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for the love of learning: The education question we should be asking

for the love of learning: The education question we should be asking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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When we consider outside influences as only distractions, we miss the critical point of education which is diminished into Schooling which is measurable and sorts our children. Education is about distractions, curiosity, and exploring. School is about a preplanned method which only seeks to teach what is measurable. School can be subsumed into education, but can education be distilled into School? One hopes not.

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Brad Merrick's curator insight, June 17, 2014 7:57 AM

We should aspire to develop in our students, the intrinsic desire to learn and investigate their world. Questions should be driven by curiosity and interest, whereby their love of learning is evident in all that they engage in.

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Changing education paradigms

Changing education paradigms | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Via Robert Hubert
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This is one of those videos which has to be watched and listened to. Sir Ken does not suggest digital technologies as a panacea. They might be part of solutions, but not the only solution. The key points of drop outs, a need for the fine arts, and ADHD are the focus. Layering new digital technologies in an unchanging paradigm is not a real change. It is moving deck chairs around in reaction to new shiny baubles. This is largely done by people outside the classroom who have little at stake with what is happening in the classroom.

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Half an Hour: New Learning

Half an Hour: New Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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We should not confuse School, in any form, as the equivalent of education. This is not a back to basics statement. School language refers to students as clients, thinks teachers are replaceable by software, and corporate interests are somehow sound in School. Education still relies on relationships, teaching is important due to its relational nature, and students are learning in the present.

 

The first relationship children have is with their parents. To exclude parents from the educational journey, even in School, is fundamentally wrong. It does not mean we dumb down what students learn, but think of new ways to include parents.

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Six Signs of—and Solutions for—Teacher Burnout

Six Signs of—and Solutions for—Teacher Burnout | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Wendi Pillars offers suggestions to help teachers emerge stronger from burnout experiences.
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The "solutions" tend to sound like mindfulness and being aware of what is happening in our immediate world. Building relationships and self-awareness through mindfulness would allow for healthy teachers.

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Hunter S. Thompson on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

Hunter S. Thompson on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Hunter S. Thompson writes a letter to his friend with some of the most profound and thoughtful life advice you will ever come across.


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It is an interesting letter which comes from a source one might not have considered offering profound insight into a complex question, but Thompson did. It is important to find meaning in our lives.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, June 12, 2014 9:57 AM

FROM THE ARTICLE:  So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life.


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Why is our work so important to us?

Why is our work so important to us? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why is our work so important to us? We are fixated on work. The challenges and anxieties we face at work disrupt the rest of our lives. Work affects our relationships, how we sleep, the way we see ourselves. When we are introduced to someone for the first time, work is often one of the first things …

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Work that enables and engages our voice is a calling. I experienced that in teaching, particularly in the classroom where I believe I made a difference.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 12, 2014 10:28 AM

(From the article): We do not take time to rest. We do not take time to reflect. We do not take time to listen. We are working ourselves to death.

 

We see ourselves defined by our work, when we can be so much more.

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JRR Tolkien called teaching 'exhausting and depressing' in unseen letter - The Guardian

JRR Tolkien called teaching 'exhausting and depressing' in unseen letter - The Guardian | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Guardian JRR Tolkien called teaching 'exhausting and depressing' in unseen letter The Guardian JRR Tolkien, who famously wrote the first line of The Hobbit while marking exam papers, told a fellow teacher that "all teaching is exhausting and...

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It is not the teaching that exhausts. It is the nonsense around teaching that exhausts. Even with 'restless' students, I found energy. When I dealt with School managers, I grew exhausted and restless myself.

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10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School

10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If you tell your child that school and learning are not that important in the grand scheme of things, and if you are never curious about anything, and if your entertainment choices involve more min...
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The article has a nice blend of serious and humour. Parents are part of the larger educational process children are encountering. One point, which probably runs throughout the post, is parents do have a voice and teachers should invite them to use it. Teacher advocacy and parent advocacy do overlap, but there are also differences.

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Is Anybody Listening to Teachers?

Is Anybody Listening to Teachers? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
English teacher Vivian Maguire wonders why education decisionmakers don't take teachers' input more seriously.
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"School districts [and School managers] need to support their teachers instead of trying to manage what we do."

 

This is a well-thought out article which cuts across borders. It applies to teachers in many jurisdictions and challenges us to think about the questions raised. What does it mean to be a teacher? Who is the self that teaches?

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From Dino Brains to Thought Control — 10 Fascinating Brain Findings

From Dino Brains to Thought Control — 10 Fascinating Brain Findings | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In light of President Obama's plan to advance brain science, here are some recent cool findings about the brain.

Via Anne Leong
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This goes beyond the 10 facts and delves into what makes those points interesting.

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Study finds that students themselves, not professors, lead some to become more liberal in college @insidehighered

Study finds that students themselves, not professors, lead some to become more liberal in college @insidehighered | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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For School to be a democratic educational process, classrooms have to be active democratic spaces where teachers do not indoctrinate but offer their voice as one of many. The late Ted Aoki indicated all teaching is a political act which suggests classrooms can be democratic spaces where students and teachers engage democratically. We have to decide whether this is mere compliance to prevailing ideologies and paradigms are real democratic action.

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Appreciative Leadership

Appreciative Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
[et_pb_section fullwidth="on" background_image="http:// … (appreciative inquiry
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Via F. Thunus, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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Appreciative leadership would be grounded in appreciative inquiry. What do we do in our work that is positive? That is the underlying question. The idea that appreciative leading and inquiring are relational fits with the idea the language of teaching is also relational; whereas the language of learning is based on inputs and outputs.

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Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning | Professional Development

Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning | Professional Development | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

One of the most exciting ideas presented in the paper is what we truly believe to be the future of teacher preparation and ongoing development--micro-credentials, likely displayed as digital badges--that would signify accomplishment and measure and reward competency-based outcomes for educators.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Competency

 

 

 


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There are three parts to becoming a teacher: qualification, socialization, and subjectation. The process in the article speaks about the first one and to much lesser extent to the second, but the three are overlapping and need each other. Yes, we become qualified to teach, we are socialized to teach, but do we ever consider ourselves teachers?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 2, 2014 9:08 PM

Teacher preparation is an ongoing and life-long process. Without this understanding, we are at best treading water, more likely drowning, and losing ground. We should have been preparing teachers for deep learning a long time ago.

enrique rubio royo's comment, June 10, 2014 5:27 AM
Thanks for this, muchas gracias Gust MEES
Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, June 10, 2014 11:33 PM

One of the most exciting ideas presented in the paper is what we truly believe to be the future of teacher preparation and on-going development--micro-credentials

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15 Qualities Of A Transformational Change Agent

15 Qualities Of A Transformational Change Agent | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
My colleagues and I are often asked to ‘decode’ the process of business transformation and provide the repeatable ‘formula’ for success. I guess this is understandable given that widely quoted statistic – you know the one – that 70% of all change efforts fail. In a way, this interest in our work is very humbling.… Read the rest of this post & join the discussion →

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Santosh Kumar Nair, The Rice Process
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Transforming leadership and other leading which is related i.e. adaptive and servant are so complex they cannot be turned into 7 habits, 3 feature, and 15 qualities. What happens is they turn into easy talking points which fill the air and resolve nothing. That is why 70% of change efforts (fixed and linear plans are counter to real change) fail. We think we can create formula and recipes for change when it requires being present in the planning and change process in a dialogic manner.

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, February 25, 2014 4:25 PM

Are you a transformational Change Agent?  Clarifying post

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Unearthing Organisational Stories: finding the narrative

Unearthing Organisational Stories: finding the narrative | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

 

"It's a little wordy, is that normal in your field?" was Heidi's response to my first draft. Her tact doing little to numb the honesty. In some areas, volume is good: boxes or chocolate and length ...

Via juandoming
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Stories are the cultural myths that help us make sense of the culture. In sharing them, we bring ourselves closer together. Myths always have elements of truth and underlying wisdom speaking though them. We have to be careful the stories are not co-opted by those who just want to tell stories, in other words bullshit us.

 

School is quite susceptible to the co-opting process when we hunker down in our classrooms and live in isolation. One school blogger takes stories and shares them as they are his when he spent little time in the classroom developing his own stories. This kind of co-opting is harmful and strips the myth of its truthfulness and wisdom.

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#11 Frederick Hess - Cage-Busting Leadership

#11 Frederick Hess - Cage-Busting Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This week's influential thinkers help us to understand how to change education to meet the demands of the 21st Century. Similar to yesterday's post on Generative Leadership, Frederick Hess focuses ...
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A challenge we have in School is to shift towards education. When we see the role of School as simply preparation for the workplace we miss out on the broader invitations offered educationally. Education is relational and messy. School, the way we have organized it, is about efficiencies. The two need to intersect. That would be really cage-busting.

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Kindergarten Is the Model for Lifelong Learning

Kindergarten Is the Model for Lifelong Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ Credit: Wesley Bedrosian Ever since the first kindergarten opened in 1837, it has been a place for telling stories, building castles, painting pictures, making friends, and learning to share. But k”


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With and without digital technologies, kindergarten does provide a model for lifelong education. When we find value and meaning in what we learn, it resonates without us and one way to accomplish this is to have fun, explore our environment, and enjoy what we do. This includes adults.

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Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning. Flipped classrooms, the ability to use the same technology and tools both in and out of the classroom, and personalized learning are making ripples in the education world. And while most …

Via Suvi Salo
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Should homework be assigned? Is it part of extending the hidden curriculum to include 24/7 learning without awareness that is what is happening?

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Brad Merrick's curator insight, June 17, 2014 8:00 AM

Where is homework positioned and what does it mean in a 24/7, technology driven world? The challenge has, and still is to rethink the paradigm, albeit an ever changing one. In a content free world , the notion of learnIng influences how we confirm understanding, and possibly redefines homework in tone trading all sense.

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Can A Self-Appointed Leader Bring About Positive Change?

Can A Self-Appointed Leader Bring About Positive Change? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Can you lead when you are not the recognized leader?


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It is an interesting read. In a culture with embedded hierarchy like we experience in Canada, is it possible to be a self-appointed leader?

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 12, 2014 10:35 AM

Interesting read...

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California’s defining education reform moment: Guest commentary

California’s defining education reform moment: Guest commentary | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We are in a rare time in public education in California.The landmark lawsuit Vergara v. California has added new hope and a new sense of urgency to improving public schools across the Golden State.As a teacher in Compton and Los Angeles,

Via J. Mark Schwanz, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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It is easy to blame the system for being dehumanizing which it is. An underlying reason it is dehumanizing is people accept it as such. When we stand up and speak out, others sit on their hands with closed mouths. Humans create systems and decide the humanity that exists by their voice and actions.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, June 12, 2014 8:50 AM

The first of many honest teacher reactions to come. What do educators really think about this ruling?

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.@JohnKeyserCoach: Listening is our most important skill | SmartBlogs

.@JohnKeyserCoach: Listening is our most important skill | SmartBlogs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why are people striving to improve their listening skills? Because the quality of our listening determines the quality of our influence and our businesses.
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The link to the article is Why Principals Should Listen to their Followers. The best reason is it makes sense when we listen deeply to what others have to say. It engages their voice, as a calling, and provides a sense of belonging.

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New Learning - by Stephen Downes

New Learning - by Stephen Downes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Gert Biesta proposed we use the language of learning which is instrumental i.e. students are clients versus the language of teaching which is relational and situational. What adaptive software cannot do is replace the relational, contextual, and situational teaching in learning.

 

I just finished reading Madeline Grumet's Bitter Milk which speaks to a patriarchal paradigm in education which is non-relational. Is this what we want?

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Daniel Tan's curator insight, June 11, 2014 7:43 PM

Knowing from "knowing" to "recognizing"!

Ilkka Olander's curator insight, June 13, 2014 2:05 AM

But what is more fundamental is the change to our understanding of knowledge itself. We are shifting fromknowledge as remembering to knowledge as recognizing. The difference is that we understand knowing, not as an accumulation of facts, but rather, as a development of the self, of the creation of a 'mental muscle', which is in essence a set of reactions and instincts.

Sometimes, new knowledge looks like remembering, especially then the knowledge being applied is simple and straightforward. Sometimes it looks like a performance or skill, as when we perform a complex and adaptive task. Somethings it looks like mastery of the tools, as when we know exactly what and where to look up the information we need.

Daniel Tan's curator insight, June 13, 2014 3:53 AM

Learning is moving from "knowing" to "recognizing"

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Extraodinarily Ordinary

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Creativity and subsequent learning is messy and wiggly as the article suggests. This suggests teaching is messy and wiggly. Being present and in the moment helps navigate the teaching and learning. We at least have an inkling where we are in this very moment.

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Work Out Loud Week

Work Out Loud Week | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Communities are organic and teams are formed around hierarchy. School is about teams and education is about community.

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Principal musings on education: The Six Secrets of Change

Principal musings on education: The Six Secrets of Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

How do Fullan’s Six Secrets of Change fit into your evolving role as a Digital Leader? If you are about to make this transition how do you see them impacting you and your work? I always learn so much from Fullan.


Via Patti Kinney, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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There are some good points in the article by Eric Sheninger. Teaching is a calling which suggests integrating passion and compassion. The key point the author makes is we need to think about what we are reading and, more importantly, have conversations with others and our self around what we are reading. It is what is often missed in the writings of the Dufours and Eaker and Michael Fullan. Another key point is do we just take what "experts" who are not in the classroom say as a given. Providing teachers with opportunities to express their voice, share their experiences, and play key policy roles is critical in education if we wish to move away from School.

 

The article is OK, but I always wonder if I could just dilute my life to six secrets, seven habits, and other recipes how wonderful it would be.

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