Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity
19.6K views | +2 today
Follow
Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity
Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

#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...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

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

Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Teacher's corner
Scoop.it!

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
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from her place at the leadership table
Scoop.it!

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

During the summer, you'll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start? Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students.


Via Patti Kinney, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
The inputs and outputs that are involved with student feed
more...
Mikko Hakala's curator insight, May 29, 2014 5:59 AM

Good, practical hints how to get feedback from the students.

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Transforming Ed
Scoop.it!

Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom - Infographic

Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom - Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bring on the i. I just finished reading several books about intrinsic motivation. None of the research is new, so why aren't we incorporating intrinsic motivation into the classroom more? Here are ...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Joseph Hill Ed.D
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is interesting that the infographic focuses on teaching. That is a great place to begin from. Teaching and learning are wrapped up and work together.

more...
Edgar Mata's curator insight, May 28, 2014 1:09 PM

The intrinsic motivation is the best tool for a successful classroom work.

Joaquín Ballester's curator insight, May 28, 2014 3:14 PM

Motivación, motivation

Chris Carter's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:57 PM

False is better than none, extrinsic is better than false, and intrinsic is best of all.

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from 21st Century Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching?

Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We like to talk about the value of pedagogy, but we never seem to get around to rewarding it.

Via Gust MEES
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

Good teaching is probably happening without us realizing it. I read an article that suggested good teaching is about raising the standards for learning. It is a mindful experience.

more...
Alexa SHdez's curator insight, May 27, 2014 11:39 AM

El docente puede inculcar cultura puesto que influye como enseña y demuestra su forma de enseñanza y la forma en como evalúa.

Bob Irving's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:07 AM

Addresses mostly higher ed. A welcome approach from uninformed teacher bashing. Truly great teachers are the most influential people on the planet.

Michel J. Boustani's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:15 AM

The title says all!

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Leadership
Scoop.it!

Leadership Is About Emotion - Forbes

Leadership Is About Emotion - Forbes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ Leadership Is About Emotion Forbes Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them.”


Via Roy Sheneman, PhD, Maria
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The article contains some good points about leadership.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Online and Blended Teaching
Scoop.it!

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not n...

Via J. Mark Schwanz
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is less about failure and more about figuring out what works in our settings. Reform that does not consider the local needs from the classroom out is doomed to fail and deforms. Reform that works with the local setting in mind has a greater chance of success.

more...
J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, May 26, 2014 9:52 AM

I don't say that ed reform has "failed" but I do think more problem solving is needed. 

Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

How the brain works during meditation | neuroscientistnews.com

How the brain works during meditation | neuroscientistnews.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Meditation is more than just a way to calm our thoughts and lower stress levels: our brain processes more thoughts and feelings during meditation than when you are simply relaxing, a coalition of r...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The idea that meditation allows the mind to calm and process more seems paradoxical and certainly worth considering when we think about potential roles in teaching and learning.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

When PhDs realize they won't be professors - Macleans.ca

When PhDs realize they won't be professors - Macleans.ca | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Young academics struggle with the transition from school to workKeith Wayne Brown's insight:The Postdoc Survey, a partnership between the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars andMitacs&nbs...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It appears that PhD graduates have to reinvent themselves in the face of research results of this nature. What that means may take time and personal reflection. What may need to happen is a blending of practical and theoretical work as we move forward.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Effective Leadership and Management
Scoop.it!

What Makes a Great School Leader?

What Makes a Great School Leader? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is the time of year when, for many different reasons, some teachers consider taking positions at other schools. I've received a number of calls from friends and colleagues this spring asking for

Via Anne Leong, Stepped Leader
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The article does not make references, but the material includes concepts explored by Daniel Goleman and Anthony Bryk.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Ed Infographics
Scoop.it!

Get into the Flow in your Classrooom

Get into the Flow in your Classrooom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There is an experience that happens in many of my classes... Students get so enthralled in what they are doing that time disappears and learning transpires. I often wondered how this happened and h...

Via Nancy Jones
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

All teachers have experienced teaching and learning that meets flow conditions. This helps us more easily recognize when we enter one.

more...
Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 24, 2014 10:09 AM

Not only is there some great stuff here that reviews and summarizes the book FLOW, but the inforgraphics are wonderful and contain media links.

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Teacher's corner
Scoop.it!

Why Teaching Is Like Farming - Edudemic

Why Teaching Is Like Farming - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sometimes, I think that teaching is a lot like farming. I know that statement won’t immediately convince most of you, but sometimes, you need to think of yourself as a farmer. Reap, Sow This principle is as old as time. It is fair to say that farming was one of the first professions. Farmers understood …

Via Suvi Salo
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

In both teaching and farming, there is a tending to important phenomena that contribute to a better life. Both are highly complex and relational processes requiring mindfulness and attentiveness. I am reminded of the understanding that meditation on the mat prepares us for daily life and living moment-to-moment.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

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.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Psychology
Scoop.it!

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.


Via Maddie Johnson
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from 21st Century Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

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/



Via Gust MEES
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

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.

more...
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 ;)
Alan Jordan's curator insight, April 3, 4:13 PM

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.

Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

Follow Otrazhenie

Follow Otrazhenie | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Reflections
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I taught in an organization where dissenting views were often ridiculed and pushed aside. One of the leading lights wrote on his blog that there were times we should just trust the bosses and groupthink was OK under certain circumstances. With thinking like that, no wonder School remains locked in ineffective ways.

 

Dissenting to be disagreeable is not what the article speaks about. Rather, it is about listening and responding to others in respectful ways. Schools can be forums where teachers are heard more fully when they are allowed to speak honestly and from the depth of their experience.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Assistant Principal
Scoop.it!

PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change

PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Nancy J. Herr
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

Leading in School has been mistaken for managing. The two work together and are likely inextricably intertwined. A key is that leading is about letting go as well as influencing. I rarely see that in our schools.

more...
Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:57 AM

This is never more true than in a school. Institutions that honor tradition, schools are nevertheless always in a state of flux. Leaders need to  be able to see where we need to go and articulate the change and the process clearly. 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 27, 2014 1:34 PM

I concur with my colleague Ivon Prefontaine. Leading and managing are not the same, but are most definitely complementary. Both require a certain self-awareness if one is to be successful.

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Good Advice
Scoop.it!

The Habits of Successful People: They Have a Growth Mindset - - The Buffer Blog

The Habits of Successful People: They Have a Growth Mindset - - The Buffer Blog | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“Confidence is just displayed ability.” If you could display your ability to do something — whether that was making a free throw, solving a math problem, or selling a candy bar — then you would naturally become confident in your ability to do it again. I had never thought about using my actions to drive my mindset.


Via Karen Bowden
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

A growth mindset is important in all learning. It is something that is lacking in School. By fixing curricula and pretending that is what is learned, we create a fixed mindset. A growth mindset emerges when we realize curricula are meaning making experiences in teaching and learning.

more...
Karen Bowden's curator insight, May 27, 2014 11:18 AM

Use your actions to drive your mindset.  “Display your ability first. Prove it to yourself and then you’ll believe it.”  Qualities that can be developed through your actions:  confidence, willpower, determination, and perseverance.

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Teacher's corner
Scoop.it!

How Behavioral Issues Affect Academic Performance Infographic

How Behavioral Issues Affect Academic Performance Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The How Behavioral Issues Affect Academic Performance Infographic presents how behavioral issues can affect a child’s academic experience. Children with behavioral issues such as ADHD can be just as intelligent as their peers, but their academic performance may be affected by their behavior. Be... http://elearninginfographics.com/behavioral-issues-affect-academic-performance-infographic/


Via elearninginfographic, Suvi Salo
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

During my days in the classroom, I came to consider that students were on a continuum and their behavior reflected them individually. It personalizes who the person is in front of the teacher and puts us in a different relationship.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from #HR #RRHH Making love and making personal #branding #leadership
Scoop.it!

Learning To Listen: Where Organized Causes Really Begin

Learning To Listen: Where Organized Causes Really Begin | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“Sometimes, the best way to build up a social cause is to stop talking.”


Via Metta Solutions, AlGonzalezinfo, Ricard Lloria
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

When I think of people who have impacted me in life, they have been great listeners. They did not impose something on me, but helped me find a place where I could figure things out. Great teachers are great listeners. They take time and have deep patience.

more...
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 25, 2014 10:31 AM

Like the wise Bob Burg says, "Interrupters can't be Influencers".


Good post here via @MettaSolutions on how to STOP and LISTEN.  


Tip #6 is very applicable:


6. Silence is your friend. Don’t be afraid of a lull, a quietude, a silent period. Don’t yield every time to the temptation to fill the void. Be patient, revel in what Patrick O’Brian called “companionable silence.” Let your interview subject speak, and fill the quiet.



John Michel's curator insight, May 26, 2014 10:26 PM

In the social sector, there is sometimes a prejudice against feasibility and planning studies – they’re seen as a fee source for consultants and a way for Boards to cover their hind quarters. But in my view, the interviews are worth their weight in gold – often quite literally. People want to be heard, they want to tell you what they think. They may even want to help. So pipe down, and listen.

 

Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

Peter DeWitt writes about teacher leaders, but ideology trumps expertise

Peter DeWitt writes about teacher leaders, but ideology trumps expertise | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
From Peter DeWitt in Education Week. Very often, real change happens from the ground up, but unfortunately too many school leaders only recognize change from the top down. And if teachers need to c...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is not just ideology. It is about preserving a status quo that protects the way things have been done for decades. It is about preserving administrative and, now, consulting jobs. If teachers were given more authority, it would challenge the status quo.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ivon Prefontaine
Scoop.it!

What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like

What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The goal of Teacher Powered Schools initiative, led by Education Evolving, is to seed a movement that will inspire other teachers in schools across the country to realize their potential as leaders.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

For several years, I taught and learned in a school that was teacher led. It was not an initiative and evolved into that out of chance and circumstance. When the bureaucrats and technocrats (many who think they are progressive) saw what was happening, they moved in and put an end to what was a workable way of teaching and learning.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Teacher's corner
Scoop.it!

Learning with 'e's: Deeper learning

Learning with 'e's: Deeper learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Suvi Salo
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The author is summarizing some key learning theories and does a nice job.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine from Trends in Education and Technology
Scoop.it!

Mentoring Instead of Teaching: A Paradigm Shift

Mentoring Instead of Teaching: A Paradigm Shift | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By: Dawn Casey-Rowe Teachers give homework. Mentors change lives. If schools replaced teachers with mentors, classrooms would be revolutionized forever. This isn’t semantics – it’s a paradigm shift...

Via Fishtree Education
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I think mentoring is part of teaching, but does not replace teaching. Teaching is a much broader rubric which I think is narrowed and, as a result, it is easy to say it should be converted into one other thing. Teaching requires a constant attentiveness to what is needed moment-to-moment and this includes mentoring. As well, teaching requires understanding what works for one student may not work for another. If we expand teaching, we create the paradigm shift we want.

more...
No comment yet.