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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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Who Gets To Tell The Emperor He's Naked?

Who Gets To Tell The Emperor He's Naked? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When I meet a CEO for the first time – not at a social event or a business gathering, but when he or she has asked for my help with some organizational obstacle – my first question is always “Where do you get the truth from?” I want to know [...]

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An equally important corollary question is "Is the emperor able to handle being told he or she is naked?" I found that in school the managers did not want to hear the diverse views and be challenged.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 7, 2014 12:25 PM

It's lonely at the top - CEOs need challenge more than anyone!

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Ball-point pen, a powerful art tool only as powerful as the artist who uses it!

Ball-point pen, a powerful art tool only as powerful as the artist who uses it! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You'll be blown away when you see the amazing ball-point paintings that follow. So realistic, so inspiring! When you look at these Bic ball-point drawings, yes that's right the same pen you use to ...
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Teaching is an art-form. The people who do it well are artists and use tools to create relationships. It does take forever to reach out and build relationships with students. I wonder if we have lost sight of this in a world where we mistake being connected with being in relationship with the world and all phenomena, human and non-human, we are in contact with.

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.

Via Suvi Salo
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We want to be in the space between chaos and order as teachers. We are not trying to resolve chaos and hold order in place, but negotiate the reality, along with students, the uncertain, non-linear world we live in.

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Tips for Handling Student Excuses

Tips for Handling Student Excuses | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As new teachers very quickly learn, students will come up with all kinds of excuses for missing assignments and other work.

Via Blaine Morrow
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A colleague told me a couple of months ago that it was one thing to turn some teachers loose in the classroom, but would we want to do that with every teacher. We do just that. These tips help all teachers, experienced and inexperienced.

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You Need to Ask: If I Had Me For a Boss, Would I Like Coming to Work?

You Need to Ask: If I Had Me For a Boss, Would I Like Coming to Work? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“If I had me for a boss, would I like coming to work?”
Face it, the people who work for you have other options.

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This is a great question. Do people show up at work because it is a pay cheque or are they coming for larger reasons? What would school administrators answer if they honestly considered this question?

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Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:35 AM

A question everyone should ask, even if your not a boss!

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Education Act remains contentious

Education Act remains contentious | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
First Nations, Aboriginal News, Events, Job listings, humour, cartoons, opinion

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We should be suspicious of all governments and their educational reforms.

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The Theory Behind It

The Theory Behind It | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via june holley
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Even though we think we are managing the change, we rarely do. In schools, children bring many different views and histories and the result is their learning, the change, is self-organizing around what seems important to each of them with some external guidance from teachers.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 3, 2014 11:20 AM

Rather than minimizing something such as government, we need to enhance the way it works in both attitude and function.  What is government but just another aspect of our society that needs to work with society and all its various aspects in order to deliver the best possible results for the people reliably and throughout all conditions?

You can't MAKE things be better, any more than you can force people to be better.

 

Think about it.

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Educational Leadership: Professional Learning: Reimagined: Rethinking Classroom Observation

Educational Leadership: Professional Learning:  Reimagined: Rethinking Classroom Observation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A Different Approach

Teacher-driven observation addresses these problems by empowering teachers with a classroom-embedded process to refine their instruction. Through teacher-driven observation, teachers engage peers in gathering and analyzing classroom data—data that speak to the unique context of their own classrooms. This approach has demonstrated potential to meaningfully improve instruction and student achievement.

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Existing approaches to observation generally serve the observer. Teacher-driven observation flips this approach, placing the observed teacher as leader and primary learner in the observation process.

 


Via Gust MEES
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Unless something has changed in the last few months, teachers still do not have much, if any, say in their professional development. It is left to those outside the classroom, who have not been in the classroom for years, and did not want to be in the classroom in many cases.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 3, 2014 11:17 AM

Through teacher-driven observation, teachers engage peers in gathering and analyzing classroom data—data that speak to the unique context of their own classrooms. This approach has demonstrated potential to meaningfully improve instruction and student achievement.


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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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Learn more:

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

 

 

 


Via Gust MEES
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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.

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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.


Learn more:


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


enrique rubio royo's comment, June 10, 2014 5:27 AM
Thanks for this, muchas gracias Gust MEES
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 10, 2014 1:14 PM

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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11 Important Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

11 Important Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As lifehackers, we can learn a lot of life lessons from the legendary Dr. Seuss. Here are 11 of his most important life lessons, including some of his most popular quotes.
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Dr. Seuss is always a good source for life lessons.

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Hierarchy is dead! Long live Holacracy! ...Right?

Hierarchy is dead! Long live Holacracy! ...Right? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Why do so many articles on implementations of management-less companies being referred to as “eliminating hierarchy” mix that with Holacracy? Why would a company then need Holacracy?


Take the Zappos gets rid of managers example – read on because there’s no mentioning of eliminating hierarchy. They are implementing a holacracy for a clear Purpose: they attempt to prevent bureaucracy from infiltrating Zappos, while maintaining a start-up culture within what is now, a quite large organization. They attempt to build Resilience against bureaucracy. It is what they believe to be needed to maintain a start-up culture.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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I wonder what this will look like in schools? It certainly had not made an arrival where I taught. In fact, it might be argued that the hierarchy was firmly entrenched and being reinforced.

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Eli Levine's comment, May 3, 2014 11:31 AM
Patrick: I was wondering how it could be applied within the government agencies, I see how it can be applied from government to the larger social and environmental ecosystems. Sorry for the confusion! :)
AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:58 AM

The ideas we have developed and used for at least 4 decades are gradually becoming incorporated into how we think of organizations on a more regular basis

Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 7, 2014 6:18 AM

The article challenges the assumption that holocracy eliminates hierarchies. From the piece: 

 

"Holacracy claims to ....change  the concept of organizational structure from one that is autocratic and top-down to one that is decentralized, organic, and bottom-up. Ultimately, the vision of Holacracy is to allow the emergent, creative properties of the individuals playing roles within an organization to self-organize and flourish, much like human cells are organized into organs, which in turn are organized into bodies and minds, which in turn go forth into the world to express their purpose as humans."


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Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching? - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching? - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Blaine Morrow
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Learning, whether it is flipped or unflipped, is not something that happens without teaching.

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Every Teacher an Innovator

Every Teacher an Innovator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Joe Mazza believes that, beyond a willingness to integrate the latest technology, true innovation begins with a mindset, something that he encourages all educators to make a part of their job.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I know teachers who are very innovative who are not tech-savvy. Being innovative is not about using a particular tool or set of tools. It is creating spaces where students feel comfortable and learn.

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#Leadership Is All About Balance

#Leadership Is All About Balance | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When things don't go as planned, you have to have the courage to look in the mirror and face what you see.

Via Kevin Watson, Metta Solutions, David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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I think leadership is about understanding balance is difficult to maintain alone. It is important to include others in the hard work and integrate diverse thinking into the hard work. It might be being off-balance is essential in leadership.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 7, 2014 7:39 AM

(from the article): The only way to achieve balance is to be open to a much broader perspective. It’s not that everything you think you know and believe when you’re young and immature is wrong. It’s that your viewpoint is based on limited experience and therefore tends to be narrowly focused and subjective. And the only way to gain wisdom and maturity is to be willing to let go of the notion that you understand how things work and embrace the possibility that you really don’t.


That’s called knowing what you don’t know.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, May 7, 2014 8:53 AM

Balance is more about the integration of one's values than anything else.  When we define what's important, we can always find the time.

David Hain's curator insight, May 7, 2014 12:20 PM

The mirror test - better than any psychometric, and totally free!

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How to Make Yourself Memorable in a Sea of Corporate Robots

How to Make Yourself Memorable in a Sea of Corporate Robots | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Back in October, one of my friends was getting married. So naturally, we did what most people do these days and we went on an epic bachelorette cruise. These days, I’m totally an old person and I d...
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One thing I found in school is we did not have the time or make the time to be genuine and helpful. I think at times it is a combination of the two challenges and it becomes easier to say we do not have time. What passes for authenticity and helpfulness is often shadows of the two. Taking time and listening is often a first step towards being authentic and helpful.

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Teachers Whose Lessons Extend Beyond The Classroom

Teachers Whose Lessons Extend Beyond The Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A classroom is more than just an area for arithmetic lessons and vocabulary regurgitation; it's the cornerstone of a child's future.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I think it is important that teaching is something that connects the world and the classroom. Teachers are bridges between the two.

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Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When they say, 'Let�s give students a voice,' they mean, 'let�s give them a seat at school board meetings.' Not good enough.

Via Bill Ferguson
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is an interesting concept. I am not sure what is meant by students running a school. I think a similar problem is leaving teachers out of the conversations that occur. We will pretend to give students voice, but make no effort to even lift up teachers.

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Bill Ferguson's curator insight, May 6, 2014 12:22 PM

This is where I see education headed.

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The New Employee ... Partner in Purpose?

The New Employee ... Partner in Purpose? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Comes a time in everyone's life to move on. Whether it's from a relationship, job or life itself.Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes not. I've done it recently myself and find it to be a wonderful breath

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Complexity and autonomy are important in all workplaces and particularly in education. Teachers need to feel they have space to move easily in their teaching.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 3, 2014 11:49 AM

Give employees the right skills, abilities and time to gain complete dominion over their job. Allow them to go off the farm and continually learn about new things, new ways to do their job. This works, with one small caveat. The person has to be motivated and an auto-didact. Have the energy and gumption to teach themselves on their own time - and enjoy it.

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5 Inspirational Quotes Teachers Should Love - Edudemic

5 Inspirational Quotes Teachers Should Love - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sometimes quotations can really sum up what we’re thinking or feeling in words that are much more eloquently put than what we can come up with in the moment. You can use them to help remind you that others are feeling, seeing, and doing the same thing as you are. You can use them to …

Via Suvi Salo
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There are five great quotes.

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Diagnosed with Asperger: "Forcing the norm onto me is the worst"

Diagnosed with Asperger: "Forcing the norm onto me is the worst" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Paula Tilli is a lecturer and language enthusiast. She does not know how to clean her house or when the Second World War took place. She believes that forcing one into norms is the worst.

Snap, open the tomato sauce jar and boil the spaghetti!

Via Suvi Salo
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I enjoyed teaching children who were different. I learned more by keeping an open mind and understanding that everyone is different.

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A wise man knows everything. A fool knows everybody. Paulo Coelho

A wise man knows everything. A fool knows everybody. Paulo Coelho | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ivo Nový
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Paulo Freire is my favourite fictional writer.

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, May 2, 2014 12:22 PM

A wise man knows everything. A fool knows everybody. Paulo Coelho

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8 Characteristics of The 21st Century Teacher

8 Characteristics of The 21st Century Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Fishtree Education, Suvi Salo
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The characteristics are accurate. Being a learner is critical and communicating through listening are essential.

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Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra

Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
School districts have been quick to cut music and art programs when budgets get tight, focusing instead on "employable" skills like math and science. But there's a strong body of research indicating that neglecting the arts in school puts students at a cognitive disadvantage throughout life.

Via Agron S. Dida
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Students enjoy the low-tech activities i.e. art, food science, phys ed, etc.

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TURIOT's curator insight, May 2, 2014 12:21 PM

True-- extra curricular activities build life experiences. 

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The 7Cs of The 21st Century Lifelong Learning Skills

The 7Cs of The 21st Century Lifelong Learning Skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Gust MEES
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These have been important for some time. I struggle with the final one. I am not sure that learning as a concrete enjoyable activity is well-served by career management. I wonder what that means to a kindergarten student.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 2, 2014 8:36 AM

A MUST read!


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Assessing education: have we learnt our lesson?

Assessing education: have we learnt our lesson? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
David Archer: Unesco taskforce report claiming consensus on global education skills is misleading – we may have 250m children in schools, but not all of them are learning

Via Kent Brewer
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Perhaps, if we stopped focusing on preparing children for a distant workplace and focused on them enjoying their learning today, it would make a difference. All children are learning, but they are not necessarily learning what bureaucrats, technocrats, and politicians think they should learn and how they should learn.

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