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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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Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: Jung's Typology, Eudaemonology, and the Elusive Art of Happiness

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: Jung's Typology, Eudaemonology, and the Elusive Art of Happiness | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why do introverts and extraverts have such difficulty relating to each other?

 

The terms "introvert" and "extravert" (note the proper spelling with a rather than o) were originally introduced by Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung in his now classic text Psychological Types (1921). People are sometimes surprised to learn that Jung's text is the basis for the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

 

Traditionally, because we in western culture tend to take a more extraverted orientation to life (as compared, for instance, to India and Asia), introverts have long been prejudicially perceived as being selfish, narcissistic, pathologically shy or even psychotic. But this sometimes vicious negative bias toward introverts and introversion has started to change lately, due in part to the... (Click title for more)


Via Bonnie Bright, Lynnette Van Dyke
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There are excellent points made. The point about introverts being labelled unfairly is accurate. It is how we re-charge our batteries. We like quiet in those moments.

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When Convictions Blind Leaders

When Convictions Blind Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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We have blind spots and these colour our views of the world. It is not just people in "leadership" but is a common human feature. It might explain why as much as things change they remain the same i.e. schools. The change is around the edges rather than purposeful and transforming.

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Wise words

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Awesome quote! #inspiration


Via Vilma Bonilla
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This is a great quote.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, April 25, 11:53 AM

May your absence be felt. A wonderful weekend to all!

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Mission and Vision: Which direction are you rowing?

Mission and Vision: Which direction are you rowing? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Working within a vision or mission are much the same as being part of a rowing team.  A well focused rowing team knows why they are rowing and what they need to do to stay in synchronization.  Every person on that team  knows their specific role and how they contribute to the team.  Additionally, they all know which direction they need to row in, and they know the certainty of what will happen if one of them should be rowing out of sync or in the wrong direction.


School mission and vision statements provide the same framework and structure as a team of skilled, synchronized rowers.  Your school mission statement “brands” why you are there and what your purpose is. It provides, or should provide, the lens through which all of your decisions get made.

 

 

Often times, staff have gone through mission writing exercises only to come up with either a lofty or unclear mission statement that worse yet, gets published and no one ever looks at.  If the mission of your school is not clear, how do you make decisions and are your staff focused on why they are truly there?


Via Edumorfosis, Suvi Salo
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Missions and visions are challenging. On one hand, we have diverse people working together in schools who rarely meet in a meaningful way. On the other hand, we have these expectations they share things in common which they do, but without time to flesh those things out it is hard to have meaningful missions and visions.

 

What happens is school managers pick those who share their vision and form a core group, come up with gibberish, and everyone goes back to their classrooms to carry on. We need something different and meaningful.

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Edumorfosis's curator insight, April 25, 2:21 PM

Por eso es que siempre estamos estancados en el mismo sitio desde1967, porque la mayoría está remando con el mínimo grado de intensidad posible. Así nunca llegaremos a descubrir nuevas latitudes llenas de posibilidades...

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Managers Manage Systems, Not People

Managers Manage Systems, Not People | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Many times business owners will become upset because the "manager" has not been able to manage their people as had been expected. Far too often the business owner fails to understand the manager do...
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I have not been a banker for 25 years and used this line when I was working in banking. I continued to beat the drum in education. I guess it is easier to treat people like widgets and manage them, but it certainly is not very productive.

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Smashwords: Indie Author Manifesto

Smashwords: Indie Author Manifesto | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ricardo Lourenço, Luciana Viter
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This is a good idea.

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Educational Leadership:Schools as Learning Communities:What Is a Professional Learning Community?

Educational Leadership:Schools as Learning Communities:What Is a Professional Learning Community? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Kay Abernathy
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The article is a bit dated as it was published in 2004, but it is still worth a read. I used professional learning communities (PLC) as a teacher when I thought I wanted to go into administration. My experience was that there has been a recent resurgence in PLC thinking, but it is watered down. Last year, we were ordered to participate, met at most once a month during PD days, and had little choice in what we wanted to do. It was a team not a community.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 24, 11:58 PM

PLC's can be powerful learning opportunities as long as they aren't co-opted for another purpose. Combined with Personal Learning Environments, a PLC can be a powerful way for teachers to share and learn, empowering them to bring their learning to their classrooms. 

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Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' - Education Week News

Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' - Education Week News | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education Week News Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' Education Week News One of our colleagues provided us with an article by David Ruenzel, called "Business as Usual," that appeared 20 years ago in Teacher Magazine (then a print...

Via Robert Hubert
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"Most impressive is that fact that our colleagues continue to carve out progressive initiatives under a mountain of mandates created by those furthest removed from the process of public education."

 

This concern is appearing with more regularity.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 28, 12:03 AM

I agree with Ivon Prefontaine's comment about those teachers who, despite the workload, are continuing to grow, learn and innovate. There is something we can learn from them and, more importantly, something those who are removed from the classroom need to listen to much more closely. 

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Famous Quotes are Paired with Clever Illustrations

Famous Quotes are Paired with Clever Illustrations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based illustrator Tang Yau Hoong has just released a brand new series where he pairs one of his older illustrations with a famous quote…

Via Suvi Salo
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There are some interesting and innovative connections made.

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My Students Don’t Know How to Have a Conversation

Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene, The Atlantic reports. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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"It might sound like a funny question, but we need to ask ourselves: Is there any 21st-century skill more important than being able to sustain confident, coherent conversation?" This is important. Whether we are physically or virtually communicating, we need to be present. The challenge is there are many adults, educators included, who do not know how to have a conversation.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 25, 12:05 AM

The art of conversation is very important - maybe even more so in now. 

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for the love of learning: If a child learns but isn't tested, does anyone care?

for the love of learning: If a child learns but isn't tested, does anyone care? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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This is a great question.

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Educating far from Equilibrium: Chaos Philosophy and the Quest for Complexity in Education

Educating far from Equilibrium: Chaos Philosophy and the Quest for Complexity in Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It would be futile, John Dewey argued in 1902, to think that we have to choose between child centered, progressive education and traditional, subject-matter-oriented approaches. Calling for adaptiv...
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There is a link to an article which argues using John Dewey's work a need to integrate subject and student-centred education. This calls for active teaching.

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Would You Want Your Child In This Exquisitely-Managed Classroom?

Would You Want Your Child In This Exquisitely-Managed Classroom? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The First Day Of School In A 9th Grade Classroom That Runs Like Clockwork: A Video Of Classroom Management We don’t talk much about classroom management here at TeachThought. (Well, sometimes we do.) First and...

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Sharrock
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No. Teaching and learning are messy. They are not managed.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 16, 2013 6:18 AM

This video is worth gold in terms of potential for GOOD conversation about what we value as educators.  Are there pros?  Are there cons?  Would pros and cons vary, depending on the students?  

Sharrock's curator insight, April 22, 3:48 PM
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This video is worth gold in terms of potential for GOOD conversation about what we value as educators.  Are there pros?  Are there cons?  Would pros and cons vary, depending on the students?  

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When are we ever going to use this?

When are we ever going to use this? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"When are we ever going to use this?" When I was a teacher, this was a question I heard almost daily. I would imagine that has not changed much since I

Via Chris Carter
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It is a great and legitimate question. If the learning that is happening is not immediately usable in some form, what use is it? Using digital technology to post Math worksheets and put them on a screen, is just doing Math the same way with more advanced technology. I watched a tech guru do that for several years.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 26, 10:55 AM

A worthy question. Skills are vital, as are higher-order thinking opportunities.

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Simple Leadership

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The more complicated you try to make leadership the more complicated it will be to lead.Some people like to make leadership really really complicated. I think they do that in order to put "leaders"...

Via Anne Leong, Bobby Dillard, Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach
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Simple leadership is all about people. When we put people i.e. teachers and students first, we find we ask questions about their "whoness" and not "whatness". It is a little Dr. Seuss-like, but people are not disposable and replaceable widgets in a mechanistic ordering. They come as historical and forming beings, not doings.

 

Simple leadership gets the complexity of putting people first.

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Michael Binzer's curator insight, April 26, 7:02 AM

keep it simple is a principle I believe in. #leadership - mbinzer.com

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 26, 8:28 AM

Everyone loves simple...

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Inquiring Minds: Tackling the process of inquiry in the classroom

Inquiring Minds: Tackling the process of inquiry in the classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In a story last year about Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap, they quote him as saying, “The culture of schooling as we know it is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.” We can tell you the kinds...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Students asking questions is vital and helps them examine information critically. We used a William Isaacs' term, mining for questions, in our classrooms.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 25, 1:05 PM

If you've ever needed a beautiful example of the process of turning your classroom into a culture of learning through inquiry, this is it. I love how the kids were initially afraid to ask too many questions for fear they would turn into gargantuan assignments. This article could turn into a pretty exciting PD session...

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 28, 7:43 AM

Tracie Weisz focuses on inquiry.

"Have I quit assigning essays? No! However, instead of saying at the beginning that everyone will write one, I now wait and see where their inquiry goes. If they are culminating in something that really lends itself to an essay, I’ll suggest it, and they very often can see the sense in presenting their findings this way by that stage. But I’m also open to other ideas for presenting. Teaching this way has the added benefit of being much more interesting for me – it’s common during an initial inquiry session that I get as much into the questioning and discussion as they do!"

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 28, 11:50 PM

This method of using inquiry to drive student investigations into topics of interest around a theme or historical event would be a great way to teach and learn. 

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Taking Action to Improve Teacher Preparation | ED.gov Blog

Taking Action to Improve Teacher Preparation | ED.gov Blog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via juandoming
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We think that writing a test, which may or may not be connected to what teachers do in teaching, will make for better teachers? It is an interesting and flawed concept. When I became a teacher, my best resources were that I had been in the work force, sensed that what I 'learned' at university was not enough, and had good support in my life to move forward.  Many teachers teach the way they were taught, which was outdated when they were taught. Even so-called reformers are not moving us forward.

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What is Transformational Leadership?

What is Transformational Leadership? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Taking it one step further Burns proposed transforming leadership which is always in play. It is a project without end which is what education is, but school often is not.

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Stefano Principato's curator insight, April 25, 3:02 AM

Transformational leaders see “The big picture”, but not all the details. This can create significant implementation and operational problems. If they do not have competent people to assist with the information/data side, failure can quickly follow.

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The Origins of Office Speak

The Origins of Office Speak | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Over time, different industries have developed their own tribal vocabularies. Some of today’s most popular buzzwords were created by academics who believed that work should satisfy one’s soul; others were coined by consultants who sold the idea that happy workers are effective workers. The Wall Street lingo of the 1980s all comes back to “the bottom line,” while the techie terms of today suggest that humans are creative computers, whose work is measured in “capacity” and “bandwidth.”


Corporate jargon may seem meaningless to the extent that it's best described as “bullshit,”  but it actually reveals a lot about how workers think about their lives.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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This is prevalent in education as ways to keep outsiders out and to socialize teachers into a particular order. It is "bullshit" for the most part.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 24, 5:53 PM

Fantastic story in The Atlantic!! A must read….

David Hain's curator insight, April 25, 4:30 AM

Very perceptive article.

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for the love of learning: Excellence in education requires equity, not elitism

for the love of learning: Excellence in education requires equity, not elitism | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Pasi Sahlberg is worth following as Joe suggests. The links are insightful.

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The 21st Century Principal: Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed for Implementation

The 21st Century Principal: Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed for Implementation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Amy Burns, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Yes, students do have choice. What happens when they decide not to learn? Teachers remain important and vital in working with all students and not just as guides who help the self-directed ones who, themselves, need more direct help.

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Amy Burns's curator insight, August 12, 2013 6:55 AM

Are you ready for PBL?  Great insights shared.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, April 24, 10:03 AM

The major requirements brought about by Common Core require changes in pedagogy, too. Here are 12 tips for you to consider as you move forward.

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Coming up with explanations helps children develop cause-and-effect thinking skills

Coming up with explanations helps children develop cause-and-effect thinking skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Asking children to come up with explanations—even to themselves—enhances their cause-and-effect learning abilities, according to new psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Via Suvi Salo
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What is cause and effect thinking in a complex, non-linear world?

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People: A Key to Innovation Capability

People: A Key to Innovation Capability | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Top performing companies recognize that successful innovation is inherently complex. No matter how much money a company invests, or how efficient it makes its internal processes, the companies that are the most successful at innovation are those that invest significant time, effort and money in people.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Bobby Dillard, Robin Brothers
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The message educators should take out of this is that people teachers and students are important in educating for any innovation. It is not a far off and distant thing, but something immediate and in the classroom setting.

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Beyond Teaching Methods: A Complexity Approach

Beyond Teaching Methods: A Complexity Approach | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A complexivist  perspective to teaching critiques the commonplace teaching "methods" and illuminates alternative approaches to teaching and teacher preparation. Focusing on system growth, the mutua...
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The link is to an article about the complex nature of education and teaching. Complexity requires the teacher to an active participant in the work, but does not guarantee learning. The complexity is such that we cannot guarantee learning, but provide opportunities and guidance.

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leading and learning: Quality teaching and learning. Looking back; lessons about learning gained from teachers and students I have worked with over the decades.

leading and learning: Quality teaching and learning. Looking back; lessons about learning gained from teachers and students I have worked with over the decades. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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"Now it seems to me the insights gained through such experience is all but lost as school programmes are more determined  by those distant from the reality of the classroom."

 

This line stood out for me. Not only are decisions determined by those most distant from classrooms, but they are often made by those who had little interest in being in the classroom. One Canadian tech guru suggested his dream job was being a principal. Mine was being a teacher. There is a difference.

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