Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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How to Fall in Love with Your Career (Again) – Personal Growth –

That question is keeping almost everyone awake at night. And why 50% of employees might not show up to work tomorrow. Most people don’t know what they want next. That’s why half of Americans say they…
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The last few years I taught were challenging. A touchstone was what called me to teaching in the first place. It is a question that we should ask each day. What do I aspire in becoming who I am? For me, it was to make a difference for students and to take risks in my teaching.
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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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Series on Meaningfulness at Work - Being Happy - Andragogy Enabling Possibilities

“I just want to be happy.” We have all said it at one time or another. The wish for happiness is one of our most widely held goals in life. But here’s the rub. Recent research suggests that happiness–as the be-all and end-all–isn’t the only ingredient to a life well-lived. As a result, some researchers are cautioning against the pursuit of mere happiness and advocating for the pursuit of its closest cousin: meaning.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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When we do work that we are called to do, we find it holds deep meaning for us and see it as essential to who we are. For me, teaching is a calling. It is a vocation through which I can express who I am and my character as a human.
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Dear Future Teacher: Why we need you to choose and stay in the profession | CTQ #CTQCollab

Dear Future Teacher: Why we need you to choose and stay in the profession | CTQ #CTQCollab | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Teaching is a calling: "a spark between souls" helps fuel that calling. It is relating to other people we care about. Parker Palmer used Thomas Merton's writing about vocation, calling, and expressing one's self through that calling. If it teaching is not meaningful, will people stay?
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Why I love my job

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Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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I think a teacher should regularly ask what called them to teach. It was the first question I posed in my dissertation research. Frankly, what calls each us to teach is ineffeable and impossible to define and explain.
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Highly Educated, But Poor As Hell – The Startup – Medium

Why is it that so many skilled, highly educated and talented people are unable to make a decent living for themselves? I have studied PR at one of the world’s top 50 universities. I have lived in…
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Being educated is broader than going to school. What we do with our degrees, certificates, qualifications, etc. is based on wisdom. It does not mean we will be wealthy.

Is that what we want from our learning and calling?
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CTQ's Teachers Transforming Teaching Monthly Newsletter

CTQ's Teachers Transforming Teaching Monthly Newsletter | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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The links focus on teacher choosing teaching as a calling, teachers remaining to pursue the calling, and the role of teachers leading. Pedagogy and educate are both about leading, so it makes sense teachers lead.
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