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The Troubling Flaws In How We Select Experts

The Troubling Flaws In How We Select Experts | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it

Organizations are constantly scouring the earth for the talent or perfect expert that will provide the fresh edge and perspective needed to overcome the challenging obstacles that stand in their way to the top. In their pursuit of excellence however, you may be shocked to learn the criteria they use to define credibility and expertise may be severely flawed.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Bobby Dillard
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In the words of Mark Twain, “An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town.”

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 28, 2014 10:35 AM

Sadly, it's human nature to overlook the talent nearest you and think an outsider can save the day.  


Why are recommendations perceived as bad ideas when suggested by employees, but suddenly brilliant when a lesser known individual suggests the same thing?


Why are these outsiders perceived to be more credible?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 28, 2014 7:04 PM

I always wondered how it was done. It certainly does not make much sense in School who is promoted and privileged.

 

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Christine Capra's curator insight, July 31, 2014 4:53 PM

I think this also has to do with our delusional search for perfection.

 

The better we know one another, the more 'flaw's we see - we can only imagine getting something close to our ideal with the unknown.

 

And we're a culture that prefers the illusion of the ideal over the value in reality. 

 

So we'll choose an infinite stream of expensive 'honeymoon' phases to the grit of committing to the flawed known. In all kinds of realms. . .

 

To our detriment - imho.

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Teaching Morals and Ethics In a World of Gray

Teaching Morals and Ethics In a World of Gray | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
The murderous mobster Jimmy Hoffa once said, “I may have my faults, but being wrong ain’t one of them.” If such an evil man – guilty of prostitution, gambling, corruption, murder and more — didn’t see his faults, what hope do we teachers have of teaching kids the difference between right and wrong? Cathy Rubin […]
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Are novelists or psychologists better at describing people? – Carlin Flora | Aeon Essays

Are novelists or psychologists better at describing people? – Carlin Flora | Aeon Essays | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Can novelists or psychologists better capture the strange multitude of realities in every human self?
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Students avoid ‘different’ classmates for group discussions

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Research finds undergraduates ‘self-sort’ by gender and ethnicity for group work
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So? So What? What Now? How To Keep The Learning Going

So? So What? What Now? How To Keep The Learning Going | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice
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Your boss is worried you soon won't have the skills needed to get a job

Your boss is worried you soon won't have the skills needed to get a job | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
New research suggests that nearly a third of US business leaders and technology analysts express “no confidence” that education and job training in the country will evolve rapidly enough.
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Shifting Needs in a Digital World

Shifting Needs in a Digital World | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
  Recently, Gerald Fussell wrote a blog post examining how our priorities in schools support our students and their diverse, dynamic needs. Based on his thinking around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs using a school lens, and the graphic he created above; he explores the challenges schools face in supporting students through to the Self Actualization…

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 24, 6:53 PM
The post links Maslow and a digital world.
Edward Russell's curator insight, June 30, 4:23 AM
linking the bedrock of Maslow to 21st century literacy - including issues like excessive screen time, cyber-bullying and the need for fostering a positive public online identity
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners - Relationships still the key!  By Barbara Blackburn

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners - Relationships still the key!  By Barbara Blackburn | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
By Barbara Blackburn

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Vijf sleutels waar je leerlingen al een heel eind mee komen. 
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These 5 hit the center of the target. Check out Effective Praise and Effective Support.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 26, 1:19 PM
Well worth a read. While aimed at K-12 teachers, there is much that is useful for higher ed. 
 
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This is how you can find meaning in your life, and still be happy

This is how you can find meaning in your life, and still be happy | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
On the face of it, there are many situations in which doing something that makes us happier fails to make our lives more meaningful.
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Some Brain Neurons May Help Distinguish Reality from Imagination | Psych Central News

Some Brain Neurons May Help Distinguish Reality from Imagination | Psych Central News | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Neurons in the lateral prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain found to be abnormal in psychosis, are also important in helping people distinguish between
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The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)

The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should) | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
You've seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something strange—something you wouldn't normally do—but getting out of your routine just takes so much work. There's actually a lot of science that explains why it's so hard to break out of your comfort zone, and why it's good for you when you do it. With a little understanding and a few adjustments, you can break away from your routine and do great things.
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What Happens in Your Brain When You Learn a Song

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The human neocortex learns and recognizes new songs with amazing efficiency. This is how
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How Teachers Use Design Thinking in Reimagining Learning Spaces

How Teachers Use Design Thinking in Reimagining Learning Spaces | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Chris Johnson writes for ISTE as he describes how today's educators are using design thinking approaches for reimagining learning spaces.

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Design Thinking is a iterative process that needs to be used regularly within the school and individual classrooms. 
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Eight important neuropsychological syndromes you’ve probably never heard of

Eight important neuropsychological syndromes you’ve probably never heard of | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Studying people who have brain damage or illness has been hugely important to progress in psychology. By Christian Jarrett
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Music to Move To: Producing for Movement Therapy | Native Instruments Blog

Music to Move To: Producing for Movement Therapy | Native Instruments Blog | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Movement Tracks are pioneering new methods of using music to help patients with cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease regain the ability to walk.
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Genius Hour Resources

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Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them.  My gifted 3rd-5th graders participate in this project, and present their learning when they are ready.  This page is devoted to sharing some of the resources I've collected over the past…
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Disrupted Prefrontal Regulation of Striatal Subjective Value Signals in Psychopathy

Disrupted Prefrontal Regulation of Striatal Subjective Value Signals in Psychopathy | Teacher's corner | Scoop.it
Psychopaths are notorious for their criminal behavior and poor self-control, but underlying
neural mechanisms remain unresolved. Using fMRI in incarcerated offenders, Hosking
et al. show that regulatory cortico-striatal connectivity is weakened in psychopathy,
driving heightened striatal value encoding during decision making.
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What’s Normal?

When it comes to childhood aggression, what is normal and what is not? When does behavior cross the line from anger to aggression?
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The Psychology of Language: Why Are Some Words More Persuasive Than Others?

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What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than others? Buffer cofounder Leo Widrich dives into what the research has to say about this and more.
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It's important to remember that forgetting is important

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If files on your computer suddenly vanished, you’d be in line for a new one pretty quickly, and yet that’s what our brains do all the time. Forgetting is a frustrating experience, but a new paper suggests that when it comes to human memory, forgetting things may be just as important as remembering.
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Why Reading Is the Most Intelligent Thing You Can Do

Reading plays an integral role in developing our intelligence, problem-solving, and analytical skills. All good reasons to do more of it.
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Finnish schools are moving on up - Education | The Star Online

The Nordic country shows it is ahead of the game in boosting not only children’s literacy, but also their wellbeing.
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Self-Paced Learning: How One Teacher Does It

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How do you run a differentiated classroom, where each student is working on separate tasks at different speeds? See how one teacher manages a self-paced class.
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Student-Driven Differentiation: Putting Student Voice Behind The Wheel

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I respect my students, just ask them!
A few months ago, I read The School Voice Report published by The Quaglia Institute. The report disclosed some very thought-provoking numbers. Most notably, after surveying over 60,000 students and 4,000 teachers, researchers found 99% of teachers surveyed reported they respect their students, while 58% of students surveyed reported feeling respected by their teachers. 

Additionally, of those surveyed, 82% of teachers said they actively seek out student opinions and ideas, yet only 47% of students feel teachers are willing to learn from them.

These discrepancies did not surprise me. I often see a disconnect between teachers' and students' perceptions of respect and listening. Many teachers will ask students for input and innocently, yet mistakenly, believe that just asking students questions is a clear indicator of the respect they have for them.  However, students feel respected when their thoughts and questions are heard and addressed accordingly. So, without action (whether that be a change or a valid explanation of why a change cannot occur) students do not necessarily feel respected. 

When differentiating instruction (student-driven or not), teachers are mindful that some students will master content and skills more quickly while some students will struggle to learn the same content and skills. With student-driven differentiation, rather than plan in advance how to address student needs, students' voices (collective and individual) are sought to craft the plan. Student-driven differentiation lends itself to teacher action which produces the ultimate result: students who feel respected, heard, and who learn. 

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