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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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All Fun & Games? Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games

All Fun & Games? Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A good educational game offers engagement, assessment, and learning, with the game data providing a valuable invisible assessment opportunity for students, teachers, and parents.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Children love games. We set aside time daily to play cards and board games. It is a time when students talk, take turns, learn rules, etc. It sounds a lot like the rules that we need for living.

 

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Dorote Lucci's curator insight, October 13, 2014 4:46 PM

When one is playing a good game one finds oneself immersed in the world of the game-automatically plugging in to the present moment, integrating that which you are processing-right here, right now. #integration #theNOW

Sivan Ashtamker Yehezkely's curator insight, October 16, 2014 12:09 PM

The potential of educational games is not only in mastering skills

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she de...

Via Cindy Riley Klages
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What I found most interesting is that students still sit a lot and learning is passive. This is despite the trumpeting that digital technologies are changing the way we teach and learn.

 

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, October 13, 2014 2:15 PM

ALL educators should read this!  Looks like 'walking a mile..." becomes "sitting a while...".

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The Benefits of Physical Activity in School Infographic

The Benefits of Physical Activity in School Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Physical Activity in School Infographic Physical Activity in School is absolutely vital for kids. Obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for long-term cardiovascular disease, such as high... http://elearninginfographics.com/benefits-physical-activity-school-infographic/


Via elearninginfographic, Suvi Salo
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

We know this, but quite often we pull kids out of things that are active and creative for remedial work. Does that make sense?

 

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The world as 100 people

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This Infographic from Jack Hagley is a clever and captivating way of capturing some of the realities of the world we live in today.

 

Some may surprise you. some may not but putting things a graphical perspective can give much more impact than the written word.


Via Jonathan Winter, Emerging World, David Hain, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

This graphic is always a good reminder for teachers. The world as we understand it and encounter it is quite different than the world encountered by others.

 

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Jonathan Winter's curator insight, April 10, 2014 3:07 AM

To think about the future, we first have to think about where we are today, and what we want to change, since many aspects of the future are not inevitable.

 

For humankind as a whole, this amazing graphic is a stimulating place to start.

Emerging World's curator insight, October 10, 2014 2:02 AM

Ever wondered how the other half live?  Well they may not be half, they may be the great majority.  When we conceive of the world we may not be looking at it properly.  This infographic helps us to get perspective.

David Hain's curator insight, October 10, 2014 2:48 AM

Cool infographic that brings global conditions home effectively.

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Education System

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Found in the email archive.
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This is always a good reminder of what teaching should be about: reaching out to each child and acknowledging their particular gifts

 

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Why Teaching is the Original Strengths Based Profession

Why Teaching is the Original Strengths Based Profession | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why Teaching is the Original Strengths Based Profession

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D., The Rice Process
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Once a person is a teacher, they are always a teacher.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 10, 2014 9:07 AM

I've long been a proponent of StrengthsFinder and firmly believe in the value of being aware of one's strengths. I've used StrengthsFinder with nearly all of my teams and everyone has found it immensely informative not only for reflection on their own work and practice, but as a means of conversing with their colleagues and developing better strategies and practices for working together and others' strengths.

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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
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

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

Too Many Office Policies | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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, ...
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

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
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

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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Shout, Shout, Let It All Out! Telling Your School's Story Online

Shout, Shout, Let It All Out! Telling Your School's Story Online | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Building and maintaining your school’s reputation is paramount in today’s world. There are so many terrific learning experiences taking place on a daily basis, yet often, schools do not expose parents and other key stakeholders to those experiences.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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We are using a lot of neo-liberal language i.e. buy-in, stakeholders, transparency, etc. School is not a business.

 

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Reflections on Learning Success: Improving Your Instructional Design Process

Reflections on Learning Success: Improving Your Instructional Design Process | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
RT @Rangerdavie: Improving Your Instructional Design Process http://t.co/aM8hq3bFe6 by http://t.co/vpzkdiMv95

Via Linda Kaiser, PhD
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

These are useful. What they don't measure and what is difficult to measure is the relational aspects that teaching is based upon.

 

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, October 13, 2014 2:43 PM

This is an excellent article that examines the actual process of instructional design from a designer's perspective.  I think the idea of having a centralized repository for all artifacts in each stage of the process is a good one.  Discussion about the process itself is something that rarely receives focus like this. 

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, October 14, 2014 12:19 PM

Nicely laid out description of how to improve your online course designing.

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Bad News Day

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Aussie Friends of Treehorn Bad News Day Is it all lost? Some people have a bad hair day. In one day, I heard some seriously bad news as far as the future of Australian schooling is concerned. UNSCH...
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Is home schooling a trending situation in Alberta? The challenge for parent is that the further the decisions are made from their children's lives the less the relevancy of those decisions. It is easy to be an expert from a distance.

 

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Are You an Autodidact? Or Do You Need Other People To Learn?

Are You an Autodidact? Or Do You Need Other People To Learn? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most people are not autodidacts. In order to learn effectively, they need guidance provided by teachers. They need support provided by peers. And they need structure provided by institutions.

Via Ramiro Aduviri Velasco, juandoming
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

It is not that we are or are not, but we are not in every situation. We need guidance and teaching in many situations.

 

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LUCIA SALINAS's curator insight, October 11, 2014 11:19 PM

agregar su visión ... Se aprende con otros y de otros

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The Plot Against Public Education

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Bill Gates had an idea. He was passionate about it, absolutely sure he had a winner. His idea? America’s high schools were too big. When a multibillionaire gets an idea, just about everybody leans in to listen. And when that idea has to do with matters of important public policy and the billionaire is willing to back it up with hard cash, public...
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Schools. in many cases, are too big. The maximum size is 700 and the optimal size is considerably less. When we shoehorn 'academies' into shared spaces, a key point would be that they should not compete with each other for resources. That is not reform. It is deform.

 

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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.

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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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

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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

12 Courageous Acts of Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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.