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A Simple Framework for Innovation in the Classroom - A.J. Juliani

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Each month I add a new resource to the Innovative Teaching Toolbox. Here is a simple framework for innovation in the classroom that came out of the research, interviews, and countless conversations I had with teachers and educational leaders during the book writing process. Feel free to share, download, and modify! When you sign up …

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Google Maps Smarty Pins

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Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.

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Giovanni Sonego's curator insight, July 7, 1:52 AM

Un gioco lanciato da Google che mette alla prova la conoscenza della geografia. 

Viene posta una domanda, che ha come risposta una località. Google più o meno fa vedere una porzione di mappa che comprende anche la città/risposta. Per rispondere si prende il PIN e lo si posiziona nel luogo corretto. 

Molto divertente, ma ci sono due difetti che spero vengano presto corretti. Innanzitutto ci sono un po' troppe domande sulle vicende inglesi. Ma che cavolo ne so io, di quale città era Duca un certo ceffo dell'inizio del '900? Suvvia... 

E poi, anche google, maledetti, posizionano la mappa in modo che la città/risposta si trovi in un raggio di 1000 miglia (o 1600 km e rotti). Ma si può? Ragazzi (dico a Google) guardate che il sistema metrico internazionale è quello decimale basato sul metro, mica su miglia, pietre, piedi, pertiche, pollici e pezzoloni!

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This is really good fun - I got gold (14/15) not sure how many miles though!

Tom Franta's curator insight, July 10, 6:54 AM

An interesting way to get anyone interacting with Google Maps...

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What Is (and Is Not) Differentiated Instruction - Infographic


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 2, 6:12 PM

Carol Ann Tomlinson has recently published the 2nd edition of her book Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. The infographic above (which may be downloaded as a pdf) provides a great visual that helps you understand what is differentiation, and what is not differentiation.

You may also read a copy of Chapter 1 of this book by clicking HERE.

The need differentiate our instruction is critical for many students. This poster will assist you by providing a quick look at best practices that we should be using with our students. The first chapter provides an overview and is called What is Differentiated Classroom?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 3, 10:06 AM

some interesting infographics in connection with a new book by Carol Tomlinson

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On Leadership and The Personal Courage Required to Be a Leader

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One of the most overlooked aspects of being a leader is the inherent need for personal courage.
“Personal courage is the ability to act on the tough but necessary decisions guided by a moral compass that serves to benefit the team or stated goals.” ~ David Stricklin


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Positively Deviant School Reform? - Huffington Post

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Positively Deviant School Reform?
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What, then, is the central goal of American school reform?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 28, 10:57 AM

This is a provocative article in that we do not usually think of deviance as being positive. It can be. Teaching should remain critical for learning. I believe that the resources exist to transform education, rather than reform School. The resources are controlled by many who want to maintain a status quo that protects their work, rather than building on the goals of education the holistic forming of human beings.

 

Reformers have become focused on the next bright, shiny bauble whether it be a new school, the latest programmed instructional method, the latest gadget, etc. Education is a human endeavour.

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9 Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

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Great leaders are hard to come by, let alone become. Here are 9 things they do every day.

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‘If you truly cared’ — angry president of largest teachers union sends message to school reformers | Valarie Strauss | WashPost.com

‘If you truly cared’ — angry president of largest teachers union sends message to school reformers | Valarie Strauss | WashPost.com | school improvement process | Scoop.it

It’s been a bad week for teachers unions — what with a California judge tossing out state statutes providing job protections for teachers and attendant publicity, including an article in Politico Pro with the headline, “The Fall of Teachers’ Unions‘. But let’s face it: Headlines have been screaming for years that teachers unions were “under siege.”

 

A 2013 Education Week commentary with the headline “The Plight of Teachers’ Unions” says:

 

'Teachers’ unions are under siege nationwide. Criticism by political leaders and education reformers has snowballed. In recent years, government and unions have battled over tenure, teacher assessment, testing, the length of the school day, class size, school closures, and pay for performance.'

 

A 2013 headline in the Hechinger Report said, “Under siege—and in bid to stay relevant—teacher unions evolve.”

 

A 2012 story in The New York Times about a teachers strike in Chicago (which, incidentally, didn’t turn out terribly for the teachers) says, “In Standoff, Latest Sign of Unions Under Siege.”

 

Indeed, teachers unions are facing unprecedented stress as the teaching profession has come under assault from those who want to take away their job protections and cast them as the biggest problems in student underachievement, but all unions in general face stresses for a variety of reasons. In fact, union membership in this country has been falling since 1947, when the Taft-Hartley Act, an anti-union law, was passed.  

 

While it is certainly true that unions were very late in recognizing that they needed to make changes in their views on issues such as teacher evaluation, it would be simplistic to say that unions are doing themselves in all on their own. A shift in the base of the Democratic Party — traditionally a friend to the labor movement — toward Wall Street hasn’t helped.

 

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Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence - Innovation Excellence (blog)

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Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence
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The methodologies that help us achieve process excellence; would that help us reach our own personal excellence?
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What Makes a Great School Leader?

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This is the time of year when, for many different reasons, some teachers consider taking positions at other schools. I've received a number of calls from friends and colleagues this spring asking for

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Will California's Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Change Schools?

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A judge said the state discriminates against poor and minority students by protecting the jobs of ineffective instructors. What will this mean for education?
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The Three C’s for Improving Employee Morale

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Morale. Satisfaction. Engagement. Motivation. While these squishy terms represent attributes that are difficult to quantify with scientific precision, few would

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21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.pdf

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While times change and technology marches for-ward, the principles of leadership are constant and standthe test of time. There are four ideas to keep in mind aswe explore The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership."


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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids - Huffington Post

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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids Huffington Post Pearson executives Sir Michael Barber, Saad Rizvi and John Fallon call their global market strategy "The Incomplete Guide To Delivering Learning Outcomes." Fallon, Pearson CEO, has been with the company...
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Cities Can’t Wait When it Comes to Early Learning

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A remarkable thing is happening. Local leaders in cities across the country are plowing ahead — in some areas, without additional funding from federal or state governments — and making commitments to quality early education.
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Help Employees to Think More Strategically

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When asked to select the leadership behavior most critical to their organizations’ future success, executives chose strategic thinking 97 percent of the time, according to a large scale …

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10 Ways to Add Mindful Moments to Your Day

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Mindfulness is a form of meditation that is not done using the traditional meditation techniques, rather it is done while engaging in everyday activities.

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A new approach to reduce dysfunctional behavior at work

Is your boss or a co-worker increasingly irritable, angry, withdrawn or acting in a predatory manner? Or are you noticing that behavior in yourself? Wit

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Lesson 1: You're Dead in the Water Without a Great Principal

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You know how they say that people come to look like their dogs? A parallel truism is that any organization comes to look like its leader. For some reason, though this idea is axiomatic in corporate life—who would attribute the success of Apple to its highly effective programmers?—when you get to schools, I rarely hear it said that every school embodies the values of its principal. But it’s meaningless to talk about teacher “effectiveness” outside of the context in which he or she works. One of the biggest lessons I learned this year is that a teacher cannot, repeat, cannot be effective for long in a dysfunctional community. And whether that school community is or is not functional is entirely dependent on the leadership of the principal.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 28, 11:03 AM

There is no question that context and relationships are important. There are schools where teachers are leading the way without principals. This article suggests a hero-model of leadership which names the leader. Leading is quite different.

 

When leading lets go and is inclusive, it works. Most of what I experienced in School was management.

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Should Principals Be Treated Like CEOs?

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A new report argues that the way to attract and hold onto high quality school leaders is to give them more autonomy, administrative support, and a $100,000 raise.

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How to Help an Underperformer | Harvard Business Review

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First, see if you’re the problem.

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A Principal's Reflections: Opinions Are Nice, But Actions Are What Matter

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Design how you will measure success toward your goals, then do what you can to see you move toward them.

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Are You Creating Value Through Your Leadership?

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As leaders, we understand the value of our vision or change initiatives. But can we say that our employees share that same sense of value?

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Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

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Not all leaders need to be extroverted. Learn why some of the best fall on the introverted side of the spectrum.

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Life changing Leadership Theory - The 4 Critical indicators in Leading Change & The Management of Change


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15 Qualities Of A Transformational Change Agent

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My colleagues and I are often asked to ‘decode’ the process of business transformation and provide the repeatable ‘formula’ for success. I guess this is understandable given that widely quoted statistic – you know the one – that 70% of all change efforts fail. In a way, this interest in our work is very humbling.… Read the rest of this post & join the discussion →

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Are you a transformational Change Agent?  Clarifying post

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Transforming leadership and other leading which is related i.e. adaptive and servant are so complex they cannot be turned into 7 habits, 3 feature, and 15 qualities. What happens is they turn into easy talking points which fill the air and resolve nothing. That is why 70% of change efforts (fixed and linear plans are counter to real change) fail. We think we can create formula and recipes for change when it requires being present in the planning and change process in a dialogic manner.

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Why You Hate Work

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Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.

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Sharrock's curator insight, June 11, 6:24 AM

excerpt: "A 2012 global work force study of 32,000 employees by the consulting company Towers Watson found that the traditional definition of engagement — the willingness of employees to voluntarily expend extra effort — is no longer sufficient to fuel the highest levels of performance. Willing, it turns out, does not guarantee able. Companies in the Towers Watson study with high engagement scores measured in the traditional way had an operating margin of 14 percent. By contrast, companies with the highest number of “sustainably engaged” employees had an operating margin of 27 percent, nearly three times those with the lowest traditional engagement scores."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 11, 8:59 AM

Not only do we hate work, we hate the commute to and from our work. I told colleagues I would teach for 1/2 the price. That was the wrong thing to say to other teachers. Apparently, even limited altruism is not welcome. When we work for money, it is inevitable that we will become unhappy. When we work for the love of what we do, we find ways to overcome the obstacles.