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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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We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t

We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a...

Via Marci Segal, MS, wellenwide
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My teaching experience suggests the more creative a teacher is the less likely they are to be accepted. Creativity is hard work and those around us do not like to be shown up. I also found that the words innovative and creative were often used to support introducing the new fad or catch phrase. Usually, it was just a way of trying to sell something that was unpalatable that had been around for some time and should have been gotten rid of.

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Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, March 21, 2014 2:16 PM

I've often wondered what stops people from celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Week - April 15 - 21.  Maybe this article holds the clue.  What do you think?

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How To Prep Your Child for Kindergarten — Painlessly!

How To Prep Your Child for Kindergarten — Painlessly! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The start of Kindergarten is a major milestone in a child's life but it can involve lots of anxiety. Here are a few ways to ease the Kindergarten transition.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Kindergarten should be a place children look forward to going to. What preparation might do is take away from that enjoyment. I looked at the common core standards and was taken aback by the abstractness and the need for abstract thinking. Children operate in the concrete, the right now.

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Student Growth Not Based on Tests? Blasphemy! Or Genius...

Student Growth Not Based on Tests? Blasphemy! Or Genius... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In education, the one thing we know how to measure best is IQ. But what if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than learning quickly and easily? Grit. Grit is what matters. Accord...
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Student growth is based on the relationships which they engage in with teachers. The stronger and healthier those relationships, the better teachers know the person they teach and encounter, the more likely learning will happen and this takes a lot of work on everyone's part. It certainly is not based on the latest fad, cliches thrown around, and doing the same we have always done with new technology. It is grit on everyone's part in engaging each other that counts.

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10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language -- and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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This is an interesting article. The first point is the use of the word proof rather than correlation (quantitative). I find it interesting that there is a lot of educational research used to justify various ways of teaching. For example, there are those who say digital technologies are a god-send and others who say otherwise. Research is good, but has to be considered contextually.

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Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment

Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via kathymcdonough, The Rice Process
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Notice that the teacher clearly told the students what was expected. We are focused on what the curricula wants and forgetting that curricula is a series of complex conversations which need to happen between students and teachers.

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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes:  Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

Via Beth Dichter, The Rice Process
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Note taking can become a distraction. Parker Palmer suggests that attendees at his events take notes based on the connections they make with material in their lives. It might be important to stop for a moment and let students catch up before carrying on. What seemed important in that last part of the activity?

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 2014 10:03 AM

It's always a good idea to review not taking skills periodically...  Many students just highlight everything....without actually creating anything useful 

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, July 14, 2014 4:54 PM

Good for students and even teachers!

LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 15, 2014 12:27 PM

Long hand note taking appears to beat typed note taking in many instances.

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A Wonderful Poster on Failure

A Wonderful Poster on Failure | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Making mistakes is most often not fatal. An open mindset is important, but we live in a world where numbers drive learning and living.

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Sayward Henry's curator insight, July 15, 2014 1:10 PM

Fail Again. Fail Better.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, July 25, 2014 11:52 AM

This is an ideal image for my use when discussing "Failure".  When working with my pre-service students as well as teachers in PD sessions, I explain "FAIL" as First Attempt In Learning.  This image will provide authentic connections for those involved in our discussion.  

Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 23, 2014 8:50 PM

Such an important message for inspiring fearlessness.

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Awesome Visual Featuring The 7 Signs of Professional Learning

Awesome Visual Featuring The 7 Signs of Professional Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
July11, 2014
Here is a useful visual from ASCD featuring 7 signs of professional learning. These are aggregated quips from some authoritative figures in the field of education. This visual is also...

Via YACOUBAHIEN
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Quite often, I began with where I thought students were and my understanding of these relationships. Meeting students where they are in their learning is at the heart of building the teaching relationships and the professional learning teachers undertake.

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Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List

Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If you were given a few years to live, how would your life change? More importantly, what would you stop doing? (What do you need to *stop* doing?

Via F. Thunus, David Hain, Jose Luis Anzizar, Bobby Dillard, Suvi Salo
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I prefer a to be list. Who am I becoming today? That seems like a very important question.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2014 1:58 AM

If we can't alter 24 hours in every day, we need to stop doing some stuff to make more time for important stuff!

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Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone?

Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
TEST Where Has The Joy Of Learning Gone?
by Judy Willis & Terry Heick
We know that for most children kindergarten is something anticipated with awe and enthusiasm – especially when one or more older siblings are already in school.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Teaching helps here. I used to tell students I was going home and tell my wife I learned something new today. That always got there attention. It suggested learning was not a finite thing, but an ongoing process and cast me as a learner. One parent told me that her son loved Social Studies because of the enthusiasm I brought to it. Gert Biesta says that teaching involves relational language; whereas learning has become instrumental.

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How Embracing Risk Is Vital For Your Leadership

How Embracing Risk Is Vital For Your Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When it comes to business, no successful leader has made the big time by being overly hesitant and inhibited. Being bold and brash is not necessarily th...

Via Anne Leong
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Gert Biesta has  wonderful book about the beautiful risk involved in teaching. It is not about teachers pouring knowledge into students, but about building relationships and inviting students to take responsibility for their learning. Teaching, learning, and leading mingle as one.

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12 Characteristics Of A Horrible Boss (Infographic)

12 Characteristics Of A Horrible Boss (Infographic) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point, we’ve worked a job where the manager was absolutely dreadful. The type of boss that makes your job unbearable to a point where you feel like walking …

Via juandoming, Luciana Viter
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My experience with the control aspect was horrible bosses gave up control when the work was hard and contentious, but they still wanted the final say. Someone did the heavy lifting and they took the praise or doled out criticism.

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The Best Quote I’ve Ever Heard. (Ever.)

The Best Quote I’ve Ever Heard. (Ever.) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The quote I'm about to share is the single most encouraging string of words that has crossed my path.
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Gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can is an interesting opening line in the longer Alan Watts' quote. Mindfulness and being attentive in life linger and while, over what we are doing at a particular moment brings life to life. John Dewey in Art as Experience expressed the same ideas.

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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain, donhornsby
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Don's point is well-made: sacrifice ego. Too often, bosses want to talk and not listen. Sometimes stepping back and listening is important. It allows the other person to share their complete thought rather than only half which might not be enough.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 14, 2014 5:53 PM

(From the article): Sacrifice ego. On one memorable occasion Phil said in front of a group of middle managers: “I’ve been told I am unapproachable. I don’t know what that means. I would appreciate any specific feedback any of you would be willing to offer me.” The rest of the group looked on in awe as one brave soul, a manager named Terry, raised his hand. “I would be happy to, Phil.” Terry met later with Phil and gave a couple of suggestions – which Phil then shared publicly. Phil sacrificed his ego to show how much he valued candor and openness and that people were safe with him.

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 15, 2014 8:09 PM

Please read co-creating cultures of candor too http://blog.ianberry.biz/2014/07/co-creating-culture-of-candor.html

Sharon Govender's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:03 AM

Leaders are the architects of corporate culture. What leaders "say and do"....matters!

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How Much Multitasking Should Be Done In The Classroom? - Edudemic

How Much Multitasking Should Be Done In The Classroom? - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Ability to multitask”. That phrase is seen on nearly every job description that I’ve ever read. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in or what job you’re applying for – everyone expects everyone to be able to multitask. But what does that mean, exactly? Does it mean being able to work on three things at …

Via Nik Peachey, The Rice Process
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Multi-tasking stands in the way of creativity, learning, and getting the job done well.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 14, 2014 4:17 PM

This research shows the negative side of multitasking.

Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 15, 2014 3:49 PM

Some of the findings here are alarming.  I know that technology has made it much harder for me to focus make the most efficient and effective use of my time.  We don't really "multitask", weflit between things sequentially and usually don't do any of them as well as we would if we did only one thing at a time. 

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3 Quotes every Writer should Ink to their Souls.

3 Quotes every Writer should Ink to their Souls. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You must be a writer to write. When we give we must give without expectation to receive. We must throw our creative children into the deep end and let them
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Anne Lamott, Alan Watts, and Thomas Merton providing advice for writers. It does not get much better.

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Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work

Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In one of my first jobs out of school, at a tender 25 years old, I found myself at a firm with no career ladder and a particularly demoralizing, tyrannical boss. Every morning that I walked from my house to that job, I was wretchedly miserable. My one glimmer of happiness was a smart, funny peer—let’s call her Sarah—who became my instant friend. We were in the same unhappy boat, at a similar level in the organization, and I seized on our lunch breaks as prime opportunities to vent my gloom and misfortune with someone who I knew would understand.


Via The Learning Factor
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Complaining is problematic, but is it really what others think about the complainer that is important. Actually, it might be that the complainer ends up focusing on the negative and ends up in a morass of non-productivity. I used to just go back to my classroom and do what I felt was best. It did not make any difference whether the School manager agreed or not. Once I said my piece, I had better things to do.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 13, 2014 6:19 AM

When you complain, you’re not endearing yourself to anyone.

John Michel's curator insight, July 14, 2014 7:42 AM

Next time you feel the urge to reflexively complain, think through these common perceptions of workplace whiners (by non-whiners). They may just be the best deterrent when you have the need to gripe:

Debra Walker's curator insight, November 25, 2014 8:22 PM

Complaints should always be accompanied by suggestions for addressing them.  I never advocate suppressing ideas or different perspectives but having a perspective to share comes with a responsibility and a commitment to participate in making things stronger and more effective.

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Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work

Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Despite the popularity of goal setting, there is compelling evidence that regardless of good intentions and effort, people and organizations consistently fall short of achieving their goals. More often than not, the fault is attributed to the goal setter. But the real problem may be in the efficacy of goal setting itself.

 


Via Patti Kinney, The Rice Process
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Is it possible we get locked into goals once we write them down? Do we commit ourselves in ways that are hard to break free?

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Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

Via june holley
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These principles should be in pedagogic practice in classrooms, online, and in hybrid settings. John Dewey proposed that learning was a social process.

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How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions

How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

With research findings widely available on websites and Twitter feeds, it's easier than ever to oversimplify the results—and risk bringing half-formed ideas into America's classrooms.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Most quantitative research boils things down to statistics and an average measure of something. That might be helpful the further away from the classroom a person is, but the mix of quantitative and qualitative is important in the classroom. The late Ted Aoki used the phrase that students become faceless in the face of statistics.

 

Whatever research we turn to has to answer some important questions. Does the research measure and report what it says it does? Is the research helpful in the teaching and learning that happens in the classroom?

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Breaks Are Good For Business

Breaks Are Good For Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leadership- you must talk the walk. There are big benefits to structured breaks. Employees refresh and recharge, they're more creative, focussed & engaged.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Breaks are healthy. It is actually on breaks from "real work" that many breakthroughs happen. Students benefit from these when done well.

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What’s in the Way of Executives Engaging Their Human Capital?

What’s in the Way of Executives Engaging Their Human Capital? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2014 found that CEOs, presidents, and chairmen from more than 1,000 companies worldwide named “human capital” --- developing, engaging, managing, and …

Via Anne Leong, Robin Brothers
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The moment we think of human beings as being capital we monetize people. For that matter, thinking of anything as capital monetizes that phenomena. It abstracts and visualizes the phenomenon shredding its sense of being. We need to get back to thinking of the world as a phenomenal place we co-inhabit.

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A Pedagogy of Discovery: Reflections on Teaching Tech to Elementary Students

A Pedagogy of Discovery: Reflections on Teaching Tech to Elementary Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When I discovered a rather nondescript blurb on Craigslist about needing an immediate replacement for a “technology specialist,” I didn’t know exactly what I’d find. Much to my joy, however,...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I enjoy whenever someone uses John Dewey to support their thinking. Dewey was a profound thinker whose work resonates today. One key aspect is that discovery is not all newness. It mixes the new with the old discarding what is not necessary. It is reconstructing and not reorganizing.

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What Is Differentiated Instruction?

What Is Differentiated Instruction? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
So, how would you define differentiated instruction? In her newly revised book, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition, Carol Ann Tomlinson discusses the meaning of differentiation and how teachers can modify their instruction to engage all students. The book highlights key principles of differentiation, including: An invitational learning environment that encourages and supports learning Quality curriculum Assessment that informs teaching and learning Instruction that responds to student variance Take a look at the infographic below that highlights some of the best and worst practices for differentiation in today’s classrooms. Post it in your office and share it with your colleagues as a reminder to refine your teaching strategies to meet the learning styles of all students. Want to read more? Pick up a copy in print or e-book format in the ASCD Online Store.

Via Srimayee Dam
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In the early stages, this is hard work. With time and, as students join in as partners, the work is shared. It goes with self-directed learning where students begin to see learning as their responsibility as opposed to being something teachers do to them.

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Disruptive Collaboration

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Disruptive Collaboration

Via Pedro Ramalho, juandoming
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Collaboration is an interesting word. It has a negative and dark side which is about collaborated with the enemy. When collaboration is disrupting, it is not collaborating with the enemy. We should always be aware of what we think is meant by words. My experience has been collaboration in School is being part of what the School management and their team want. It is not about the particular teaching and students involved in a particular classroom.

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