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The Security-Industrial Complex

The Security-Industrial Complex | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Has the culture of secrecy in Washington has become absurd? What has changed in terms of surveillance and Acts of War and the suspension of habeas corpus? Can the USA continue to avoid becoming a police state?
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50 Stress Relievers That Take 5 Minutes or Less

50 Stress Relievers That Take 5 Minutes or Less | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Simple and effective activities you can do to help relieve stress throughout your day.
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Take your pick. Give it a shot. 

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Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair

Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When a friend started her job at a big company, a family friend, who also worked there, pulled her aside.Many people in their workplace had affairs, he said, and he’d seen lots of relationships
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This is valuable and has so many good points for  the size of the article. I like the insights embedded in the tips as well. I wonder how often educators get in these situations. We have mentors, collaborative teacher/partners (inclusive classrooms), teacher teams, etc. Then there is the high stress of the off/on nature. There are various ways to blow-off steam. Having something in common around work can give the appearance that you have "more things in common" than your own spouse. And, in education, as it is with many other careers, the time spent at work usually adds up to more than the time we spend (awake) at home. "Temptations are a part of life"--as the song goes-- but so many songs focus on fun and intrigue rather than happiness. 

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The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz

The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts
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After reading this speech once, I realize these are the words I would have read to my past self in high school and again during my first days in college, and then again at the end of college at graduation. I would try to read them to my children at their different points in life (in person or as a digital avatar). There are powerful messages in this lecture delivered at West Point. He talks about leadership and what it means to be a leader, but he also explains how leadership and isolation play off of each other. He talks about how true leadership can be lonely and isolating, but also how loneliness and isolation can help you to become a better leader, a better thinker, a better human being. These include the abilities of a true leader: The ability to speak your mind even when you know what you are sharing is not held by the majority of those you are addressing; the ability to think critically, skeptically, and to adjust your perspectives to test and validate (or invalidate) a position, a solution, and even the questions asked of a problem, is valuable and rare. Maybe it's valuable because it's so rare. Or maybe it's so valuable because it isn't often appreciated at the time, like a work of great art or an invention that can't be commercialized. My favorite point was when he said, “So it’s perfectly natural to have doubts, or questions, or even just difficulties. The question is, what do you do with them? Do you suppress them, do you distract yourself from them, do you pretend they don’t exist? Or do you confront them directly, honestly, courageously? If you decide to do so, you will find that the answers to these dilemmas are not to be found on Twitter or Comedy Central or even in The New York Times. They can only be found within—without distractions, without peer pressure, in solitude.”

 

I don't agree that there is no leadership in many areas, many departments. I don't know how the author/speaker has come to those conclusions, considering his experiences and intelligence. Usually, people think they are being profound when they say there are no leaders, no poets, no great artists, etc. It's actually a sign that they lack imagination or real experience leading or creating. It's like saying we need to end poverty or hunger; saying it as if no body is trying to achieve these goals. Meanwhile, there are organizations plugging away, resisting, innovating, reaching, and achieving these goals...but at lower levels, lower numbers, temporarily. But he is not that guy. So, I value his speech and his ultimate points and reasoning and advice, but disagree on some points.

 

But leadership has changed, which is often unappreciated often. The “boss” is becoming ineffective. How do people realize that 21st century learning rejects lecturing and “top down” command structure and the “sage on the stage” but think leaders should still lecture and command from up-high? What is leadership in a world of complexity? Authority has changed. Hierarchies are collapsing, becoming lattices and noded-networks. Power and warfare include informality (informal power) and unorthodoxy (innovative).  Temporary teams focus on short term projects and objectives.

The more informed, intelligent, and experienced commentator should explain how leadership has changed. But that’s not what complainers do. They don’t talk about complexity, complications, and wicked problems. They sound like apologists. They appear weak and confused and bureaucratic. The eyes of the audience will go glassy. But what do we know about leadership from Star Trek? Was Captain Kirk a better leader than Jean Luc Picard? How do you evaluate Mission Impossible of today? I wonder if people still want Clint Eastwood types. In the Game of Thrones, we are introduced to different kinds of leaders and different kinds of heroes. I wonder who is best, most heroic, and more effective at leading.

We say we want better problem solving, and say that this comes from thinking critically, communicating and collaborating. And we know solutions result best from all of this with reflection and more critical thinking. But what about time? How much time is given and how much time must be taken? 

 

The lecturer redeems himself by saying this: “I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is always someone else’s; it’s always what I’ve already heard about the subject, always the conventional wisdom. It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise. And often even that idea doesn’t turn out to be very good. I need time to think about it, too, to make mistakes and recognize them, to make false starts and correct them, to outlast my impulses, to defeat my desire to declare the job done and move on to the next thing.”

 

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We need quiet time to meditate, contemplate, or pray. It does not make a difference what we call it. We need it.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:49 AM

At the heart of servant-leadership is mindfulness which includes being comfortable with the discomfort of solitude.

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5 Whys - Toolkit For Thinking

5 Whys - Toolkit For Thinking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Toolkit of ideas and techniques to help your creative and critical thinking including problem solving, logical fallacies and decision making.
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This resource may be of help for those in writing, education, and other fields where critical thinking is necessary for production and for producing value. Add this as a resource with rhetorical fallacies to keep at hand. 

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10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter - FishbowlDC

10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter - FishbowlDC | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter
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Something to support lesson of Internet/social networking use: manners, etiquette, impact, etc. Also useful to make it clear to high school students that adult professionals display behaviors on social networking just like teens.

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Beneath the Surface of History: The Submarine

With loads of experiments and inventions under his belt, Cornelius Drebbel was a true Renaissance man. But one of his inventions was more useful than any oth...
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Fun educational videos at Youtube's HiddenGeniusShow. 

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Data Visualizations, Challenges, Community

Data Visualizations, Challenges, Community | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A community of creative people making sense of complex issues through data and design
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This is a website I came across after reading a comment in a LinkedIn discussion. This point came up that Data Visualization is one area of great importance. 

 

In my readings, I have come across Cleveland, who in one text, was introduced as important reading for learners of Data visualization. http://www.amazon.com/Visualizing-Data-William-S-Cleveland/dp/0963488406 . I borrowed the books from the library but never read them. I keep meaning to try again. Time constraints though. 

Ultimately, it seems that it is all about attention, time to attend, time to reflect, time to make connections, time to find/learn uses and applications of new knowledge and knowledge tools. Data visualization may help cut down on the time needed to evaluate data. More automation might help process data for easier interpretation and faster application/use of data.

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Who Needs LinkedIn? 15 Offline Networking Strategies That Work | The Savvy Intern by YouTern

Who Needs LinkedIn? 15 Offline Networking Strategies That Work | The Savvy Intern by YouTern | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Our friends at YEC asked members of their council this question from a reader… we thought the answers were enlightening for members of the YouTern community. ...
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Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!" C
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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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This resource offers incredible levels of depth and exploration of a wide range of concepts. Recently, I have used it to appreciate the complexities of morality and the Turing Test. It occurred to me that there are other concepts that I wish to explore. It could be used as a "jump off point" for major research projects or intellectual blog publishings or any number of uses.

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SAPVoice: Census Data Reveals 'Two Americas' Within The U.S.

SAPVoice: Census Data Reveals 'Two Americas' Within The U.S. | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The two wispy slips of paper were far more than just ATM receipts found at a bank in New York. They created a jarring yet simple mosaic of the sprawling gap between rich and poor in the United States.
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Glow-in-the-Dark Cockroach Makes Top New Species List

Glow-in-the-Dark Cockroach Makes Top New Species List | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The 2013 list is the 6th released by the institute and it includes everything from a glow-in-the-dark cockroach to an "Old World" monkey with a bright blue buttocks.
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Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity

Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Three factors have kept complexity science out of C-suites -- until now.
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"Managers, I think, should now get ready to face the full complexity of their organizations and economic environments and, if not control them, learn how to intervene with deliberate, positive effect. Embracing complexity will not make their jobs easier, but it is a recognition of reality, and an idea whose time has come."

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NSA surveillance: What if Google and Verizon refused to hand over data?

NSA surveillance: What if Google and Verizon refused to hand over data? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
secret court proceedings
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Cheat Sheet To Using Google Search More Effectively

Cheat Sheet To Using Google Search More Effectively | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Google has a lot of hidden tricks which allow you to use it a lot more effectively than you think. These tricks aren't obvious because Google doesn't want
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Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

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check out Ablon's adjustments for the use in schools. I think it is still a work in progress. It's powerful in that teachers can take the time to learn the steps and assessment instead of enrolling in a Masters in counseling program. http://www.thinkkids.org/learn/about-thinkkids/

 

http://www.thinkkids.org/learn/research/

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Dissection of an Argument - Toolkit For Thinking

Dissection of an Argument - Toolkit For Thinking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Toolkit of ideas and techniques to help your creative and critical thinking including problem solving, logical fallacies and decision making.
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This resource may be of help for those in writing, education, and other fields where critical thinking is necessary for production and for producing value. Add this as a resource with rhetorical fallacies to keep at hand. 

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The Surprising Origins of Sudoku - Stuff of Genius

Math-based puzzles have been around for centuries, but how did modern Sudoku get its start? Tune in to learn more about Sudoku in this episode. Stuff of Geni...
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This story of Sudoku could be useful for a technogy class (secondary school or high school level) or for a math class. Creative creations can come from so many different people in different professions. But they also have origins in history. Sometimes people "recreate the wheel."

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10 Fun Ways to Feed Your Mind this Summer - OEDB.org

10 Fun Ways to Feed Your Mind this Summer - OEDB.org | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
1. Learn a new language Summer is a great time to learn new things, why not study a new language?  There are plenty of free online tools to help yo
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Pecan, Caramel, Crawfish: Food Dialect Maps

Pecan, Caramel, Crawfish: Food Dialect Maps | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"ALL-monds," "AH-monds," or "I say something between 'l' and nothing"
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Semantic Conceptions of Information (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Semantic Conceptions of Information (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Information defined. Sort of. This may become important depending on the person you are speaking to or the document you are referencing/reviewing. 

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Bikes and the End of the World

Bikes and the End of the World | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Jason Gay tests out New York City's bike share program and concludes: The more people that are on bikes, the safer streets become for everyone.
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