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Diary Entry #126 – Be a Voyeur Manager

Diary Entry #126 – Be a Voyeur Manager | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” -Ernest Hemingway “Either you deal with what is the reality or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal w...
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Do we listen to others? Do we listen to our self? Do we listen to our world?

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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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Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A unique combination of data sets for the first time lets us see more about who is — and, crucially, is not — able to successfully pursue a career as an inventor, and thus learn more about what’s arguably the biggest mystery in all of economics.

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Who are we leaving behind? Who is the next Einstein that is overlooked due to class, gender, race, etc?
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Some interesting research insights.

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Example is such a simple lesson plan

Example is such a simple lesson plan | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings December 8, 2017 Example is such a simple lesson plan   “We taught our children by both example and instruction, but with an emphasis on example, because all learning is a dead language to one who gets it second hand.” Kent Nerburn, The Wisdom of the Native Americans   I have over the…
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"Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library.” Luther Standing Bear

There is no barrier between the world and us execpt for artificial ones created through language. How we livue in the world is a powerful message to our children and students.  It is good to re-member that educate and pedagogy have to do with leading children.
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Educational Leadership:Mental Health in Schools:Responding with Care to Students Facing Trauma

Educational Leadership:Mental Health in Schools:Responding with Care to Students Facing Trauma | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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An essential part is to understand children as humans with real issues. We do not always have opportunities to pull back the curtain for a view into the lives of our students. Sometimes we think it is obvious, because we teach students who live in care. We need to listen and learn about our students each day.

What does it mean to care for our students in unconditional and non-jugemental ways? This makes welcoming and saying good-bye students essential each day.


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How a physicist is healing from trauma caused by math teaching

How a physicist is healing from trauma caused by math teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I remember a couple experiences that shaped my interaction with physics/math that I would like to let go of now. The first involved an undergraduate course on electricity and magnetism with Prof…
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The essential aspect of good teaching is it acknowledges that different learners learn in different ways. I just finished bell hooks's Teaching to Transgress, which draws on a similar theme.

Differences make a difference.
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The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking

The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I had always believed my classroom was about the students, they were the reason we taught and my focus was always on their learning. This new terminology sounded like another buzzword and I didn’t…
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This article is based on Seth Godin's work in part. Godin has interesting ideas, but is not a teacher. He is about self-promoting.

The bottom line question is do we want students to participate in class? The answer is yes, but in a qualified way. Not every student is going to just speak up. Some are reserved for various reasons. Others talk just for the sake of hearing themselves (self-promoting?)

The idea of games to create comfort is good. What I do is create activities that draws students into their learning. I focus on the subject and where students are in their learning. The more concrete (John Dewey) the better.
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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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Teaching Writing as Journey, Not Destination

Teaching Writing as Journey, Not Destination | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
You'd think after thirty-four years of teaching writing at both the high school and college levels, I would have a pretty firm handle on everything. You'd think that, maybe, but not me. On the last class session of my first-year writing seminars this semester, I asked my students what has worked and not worked over…
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Teaching is not about "best practices." There are certain things that work and don't work, but there is fluidity in what that means based on each student, each time, each school, etc.

This post points out the essential nature of having ongoing conversation with each student about their learning.
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Personalized Learning Should Start in Libraries

Personalized Learning Should Start in Libraries | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Can a library be the perfect place for personalized learning? We believe the answer is yes. Libraries offer endless resources, space for learning, and individuals who are ready to assist students in the learning and research process. Sometimes when professors’ office hours do not line up with students’ schedules, we often forget, that librarians are here to help us too! That’s why we have libraries and librarians! Even if we think it is intimidating to approach a librarian, it should not be, because they are the experts in libraries! Not only are librarians available to assist us, but they are also available to teach us how to use the resources that the library has to offer.

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I agree. What is needed are librarians in schools. In the schools I taught at, there was a concerted effort to eliminate libraries and librarians. That has to end.
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An education for all not the few - facing up to inequality / what is personalised learning?/ an end of term survey /education for the future

An education for all not the few - facing up to inequality / what is personalised learning?/  an end of term survey /education for the future | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach As the New Zealand school year is coming to an end, Bruce and I are taking a break fro
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"Recent studies have shown there are relatively few differences between the way that boys and girls learn. As a matter of fact, there are more differences within each gender than there are between the genders, especially for academic ability."

This is a quote from the article about gender discrimination and how to identify it.
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Truth Matters – Words That Matter – Medium

Truth Matters – Words That Matter – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There is this thing people do in online discourse, where the truth becomes elastic, pliable. One person makes a statement and someone who disagrees reframes it, provocatively, to suit their purpose…
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"Words matter. The truth matters. It is incomprehensible that this needs to be said, but this needs to be said."

Language is more than words. We do not live in a post-truth world. We live in a world where un-truths seem to be accepted much like fish accept water as their habitat.

Teachers play a role in helping students learn how to discern what is true and what is just the noise of bloviating reality shows being performed each day.
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Staying true to your core during hard times

Staying true to your core during hard times | 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 Art Barter.
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At the heart of what we do and say seach day, are our core values. How we understand them might change, but they remain stable and offer us stablity.

"Our own message has to be our life" Thich Nhat Hanh
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