Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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Warning signs of a toxic culture

Warning signs of a toxic culture | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Lead Change is a leadership media destination with a unique editorial focus on driving change within organizations, teams, and individuals. Lead Change, a division of Weaving Influence, publishes twice monthly with SmartBrief. Today's post is by William Vanderbloemen. The next time you walk around your office, take a moment and listen. Do you hear people on your staff uttering phrases like, “That’s not my job”? If you do, then you may be in trouble.
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An issue is that we conflate teams and community. The former is one we get to pick and we can be the coach. The latter is one that forms and emerges. We come to feel we belong on community. An objective might be to move teams from team to community.
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What do we really know?

What do we really know? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings December 5, 2017 What do we really know?   “Teachers are one of the most important resources a nation has for providing the skills, values and knowledge that prepare young people for productive citizenship – but more than this, to give sanctuary to their dreams and aspirations for a future of hope, dignity…
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"I believe that much of present education fails because it neglects this fundamental principle of the school as a form of community life. It conceives the school as a place where certain information is to be given, where certain lessons are to be learned, or where certain habits are to be formed. The value of these is conceived as lying largely in the remote future; the child must do these things for the sake of something else he is to do; they are mere preparation. As a result they do not become a part of the life experience of the child and so are not truly educative.” John Dewey

Schooling and education are two different processes. School is a narrow function that purportedly prepares students for a future we do not know about fully. It cannot and does not.

The post underscores a need to change what schools are and how we understand educate as a broader and holistic forming of each human as reflect on how their self-interests inform being educated. It is about transforming schools and our understanding of what that means.
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Race and Belonging in School: How Anticipated and Experienced Belonging Affect Choice, Persistence, and Performance

Race and Belonging in School: How Anticipated and Experienced Belonging Affect Choice, Persistence, and Performance | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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The study and article relate specifically to race and belonging. It points us towards recognizing if people do not feel they belong to a place, including schools, how they perform can be adversely impacted.

Wendell Berry writes eloquently about belonging and community.
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Growing Old Not the Problem, But Lack of Community Is

Growing Old Not the Problem, But Lack of Community Is | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Since I teach mostly young people, college age, and have been an active cyclist with much younger friends for a while now, I have depended on a persistent self-deprecating joke about being old. Since the end of 2016, a pelvis fracture, a winter of illnesses including the flu for the first time in decades, and…
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This article is a nice reminder of Robert Putnam's research on the break down of community.

School is a space where community can form if we let it. I taught in a small school for 15 years and community formed there. It was about the good and hard times and we celebrated and supported each other in those times. Good teachers understand their teaching as a calling based on something deep and spiritual.

John Dewey and Parker Palmer wrote about school as a community where we communicate and hold our humanity in common with and for each other.
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Cultivating Communication in the Classroom

Cultivating Communication in the Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Lisa Johnson, author of Cultivating Communication in the Classroom, shares how to foster positive interactions in and out of school in this interview.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Communicating with each other is about sharing and forming community. It is learning about the other person, what makes them like us and different.
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Sketching the Socially Dynamic Organisation

Sketching the Socially Dynamic Organisation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A Socially Dynamic Organisation will be fundamentally adapted: not simply a minor reinvention of the current state, but rather a fundamental evolution in organisational design and execution. Not unrelated to the current state, but certainly evolved from it. I shared this sketch a few weeks ago, an initial attempt to characterise the ‘purpose centred’ organisation:…

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Meaning and purpose are essential and drive the organization. Classrooms that are communities have purpose in the learning and teaching. Dewey contended that community makes common those things we can communicate about. Communicating in this way brings about meaningful purpose for each member and can lead to a sense of belonging.
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Looking beyond the sandstone: universities reinvent campuses to bring together town and gown

Looking beyond the sandstone: universities reinvent campuses to bring together town and gown | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
European ideas of the campus as a place apart shaped Australia's "sandstone" universities. Now universities are adopting urban regeneration strategies, bringing the city to the campus and vice versa.

Via Peter Mellow
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Arizona State has developed an approach that calls for it and how they teach to reflect the local community. For example, they have worked at having a proportionate reflection of students of colour, students living in poverty, and other demographic considerations in their enrolment numbers.

This idea is a gradual (slow) move towards reflecting the roles of post-secondary schools in a society.
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Schools provide community coverage

Schools provide community coverage | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
At four elementary schools in Idaho’s Boise School District, families in need can go to specially designated community rooms to pick up food, clothing and other necessities.
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Schools were often the hub of communities alongside churches. Opening the doors to welcome the public is essential as our communities become more visibly diverse.
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Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens

Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A high-needs school in Rhode Island helps close the achievement gap while preparing students for active citizenship.
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We do not build community, citizens (they are people), and inclusion. Those form around what we hold in common: our humanity. Divesity, even in homogenous appearing groups, is essential to community.
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Freedom to Learn. – Summer Howarth – Medium

Freedom to Learn. – Summer Howarth – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ubuntu. My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours. My learning is your learning. How you are free is how I am free. This life is not a solo sport. I reckon that managing your…
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Learning is not something that happens in a vacuum. Even reading is a social experience. I am having a conversation with someone who is not present, trying to make sense of what they wrote. Teaching is profoundly human and relational.
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Roshon Bradley looks outside school walls to transform Charleston's Sanders-Clyde Elementary

Roshon Bradley looks outside school walls to transform Charleston's Sanders-Clyde Elementary | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Principal Roshon Bradley had no illusions about Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School when he arrived in March.
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If children and families have their basic needs in place i.e. safety, they are more likely to fare better in school and at home. The role of parents can be constructive if we, as teachers, allow it to be.
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