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5 Ways To Change Your Mornings - Leadership, Sales & Life

5 Ways To Change Your Mornings - Leadership, Sales & Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
People who make the best use of their mornings are more successful than those who don't. Mornings set the tone for your the tone for the day.
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These five points make sense and are useful for those who struggle in the morning. I began to change my morning routine to fit sleep patterns and it has made a substantial difference.

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Great pointers here for us larks!  The 'hour of power' can be a fantastic way to start the day - if we use it...

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A series of paradoxes and bewilderment

A series of paradoxes and bewilderment | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings February 21, 2018 A series of paradoxes and bewilderment   I received the following in an email several months ago. A friend of mine sent it out and as I read the first time it was humorous. However as I pondered then as a teacher I read deeper into what was being said.…
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In my research and dissertation, teachers want to reflect, but spend little time reflecting. Reflecting on our teaching helps us with paradox that often bewilders and complicates our teaching.
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A letter from a furious teacher – Rebecca Berlin Field –

Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it. I love my job. I love my students. I am…
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This is a powerful letter that we should each take time to read.
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The Future of Education Includes Learning Outside of the Classroom

The Future of Education Includes Learning Outside of the Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If students work tirelessly on academics in high school and college, they may experience shock when they try to find their way in the working world. We can make this transition easier by fostering these work skills outside of the classroom as early as possible.
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Education has always happened outside school and classrooms. Schools are the formal part of education. Much of education is informal. Reading John Dewey might help us. Children and teachers bring their interests to school. That is not difficult to grasp.
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25 Principles of Adult Behaviour every educator (and consultant) should live by

John Perry Barlow was a lyricist for The Grateful Dead, but was also a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. At The Perfect Storm event this week in Utrecht, Netherlands, I was asked to give…
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There are excellent principles here i.e. being patient, expanding what is possible, accepting ambiguity, etc.
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Even If You’re Not a Leader, You’re Always Leading | Leader Pulse | DDI

Even If You’re Not a Leader, You’re Always Leading | Leader Pulse | DDI | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We lead others more than we think. Even when we think we’re doing nothing.
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A person needs to speak up and lead others, showing them the way. Too often, I find colleagues want to silence us. We need to challenge the way leading and leadershi are understood in schools.
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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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A powerful convergence: Community schools and early childhood education 

A powerful convergence: Community schools and early childhood education  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The most successful elementary schools partner with community organizations to support young children and their families beginning in early childhood.
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Schools should be part of the community rather than outside of the community. John Dewey contended to live in community is to communicate what we have in common. This cannot be done with large schools that warehouse humans.
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The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind – Erin Bartram

The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind – Erin Bartram | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Why do we seek more schooling? I did not have a plan when I began my PhD. Today, I would like to be back in a classroom teaching prospective teachers and current teachers about becoming teachers.

The challenge might be that we want more of the same, rather than people who think and speak for themselves.
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The Joy and Sorrow of Rereading Holt’s “How Children Learn”

In a survey we conducted a few years ago, Gina Riley and I asked unschooling families to name the writers whose works had influenced them most in their decision to take that route. John Holt was by…
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Classics are always worth re-reading numerous times. The key is to learn as we read and observe children.
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When Think Tank Opinion on Policy Is Driven by Advocacy, Refute Them: A Reader

When Think Tank Opinion on Policy Is Driven by Advocacy, Refute Them: A Reader | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Last night in my new upper-level writing course, Scholarly Reading and Writing in Education, we waded into critical discourse analysis, followed by practicing those moves on a picture book, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Next, we shifted to small groups so students could also practice analyzing media coverage of education—a key component of their…
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When those leading the charge for reform in schools are not in classrooms and schools, that is a real issue. We succumb to what William Pinar calls school deform and insert a neo-liberal agenda based on economic needs. These economic needs cannot be predicted, so how do we predit school, teaching, and learning?
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Should our children be going to school?

Should our children be going to school? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings February 5, 2018 Should our children be going to school?   I drove to my son’s house to watch and get y grandchildren ready for school and then take them to school. My granddaughter was up early and we talked and she played for a bit on an art app I have on…
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The gist of the post is, without changes to outside forces i.e. poverty, school reform is not likely to work. That makes sense.

Another factor is, if we continue to use education to prepare a work force, we will continue to deform our schools.
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Memories are made of this

Memories are made of this | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Three simple but hugely important aspects of memory are largely being overlooked in schools, but the right classroom approach could see students retaining the maximum amount of learning for their efforts, says Dylan Wiliam
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This is a research-based article by Dylan Wiliam, which is useful for teachers to better understand memory.
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The Importance Of Staying A Student (And How To Do So)

“False ideas about yourself destroy you.”
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Gert Biesta argues that under the current construct teaching and learning are not the flip sides of the same coin. They should be. Albert Einstein proposed curiosity and imagination are essential. They are part of what makes us teachers and learners.
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8 ways to become a more approachable leader

8 ways to become a more approachable leader | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The most effective leaders draw people to them. You know from your own career that while tough, stoic leaders may be revered or even feared, they don’t have that gravitas to build a truly great team of high performers. If you want to ensure that your reputation for openness precedes you, read on for tips to improve your approachability.
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I think about many articles through my teaching experience. Greeting students at the door, taking time to chat i.e. at lunch works well, being optimistic, having a sense of humour, etc. all work.
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College and Career Readiness; "What is the Purpose of School?"

College and Career Readiness; "What is the Purpose of School?" | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A blog about learning supported by innovation and social networks.
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Mike Rose wrote a short book called "Why School?" We should always question why schools exist and what they are. I think a reason students don't know why schools exist is that the reasons we trot out are adult reasons. What if we considered schools as places that educate children in the most immediate ways possible?
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Time to end the academic arms race – The Economist –

There are plenty of good reasons for a young person to choose to go to university: intellectual growth, career opportunities, having fun. Around half of school-leavers in the rich world now do so…
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It is essential that children, youth, and adults find what they are learning meaningful. Without meaning, learners become bored and question what they are learninhg. Good teachers understand this.
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5 Ways Teachers Can Use Shortages to Demand Better Working Conditions

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The fifth point is not consistent with how we need to view leading and teaching. Leading is not locked into a position. The etymology of pedagogy, andragogy, and educate are about leading. Some of the best leaders are not in administrative roles. They are in classrooms teaching and leading in excellent ways.
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Teacher struggles to involve parents from all cultural backgrounds 

Teacher struggles to involve parents from all cultural backgrounds  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
First things first: Confront any language barriers. Then, to build community, seek ideas and input from all parents.
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Share what we can with people i.e. food. Make them feel what they have to offer is valued.
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Education Readings February 16th

Education Readings February 16th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach If you are a creative teacher who wants to do the best for their class, I strongly suggest you read Bruce’s article (below) “Creative teaching:Learning from the past - John Cunningham teacher 1970s” I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz ‘The Cult…
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There are some excellent links in this post: the one to the critique of John Hattie, pre-school crushing kids, technology can do harm, re-reading John Holt, and letting kids explore and linger in their learning.
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Why I love my job

Why I love my job | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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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Teaching is a journey it is not copy, paste or bubble.

Teaching is a journey it is not copy, paste or bubble. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings February 6, 2018 Teaching is a journey it is not copy, paste or bubble.   “To project an image of what Public Education in the US might become in the 21st Century is more to move back and forth between the predictable and the possible.” Maxine Greene, Colombia University, res: Imagining futures: the…
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Taking time to reflect on the journey is part of the journey. It is a calling that pulls us towards it and we must always quest(ion) what that calling means today and what we aspire to for tomorrow.
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(8) Why incompetent people think they're amazing - David Dunning - YouTube


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This is an interesting video. What does it mean to teaching?
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The Politics of Education Policy: Even More Beware the Technocrats

The Politics of Education Policy: Even More Beware the Technocrats | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Man Prefers Comic Books That Don’t Insert Politics Into Stories About Government-Engineered Agents Of War (The Onion) includes a simple picture of a 31-year-old white male with the hint of a soon-to-be Van Dyke: The fictional "man," Jeremy Land, explains: “I’m tired of simply trying to enjoy escapist stories in which people are tortured and…
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This is an excellent critique of the neo-liberal agenda that calls itself school reform.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Perhaps they even deform.
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Being an example is such a simple lesson plan

Being an example is such a simple lesson plan | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings January 31, 2018 Being an example is such a simple lesson plan Early this morning a video was posted on several educators’ social media pages. It was of a seven year old child who had been violent in the class room. It was a general education class room and the child had a…
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It is important to teach content, but it is essential to teach through the example we set for students.
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