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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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12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever

12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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I am not sure we own our lives, but we can be responsible for it and what happens in it. I found many teachers and their bosses were always looking for ways to not be responsible. What do you want from me was a common question.

 

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Marcela Contreras M's curator insight, September 26, 2014 12:46 PM

Think positive, just do it. 

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Teaching is complex: Don't try to simplify what teachers do

Teaching is complex: Don't try to simplify what teachers do | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Prominent educator Stephen Dinham recently made some criticisms of primary teaching, some of which I support, but some were too simplistic. His views on educational research and his criticisms of 'process' versus product fail to acknowledge the complexity and nuances of developing skilled teaching.

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Last night, when I told a person that my research would be qualitative, they were left speechless. Most of panel discussion quoted quantitative research and spoke little about teaching. The word stakeholders was used as a place holder in the discussion. When we think that the appropriate language is business language we begin to fall short of the complexity of teaching.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, September 23, 2014 9:36 PM

A thoughtful article as we continue the discussion about teaching and its implications for learning.

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New model leaders: How leadership is changing

New model leaders: How leadership is changing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Leading is all about changing. When it becomes just talking about change, it is management and maintaining the status quo. I sat in on a panel last night about leadership in School. Despite the best efforts, the panel spoke about management not leading.

 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, September 25, 2014 8:49 AM

Good read Leading is about a collaborative and collective approach today. 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, October 11, 2014 8:18 AM

leading in a new world and collective leading are very now in leading teams ... Find "Off the Bench Leadership" on Amazon and find out more about leading today.

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When You Compromise Your Values

When You Compromise Your Values | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Whether you work for a large corporation with a lot of co-workers or a small business, you should do what is ethically right no matter what others around you do. You and only you can claim the fame...
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What is right cannot be predetermined. It is not a canon of rules and laws which are handed down by the boss. It is not a series of hackneyed cliches i.e. it's all about the kids. It is about what is right in a given moment.

 

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Hawken School: The Woodstock Of K-12 Education (Lean Entrepreneurship)

Hawken School: The Woodstock Of K-12 Education (Lean Entrepreneurship) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
VideoDescribing something as the “Woodstock of…” has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators came to the ranch to learn how to teach Lean entrepreneurship to K-12 students. — We Can Do Better than Teaching Students How to Run a Lemonade Stand Over the last few years [...]
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We have to be careful that economic agendas do not override the importance of what children need to be learning.

 

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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/digital-citizenship-internet-safety-and-cyber-security-advisory-board-run-by-students/

 


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There is a point in saying learning is the students` responsibility. I think that means they need a bigger voice in the proceedings and this is increasingly important as they mature.

 

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Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, September 24, 2014 10:12 AM

I love this idea.  At my son's school, the fall conferences are facilitated by the teachers, and the spring conferences are lead by the students.  It is a very nice way of allowing students to take responsibility for their effort and work-- to take pride in it, and/or recognize areas that need to be strengthened.  When students are aware that they will have to converse with their parents and teacher(s) about their work, they may take more time to ensure they are producing work that they can be proud of.

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Learning is not just for students

Learning is not just for students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

By Kristen Weatherby, Senior Analyst at OECD The latest results from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) were released last week in countries around the globe. TALIS 2013 su...


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Some very good authors i.e. Gert Biesta, Bill Pinar, Madeline Grumet, etc. have been writing about this using Dewey, Whitehead, Bruner, etc. as foundational.

 

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Leadership Starts With You

Leadership Starts With You | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most leadership failure is the result of poor self-leadership. Leading yourself - personal leadership - is the most important tasks of any leader. It’s the most important set of practices a leader can develop.

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If we think of each person at least leading themselves, everyone becomes a leader. We begin in relationship with our self and move outward. Leading is about learning and teaching. It is about sensing and living in the world.

 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, September 23, 2014 8:50 AM

You are the solution... Great read

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Massacre by Micromanaging

Massacre by Micromanaging | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“The more you use your reins, the less they’ll use their brains” – The Horse Whisperer This is going to be a post about a killer of professional development, micromanagement...
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The opening quote from The Horse Whisperer is appropriate. School has a lot of micro-management. I think it is the way we have done things in School for so long we don't know how to break free and allow creativity to emerge.

 

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Food For the Soul, Skills From the Arts, Why Teachers Quit « Dr. Doug Green

Food For the Soul, Skills From the Arts, Why Teachers Quit « Dr. Doug Green | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The article includes links to other articles. Some of the topics explore why teachers leave the profession, why we should teach music, and supporting new teachers. The first and third might fit together.

 

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Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Even star performers can shy away from advice.

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My experience with coaching in School was that it was thrust upon us. I also watched these coaches contradict themselves. For example, they would tell us that their work with us was one-on-one and would not be shared with School managers without permission. Yet, they turned around and shared. Trust is at the heart of mentoring and coaching. There is also a flow happening in the form of reciprocity when it is relational.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 22, 2014 9:50 AM

(From the article): It’s easy to assume the resistor is simply irrational or difficult. But “there is typically a logical, perfectly reasonable explanation for how the person is behaving,” says Batista. Perhaps, he doesn’t trust you well enough or feels like you don’t appreciate him. “Often coaching can take on a tone of ‘you’re not good enough,’” Su says. It could also be that the employee hasn’t had a good experience with coaching in the past. “She may be thinking: ‘Why bother? I still didn’t get a promotion after trying last time.’ Or ‘it’s never really stopped me before. I’m going to get promoted anyway,’” says Su. You might also see resistance if the person hasn’t bought into the process: “You have to agree on what the blind spot or development opportunity is,” says Su. Batista suggests you ask yourself: Could my actions be contributing to the problem?

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Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.  But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) don’t even mention handwriting, cursive, or manuscript printing. Nevertheless, It is evident that the standards writers expect kids to learn some form of these—since the standards explicitly call for students to engage in written composition; and this would be hard to do if one had no way of getting words on paper.


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This is a nice short article with a concise summary at the end. It does not diminish keyboarding and leaves it open that handwriting, in its many forms, is an important skill which enables other skills. It does not mean we won't use digital technologies in writing, but we can include many forms of writing.

 

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Student Evaluations’ ‘Air of Objectivity’ Provide Institutions with the Comfort of Meaningless Numbers

Student Evaluations’ ‘Air of Objectivity’ Provide Institutions with the Comfort of Meaningless Numbers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The evaluations persist, a new paper argues, because they are easy to produce and offer the comfort of a number, but they make no sense statistically.

 

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Scholars say teaching evaluations mistake "consumer satisfaction" for "product quality"
A new article by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley argues thatteaching evaluations offer little value as measures of teaching quality. Philip B Stark and Richard Freishstat say that traditional, Likert scale-based evaluations offer “an air of objectivity simply because they are numerical,” but too strongly reflect snap judgments and pre-existing biases. Averaging results, they say, is not appropriate in teaching evaluations. Rather, they suggest reporting score distributions and response rates. They also say that evaluations should not ask questions that are too broad or for which students lack the information to respond, such as whether the course was valuable. Stark and Freishstat say it would be more valuable to ask about students’ experiences and enjoyment. The authors propose an alternate system that focuses less on averaged evaluation scores and more on faculty members’ teaching portfolios, syllabi, student comments, and peer evaluation. “If we want to understand what’s going on in the classroom, we actually have to look at it. You can’t subcontract the evaluation of teaching to students,” said Stark. The Chronicle of Higher Education | Full Article


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What is interesting is that students in junior high understand that numbers and averages do not mean much unless context is understood. Likert-like scales are ranges and often we do not answer them honestly.

 

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.

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There are interesting points made in the article. For example, your brain is not a computer is important. It is not about inputs and outputs as binaries and algorithms.

 

Are we sure there are just 7 tenets?

 

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Compassion – A Cornerstone In Today's Leadership

Compassion – A Cornerstone In Today's Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Learn why compassion is critical in today's leadership and what 3 measures you can employ to demonstrate compassion in your leadership.

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Robert Greenleaf in writing about servant-leadership spoke about the importance of compassion integrating with passion. It is not enough to be passionate about the work we do. It has be done in a humane and human way.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 24, 2014 10:52 AM

(From the article): This is why compassion is vital in today’s leadership because it’s the key to the internal driving force found within each us to understand what motivates our employees, what matters to them, and how we can connect the work they do to the shared purpose that defines why we do what we do. No doubt this is why studies have shown that compassion in the workplace leads to not only higher levels of employee engagement and job satisfaction, but lower levels of employee absenteeism and burnout.

 

So if compassion is a cornerstone to effective leadership in today’s faster-paced, 24/7 global environment, how can we go about building and strengthening our innate ability to not only empathize, but to be curious about those we lead, and what motivates them to bring their best selves to work?

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"16 Trends Shaping the Future of Ethical Leadership"

This infographic was first shared on Top 100 Thought Leader Linda Fisher Thornton's Blog at LeadinginContext.com/Blog. It has become a reader favorite. Intensi…

 

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

 

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

 


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When we allow external forces to be the sole adjudicators of what is ethical, we create ethical problems.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 24, 2014 11:41 AM
This infographic was first shared on Top 100 Thought Leader Linda Fisher Thornton's Blog at LeadinginContext.com/Blog. It has become a reader favorite. Intensi…


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


Ian Berry's curator insight, September 24, 2014 6:50 PM

I love the list of 16. It explains really well the shifts that are happening.

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Leadership By Virtue: Dào (Dao, Tao) – the Way

Leadership By Virtue: Dào (Dao, Tao) – the Way | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Dao is usually translated as way, road, channel, path, doctrine, or line.

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Dao comes without any traces and leaves without any boundaries.

 

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Looking Back to Move Forward

Looking Back to Move Forward | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

As I reflect on my 25-year career as a middle level administrator, one of the high points was the creation of an alternative learning environment for a group of seventh grade students. Realizing a growth bubble was heading towards the middle school, a partnership between the school district and a state-operated farm museum became a reality that offered a school-within-a-school opportunity for almost 30 students while reducing class size in the traditional middle school.


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Nothing is as simple as it appears.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 23, 2014 10:41 AM

"Let go of ownership."

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Stage Fright and the Importance of Breathing

Stage Fright and the Importance of Breathing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Begin experimenting with your breath awareness in daily life, and notice how rarely you breathe fully, and how often you allow stress to take over!


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Teachers and students would benefit from this short, insightful, and humourous article.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 22, 2014 3:57 PM

"When students are first beginning performing, help them to become of the breath and how can it can help them to focus and calm down."

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Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.

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Reading something important invites whiling over it and pondering it. It is marathon.

 

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How to Make Kids Listen to Their Minds

How to Make Kids Listen to Their Minds | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Self-reflection to help enlighten children is being introduced into classrooms worldwide
There are two jobs that have become a lot more difficult in recent years. One is being a teacher, which was never easy at the best of times.

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Mindfulness can work for both teachers and students.

 

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I'm Not in Love with the Word Empowerment

I'm Not in Love with the Word Empowerment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I’m not.  I cringe when I hear it used lately.  And I say that as someone who used to have it on my resume.  Right up near the top.   Because for me to empower you, especially when I hear the word ...
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I am not either. But, I am not in love with thinking School and learning are businesses. Teaching is relational and engages students through inviting them into their learning. When we fall short, we send a new invitation out in new ways.

 

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Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are not artistic

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are not artistic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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I think about teaching as artistic. It is creative and do not mean we are creating products with the children we teach, but we express ourselves in artistic ways through teaching and learning. Forming identities are part of these processes. It is like being on an eco-tone, like an intertidal zone. The tide sweeps in and out revealing something new in our character.

 

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There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that's how it should be. The term was popularised long ago-

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I suspect critical thinking predates the Ancient Greeks. Without critical thinking, humans might not have gotten to that point in history. A great take away from the article is the importance of questioning. A second take away, perhaps hidden away, is the importance of questioning what we think critical thinking is and is not and engaging in conversations.

 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 13, 2014 7:00 PM

This post begins with a number of definitions for critical thinking, from the basic (as seen above) to more complex (as seen through the eyes of Common Core). It then goes on to look at:

Where did the concept come from?

The next section, "What does the term really mean?" provides two lists. The first list is "what we know critical thinking isn't. Below are two of the items on this list.

* Simply mimicking others thinking.

* Being biased towords (or against) one way of thinking.

The second list, "what we know critical thinking is."  This list includes:

* Willingness to be wrong.

* Questioning one's own thinking.

The final section provides Three Rules of Thumb - one for Essays, one for Discussions and one for Tests.

Below is one example from each of the Three Rules of Thumb.

* Discuss the phrasing of prompts.

* Highlight the mysterious.

* Include the "how" and "why" in multiple choice questions.

Each section of this post provides additional details.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 2014 1:32 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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The Shift of the Role of the Teacher

The Shift of the Role of the Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

We know today’s students will have to create their jobs, not look for jobs. They will compete with others around the globe. They will have jobs replaced by outsourcing and technology if their skills are easily replicated or duplicated.  To succeed, students will need creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.

 

They will need to be able to adapt to change, be resilient and able to work effectively in a variety of environments.

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/

 

 


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Teaching will be an amalgam of a number of roles perhaps unfolding in very unexpected ways. Is it possible that during the course of the day teaching can be each of the roles listed in the graphic?

 

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, September 29, 2014 11:14 AM

What's the change: Excellent Tips!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 28, 2015 9:53 PM

There are huge shifts in the role of the teacher these days! A very worthwhile read and great graphic

Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, March 27, 4:56 AM
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