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11 Reasons Workplace Fun isn’t of the Devil | workplace MOJO

11 Reasons Workplace Fun isn’t of the Devil | workplace MOJO | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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This article reminded me of a Jon Kabat-Zinn quote I heard: "Get a Job with a capital J and stop doing someone else's work."

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Education Readings November 24th

Education Readings November 24th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach The demise of national standards in New Zealand schools opens the door to a return to more progressive, child centred learning. In the first article, Bruce Hammonds gives his take on the possibilities in the post national standards classroom. All progressive teachers should read this. I welcome suggested articles, so if you…
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There are links to articles about creativity, questioning, progressie schools, and fine arts in school.
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The Underutilized Power of Questions: How Einstein and Da Vinci Found Genius

The Underutilized Power of Questions: How Einstein and Da Vinci Found Genius | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Most of us don’t quite understand what exactly these discoveries were, but we all learn fairly early on that he changed our understanding of physics. Similarly, Leonardo Da Vinci is familiar to us…
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Albert Einstein said he had no special talent. I am only passionately curious. He wanted to know what it was like to ride on a light wave. Leonardo daVinci filled his notebooks with questions.

Classrooms and teaching are spaces where imagination and curiousity should lead the way.
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Standardised tests are culturally biased against rural students

Standardised tests are culturally biased against rural students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If we fail to recognise that standardised tests are metro-centric, we will continue to produce disadvantage for rural students.

Via Peter Mellow
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This is based on research in Australia, but it may be worth considering more broadly i.e. Canada and the US.
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How Metacognition Boosts Learning

How Metacognition Boosts Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions."


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Thinking about our thinking (reflecting) gives us insight into what they are learning and helps improve higher order thinking. Metacognition is one of the 16 Habits of Mind put forward by Art Costa and Bena Kallick.
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A Letter to Students Before We Start to Read Poems

Dear Students, As an English teacher, poet, and author, I have the responsibility to not only you and your parents but also to the language and its literature. It is my firm belief that of greater importance than the content of the literature itself is your belief in your own capabilities as readers and thinkers about literature. It is not always…
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This is an excellent way to approach teaching and learning poetry. What do we notice about the poem? This includes its ideas, sounds, images, and how it is visually organized on the page.

A poem does not mean. It just is.
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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.
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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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The Voices in Our Heads – Hopes and Dreams for Our Future – Medium

The Voices in Our Heads – Hopes and Dreams for Our Future – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Question everything”, is in countless quotes by countless people. Parents repeat it to their high achieving children in hopes to motivate them more to become like the geniuses who said it first.…
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Question everything, dream about what the future holds, and spend time alone with your questions and dreams. School tends to push the questions and dreams of children aside and repace them with conformity and compliance.
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How To Spot The One Employee Who Should Never Work At Your Company

How To Spot The One Employee Who Should Never Work At Your Company | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
As most leaders scurry to find the best employees to work in their organizations, David Novak, former CEO of Yum! Brands, shares insights on the person you never want working for you.
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Think about it from a teachers perspective. They are confined to their classrooms and rarely ever experience the moments of praise essential to wanting to be part of the larger whole.
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Bringing Soft Skills to the Forefront: How Higher Ed (and Continuing Ed) Must Adapt

Bringing Soft Skills to the Forefront: How Higher Ed (and Continuing Ed) Must Adapt | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Martin Debattista
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These soft skills, communciation, cooperating, critical thinking, and creativity, should be taught and learned from the earliest ages in our schools.
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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There are still many disagreements about how to improve the education system so that children graduate with the skills and dispositions they will need to succeed in life. Education reform discussions often center on how to tweak existing mechanisms, but what if the system itself is creating the problems educators and policymakers are trying to solve? That’s the theory favored by author and TED-talk sensation Sir Ken Robinson.

Via John Evans, Bookmarking Librarian
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We designed schools for conformity and compliance and they do a wonderful job, but the world we inhabit is diverse. We end up defining intelligence in a narrow way, excluding large numbers of students.

Ken Robinson proposes letting students explore what the world and learning mean to them. There is a John Dewey element in his use of language i.e. growing.
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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."


Via WEAC
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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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