Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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The 20% Rule: Applying the Secret of Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton

The 20% Rule: Applying the Secret of Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
He was getting into a bath when he noticed that the water level rose as he entered the tub. His sudden insight being that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his…
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The idea is to provide time to just let things happen. Many new ideas are arrived at by accident and in unexpected ways i.e. penicillin.

This means letting time for students to just be and allow for a certain amount of randomness and chaos. We had cards, board games, time for conversation, and time outside almost everyday.
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Emergence and Growth of Knowledge and Diversity in Hierarchically Complex Living Systems

Emergence and Growth of Knowledge and Diversity in Hierarchically Complex Living Systems | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
An environment conducting a flux of energy and materials between temporally or spatially separated sources and sinks may become more complexly structured due to the emergence of cyclical, dissipative transport systems. Selection favors transport systems able to stabilize themselves against environmental perturbations through feedback. Continuing selection for self-stabilization over long periods of time may eventuate…

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There is a link at the bottom to a working paper (PDF format) that expands on the subject. It draws on Karl Popper and Maturano and Varela.
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How to overcome a stalemate

How to overcome a stalemate | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Each month, When Growth Stalls examines why businesses and brands struggle and how they can overcome their obstacles and resume growth. Steve McKee is the president of McKee Wallwork + Co., an advertising agency that specializes in working with stalled, stuck and stale brands.
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Hans-Georg Gadamer said dialog emerges from mis-understanding as opposed to understanding. Jean Piaget claimed when we are disturbed and entered a state of disequlibrium we sought a new state of equilbrium.
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Perspectives from Complexity – Our Future at Work – Medium

Perspectives from Complexity – Our Future at Work – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In a previous series of articles, I spoke about releasing complexity. In this series I am concerned with new perspectives about organizational life, at all scales, that emerge from the complexity…

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Complexity and chaos have much to offer. William Doll explored it from a curricular perspective. It is about patterns and uncertainty in our teaching and work.
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Ten ideas that changed my teaching: #1 There is no average student

Ten ideas that changed my teaching: #1 There is no average student | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I don’t think anyone would argue that all people are the same. Sure we’re made of the same DNA, we all smell, get hungry, angry, laugh and spend most of our lives trying to discover who we are and…

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There is no average student and one-size-does-not-fit-all. Jaggedness (Alan Watts' wiggly world concept), complexity (even chaos), context, different paths, and breaking from the idea of average are essential to be a teacher and move away from conformity and compliance.

Differences make a difference.
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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
How does an educator know if she’s creating space for creativity? The way Bilder describes it, students in a classroom that allowed for creativity would appear to a visitor to be enraptured in what they were doing — they’d be in the zone. “You’d have a hard time distracting them and getting them away from what they’re working on,” Bilder said. He highlighted project-based learning as a way that educators are beginning to introduce choice, and thus freedom, into school work, making space for at least some creativity.

COGNITIVE TRAITS OF CREATIVITY

Generating lots of different ideas is more important to creativity than many people realize. That’s partly because of the free flowing nature of coming up with lots of ideas, no matter how ridiculous they seem, but it’s also because it gets the idea out of the brain, making space for the next idea.

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"So, can educators help their students become more creative? Some teachers are moving in that direction, loosening the rules, giving students choice, celebrating ideas and behaviors that challenge the status quo, but without a drastic reimagining of the structures within which educators work, true creativity could be hard to find in school."

The constraints on teaching and learning in school are significant.
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