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The 10 Happiest Cities to Work In - The Happiest And Unhappiest Cities To Work In Right Now - Forbes

The 10 Happiest Cities to Work In - The Happiest And Unhappiest Cities To Work In Right Now - Forbes | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
This list of the happiest cities to work in, compiled by careers site CareerBliss.com, is based on analysis of more than 36,000 independent employee reviews between Nov. 2011 and Nov. 2012.
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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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Neuroscience: The Power of Curiosity to Inspire Learning

Neuroscience: The Power of Curiosity to Inspire Learning | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When our curiosity is piqued, learning can be a snap and recalling the new information comes effortlessly. But when it comes to things we don’t care about—the recipe to that "delicious" holiday fru...
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excerpt: "Ranganath’s team discovered that as the students grew curious, activity increased in two brain regions (the substantia nigra/ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens) that are associated with reward and motivation. The level of curiosity seemed to control activity in these areas like a dimmer switch. During times of great curiosity, these two brain regions were very active. During moments of disinterest or even boredom, these areas shifted into low gear."

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How Numbers Can Lie

How Numbers Can Lie | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
While the idea of “scientifically engineered” solutions sounds attractive, we should remember that science isn’t about certitude, but skepticism. There is never a magic formula that can solve all our problems.
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7 Amazing Data Journalism Blogs you Should Read | Infogr.am

7 Amazing Data Journalism Blogs you Should Read | Infogr.am | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Blogging is one of the oldest tricks journalists have utilized on the Web to express their opinions and ideas. Even though social networks have been strong competitors, blogs have managed to survive. Are there any good data journalism blogs on the internet? The answer is yes. Here, we give you a list of the blogs you should keep up with in the data realm.
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Terrific resources for tips on data storytelling and marketing.
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What Your LinkedIn Photo Says About You

What Your LinkedIn Photo Says About You | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
People do business with people they trust. So what are you trying to hide in that photo?
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Fundamentals of Leadership: Communicating a Vision | Writing Assistance, Inc.

Fundamentals of Leadership: Communicating a Vision | Writing Assistance, Inc. | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
This management training article provided by Writing Assistance, Inc. covers the fundamentals of leadership - communicating a vision for your staff. Get support from your team, driveg effective projects, and get employees to perform their best.
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WHAT ARE THE COMMON FACTORS INCREASE EMPLOYEE RETENTION IN WORKPLACES AND STUDENT RETENTION IN SCHOOLS Research Network Response | Wonder

Brooke Petersen@brooke_p writes: "while the actual process of student retention seems to be different from that of employee retention, the principles are the same. People need to feel that they are contributing and that they are capable of attaining their personal goals. If they don't, they will be unsatisfied and want to change their approach to life, work, and education. In the workplace, having well-trained supervisors is brought up over and over. This provides your employees with a support system. In schools, the parallel is the faculty and academic advisors. These individuals must create a warm, validating atmosphere for students. Another repeated piece of advice for businesses is that they need to provide a path for employees to achieve their goals. This doesn't necessarily mean salary increases; rather, it may indicate moving to positions where they can use their skills more effectively. In schools, advisors must help students clarify their goals, because many students enter college without them. Once desires for the future are solidified, advisors can help students see how their education creates a pathway to achieve those desires. Finally, something echoed in both spheres is that businesses and schools must respect their employees and students as people with lives outside of work and school. This includes understanding when they cannot work extra hours, being reasonable with homework assignments, and generally being flexible and offering empathy when situations arise. In the end, employees and students are seeking places they will be respected and allowed to grow. When they feel this validation, they will be encouraged to stay."

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What does it take to change people's minds? | Game-Changer

What does it take to change people's minds? | Game-Changer | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In his book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion“, Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University, observes that most of the moral reasoning people do is oriented not towards discovering the truth, but towards justifying their beliefs to others in their social group. “Moral reasoning is more like a politician seeking votes than a scientist seeking truth,” Mr Haidt writes. “We are obsessively concerned about what others think of us.” For the most part, people select their moral beliefs the way they select their clothes, asking themselves whether this or that opinion is appropriate to their identity and how it will look to their friends. When they do engage in moral reasoning, they do it to justify taking the position necessary to fit in. If people’s moral stances are shifting rapidly, it is because they are getting signals from others in their group that a different belief is now acceptable.
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Lifelong Learner: Teaching methodology or teaching classroom pedagogy: where should the priority be?

Lifelong Learner: Teaching methodology or teaching classroom pedagogy: where should the priority be? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
 The simplest definition of pedagogy is the art of teaching. This definition shows that teaching is a creative skill, which has a social side that is teachers' interactions with their students. Watkins and Mortimer (1999) (as cited inCogill,  2008) define it as ‘any conscious activity by one person designed to enhance the learning of another’. In this definition implicates that pedagogy is a planned procedures and strategies that ensure avoiding haphazard actions. Leach and Moon (1999) (as cited in Cogill, 2008)described a Pedagogical Setting as ‘the practice that a teacher, together with a particular group of learners creates, enacts and experiences.’ Again, communication is considered as an advantage of pedagogy. This definition ensures the active roles of learners that pedagogical sitting provides. Cogill, (2008) suggests that this definition shows that the learner has an active role and draws light on the social interaction between teachers and learners. Garcia, (wisegeek.com) defines pedagogical teaching as strategies that are used by teachers in the classroom to deliver the knowledge of a subject depending on their skills. From this aspect, we can consider pedagogy as knowledge in many different forms such as knowledge of the content, knowledge of the teaching approaches, knowledge of the class management…etc. In the same article she mentioned that these strategies might include choosing methods, assessing learners, using outside resources from the society … Daw, (wisegeek.com) divided pedagogic skills into two types classroom management (managing students behavior)  and content-related (teaching content effectively). 
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A Nuclear Nightmare, Averted

A Nuclear Nightmare, Averted | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Library of Congress / Reuters This week, with little fanfare, one of the world’s key restraints on the spread of nuclear weapons came under scrutiny, as a month-long review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) concluded at the United Nations.
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Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness

Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How should we react when an employee is not performing well or makes a mistake? How to respond when an employee messes up.

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(From the article): When trust, loyalty, and creativity are high, and stress is low, employees are happier and more productive and turnover is lower. Positive interactions even make employees healthier and require fewer sick days. Other studies have shown how compassionate management leads to improvements in customer service and client outcomes and satisfaction.

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How to Fuel Collaboration & Innovation: 2015 99U Conference Recap 1

How to Fuel Collaboration & Innovation: 2015 99U Conference Recap 1 | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Don’t confuse outputs for outcomes. We often celebrate the outputs of our work. When something gets launched or when we cross another checkbox off of our to-do list. But by celebrating outputs instead of outcomes, we lose the spark of what motivated us to innovate in the first place. We don’t do what we do to cross items off a list, we do what we do because it has an impact. “Don’t get blinded by the output and celebrate the wrong win,” Reynolds stated. His example? Building a well isn’t what we celebrate. Instead, celebrate when the well is providing clean water and better health for an entire village.
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The Green Berets’ elite military training is the perfect preparation for a CEO

The Green Berets’ elite military training is the perfect preparation for a CEO | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Your next executive hire should be a retired special ops officer.
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Author raises good points suggesting the ways special Ops officers have developed skills fitting needs in business.
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The Influence of Language on Theory of Mind: A Training Study

The Influence of Language on Theory of Mind: A Training Study | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
This study investigated the role of language in the development of theory of mind. It was hypothesized that the acquisition of the syntactic and semantic properties of sentential complements would facilitate the development of a representational theory of mind. Sixty preschoolers who failed false belief and sentential complement pretests were randomly assigned to training on false belief, sentential complements, or relative clauses (as a control group). All the children were post-tested on a set of different theory of mind tasks, sentential complements and relative clauses. The main findings were that the group trained on sentential complements not only acquired the linguistic knowledge fostered by the training, but also significantly increased their scores on a range of theory of mind tasks. In contrast, false belief training only led to improved theory of mind scores but had no influence on language. The control group, trained on relative clauses, showed no improvement on theory of mind posttests. These findings are taken as evidence that the acquisition of sentential complements contributes to the development of theory of mind in preschoolers.
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Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity

Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Swap your caffeine habit for one of these healthier alternatives and get a bigger mental boost.
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4 reasons you shouldn't be afraid to be funny on social media

4 reasons you shouldn't be afraid to be funny on social media | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“ Brands that post funny stuff on social media are seen as more memorable, while also gaining insights and emotional responses from the audience.”
Via Elizabeth E Charles, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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what are some effective interventions to reduce student chronic lateness (tardiness) at the high school level (in US schools)?Research Network Response | Wonder

what are some effective interventions to reduce student chronic lateness (tardiness) at the high school level (in US schools)?

Anna Olechowska writes: "I found a great case study that explores the strategies and practices used by schools to help reduce student tardiness. A traditional method included was "students being given one hour of detention and a letter was sent home at the fifth tardy level, suspended for three days at eleven tardies, suspended five days for sixteen tardies, and given ten days suspension for every five tardies past that level". It was found that suspensions were the most effective strategy while detentions were the least effective. Other strategies included "sweeping the hallways" for students still out of classrooms after the start of class, and having them sit in a "tardy room" to wait until the next class period. Any periods missed were to be made up after school hours. A less traditional method was to have the students create the tardy policy; a study claimed that the students felt they had ownership and authority over the policy if they helped create it, and thus they would follow it closely. Other schools provided incentives for punctual students such as movie trips to the movies or ice cream parties. The case study stressed that what would work for one school may not work for another school based on "such as school size, school location, minority enrollment, socioeconomic status, and gender". For example, the 'tardy room' worked for one school, but for a school in Los Angeles, where the minority population was high and the graduation rate low, students felt that they were falling behind if they were placed in a tardy room because they were given assignments that had no use when placed in the room. Thus, there may not be just one strategy that is most effective. I'll link you to other articles that study effective strategies for student tardiness and you can see what would work best in your school."

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Guide to Creating Mission & Vision Statements

Guide to Creating Mission & Vision Statements | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The second installment in this series centers around creating mission and vision statements. These principles hold true not only to those looking to create or evaluate a mission and vision statement for a volunteer program but for any other place were they are used.
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Systems Thinking For the Rest of Us - Tobias Fors - Let's Test 2013

SYSTEMS THINKINGFOR THE REST OF US@TOFO | CITERUS.SE | TOBIASFORS.SEtobias.fors@citerus.seWith inspiration from Ackoff,Weinberg, Checkland

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Create A Sense of Belonging

Create A Sense of Belonging | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. Such a simple word for huge concept. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong  is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions. Some find belonging in a church, some with friends, some with family, and some on Twitter or other social media. Some see themselves as connected only to one or two people. Others believe and feel a connection to all people the world over, to humanity. Some struggle to find a sense of belonging and their loneliness is physically painful for them. 

Some seek belonging through excluding others. That reflects the idea that there must be those who don't belong in order for there to be those who do. Yet a single instance of being excluded can undermine self-control and well being and often creates pain and conflict.

A sense of belonging to a greater community improves your motivation, health, andhappiness.  When you see your connection to others, you know that all people struggle and have difficult times. You are not alone. There is comfort in that knowledge.

 

Dr. Gregory Walton developed a belonging intervention he called Attributional Retraining
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Invented traditions

Invented traditions | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

In a now classic book containing a theoretical introduction by Eric Hobsbawm and a selection of case-studies, six historians and anthropologists argued that traditions which appear or claim to be ancient can be quite recent in origin and were sometimes literally invented in a single event or over a short time period (Hobsbawm and Ranger 1983). In his introduction, Eric Hobsbawm defined 'invented traditions' as follows (1983: 1f.):

 

"'Invented tradition' is taken to mean a set of practices, normally governed by overtly or tacitly accepted rules and of a ritual or symbolic nature, which seek to inculcate certain values and norms of behaviour by repetition, which automatically implies continuity with the past. In fact, where possible, they normally attempt to establish continuity with a suitable historic past.... However, insofar as there is such reference to a historic past, the peculiarity of 'invented' traditions is that the continuity with it is largely fictitious. In short, they are responses to novel situations which take the form of reference to old situations, or which establish their own past by quasi-obligatory repetition."

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Why People In Finance And Insurance Are The Unhappiest Employees

Why People In Finance And Insurance Are The Unhappiest Employees | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Three factors contribute to the lack of job satisfaction, despite security and high wages.
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The US needs a job market that can afford to take chances on unconventional hires

The US needs a job market that can afford to take chances on unconventional hires | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Bringing potential out into the open is essential to bringing America’s founding promise of opportunity through work into the 21st century.
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What’s in Your Creative Bag?

What’s in Your Creative Bag? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Work with what you have.
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This is important advice. I've explored a great deal about what schools (secondary and post secondary) can help people learn and be able to do, and I've explored what they have not been able to help people learn. This short article does a lot. It encourages creatives to jump in and make it happen. Whatever they do to complete a project will result in being a learning experience. Skills will develop and will be developed; resourcefulness will get tested, collaboration and problem solving skills will get challenged. But in the end, you develop certain skills, you complete a project, and the finished product will be something you can use to encourage others to invest in you so that you can accomplish bigger projects. 

 

 

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Uncovering complex network structures in nature

Uncovering complex network structures in nature | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Several models have already been proposed to generate networks of interacting individuals with wildly varying connectivity. The most famous of these is known as preferential attachment and follows the social maxim of "the rich get richer". As time progresses, the individuals in the network with the most connections are the ones most likely to acquire new connections. Just as in the real world, wealth attracts still more wealth and societies develop with most people having little and a small minority having most of the resources.
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