Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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leading and learning: Mathematics / authentic learning the beginning of a new era for education/ the end of the corporate influence and educational books for creative teachers

leading and learning: Mathematics / authentic learning the beginning of a new era for education/ the end of the corporate influence and educational books for creative teachers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Lets see the end of our financial rulers! Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you com
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There is an excellent blog post about how constructivism the cognitive theory (Piaget), constructivism the philosophy, and constructionism (Papert).

The article about project-based learning is also interesting. Well-thought out projects can give student choice and engage them in ways that studying for the test just do not.
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Education Readings March 9th

Education Readings March 9th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz 6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills. 'Without a repertoire…
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Two articles I found worthwhile were about liberal arts being timeless and how critical thinking is essential in an age of fake news and disinformation.
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Education Readings March 2nd

Education Readings March 2nd | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Better together ‘Social learning is one of the vital components of contemporary learning and development. None of us lives in a vacuum, and we are better, stronger and wiser when we learn and work together.…
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The article that got my attention is the one about teachers not being able to switch off from work. There are also a couple of interesting articles about curriculum.
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Education Readings December 8th

Education Readings December 8th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach As the New Zealand school year is coming to an end, Bruce Hammonds and I are taking a break from producing these education readings. We hope you all have a great festive season and we’ll be back at the end of January. I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a…
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There are some interesting links to articles about learning in nature, the pervasive neo-liberal agenda that carries over from the 20th Century (the 19th for that matter), educational sects, etc.
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Organising the school day for 21stCentury Teaching - the Craft of Teaching

Organising the school day for 21stCentury Teaching - the Craft of Teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The challenge of managing a diverse group of individuals How to organise the school day for personalised learning. There are
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A link to an article about John Dewey and another to Jerome Bruner about the settings we offer for students. Are they tempting?
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Education Readings November 24th

Education Readings November 24th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach The demise of national standards in New Zealand schools opens the door to a return to more progressive, child centred learning. In the first article, Bruce Hammonds gives his take on the possibilities in the post national standards classroom. All progressive teachers should read this. I welcome suggested articles, so if you…
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There are links to articles about creativity, questioning, progressie schools, and fine arts in school.
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Joyful Learning

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Children enjoying a science experiment.Marina Bay School I was sent an article recently by Steven Wolk , from th
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This article expands on an article by Steven Wolk about putting th joy back into learning.
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Education Readings November 3rd

Education Readings November 3rd | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Now What: Recovering from the Standards Era ‘The damage caused by the National Standards policy of the previous government will not be easily undone.  The side effects have had somewhat of a cancerous impact on…
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The link that drew me to it was the one about are we innovating teaching or just digitizing traditional teaching.

I recalled walking past a "computer guru's" classroom. This is a person who claims to be disrupting how we teach. The lights were off, he was at his desk on his laptop, and children were completing a worksheet he projected on the wall. It was digitizing traditional teaching, but this is a person who is a member of our consultancy class now.
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Experience and Education -John Dewey 1938

Experience and Education -John Dewey 1938 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Such a lot of the ideas expressed today have their genesis in the ideas of John Dewey .That Dewey's ideas have yet to be fully realise
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I found this quote part way through the article about John Dewey's excellent book: Experience and Education. It summarizes his thinking about teaching and learning. Dewey was opposed to the binary either/or thinking that dominated, and continues to dominate school. It is as if there is only one right answer and all the others are wrong. How did we get this far with that thinking?

"It is at this point the either-or philosophy becomes pertinent.Dewey believed there needed to be an intimate relationship between experience and education and that students had to construct their own learning.

It does not follow however that the knowledge and skill of the mature person has no direct value nor the knowledge that is contained in traditional subjects. Early progressive schools made little use of organised subject matter nor any form of direction and guidance. This, Dewey believed, was too much of a reaction against the sterility of traditional teaching. Too much emphasis was placed on freedom for its own sake and neglected the role of the teacher."
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leading and learning: Time to return to teacher creativity - time to end formulaic standardised education

leading and learning: Time to return to teacher creativity - time to end formulaic standardised education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings Creative teachers are the key to the future Readings to encourage a creative approach to teaching an
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Teacher creativity is an essential ingredient to student creativity.
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leading and learning: Social education / demands of social media / what is school about? / quality curriculums / developing responsible students / the 'hurried' generation

leading and learning: Social education / demands of social media / what is school about? / quality curriculums / developing responsible students / the 'hurried' generation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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The articles about shutting off and the hidden curriculum are good reads.
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An education for all not the few - facing up to inequality / what is personalised learning?/ an end of term survey /education for the future

An education for all not the few - facing up to inequality / what is personalised learning?/  an end of term survey /education for the future | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach As the New Zealand school year is coming to an end, Bruce and I are taking a break fro
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"Recent studies have shown there are relatively few differences between the way that boys and girls learn. As a matter of fact, there are more differences within each gender than there are between the genders, especially for academic ability."

This is a quote from the article about gender discrimination and how to identify it.
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Education Readings December 1st

Education Readings December 1st | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Two important articles bookend this set of readings. If you’re not familiar with John Dewey, I recommend you read Bruce Hammonds’ article: “John Dewey - New thinking 1897!” If you want to see how Dewey’s vision can be expressed in a school, read the first article from Kelvin Smythe: “A schoolwide science experience.’…
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The first article linked is interesting. How often do students and teachers get out of the classroom and experience the school and other students and teachers? What can we learn from each other and as we observe?
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Creative teaching and learning - Managing the school day to develop personalised learning / Inspiration from Picasso, Marie Clay and John Holt

Creative teaching and learning - Managing the school day to develop personalised learning /  Inspiration from Picasso, Marie Clay and John Holt | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A good time in NZ for creative thinking Education Readings By Allan Alach The demise of national standards in New Zealan
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There is focus on creativity and fine arts in these links.
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Education for the future / listening to kids not testing / primary science / Modern Learning Environments / the 'F' words / a rebirth of education and more joy!

Education for the future / listening to kids not testing / primary science / Modern Learning Environments / the 'F' words /  a rebirth of education and more joy! | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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The article that caught my attention was Being Creatively Rebellious: The Importance of the Three D's - Different, Disruptive, and Deviant.

An argument made in the article is many compliant students become teachers and leaders. Does real change emerge from this?
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Education Readings November 10th

Education Readings November 10th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz What every teacher should know about ... memory ‘There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – but academic studies of this kind aren’t always…
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Three links pulled me in.

First, Walking Backwards into the Future. I am currently writing about the method of currere. It includes a progressive moment, one that is about what we aspire to as teachers. If we plan too much detail, we are bound to fail, but aspiring and dreaming are much broader than that.

Second, Learning to be Creatively Rebellious The Importance of the Three D's: Being Different, Disruptive, and Deviant . There was a note that this article is not for traditional administrators. I think those who think of themselves as progressive have traditional qualities. In fact, those who promote themselves as the most progressive are often ones who want the least amount of creative rebellion around them.

Third, Joyful Learning refers to John Dewey and John Goodlad. The former wrote that learning large amounts of information steals one's soul. The latter wrote, after his research, he found a malaise and boredom in schools. How do we keep the joy of learning?
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Education Readings October 6th

Education Readings October 6th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it Thanks to Al Ingham for this article. 'But at Feversham, the headteacher, Naveed Idrees, has embedded music, drama and art into…
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This post is very rich in links to interesting articles i.e. a pedagogy of John  Dewey, education reform as a right wing movement, a word of caution about Chrome books, etc.
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Educational readings:Time to return to the democratic vision of John Dewey and creative teaching

Educational readings:Time to return to the democratic vision of John Dewey  and creative teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Whatever happens in the New Zealand Elections Jacinda Adern has made us proud  to be Labour. Education Readings By Alla
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The article about only 2 hours of science per week is interesting. In multi-disciplinary classrooms, one can reach over topics and teach about science in Social Studies and LA. That is what I did, even in junior high.
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