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Londoner fails driving theory test a record 107 times

Londoner fails driving theory test a record 107 times | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Britain's worst driver has failed a record 107 attempts at the car theory test and is still yet to pass.

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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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Always Communicate the Why - George Ambler

Always Communicate the Why - George Ambler | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Communication is most importance to leaders. One problem we spend too much time communicating the "what" and the "how" and don't devote enough time to the "why".

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Analyse, act, measure: Getting the most out of data analysis | ITWeb

Analyse, act, measure: Getting the most out of data analysis | ITWeb | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
We often hear talk of how analytics can help businesses and organisations extract valuable insight from their data, but that's where the conversation

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Mahopac alternative high school students feel isolated, ostracized - The Journal News | LoHud.com

Mahopac alternative high school students feel isolated, ostracized - The Journal News | LoHud.com | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Mahopac alternative high school students feel isolated, ostracized The Journal News | LoHud.com They are kept in a separate wing of Mahopac High School (administrators call it ground level, students call it the basement), are not allowed to eat in...
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Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’ - The Washington Post

Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’ - The Washington Post | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The famed psychologist explains why one is not the other though they are often confused. (Great insights re: multiple intelligence vs. learning style from the man who invented MI theory...
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Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him?

Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Thinking, Fast and Slow was a global bestseller, and had a profound impact on psychology and economics, as these tributes from other leading figures show...He pretty much created the field of behavioural economics and has revolutionised large parts of cognitive psychology and social psychology. His central message could not be more important, namely, that human reason left to its own devices is apt to engage in a number of fallacies and systematic errors, so if we want to make better decisions in our personal lives and as a society, we ought to be aware of these biases and seek workarounds. That's a powerful and important discovery.

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This is an informative article about Daniel Kahneman and his contemporary "colleagues" revolutionizing thought and experimentation in the social sciences. Working around our irrationality, our tendency to make decisions based on fallacies and cognitive biases, should be one of the main goals of education. 

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26 Keys to Student Engagement

26 Keys to Student Engagement | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

When we show kids our zeal and passion for what we believe in, we welcome them to share their own. Love what you do, and present it with zeal everyday! Even if it is the 100th time you have presented it, remember it is the first for these students!


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Brad Merrick's curator insight, March 30, 7:20 AM
Very clever and well considered article on the 26 keys to student engagement. Love the use of the Alphabet as the acronym.
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Self-Efficacy and Locus of Control

Self-Efficacy and Locus of Control | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

“Leadership is a dying art in the world today. The great leaders of the past are found few-and-far between these days. There are some that have been fairly successful that have rose to an iconic sta...”


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Always important to draw upon self efficacy and experience in leadership roles. Important to continually evaluate how you are doing.
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The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic

The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The Department of Education is recognizing the importance of grit by calling for educational programs that will help students of all ages develop this key characteristic. Academic studies have identified grit as a success factor in contexts as diverse as the National Spelling Bee, West Point,... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-importance-of-grit-in-students-infographic/


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Are researchers catching on that Grit is evolved from Bandura's self-efficacy and psychological resilience?


The study of resilience reveals that resilience is acquired from experiences as well as from learning. They are sometimes referred to as factors and skills. This is at the heart of acquiring "grit" which a mature form of self-efficacy if self-efficacy is viewed on an maturation/developmental scale.

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Are researchers catching on that Grit is evolved from Bandura's self-efficacy and psychological resilience?
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The Personality Traits Employers Look for Most in Job Candidates

The Personality Traits Employers Look for Most in Job Candidates | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Your personality and how you fit into a company's culture could be even more important than the skills you possess .
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Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs : The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs : The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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What youth learned: The analyses of youth interviews revealed 3 major themes for types of youth agency skills:

1) Mobilizing effort:learning to devote the energy and time to their work

- common theme reveals that successful work requires effort and they had gained abilities to deliberately mobilize and regulate that effort

2) Concrete organizing skills: learning rules to organize the tasks or elements of their projects

3) Strategic thinking:  “use of advanced executive skills to anticipate possible scenarios in the steps to achieving goals and to formulate flexible courses of action that take these possibilities into account”

- strategic thinking directs youth toward achievement of meaningful and challenging real-world goals and away from risk behavior (Romer, 2003).

 

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Self-efficacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Self-efficacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Self-efficacy is the extent or strength of one's belief in one's own ability to complete tasks and reach goals. Psychologists have studied self-efficacy from several perspectives, noting various paths in the development of self-efficacy; the dynamics of self-efficacy, and lack thereof, in many different settings; interactions between self-efficacy and self-concept; and habits of attribution that contribute to, or detract from, self-efficacy.

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In what ways are Duckworth's Grit research findings similar to Bandura's efficacy (or self-efficacy). How are they different? Are they related?

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Games are just another storytelling device

Games are just another storytelling device | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Whenever people talk about games as a potential journalistic device, there is a reaction against the idea of 'play' as a method for communicating 'serious' news. Malcolm Bradbrook's post on the New...
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Powerful message about games!

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AnalyticsHandbook

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What Gets in the Way of Listening

What Gets in the Way of Listening | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.


While tactically there are many ways to strengthen your listening skills, you must focus on the deeper, internal issues at stake to really improve. Listening is a skill that enables you to align people, decisions, and agendas. You cannot have leadership presence without hearing what others have to say.



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להקשיב...זה שם המשחק

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Corea's music and humor sparkle - Albany Times Union

Corea's music and humor sparkle - Albany Times Union | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Corea's music and humor sparkle
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Albany. Chick Corea received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd at The College of Saint Rose's Massry Center for the Arts before he even sat down to play the Steinway grand piano.
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Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method - Washington Post (blog)

Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method - Washington Post (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method Washington Post (blog) The ASA just slammed the high-stakes “value-added method” (VAM) of evaluating teachers that has been increasingly embraced in states as part of...
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Can we ever trust instinct?

Can we ever trust instinct? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
DANIEL KAHNEMAN is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School...
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Working around our irrationality, our tendency to make decisions based on fallacies and cognitive biases, should be one of the main goals of education. 

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» “I Think I Can, I Think I Can” How Self-Efficacy Relates to Performance - Adventures in Positive Psychology

» “I Think I Can, I Think I Can” How Self-Efficacy Relates to Performance - Adventures in Positive Psychology | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

“ Do you know the story of The Little Engine that Could? “As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, I--think--I--can, I--think--I--can.”


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Brad Merrick's curator insight, March 20, 7:36 AM
The importance of the inner voice in telling ourselves we can do it!
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The Proven Power of Self Efficacy and How to Use It to Get Healthy

The Proven Power of Self Efficacy and How to Use It to Get Healthy | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

“The extent to which you believe in yourself (your level of self efficacy) has massive implications on almost everything you do, including your health. (Really interesting look at how self-efficacy impacts health.”


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Brad Merrick's curator insight, March 31, 12:48 AM
Bandura, Dweck - all my favourites bundled into one! So true that our own belief in any task is a determinant of success. Important life skill to remain positive and adopt a growth mindset.
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More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll

More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A new report from Gallup Education shows just how powerful schools and teachers can be in motivating students to take an active role in the classroom.
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This is more about engagement and motivation. Read carefully that this reports refers to school climate, learning, hope for the future, positive approaches, and passion.

 

excerpt: "Students who have teachers who make them “feel excited about the future” and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup Education."

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The Thinker Behind “Grit” Says Teachers Need Grit, Too

The Thinker Behind “Grit” Says Teachers Need Grit, Too | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

 

What is it that sets people with grit apart? Robertson-Craft and Duckworth describe their key characteristic this way: “Gritty individuals work  diligently towards very challenging, long-term goals, sustaining commitment when confronted with setbacks and adversity.”

 

That sounds like a quality that would be immensely useful in teaching—and many other professions.

 


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Grit


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 12:26 AM

Without resiliency, without grit, we cannot recover and move forward learning from mistakes. Teachers need grit. The very work we do calls on us to be resilient and lead students with our words and actions when we make a mistake.

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Stranger in a Strange Land: Agency Skills in a Corporate World - ERE.net

Stranger in a Strange Land: Agency Skills in a Corporate World - ERE.net | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Indeed, companies hire executive search firms for this very reason: they need a pirate but can’t afford to have one associated with their brand. So they contract an outside vendor and gain the skills while sparing the brand.

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excerpt: "When their approach to recruiting butts up against layers of bureaucracy, they realize they’re in a land where process and predictability are prized over results. It’s more important to ensure that the process shows that every candidate was treated equally than to get a hire. Mediocrity is acceptable, and they are handcuffed with no way to use their skills. In short, their creative, aggressive strengths are at odds with an HR culture. The bottom line realization is that if you’re really talented, you’ll leave."

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7 Brilliant Strategies Marissa Mayer Used to Shake Up Yahoo

7 Brilliant Strategies Marissa Mayer Used to Shake Up Yahoo | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Here are a handful of ways the female CEO and former Googler has changed the company's culture and business.
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Myths vs. Facts | Common Core State Standards Initiative

Myths vs. Facts | Common Core State Standards Initiative | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires parents, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to have the facts about what the standards are and what they are not. The following myths and facts aim to address common misconceptions about the development, intent, content, and implementation of the standards.

 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 1:40 PM

Common standards, in whatever we understand their design, are mediated in the classroom if learning happens. Teachers and students bring their curricula, in the form of autobiographies and expectations with them, into the classrooms. These are lenses and filters which act on any curricula designed and prescribed from outside the classroom.

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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process by Terry Heick Gamification is simply the application of “game” mechanics to non-game entities. The big idea…
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This is a powerful point about gamification and how it is misunderstood"

Misunderstanding Gamification

The current issue around the idea is less about definition, and more about tone. Reducing the process of “gamification” to something whimsical, silly, or juvenile represents a fundamental misunderstanding of gamification as a process. For years, classrooms have been gamified. Letter grades are indeed first subjective evaluations of knowledge proficiency, but once they are passed to the hands of the students, they become game components, passed around as proof of the completion of some task, or the achievement of some desired goal (mastering a standard, fulfilling the requirements of an assignment, etc. Here, rubrics become instructions to task completion."

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