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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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A Principal's Reflections: Change is a Mindset

A Principal's Reflections: Change is a Mindset | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via juandoming, Ricard Lloria
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Change is a verb which suggests a mindset premised on action and including thoughtfulness. I agree that School reform has looked like a hamster wheel, but I do not see the current reform changing that. Most of it is about pretending change is happening without  deep-seated efforts at transforming the infrastructure.  My experience was that compliance is the norm and those who do speak up are maginalized.

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30 ways to inspire Divergent #Thinking

30 ways to inspire Divergent #Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When we stop talking about creativity and innovationin abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later.

 

The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different ideas about a topic in a short period of time. It involves breaking a topic down into its various component parts in order to gain insight about the various aspects of the topic. Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner, such that the ideas are generated in a random, unorganized fashion. Unexpected connections are often drawn

This type of thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence. Divergent thinking is not the same as brainstorming. Brainstorming is a technique that encourages divergent thinking, but it’s only one of many, as you will read in a moment.


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Focusing on entrepreneurship in School does not lead to creativity. Divergent thinking might foster entrepreneurship down the road, but is that what we want to in School?

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The Common Core Curriculum Void

The Common Core Curriculum Void | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
States and school districts are struggling to navigate the flood of new materials claiming to be Common Core-aligned.

Via Deb Gardner
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Although common core has not reached Alberta, the idea that experts outside classrooms, including School managers, know best has been here for a long time. Including teachers in the reform conversation is important.

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Design for learning styles MYTH?

Design for learning styles MYTH? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We have all probably heard about learning styles. You may have even taken one of the many learning style tests that are available. During my BofEducation(Secondary) study I often learned and talked...
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The last line is about understanding the relationships students have with their learning and meeting each of them where they are in their learning.

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Maker Movement: Let Them Build it & They'll Learn! ~ Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

Maker Movement: Let Them Build it & They'll Learn! ~ Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Catlin Tucker

 

"I was struck by two things as I watched my students work. First, each group took a very different approach to building their models. It was a reminder that students are immensely creative when given the autonomy and freedom to decide on the path they want to take to complete a project. I simply provided an assortment of materials — construction paper, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, glue and tape. I left all the design and construction decisions up to the students.

 

"The second thing that both surprised and amused me was how “hard” my students felt this task was. Because the assignment didn’t come with a clear set of instructions, they had to work together to make decisions. They found the process of trial and error frustrating.

 

"Despite the challenges they faced and frustration they felt during the process, I could tell they were extremely proud of their finished products. By the end of our 90 minute class period, each group had a replica of the Globe Theatre and a stop motion movie of their work."


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I found that when I gave fewer instructions students worked together differently and, over time, asked questions of each other. The other thing I found was I asked questions under those circumstances. It forced me into a different mode.

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Transformational Leadership — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

Transformational Leadership — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Transformational Leadership is about transforming the business and changing the organisation’s culture. Here we define the transforming leader and list 7 characteristics of the transformational leader.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, donhornsby
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There are some who are calling this transforming leadership suggesting it has no real end. Education needs transforming and servant leadership.

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Terry Corby's curator insight, June 8, 2014 2:15 PM

Transformation is my business … this book is a good read and some good tips

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, June 8, 2014 4:15 PM

El lider transformacional tiene que ver con la trasnformación de la empresa y el cambio de cultura a través de las personas inspirándolas para convertirlos en motores de cambio.

Un artículo muy interesante de Leadership Thoughts

Dyana Mason's curator insight, June 9, 2014 11:36 AM

Seven characteristics of transformation leaders. My favorite is a commitment to lifelong learning. 

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Fire Your Bosses and Promote Your Leaders

Fire Your Bosses and Promote Your Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Everybody loves to rave about the bossless workplace, but it's far more easily said than done. I've already written about the perils of the "flat management mutiny" -- which comes as you emerge a

Via Stepped Leader
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The recent Alberta task force about excellence in teaching assumes that the School managers are the leaders and will have those people deciding who the excellent teachers are and are not. Leadership and management are not synonymous so this seems like a fool's errand.

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Twenty Quotes to Give you Chills.

Twenty Quotes to Give you Chills. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything is different." ~ C.S. Lewis “When I was a boy and I would see scary th
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Some great quotes.

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20 Paradoxes That Give Us Wisdom and Perspective

20 Paradoxes That Give Us Wisdom and Perspective | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Paradoxes may seem logically impossible, but they're often true. From everyday tips to poignant life lessons, paradoxes teach us how to navigate the world.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Human being is paradox filled. Parker Palmer and Thomas Merton wrote extensively about paradox.

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Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too?

Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Learning to write by hand has learning benefits that could be neglected if too much focus is put on keyboarding.
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Via Yashy Tohsaku
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This will be disappointing for those who think discarding cursive writing is a principal of change. Integration is a key part of all teaching and learning.

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Engagement Landscape

Engagement Landscape | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A survey from the Education Week Research Center offers important insights about the levels of engagement and dedication teachers and school-based administrators see among their students.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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When we describe classrooms as landscapes, teachers engage in a hermeneutic process within the living landscape inhabited by other human beings.

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, June 6, 2014 1:45 PM

I do so love a great visual "Infographic!"

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The education question we should be asking

The education question we should be asking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

One area of education that doesn’t get enough attention in the loud education reform debate is exactly what is worth learning. In the following post Alfie Kohn explores this problem. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 13 books about education, parenting, and human behavior, including “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting,” just published this spring. He lectures widely across the United States and abroad.

 


Via Sharrock
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What is worth learning? This has been a question asked in educational research for some time i.e. John Dewey and is still being asked i.e. Bill Pinar and David Jardine. What is worth whiling over is not a bureaucratic and technocratic question, but one which comes to life in classrooms.

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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, February 13, 2015 7:41 AM

Alfie Kohn. Brilliant

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Leadership is Sharing Who You Are -

Leadership is Sharing Who You Are - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leadership is not about becoming someone else; leadership is sharing who you are. People tend to think that becoming a leader is being more like leaders who have gone before us. They try to emulate or even copy the actions of leaders they admire. Students of history draw parallels to situations faced by past leaders. …

Via Anne Leong, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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Parker Palmer wrote something to the effect authority is authoring our lives. That makes leaders vulnerable. Teachers who sit on the boundary of public and private life embrace this vulnerability. Usually, combined with technical skills, these are the teachers students respect and learn from.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 5, 2014 3:29 AM

People tend to think that becoming a leader is being more like leaders who have gone before us.

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Dealing With Complexity — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

Dealing With Complexity — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When dealing with complexity, we find that our situation is uncertain and there is disagreement about what direction to take, what’s important, and the decisions we need to take. Here's why.

Via june holley
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The reference to Ralph Stacey overcame the references to pop culture  i.e. Charlie Sheen. Michael Fullan referenced Stacey extensively in some of his writing about School leadership. I would go to Stacey's work directly as it is more complex than Fullan gave it credit for and is quite controversial.

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Creative Leaders versus Authoritative Leaders

Creative Leaders versus Authoritative Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Article by John Maeda

The picture shows the kind of creative leadership that is rising at the moment - on the other side the authoritative leadership style.

John Maeda says:
"The chart was originally created for a workshop at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2009 and became the basis of my book Redesigning Leadership, written with Becky Bermont. In my own observation, there are authoritative leaders and creative leaders everywhere."

Here the link to his book:
http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/redesigning-leadership

(Source: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130326210428-34374336-creative-leaders-versus-authoritative-leaders)


Via Karin Sebelin, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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When I read the two lists, the one for authoritative leaders read like what I experienced as a classroom teacher. School needs to move toward creative leading which would include teachers, parents, students, and other community members. We can move past the normal process of parent advisory meetings which sometimes have teachers in attendance, but are often window dressing.

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:33 AM

Intriguing contrast. Which list are you more comfortable with? Which list are your subordinates more comfortable with? #energizedleader

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:28 PM

Reminds me of Rianne Eisler's work.

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Maxine Greene and the "Frozen Sea Inside of Us"

Maxine Greene and the "Frozen Sea Inside of Us" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The image of Franz Kafka that captures most clearly Kafkan for me is the one of Kafka himself coming to consciousness in the morning, numbed from the waist down after sitting in one spot writing al...
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There are great points made in the article with well-chosen quotes from Greene, Dewey, Freire, etc. to support the points.

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Raise A Reader: A Parent Guide to Reading for Ages 3-5

Raise A Reader: A Parent Guide to Reading for Ages 3-5 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Keep your kids reading with our guide to great book lists, book-related articles, and activities for children aged 3-5. These essential resources will encourage your kids to love reading and address the age and reading levels of every reader: from ambivalent to advanced.

Via Adelina Moura
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The students who read at home came to classrooms with many creative ideas.

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12 Most Out of This World Leadership Lessons from Star Wars

12 Most Out of This World Leadership Lessons from Star Wars | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Michelle Mazur wrote the 12 Most Out of This World Leadership Lessons from Star Wars.


Via Emeric Nectoux, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Suvi Salo
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These are interesting and fun points.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 5, 2014 4:32 PM

Beside being trans-generation movies, Star Wars carry a lot of symbols and messages. 


This post is gathering some of the key messages on leadership and the learning way to follow to become a leader.

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Show up Naked to your Next Meeting

Show up Naked to your Next Meeting | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Let's get real. Nobody really likes meetings. Ilya Pozin, entrepeneur and writer for Forbes, wrote in a recent post on LinkedIn that 47% of the workforce say meetings are the #1 time-waster in the

Via Stepped Leader
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One School manager used to text in meetings and would tell us he was taking notes. This person struggled to summarize what was being said in the meeting. This same person has written about long meetings that do not resolve issues. With a lack of leadership that makes sense.

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Appreciated or Taken for Granted? A Tale of Two Workplace Cultures

Appreciated or Taken for Granted? A Tale of Two Workplace Cultures | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The big, burly man began to choke up as he took in what the company’s internal leadership coach just said.

Via george_reed
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Appreciation is demonstrated in the words and actions. Rarely, did I see and hear genuine appreciation in my last years teaching. Rather than another task force or committee on teaching, what we need are leaders who understand what classroom teachers are experiencing.

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for the love of learning: Teachers don't need surveillance -- they need support

for the love of learning: Teachers don't need surveillance -- they need support | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The other day I listened as two non-classroom educators talked about the task force recommendations. The two School managers spoke as if the re-qualification made perfect sense and was needed. I wonder whether there is a difference between what classroom teachers and School managers think about the recommendations generally? Is there already a split?

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

Via Susan Taylor
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This is the 3rd or 4th scoop in the last few days on this topic. I think it is important enough to keep grabbing new articles.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, June 6, 2014 10:29 AM

Is handwriting a relic of the past? 


It is now only in kindergarten and 1st grade that legible writing is taught to children.  After that "the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard".



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Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs! - Infographic

Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs! - Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
  Need some extra verbs? Here you go!           ~Mia

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Joseph Hill Ed.D
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Learning and teaching are about action therefore verbs are the appropriate words to bring nouns to life i.e. curriculum.

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Parent Cortical Mass's curator insight, June 6, 2014 10:06 AM

Hard to resist a Bloom's Taxonomy Infographic.  Especially one that gives you lots and lots of verbs!  Add these to your day to day talk.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 7, 2014 10:51 AM

Cute!

David Swaddle's curator insight, June 16, 2014 11:28 PM

A nice infographic to keep at hand when writing questions and setting learning objectives.

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Leadership Rituals that Make Each Day Count

Leadership Rituals that Make Each Day Count | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Rituals can strengthen and spotlight the values, intentions, and experiences you have chosen to live by; they and can be useful when we are trying to figure out what is important.


Via donhornsby
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Making listening, asking questions, and reading into rituals lifts up from the ordinary and gives them a sacred feel.

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Eliane Fierro's curator insight, June 8, 2014 9:22 PM

Choose your ritual to become who you want to be... 

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 19, 2014 2:01 PM

Try to incorporate these daily, or at least weekly.

Erin Ryan's curator insight, October 23, 2015 8:40 PM

Leaders are always growing, developing, thinking, and constantly improving. We do this by be learners ourselves. We read and read- not just reports but articles and blogs that are applicable to our craft. We listen for the sake of listening rather than with intentions of replying, we ask questions and find answers, we mentor others and seek out mentors for our own selves. Leaders give ongoing, rich feedback, we journal and track information, Most importantly good leaders are continuously learning. We practice what we preach.

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Parent: Why I can't 'in good conscience' leave my kids in public school - Washington Post (blog)

Parent: Why I can't 'in good conscience' leave my kids in public school - Washington Post (blog) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) Parent: Why I can't 'in good conscience' leave my kids in public school Washington Post (blog) To the other extreme, Jackson then has “feel” and other long e spelling words in late winter/early spring, along with vocabulary...

Via Robert Hubert
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In a province like Alberta, there is no other viable alternative. Public Schools are it. There are some fine teachers in those Schools, but they are often hamstrung by administrators who have lost touch with the classroom and some who spent little time in the classroom. Combine this with shifting political winds i.e. Inspiring Education and Excellent in Teaching and teaching is more challenging than ever. What happens is the latest fad du jour with digital technologies, some form of formulaic curricula, and a focus on inputs and outputs with no real change happening in School.

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Robert Hubert's curator insight, June 5, 2014 10:50 AM

One parents response to the Standardize Tests that their children are/were required to write.