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How School Leaders Can Attend to the Emotional Side of Change

How School Leaders Can Attend to the Emotional Side of Change | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“ When teachers, parents and students are asked to change how they have been doing things, it often involves an element of loss that doesn't get recognized in the”
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Change is often about loss and we go through the stages of grief. As well, including teachers, students, parents, etc. in the conversation is essential.
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Stephen's Web ~ Who Gets To Be An Expert In Education? ~ Stephen Downes

Stephen's Web ~ Who Gets To Be An Expert In Education? ~ Stephen Downes | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes
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Who is an expert in education? This is an excellent question. Quite often, those furthest away from classrooms and with little idea of goes on in classrooms somehow are understood as experts.
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Education experts share the best books they’ve read about teaching

Education experts share the best books they’ve read about teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Some recommendations are not about education at all.

Via David W. Deeds
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There are some great books by the likes of John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Deb Meier, etc.

A scholar who offered ideas was Jonathan Kozol. His books, particularly Savage Inequalities, would make my list.
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Redefining "failure"

Redefining "failure" | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
" Joe Girard The elevator to success is ou " ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ) by  symphony of love Success is the exception, not the rule. This ide
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Failure and success are not mutually exclusive. Too often in schools, we focus on competition in unhealthy ways, leading to more failure than learned lessons.
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The Politics of Lazy Data Analysis: Charter Edition

The Politics of Lazy Data Analysis: Charter Edition | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
[NOTE: The first part below is New SAT, but Same Old Problems included in The Greenville News, with hyperlinks added; and then a Coda to expand a ket element of that discussion] While South Carolina…
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Standardized test results do not tell us what challenges a particular school, its teachers, and its students face. This is an American view, but we have similar issues in Alberta.
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The 7 pillars of classroom practice

The 7 pillars of classroom practice | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Not all research is perfect – or even worth reading, argues Nick Rose. But here, he presents a septet of reliable reviews that time-pressed teachers can bet their house on being useful in the classroom
There are two main problems with the idea that teachers should be reading research. The first is that they don’t have time to do it (see bit.ly/UnreadResearch). Studies by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have examined methods of encouraging teachers to engage with academic research but report that time pressures – and a lack of opportunities for teachers to work together – appear to undermine the initiatives.

So, if we genuinely want teaching to be a research-informed profession, we should reduce the number of hours we expect teachers to work – and ultimately set aside some time for teachers to read and apply research to their practice.

Via Mel Riddile, Monica S Mcfeeters
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This is a long and winding article, which explores some of the research about mindset, memory, changing learner attitudes, etc. Nick Rose argues teachers should be given time to be current on the research if it is to be useful and meaningful to their practices.
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The Global Search for Education: New Film Focuses on How to Get Thinking Back in Classrooms

The Global Search for Education: New Film Focuses on How to Get Thinking Back in Classrooms | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"The fact that we even have to make the argument that thinking should be the most important aspect of school culture proves that we have gotten very fa
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Art Costa and Bena Kallick's Habits of Mind includes metacognition. Asking children to think about their thinking makes sense if want children to become reflective thinkers.
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To LESSON PLAN or NOT to LESSON PLAN…that is the question!

To LESSON PLAN or NOT to LESSON PLAN…that is the question! | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
8 An old friend of mine caught up with me on Facebook the other day. He was a great “natural” when we worked together in Dubai a few years back – he was a bit of a “maverick”, an architect who taught maths and computing, and enjoyed taking risks. My kinda teacher… In his Facebook…
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Tony Gurr proposes we have three lesson plans: the one we teach, the one we actually teach, and the one we wish we had taught. There is no such thing as a fixed lesson plan. Teaching is like improvisational theatre.
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So…What Exactly Should Curriculum Planning Look Like – for 2017/18? (Part 02)

So…What Exactly Should Curriculum Planning Look Like – for 2017/18? (Part 02) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Have you ever done a blog post that totally leads people down the garden path – then promises to make up for it by saying that Part 2 will be more focused, useful and better-written? Have you ever …
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The method of currere is a reflective and imaginative process for curriculum planning (Pinar, 1975). It places subjective interpreting of a subject and curricular outcomes, not learner outcomes, at the heart of a complicated conversation. It does not ignore the student, but as Parker Palmer (2007) said places the topic in the centre, allowing each person to use their lived-experiences to explore and grow.

Ted Aoki argued the curriculum-as-plan and the curriculum-as-lived are complementary. The first sets a direction to be explored through the second.
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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


Via Penelope
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The 11 tips are practical i.e. write each day, first writings should be stream of consciousness, create lists, etc.
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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, May 6, 2014 5:45 PM

Writing is love

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
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Straight up conversation: 2017 national history teacher of the year Sara Ziemnik

Straight up conversation: 2017 national history teacher of the year Sara Ziemnik | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Sara Ziemnik was recently named the 2017 National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Since 2004, Gilder Lehrman has celebrated exceptional American…
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What stood out in this inteview as the interest this teacher had in history and teaching it to her students. John Dewey said self and interest are two words for the same thing. What and who we are interested in animates us to teach.
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Theorising information literacy #ecil2017

Theorising information literacy #ecil2017 | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

These are the slides from the panel on information literacy and theory, that I chaired at the European Conference on Information Literacy.


Via Elizabeth E Charles, Mika Auramo
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It is interesting that the methodology I used, hermeneutic phenomenology, is grounded in the practical leading theory. I think there is a continuous interchange between the two. Even in our daily lives, we hypothesize in taken-for-granted ways, act, and gather data again in taken-for-granted ways.

John Dewey argued that empirical means rule of thumb and is not cast in stone. It is the interchange between practice and theory that is essential.
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Want to feel more significant at work? Lead what only you can lead

Want to feel more significant at work? Lead what only you can lead | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Levels of workplace malaise have now reached epidemic levels. Gallup’s statistic of 70% of the workforce being disengaged has rang like a warning shot across the bows of companies around the world. And yet a lack of inspiration and feelings of insignificance at work rage on.  
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Like teaching, who we are as a unique human subject has a bearing on how lead. The author drew on Nora Ephron to write about a need to engage people in leading from a vantage point of what makes them significant. Instead of just mimicking, we come from the depth of who we are and our lived-experiences.
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When body meets mind in learning - The Hechinger Report

When body meets mind in learning - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A teacher stands at a white board in front of her fourth-grade class and begins teaching one of math’s most fundamental concepts: the meaning of an equal sign in the middle of an equation. This is not easy. Young students tend to think of the equal sign as the endpoint of a problem. Now, instead …

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Becoming a teacher takes time. It is an embodied set of practices and performances that continuously change.
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The wisdom of pedagogy and the perpetual newness of teaching

The wisdom of pedagogy and the perpetual newness of teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

There is a whole teacher management literature based around the premise that teachers need to be pushed to change. Since I’m well past being a new teacher, this passage about mid-career teachers by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan leapt out at me: 

 “We focus on the first three years to get teachers going. And then we focus on the people who may sometimes prove difficult at the end. We think we can leave the people in the middle alone. If we leave them alone, though, there’s the danger that things become too easy, that they won’t stretch themselves. And then we’re headed for a worrying end, and instead of quiet ones or disenchanted ones or especially renewed ones, we find ourselves dealing with reprobates — and we created them. We need to focus more on the teachers in the middle and to keep challenging and stretching them.”



Via Kim Flintoff
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In my research, teachers told me they were ill-prepared when they began teaching. They learned by doing and from their mistakes. They gained wisdome and as one put it the ability "to stand in the middle of the storm." They reflected on what went well, what did not, and what they were going to do next.

Teaching is not static. John Dewey said we grow so we might grow again. John Caputo and David Jardine speak about "fear and trembling" as we encounter the new with each ensuing moment.
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There is a whole teacher management literature based around the premise that teachers need to be pushed to change. Since I’m well past being a new teacher, this passage about mid-career teachers by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan leapt out at me: 

 “We focus on the first three years to get teachers going. And then we focus on the people who may sometimes prove difficult at the end. We think we can leave the people in the middle alone. If we leave them alone, though, there’s the danger that things become too easy, that they won’t stretch themselves. And then we’re headed for a worrying end, and instead of quiet ones or disenchanted ones or especially renewed ones, we find ourselves dealing with reprobates — and we created them. We need to focus more on the teachers in the middle and to keep challenging and stretching them.”
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Education in the Age of Outrage

Education in the Age of Outrage | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When pain and suffering are equated with moral authority, the mission of higher education becomes an impossible one.

Via David W. Deeds
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How do we teach in this era with social media, bullying, and a lack of civil discourse?

As educators, we should remember to educate is to lead and pedagogy is to also lead.
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Interesting stuff. 

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Bill Gates still doesn't get it.

Sent to Education Week, October 20, 2017 Bill Gates still doesn’t get it (“Gates Foundation announces new 17B for K-12,” October 20)
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Sometimes the things we measure are not the full story. In this case, what role does poverty play in student learning?
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What is that piece you cannot teach teachers?

What is that piece you cannot teach teachers? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings October 23, 2017 What is that piece you cannot teach teachers?   “Studies suggest that instructional and management processes are key to effectiveness, but many interview and survey responses about effective teaching emphasize the teacher’s affective characteristics, or social and emotional behaviors, more than pedagogical practice.” James H. Stronge, Qualities of Effective Teachers…
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Teaching is a calling and vocation. Vocation shares its etymology with voice, which is about expressing one's self.

The first part of the post deals with technical skills, so to speak, that we use to teach. The second part with the a spirit that moves us to be teachers and keeps us coming back. It includes quotes from Parker Palmer, Alan Block, Thomas Moore, Mary Aswell Doll, etc.

The technical skills are important, but without the spirit to teach as Parker Palmer says "we just wait for the real teacher to show up."
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Why should we design student interactions for diverse cohorts into our learning and teaching? | HE Academy

Why should we design student interactions for diverse cohorts into our learning and teaching? | HE Academy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Our student cohorts are becoming increasingly diverse: in their backgrounds, their experiences, their characteristics, their modes of study etc 


Via Elizabeth E Charles
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It is unfortunate the title uses the word design. Teachers do not design student intereactions. John Dewey proposed teachers create environments where meaningful social interactions and dialogue occur. This is what the article is getting at and is excellent in that sense.
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A Troubling Side Effect of Praise (may lead to more cheating!)  by Youki Terada

A Troubling Side Effect of Praise (may lead to more cheating!)  by Youki Terada | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Youki Terada

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto
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Praising effort is more meaningful for students.
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New SAT, but Same Old Problems

New SAT, but Same Old Problems | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
New SAT, but Same Old Problems (The Greenville News) P.L. Thomas, professor of Education, Furman University While South Carolina has joined several states in rejecting Common Core for public school standards and testing, one powerful legacy remains, the revised SAT. An original architect of the Common Core, David Coleman, now heads the College Board and has…
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Standardized tests fail in many ways. They only measure particular types of learning. What happens is the "consultancy class" designs them to meet purposes other than meaningful learning.
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What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland

What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Beth Holland

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Luciana Viter
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The infograhic is helpful. I am not convinced that these are new skills. John Dewey wrote about character, learning as social, communicating, problem solving, etc. a century ago.
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Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 21, 2017 10:13 PM
This article adds Citizenship and Character Development to the 4C's.  I agree!
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TCRecord: Article

TCRecord: Article | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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Many English Language Learners arrive with multiple languages being spoken. The labeling of them can be problematic and lead to self-fulfilling prophecies.
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The Value of the College Degree is Crashing. Here’s How to Fix It.

The Value of the College Degree is Crashing. Here’s How to Fix It. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I had coffee with a friend of mine the other day who recently graduated from college. After the parties and the Facebook posts from aunts and uncles saying, “I’m so proud of you, congratulations!!!…
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This is not a new phenomenon. It might be more obvious. We have to be careful we do not leave people behind in the process.
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Seven Steps to Superior Learning – The Mission – Medium

Seven Steps to Superior Learning – The Mission – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Have you ever read through a book only to be left with only a vague recollection of what it was about? Have you ever spent months with a book on your shelf knowing that you should read it, but never…
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I am not an advocate of seven step, habits, concepts, etc. For each formula, there are others that propose different steps. What drew me to this article was that it was not carved up into easily repeated maxims that don't mean anything i.e. win-win.

Having said this, the seven steps are interesting. They are learn with purpose, make in interesting to yourself, relate through analogy/metaphor, make learning multi-sensory, teach the subject to someone, practice, and be heallthy in body, mind, and spirit.


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