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When great leaders need to be great followers | Aspire-CS

When great leaders need to be great followers | Aspire-CS | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
  After a year as president on a board of directors, I'm now officially the immediate past president. I'm learning to be more of a follower in this
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The mindful leader and the servant-leader are in short supply

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Study Shows We Are Born Creative Geniuses But The ‘Education’ System Dumbs Us Down

Study Shows We Are Born Creative Geniuses But The ‘Education’ System Dumbs Us Down | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“You are more powerful than you know and they fear the day you discover it!”

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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Whether it is Ken Robinson, Maxine Greene, Madeline Grumet, or Christopher Lasch, school sucks the imaginative soul out of us.
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5 Tips to Improve Your Lesson Plan

5 Tips to Improve Your Lesson Plan | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re adjusting an existing lesson plan or starting from scratch, try these tips for a productive school year."


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I overplan. It offers me flexibility if things go poorly and well. The second point about avoiding fluff is important. Does what I have chosen to teach and how I have chosen to teach it meet each student's needs.
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Problem Solving Buffers The Brain Against Anxiety, Suggests New Study

Problem Solving Buffers The Brain Against Anxiety, Suggests New Study | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Giving the brains of anxiety sufferers problems to solve could protect them from worsening anxiety, suggests a new study.
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This is an interesting conclusion.
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WHAT IS GRATITUDE and WHY WE NEED TO CARE ABOUT IT?

WHAT IS GRATITUDE and WHY WE NEED TO CARE ABOUT IT? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The more you give THANKS, the more reason you have for GRATITUDE."


Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, Andreas Christodoulou, Sarantis Chelmis
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Being grateful makes us feel better and the world a better place. It is a role model for those who look up to us.
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"My key to greatness is empathy. When I hit rock bottom, gratitude brings me back up." - Gary Vaynerchuk

Developing an attitude of sincere gratitude is a powerful lesson to be taught. This is the key to a truly satisfying and successful life!

Live Happy and Inspired.
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Experiments aren’t everything

In my own PhD research, I run randomised controlled trials (RCTs). These involve setting up two or more experimental conditions, varying only one factor between them and then randomly assigning subjects – in this case, students – to each of the conditions. RCTs are considered the gold standard for working out if one thing causes another because you manipulate just that one thing and nothing else. By randomly assigning students, we know that there are no other systematic differences between the members of the groups that could account for any difference in outcomes.

You may therefore expect me to be an evangelist for experiments. You might expect me to take a dim view of other ways of trying to establish cause and effect. But that’s not quite right.

I am also impressed by correlations and the evidence that correlations provide adds to the evidence we have in education. It is true that correlation does not equal causation, but this is the starting point for a discussion rather than the end point. I mentioned correlational evidence on Twitter recently and Dylan Wiliam responded with a link to this paper by Austin Bradford Hill, written in 1965 and addressing correlations in medicine; a field commonly known as ‘epidemiology’. It makes for an interesting read.

Via Miloš Bajčetić
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In French, experiment and experience are the same word. I used hermeneutic phenomenology in my PhD research. The challenge is to triangulate. I used my teaching and lived-experiences as experiments.
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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.

Via Grant Montgomery, Dean J. Fusto
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The article is based on research about what happens chemically in one's brain when children become curious.
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Stop Telling your Kids that School Will Prepare them for Life

Stop Telling your Kids that School Will Prepare them for Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
My oldest son, Joseph, is very extroverted. Gabriel, his younger brother by two years, is the opposite. On any aptitude or intelligence test, I would bet that the older one scores higher. Joseph is…
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John Dewey stated "education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

The article uses John Holt to make similar point.  An underlying message is introverts are often praised and extroverts managed.

Despite what the author says, schools feel much the same as they did when I went to school in the 1960's. Yes, there are new tools, strategies, and curricula, but they are superficial changes

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Helping Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry

Helping Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Student inquiry is at the heart of student choice. When students are able to ask their own questions, they can chase their curiosity and tap into their own interests. They can build on their prior…
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I use "mining for questions" a term I learned from William Isaacs. I ask students to ask questions, which generate more questions.

Mining for questions is like to eloquent questions in that both focus ongoing dialogue.
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Helping First Generation Students #WATWB

Helping First Generation Students #WATWB | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If you follow me on Twitter, or if you follow this blog, you probably realize or would quickly remember that I attended undergraduate school at West Virginia University (WVU – Go Mountaineers). You may even remember that I started undergraduate school at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs). If you read a few older posts,…
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This is an excellent article about the challenges and opporunities that first generation post-secondary students face
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It's better to understand something than to know it

It's better to understand something than to know it | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Without knowledge, understanding is impossible. But having knowledge doesn’t necessarily lead to understanding of a greater narrative, which is the real point of gathering information.

Via Nik Peachey, juandoming, Mary Martínez
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Understanding something is about gathering more information. Eloquent questions help understanding as we engage in dialogue, listening to others and letting text speak to us. We are curious.

John Dewey used the gerund of knowledge and growth, knowing and growing to propose that knowledge is fluid.
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Well worth reading and considering.

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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…

Via june holley
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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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You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do?

You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The world of publishing is evolving frantically, while it remains frustratingly fragmented and prohibitively expensive for many. If you’re a student who just left your academic library behind only to…
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This was a challenge for me in multiple ways. Libraries provide access to resources, people, and a space to read and write. The Internet helps resolve some issues related to access to resources and people. I found a nice little coffee shop to read and write.
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Why philosophy is so important in science education – Subrena E Smith | Aeon Ideas

Why philosophy is so important in science education – Subrena E Smith | Aeon Ideas | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Each semester, I teach courses on the philosophy of science to undergraduates at the University of New Hampshire. Most of the students take my courses to satisfy general education requirements, and most of them have never taken a philosophy clas
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Philosophy is about a love of wisdom. It helps us be skeptical of our own personal beliefs, words, and actions. It grounds our questions and hypotheses as we move forward. Reading Thomas Kuhn, a philosopher of science, gives us insight into how paradigms shift.
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5 Tips to Improve Your PBL Teaching 

5 Tips to Improve Your PBL Teaching  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
by Ian Stevenson

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , David W. Deeds, Vicki Moro
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I like point three: create routines of kindness. Students need to feel safe if they are going to take risks. We have to trust them if they are going to assume responsibility for their learning. The go-to tools are not always digital.
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Thanks to Tom D'Amico.

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In Inclusive Classrooms, Differences Can Be Strengths | EDC

In Inclusive Classrooms, Differences Can Be Strengths | EDC | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Dennis Swender, Luciana Viter
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Differences make a difference. Emilia Reggio teachers understand special needs' students as bringing gifts to their learning and the learning of others. Teachers learn from them.
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Learning from a Prodigy – Student Voices

Learning from a Prodigy – Student Voices | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Magnus Carlsen is a young man like no other. This 26-year-old Norwegian is a professional chess player, and by the account of many of his peers, the best one ever. At only 13, he joined the likes of…
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The part of a longish article that caught my eye was about focused and relaxed (diffuse) learning. The latter is taking a break, which is touched on again in the interleaving section.
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Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind - The Hechinger Report

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions.

 

"Those are among the key takeaways from 10-year employment projections released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The findings offer more evidence of widening socioeconomic inequality, the migration of jobs to the service sector and a drop in the number of middle-class jobs for workers with only a high school diploma.

 

"This unfolding economic shift is challenging educators to shape curricula that will prepare students for positions requiring an elusive combination of soft skills — the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others — along with technical capacities.


“The skill requirements in jobs have increased remarkably in their depth and breadth,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. “The pace of change is outrunning the ability of educators to provide those skills and to qualify people for entry-level jobs.”


Via Jim Lerman
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Here is the binary challenge: are we preparing students for a future world or are we preparing them in the world we currently live in?

The word "and" means something. Perhaps, we are able to do both. John Dewey proposed that education is not preparation for life; it is life itself. This means forming and informing habits and growing becomes the premise for more growth. We are not finished growing.
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A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions.

 

"Those are among the key takeaways from 10-year employment projections released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The findings offer more evidence of widening socioeconomic inequality, the migration of jobs to the service sector and a drop in the number of middle-class jobs for workers with only a high school diploma.

 

"This unfolding economic shift is challenging educators to shape curricula that will prepare students for positions requiring an elusive combination of soft skills — the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others — along with technical capacities.


The skill requirements in jobs have increased remarkably in their depth and breadth,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. “The pace of change is outrunning the ability of educators to provide those skills and to qualify people for entry-level jobs.”

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/the-change-trend-in-education-to-make-educators-teachers-more-professional/

 

 

Mark Cottee's curator insight, November 19, 11:09 PM
More evidence to support a universal change in the education sector.
Rubiel's curator insight, November 20, 11:16 AM
This unfolding economic shift is challenging educators to shape curricula that will prepare students for positions requiring an elusive combination of soft skills . The ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others along with technical capacities.
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5 questions to ask before assigning homework via Matt Miller

5 questions to ask before assigning homework via Matt Miller | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Teachers have widely varying opinions on homework. Before assigning it, think through these five questions first.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto
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Is the homework meaningful and can students do it at home? Can students assume responsiblity for their learning? Those are essential questions for me.

Understanding what research tells us about homework is important.
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Over 50 Learning Theories Explained for Teachers via @medkh9

Over 50 Learning Theories Explained for Teachers via @medkh9 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Stephanie Sandifer, Kelly Christopherson
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You have to go to the Learning Theories link to a second page where the theories' links are live.
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The “Third World” Is Not Your Classroom – BRIGHT Magazine

The “Third World” Is Not Your Classroom – BRIGHT Magazine | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Nodidi Mgudlwa, an 11-year-old with coltish legs to match, walked around the red dirt roads of Langa with a white American girl trailing behind her. She had learned that when the stares got to be too…
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"There are real, tangible benefits to having experiences abroad. And yet, too often we celebrate the revelation without considering the labor that makes it possible. Who does the work of teaching privileged people who choose to study, work, and live in comparatively less resourced countries? What are the economic and emotional benefits and costs of that teaching?"

The quote is powerful. Teaching and learning are relational. In the article, Jean Piaget is referred to. about leaps in learning occur when we encounter information that challenges our worldview or paradigm.
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Leaders: Have a Sense of History

Leaders: Have a Sense of History | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Leaders are missing a sense of history. A sense of history is important in business, education, nonprofits, and government.
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Understood through a historical lens, personal and collective, public school can be seen as re-experiencing our own schooling. History provides lessons. It does not provide certainty, but a window into how we move into the future. Pedagogy and educate mean to lead.
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Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Have students take responsibility for their grades and behavior by strategically offering opportunities to redo assignments, retake tests, and reflect on their performance.

Via Les Howard, Monica S Mcfeeters
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Learning and growing are ongoing. Taking that stance means teachers would offer students opportunities to redo activities, retake tests, and reflecting on their learning (metacognition).
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What qualities will future teachers need? #AndyHargreaves

What qualities will future teachers need? #AndyHargreaves | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As facts become more easily accessible, the role of the teacher is changing. Teachers of the future will need both more authority… and less authority, argues

Via Grant Montgomery, Mika Auramo
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There is a paradox here about authority. Teachers will need to have less authority and, at the same time, more. Parker Palmer speaks about authoring our authority and part of that is accepting we do not know it all.
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Why it's up to you to create a civil workplace

Why it's up to you to create a civil workplace | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Did you know that nearly half of the people in your organization are afraid to be civil to one another? According to Georgetown University researcher Christine Porath, more than 40% of employees say they hesitate to show civility at work because they fear people will take advantage of them.
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It is a sad comment that we are afraid to be civil in our workplace. Schools are places where bullying amongst adults is rampant. Some of it is because of the isolation and we do not know how to step outside the bubble of our classrooms. Teacher civility is essential in the role modeling for students. It is part of our leading them.

In an Aristotlean understandng, rhetoric is more than we say. It is how we comport ourselves in each given moment.
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Examining the Unexamined: Why Do Students Procrastinate?

Examining the Unexamined: Why Do Students Procrastinate? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here are the assignment features and details researchers thought might be related to procrastination (based in part on some previously published conceptual work): fear (worry that the student wasn’t going to do well on the assignment); norms (work on the assignment was started early/late by everyone else in the class); deadline pressure (lots of assignments due before this one); rewards (incentives for getting started early); interdependence (other work in the course couldn’t be done until the assignment or parts of it were finished); interest (assignment was something the student wanted to do); skill variety (assignment required a variety of skills); scope of the task (assignment was time consuming); difficulty (it was a hard assignment); clarity (did not understand assignment requirements); propensity to procrastinate (usually waiting until the last minute before starting assignments).

And did any of these discourage procrastination? Yes, not surprising, students procrastinated less when they thought the assignment was interesting. Think authentic assignments—ones that give students a chance to do work like that done in the discipline. Assignments that involved using a variety of skills also made students procrastinate less as did clearly understanding the assignment requirements. Incentives get students to start working as does having assignments connected to each other, or broken into units, so that the second part cannot be completed until the first part is done. And norms are influential. If everyone else is at work on the assignment, that engenders enough guilt to get others started.

 

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An interesting article based on research which approaches procrastination from a different perspective.
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