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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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Life lessons. ❤

Life lessons.  ❤ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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I would post this in a classroom.

 

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50 of The World’s Best Quotes For You To Live By

50 of The World’s Best Quotes For You To Live By | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here is an amazing collection of some of the worlds best quotes by inspirational leaders and game changers in history. Live by these for the ultimate success.

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"Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, live truly and forgive quickly.” – Paulo Coelho

 

There are some great quotes here to share with students and colleagues.

 

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School Structure and Function: The Foundation of School 'Dysfunctionality'

In school Biology a common theme is the relationship between structure and function. Structure A looks like this, so that it can perform function X. A common example is that a plant cell has a thick
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A key word that is missing here is organization. Maturana and Varela suggested that structure is the general understanding something has and helps serve the function. Organizing the parts differently changes the particular function involved. A chair is a chair, but when organized differently serves different functions i.e. patio chair and dining room chair; a stool and a bench, etc.

 

The article makes some good points and adding organizing into the thinking means innovation (real innovation and not just rhetoric) happens in revolutionary and radical ways. I taught in such an environment for years, but it was threatening to the School functionaries (the word function is static) and they deep sixed it and it no longer resembles what it did. It looks more like a School.

 

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The Myth of Teacher Tenure

The Myth of Teacher Tenure | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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We don't use the word tenure in Alberta, but our Minister of Education would have us believe that any amount of security is somehow problematic. Actually, with the use of part-time contracts, there is already instability. I know teachers who are working part-time jobs because they cannot make ends meet on a part-time salary. The other aspect is that the employer via School managers have the power to reduce the contract as they see fit.

 

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Facts and Benefits of Montessori Education Infographic

Facts and Benefits of Montessori Education Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Facts About Montessori Education Infographic The Montessori Schooling system was invented in early 1900s by Maria Montessori to educate poor children in the native Italy. In a Montessori classroom, children of different ages are allowed to mingle together. Most of child’s day at Montessori s... http://elearninginfographics.com/facts-benefits-montessori-education-infographic/


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For a number of years, I taught students who mingled. This mingling of students of different ages, interests, and abilities is a rewarding experience. They learn sharing and giving in ways that is discouraged in the competitive class environment.

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No Time to Think

No Time to Think | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Nowadays, people can keep negative thoughts at bay with a frenzy of activity.

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Karen Barad in Meeting the Universe Halfway used diffraction and Emmanuel Levinas used refraction. When we reflect, we should tease out the differences in the work. It becomes ethical, responsible work rather than sinking into a morass of anguish.

 

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Don Dea's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:03 AM

Hard as they sometimes are, negative feelings are a part of everyone’s life, arguably more so if you are crazy busy. But it’s those same deep and troubling feelings, and how you deal with them, that make you the person you are. While busyness may stanch welling sadness, it may also limit your ability to be overcome with joy.

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The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership - Blog - Mills-Scofield LLC - Innovanomics, strategic alignment for innovation

The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership - Blog - Mills-Scofield LLC - Innovanomics, strategic alignment for innovation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
General John Michel of the U.S. Air Force has graciously written this post for my blog. To say I'...
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John Michel makes a great point: definitions of leadership abound. That point means we are always defining and negotiating what leading mean. I used the gerund rather than the nouns suggesting this process never ends.

 

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Beautiful Quotes from Fiction.

Beautiful Quotes from Fiction. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Worry is interest paid in advance on a loan that never comes due." ~ George Lang, The Spanish Prisoner
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I find good fiction and poetry provide incredible quotes when writing and teaching.

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What Great Leadership Training Does Now That It Didn't 10 Years Ago - Forbes

What Great Leadership Training Does Now That It Didn't 10 Years Ago - Forbes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Forbes What Great Leadership Training Does Now That It Didn't 10 Years Ago Forbes Do a Google Google search on “Leadership Training,” and you'll find over 100 million results – academic programs, management training series, white papers, leadership...

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The second point about the difference between a learning organization and training organization is a takeaway. It suggests that what we learn in classrooms (perhaps the training part to some extent) is subtly teased out in the day-to-day life in work. It follows Senge's writing on learning organizations as opposed to the cult of training and indoctrination. I read an article yesterday about a person selling the idea that where he works is a learning organization. Having worked there as well, I think it is a training organization and indoctrinates.

 

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Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career

Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Your next job title probably doesn’t even exist yet. So what’s the only skill that promises to pay dividends in the future? Your ability to expand your mind.


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Life-long learning is an important consideration, but what that means is contentious in a world where we value branding and being on the same page. What impact does a process, a violent one at that, like branding have on the learning of employees? Does it allow innovation to exist? I found this was not the case in School. It was usually about the latest fad a particular School manager saw as important and the learning was externally ordered. With a new manager came new directions i.e. the latest tech fad became 7 Habits.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 3, 2014 6:12 AM

Business writer Tom Peters once said, “A career is a portfolio of projects that teach you new skills, gain you new expertise, develop new capabilities, grow your colleague set, and constantly reinvent you as a brand.”

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Employers prefer 'soft' skills

Employers prefer 'soft' skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Employers prefer "soft" skills rather than technical knowledge in graduates they are recruiting, a study says.

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Teaching is a profession where the purported soft skills are important. Yet, we want external experts and professional development as the keys to learning, technical skills. Most good teachers learned by living their teaching in the classroom and reflecting on what worked with this or that particular student and this or that particular group.

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Shona Leitch's curator insight, August 31, 2015 1:00 AM

Internship, Business skills, volunteering, outside work, it all builds your skills for future success.

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Why Pope Francis Is So Effective: 8 Lessons for Every Leader

With an 88% approval rating, he must be doing something right.

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I am not sure Pope Francis sees people, Catholic and otherwise, as customers and religion as a business. This might be the largest issue in contemporary religion. Just as we mix apples and oranges, business and education, we do the same with religion and business. This means we monetize learning, make people into commodities, and end up with polarized, either/or, ways of practicing spirituality and learning.

 

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4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal

4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
#147205418 / gettyimages.com I am so intrigued with the number of people that are jumping into principal positions as I think it is truly one of the best jobs in the world.  It is also one of the t...

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I think relationships are important, but they are not based on agreeing with the principal who is the boss. My experience suggests many School managers want compliance and that is what happens with new managers. Leading is building relationships which is not happening in many schools.

 

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Key Learning Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success (Free Downloadable Poster )

Key Learning Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success (Free Downloadable Poster ) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
August 4, 2014
In today's post I am sharing with you a set of new wonderful posters to use in class. These posters are created by Rob Kriete from Teaching Quality to help "teachers and parents...

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This might be OK in a classroom on the wall.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 5, 2014 4:26 PM

Nice graphic to blow up to poster size and print. Keep it in your media center to showcase how your flexible arrangements, color, and varied workspaces fit in to those paths.

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A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground?

A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build ... and a zip line.
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Children love to explore and play. It is serious business in their learning. Recently I watched children in a rural area outside and doing just that in their yards away from the screen.

 

What if our schools took a page from the life of children and provided safe environments for the serious business of play and exploring?

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Let's Kill the College Major

Let's Kill the College Major | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A proposal for a new university in Canada recently caught my eye for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that its students wouldn’t have majors. Instead, the students would be able to
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Majors have begun to fade. It does not mean they are irrelevant, but they do not mean what they used to mean. For example, do all teaches who graduate with an undergraduate education degree teach? The answer is no. Many (I heard it was up to 20% in Alberta) do not enter classrooms to teach, but use the degree as a platform for work other than teaching.

 

What do the actual headings mean i.e. creative industries? They cannot be so vague they mean nothing.

 

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Why teachers have a tougher job than doctors

Why teachers have a tougher job than doctors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The only comparison that really could apply is an emergency room doctor in a natural disaster."
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Teachers do not arrive in classrooms fully formed. They grow and form throughout their careers.

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20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader - Edudemic

20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
From the corporate workplace to the elementary school classroom, leaders are everywhere. Even born leaders need inspiration and practical tips to help them reach their highest potential.

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Leading in the business world and leading, when it happens, in School share some principles. What we need to be cautious with is School is not a business. It is a space where servant-leadership should be at the forefront.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, August 4, 2014 11:39 PM

Koska teksti on vuodelta 2012, tarkistin linkkien toimivuuden ja kirjoittajien aktiivisuuden:

*Leadership for Lawyers: (päivitetty viimeksi 2013)

*Learn to Duck:  (blogin päivityksestä en saanut helposti selvää – kirjoittaja aktiivinen Twitterissä)

*Leader to Leader Institute Blog:  (sivua ei löytynyt)

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Being Critically Reflective - What does it mean?

Being Critically Reflective - What does it mean? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The terms 'critical' and 'reflection' are sorely misunderstood in education. Being critical is often misinterpreted as being negative. 'Reflection' is also frequently distorted to mean "reflect on what you are doing wrong". Too often the students that we teach give negative feedback when asked to be critical. So to counter act this, educators initiate strategies such as '2 stars and a wish' and SWNI (strengths, weaknesses, new ideas).
These strategies are designed to make reflective practices a more positive experience for students. It teaches them that being critically reflective is not just a negative activity, that it is important to be positive and give feedback to help improve or make something better.
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Karen Barad in Meeting the Universe Halfway suggests that reflection should be diffractive and Emmanuel Levinas suggested refractive. This suggests exploring the differences as the work we do is seen in the same way as light. Reflection bounces back with little change; whereas diffractive/refractive work creates a need to look closely at the blurriness and waviness that results.

 

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 5, 2014 6:05 PM

Critica y reflexión

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add your insight...


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This is the skill we all need to learn and urgently develop with our students.  

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Paying Dues at Work or Investing in the Future?

Paying Dues at Work or Investing in the Future? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

TherPaying dues at work is a mindset that keeps you stuck. Choose to fully show up, engage and change to and start investing in your future.

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There are no shortcuts in human relationships. That is incredibly important and every School manager should hang that somewhere visible and demonstrate it in their work.

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27 Ways to be a Better 21st Century Teacher

27 Ways to be a Better 21st Century Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
  This work by Mia MacMeekin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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All of these things are worth integrating into a larger practice. The biggie for me is the dialogue. It is less about dialoguing with and more about inviting students into spaces where dialogue can happen.

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The People Side of Change Management

The People Side of Change Management | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
An important part of change management is knowing when and how to engage employees in the change process.

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We often forget about the people involved in change. Even term change management is one that forgets people. We lead people and manage things. Yet, we want to manage the people side of change. Let's change the language and leadership actions.

 

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 "An important part of change management is knowing when and how to engage employees in the change process." ~ Approach, leadership, and collaboration matter.

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Poverty is the biggest problem in my diverse school, not language barriers

Poverty is the biggest problem in my diverse school, not language barriers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Lee Abbott, headteacher at Hillside Community primary school, where pupils speak more than 58 languages, talks to Rebecca Ratcliffe about why low expectations are his biggest challenge

Via Suvi Salo
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I am not sure it is just poverty that creates the issues in Canadian schools where many cultures and languages are present. I think there is a broader complex of phenomena at play including poverty, culture, language, etc.

 

I think another challenge is the external experts who sped through classrooms and have been outside classrooms for years that do not what the challenges are in classrooms.

 

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Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Hate

Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Hate | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Kurt Vonnegut — a man of discipline, a champion of literary style, modern sage, poetic shaman of happiness, and one wise dad — endures as one of the most prolific and sought-after commencement speakers of all time.

 

Nine of his finest commencement addresses, along with some of Vonnegut’s own drawings, are collected in the wonderful compendium If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young.


From Brain Pickings. 


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There are great insights in the article. For example, the one about life being tough is excellent. We seem to live in a time where this is an ignored concept. I scooped an article yesterday from a former principal who is now giving advice. When you examine his CV, you find he worked as a principal for 2 years and an AP for two years. Having worked with this this individual, I know the four years were not tough yet he can now give book advice to new principals. What Vonnegut gets at is we learn in the hard times and those learnings integrate with the good times to make a body of wisdom. It is not book learning.

 

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Knowledge Isn’t Power

Knowledge Isn’t Power | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why does ignorance rule in policy debates?

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Much of what is understood as leadership i.e. political, School, economic, etc. is shallow and superficial. It is about managing. We even use the term manage to describe relationships. We manage relationships. We manage connections. We manage change. Hardly, but it sounds good.

 

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Keith Wayne Brown's curator insight, August 2, 2014 1:20 AM

Are we as societies even capable of taking good policy advice?