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Leadership styles - John Adair: taking the lead

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What is a good leader?  sums it up with Be, know, do.  Read this for encouragement to be good in what you know and an area of strength.  Being practical in staking out future directions.

 

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Safer Internet Day: How we help you stay secure online

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Did you know today was Safer Internet Day?  Heck I didn't even know there was such a day...never mind that it was today.  But this Google blog gives some interesting info that lets me know just enough about what they are doing to help keep my Gmail safe and sound.

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The Valuable Links Between Stories and Our Collective Actions

The Valuable Links Between Stories and Our Collective Actions | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Story as a catalyst for meaning & purpose.

Via Dr. Karen Dietz
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We talk about how to spread our influence and how to build audience for our message.  Story seems to me to be one excellent way for doing that.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 1, 2013 4:55 PM

THIS POST HAS MOVED! HERE IS THE NEW LINK: https://designingliteracy.squarespace.com/literacyoftheimagination/the-valuable-links-between-stories-and-our-co 


Ahhh -- really good insights and points here in this article by Gunther Sonnenfeld that expands our typical ways of working with stories in business (transactional storytelling), and how we need to shift to transformational storytelling.


Stories provide meaning and purpose, as the above text says. Even when told for transactional purposes. But there is no reason for organizations not to also claim the higher ground.


This is a thoughtful article that touches on a few fundamental truths about storytelling, and calling us to think/act more deeply about the story work we do.


And I like the visual chart that comes along with it also!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, February 2, 2013 4:12 AM

Insightful read that goes deeper on storytelling's appeal.

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8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know

8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Collaboration is not an option. Driven by the economic crisis and supported by the opportunities of Web 2.0, collaborative leaders know the future is in networked communities.

Via Professor Jill Jameson, Metta Solutions
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Wendi Pillars's curator insight, January 31, 2013 12:09 PM

Great considerations for collaboration and networking. How do you reach that untapped potential?

 

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5 Characteristics of a Change Agent

5 Characteristics of a Change Agent | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) – People who act as catalysts for change… In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated...
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“Be More Interested Than Interesting”

“Be More Interested Than Interesting” | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Originally posted at The Wejr Board blog. At some point in the past year (for a variety of reasons) the how, the why, and the when of social media slightly changed for me.  I have been reflecting a...
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The Power of Quiet

The Power of Quiet | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

As a student, I often felt the need for a quiet pause in classes; the quiet pause to reflect and consider what the teacher had been saying, to doodle my thoughts, making connections in my mind. As a teacher, I have always believed that lessons don't have to be all bells and whistles and chandelier swinging. For every teaching context, there are moments when quiet is a welcoming break in the classroom.

 

This also makes me consider quiet students. One of my best students this semester happens to also be the quietest. Yet this student is always ready to help peers, may seem absent minded but is following the lesson and activities, participating in her silent way.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, donhornsby, ratzelster, jdprickett
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Gr8 article at time when we are encouraged to believe every student has attentional issues and moving all the time and loud classrooms are the best.  Sure they do appeal to a certain audience....but all students.  I think this is a compelling piece for those that are quiet.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, January 28, 2013 3:53 AM
Thank you ratzeister! Silence is often looked at negatively and it shouldn't be so; quiet in learning is necessary as well.
Sarah Henchey's comment, January 28, 2013 7:29 AM
Appreciate the recognition of "quietude": "Quiet classrooms provide learners with an inner space for making connections."
Wendi Pillars's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:09 PM

Need to make more space for quiet. Personal opinion. :)

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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view . . . we are forced to contemplate a new, higher pattern that binds lower ones together.

Via Peter Skillen
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Peter Skillen's curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:23 AM

An old idea presented freshly - as we are seeing with many constructs!

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Common Core: Implications of Collaboration

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards is underway, and the imminent transition that will affect most American public schools is sparking a wide variety of reactions among educators ...
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Where do you fall on CCSS?  Are they working where you teach or do you have serious reservations?

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The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools

The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
When you think of iPads in schools, you probably think of a cart that's wheeled into a classroom. Youngsters cheer at the arrival of the cart. Devices are passed out, used for a lesson, and then returned to the cart.
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Something good to keep in mind...because undoubtedly we will be called on to do cost/benefit balancing.  This article was helpful.

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On Behalf Of [The Difference Between Collective Voice and Individual Agency]

On Behalf Of [The Difference Between Collective Voice and Individual Agency] | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Hey John, In the last week, I’ve given lots of thought about your responsibility versus accountability post, and wondered how vocal we are about the ins and outs of our profession. Frankly, t...
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Boy writes letter to LEGO after losing minifigure, gets awesome response

Boy writes letter to LEGO after losing minifigure, gets awesome response | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
By Mike Krumboltz Seven-year-old Luka Apps spent his Christmas money on the LEGO Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider set. A sound investment, if you ask us. But the thing about LEGOs -- those small pieces are easy to lose.
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OK...it's a bit of fluff that should put a smile on your face.  But aside from that, I see how the value of writing letters and communicating  is highlighted by this article.  Hang in there all the Language Arts teachers, the need for writing hasn't diminished one little bit!

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Les Howard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 11:57 AM

Thanks for Scooping this ratzelster, nice post.

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How to Nail an Interview as a Woman Competing for a Man's Job

How to Nail an Interview as a Woman Competing for a Man's Job | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Author’s note: No job should be considered a position only a man can excel in. This article simply aims to explore the challenges facing women competing in markets in which men still hold the most power and receive the highest salaries.
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Since education jobs are heavily dominated by women, what relevance does an article and viewpoint like this shed on our industry?

 

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Library Services in the Digital Age

Library Services in the Digital Age | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits.
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As if we didn't already know...libraries are important to people for two reasons.  For the new digital frontiers that they open for many of us....and for print books.  Yes, we still love to cuddle up with a good book and read!!

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Yes or No? iPads at Teacher Interviews?

Yes or No? iPads at Teacher Interviews? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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An article with a "lighter" touch brings up an excellent point....show you take your iPad to an interview and, if you do, how should you use it.  Common sense should prevail and it shouldn't become your focus.  But the article does address this emerging issue as people look for new positions.

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College or No? Stuck Between Present Realities and Future Promises | MindShift

College or No? Stuck Between Present Realities and Future Promises | MindShift | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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Is the momentum shifting to the "value" of an education?  How will make what we do relevant and still hold true the values we hold dear?

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6 entrepreneurial skills that can make us better educators

6 entrepreneurial skills that can make us better educators | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
When we polarize the worlds of education and business, we miss what we can learn from each other. For example, there are many ways to apply an entrepreneur
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I'm thinking there are some good ideas here...what makes these exclusive to entrepreneur's though?  I'm not sure.  Aren't these just good practices regardless?

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Teaching the Common Core: Debate Continues

Teaching the Common Core: Debate Continues | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
Today’s InterACT guest blog post comes to us from Alice Mercer, an elementary school teacher, educational technology guru, and blogger.  Here’s a link to her other InterACT guest posts ...
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Information Literacy is more than a set of skills, argument drawing ...

As learning needs changes and technology advances, the challenge of learning new information literacy skills, attributes and processes become essential. The role of the teacher librarian in facilitating learning is once more ...

Via Cindy Tschernitz
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Mistakes Confusing Leadership

Mistakes Confusing Leadership | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
A recent HBR Blog post by John Kotter speaks to the confusion surrounding management and leadership.  He continues by outlining three key mistakes people make in confusing management and leadership...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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A Compelling Case for Reframing How We Teach Research in Grades 4-8 | MiddleWeb

A Compelling Case for Reframing How We Teach Research in Grades 4-8 | MiddleWeb | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
A book championing the idea that middle grades students should do more authentic research comes not a moment too soon, says ELA teacher Ariel Sacks.
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Sounds like a book we all need to read.

 

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Home Visiting is One Powerful Answer –

Home Visiting is One Powerful Answer – | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
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Check out this video....I knew that home visiting was powerful, but this helps understand even more.

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Judges Require Kansas to Provide Adequate School Funding

Judges Require Kansas to Provide Adequate School Funding | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
I know, we’re not in Kansas (most of us), but since I’ve written in the past about legal battles over adequate school funding, I just wanted to add this latest chapter in the larger sto...
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Couldn't help but include this because my state (KS) is a deeply divided state where the governor & legislature are very conservative....which has dramatically cut public education $$$ in order to implement a zero income tax.  Not my choice for tradeoffs----a strong public education system for income tax relief.  But then I'm not in political office.

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On the Shoulders of Giants: We Should Have More Arguments About Teaching Practice

On the Shoulders of Giants: We Should Have More Arguments About Teaching Practice | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
When it comes to conversations about teaching practice, I feel like I have known two different types of schools. I will simplify them here, making them polar opposites, to make a point: Model 1: Best practices are dictated to teachers...
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Best darn article I've read in a long, long, long time.  It just makes so much sense.  Why doesn't everyone get this?

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