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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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School Starts Too Early

School Starts Too Early | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves

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Why don't we change? This is something so-called reformers can change if they have the will.

 

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 25, 2014 7:24 AM

We knew this, didn't we?  Adolescent brain research supports it.

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We often take school schedules as being fixed without questioning why they are as they are and if they meet the needs of our students.   Looking at the needs and natural dispositions of student as the basis for planning can lead to some very interesting innovations in how, where, and when we teach and learn.

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Make a Mark By Establishing Classroom Procedures

Make a Mark By Establishing Classroom Procedures | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I'm not here to just to mark papers. I'm not here to leave a mark in a negative way. I'm in this classroom to forever make a mark on the lives of the students within my care and trust. But to get t...

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I learned an incredible amount from kindergarten and primary teachers about establishing routine and its importance.

 

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The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart

The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By: Salman Khan
Join the #YouCanLearnAnything movement


My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word

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I was an early reader and yet I did not read. I memorized what older brothers and parents read to me from the picture book. I could repeat the story verbatim. I am not sure a five year old not recognizing the word gratefully is a problem. Where will they be as a reader later is the key.

 

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WeAreTeachers: Get to Know a Middle Schooler

WeAreTeachers: Get to Know a Middle Schooler | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Getting to know your new middle-school students goes more smoothly when you ask the right questions. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Asking and answering questions is part of the larger conversation of getting to know each other.

 

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10 Simple Ways for Principals to Show Teachers Appreciation

10 Simple Ways for Principals to Show Teachers Appreciation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

We always make it a point to honor our teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Day, but we know that trying to cram all of our appreciation into a single day can feel slightly disingenuous to teachers. Rather than wait for May to roll around again, we’d like to share 10 simple ways principals can recognize teachers throughout the year.


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Daily, genuine appreciation is an important consideration. Simply thanking teachers for their work is a great way. We rely too much on those one-off days i.e. teacher appreciation days. What if we made a point of paying attention and thanking teachers regularly? That might provide a different element to important adult relationships in School.

 

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.
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Bigger purpose helps us all, teachers and students. Viktor Frankl's work points us in that direction. Even in times of struggle, have a larger purpose provides a sense of direction. Frankl suggested it was that which might have provided some with the ability to survive against what appeared insurmountable odds in concentration camps. Getting past the daily grind and seeing something bigger with clarity i.e. family, work, a particular cause, etc. seemed to make the difference.

 

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Why Teachers Need Personalized Professional Development - Edudemic

Why Teachers Need Personalized Professional Development - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As we’ve studied the educational process, it’s become clear that students learn in a variety of ways and that no single approach is always successful in a classroom. What makes complete sense to one student may sound like gibberish to another. Competency-based or “personalized” learning allows students to master skills at their own pace with …
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We have known this for some time. Alfred North Whitehead and John Dewey used the term that there is no one royal road to learning. This applies to teachers and students. The challenge is that many School managers impose their favourite new thing on all staff. The last 8 years I had three managers and the first imposed critical thinking, the second social media, and the third the seven habits. We all had to do the same professional development regardless of our backgrounds and the work we did. It seemed the more knowledgeable a person was the more these managers insisted.

 

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On Motivation

On Motivation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Margaret Wheatley – Paradigm Shifter, Author and Co-Founder of the Berkana Institute
There is a misperception that people are motivated by competition. People are actually motivated by generosity and love.

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Walk out and Walk on is a great book. The last few years I taught I thought about that phrase a lot. We have to let go when we move on. It is hard and ongoing work.

 

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june holley's curator insight, August 22, 2014 1:51 PM

Great stuff on new leadership.

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Can Writing Be Taught?

Can Writing Be Taught? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether writing can be taught.

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Of course they can be. In fact, it is important to teach cursive writing.

 

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 22, 2014 2:01 PM

I believe writing skills can be taught, refined, improved. But just as some of us are better with paintbrushes or technology or hammers and saws, others of us are better with words.

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A shocking statistic about the quality of education research

A shocking statistic about the quality of education research | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A research study about research studies comes up with a cautionary finding.

 

For more than a decade, school reformers have said that education policy should be driven by “research” and “data,” but there’s a big question about how much faith anyone should have in a great deal of education research. This is so not only because the samples are too small or because some research projects are funded by specific companies looking for specific results, but because in nearly all cases, it appears that nobody can be certain their results are completely accurate.


“I would love to believe that every single person doing education research around the world has ethics that are as pure as the driven snow,” Plucker said. “[But] the law of averages tells us there’s something out there.”



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The concept of replication has never made sense to me. We should be reproducing and reconstructing. Reproducing and reconstructing are not about identical. They are about checking more data against the original data collected. One can never replicate/duplicate the same situation so it is about similarities rather than exactness.

 

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Educate Massachusetts's curator insight, August 22, 2014 2:49 PM

Data is significant yet can be deceptive.  We are developing human potential and there are aspects where data is not as reliable to success as we portray.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 23, 2014 11:42 AM

This article is about the low value placed on replication studies. It does not call into question all education research! I'd like to see how this replication issue compares to other social sciences before dismissing all ed research! 

Dylan-oliver Sinclair's curator insight, August 24, 2014 10:48 PM

What information should be taught in schools and universities? This topic is suggesting marketing companies have influence over learning and teaching.

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We can no longer assume that a story is true because it appears in the paper

We can no longer assume that a story is true because it appears in the paper | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
John Quiggin: We are now in an age of transition. 20th century assumptions about mass media, and particularly the Press are breaking down, but nothing has emerged to replace them

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We should never have and this is now the case for all news media sources. Kierkegaard suggested media distorted the story and it did not serve the public sphere well. It was controlled by the few and the many did not think about what was reported.

 

School is like that unless we have teachers who genuinely act as critical theorists opening up space for students to explore.

 

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Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is nice a Harvard professor agrees with Grade 9 students. Several years I discussed the idea of the average student with Grade 9 students. They understood there was no such thing.

 

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Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now!

Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Re-imagining youth learning must begin with an understanding of the world our children and youth are stepping into. This first requires a major reality check. That’s because most of us see a very
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If we continue to believe that learning is about command and mastery, we miss what it is really about, mystery and questioning. Even in solving a problem, it is more likely that new questions open up space and present new problems.

 

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University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan

 

We spend years teaching our children to share. Yet from the moment students enter academia, we discourage it. Lock up your work in prestigious subscription journals; keep your data close to your chest; compete instead of collaborate – these are the messages transmitted by peers and mentors. These are the tenets of our unhealthy academic culture. We need to change our priorities.


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Sharing our research is important, but forgoing vigor in publishing could be problematic. For example, what makes an open source published article strong? There is a a need to explore something different that allows publication, openness, and vigor.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 24, 2014 3:48 PM

Open Education = Open Research?  Research behind the paywall vs research delivered by keyword search on Google or Bing?

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 28, 2014 2:33 AM

Research and Global Open Access Initiatives

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Do principals' classroom visits help student learning?

Do principals' classroom visits help student learning? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Principals say “instructional leadership” is important, but what does that mean? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham praises a new study that recorded how 100 principals spent their time during the school day.  Principals averaged 12.6 percent of their time on activities related to instruction, including classroom walkthroughs (5.4 percent) and formal teacher evaluation (2.4 percent).


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In a word the answer is no in my experience. I did not want to be visited by people who spent little time teaching and did not want to be teachers themselves. It is counterproductive.

 

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Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 22, 2015 8:18 PM

I hope this article provides insight on local, state, and federal mandates in education.

 

Being in classrooms as a principal is very important to leaders in my school district.

 

This year principals have been in classrooms more than ever and their presence has been welcomed by staff and students. Feedback has been given at a much higher rate than in year's past and I can tell teachers are even more focused than before.

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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I think these are good ideas. The help students function in the moment preparing them for the future.

 

Do we teach tolerance? Or is it learned?

 

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Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors

Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?  Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that! 


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The article provides some insight into the importance of long-term relationships. Does it mean mentoring? Perhaps not. Perhaps it means being there down the road for students to touch bases with.

 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 24, 2014 9:02 AM

Find yourself a mentor, teacher or coach ...

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Los Profesores de Como Líderes, mentores y Entrenadores.

Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, August 27, 2014 4:03 AM

Magnífica reflexión para iniciar el nuevo curso.

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Poverty Is Not Inevitable

Poverty Is Not Inevitable | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around by Dean Paton — YES! Magazine. by Dean Paton posted Aug 21, 2014 Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choi...
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I tell people that the resources to make the changes in education, health care, and social justice exist. I do not include people as a resource. We are people. Our "leaders" who are really managers and ideologues prefer people be called assets and resources in making the homeless, students, the sick, etc. faceless, stripping people of identity. Solutions lie not in the hands of the few distanced from the communities we live and work in, but with the many who live and work in those communities.

 

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The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The art of leadership is not without struggle but those that lead from a strong foundation are unshakable, they have endurance for what life has to offer.
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I agree that a certain amount of struggle can help to temper a leader's steel; however there is a myth that it is always necessary. I think the myth also suggests that we struggle through or listen to only those of like mind. Both are challenges. Lincoln likely had some supports that helped him through the struggles. We need those in life and need to find a path that enables us to deal with the struggles.

 

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Fair Is Fair

Fair Is Fair | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Fairness affects everything we do. It shapes our judgment, impacts our credibility, affects our ability to trust, and influences our loyalty. Are you fair?
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Although rational thinking is important, fair leaders have an intuitive sixth sense which guides them as well. I think of leaders in School and private industry I worked for and those who had that sense were the fairest.

 

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Next Gen Learning Boosts Rigor, Relevance & Relationships

Next Gen Learning Boosts Rigor, Relevance & Relationships | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Don't miss this post! Tom Vander Ark explains how innovations in learning are supporting great learning environments for students &teachers.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto
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I think vigour is a better word than rigor which comes with mortis and makes the term rigor mortis. Also, it is like we are just discovering vigour, relevancy, and relationships are important. Dewey wrote about them long ago.

 

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Margaret J. Wheatley: Supporting Pioneering Leaders

Margaret J. Wheatley: Supporting Pioneering Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Where have all the leaders gone? That is an interesting question. They have become managers. That is what I experienced in School. Managing and leading are inseparable, but the School managers find managing and being a boss easier.

 

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Daniel Goleman: We Should Be Teaching Emotional Literacy in Schools | Mindful

Daniel Goleman: We Should Be Teaching Emotional Literacy in Schools | Mindful | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, makes the case for teaching emotional literacy in schools and how to put it into practice.


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Self-awareness is an important skill and attitude for students. It is about being responsible and resilient.

 

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Growing Closer To Your Most Challenging Students

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Growing Closer To Your Most Challenging Students

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Pillar #1 is relationships. This means knowing the stories students bring to school, not as excuses, but as part of knowing who that person is. Several years ago, a School manager explained that one "problem student" respected me and he listened to. The conversation stopped there. Instead of wanting to know what that meant, no one, including the School manager, was interested in how to build a respectful relationship with that student. It was like it was too much work.

 

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Education Readings August 22nd

Education Readings August 22nd | 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! Rational And Evidence-Based Responses To Standards Advocate...
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Another batch of excellent links. I found the one about the opposite of excellence interesting and important. Locked in a neo-liberal School agenda, we use test scores as the measure of excellence. What about the quality of relationships? How are those measured?

 

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