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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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Why You Should Hire For What Can’t Be Trained

Why You Should Hire For What Can’t Be Trained | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Every company has systems set up for training. We have modules, packets, guides, and perhaps even ‘how to train the trainer’ training sessions. And I’m going to bet the majority of those are for tr...

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The "soft skills" suggested are about servant-leadership. What if we hired and taught teachers in ways that supported servant leadership in classrooms and in their relationships?

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Teachers Are Not a Problem. They Are an Opportunity.

Teachers Are Not a Problem. They Are an Opportunity. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ Woody Allen quipped that when we face a crossroads in life that leads to utter hopelessness or total extinction, we should choose wisely between them. Yogi Berra said that if we come to a fork in the...”


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Part of the discourse is that, when we acknowledge the majority of teachers do a good job, we think that is enough. Teachers must be part of the conversation and they need to include themselves in the conversation. I experienced neither when I taught. Without teacher voice, and I do not mean through the teacher's association although that is one source, we deform education rather than transform it. We reorganize the deck chairs rather than reconstruct new ones.

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Edgar Mata's curator insight, September 14, 2014 1:03 PM

In 2014, the future of teaching is at a gigantic global crossroads, but the choices need not be as oddball as the ones that the ABC's of Allen, Berra and Clapton offer us! This week, the Unite for Quality Education movement, organized by the global teachers' union organization, Education International, met in Montreal to advance its campaign of providing universal and free access to quality teachers to all students.

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11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid - InformED

11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid - InformED | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"There's a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habit of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one thing in common: they make your job harder."


Via Beth Dichter, The Rice Process
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Each point makes sense. Teachers who build relationships with students, are creative in teaching, learn from each other, and allow silence to happen provide ways for learning to happen that are not common.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 30, 2014 8:56 PM

Many of these ideas will not surprise you, but there are times when we take the easy route. Three of the suggestions are below. Each is explained in more detail in the post (plus you will find an additional eight suggestions).

* Not learning from colleagues. We know strategies change and learning from our colleagues is a great way to refresh our teaching.

* Setting low student expectations. How do we get students to do their best work? We need to start with high expectations, creating a culture that expects our students to do their best.

* Failing to provide variety in instruction. Sometimes it is tough to come up with new ways to teach but remember variety is the spice of life...and the classroom.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, May 30, 2014 9:09 PM

These make so much sense... :-)

 

niftyjock's curator insight, June 1, 2014 6:22 PM

Or don't make your assessments googlable 

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Do You Love Science? [infographic]

Do You Love Science? [infographic] | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Every time I am asked anything about science, all I can think of are beakers and Bunsen burners and am quick to deny my interest in the subject matter. Well, this infographic is out to change this backward thinking. As it turns out, I actually do love science! Why? Because I love outer space, animals, people, cooking, and volcanoes! Little did I know that all these loves of mine fall under science education. Now when someone talks to me about science I will think along the lines of astrologer, ornithologist, nutritionist, seismologist, or population ecologist!

Via KB...Konnected, Suvi Salo
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This is a very interesting infographic which would help teachers and students understand what is being learned more concretely.

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, May 31, 2014 10:44 AM

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, May 31, 2014 8:14 PM

Science is not just a laboratory. Great poster for the Science classroom!

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for the love of learning: Teachers Are Not a Problem. They Are an Opportunity.

for the love of learning: Teachers Are Not a Problem. They Are an Opportunity. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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One reason governments, including their bureaucratic arms which include former teachers, are moving to weaken the teaching profession is to meet a no-liberal economic agenda. Strong teaching focusing on real democracy in the classrooms potentially works as an effective buffer against an unregulated and unchecked market system.

 

It is time for teachers to find their voices and strengthen the profession rather than waiting for outside forces to act.

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How will you know if your homeschooling has been a success? - Simple Homeschool

How will you know if your homeschooling has been a success? - Simple Homeschool | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Veteran homeschool mom Jamie McMillin discusses how we will know that our homeschooling was a success.

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My experience with many home school families is success is not what we think it is. Those students entered my classroom worked hard, asked tough questions, and thought for themselves. They accepted direction and were respectful. Do we see this in large classrooms?

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Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Bright Spots in Professional Learning

Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Bright Spots in Professional Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Professional Learning Communities are a possible means to bring about School change, but they are frequently implemented in a heavy-handed manner by managers who have not been in the classroom for years.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, May 30, 2014 12:36 PM

Teacher PD is changing and there are many options that research is revealing helps improve students achievement. This article highlights a few of these options. 

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for the love of learning: You can't improve education by disrespecting teachers

for the love of learning: You can't improve education by disrespecting teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The concept is disrespecting teachers is complex and extends out from the government and into our schools.

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Creating a Corporate Culture of Lifelong Learning

Creating a Corporate Culture of Lifelong Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Focusing on a group of corporate employees, whether it is a small company, a department within a company or a large enterprise, I would like to argue that a reputable culture of Lifelong Learning can be established and maintained.

Via Valary Oleinik
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Lifelong learning is part of a hidden agenda. What it actually means is rarely explored in any great depth. It is important, but is it something that becomes 24/7? I left School because the extra was not valued. I worked 80 hour weeks and found it was not valued in any way by my bosses. For me, teaching ran the risk of becoming a job. I left before that happened and while the love was still deep.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 30, 2014 2:57 AM

Learning is the only truly sustainable competitive advantage, but only if it's applied at organisational level.

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(From the article): Being accountable to others drives us to achievement. One of the benefits of eLearning is that you can learn at your own pace, however self-discipline and commitment to daily learning (especially if it is “lifelong”) is easier said than done. Your pace might just be a little bit too slow which could cause one to miss opportunities at being current and updated when your job position demands it. In this area, the group scenario is the answer. Along with group learning comes the responsibility of being accountable.

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100 Years of Teaching

100 Years of Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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When I began working in banking about 15 years before becoming a teacher, banking had only moved similar rules about 20 years previously. A manager I worked with told me when he began in banking it was required that all employees received permission to marry.

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We Are Teachers

We Are Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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Teachers make a difference for students. It is in the little things we can make the biggest differences. Listening carefully and paying attention when students need it most is critical.

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The school of mum and dad

The school of mum and dad | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Chief executives of some of the world's biggest firms credit their success to their upbringing. They explain what their parents taught them.


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School is only one aspect of education. Education still includes the role of parents. It always mystified me when we did not allow parents into the conversation about their children's Schooling.

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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 3:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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Why I became a teacher: to help children from minority backgrounds

Why I became a teacher: to help children from minority backgrounds | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I understand what it's like to be a minority ethnic student in a white-dominated school – and I feel their struggle acutely, says teacher Aveninder Kaur

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We want to make a difference, student by student.

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Good Leaders Never Stop Learning

Good Leaders Never Stop Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

What makes a leader the most? To find out the answer, this Ivey professor interviewed more than 30 leaders around the world, capturing their observations on what it takes to make a truly connected and effective leader. Those observations, revealed in this article, confirm and validate what many of us hope that a good leader ought to be made of.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Leading is an ongoing project. It involves listening and working with people.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 1, 2014 4:41 PM

Good leaders never stop learning. They follow a challenging and never-ending path of learning, which requires keeping an open mind.

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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The characteristics always take us back to questions and opening up spaces where learning and teaching happen relationally and safely.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, May 31, 2014 9:51 AM

I found this well written tome by Terry Heick, Director at Te@chthought via a Tweet from @Jeffcarn. Relevant for educators, whatever ages they teach from PK to Post-Grad.

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What I've learned from the "bad Boss society"

What I've learned from the "bad Boss society" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Over the years in business, we all have someone that we report to...as is expected. For that period of time we hope that the person we are reporting to is a fair and honest individual and has our

Via Stepped Leader
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The article reminded me of many bosses I had in School. They ranged from those who threatened, to those who knew all the cliches, to those who were sarcastic and hurtful, etc. It is interesting these are the people who are rewarded by organizations, including School. What message does it send to students about the way relationships can happen?

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University of Alberta president defends Ilene Busch-Vishniac

University of Alberta president defends Ilene Busch-Vishniac | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The president of the University of Alberta says the University of Saskatchewan's Board of Governors acted too hastily when it fired former president Ilene Busch-Vishniac.

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It appears the TransformUS program was and remains more important than people. Something that is important to take note of is this is the way many large educational systems work. Even when we disagree and are justified in our disagreement, we are told to be quiet. Dr. Buckingham stood up against something he disagreed with and paid a price. Freedom of speech and academic freedom are inextricably linked despite what some may think and say. Freedom of speech, within reasonable ethical bounds, is vital in a democratic society. If it is punished, we do not live in a democracy or anything close to it.

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iPamba's curator insight, May 30, 2014 9:58 AM

Had Prof Buckingham not spoken out, he would have remained fired, and it would continue to be business as usual.

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Self Organizing Communities

This is a talk I gave at the LibraryLinkNJ Spring Membership Meeting on May 22, 2014. The focus of the talk was the power of leaderless or self-organizing c...

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Slides 7 and 8 are key. What gives us voice in our work? What brings us to work each day? These are incredibly important questions which fuel work when asked daily. The answers are always being negotiated and encountered so it is the questions that are keys.

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june holley's curator insight, May 30, 2014 12:30 PM

Libraries as HUBS of self-organizing! GreaT ideas here.

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Is Your Managerial Ego Too Big?

Is Your Managerial Ego Too Big? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Overlords of their own fiefdoms and overseers of inflated budgets and staffs, these type of managers can kill your company. Here's what every leader...

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The word principalities is interesting in the opening paragraph. School managers are called principals. Originally, their roles were based on the title principal teacher. This ceased as scientific management, bureaucracies, and technocracies took hold. It is easy to make teaching into a technical exercise which is imposed, but great teaching does not happen this way.

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Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learners

Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learners | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Educators at schools that focus on deeper learning are nurturing confident, self-sufficient learners who are ready for the rigors of college regardless of their backgrounds.

Via Suvi Salo
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Students need to understand what they learn as having value that exists beyond the moment. Knowledge and information have to be used wisely and mean something for it to stick.

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What Students Will Learn In The Future

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What Students Will Learn In The Future

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I am re-reading Whitehead's Aims of Education and some of these ideas are included i.e. patterns, systems, and design. Dewey wrote about citizenship extensively and Gadamer used the term eloquent questions. All three suggested teaching and learning were forms of research.

 

My point is some of this is not new. It might be new the way they are applied, but the ideas have been around for some time. We need clear and elegant communication about their meaning today.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, May 29, 2014 12:39 PM
Interesting list of learning...will teacher-training reflect this? what will you teach?
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#2 Peter Senge: The Necessary Revolution

#2 Peter Senge: The Necessary Revolution | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Today is day #2 of our series on thought leaders in education. We began yesterday with Thomas Kuhn and his theory on how science moves from one paradigm to another. In a nutshell, he says, "When th...
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The question at the end of the post is one that calls on us not to look for answers alone, but to seek more questions in the pursuit of questions about education and what it means to live in today's world.

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The Caged Bird is Free.

The Caged Bird is Free. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

May Maya Angelou's Poem on Death. When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after

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There is incredible wealth in the words and wisdom of Maya Angelou.

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Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words?

Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The importance of positive language within how society conceptualizes learning is evident for the growth of student potential and learning.

Via Suvi Salo
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When something does not go well, it does not mean failure. It could, but, when well supported, students and teachers see mistakes as ways of moving ahead in their learning. The language we use then is essential to the moving.

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