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When teachers have a fear of math, their pupils can absorb the wrong lesson

When teachers have a fear of math, their pupils can absorb the wrong lesson | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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This research explored teacher fear of math. My experience was also with parents who feared Math and school. That can have an influence on children.
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The End of Leadership –

Climate change, financial crisis, inequality, debt, stagnation, robo-dystopia…a nearly endless, panic-attack inducing list of Really Major Global Issues Threatening the Ongoing Survival and…
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The question we should ask is "Is this a person I want to follow in these circumstances?" Leading is contextual. We do have people who lead, but we confuse what leading means. It is not who is the largest carnival barker, but the person who brings us together and allows us to grow as people and to lead.
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Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy

Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Maker education is currently a major trend in education. But just saying that one is doing Maker Education really doesn’t define the teaching practices that an educator is using to facilitate it. Maker education takes on many forms. This post provides an overview of how maker education is being implemented based on the teaching practices as defined by the  Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy (PAH) continuum.

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There is a role for each of these. How old are students? What skills and experience do they have?
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Education is the kindling of a flame: How to reinvent the 21st-century university

Education is the kindling of a flame: How to reinvent the 21st-century university | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” This quote from Plutarch is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Still

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The author posits the basic reason for universities is for vertical learning. In John Dewey's words, that is growing to grow again and having the capacity to adapt to a continuosly changing world.
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Learning from the past - John Cunningham teacher 1970s

Learning from the past - John Cunningham teacher 1970s | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A study based on local and famous churches. Students potato printed background. Uncovering ideas worth sharing The other day
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Student centered learning does not discard teaching and subject matter. Teachers focus on things differently. They slow the pace down and students engage in "whiling over the worth of what they are learning."

Subject matter is a "double entendre" with the topics and humans as subjects.
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Permits to teach not a long term solution.

Permits to teach not a long term solution. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ok, this is getting ridiculous. About two weeks ago, the Provincial Executive of the NSTU voted (reportedly with some reluctance) to accept a recommendation by staff to enter into a tripartite agreement with the DoEECD and the Halifax Regional School Board. In essence, this agreement would allow people without teaching degrees to work as substitute…
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Teaching has been a career choice and calling. Some research (Ivor Goodson) suggests that has changed and is changing.

Having said this, I agree that we cannot hope for stop gap measures in teaching our children. How do people who want to teach, feel it is a calling, and educate themselves to be teachers find their way into classrooms? How do we support them once there?
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Success Requires a Change of Mind, Not New Year’s Promises

Success Requires a Change of Mind, Not New Year’s Promises | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Before December is over, half of those reading this piece will write their New Year’s resolutions. But only 8% of will succeed. The problem is not making resolutions, but to turn the habit of…

Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard
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Use both sides of the brain. Set goals that please you. Progress and improvement are non-linear. Be happy. Progress and change are non-formulaic.

I like the idea of tracking progress and adjusting. This might be about keeping a journal. Growing is about achieving one's goals to move on. The Neil Gaiman quote about making mistakes and learning from them is essential.
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Love this and the quote " “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. “ — Mahatma Gandhi" make that your simple goal for 2018... HAPPY NEW YEAR ... #OFFTHEBENCHLEADERSHIP #OFFTHEBENCHWORKSHOP coachjerrybusone.com 

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What Does It Mean To Own The Teaching Profession? – Jose Vilson – Medium

Recently, Golden State Warriors forward and National Basketball Association ombudsman Draymond Green got into a tense debate with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban over the word ownership…
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"What does freedom look like? Teacher autonomy is fraught with issues. For every educator who’s frustrated with administrative decisions to ban books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison, and Angie Thomas, there are educators who teach students that non-Christian religions are inherently evil."

It is not ownership per se, but being responsible for my teaching that is essential. What does it mean to own something if I am not responsible in owning it? Do I grow in being responsible and free in my teaching?
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
However talented, no one is a natural-born teacher. Honing the craft takes significant care and effort, not just by the individual, but also by the school at large. Though experience does matter, it matters only to the extent that a teacher -- regardless of how long he or she has been in the classroom -- commits to continued professional development to refresh his or her status as a transformational teacher. Along those lines, even after a decade in the classroom, I don't claim to be beyond criticism -- not in the least. Still, I wish to offer some advice on constantly striving toward perfection, however elusive that goal will always remain.

Via Jim Lerman, Bobby Dillard
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Ongoing conversation, sharing, and observing are essential to informing one's teaching. When we talk about transforming, we go beyond; whereas reform is just shuffling deck chairs.

Be careful with best practices. What works in one classroom may not in another and may need modifying.
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There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves 

There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Consultants can expand a district’s ability to enact change if leaders pay attention to issues of coherence, capacity, and commitment. 
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There is an initiative fatigue. How much really changes? How do we use the pedagogic experiences of teachers within a particular school to help transform what we do? Forget reform. That is shuffling deck chairs on a sinking ship.
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Tips To Become an Autodidact, Self-Directed Learner

Tips To Become an Autodidact, Self-Directed Learner | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

As most of you know already, I am an autodidact, a person who is learning on its own. I can choose WHAT to learn, WHEN to learn, in WHICH order I learn the different topics and HOW quick I will learn! AND especially WHERE I will learn; not necessary in a school, BUT online and from books!

 

That is what makes me learning very quick and to understand it also! As I am getting asked very often (people are astonished about…), so I decided to write this blog post to give some TIPS...

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com

 


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
There is always something to be curious about. The post refers to Howard Gardner's work in the Five Minds for the Future, but ties into Art Costa and Bena Kallick's Habits of Mind.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 9, 2017 3:19 PM

As most of you know already, I am an autodidact, a person who is learning on its own. I can choose WHAT to learn, WHEN to learn, in WHICH order I learn the different topics and HOW quick I will learn! AND especially WHERE I will learn; not necessary in a school, BUT online and from books!

 

That is what makes me learning very quick and to understand it also! As I am getting asked very often (people are astonished about…), so I decided to write this blog post to give some TIPS...

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com

 

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Creative teaching: Getting back to John Dewey / Alfie Kohn on discipline / phonics! / maths and class management..

Creative teaching: Getting back to John Dewey / Alfie Kohn on discipline / phonics! / maths and class management.. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
 2017 Kelvin Smythe and John Dewey 1897 Education Readings By Allan Alach Two important articles bookend this set of readings
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There is an interesting article about John Dewey, an interview with Alfie Kohn, and an article about doing away with homework.
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How To Spot The One Employee Who Should Never Work At Your Company

How To Spot The One Employee Who Should Never Work At Your Company | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As most leaders scurry to find the best employees to work in their organizations, David Novak, former CEO of Yum! Brands, shares insights on the person you never want working for you.
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Think about it from a teachers perspective. They are confined to their classrooms and rarely ever experience the moments of praise essential to wanting to be part of the larger whole.
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Does every teacher need a coach?

Does every teacher need a coach? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Just like athletes become stronger under the guidance of a good coach, so do teachers. There are many ways to design a coaching program, but the general idea is that a veteran educator observes a teacher in the classroom and then gives constructive feedback on issues ranging from managing student misbehavior to framing open-ended questions that …
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Cognitive coaching which underscores some of teacher coaching is about the quality of listening and questions.
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In Schools, Classroom Proximity Breeds Teacher Collaboration

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For about 10 years, I taught and shared with teachers who were right next door. We spent a lot fo time throwing ideas around and fleshing them out. It resulted in excellent projects done across grades and disciplines. I learned a lot from the others.
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Being a Teacher

Being a Teacher | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What does it mean to “be a teacher”? More than anything else, being a teacher means being all that we want our children to be.
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I think it is essential to ask what it means to being and becoming a teacher.  The gerund suggests these are always in a state of flux.
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How to Write in Your Journal

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In my dissertation and research, I found the teachers I interviewed did reflect, but they did not use journals. The method of currere is a way to enage in reflective writing that can inform who we are becoming.
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Discover Your Infinite Potential And Soar With The Wind

If you’ve ever been on a sailboat, you’ll understand the importance of wind. Without wind the boat will not move, it will drift about with the current. The wind is essential for a great experience…
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Treat progress like a verb, rather than a noun. Use the gerund of a verb to signal process, not just static accomplishments.

Learn to set the sail and adjust it as needed. Write down what happens, what you think, and use it to learn from. Do whatever it takes, but not at the expense of others and the world.

What calls you and helps you fulfill your potential? For me, it is teaching and writing.
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Simply put: Investing in teachers' growth matters. | William Penn Foundation

Simply put: Investing in teachers' growth matters. | William Penn Foundation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D., MIND Research Institute
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"Good teaching, as I’ve experienced and any seasoned educator will tell you, is a carefully honed craft"

Here is a challenge. Most of the writing about this issue is done by those outside the classroom. When do we recognize each teacher can be autonomous and responsible agents with a voice to engage in this conversation?
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 22, 2017 1:01 PM

Whether it's through a university-aligned organization, a professional organization, a district initiative, or something else, yes, investing in every teacher's growth matters. And meeting each of those teachers where they are and helping them develop a plan that makes sense for their individual development, proficiency, and mastery of skills and strategies.

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4 Ways Your Beliefs Can Set You Free – The Mission – Medium

A belief has power, assigned through thoughts and emotions. When repeated often, it occupies space in your mind, producing powerful emotions. Beliefs are formed between the ages two and six, an…
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Practice being aware, give up needing to be right, love yourself without limits, and dream big.
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Is organizational dissent important? The consequences of speaking up when you disagree at work

Is organizational dissent important? The consequences of speaking up when you disagree at work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Loyalty to whoever you work for is extremely important. The only problem is, it's not the most important thing.
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Dissent goes beyond speeches, posturing, and platitudes. Dissent and diverse ideas leads to innovation and unanticipated changes.
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Great Educators Never Stop Learning

Great Educators Never Stop Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

“If we believe the quality of educators is most significant in student success, then we must do what is necessary to support the growth, development and excellence of all our educators, throughout their careers,” says NEA Vice President Becky Pringle.


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Who gets to decide what a teacher learns? I experienced a lot of barriers in my professional learning and had to fight tooth and nail to attend activities I felt enhanced my teaching and student learning.

When life-long learning is understood as something controled by someone other than the teacher, rather than a conversation, it is just another catch phrase in a neo-liberal agenda.
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The Songs They Sing – Be Yourself

The Songs They Sing – Be Yourself | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There was a time when I worked in Honduras as a full-time volunteer at a children’s home. For kids who couldn’t live with their families due to extreme poverty or abuse — or often enough, both — it…
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Teachers can only pull back the curtain so far on the lives of their students. What trauma, abuse, neglect, poverty, etc. hides in behind those curtains? Observing and listening to students might help signal what is hidden.
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Educational Leadership:Mental Health in Schools:Responding with Care to Students Facing Trauma

Educational Leadership:Mental Health in Schools:Responding with Care to Students Facing Trauma | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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An essential part is to understand children as humans with real issues. We do not always have opportunities to pull back the curtain for a view into the lives of our students. Sometimes we think it is obvious, because we teach students who live in care. We need to listen and learn about our students each day.

What does it mean to care for our students in unconditional and non-jugemental ways? This makes welcoming and saying good-bye students essential each day.


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How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things

How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

We all want to learn and grow. Improving our skills and being exposed to new ideas not only makes us better at our jobs but makes us happier and more engaged at work. But with a full-time job, it can be tough to find the time and resources to dedicate to personal development. Some people, like me, are lucky to work for companies that encourage and even fund classes, sabbaticals, or fellowships. But if you work for a company that doesn’t have an official policy, how can you make the case to your manager (and the necessary higher ups) to support you?'

 

Identify how you want to learn and grow. If you don’t yet have a clear picture of what you want to develop, spend time honing in on exactly what you need. Do you want to build your emotional intelligence skills to be a more attuned business leader? Are you interested in going on a yoga or meditation retreat? Set aside a specific period of time, such as one evening or even a week, to explore ideas and research what appeals to you. Write down what you want to learn and how you would grow from the experience you’ve identified. Research shows that the physical act of writing has a neurological effect on the brain which tells the cerebral cortex to “wake up and pay attention.” Writing stimulates a bunch of cells in the brain called the Reticular Activating System that plays a key role in being more conscious and alert. The more you can write down, the more aware and real your ideas become. 


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The irony for teachers is that you have to fight to get professional learning that is essential to your teaching. What we call life-long learning is a neo-liberal sham that bureaucrats and middle managers parrot.
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