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Suspensions Don’t Teach | Restorative practices are a burgeoning alternative to traditional punitive justice 

Suspensions Don’t Teach | Restorative practices are a burgeoning alternative to traditional punitive justice  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The world of education is alive with buzzwords like innovation, inclusion, and mindfulness; another term gaining traction is restorative practices, also called restorative justice. Restorative practices are a burgeoning alternative to traditional punitive justice such as suspensions (both in school and out of school) and other exclusionary forms of discipline.

Many states are legislating a movement away from prescribed punitive justice for misbehavior in schools, and restorative practices are gaining in esteem as an evidence-based intervention that has proven successful when implemented correctly. Major school districts in San Francisco, Denver, and Houston are implementing restorative practices to combat inequalities in suspension and disciplinary referrals. These districts are finding that restorative practices, once understood, can be implemented with just a few simple steps.

 

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The students we suspend often do not want to be in school.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 12, 2017 8:22 AM
The world of education is alive with buzzwords like innovation, inclusion, and mindfulness; another term gaining traction is restorative practices, also called restorative justice. Restorative practices are a burgeoning alternative to traditional punitive justice such as suspensions (both in school and out of school) and other exclusionary forms of discipline.

Many states are legislating a movement away from prescribed punitive justice for misbehavior in schools, and restorative practices are gaining in esteem as an evidence-based intervention that has proven successful when implemented correctly. Major school districts in San Francisco, Denver, and Houston are implementing restorative practices to combat inequalities in suspension and disciplinary referrals. These districts are finding that restorative practices, once understood, can be implemented with just a few simple steps.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/still-following-we-have-always-done-it-this-way-or-already-on-growth-mindset/

 

 

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Why don’t Americans trust their teachers?

Why don’t Americans trust their teachers? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What should students in high school and college English classes read? Whether you think they should be reading Ovid and Melville, or only books written by diverse, contemporary authors, or books with no explicit sex, or books with no explicit violence, most people have an opinion on how and what teachers teach in thei

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Deborah Britzman concluded we all experienced being taught in school. As a result, we think we know what teaching is and overlook the complexity of teaching. Furthermore, we have cultural filters that affect the meaning we attach to what is taught. What makes something meaningful to one person is not a given for the next person.
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On Public Distrust, Colleges Could Learn From Journalism’s Mistakes

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Institutions of various forms are not trusted by many people. In smaller communities, universities and colleges are seen as more trusted. Smaller is sometimes better. Putting back into the community is also a postive.
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How do you restore your rationality?

Recently my college-age son hit a large piece of asphalt while driving our 1997 Toyota Avalon down a country road at night. The impact against the undercarriage caused the airbags to deploy and shatter the car’s windshield.
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When I began meditating, I was able to breath in challenging moments. It was helpful in the classroom. I was able to just be present.
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There are no quick fixes or magical tricks

“[S]ome of the marquee names in thought leadership are distinguished by their facile thinking and transparent servility to the wealthy.” -- David Sessions The term “thought leader” is one of those phrases that’s become popular despite its meaning being unclear. You are a leader of thoughts? What thoughts? How so? Are you an expert in all (any?) fields, or just in the art of thinking?
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The opening quote is revealing. We often confuse leading with managing. Also, we confuse leading with facile thinking and cowtowing to others above us in some imaginary food chain. I actually heard superintendents and principals speak in this fashion.
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What do teens want?

The Fordham Institute’s newly-released report on student engagement initially delivers quite a dose of bad news. A national survey of 2,000 public, charter and private school students finds that students who consider dropping out of high school cite lack of engagement as the primary culprit, with 42% stating that they don’t see value in the work they do in school.
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Forget the future of work. If we focus on skills and the present, we can prepare students for their future far more effectively than if we prepare them for work that is at best uncertain.

"Students should [learn] in teams to complete cognitively complex tasks that require student [dialogue] and [responsibility] for learning and progress." I changed some of the wording to fit a slightly different and intrinsic way of engaging students.
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What Teacher TRULY do During The Summer – As Told by Students & Teachers

What Teacher TRULY do During The Summer – As Told by Students & Teachers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It is the age-old joke that teachers only work for 9-10 months out of the year… Teachers, you hear this every year. The joke rolls around in June and you gracefully laugh it off. (Yes we know, that…
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Freire Institute - Paulo Freire|| Critical Pedagogy

Freire Institute - Paulo Freire|| Critical Pedagogy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Paulo Freire’s work has influenced people working in education, community development, community health and many other fields. Freire developed an approach to education that links the identification of issues to positive action for change and development. While Freire’s original work was in adult literacy, his approach leads us to think about how we can ‘read’ the society around us.

For Freire, the educational process is never neutral. People can be passive recipients of knowledge — whatever the content — or they can engage in a ‘problem-posing’ approach in which they become active participants. As part of this approach, it is essential that people link knowledge to action so that they actively work to change their societies at a local level and beyond.

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Objective or Subjective? Can the arts be assessed?

Objective or Subjective? Can the arts be assessed? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Rachael Jacobs  As with any subject area arts education must conform to curriculum policies and procedures, including those related to assessment. In subjects such as Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts, students’ creative work is assessed formatively and summatively through a range of assessable instruments. However, the assessment of artistic work presents unique challenges,…
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Perhaps a way to deal with assessment in the arts would be to have conversations before a unit and lessons about what is being assessed and how it is being assessed. Students become part of the assessment rather than sitting outside. This could work in other subject areas.
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Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development

Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
With an hour-long recess, elementary schools can help children develop through increased creative play, authentic SEL, and adequate physical regulation.

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I provided a fair amount of time for students to interact without time constraints. We spent time out on the playground, in a conversation circle after lunch, and closed the day with time to read and create. This last time included playing board games and cards. As well, we did Art. I am not an artist, but I have colleagues who were happy to share their lesson plans with me.
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Yasmin Juliana's curator insight, March 31, 2017 11:14 PM
it is very adequate, since children are developing  metacognitively they need to take more time playing and interactin with others.
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In Defense of Educators

In Defense of Educators | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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Teachers are essential in the teaching of children and youth.
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Perspective | Transgender kids are bullied all the time. The White House is helping the bullies.

Perspective | Transgender kids are bullied all the time. The White House is helping the bullies. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Withdrawing guidance on school bathrooms will cause more pain.

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This is not a debate unique to the US. It is happening in Canada, specifically in Edmonton. What do we want for children? How do keep each child safe? Those are the question that should guide sound policy, but they are overlooked.
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From Sports Fanaticism to Plagiarism: This Week in What Is Wrong with Education

From Sports Fanaticism to Plagiarism: This Week in What Is Wrong with Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In the fall of 1984, I entered the field of education as a high school English teacher, assigned the exact room in which I had been a student and where my mentor, Lynn Harrill, had taught before moving on to a district-level job. Oddly, 18 years later, I transitioned to higher education after completing the…
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These countries come top for education | #OECD 2016

These countries come top for education | #OECD 2016 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The OECD has examined the performance of education systems around the world. How does your country compare?

 

 


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Engaging and educating parents is essential for success. I am not sure I want OECD using their measures, but it does not mean parents do not play an essential role.
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Krumma Jonsdottir's curator insight, September 30, 2017 4:56 PM
Still, a lot to do in my 2 beloved countries!
 
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Learning vs Education

Learning vs Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
  A lot of people confuse education with learning. They believe that one is intelligent if the person had graduated from one of the most elite colleges(E.g. Harvard,). They also judge a person's intelligence based on his grades in school. If someone is A+ he is intelligent and for the grades of D and F…
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Education is a 24/7 proposition that should not be conflated with school. Where they overlap is to educate means to lead children and youth. School is a formal and organized way in which we might learn. Grades are not a great indicator of whether we learn. Even an F suggests we learned something.
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shazia.wj's curator insight, July 17, 2017 3:29 AM
Is education and learning same? 
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Another way of looking at it is that learning is what the student does, and education is what the teacher does.  Of those, by far the most important is what the student does.  -Lon

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Five Leadership Lessons I Learned in a Middle School

Five Leadership Lessons I Learned in a Middle School | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
That was my response to an area principal during my interview with the teacher certification committee. I had just completed my student teaching at a local middle school and they were interested in…
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The lessons learned are essential to teaching and leading. They are be able to change your course, be approachable and relatable, be couragous, be creative, and keep learning.
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This is Why We Must Be Teaching With Imagination, and How to Do It

This is Why We Must Be Teaching With Imagination, and How to Do It | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“ Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching with imagination is an everyday adventure.”
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Teaching with imagination is a great place to teach from.
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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 12, 2017 11:52 AM
Teaching the content is like giving a student a bunch of bricks with mortar. Having kids use the content to build understanding in a creative way is like building a house.It is essential to have the kids build their own understanding with the content.
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Educational Leadership:Gearing Up for Change:How to Keep Mutiny from Sinking Your Change Effort

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Skepticism begins at home. We should question our ideas before we question those of others. By doing this, we can perhaps understand the shortcomings of our proposals before we make them public
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Getting lost is easy when it doesn’t matter where you are

Getting lost is easy when it doesn’t matter where you are | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Rafe Needleman wants businesses to have sensible naming schemes for conference rooms, but the underlying problem is still ‘anywhereism’: The rootlessness of corporate space is only highlighted by…
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When all our classrooms, schools, and offices look alike, it is essential to put our signature on them. Reggio Emilia classrooms begin with nothing on the walls and as students completed activities they decorate their classroom.
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Questioning the status quo - University World News

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We should always question the status quo. Who does it serve? What traditions are being perpetuated? It is not enough to reset our schools. We need to transform them. Focus on skills. Content becomes the necessary vehicle. Focus less on credentialling and more on students leaving with skills that provide them flexible ways to move forward.
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How Do Our Students Learn? An Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction | Cook | Reference & User Services Quarterly

How Do Our Students Learn? An Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction | Cook | Reference & User Services Quarterly | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

This paper fills in a gap in the current literature, by applying empirically grounded lessons drawn from the cognitive science of learning, and discussing specific applications of these lessons for information literacy instruction. The paper outlines a framework for information literacy instruction, grounded in the educational and cognitive psychology literature, for facilitating student retention and transfer of information literacy skills, two classic measures of student learning. Five specific principles and several strategies for promoting retention and transfer within information literacy instruction are outlined. This article is an expansion of a presentation given at LOEX in May 2014.Effective pedagogy requires understanding how students learn and tailoring our instruction accordingly. One key element of student-centered pedagogy involves understanding the cognitive psychological processes according to which students learn, and to structure our teaching with these processes in mind. 


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"Aristotle famously began his treatise on the good life, the Nicomachean Ethics, by drawing an analogy between the science of ethics and the art of archery. Just as archers are more likely to be successful if they clearly understand their target, searchers after ethical truth must have some theoretical understanding of the “good life” to aim their lives toward that goal.1 Without understanding the objective, achieving a goal is a matter of luck, not expertise and wisdom. Extending this analogy to pedagogy, instructors must have a clear idea of how and whether our students learn, so that they can adopt the most effective strategies for facilitating learning."

John Dewey proposed that self-interest are two words with the same meaning. Who we are is reflected through our interests. The neuroscience and pyschology of learning are essential. What if the child does not seem interested? How does a teacher set the table for learning in challenging circumstances? After all, the teacher is responsible for teaching, not learning. Sorry, I have not bought into the neo-liberal agenda that says otherwise.
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A meaningful contribution in information literacy research, grounded in the educational and cognitive psychology literature. The article addresses a framework and its specific applications for information literacy instruction.
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In which Piglet looks for a 21st Century Education Part 1

In which Piglet looks for a 21st Century Education Part 1 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Kelvin Smythe (Originally published in Networkonnet) One day, when Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet were all talking together, Christopher Robin finished the mouthful he was eating and said carelessly: ‘I saw a 21st Century Education to-day, Piglet.’ ‘What was it doing?’ asked Piglet. ‘Just lumping along,’ said Christopher Robin. ‘I don’t think it…
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We hear the phrase "21st Century Education," but what is it? This is a question that should be at the core of educationl dialogue.
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Humanity-free Education.

Humanity-free Education. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"When the U.S. Chiefs of Staff meet, their chests are emblazoned with colourful medals that they give to each other for killing people.  While our leaders want us to treat children as the enemy and keep trying to destroy their intellectual and creative spirit, our leaders should do the same." (Susan O) HUMANITY-FREE EDUCATION In…
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Teaching is about relationships with students. Education and pedagogy are about leading students. That makes education, teaching, and learning human activities of the highest order.
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Education and Democracy Part 1 – Learning {Re}imagined

Education and Democracy Part 1 – Learning {Re}imagined | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This interview was first published by openDemocracy, 27th February 2017 and is republished here by kind permission under Creative Commons From Trump to climate change, our children must be prepared…

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A crisis of democracy is always a crisis of education.
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Wrestling with difficult issues through the lens of history

Wrestling with difficult issues through the lens of history | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The NEA edCommunities Bully Free Group encourages you to check out the website for Facing History and Ourselves, a 40-year-old nonprofit committed to empowering our youth, so they will build a more engaged, moral and compassionate society and change the world for the better.


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Educating is about speaking for those who do not always have a voice. It is about leading.
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