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How You Can Use Discipline to Achieve Freedom

How You Can Use Discipline to Achieve Freedom | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How You Can Use Discipline to Achieve Freedom If you are not experiencing a positive state of mind every morning and throughout the day, your mind is not disciplined yet.
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What it Really Means to Be in Love

What it Really Means to Be in Love | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How to get past your own defenses and learn to build a real relationship.
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Love can be taught since it is a set of skills: "With love being so closely connected to meaning and fulfillment, it's valuable for each of us to define love as an action or series of actions we can take to bring us closer to the people we value.

"In a romantic context, some essential characteristics that fit the description of a loving relationship include:

Expressions of affection, both physical and emotional.

A wish to offer pleasure and satisfaction to another.

Tenderness, compassion, and sensitivity to the needs of the other.

A desire for shared activities and pursuits.

An appropriate level of sharing of possessions.

An ongoing, honest exchange of personal feelings.

The process of offering concern, comfort, and outward assistance for the loved one's aspirations."

 

Which of these skills do employees expect leadership to demonstrate? Which are  promoted as a "glue" between co-workers?

Dropping the "physical" from these descriptions and skills, what insights and connections do we find? What is the meaning of transparency in this context?

 

Here's another question: are employees asking for too much, expecting too much, from their work relationships and work environments? Are we looking for love in all the wrong places?

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Robert Fisher Teaching Thinking homepage

This article explores what metacognition is, why it is important and how it develops in children. It argues that teachers need to help children develop metacognitive awareness, and identifies the factors which enhance metacognitive development. Metacognitive thinking is a key element in the transfer of learning. The child's development of metacognitive skills is defined as meta-learning. Meta-teaching strategies can help mediate the metacognitive skills of children, help to stimilate children's metacognitive thinking. The article draws upon reserch currently being undertaken in London schools on raising achievement in thinking and learning through developing the metacognition of children as learners in schools.


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excerpt: "Brown claims that two versions of metacognition are often confused, namely 'the essential distinction between self regulation during learning' and 'knowledge of, or even mental experimentation with, one's own thoughts' (Brown et al 1983). Adey & Shayer (1994) agree with this distinction, which they categorise as going beyond, and going above, the present learning behaviour. Going beyond one's present repertoire of reasoning is linked to 2,3 and 4 in Brown's list above. This can be equated with what Newman et al (1989) call 'construction zone activity', a concept derived from Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development, which refers to mental activity, usually of a collaborative nature, which involves children going beyond their present levels of competence. 

 
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Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair

Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When a friend started her job at a big company, a family friend, who also worked there, pulled her aside.Many people in their workplace had affairs, he said, and he’d seen lots of relationships
Sharrock's insight:

This is valuable and has so many good points for  the size of the article. I like the insights embedded in the tips as well. I wonder how often educators get in these situations. We have mentors, collaborative teacher/partners (inclusive classrooms), teacher teams, etc. Then there is the high stress of the off/on nature. There are various ways to blow-off steam. Having something in common around work can give the appearance that you have "more things in common" than your own spouse. And, in education, as it is with many other careers, the time spent at work usually adds up to more than the time we spend (awake) at home. "Temptations are a part of life"--as the song goes-- but so many songs focus on fun and intrigue rather than happiness. 

It's something to think about. 

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Want to Be Happier? Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Now

Want to Be Happier? Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Now | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Happiness—in your business life and your personal life—is often a matter of subtraction, not addition. Consider, for example, what happens when you stop doing the following things.
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We educators are challenged by these 10 things. We have data to collect, analyze, and share; we have behaviors to manage in the school; we have tests to administer and get students to perform on; and we have reflection as part of our professional practices. Complexities and complications are our daily bread, so we may fall on short cuts that lead to preaching, controlling, criticizing, interrupting, and blaming. Each of these 10 things can eat away out our well-being and happiness, but those mentioned seem to be an occupational hazard that we don't always recognize or confront. 

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How Busy People Find Time to Think Deeply

How Busy People Find Time to Think Deeply | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
During the first presidential campaign Michelle Obama was worried her husband's schedule allowed him "no time to think." You hear the same from business executives who traverse impossibly
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How to Refresh Your Brain--in 10 Minutes

How to Refresh Your Brain--in 10 Minutes | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When you go from one task to the next--all day long--your mind constantly races to catch up. Hit the reset button with this underrated trick.
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Managing and Relieving Stress - COS The Campus

Managing and Relieving Stress - COS The Campus | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Managing and Relieving Stress COS The Campus Finances, academics, time management, roommate conflicts and relationships– pick your poison. According to College and Financing, these are the top five stressors among college students.
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Life in the age of internet addiction

Life in the age of internet addiction | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
"The vast majority of the American population is mildly addicted to technology"
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Apparently, there is a need to include anti-addictive behavior training in addition to the usual Internet Safety skills training: "The vast majority of the American population is mildly addicted to technology, and our clinic treats only very serious cases," she told me in a phone interview. "Most of the people that come are young adult males around the ages of 18 to 30 who spend a lot of time on the internet. Their health is poor, their social relationships have turned to crap, they have no social confidence or real-world friends. They don't date. They don't work."

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How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance

How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

How state of mind (that is, their moment-to-moment experience of life as generated by their thinking and as expressed by their feelings) can affect their leadership, and to help them manage their respective states of mind, rather than being managed by them.

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Look at what is being described. It's more than just overcoming one's emotions, it's self-regulation and mood management. Emotions are different from states of mind. Is mood different from emotional states of mind though? But also, look at HOW this regulations was accomplished: visualization, the use of imagination and breathing to overcome the affect and it wasn't accomplished through the reasoning and logical powers of the cognitive mind. 

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Study: Mindfulness Training Produces Less-Stressed Marines

Study: Mindfulness Training Produces Less-Stressed Marines | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Marines who took a course in the basics of mindfulness recovered from stress faster following an intense training session that replicated battlefields.
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information: "Mindfulness, which is adapted from teachings of Zen Buddhism, is the ability to be fully aware of one’s moment-to-momentthoughts and feelings, while observing them from a place of detachment. Numerous studies in recent years suggest this ability produces mental and physical benefits for many people, including veterans and others suffering from PTSD."

 
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50 Stress Relievers That Take 5 Minutes or Less

50 Stress Relievers That Take 5 Minutes or Less | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Simple and effective activities you can do to help relieve stress throughout your day.
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Take your pick. Give it a shot. 

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8 Keys To Stress Management - PsychCentral.com (blog)

8 Keys To Stress Management - PsychCentral.com (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
8 Keys To Stress Management PsychCentral.com (blog) In 8 Keys to Stress Management, Elizabeth Anne Scott provides a thorough and detailed overview on the subject.
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Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn In Their Homework | LD Topics | LD OnLine

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn In Their Homework | LD Topics | LD OnLine | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How can you help the child who does his homework, but then forgets to turn it in? Learn to help children with executive functioning problems plan and organize by reading these strategies.
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These are some tips to share with teachers who are finding trouble getting homework from students with executive functioning problems. 

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Man attacks boss after losing his job packing stress-balls

Man attacks boss after losing his job packing stress-balls | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

A MAN lost his temper when he was sacked from his job packing anti-stress balls.


Via No Such Thing As The News
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wait a minute! this is news???? Not a joke?

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Using Todoist for Task Management - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Using Todoist for Task Management - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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Heather Whitney writes: "There are a lot of options available for online task management. Here at ProfHacker, we have reviewed several, including Remember the Milk, Things, and GQueues. All have their pros and cons, and are worth taking a look at.
Todoist is another option."

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Discipline: - Imgur

Discipline: - Imgur | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Imgur is used to share photos with social networks and online communities, and has the funniest pictures from all over the Internet.
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Singing while tensed can help avoid depression and anxiety. - UberFacts

Singing while tensed can help avoid depression and anxiety. - UberFacts | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The researched power of song.

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