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PD Moves Forward, but Not Far Enough (EdSurge News)

PD Moves Forward, but Not Far Enough (EdSurge News) | Potpourri | Scoop.it
At this year's 45th annual Learning Forward conference, technology was the belle of the professional development ball
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

 "Too many districts can’t identify the needs of their teachers, match those needs with resources, and pay for it without the technology." Fifteen years ago, she recalls, PD was focused on delivering content via slide presentations but now "we can be as effective, maybe more so than traditional learning."

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The Bully Too Close to Home

The Bully Too Close to Home | Potpourri | Scoop.it
During the two years of my overly distracted life, I communicated more to a screen than to the people in my family. My schedule was so tightly packed that I constantly found myself saying, “We don’...
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Wow.  Profound.  

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Why The War On Drugs Looks Even Stupider When You See What Other Countries Do

Why The War On Drugs Looks Even Stupider When You See What Other Countries Do | Potpourri | Scoop.it
This shouldn't exactly be a difficult thing to prioritize.
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Worth pondering

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The REAL World

The REAL World | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Thinking of comments made by a retired educator this week while she defended some practices that felt highly punitive and judgmental to me. "I need to prepare them for the REAL WORLD~!" (she said, ...
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What IS "the REAL world?"  Do we KNOW?  Do we have the cornerstone on what kinds of people and lives they will need to lead?  Does this mean working 9-5 is for everyone?  Not sure..........but I don't think binder checks and punitive responses will make our kids "ready" for the real world (especially without a solid relationship).  

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Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language — Robin Dunbar | Harvard University Press

Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language — Robin Dunbar | Harvard University Press | Potpourri | Scoop.it
What Robin Dunbar suggests -- and his research, whether in the realm of primatology or in that of gossip, confirms -- is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently.
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I am quite curious about this book............

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How Wealth Reduces Compassion: Scientific American

How Wealth Reduces Compassion: Scientific American | Potpourri | Scoop.it
As riches grow, empathy for others seems to decline
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Great article.  Does selfishness lead to wealth?  The challenge is to stay compasstionate no matter where you sit on the wealth continuum.  

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When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto

When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Henry Giroux: Schools have increasingly become tesitng hubs that de-skill teachers and disempower students.
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"Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.

Martin Luther King, Jr"

 

"If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become “dead zones of the imagination,” reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory.1 Since the 1980s, schools have increasingly become testing hubs that de-skill teachers and disempower students. "

 

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Cutest puppy ever learns to walk

Cutest puppy ever learns to walk | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Mick the Boston Terrier was born with Swimmer Puppy Syndrome. Unfortunately, it's not an adorable disease for puppies who love pools. It's a crippling disability. But thanks to hours of love and hard work, Mick is learning to walk!
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Persistence pays!  Lovely story!

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Owner Makes Lifejacket For Pet Fish Called Einstein Who Can't Swim

Owner Makes Lifejacket For Pet Fish Called Einstein Who Can't Swim | Potpourri | Scoop.it
About the fantail fish called Einstein who couldn't swim, so his owner Leighton Naylor made him a lifejacket to help him move about the tank!
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This is wonderful~!  

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Missing butterflies

Fewer monarch butterflies are migrating north this year. Christina Stevens tells us why and explains why this could be a sign of bigger changes underway. For...
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I visited the monarchs in Mexico more than once.  I've planted what they love.  I have harvested and protected Monarchs from eggs.  There are no eggs this year.  NONE.  and there have been.  honestly................this is a crazy year.  I hope it will not continue..........

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The Morality of Meditation

The Morality of Meditation | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Focusing the mind makes us more likely to help others in pain.
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The benefits of meditation-  hint:  related to the previous article on compassion!  http://sco.lt/97X3sP

 

 

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Disabled duck gets new foot thanks to 3D printing

Disabled duck gets new foot thanks to 3D printing | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Born with a backwards foot, Buttercup could only walk in great pain — until his owner came up with a novel idea for a duckie prosthetic.
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So cool!

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Learning to learn: finding motivation with a think board

Learning to learn: finding motivation with a think board | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is a guest post for the #learningtolearn series. Finding and collecting inspiration from unexpected places is an integral part of staying motivated and expanding the scope of your knowledge.

Via Jesse Soininen
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Love this idea!  Staying inspired is vital!

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a Dec. 3 guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here.
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Great reminders!

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Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective from All Views

Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective from All Views | Potpourri | Scoop.it
As an education professor, I recently decided it was time to walk the walk of my graduate and undergraduate students. I was ready to experience what happens when the educational neuroscience and the
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Great way to break up "boring" sections of content to keep them busy and engaged!

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People With Disabilities React to Mannequins Created in Their Image

People With Disabilities React to Mannequins Created in Their Image | Potpourri | Scoop.it
"It's special to see yourself like this." That's what one woman says when a mannequin resembling herself is unveiled.
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Lovely!

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RSA Animate - Re-Imagining Work

How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem -- and could it also be part of the solution? Dav...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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A design thinker’s cheat sheet

A design thinker’s cheat sheet | Potpourri | Scoop.it
As an entrepreneur, I have been designing products, services and solutions for most of my professional life. Still, I have never considered myself a designer — not until now. So, what changed?

Via Burrough, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Nice way to think if you are designing learning!  

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Burrough's curator insight, October 23, 2013 3:52 PM

Love this post because it's so true, once you start thinking like a designer you inevitably start applying similar processes outside of work in the rest of your life.

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The Good and Bad Habits of Smart People | Visual.ly

The Good and Bad Habits of Smart People | Visual.ly | Potpourri | Scoop.it
This infographic provides a deeper look into the good and bad habits of smart people.

Via David Hain
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Yow!   

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David Hain's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:35 PM

This explained a lot to me - more bad habits than good!

John Michel's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:26 AM

Very intriguing infographic...enjoy! 

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The Wrong Lesson From Detroit’s Bankruptcy

The Wrong Lesson From Detroit’s Bankruptcy | Potpourri | Scoop.it
There is more than enough blame to go around for the largest municipal insolvency in American history. But in restructuring, the city’s interests, not creditors’, should be foremost.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

"Detroit’s bankruptcy is a reminder of how divided our society has become and how much has to be done to heal the wounds. And it provides an important warning to those living in today’s boomtowns: it could happen to you."

 

Yes.................economic segregation is related to housing policy.....is related to educational opportunities is related to the two-tier society we are currently creating.  

 

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A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent

A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Simulated wind, provided by an electric fan, is good at both discouraging insect flight and dissipating the mosquito-attracting emanations that humans emit.
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Outsmarting the  mosquito is a part time obssession of mine.

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President Obama: Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me | The White House

President Obama: Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me | The White House | Potpourri | Scoop.it
President Obama speaks from the White House Press Briefing Room about Trayvon Martin and the verdict of the court trial that followed the Florida teenager’s death.
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I love that our president addressed this in an honest manner.  I am so glad that he explained how the african american community interpreted the Zimmerman case and Trayvon Martin's death.  

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White Boys In Hoodies

White Boys In Hoodies | Potpourri | Scoop.it
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My white boy wore hoodies, ate skittles, drank Arizona Ice Tea and rode a skateboard for a period of his adolescence. You see, the hoodie was a rite of passage.  Something my son wore while he figured out who he was; where he was going and what he valued.  It was a stage.   I have been blessed to witness his transformation into a goal-driven and deep thinking young man.   It was always there.  I was never fooled.  

 

I was nervous for a few years, like most mothers raising boys into men. It is hard for me not to empathize with Trayvon Martin's family.  That child made foolish choices; but then again he was a child.  Youth is wasted on the young.

 

The thing is, my son had the luck to be born in a place where crime rarely exists.  People aren’t afraid to leave their doors unlocked; to walk the streets at night.  Fear doesn’t swirl through our air. 

 

And his skin color means he hasn’t been hassled and bothered; followed or questioned repeatedly for all of his life.  He hasn’t heard the stories from family that children of color have heard since the beginning of their time.  Ugly stories of racism:  every person of color has many.  Many. 

 

If my white boy was walking in a hoodie in our neighborhood, he would not have been followed.  He would not have been stopped.  The police would not have been called.  There would not have been a neighborhood watch.  He would not have deep anger related to racial injustice swirling around in his head. 

 

He may not have responded like Trayvon; he would not have been shot.  

 

I guess that is what deeply saddens me about Trayvon Martin’s death.  His parents know what I know. 

 

Black boys in hoodies are less likely to transform into goal-driven, deep thinking young men than white boys in hoodies.  Racism is there.  But there is more.  We have class warfare going on and some off us did not earn our luck.    This fact makes me weep inside for Trayvon’s parents and our society.   

 

Trayvon’s transformation could have been just around the corner. 

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The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science

The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science | Potpourri | Scoop.it
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I've not considered the differences between empathy and compassion before.  Compassion most likely involves empathy BUT compassion is the emotion AND the action - authentically wanting to help.  

 

The benefits of living a compassionate life are huge.  

 

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You Just Broke Your Child. Congratulations.

You Just Broke Your Child. Congratulations. | Potpourri | Scoop.it
I feel a need to write this after what I witnessed a father do at Costco yesterday... Parents. And especially some of you dads. Stop breaking your children. Please.
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This is how you ruin a kid......

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