Basarab Nicolescu, etc. They are connecting dots with philosophy i.e. Derrida and math/quantum physics i.e. Whitehead.

 

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Teenagers to start school at 10am in Oxford University sleep experiment - Telegraph.co.uk

Teenagers to start school at 10am in Oxford University sleep experiment - Telegraph.co.uk | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Thousands of GCSE students will start lessons an hour later to see if it improves their exam results

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
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So the measure will be exam results. I would wonder does it improve attendance, engagement, conversations, etc.

 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 10, 2014 12:46 PM

Here's a study worth watching!

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Too Many Office Policies

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We all know we need to have some rules at work in order to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.  But what types of rules and how many should there be? This can be a pretty tough question, ...
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Rules and policies are negotiated in the midst of daily working and living. Wenger and Lave's work on Communities of Practice is largely based on this premise. It does not mean we don't have policies, but that we understand them as being embedded in complex conversations. They move from instrumental, rational to practical, communicative realms per Habermas.

 

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for the love of learning: Parent-Teacher Interviews without a gradebook

for the love of learning: Parent-Teacher Interviews without a gradebook | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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The article provides an insightful way of talking with parents. When we reduce Others (Levinas' way of understanding others) to a number we objectify the person.

 

There is an important question about what makes it difficult for students to discuss what they are learning. Something that is meaningful should not be difficult to talk about.

 

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Malachy Scullion's curator insight, October 10, 2014 12:37 PM

The TRUE meaning of flipping the classroom.

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Five Powerful Questions You Can Ask Students (Visual)

Five Powerful Questions You Can Ask Students (Visual) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, Nevermore Sithole, Jocelyn Stoller, Lynnette Van Dyke
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What do we mean by share your evidence? It is a great question. What happens if something is said that does not fit with our expectations and pre-suppositions?

 

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, September 29, 2014 9:24 AM

Good list of questions to help get the student voice active in your classroom.

Frédéric Falisse's curator insight, October 10, 2014 6:51 AM

Sans questions pas de raisonnement. 

D'ailleurs, qu'est ce que la réflexion si ce n'est l'enchaînement de questions?

Et l'intelligence ne serait elle pas simplement l'enchaînement de bonne questions? 

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Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals

Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
School or work environments are like home environments--it doesn't take long to figure out if you are in a happy, productive place or not. Last week I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting with our pr...

Via Nancy J. Herr
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There are some good ideas. The one missing is listen to teachers and allow them to have a voice in the community. I always wonder who decides who the teacher-leaders are. This defies the idea that we all have something to contribute when we assign that role.

 

I spent an incredible amount of time in school division where we were not listened and the 'boss' decided who the teacher-leaders were. Heaven forbid we might have a dissenting voice.

 

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, October 9, 2014 6:17 PM

These ideas are just a jumping off point. You can customize them to promote that feeling of inclusiveness we all crave. Just be careful not to use these as the only indicators of your culture. Do the hard work too. Theses can get you started. 

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Personalize Learning: Updated Report Version 3: Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization

Personalize Learning: Updated Report Version 3: Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Since we updated the Personalization vs. Differentiation vs Individualization (PDI) chart, it was time to update the report to version 3.
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I wonder if it is not a combination of the three ways and more that are always at play? It could be an oversimplification to say this is the one way we do things in teaching and learning.

 

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10 Motivation Killers and How to Fix Them (Infographic)

10 Motivation Killers and How to Fix Them (Infographic) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You suddenly realize that you have been shopping for shoes or staring at the same Facebook post for about three hours. You have work to do, but you would rather have a dozen elective root canals than…

Via Stefano Principato, massimo facchinetti, Suvi Salo
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This infographic is an amazing summary of School as I experienced it. The micro-managing is at the heart of the issues we face in School.

 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, October 9, 2014 10:50 PM

Sweet infographic that helps us see what to do by pointing out what not to do.

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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

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This is an interesting idea. I suspect some teachers do something similar already and have for some time.

 

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Eileen Forsyth's curator insight, October 10, 2014 11:54 AM

In other words, my independent study...

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, October 12, 2014 6:46 AM

6 principios da "Hora Genial " na Sala de aula:

Hora Genial permite liberdade aos aprendizes para desenharem sua aprendizagem. durante o periodo da aula. Sao estimulados a explorarem suas proprias curiosidades, e construirem e organziarem seu conheimento durante a aula. Para que isso se concretize, devem seguir os 6 principios:


1- regra 80/20

2- socializacao

3- criacao

4- requerimento de informacao

5- consolidacao (desenho)

6- proposito


Miguel Damiani's curator insight, October 12, 2014 1:12 PM

Seis principios que todo profesor debe tener en cuenta en su clase

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Only 12.3% of workforce possesses attributes of worker passion.

Only 12.3% of workforce possesses attributes of worker passion. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By cultivating the traits of worker passion in their workforce, organizations can make sustained performance gains and develop the resilience they need to…

Via TechinBiz
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I wonder what is at the root of this trend? Is it that we are doing someone else's work? When we are engaged in work we find meaningful and that makes a difference, perhaps that would make a difference. It is interesting how making a difference makes a difference.

 

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BSN's curator insight, October 9, 2014 7:54 AM

Only 12.3% of workforce possesses attributes of worker passion.

#businesstips #management

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How Happy are you?

How Happy are you? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
  Humanity Healing   Shared by Maggie...
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Teachers should keep this close to their hearts and desks.

 

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