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Has Google Destroyed Your Memory? No. It’s Much Weirder Than That.

Has Google Destroyed Your Memory? No. It’s Much Weirder Than That. | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The following is excerpted from Clive Thompson’s book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, out now from the Penguin Press. Is the Internet ruining our ability to remember facts?

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from the article: "We don't remember in isolation—and that's a good thing. "Quite simply, we seem to record as much outside our minds as within them," as Wegner has written. "Couples who are able to remember things transactively offer their constituent individuals storage for and access to a far wider array of information than they would otherwise command." These are, as Wegner describes it in a lovely phrase, "the thinking processes of the intimate dyad."

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, October 7, 2013 8:31 PM

Interesting read.

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from the article: "We don't remember in isolation—and that's a good thing. "Quite simply, we seem to record as much outside our minds as within them," as Wegner has written. "Couples who are able to remember things transactively offer their constituent individuals storage for and access to a far wider array of information than they would otherwise command." These are, as Wegner describes it in a lovely phrase, "the thinking processes of the intimate dyad.""

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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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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 13, 1:15 AM

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, 7:56 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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Many SA mathematics teachers know less than 11-year-old kids

Many SA mathematics teachers know less than 11-year-old kids | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Research shows that 79% of grade 6 mathematics teachers do not understand what they are teaching (Challenges in South African mathematics teaching; major consequences for science and technology in the country http://t.co/eKiqP6CY9a)...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 9, 10:55 AM

I am not sure what to make of this. Does it raise questions in Canadian and Albertan Schools?

 

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, August 9, 1:21 PM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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How to fix SA’s education system

How to fix SA’s education system | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Almost 20 years after the end of apartheid, SA has one of the highest expenditures on education in the world, but the education system still propagates the inequality of the apartheid era.
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extensive excerpt:

The biggest challenges facing education are

Children are coming out of school without the the 3 basic R’s of education that is the ability to read, wRite and aRithmeticsSouth African teachers do not have the basic pedagogic and content knowledge competencies needed to impart the skills needed by our learners.Resources are being used in a non efficient manner with little accountability and transparency.Inadequate organizational support to teachers and  bureaucracy in the educational department.Constant shift in South Africa’s educational curriculumFailure of the Education Departments to deliver on their core responsibilities.South African learners do not have a culture of reading and a lack the motivational push to learn from their community and familiesTeacher late-coming, absenteeism and an inability to enact the basic functions of teaching are endemic in many South African schoolsPower  dynamics at play between a seemingly all-powerful teachers’ union (SADTU) and the StateLack of basic amenities, infrastructure and learning resources in South African  townships and rural schoolsMany learners in South African townships and rural areas come from families affected by poverty, hunger and parents with little or no education themselves.A lost generation of learners who are not educated nor working because of the state of South Africa's education system.

The solution

1.      Early in the schooling system the focus should be on producing learners who can read, write and count.

2.      Reopen teacher training colleges since they provided a focused approach in the development of teachers and instill a sense of pride among teachers and teaching in general.

3.      Put in place internal controls to increase accountability, transparency of the learning process and the use of resources towards education at all government levels and in the classroom.

4.      Dedicated focus in improving the resources and infrastructure in township and rural schools

5.      Celebrate South Africa’s entrepreneurs and learned academic success, conduct career guidance counseling at an early age.

6.      Stability in the South African education curriculum by involving all stakeholders in developing an effective curriculum for South Africa.

7.      Introduce adult education programs, libraries and career guidance programs in South African townships and rural areas to encourage a culture of reading among learners and their families. 

8.      The Department of education should ensure rapid filling of vacant posts and efficient handling of disciplinary cases, or the support of teacher development

9.      The government should take political control of the education system and depoliticize unions in the education sector.

10.  National program to equip the supply of learning materials, the provision of libraries, toilets, repair of windows and leaking roofs, maintenance of desks and infrastructure in South African rural and township schools.

11.  Provide bursaries, school feeding programs, life orientation programs and counseling programs to learners in rural areas and townships

12.  Open vocational training centers and out of school programs to improve the skills of South Africans who are not in school and not working .

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How to Stop Vandalization of Bathroom Stalls | eHow

How to Stop Vandalization of Bathroom Stalls | eHow | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Graffiti removal quickly becomes tiresome, a task never finished. The best way to prevent graffiti is to present an alternative. A blank white wall invites trouble; stop vandalization of bathroom stalls in public locations by building a decorating scheme that either makes room for public interaction or simply has enough of its own style to deter...
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20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader - Edudemic

20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader - Edudemic | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
From the corporate workplace to the elementary school classroom, leaders are everywhere. Even born leaders need inspiration and practical tips to help them reach their highest potential.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 4, 5:18 PM

Leading in the business world and leading, when it happens, in School share some principles. What we need to be cautious with is School is not a business. It is a space where servant-leadership should be at the forefront.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, August 4, 11:39 PM

Koska teksti on vuodelta 2012, tarkistin linkkien toimivuuden ja kirjoittajien aktiivisuuden:

*Leadership for Lawyers: (päivitetty viimeksi 2013)

*Learn to Duck:  (blogin päivityksestä en saanut helposti selvää – kirjoittaja aktiivinen Twitterissä)

*Leader to Leader Institute Blog:  (sivua ei löytynyt)

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Millennials are making things; what that means for brands.

Millennials are making things; what that means for brands. | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Nearly 40 percent of Instructables users are between the ages of 18 and 34. These young users spend a lot of time (and money) browsing, commenting, and devising creative tutorials.
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Milennials are the 30-under-30s of the various career domains, the YouTube performers and scriptwriters, they blog, they started businesses. They aren't just entitled videogamers who spend their days doing nothing or making employers miserable. But they are different. Read Alvin Toffler, especially about what he says about prosumers.
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Interdisciplinary Literacy - Science

The Science Interdisciplinary Science Presentation for EMWP - Julie King, Lauren Luedtke, Jeff Taylor, Doug Baker and Julie Blomquist.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 25, 6:52 PM

I am reading David Smith's book Pedagon. He proposes a literacy challenge is we are speeding at such a pace we cannot take time and become literate in the learning we undertake. To be literate is to go deep below the superficial levels and spend time being subjected to the subjects we love.

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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, 9:07 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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John R. Walkup's curator insight, August 20, 9:31 PM

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, 10:45 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, 3:16 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, 9:57 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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Classroom Cribs

Classroom Cribs | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
This is a guest post from the fabulous Erin Klein As we look towards the 2014-2015 school year, one question continually jumps out to me as an educator: How do our learning spaces impact our studen...
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Bathroom graffiti down the pan

Bathroom graffiti down the pan | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How did a doctor get toilet graffiti artists to clean up their act?
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excerpt: "Why was the treatment so very – nay, completely – effective? Watson speculates that "prior to posting the signs, bare walls appeared to function as discriminative stimuli for graffiti, perhaps because it was not apparent that anyone cared. Posting the signs was evidence that a prominent citizen (a doctor) was prepared to pay for results."

"An alternative explanation," he says, "is that the presence of the observers prompted restroom users to refrain from writing on walls."

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Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices - YouTube

Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions li...

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Art Jones's curator insight, July 2, 4:02 PM

Ruth Chang offers us a process for making hard decisions.


She says:


"Drifters allow the world and circumstance to write the story of their life.


We each have the opportunity to take control of the story via knowing how to make the hard decisions and thus become the authors of our own lives".


#Storytelling #Reason

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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. I hope you noticed the previous sentence didn't refer to being a great talker - big difference. The key to becoming a skillful communicator is rarely found in what has been taught in the world of [...]
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excerpt: "Focus on the leave-behinds not the take-aways: The best communicators are not only skilled at learning and gathering information while communicating, they are also adept at transferring ideas, aligning expectations, inspiring action, and spreading their vision. The key is to approach each interaction with a servant’s heart. When you truly focus on contributing more than receiving you will have accomplished the goal. Even though this may seem counter-intuitive, by intensely focusing on the other party’s wants, needs & desires, you’ll learn far more than you ever would by focusing on your agenda."

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A Job Description For Teaching

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A Job Description For Teaching

A rarely discussed weakness in education is the lack of a true job description for teachers in hiring. Being told that “you will teach US History” or “we are hiring you to be a 4th grade teacher” is not a job description. It doesn’t say what you are responsible for causing. It merely describes the content and level you will be teaching. It doesn’t demand that you achieve anything in particular. It only says that a certain slot and set of roles should be filled and certain content should be covered.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 10:12 PM

Most of this article is about inputs (learning outcomes) and outputs (student learning). They are important, however teaching is about having relationships with students and less about having relationships with the learning outcomes. It is a blending of instrumental work and communicative work.

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More states are taking middle-of-the-road approaches toward the #CommonCore

More states are taking middle-of-the-road approaches toward the #CommonCore | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Revising Common Core could calm many concerns and still lead to high standards, one expert says.

 

"These types of bills, Smarick says, could lead to the best outcome for the Common Core initiative in the long-run."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 25, 10:43 AM

States always had the option of adding up to 15% to the Standards, but many chose to adopt the CCSS as is. Now, they are doing the right thing by personalizing the Standards to the needs of students in their states.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 29, 10:24 AM

Reviewing the Common Core Standards and making edits or additions as necessary based on the input of a knowledgeable citizenry is prudent, but is that the process or are the changes being made as knee-jerk reactions to political pressure and election fear? I don't really know...but from the headlines, the latter seems to be playing a hefty role in Common Core backlash.