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Education Readings September 12

By Allan Alach I'm early with this week's readings list. As I'm still travelling in Croatia, it pays to make use of good wifi reception when I find it! There are so many good articles floating arou...
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There are excellent links embedded with a brief synopsis of each article. The one about reform caught my eye.

 

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8 Inspiring Quotes for New Teachers (And FREE Classroom Posters)

8 Inspiring Quotes for New Teachers (And FREE Classroom Posters) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Via Fishtree Education, juandoming, Suvi Salo
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It is better to fail in originality then succeed in imitation - Herman Melville.

 

Too often teachers, for various reasons, have to succeed in imitation and embrace the latest fad of a School manager or executive who are not in the classroom.

 

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The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education

The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I had the great privilege of facilitating a staff workshop on growth mindsets for the teachers and staff at Carlos Rosario International School.Staff were given access to the slide deck in order in...

Via John Evans, Suvi Salo
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I found just saying "I never thought of that" and "I learned something new today" were inspirational for the students.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 12, 2014 11:58 PM

I like the infographic that is used in this piece as it shows clearly how a growth mindset can help both teachers and students to shift how they think and become more open to different possibilities. 

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Cynthia Day's curator insight, September 14, 2014 8:29 PM

making up my mind

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Being Present and Getting It Done

Being Present and Getting It Done | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I consistently feel a tension between being present and getting things done. Articles with titles such as The Multitasker's Guide to Being More Present suggests that I am not alone in...
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Being mindful and getting things done are not discreet phenomena. This short article speaks about the challenges in the classroom. With the many distractions it is difficult to be focused and present every moment. Knowing this is helpful in becoming increasingly present.

 

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for the love of learning: Too much time in school an economic waste

for the love of learning: Too much time in school an economic waste | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is an interesting argument. The research about the role of family in children's School success has been well-established. Robert Putnam wrote about it based on research. Teachers are the strongest correlate in School, but trail the role of family and other non-School correlates substantially. So much for thinking that School managers and external experts make a difference.

 

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6 Ways To Tell If Your Workplace Is Fair

6 Ways To Tell If Your Workplace Is Fair | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Instead of rolling your eyes when a colleague whines "It's not fair," put these tips for fair treatment into action at work.
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It is not about techne. That is a good starting point, having a plan. What we do in practice (praxis) is essential to the starting point. I found this was important in the classroom. If students are to learn how to be ethical and democratic, it is about the practice we live.

 

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A Handy Visual Featuring The 7 Learning Styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Visual Featuring The 7 Learning Styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Educatorstechnology, Suvi Salo
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This is a good infographic which might work alongside one with one for mulitple intelligences.

 

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Don’t Underestimate Your Mind’s Eye

Don’t Underestimate Your Mind’s Eye | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
September 10, 2014 Brain & Behavior Take a look around, …

Via Anne Leong, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The research cited is valuable. It supports what some philosophers i.e. Gadamer, Whitehead, Butler, etc. suggested. As well, this has been a part of Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, etc. philosophy/psychology. Science and philosophy are converging.

 

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Proof That American Teachers Are The World's Hardest Working

Proof That American Teachers Are The World's Hardest Working | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

American teachers work hard. Like, really hard.

This year's education report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development outlines the state of education in the world's most developed countries. It finds that American elementary school teachers spend more hours actually teaching students than peers in any other surveyed country.   American middle school and high school teachers spend more time educating students than peers in every OECD country except Chile, according to the report. In addition to classroom time, U.S. teachers are required to be at school for more hours than most of their international peers.

  


Via Patti Kinney, The Rice Process
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Working many hours means working hard, but what are the underlying reasons for the number of hours? Does it mean other countries have better supports? I did not experience great support in the Schools I taught in the last few years I taught. Quite to the contrary. @ivon_ehd1
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How Great Leaders Grow By Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

How Great Leaders Grow By Standing on the Shoulders of Giants | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In this guest post by Bruce Harpham shares insights from leaders in science and politics, an argues that every leader builds on the contributions of others.

Via Anne Leong, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The Hegel quote is an interesting one and I have to think how this stands with what Gadamer proposed. We are historical beings and in our particular forming our particular historical and cultural backgrounds are imprinted on us. Bourdieu might have used the word embodied as we carry them unknowingly quite often as common sense (the sense of the community). A point to make is we are not neutral beings in who we are always becoming. As the working and living we do is in community and polis, our forming is political. @ivon_ehd1
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Prioritizing Student Voices

Prioritizing Student Voices | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In order to find value in their learning, students need to find their voices. Teachers can encourage student participation by enabling rather than enforcing it.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Student voice comes forward through the inviting teacher voice. We encourage, enable, engage students as we enter relationships with them. As a result, teacher and student voice grow and become more confident.

 

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4 Neurosystems Of Learning

4 Neurosystems Of Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“TEST 4 Neurosystems Of Learning by Mark Treadwell, marktreadwell.com Understanding how the brain actually learns has been a a scientific challenge for millennia.”


Via Carlos Pinheiro, juandoming, ThePinkSalmon, Mariano Ramos Mejia, Rui Guimarães Lima, Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Perhaps it goes further including Habermas' concepts of instrumental and communicative actions. Learning is a blend of a considerable amount of physical, psychic, cognitive, social, etc. interactions.

 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 10, 2014 11:41 PM

Insightful article Recommend the download too.

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Just-In-Time Learning • Charles Munat

Just-In-Time Learning is a simple concept: learn exactly what you need to know exactly when you need to know it, and apply it immediately. The alternative to Just-In-Time Learning is what I call Just-In-Case Learning. JITL and JICL, or... | Charles Munat | learning done right
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I am not sure that TQM is a sound basis for just-in-time learning. Manufacturing widgets and learning are not even close to the same thing.

 

Having said this, the concept finds itself anchored in John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead who both suggested learning is most effective when it is concrete and immediately applied. It might add to its meaningfulness.

 

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Inclusive education system inadequately implemented: panel report

Inclusive education system inadequately implemented: panel report | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A highly touted report meant to serve as the foundation for an inclusive education system in Alberta
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Teachers and students need support which external groups promise and fail to deliver upon.

 

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8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

As education changes, it depends primarily on internal catalysts for that change. That is, the “things” that change it are on the “inside” of that system itself, most notably data, assessment, PLCs, and running a distant fourth, technology. It’s interesting that technology is among the least impacting “agents of change” in the classroom.

 


Via Nik Peachey, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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I read this skeptically and some of the language is problematic. For example, calling students clients is part of a broader economic agenda which has no business in School. Yet, there is some merit to some of the points. For example, using digital technologies to free up teaching for the more human, humane, and relational aspects of their work is important. This is not using digital technologies as an end all, but reflecting on the context of use.

 

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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, September 11, 2014 10:06 PM

This is a really challenging article that gives 8 ways that education will change - and is already beginning to change.

The idea that teachers' roles must change is imperative - we no longer have the luxury of a four year degree and thats it, with maybe a day of PD here and then. 

It's a brave new world people! How exciting!

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8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, September 14, 2014 8:44 PM

Parents, if your children are very young, you might want to step back and give it some consideration. It's inevitable imho.

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John C. Maxwell: How to Create a Culture of Innovation

John C. Maxwell: How to Create a Culture of Innovation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A few YEARS AGO an Argentinian mechanic named Jorge Odón saw a YouTube video showing how to extract a cork from inside a wine bottle by inserting a plastic bag, inflating it so it surrounds the cork and then pulling it out. He and a friend tried it out over dinner. It worked!

Via Anne Leong
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Innovation and creativity are spaces where we can share ideas and learning. Classrooms should be such spaces.Teaching for me was a creative release and provided many innovative moments. There is no formula per se, but the list provided makes some viable suggestions.

 

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Trust In The Workplace: What Happened To It, And How Do We Get It Back?

Trust In The Workplace: What Happened To It, And How Do We Get It Back? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Trust is important not just in our personal lives but also in the workplace. If employees don't trust each other or their managers then all sorts of problems start to arise: collaboration and communication stagnates, innovation ceases, employee engagement declines, productivity falls, and in general the workplace becomes unsuitable to [...]
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School should be a place where trust is modeled and learned. What I found, is it not a trusting place. Adults who do not trust each other, cannot have a civil conversation where disagreement is allowed, and students observing this is not healthy.

 

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Seth's Blog: Worthless (priceless)

Seth's Blog: Worthless (priceless) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We can transform a priceless thing into a worthless one. Mishandle it, disrespect it, break it, leave it out in the rain. The compromise of the moment, the urgency of now, the lack of a long view--it's trivially easy to...
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David Jardine and Ted Aoki wrote about whiling over the worth and lingering over things of value respectively as teaching and learning practices.

 

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Changing reality: You can do it!

Changing reality: You can do it! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Today, I would like to share with you two very simple concepts that have deeply moved me tonight when I read them in "Leading from the emerging future" from Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer: "(...) ...

Via Jenny Ebermann
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Do we actually change reality? Or do we encounter it differently? It might be a mixture of both to varying degrees. I approached teaching differently the last few years. It was not so much the teaching, but the people outside my classroom that I changed my attitude about. It helped immensely. I began to deal with things differently and the result was I was left alone by the School managers.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's comment, September 11, 2014 5:20 AM
Yvon, your words are very wise! My experience teaches me that whenever I have a different attitude to things, attend to emotions differently or simply see things in another way, people around me and thus my immediate reality changes. But you are right, changing reality and encountering it in a different way are definitely woven together! Jenny
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5 Questions You Should Ask Your Principal

#173092166 / gettyimages.com   I was recently asked by a superintendent if I had some questions to ask his principals to start off the year.  The questions I gave him were based on the followi...

Via Grant Montgomery, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The challenge is getting past the rhetoric. Teaching is a complicated process which cannot be summarized in five questions.

 

The question I would have of any prinicipal is when was the last time you were in a classroom? What do you know about these students?

 

To say that when a principal sneezes everyone gets a cold is insulting and demeaning. It speaks volumes about the distance between teaching and managing in School.

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How You Can Put “Lead” Back Into Leadership

How You Can Put “Lead” Back Into Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I rememberMany people split the world into dualities: You’re either this or that. Positive or negative. On or off. Black or white.
But in reality, human behavior occurs mostly in the shades of gray between any two extremes.


Via george_reed
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I think of words like teach, lead, educate, etc. as gerunds. When we add the -ing there is always a becoming Judith Butler proposed that being is a static postion, a noun and name, whereas becoming is always happening. Teachers are always becoming teachers through their teaching and learning. Leaders are always becoming leaders through their leading.

 

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george_reed's curator insight, September 10, 2014 8:09 PM

I remember my friend Georgia Sorenson remarking at an International Leadership Association conference that we are all essentially apes, whether we want to admit it or not. 

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Harvard Launches Education Research Website

Harvard Launches Education Research Website | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What's the point of research if it doesn't get into the hands of practitioners? That's the idea behind Useable Knowledge, the new education research website from the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Via Dan Kirsch
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The opening question says it all. Quite often, the practice or praxis in the classroom goes uninformed. The flip side is that the theory and research goes uninformed by practice. @ivon_ehd1
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The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould On Why Dot-Connecting Is The Key to Creativity

Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould On Why Dot-Connecting Is The Key to Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The trick to creativity, if there is a single useful thing to say about it, is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down

Via Anne Leong
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The role of imagination in learning is often understated. It makes one wonder about the way we treat the non-conventional student and teacher pushing them to the margins with labels. Non-conformity might be signs of untapped creativity. @ivon_ehd1
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8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students

8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There are many reasons a student can lose focus in school. It can be bad grades that will discourage them to be inactive and to rebel. It can be the environment that can be stifling and suffocating for the students.

Via Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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I had an Einstein poster in my classroom to remind students and me of the power of imagination.

 

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Engaging students in learning, not just schooling

Engaging students in learning, not just schooling | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Learning is such a fascinating thing! It happens everywhere, all the time, but in the school settings we are trying to somehow box it in, so that the objectives are met and standards covered. Yet, ...
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As I read the article which makes a number of interesting points, I realized that life-long learning is not something we teach per se, but is part of living. School and education are two different things. To make School more educative we need teaching which invites students into learning in constructive, cooperative, and responsible ways.

 

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