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Innovation Excellence | Doing What You Love

Innovation Excellence | Doing What You Love | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A great motivational (and short but sweet) slide presentation by Sean McCabe on the importance of doing what you love.


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What are you waiting for?

 

Are you doing what you love?

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Parents give children alcohol 'too young'

Parents give children alcohol 'too young' | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Giving youngsters too many takeaways is also criticised as a health risk by the researchers.

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Students asked me about this. I talked to them about the research and how it was a false notion to think it is better to drink at home than at a party with no supervision.
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Participation Points: Making Student Engagement Visible

Participation Points: Making Student Engagement Visible | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In order to help students become aware of the need for a new level of academic performance, let’s change our own strategies concerning participation points.

Use a new moniker
Instead of participation points, call them engagement points
The goal is to move students from grade seekers (passive regurgitation of information—written or verbal) to knowledge seekers (independent, engaged learners who see, reflect on, and share their thoughts on the complexity of problems/situations)
Balance preparation and participation

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Participation can be superficial. Empowerment sggests teachers give power to students. They don't. Engaging is students enter into their learning as responsible and autonomous beings.
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How to Change Education - Ken Robinson - YouTube | #ModernEDU #Creativity #ModernLEARNing 

Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Sir+Ken+Robinson

 


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We have to be careful when we speak about economic goals of schooling. John Dewey proposed that learning happens in the midst of the moment we are embedded in. If we do a good job of teaching that way, students will grow in ways that allow them to be ready for the next growth.
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Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Sir+Ken+Robinson

 

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"Promoting Research to the Masses: Assessing the Impact of a Poster" by Denise R. Adkins and Julie S. Lyon

"Promoting Research to the Masses: Assessing the Impact of a Poster" by Denise R. Adkins and Julie S. Lyon | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Poster sessions are often used to educate communities. In this paper, we describe a project in which students summarized research findings on child development issues in poster form and showcased their work to the campus community. Through a variety of assessments, we show that poster walk participants not only enjoyed the event but also became more knowledgeable about child development issues.

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There is a link to the PDF.

This is an excellent approach to for students to share learning and research projects.
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ASCD Express 13.07 - Applying the Four Elements of UDL to Lesson Design

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Who are your students and what needs do each of them have? What are the goals of the activity i.e. curricular? This includes other goals i.e. language, affective, and social. How will each student present their learning? What are logistic considerations?
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How Teaching Using Mindfulness or Growth Mindset Can Backfire - EdSurge News

How Teaching Using Mindfulness or Growth Mindset Can Backfire - EdSurge News | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Art Markman is an expert on what makes people tick. The psychology professor at UT Austin has also become a popular voice working to translate research from the lab into advice for a general audience.


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To immerse one's self in a concept i.e. growth mindset or mindfulness is challenging and necessary.
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There are times I cringe quietly when teachers do their best to encourage growth mindset. It is a concept to which they've been introduced but they may not be entirely clear on what it means or how to encourage it effectively. And then someone from the outside (me) is in the room so they feel the need to do something. When I can, I have a conversation with that teacher about what she or he was hoping to accomplish and why. Generally we get into a conversation about what growth mindset is and how it can be expressed and channeled in the classroom. Not enough training on this and many other like movements---including mindfulness--might not necessarily backfire in most classrooms but might not bring about hoped-for results.

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Why a professor doesn't assign term papers (opinion)

Why a professor doesn't assign term papers (opinion) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Students need to read more, talk about ideas and then write shorter papers more often, writes Deborah J. Cohan.
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Developing a voice through writing can be achieved through more and shorter writing activitities along with how to cite effectively.
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The biggest lessons librarians learned in 2017

The biggest lessons librarians learned in 2017 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Librarians reflect on what they learned in 2017 and share their thoughts on the emerging trends of 2018.
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We need a library and librarian in each school to complement what teachers do in their teaching of children.
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5 Signs You Are Not a True Leader After All – Personal Growth – Medium

5 Signs You Are Not a True Leader After All – Personal Growth – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
It requires an immense amount of experience in the trenches to learn the hard lessons. The below are lessons I have learned from true leaders themselves, Ron Gibori and Aaron Webber. They are leaders…
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As a teacher, these five are essential to teaching and leading. Educate and pedagogy have to do with leading. The five points are using status as a hammer, blame others, inconsistent in reactions, dishonest, and blaming others.

There are others. For example, not listening.
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There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves 

There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Consultants can expand a district’s ability to enact change if leaders pay attention to issues of coherence, capacity, and commitment. 
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There is an initiative fatigue. How much really changes? How do we use the pedagogic experiences of teachers within a particular school to help transform what we do? Forget reform. That is shuffling deck chairs on a sinking ship.
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The idea of the radical, leftist university is a misleading caricature

The idea of the radical, leftist university is a misleading caricature | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Group - Monday 11 December 2017 


"The university is not “liberal” in the way people think: Gruneau 


“Instead of bemoaning ideological phantoms such as excessive liberalism or allegedly leftist influences, critics might better ask why our universities have become as conservative as they are,” writes Simon Fraser University Professor Richard Gruneau. 


The author argues against what he calls the “misleading caricature” of universities as places of “leftist authoritarianism.” 


While it is true that universities often push for inclusiveness, Gruneau notes that this push often comes from the fact that institutions are increasingly motivated by business-like interests, which leads them to attract the largest number of students for financial rather than ethical reasons. 


Gruneau also notes that as universities continue to hire more part-time faculty, they become more “liberal” only in the classical free-market sense of the word."


Richard Gruneau is a Professor of Communication, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Simon Fraser University


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This is interesting. The underlying idea is that cutbacks in the 1980's to Canadian universities led them to take on more business-like models. The author (Richard Gruneau) argues that universities are more conservative.

Universities take on a neo-liberal agenda where information, passed off as knowledge and wisdom, are consumed, measured, and quanitified just like they are in the private sector.
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It Is Good To Be Called Childish And You Should Feel Proud To Be A Child Like?

It Is Good To Be Called Childish And You Should Feel Proud To Be A Child Like? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I get to hear this very often even though I am a grown up father of a 6 year old daughter. How do you react to this statement? For me it is a fun and makes me feel proud to be compared with a child…
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It is. Watch and listen to children at play. John Dewey said school is the formal part of education. There is education to be gained outside classrooms and walls.
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The Songs They Sing – Be Yourself

The Songs They Sing – Be Yourself | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There was a time when I worked in Honduras as a full-time volunteer at a children’s home. For kids who couldn’t live with their families due to extreme poverty or abuse — or often enough, both — it…
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Teachers can only pull back the curtain so far on the lives of their students. What trauma, abuse, neglect, poverty, etc. hides in behind those curtains? Observing and listening to students might help signal what is hidden.
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Recognising interdisciplinary expertise: is it time we established the integration and implementation sciences?

Recognising interdisciplinary expertise: is it time we established the integration and implementation sciences? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Embedding interdisciplinarity into the academic mainstream has proved a constant challenge. Gabriele Bammer asks whether it might help to define the relevant expertise as a new discipline, one that…

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We have moved away from the polymath approach to one of specializing. The latter is impoverished.
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'Teachers can only ever have a small impact on their students' results – yet they are judged as if they are 100% responsible'

'Teachers can only ever have a small impact on their students' results – yet they are judged as if they are 100% responsible' | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There's very little evidence to suggest that a teacher's performance heavily influences exam results, writes teacher Thomas Rogers

There is little evidence to suggest we can link the performance of a teacher to a set or sets of exam results.

There is, however, plenty of evidence to suggest hereditary and environmental factors have the dominant impact. This evidence seems to be conveniently ignored. In a recent and extensive study by researchers at Kings College in London, they concluded that individual differences in educational achievement at the end of compulsory education are not primarily an index of the quality of teachers or schools: much more of the variance of GCSE scores can be attributed to genetics than to school or family environment.

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I think teachers create a setting where learning can happen or not happen. They are responsible for that and to keep abreast of how the world is changing. Students are responsible and autonomous in their learning. Using learning outcomes to judge teachers is part of a neo-liberal agenda that suffocates learning. Good teaching is understood as relational.
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Great Educators Never Stop Learning

Great Educators Never Stop Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

“If we believe the quality of educators is most significant in student success, then we must do what is necessary to support the growth, development and excellence of all our educators, throughout their careers,” says NEA Vice President Becky Pringle.


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Who gets to decide what a teacher learns? I experienced a lot of barriers in my professional learning and had to fight tooth and nail to attend activities I felt enhanced my teaching and student learning.

When life-long learning is understood as something controled by someone other than the teacher, rather than a conversation, it is just another catch phrase in a neo-liberal agenda.
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Opinion | What Pre-K Means for Your Pre-teenager

Opinion | What Pre-K Means for Your Pre-teenager | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A new study shows that quality preschool improves math scores and college readiness.

Via Peter Mellow, MIND Research Institute
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The key words to provide a strong base for children in Pre-K is it is quality Pre-K. What about those children, and there will be many, who do not get high quality Pre-K?
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The Art of Reflection

The Art of Reflection | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Portfolios allow students to regularly reflect on their learning process—deepening their connection to content.
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What if we turned this around. Teachers who model reflective practices can help their students. If we can talk about what we are learning, we can lead students in those conversations. I think teachers do not reflect effectively, gathering content and thoughts about that content.

At this late stage, I am employing the method of currere as a reflective writing method. It is a challenge.
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Five great reads to help teens become critical thinkers

Five great reads to help teens become critical thinkers | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here are five great book recommendations for teens that promote critical thinking, authentic voices, diversity and good conversations.
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The list is not exhausitive, but offers some ideas for critical thinking.
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No Longer Homeless, but Still Struggling in School

No Longer Homeless, but Still Struggling in School | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Formerly homeless students continue to do poorly in school for years, scoring as poorly on state tests as their peers who have no place to live.
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Homelessness is not always what we think it is. It could be living on the street, in vehicle, moving between friends/families, etc. It involves poverty, malnutrition, and a lack of resources.
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Kids Learn Math Easily When They Control Their Own Learning

Kids Learn Math Easily When They Control Their Own Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We fear it and loathe it; we admire but are also suspicious of those who are good at it; we place it in such high esteem that we make children study (or pretend to study) it almost every day of every…
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"The four categories [are]: playful math, instrumental math , didactic math, and college admissions math.

I am not sure about the word control in the article. I think student autonomy and responsibility for learning is essential. The way schools structure learning and teaching is through accountability, which does not lead to autonomy and responsibility in either case. Most of teaching and learning is didactic, meaning it is designed by others so they can surveil what is happening.


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A lesson in civility: The negativity immigrant students hear 

A lesson in civility: The negativity immigrant students hear  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A survey of immigrant children in the U.S. revealed just how often they hear prejudiced and hateful comments about them and their countries of origin.  
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"Research into teaching and learning has taught us that to engage students, we must first get to know them. To do so, we can start by listening to their stories. Yet in today’s climate, too many immigrant children are being made to feel invisible and, in effect, have been silenced."

In my research, a retired teacher asked what it would be like to teach refugee children? It begins with listening to stories. Ted Aoki said a lived curriculum is one where teachers experience the faces, names, and stories of children.
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Why Is Classroom Management Such a Problem for New Teachers?

Why Is Classroom Management Such a Problem for New Teachers? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Educator and author Roxanna Elden talks about getting new teachers to stay in the classroom, even when times get especially tough." Thanks to Annette Christiansen for sharing this resource on the Early Career Educators group of NEA edCommunities. Not signed up for NEA edCommunities yet? Create an account now so you can participate in conversations and explore all the professional resources NEA edCommunities has to offer!


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Two major challenges facing teachers are what is called classroom management and relationships (lack of them) with admnistrators.

Classroom management is a challenge, because we think people are to be managed. We lead people. We manage things. Educate and pedagogy are about leading, not managing.
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Exploring the Changing Social Contexts of Learning

Exploring the Changing Social Contexts of Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Contemporary learning environments might be best understood when viewed as a complex mix of environments and overlapping social networks. Learners fluidly move between social networks and their learning is influenced by their participation within and across these physical and virtual networks. Understanding how mobile, global and virtual social networks influence our interpretation of socio-cultural theories of learning might allow us to better understand the interplay of settings and contexts within which learning occurs and in doing so better understand how learning may be facilitated.

The socio-cultural perspective on education has its origins in the work of Lev Vygotsky (Göncü & Gauvain, 2012) and is an approach which considers the individual and their interactions with the social environment as central to understanding the processes of learning. Learning is said to be that which occurs through interaction between the individual, and all that their biology brings to the table and the social context in which learning occurs. Such an approach shifts our thinking about learning and development as processes contained and constrained within the individual’s biology to a more diverse understanding that incorporates the social context within which all learning is seen to occur. For educators, this approach encourages us to look at the learning environment and the social context in which the learning we design for our students occurs and 'presents a fuller and more accurate picture of children’s learning and development.' (Göncü & Gauvain, 2012 p126) Sociocultural, and the in some ways related social-cognitive approaches build upon earlier research that focused on the individual as the unit of development but seek to explain the differences which were observed across groups and contexts which could not be explained without a wider frame of reference.

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Lev Vygotsky wrote at a similar time to John Dewey. Their views of how social context informs learning, therefore teaching, overlap in many ways.
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How Art Makes Everything Better (So Please Make More Art)

How Art Makes Everything Better (So Please Make More Art) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When I was maybe thirteen years old, my mom signed me up for art classes. These were three hour-long studio sessions with a real, seasoned artist who would coach us through various techniques using…
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When we engage in something we love and are willing to share with others, we become artists in the broadest sense. There is a love for what we do and we avoid just colouring inside the lines. Teaching is like that for me.
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