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Why The Future of Work Is All About Challenging Convention

Why The Future of Work Is All About Challenging Convention | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Technology: Collaboration platforms, big data, wearables, the internet of things, the cloud, robots, and a host of other things that are all impacting how we work.


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It's Not Teacher Quality Or Class Size, It's Leadership That Makes Schools Successful

It's Not Teacher Quality Or Class Size, It's Leadership That Makes Schools Successful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The X-factor in education has proved elusive, but a new study shows that one candidate is so far head and shoulders above the rest.

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  1. They have consistent, high expectations and are very ambitious for the success of their pupils.
  2. They constantly demonstrate that disadvantage need not be a barrier to achievement.
  3. They focus relentlessly on improving teaching and learning with very effective professional development of all staff.
  4. They are expert at assessment and the tracking of pupil progress with appropriate support and intervention based upon a detailed knowledge of individual pupils.
  5. They are highly inclusive, having complete regard for the progress and personal development of every pupil.
  6. They develop individual students through promoting rich opportunities for learning both within and out of the classroom.
  7. They cultivate a range of partnerships particularly with parents, business and the community to support pupil learning and progress.
  8. They are robust and rigorous in terms of self-evaluation and data analysis with clear strategies for improvement.
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Don Dea's curator insight, June 28, 2014 4:04 AM
  1. They have consistent, high expectations and are very ambitious for the success of their pupils.
  2. They constantly demonstrate that disadvantage need not be a barrier to achievement.
  3. They focus relentlessly on improving teaching and learning with very effective professional development of all staff.
  4. They are expert at assessment and the tracking of pupil progress with appropriate support and intervention based upon a detailed knowledge of individual pupils.
  5. They are highly inclusive, having complete regard for the progress and personal development of every pupil.
  6. They develop individual students through promoting rich opportunities for learning both within and out of the classroom.
  7. They cultivate a range of partnerships particularly with parents, business and the community to support pupil learning and progress.
  8. They are robust and rigorous in terms of self-evaluation and data analysis with clear strategies for improvement.
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No Time for Mindfulness? Try This Walking Meditation Practice | Mindful

No Time for Mindfulness? Try This Walking Meditation Practice | Mindful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
During the day many of us are moving so fast, sometimes physically, but almost always mentally.
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Imagine what the days, weeks and months ahead would be like if you practice mindfulness on-the-go a bit more often.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, August 22, 2014 1:49 PM

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Simply Noticing -- A Path to Mindfulness | Patricia Pearce

Simply Noticing -- A Path to Mindfulness | Patricia Pearce | Positive futures | Scoop.it
For Ellen Langer, Harvard professor of psychology, mindfulness doesn't require a rigorous practice of meditation. It's much simpler than that.

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8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education

8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Pearson sent us this report recently–Exploring the Learning Curve. The big idea here is the changing skill needs for students globally. It is based on this idea of an index–a Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Education Attainment. The report explains:
'The Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment compares the performance of 39 countries and one region (Hong Kong) on two categories of education: Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment. The Index provides a snapshot of the relative performance of countries based on their education outputs.'”


Via Beth Dichter, Lynnette Van Dyke, Malachy Scullion
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Critical skills that will secure a positive future, for you or your kids!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 25, 2014 9:12 PM

As this post states, the image shown above has been in the media quite a bit over the last few weeks. It shares the eight cognitive skills that students need (based on the research). As you review them you will notice that these are inline with the skills recommended for 21st century learning.

In addition to these skills the report also shared six lessons. Three are listed below.

* Lesson 1: The OECD estimates that half of the economic growth in developed countries in the last decade came from improved skills.

* Lesson 2: In recent years it has become increasingly clear that basic reading, writing and arithmetic are not enough. The importance of 21st century non-cognitive skills – broadly defined as abilities important for social interaction – is pronounced.

* Lesson 3: Making sure people are taught the right skills early in their childhood is much more effective than trying to improve skills in adulthood for people who were let down by their school system. But even when primary education is of a high quality, skills decline in adulthood if they are not used regularly.

Click through to the post and read the other three lessons. Consider your students. Do you think your school is meeting the lessons and the skills? Do you think the US is meeting these lessons and skills? If you click through to the actual report you can see a table that shows the Overall Index Rank and Score of the 39 countries involved (plus Hong Kong) as well as the Cognitive Skills Rank and Score, and the Educational Attainment Rank and Score for the years 2012 and 2014.

WEAC's curator insight, June 26, 2014 11:39 AM

Short and to the point, this list provides great food for thought. DId you expect to see digital literacy as one of the top skills for a modern education?

Audrey's curator insight, July 10, 2014 2:28 PM

These would seem to correlate with Thomas Friedman's    "The world is flat" idea.  Basically we need to value and  respect all human beings as those  people at the bottom of the tree last century wont always be there:  

 

Emotional intelligence (feel things from others point of view).  Communication (learn to speak  another person's language). Problem-solving (Listen to and understand someone else's pain and joy); Team-working (the ability to liaise with others as humans who feel pain, cry, hurt just as you do).  

 

Basically the emphasis seems to be on humanity as one rather group rather than the superficial differences.  The idea is for human beings to leave the savannah.

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The psychology of your future self

The psychology of your future self | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
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Paul Linger's curator insight, June 8, 2014 11:53 AM

Learn but move  on, everyday

Pavel Barta's curator insight, June 9, 2014 4:53 AM

The change is the only constant in the universe. 

Tony Phillips's curator insight, June 11, 2014 7:02 AM

No time like the present!

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Peacemakers Beyond Borders

Peacemakers Beyond Borders | Positive futures | Scoop.it

For twenty years the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding has been active around the world helping people in areas of ethnic, religious and political conflict discover strategies for reconciliation and conflict transformation. During the many years since I founded Karuna Center, I have been a professor at the SIT Graduate Institute (formerly the School for International Training) where I developed and continue to lead two annual CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) Programs. My experience of dharma practice naturally calls up principles of the Buddha’s teaching. In the stories that follow, I give examples of ways that Karuna Center and CONTACT have drawn on fundamental Buddhist principles to support healing: the truth of impermanence, the recognition of interdependence or “interbeing,” and the need for a “beloved community” (Buddhists might call this sangha) as an antidote to the Three Poisons of greed, anger and delusion. These stories take place on three continents.


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The Remarkable Power of Being Your True Self | ...

The Remarkable Power of Being Your True Self | ... | Positive futures | Scoop.it
To fully succeed you have to live life on your own terms. To do that you must first discover your real self, and then act accordingly. Here's how.
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"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Be your real self, it's a gift that keeps on giving! ~ Inc.

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How to Break Rules and Get a Job That Deserves You - YouTube

In this podcast Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan describes how to break rules and get a job that deserves you. Follow Human Workplace on Twitter: @humanworkplace

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7 Powerful Life Lessons We Can Learn From The Writer Who Died Young – Marina Keegan

7 Powerful Life Lessons We Can Learn From The Writer Who Died Young – Marina Keegan | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Untimely death is always tragic. When the promise of tomorrow is cut short, the one who passes away leaves their loved ones to pick up the pieces of their broken hearts and try to carry on with life. While this may be a major fear of just about everyone on the planet, there are powerful lessons that can be learned when it happens.

Here is one example. Her name was Marina Keegan

She was an aspiring writer who might have been able to be compared to someone like Maya Angelou one day. But Marina was killed in a car accident only 5 days after she graduated from Yale University. Words from her final essay in the Yale Daily News went viral after her untimely death: “We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.”

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On the day we mourn Maya Angelou, lessons from a shorter life of someone who perhaps might also change the world.

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The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different

The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different | Positive futures | Scoop.it
There's a scientific reason certain people thrive more than others.

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Two mindsets - choose wisely!  Because it is a choice...

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Anne Egros's curator insight, May 28, 2014 9:10 AM

 

The "KIA" or "Know It All" is typically a "fixed mindset "person who don't like to be challenged, look for opinion that are in accordance to what they think is truth and reject any other ideas and basically refuse to learn new things.

 

So called self-proclaimed "experts" and "gurus" are very intolerant and may not hesitate to attack both verbally and physically those who are different from them.

 

Back in childhood, kids who were praised for their intelligence rather than for making efforts were less performant when given new tasks

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 1, 2014 2:48 AM

Dweck's excellent research and its applications....

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10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness

10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In An Introduction to Positive Psychology, Dr. William Compton describes positive psychology as seeking “to make normal life more fulfilling.” It utilizes the scientific method (hypothesis, prediction, study, research, analysis) to understand the positive and emotionally fulfilling aspects of human behavior. It is the study of what actions, pursuits, and motivations best contribute to the good life.

I enjoy reading positive psychology. The more I discover, the more I am reminded that happiness is rarely found in material possessions or worldly pursuits. Our most fulfilled lives are discovered living for greater causes.

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Scientific evidence for the benefits of taking a positive approach to life, work, health and wealth. Pretty conclusive!

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Meaning and Connection from the Brink of Chaos: Joshua Freedman at TEDxSantaCruz -

Joshua Freedman @TEDxSantaCruz: With an onslaught of technology and accelerating complexity, we're at risk of become dehumanized as our brains are torn between competing priorities: Data versus People. The solution is surprising and simple, and it starts with a tiny gift.

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Great video on Emotional Intelligence from Josh Freedman @EQJosh.  Must watch!

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12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog

12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Read Montague is interested in the human dopamine system -- or, as he puts it in this illuminating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, that which makes us "chase sex, food and salt" and therefore survive Specifically, Montague and his team at the Roanoke Brain Study are interested in how dopamine and valuation systems work when two human beings interact with each other."


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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:17 PM

Great videos and insights about how our brains work...

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:46 PM

Suggested by Maggie Roumain a colleague and former student who I trust as a source of information on brain research! 

Randy Bauer's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:34 AM

A great resource of research that involves How Our Brain Works from TED Talks.

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How to speak so that people want to listen

How to speak so that people want to listen | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
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To have influence, you need to make sure you are heard - good tips here!

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Emotional Intelligence: Ten Things You May Not Know

Emotional Intelligence: Ten Things You May Not Know | Positive futures | Scoop.it

“Regardless of the situation, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is critical. Managing one's own emotions as well as adequately and appropriately respondin...”


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"In each situation, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a critical factor. How one understands and manages emotions and interacts with the emotions of others shapes everyone’s experiences and outcomes in life."
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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys | Positive futures | Scoop.it

We need to cultivate empathy in all children, but gender stereotypes -- often reinforced in playrooms -- risk leaving boys, in particular, with a social deficit.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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As a trustee of an anti-bullying charity @BulliesOut, this is a skill deficit that can result in bullies, bullied and bystanders. Each of them need the kind of help that empathy to/from others can provide!

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Grin and Bear It – Stephen Palmer

Grin and Bear It – Stephen Palmer | Positive futures | Scoop.it

If life isn’t tough, you’re doing something wrong.

Life was meant to be tough, and you were meant to grin and bear it.

You were created to face fear and beat it into submission. You are given challenges to prove to yourself that you are equal to the task.


“Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

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Embrace the struggle - channel your inner Churchill for a better life!

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Want to Change the World? Do This One Thing.

Want to Change the World? Do This One Thing. | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We all want to change the world. But there is only one thing in all the world that is within our power to change: our selves.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 7, 2014 12:24 PM

Be present.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 7, 2014 2:07 PM

Just one person can make a difference.

Lansana Gagny Sakho's curator insight, June 14, 2014 4:42 AM

We all want to change the world. But there is only one thing in all the world that is within our power to change: our selves.

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» 15 Questions to Explore And Nourish Your Needs - Weightless

» 15 Questions to Explore And Nourish Your Needs - Weightless | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This list of questions can help you discover your needs and understand how to nourish them.

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Some life-critical questions here.

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10 Theories to Know For Greater Persuasion Power

10 Theories to Know For Greater Persuasion Power | Positive futures | Scoop.it
To understand persuasion and social media influence, to get at the heart of conversion and likes, it helps to understand how your audience thinks and feels. (Want to understand the psychology of persuasion?

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Some greta insights on gaining influence here!

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How we read each other's minds

How we read each other's minds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

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How To Hack Into Your Flow State And Quintuple Your Productivity

How To Hack Into Your Flow State And Quintuple Your Productivity | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Can being "in the zone" more often turn our good-enough into above-average work?

Via Bobby Dillard
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Hack of the day!

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 28, 2014 9:33 AM

(From the article): “Flow shows up when we’re stretching, pushing our skills to the max,” says Kotler. “It’s an uncomfortable place to be in the moment, but the payoff is a deeper life satisfaction.”

Pat Headley's curator insight, May 28, 2014 10:57 PM

If you want to do more, learn more, and gain more, you might want to think like surfer.  6Steps2Success  Inspired Living and Giving

Agnes Ng's curator insight, May 30, 2014 3:32 AM

Achieve into the state of flow that enables you to improve your productivity. It is that moment of engaged and total absorption when you feel and perform your best.

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15 tips on how to avoid bullying.

15 tips on how to avoid bullying. | Positive futures | Scoop.it

You are always seemed to have bullies? Are they always trying to beat you up? You will be able to get them to leave you by following some of the following tips. 

Are you ready to try those things? No one will want to be bullied. And, more importantly no one should be bullied. Just try out these strategies to avoid the chances of being bullied.

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As a trustee of @BulliesOut, I'm proud to make this simple resource available - and it's not just for kids!

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Positive psychology can work wonders

Linda & Richard Eyre: Positive psychology can work wonders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A lesson that too many coaches and too many parents never learn is that criticism and demands do not motivate; encouragement and praise do.
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The motivation that comes from an appreciative, positive, loving parent can fuel kids with the confidence necessary to find and become their best selves.

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