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High tech - always on the edge

High tech - always on the edge | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The Martin jetpack, a commercially developed jetpack, may soon be heading to a sky near you.
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I got your jetpack right here!

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“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog)

“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource GeekDad (blog) As GeekDads we are probably more aware than others of the increasing interest from parents, schools and businesses of teaching kids to code.
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The New Learning Organization

The New Learning Organization | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Managers, rather than focusing on building skills to recognize patterns and take action, will need to focus on designing the curricula.
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Before the industrial revolution, people were valued for knowing a trade.   However, when machines took over physical labor, those skills became devalued and most people either performed simple, repetitive tasks or managed those who did.

By the late 20th century, a knowledge economy began to take hold.  Now, workers’ value lay not so much in their labor , but in specialized knowledge, much of which was inscrutable to their superiors.  In order to thrive, enterprises had to become learning organizations.

Now, we are entering a new industrial revolution and machines are starting to take over cognitive tasks as well.  Therefore, much like in the first industrial revolution, the role of humans is again being rapidly redefined.  Organizations will have to change the way that they learn and managers’ primary task will be to design the curricula.

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Intentional-self regulation (ISR) skills: What is their role in youth’s future outlook? : The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Intentional-self regulation (ISR) skills: What is their role in youth’s future outlook? : The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

What are Intentional-self regulation (ISR) skills? ISR skills are goal-directed behaviors that maximize engagement in behaviors that contribute towards positive future outcomes. ISR processes include “selecting goals, optimizing one’s resources in order to achieve those goals, and compensating by adjusting when original goals are blocked or when strategies for optimization fail.”

 

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excerpt: "During adolescence, young people often explore their identities and thinking about pathways into adulthood. Their increasing cognitive and behavioral capacities provide them with the tools for understanding and evaluating possible identities task. In addition, many have pointed to the importance of having the skills to “self-regulate” and maintain a positive sense of the future. The current study investigated the role intentional-self regulation (ISR), or youth’s goal-directed skills, and of youth’s hopeful expectations about the future in predicting positive youth development (PYD)."

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Reading, writing and … litigating? Injuries at school

Reading, writing and … litigating? Injuries at school | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

What are the child’s rights with regard to civil restitution and possible money damages to compensate for the harm? How does the child’s status as a minor work to necessarily involve his parent or guardian in the litigation?

 

And lastly, how does the 11th Amendment and the doctrine of sovereign immunity operate in the context of public school injuries? We address these questions below, as well as the imposition of liability, if any, in the event a child is harmed while off school property.

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How Your Company Newsletter Could Help You Grow

If you're thinking about starting an internal company newsletter, ask employees what they really want to know on a regular basis.
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Update: District Chief of Staff was told Martinez 'no longer your superintendent'

Update: District Chief of Staff was told Martinez 'no longer your superintendent' | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Six of the seven members are facing a fine following their July 22 meeting when they ousted Superintendent Pedro Martinez in a closed door, (WCSD District Chief of Staff was told Martinez 'no longer your superintendent'
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Grand vision for an African-owned drive on food security

Grand vision for an African-owned drive on food security | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A meeting of African universities appears determined to spark a ‘skills revolution’ to tackle hunger on the continent. (Ghana School Farms Project pioneering Education, Employment and Food Security Goals!
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5 Deranged Authors Who Wrote the Same Book Over and Over

5 Deranged Authors Who Wrote the Same Book Over and Over | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
If it's completely crazy, don't fix it. (Having trouble getting through to your African American math students? My Cracked column this week will help you.
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A Simple Trick for Learning New Information

A Simple Trick for Learning New Information | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Students in an experiment appeared to do a better job learning when they thought they'd have to teach the material in question later on.
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excerpt: "Still, the results from the first experiment were pretty solid, and the researchers' explanation for why the learning-to-teach strategy might work is interesting:


"Why does expecting to teach enhance organization of output and encoding of the main points of a passage? The explanation we currently favor is that participants expecting to teach put themselves into the mindset of a teacher, leading them to adopt certain effective strategies used by teachers when preparing to teach—such as organizing and weighing the importance of difference concepts in the to-be-taught material, focusing on main points, and thinking about how information fits together."

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Beyond Words: How to Write for Readability

Beyond Words: How to Write for Readability | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

POSTED BY ANDREA AYRES

...If you are a purveyor of online content you have a duty to your reader. How text looks greatly impacts the willingness of your reader to interact with that text.



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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 12, 10:15 PM

This article goes into considerable depth about many aspects of web writing and readability.  


Great lessons for anyone who creates web content. (Online instructors... learn these lessons!)

Ulrike Grabe's curator insight, August 22, 4:56 AM

That! That's how online text should look.It's like balm on my frayed nerves and pleasant for the eyes. :-)

 

No wonder retaining information from an online text is so hard if presented in the wrong way.

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How Andrew Mayne Uses Magic To Tell Stories--And Screw With People At The Same Time

How Andrew Mayne Uses Magic To Tell Stories--And Screw With People At The Same Time | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Magician/author/producer Andrew Mayne and producers Mary Jaras and Joke and Biagio discuss refocusing the performer's brand and expertise for his new A+E reality show, and elevating his magic from pranks to storytelling.

 

Mayne’s brand employs the same misdirection as his magic. He comes across more as an impish guy-next-door than calculating trickster, making his antics--like the video below, where he makes an iPhone photo of someone's car vanish, then has him turn around to see his car gone for real--even more unexpected. "Then the story becomes about the passersby and how they react to the trick," says Joke.

 
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"The task became, how do you use mischief and magic in a positive ways to help someone?" says Mayne. "How does a magic trick get to the source of a problem in a relationship and make it apparent to the person causing it?

 
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Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers

Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
'Don’t tell us that you know more about good instruction than we do." And six other things.
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Good opinion piece (that I don't COMPLETELY agree with) but I love this quote: "Cite the article, explain the argument and evidence, and most importantly, tell exactly how you think it might apply to my classroom. Then, let’s talk about it. Because research is not some giant, single edifice of settled conclusions; it is multifaceted and full of endless debates."
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How To Write A Job Acceptance Letter

How To Write A Job Acceptance Letter | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A job acceptance letter is a formal way to show your consent for a job offer. However, it must not be done in a casual way. Related: How To Decline A Job Offer It involves a thorough review of the salary and benefits offered by the employer.
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The Transparency Trap

The Transparency Trap | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The author "found that individuals and groups routinely wasted significant resources in an effort to conceal beneficial activities, because they believed that bosses, peers, and external observers who might see them would have “no idea” how to “properly understand” them. Even when everyone involved had only the best of intentions, being observed distorted behavior instead of improving it."

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excerpt: "They used four types of boundaries to establish certain zones of privacy within open environments: They created boundaries around individual teams—zones of attention—to avoid exposing every little action to the scrutiny of a crowd. They drew boundaries between feedback and evaluation—delineating zones of judgment—to avoid politicking and efforts wasted on managing impressions. They set boundaries between decision rights and improvement rights—establishing zones of slack—to avoid driving out tinkering. And they put boundaries around carefully defined periods of experimentation—zones of time—to avoid both too frequent and too infrequent interruptions. Across several studies involving different industries, cultures, and types of work, the companies that had done all this were the ones that consistently got the most innovative, productive, and thoughtful work from their employees."

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The New Digital Battlefields

The New Digital Battlefields | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Most enterprises will not be able to adapt to the new digital battlefields, because adopting new skills today takes more than just hiring and procurement. It requires systemic thinking.
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This has implications in education as well as in career fields. 

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4 Ways to Nail the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

4 Ways to Nail the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Everyone hates this interview question, “So, tell me about yourself.”
How a candidate reacts and answers this simple interview question can be extremely telling of a candidate’s viability as a candidate.
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The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners

The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
You have no excuse for being bored.
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Staying Lean: Why You Shouldn’t Have a Master Plan

Static planning leads to stagnancy, while streamlined flexibility promotes innovation
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Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Kids read emotions better after spending several days without electronic media, according to new research.
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How to Untwist Twisted Thinking Patterns - PsychCentral.com (blog)

How to Untwist Twisted Thinking Patterns - PsychCentral.com (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How to Untwist Twisted Thinking Patterns
PsychCentral.com (blog)
Stick to the present moment, factually and objectively. Give up on mind reading and fortune telling. Disqualifying the positive. This is exactly as it sounds.

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The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The art of leadership is not without struggle but those that lead from a strong foundation are unshakable, they have endurance for what life has to offer.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 23, 6:07 AM

I agree that a certain amount of struggle can help to temper a leader's steel; however there is a myth that it is always necessary. I think the myth also suggests that we struggle through or listen to only those of like mind. Both are challenges. Lincoln likely had some supports that helped him through the struggles. We need those in life and need to find a path that enables us to deal with the struggles.

 

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U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions

U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The Washington Examiner (8/19) reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday tweeted, “Thanks to the Montgomery County, MD schools for moving their discipline policy away from out-of-school suspensions.” The piece explains that this sentiment “comes as no surprise,” noting that the Administration “has repeatedly called on schools to move away from out-of-school suspensions whenever possible.” The piece notes that Duncan cites criticisms “that minorities tend to be expelled at a much higher rate than their peers,” and quotes him saying in January, “Our department’s Civil Rights Data Collection shows that African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as their white peers to be expelled or suspended. And we know that discipline policy and practices matter tremendously — there is nothing inevitable about high rates of suspension and expulsion. We can, and must, do much better.”

 

 


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H.O.T. / D.O.K.: Teaching Higher Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge: Michael Crichton + Cognitive Rigor + Common Core = Complexity Through Creativity

H.O.T. / D.O.K.: Teaching Higher Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge: Michael Crichton + Cognitive Rigor + Common Core = Complexity Through Creativity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Latest Blog: Michael Crichton + Cognitive Rigor + Common Core = Complexity Through Creativity #MichaelCrichton #CCSS
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Erik Francis, one of the biggest proponents of rigorous teaching one will ever find, presents another good blog article on Cognitive Rigor and the Common Core. 

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High Summary at WikiSummaries, free book summaries

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High Summary at WikiSummaries, free book summaries | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High discusses how to handle disagreements and high-stakes communication. It is written on the premise that when you are stuck in any situation–whether it’s at home or work–there is a crucial conversation keeping you from accomplishing the desired results. If you can learn to speak up in these crucial moments effectively, then you can accomplish the results you are after. The authors support this idea by referring to people who are considered influential by their peers and managers in their work and relationships. They studied successful communicators over a period of 25 years and concluded that what typically set them apart from the rest of the pack was their ability to deal with crucial conversations. They possess a skill-set that is easy to learn and allows them to face any situation with nearly anybody–no matter power, position, or authority.

 

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Important to refer back to this summary, but read the book. It's worth it! 

 

The truth is complicated by a person’s ego and goals and purposes for conversations, and like advice and unsolicited opinions, honesty can be earned or inflicted or valued. The book Crucial Conversations shares some techniques for being honest without being cruel and tactless, but collaborative problem solving and collaborative decision-making both need to be valued over instant answers and externally-imposed time constraints. This is the beginning of a 21st Century conversation about becoming more human and more humane than the machines we (will) work for!

 It gives new perspectives on goal setting in terms of talk. It also may change how meetings are organized and facilitated. 

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With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel?

With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

According to Catherine Gewertz at Education Week, "teachers are getting an increasing amount of training to prepare for the common core, but that doesn't always make them feel ready to teach the standards.

 

According to the article, a recently released study, "From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core," shows that while far more teachers are attending common-core training, they are giving those sessions low marks for quality.

Professional Development and Training. In last year's report, 71 percent of teachers said they had attended professional development or training for the common core. This year, that figure rose to 87 percent.Teachers were far more critical of their training sessions in 2013 than they were in 2012, however. Two-thirds felt they were of high quality in 2012, but barely half said so in 2013.Only 23 percent reported that the assessments had been a topic of professional development.Far more common is training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second.Their sense of preparedness, ranked on a scale from 1 ("not at all prepared") to 5 ("very prepared"), was about the same in this year's report as it was the previous year: just under half gave themselves 4s or 5s on that preparedness scale.Only one-quarter said in this year's report that their students were well prepared to master the standards, and 14 percent said their students were well prepared for the tests.Teachers are unhappy with the lack of alignment between their instructional materials and the common core, a situation that's stubbornly unchanged from the year before. Nearly six in 10 said their main curricular materials were not aligned to the new standards.Teachers are pretty cynical about publishers' claims that their materials are "common-core-aligned." Fewer than four in 10 said they'd trust curriculum providers' claims of alignment.Only 18 percent classified themselves as "very familiar" with the math standards in the fall of 2012, but that number rose to 31 percent in the fall 2013 survey.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 14, 7:45 AM

Why was there "far more training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second?"


Literacy is now a "shared responsibility" across all content areas. This means that all secondary teachers are expected to integrate purposeful reading, writing, and discussion of complex text into their lessons. In reality, few teachers have received the training or support to carry out this formidable task, which will take several years of focused practice to reach an acceptable level of proficiency. 

Although elementary teachers are much better prepared to teach literacy skills, they must increase the amount of informational text and do more argumentative/persuasive writing, which are significant changes.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 16, 12:16 PM

As a facilitator of learning about the Common Core, none of this surprises me. Much of the PD I see offered by states and many of the professional development companies are worn out and outdated PP slides initially developed by testing consortia. Much of the training I see offered should have been happening two years ago, not now...after implementation has begun and testing is upon us.

Unfortunately, when teachers attend trainings that offer weak support in knowledge about and application of the standards, their time is wasted and their proficiencies are not increased. Implementing the Common Core is work, hard work. To entertain teachers for a day or make the material seem easily understood does a disservice to teachers, students, schools, and communities.

Ann Francis's curator insight, August 16, 6:57 PM

#commoncore, #ccss

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Avoiding Repetition In A Resume (When All Your Jobs Sound The Same)

Avoiding Repetition In A Resume (When All Your Jobs Sound The Same) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
One of my clients came to me with a problem: she had held pretty much the same manager-level job during her entire career, only with different companies. Her resume felt boring, even to her, because every job sounded exactly alike.
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