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Mind of a bully: Understanding how victims of bullying are chosen

Mind of a bully: Understanding how victims of bullying are chosen | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Rather than picking their victims indiscriminately, bullies go about selecting their targets tactfully, as is observed in many cyber bullying stories (Find out how bullies go about choosing their targets and how the selection varies in the offline...

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We treat bullying as if it is a childhood phenomenon, which it is, but it is also happening amongst adults. Adult-on-adult bullying in the workplace is common in education. It sends a message to children that bullying is OK. Bullies, at all ages, pick on those who are not able to fight back and defend themselves.

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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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Learning is a journey strewn with boulders

Learning is a journey strewn with boulders | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings January 29, 2018 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 which point…
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Learning alway is conducted based on one's self-interest. I contend teaching is much the same way. To be a teacher, one must be interested in a particular topic/topics, in teaching children, youth, and adults about that topic, and an age range of possible students.

An essential point in the post is that the details of learning are always part of the whole.
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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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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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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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