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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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From Dino Brains to Thought Control — 10 Fascinating Brain Findings

From Dino Brains to Thought Control — 10 Fascinating Brain Findings | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In light of President Obama's plan to advance brain science, here are some recent cool findings about the brain.

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This goes beyond the 10 facts and delves into what makes those points interesting.

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Study finds that students themselves, not professors, lead some to become more liberal in college @insidehighered

Study finds that students themselves, not professors, lead some to become more liberal in college @insidehighered | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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For School to be a democratic educational process, classrooms have to be active democratic spaces where teachers do not indoctrinate but offer their voice as one of many. The late Ted Aoki indicated all teaching is a political act which suggests classrooms can be democratic spaces where students and teachers engage democratically. We have to decide whether this is mere compliance to prevailing ideologies and paradigms are real democratic action.

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Appreciative Leadership

Appreciative Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Appreciative leadership would be grounded in appreciative inquiry. What do we do in our work that is positive? That is the underlying question. The idea that appreciative leading and inquiring are relational fits with the idea the language of teaching is also relational; whereas the language of learning is based on inputs and outputs.

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Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning | Professional Development

Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning | Professional Development | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

One of the most exciting ideas presented in the paper is what we truly believe to be the future of teacher preparation and ongoing development--micro-credentials, likely displayed as digital badges--that would signify accomplishment and measure and reward competency-based outcomes for educators.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Competency

 

 

 


Via Gust MEES, enrique rubio royo
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There are three parts to becoming a teacher: qualification, socialization, and subjectation. The process in the article speaks about the first one and to much lesser extent to the second, but the three are overlapping and need each other. Yes, we become qualified to teach, we are socialized to teach, but do we ever consider ourselves teachers?

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 2, 2014 7:19 PM

One of the most exciting ideas presented in the paper is what we truly believe to be the future of teacher preparation and ongoing development--micro-credentials, likely displayed as digital badges--that would signify accomplishment and measure and reward competency-based outcomes for educators.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Competency


Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 2, 2014 9:08 PM

Teacher preparation is an ongoing and life-long process. Without this understanding, we are at best treading water, more likely drowning, and losing ground. We should have been preparing teachers for deep learning a long time ago.

enrique rubio royo's comment, June 10, 2014 5:27 AM
Thanks for this, muchas gracias Gust MEES
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Education builds character

Education builds character | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”-- Albert Schweitzer My daughter has the ideal work location. It’s not becau
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The link to the article is "why schools should revisit their roots" and not Education Builds Character. The title is interesting as it does not say School builds character.

 

There is a bit of a criticism of the word training, but some early thinkers i.e. Dewey used the word. It takes full reading of Dewey to realize the complexity and self-organization he spoke about.

 

Knowing where we came from helps in knowing where we might be going. It provides no certainty, but does allow education and teachers a solid foundation as they work with teachers.

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Leadership is Stimulating

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Leading is stimulating. It is an ongoing process rather than fixed and static. One element is the shifting that leading undergoes. Who is the best person to lead in this moment and with this task. Leading is about communicating and listening.

 

It would be interesting to see School managers begin to understand leading as a verb and action rather than as a noun and static, something that is a given and ordained on certain people.

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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.


Via Edumorfosis, juandoming, Ricard Lloria
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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."


Via Jim Lerman
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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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Extraodinarily Ordinary

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Creativity and subsequent learning is messy and wiggly as the article suggests. This suggests teaching is messy and wiggly. Being present and in the moment helps navigate the teaching and learning. We at least have an inkling where we are in this very moment.

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Work Out Loud Week

Work Out Loud Week | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Via juandoming
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Communities are organic and teams are formed around hierarchy. School is about teams and education is about community.

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Principal musings on education: The Six Secrets of Change

Principal musings on education: The Six Secrets of Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

How do Fullan’s Six Secrets of Change fit into your evolving role as a Digital Leader? If you are about to make this transition how do you see them impacting you and your work? I always learn so much from Fullan.


Via Patti Kinney, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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There are some good points in the article by Eric Sheninger. Teaching is a calling which suggests integrating passion and compassion. The key point the author makes is we need to think about what we are reading and, more importantly, have conversations with others and our self around what we are reading. It is what is often missed in the writings of the Dufours and Eaker and Michael Fullan. Another key point is do we just take what "experts" who are not in the classroom say as a given. Providing teachers with opportunities to express their voice, share their experiences, and play key policy roles is critical in education if we wish to move away from School.

 

The article is OK, but I always wonder if I could just dilute my life to six secrets, seven habits, and other recipes how wonderful it would be.

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Some Words of Kindness to My Past Self. ~ Kaylee Clayton

Some Words of Kindness to My Past Self. ~ Kaylee Clayton | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The main thing I want to tell you is that you are so much more.
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The opening quote reminded me of a Parker Palmer line about using technique until the real teacher shows up. There is a letting go in life and in work that speaks to us that shifts us towards authentic and genuine relationships in our life.

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for the love of learning: I'm a teacher. I never saw this coming.

for the love of learning: I'm a teacher. I never saw this coming. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The author, Jim Watson, started teaching a few years before did. I never saw many of the shifts coming either. They might be somewhat different in Alberta than in BC but they are subtle and pervasive.

 

One thing that stands out in both systems is the separation of principals, as School managers, from the day-to-day classroom teaching. They have been ordained as experts when often they are not. Often, they are the people willing to accept political, bureaucratic, and technocratic talking points. Alberta's separation is less obvious, but perhaps that makes it more troubling.

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Authentic Assessments for History-Social Science

Authentic Assessments for History-Social Science | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Introduction Multiple-choice, true false, short answer, matching, and other types of standardized tests target only factual knowledge at a recall level, and often do more to measure how well studen...
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The classroom I taught and learned in was set up for conversations and different authentic assessment to occur. The conversations revealed a lot that old-school tests and quizzes did not. You could visibly see the enthusiasm and disengagement and everything in-between for each student.

 

We conducted cross-grade science fairs, built prototypes, used various media, etc. to provide deeper insight into what was being taught and learned.

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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

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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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