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How To Make Work Matter

How To Make Work Matter | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

It’s the great challenge of leadership: how to inspire employees to bring their best selves to work and deliver consistent, stellar performance.


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Organizations which feel like community will be more successful than those where teams are constructed by the managers. Community suggests support and fluidity that allows different people to step up and lead at various times based on their strengths.

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Counting knuckles: or is it No child will be left behind who does what we want and is considered totally normal

Counting knuckles: or is it No child will be left behind who does what we want and is considered totally normal | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings January 18, 2018 Counting knuckles: or is it No child will be left behind who does what we want and is considered totally normal   One of my students asked a few years back what day of the month the following Friday would be and I responded January 30. Just as quick another…
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A point raised in the post is we often want students who are compliant and do what we want them to do. An essential part of teaching is opening up a dialogic space where students can feel free to count on their fingers, use a calculator, and reveal the depths of who they are. It means letting go a bit.
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Schools can’t tackle child literacy levels alone – it takes a village

Schools can’t tackle child literacy levels alone – it takes a village | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Amid concerns about Australia’s position in international literacy rankings, parents are an untapped resource for improving literacy.

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Reading to and with children at home is essential to their success at school. Find books that are interesting to them.
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Pardon Our Interruption

Pardon Our Interruption | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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This is a little late for me, but is helpful for the next step in my teaching at the university level.
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Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin. Would improving their training — and their pay — improve outcomes for their students?
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Teachers should be valued and prized more than they are. More so, teachers teaching our youngest and most vulnerable should be valuied and prize. I don't know if that means paid more. It might, but it might not.
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Decontextualizing – Learning is a journey strewn with boulders

Decontextualizing – Learning is a journey strewn with boulders | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings January 9, 2018 Decontextualizing - Learning is a journey strewn with boulders   “In a word, learning is decontextualized. We break ideas down into tiny pieces that bear no relation to the whole. We give students a brick of information, followed by another brick, followed by another brick, until they are graduated, at…
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"We say individualism on one hand yet want the seemed majority to rule and to dictate"

This is an interesting dilemma. The post uses a number of John Dewey quotes.
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Why You Shouldn't Always Suggest a Solution

Why You Shouldn't Always Suggest a Solution | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

It's a natural reaction. Everyone does it. You hear a problem and you immediately want to prescribe a solution--the perfect antidote--a master plan that will solve everything. But all too often, you give into the temptation to define a solution well before the full problem is articulated and explored. You're not the only one. Leaders at all levels are guilty of doing this. They hear a problem--the outlines of danger--and they rush to offer their agenda. In their desire to be helpful, they end up setting others on a path that may be costly--not only in resources but also in time. There are a number of reasons why presenting a solution right away has downsides. 


Via Ariana Amorim, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Bobby Dillard, Ines Bieler
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In a classroom, exploring is an essential piece of teaching and learning.
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6 reasons why presenting a solution right away has downsides and 6 tips to fight that instinct.
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In Schools, Classroom Proximity Breeds Teacher Collaboration

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For about 10 years, I taught and shared with teachers who were right next door. We spent a lot fo time throwing ideas around and fleshing them out. It resulted in excellent projects done across grades and disciplines. I learned a lot from the others.
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Growth mindset: practical tips you may not have tried yet

Growth mindset: practical tips you may not have tried yet | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Schools and teachers across the world have embraced Carol Dweck’s theory of growth mindset in the hope of helping students to fulfil their potential. Popular strategies include tweaking the way teachers give feedback, encouraging self-reflection through questioning and, crucially, praising processes instead of natural ability.

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There are good ideas here: explore multiple strategies, be stealthy rather than controlling, engage parents, and explore your own mindset.
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Jazz improvisers score high on creativity

Jazz improvisers score high on creativity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Jazz musicians’ creativity linked to brain dexterity.

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Whether it is dialogue, leading, teaching, etc., improvising is essential. Jazz musicians are great at improvsing and playing off each other.
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ASCD Express 13.01 - Empathy Is Academic: Lessons from Lotus Slippers

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Empathy is essential to learn about and make meaning of other people's experiences. Eloquent questions are ways to keep dialogue open and let new questions emerge. It is questions that keep dialogue alive and open us up to explore our prejudices. The best we can do is understand.
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Will Letter Grades Survive?

Will Letter Grades Survive? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
Via Ines Bieler, Miloš Bajčetić
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There are two points to make about this article.

First, letter grading and rubrics work well together. I suppose teachers could use rubrics as their grading tool.

Second, competency based learning is over stated. Teaching and learning are about being competent to undertake the next series of learning. Anything else is incompetency-based teaching and learning based on a neo-liberal agenda. Wouldn't it make sense to teach children so they can think about their learning, and become autonomous and responsblie in their learning?

John Dewey is still relevant to our teaching and learning.
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Living and Learning: The Report of the Provincial Committee on Aims and Objectives of Education in the Schools of Ontario

The Hall-Dennis Report on reforming Ontario's education system
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This has many flaws, but let me begin with the one that suggests the French and English are founding nations of Canada. What happened to indigenous people? Granted, the report is from 1967.

School reform is decided upon by those who control the levers of power and their minions. leading to school deform. Transforming schools happens in individual classrooms and is a subversive effort.
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3 Ways Practicing Kindness Enhances the Learning Process

3 Ways Practicing Kindness Enhances the Learning Process | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

As schools evolve, educators continue looking at ways to ensure learners have memorable educational experiences. The act of practicing kindness figures prominently in these considerations, and with good reason. More and more, modern education realizes our students’ emotional health is just as important as their capacity to learn. After all, learners may not remember all of what their teachers say, but they will always remember how they made them feel.


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What is overlooked is teacher well-being. I agree that many teachers become content specialists, but to have kindness in our schools do we not need healthy teachers?
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How Creative Teaching Improves Students’ Executive Function Skills | #Creativity

How Creative Teaching Improves Students’ Executive Function Skills | #Creativity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Teaching creatively, no matter the age group, grade level, or subject matter, not only improves the students’ creativity skills but also enhances their executive function networks.

… To be ready for college, the workforce, and a life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and analyze an overwhelming volume of information … Executive Functions plus a strong base of core knowledge are the essential skills for success in today’s world. For students to think critically, collaboratively, and communicate effectively, these must be strengthened.

 

To adequately prepare for success in careers or higher education, students need guided opportunities to construct strong networks of executive functions. Without this preparation to develop executive functions during the school years, students can fall short. They may lack requirements for higher education and the competitive job market including the skill sets needed for cognitive flexibility, successful communication, collaboration, or creative innovation.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Creative-Thinking

 


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This is a research-based article that underscores the merits of teaching creatively.
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Teaching creatively, no matter the age group, grade level, or subject matter, not only improves the students’ creativity skills but also enhances their executive function networks.

… To be ready for college, the workforce, and a life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and analyze an overwhelming volume of information … Executive Functions plus a strong base of core knowledge are the essential skills for success in today’s world. For students to think critically, collaboratively, and communicate effectively, these must be strengthened.

 

To adequately prepare for success in careers or higher education, students need guided opportunities to construct strong networks of executive functions. Without this preparation to develop executive functions during the school years, students can fall short. They may lack requirements for higher education and the competitive job market including the skill sets needed for cognitive flexibility, successful communication, collaboration, or creative innovation.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Creative-Thinking

 

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Teaching creatively, no matter the age group, grade level, or subject matter, not only improves the students’ creativity skills but also enhances their executive function networks.

… To be ready for college, the workforce, and a life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and analyze an overwhelming volume of information … Executive Functions plus a strong base of core knowledge are the essential skills for success in today’s world. For students to think critically, collaboratively, and communicate effectively, these must be strengthened.

 

To adequately prepare for success in careers or higher education, students need guided opportunities to construct strong networks of executive functions. Without this preparation to develop executive functions during the school years, students can fall short. They may lack requirements for higher education and the competitive job market including the skill sets needed for cognitive flexibility, successful communication, collaboration, or creative innovation.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Creative-Thinking

 

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4 Backpack Organizational Hacks to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School | Reader's Digest

4 Backpack Organizational Hacks to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School | Reader's Digest | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Is your grade-schooler's backpack messy and disorganized? Here are four ways to help get your child's backpack under control for back-to-school.
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Help children organize. Map their backpacks, create a home to school folder, use luggage tags to name things, and ask for extra textbooks and resources to keep at home.
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Intellectually gifted students often have learning disabilities

Intellectually gifted students often have learning disabilities | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

uifMention the terms "intellectual giftedness" and "learning disability" and there is a general understanding of what each term means. However most people are unaware that in many circumstances the two can go handg in hand.

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Gifted students, the real bright ones, often stretch our teaching capacity and we think they are just non-compliant. They are the ones who need to be seen in a new light.
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'A World of Difference' :the philosophy of a Taranaki pioneer creative teacher - Bill Guild

'A World of Difference' :the philosophy of a Taranaki pioneer creative teacher - Bill Guild | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
 Bill's booklet. It is important for creative teachers to share their ideas Bill exploring a wasp nest A world of difference.
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"The role of the teacher is to encourage and stimulate pupils to seek knowledge for themselves."

Teaching is relational and is about forming relationships with children with real names and stories. Teaching is leading in ways that surprise us and those who choose to follow.
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Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy

Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Maker education is currently a major trend in education. But just saying that one is doing Maker Education really doesn’t define the teaching practices that an educator is using to facilitate it. Maker education takes on many forms. This post provides an overview of how maker education is being implemented based on the teaching practices as defined by the  Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy (PAH) continuum.

Via John Evans, Aurora Fourcade
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There is a role for each of these. How old are students? What skills and experience do they have?
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From partisanship to pluralism: Teaching students how to listen to each other 

From partisanship to pluralism: Teaching students how to listen to each other  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A teacher-designed discussion protocol helps high school students have productive conversations about their political beliefs.
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An essential part of this is making it OK to disagree. I am intrigued by the Quaker element. Parker Palmer writes from this perspective.
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We are born creative geniuses and the education system dumbs us down, according to NASA scientists

We are born creative geniuses and the education system dumbs us down, according to NASA scientists | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The scientists gave the test to 1,600 children between the ages of 4 and 5. What they found shocked them.

Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, Elizabeth E Charles
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This is not new per se. Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and, more recently, Ken Robinson have made similar arguments. We continue to try changing our paradigm of teaching, learning, and school without moving forward. I contend school feels a lot like it did when I attended. The more we reform, the more we deform.
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Creating the Space for Engaged Discussions :: Faculty Focus

Creating the Space for Engaged Discussions :: Faculty Focus | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"...most of our students are receptive to at least the idea of engaged, active learning. The key is to turn that general willingness into specific practices. Here are some strategies and methods that have proven effective for me across survey and upper-level courses, small and large classes, in rooms that may or may not allow any deviation from the regimented rows-and-columns arrangement."


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Open-ended questions (eloquent ones) can structure dialogue in smaller groups. With larger groups, breaking the group into smaller groups and bringing them back together can useful.
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Education is the kindling of a flame: How to reinvent the 21st-century university

Education is the kindling of a flame: How to reinvent the 21st-century university | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” This quote from Plutarch is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Still

Via Funzionario 2.0
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The author posits the basic reason for universities is for vertical learning. In John Dewey's words, that is growing to grow again and having the capacity to adapt to a continuosly changing world.
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Being a Teacher

Being a Teacher | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What does it mean to “be a teacher”? More than anything else, being a teacher means being all that we want our children to be.
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I think it is essential to ask what it means to being and becoming a teacher.  The gerund suggests these are always in a state of flux.
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Reports of libraries' demise, based on flawed jobs data, are greatly exaggerated

Reports of libraries' demise, based on flawed jobs data, are greatly exaggerated | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Last month a publication called 24/7 Wall St. published an article titled “America’s 25 Dying Industries.” Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the article analyzed how employment levels in various sectors changed between 2007 and 2016.

The article, which was recently republished by USA Today, Yahoo Finance and many others, ranked libraries and archives as one of the fastest-declining industries in the U.S., second only to video tape and disc rental. The publication of the article prompted a strong response from librarians, who questioned the validity of the analysis.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Libraries like many other institutions are changing to meet new demands.
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What is Wisdom and How Do You Get It? – Personal Growth – Medium

I recently wrote about the importance of having a firm “why” — a sense of purpose — behind what you do. Here, I’d like to offer a few additional thoughts on what connects meaningful activities across…
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John Caputo proposes a radical phronesis and wisdom that allows us to deal with ever-shifting contexts in practical and ethical ways.
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