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8 Powerful Ways to Inspire Courage in Others

8 Powerful Ways to Inspire Courage in Others | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Leaders who don’t feel fear are oblivious to the challenges of leadership. Leadership of any consequence takes courage. Be afraid of leaders who aren't afraid. Courage only exists where fear exists...
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'"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”

Goethe

Leadership goes beyond personal courage to inspiring courage in others.

Inspiring courage:

Acknowledge the fears of others...Elevate courage by acknowledging your own fears......Courage transforms fear into preparation...Focus on purpose. ...Facing uncertainty without purpose makes chickens of us all.

The surprising side of courageous leadership is finding the courage to let others lead.'

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David Hain's curator insight, April 30, 2014 2:41 AM

Feel the fear, do it anyway, and others will follow...

Pat Headley's curator insight, April 30, 2014 1:09 PM

Leaders who don’t feel fear are oblivious to the challenges of leadership. Leadership of any consequence takes courage. Be afraid of leaders who aren't afraid. Courage only exists where fear exists...

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The science of happiness [infographic]

The science of happiness [infographic] | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
If you're happy and you know it, good for you, but if you've ever wondered what fun things were happening in that body with the spring in its step, check out this infographic on the science of happ...

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Worthy of reflection and pursuit. What makes us happy is commonsensical in some ways and surprising in others.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:07 PM

The unhappiest time of the day for many people is the commute to work and the happiest is the commute home. I did not see that on the infographic. I wonder if children see going to and from school the same way? I wonder about teachers?

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12 Ways to Maximize Collisions of Perspective

12 Ways to Maximize Collisions of Perspective | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Mediocrity is the result of peace and harmony. Rather than resolving conflict, invite it. Lousy leaders and weak organizations pursue peace at all costs."  On the other hand tension cannot be allowed to be destructive.

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"12 ways to invite and maximize collisions of perspective:

Open up about tensions. ....Enable healthy collisions.....Reject compromise early on.Ask participants to defend someone else's position.Don’t allow high-level leaders to state their position at the beginning.Identify core concerns....Ask, “Where can’t you compromise?” ...Clarify dissent. “I don’t like it,” isn’t clarity.Uncover priorities. ....Provide rules, and structures that elevate conflict above personalities. .....Ask, “What if?”Build strong relationships during “peace time.”
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Richard Paul: Socratic Questioning Series [Part 1] - YouTube

Discourse on critical thinking for teachers and educators in all grade levels and in all societies. This channel contains video footage, interviews and clips...

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'Asking questions that takes thinking apart'! This is very useful as a reflection tool. I appreciate highly the connection made by Richard Paul between thinking and content.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 6, 2014 5:05 PM

One of my Critical Thinking Gurus is Richard Paul.  I met him in a bar in Arizona a few years before I left the classroom to teach online. We had one of the great discussions of my life. His thinking and teaching transformed my questioning style when I was a classroom teacher and seeped into my DNA when I went into online work.  Here is a series of videos available on YouTube that I would turn to if I were teaching a class devoted solely to Critical Thinking.  

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How to Lower Your “Worryability”: Italo Calvino’s 1950 New Year’s Resolution

How to Lower Your “Worryability”: Italo Calvino’s 1950 New Year’s Resolution | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"I would like this to signal the end of 'wasted angst' in my life."

What does it mean to live well, live fully?"

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Worthy of reflection! Mindfulness is timeless...

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Collaboration Matters

Collaboration Matters | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Blogger's note: This post focuses on the importance of integrating collaboration into classroom practice. In my next post, I'll talk about strategies for successful facilitation of collaborative work...

 

Learning is a social process, and the learning process is deepened when ideas are challenged and learners are pushed to produce work that surpasses their expectations of what they can do.

 

That said, working in groups is a continually challenging process. It is important that students aren't forced to work together on projects where collaboration isn't necessary or beneficial to the final product.

 

 


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"John Dewey believed that education must be " . . . a process of living and not a preparation for future living." This powerful idea is a helpful reminder of the rich, insightful growth and knowledge that can come from deep, collaborative learning experiences."

Therefore, it could be said true learning is about acting out the theory, of rhetoric and reality remaining close, of adults modelling for young people appropriate learning attitudes and behaviours, as those young people, if forced to choose, will copy what you do rather than do what you say!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 22, 2014 5:39 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Collaboration

 

http://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/

 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 22, 2014 11:49 PM

I like the image with two students have a conversation without a screen. It can be done with digital technology, but the tried and true is good for students. It humanizes the other in what is often a virtual world.

Epict Italia's curator insight, January 23, 2014 5:00 AM

Idee da prendere:

1) le categorie proposte per il peer review (utilizziamole!!) - https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3Mx1_-3IZ7tRXkzMm8zM2dvZE0/edit?pli=1 

2) le categorie usate per valutare il lavoro di podcasting dei ragazzi: dice l'autore "bisognava valutare una pluralità di abilità/competenze" . proprio quello che dobbiamo fare anche nella nostra scuola italiana./https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hnzI9r6NNwhLDv-LHV0yb72CK5C6d3-xt_k_5zfpuDI/edit?pli=1

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What Students Remember Most About Teachers

What Students Remember Most About Teachers | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

".. I told you gently to stop trying so hard- I also reminded you that your own expectations were partly where the stress stemmed. For we who truly care are often far harder on ourselves than our students are willing to be. ... Excellence is more readily attained by being.

Being available.
Being kind.
Being compassionate.
Being transparent.
Being real.
Being thoughtful.
Being ourselves."

Allan Shaw's insight:

The professionalism of teachers is about both traditional measures of professionalism, the things we often 'beat ourselves up about' such as quakity of lesson preparation, and the manner in which we do our job. Modelling to students who we are and how we relate to the world is also important. Teachers are often the most significant adults in the life of a child after their parents.

 

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Deborah Banker's curator insight, January 23, 2014 12:18 PM

Just had to throw this one in :)

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Finding Happiness in Leadership

Finding Happiness in Leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Passion to change things - to make a difference - eats away at you. Show me a leader who’s always content and I’ll show you a lousy leader. Finding happiness as a leader means learning to navigate ...
Allan Shaw's insight:

"Leadership happiness depends on “shared” vision. Without that, you’re sad and alone. The more people who share the vision the happier leaders become.

Second, know their way works too. People seldom do things the way you would. They’re too slow, too fast, too cautious, too detailed. The real question is, will their way get you there?

Leaders who engage others release rather than control.

Third, know your performance is about improving theirs. I thought too little about the performance of others when I was younger. Leadership happiness is found when others step up and step in. Spend your time improving the team.

Call for commit to projects, mission, and vision. Bystanders and fence-sitters grow unhappy and uncomfortable. Align their values with organizational values and invite them to go all in.

Those who aren’t committed find fault; those who are find a way. Think about relationships that fall apart. Once commitment fails, relationships go dark."

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Learning to balance Digital Citizenship, Research and Publishing!

Learning to balance Digital Citizenship, Research and Publishing! | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
This article is a reblog from Pippa Davies blog. To protect or not protect our students from the net, that is the question? Does censorship, or continuing education work? I believe that the more we...

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While not sure of all the advice contained therein, the underlying philosophy is sound.

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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, January 20, 2014 9:47 AM

This is quite a balancing act and will require students to really understand Creative Commons and Copyright.  

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 21, 2014 12:20 PM

Equilibrio entre ciudadania digital y investigación

Kandy Woodfield's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:49 PM

Sound advice here on how to build critical thinking skills into the curriculum from an early age to support the growth of the next generation of digital social scientists & citizen researchers. This is great but still leaves us with a problem about how to equip established social researchers with an understanding of the potential & challenges in social media research, especially those who serve on IRBs granting access and clearance via ethics panels to new research projects.

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Coming, ready or not | Inside Story

Coming, ready or not | Inside Story | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Technology is going to drive the first revolution in schooling since the invention of the printing press, says Dean Ashenden. But it’s not just a matter of the machinery
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This article is steeped in experience and considerable wisdom. It aligns with my thirty years of school experience.

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To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan "To This Day" http://www.tothisdayproject.com Help this message have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. Please share generously."

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In the creator's words:
"My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. This piece is a starting point."
You may find it useful.

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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Classrooms should be spaces that students don’t want to leave.  Some communities are still hesitant about these futuristic looking learning spaces and have resorted to older, traditional physical spaces. Hopefully, they will begin to embrace changes to better prepare students and move them in the 21st century global economy.

 


Via Nik Peachey, Anna Hu
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While I do not ascribe to everything mentioned in this post, there is much to commend it.

Schools and the learning spaces within them should be engaging and attractive places for children in which to learn. Outside of their home, school is where they spend a significant portion of their lives.

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 15, 2013 12:13 PM

This is something we are constantly working on in our media center. There are some great and easy to implement ideas for teachers to implement in classrooms as well.

richard Forward's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:35 PM

Are you old school or Mr cutting edge?

www.englishcoach.fr

54321ignition's curator insight, January 18, 2014 6:57 AM

To construct better learning environments we need to deconstruct our traditional view of the classroom.

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What Makes Leaders Matter More

What Makes Leaders Matter More | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Leaders don’t matter until they do what matters. Intrinsic human worth and the value of a leader are separate issues. You don't matter when you do what doesn't matter. The more value you bring the more valuable you are..."

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This commentary has a 'customer' focus and thus perhaps uses language a different than used often in schools. That said, much of the advice is useful, but difficult to put into practice.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:48 AM

I liked this--pithy and potent.  Goethe once said someting like what matters most should never be at the mercy of what matters least or something like that. No where is leadership more necessary and more lacking than in a school that is failing its children. It is the seminal responsibility of the leadershipto help everyone in the operation get to the same place in terms of mission--then collaborate and cooperate in framing goals and aspirations and determining what and how data will be used to determine progress towards what matters most.  Execution follows commitment, clarity and communication.--Lou

 

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Doing more of what matters:

Identify your customer and the people you serve.Ask the people you serve if it matters. You think you know what matters but you don’t. You judge what matters by what matters to you. I asked one person what mattered to them and they said, “Public affirmation.”Stop doing what doesn’t matter. The need to be busy dilutes the worth of a leader. Ask yourself, “Would anyone notice if I stopped doing this?”Don’t do what others can do.Increase the time you spend with people. Lower the time you spend with computers and paper.Meet a need, the bigger the better.Focus. Rabbit chasing is fun but it makes you matter less.Prioritize time by spending more of it with a select few, 8 to 12. Who do you need to spend more time with?Instill confidence in others to the point that they take action without asking permission.Get stuff done. Every meeting that ends without action items makes you matter less.

Leaders matter more when they do more of what matters.

 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 15, 2013 1:10 PM

Leadership and followership are intertwined. They are about finding relational paths along the way .

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Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up

Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Three educators went on a year-long journey to discover what makes a great school. These are the imperatives they've applied to creating their own school.
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"1. INQUIRY WORKS AT ALL AGES

 

2. INTEGRATED CURRICULUM IS POWERFUL 

 

3. MULTIPLE ASSESSMENTS GIVE A FULL PICTURE

 

4. BUILT IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINS TEACHERS

 

5. OPEN-ENDED TECHNOLOGY USE

 

6. LEARNING SHOULD BE GROUNDED IN PLACE"


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We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders

We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
We must lead the shift to a way that maximizes opportunities for investigation, problem solving, and collaboration while maintaining assurance that each child is gaining knowledge, and is able to apply it both alone and with others.

Via Pierre Levy
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It is wise not to allow allow large dichotomies, perhaps false dichotomies to dominate this debate. Critical thinking, collaborative work and knowledge of content are all important and attainable for good teachers, as they have been. It is a matter of emphasis. Check

http://sco.lt/7MGCh7 ;

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, February 10, 2014 11:33 AM

Excellent argument and validation for Instructional Leaders to be at the forefront of the cutting edge in instruction.  That involves conceptual learning, instructional technology that redefines the learning, and quality instructional implementation both in classrooms and in professional development.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:46 PM

But, we are almost 15% of the way into the century. Why has it not happened? And, it has not. Not even where I used to work.

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Giving: The Most Important Lesson in Life

Giving: The Most Important Lesson in Life | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
One of the most important lessons is that people who care about the needs of others and give of themselves go much further in life. Giving is a winning game

 

Some people may look at you cross-eyed after you make a kind gesture. “C’mon,” they’ll think, “why are you really doing this? No one does something for nothing.” Then, when they realize there’s no catch, something magical will happen. You’ll be viewed in an entirely new light.

 

Just think how far your kindness will go toward building trust, strengthening your relationships, developing teamwork and camaraderie, enhancing your reputation and sense of self-worth — not to mention, adding to your karma.

 

Giving is a winning game. As Patti Thor says, “It’s not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.” So remember, it IS better to give than receive. Go ahead; give it a try.

 

 
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I am a 'slow learner' but have gradually come to this conclusion over time and experience. We are making, thus far a successful attempt to have young people learn this at a younger age. This is a useful read.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:18 AM


A MUST READ!!!


ANA's curator insight, February 10, 2014 5:46 AM

Very good lesson

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

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"Technology is a tool–a platform, a tactic, a strategy, and a space, but–unless you’re teaching a technology class–never an end." I first heard this type of comment in the 1980's from astute educators. It was, and remains entirely appropriate.

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Rachel Vartanian's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:40 PM

EdTech is about education: student learning and outcomes. 

Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, August 18, 2014 8:33 PM

Primero la pedagogía, después la tecnología.

Stéphane Bataillard's curator insight, August 24, 2014 1:26 PM

A méditer...

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David Gillespie - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

David Gillespie - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
David Gillespie untangles the myths from the evidence in his study of Australia's school system.
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All school leaders and school governors should listen to this reflect upon its content and its ramifications for their context.

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Understanding your digital footprint - new opportunities!

Understanding your digital footprint - new opportunities! | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Just like a tattoo, your digital reputation is an expression of yourself. It is formed and added to by you and others over time. In her Digital Tattoo presentation at ISTE 2013 (also in video forma...

 

Managing your digital footprint starts with asking questions like: Who are you? What do you stand for? What are your passions and beliefs?

 

The important lesson with managing your digital footprint is that

 

===> everything we do online should represent who we are and what we stand for and we must have the knowledge that this representation will stick with us potentially forever. <===

 

 


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Worthy of reflection.

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Eileen Forsyth's curator insight, January 22, 2014 3:53 PM

Food for thought

Deividas Rimeikis's curator insight, March 16, 2016 8:03 AM

Worthy of reflection.

Kosma Gatnercogc's curator insight, March 22, 2016 6:20 AM

Worthy of reflection.

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The difference between speaking and teaching

The difference between speaking and teaching | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

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This short written piece describes the differences between a professional teacher and an uncommitted qualified employee 'going through the motions'.

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 20, 2014 3:46 PM

Sometimes the challenge is getting the listening happening!

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, January 21, 2014 2:42 AM

thanks!

ANA's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:18 PM

Very good remark

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What Is Social Learning (And Does It Work)? [Infographic]

What Is Social Learning (And Does It Work)? [Infographic] | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Social Learning uses mobile devices to enable peer review through social media technology in elearning."


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There are two key elements here! The first is the engagement through peer review as the audience is real and critical. The second is the efficacy of repetition in the embedding within memory.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 18, 2014 10:44 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Infographic

 

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, January 19, 2014 7:40 PM

The inforgraphic is great but the article is also very insightful
https://diigo.com/01i9le

There is a generation whose starting point for information & engagement is not printed materials (a book, a newspaper) – but online social platforms

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Future Learning Short Documentary

Future Learning Short Documentary | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolu...
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Important things to reflect on

Reading and comprehension skills using a screen

Information search and retrieval skills

How to believe or not believe - to discriminate

Are these what will define a high quality education when the babies of today finish university degrees around 2030?

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How do other countries tackle bullying?

How do other countries tackle bullying? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
From KiVa in Finland to police collaboration in America, Rebecca Ratcliffe explores how schools and educators across the globe are tackling bullying
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A useful resource for an overview of responses.

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How to Defeat the Dangers of Disrespect

How to Defeat the Dangers of Disrespect | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Foolish leaders disrespect intentionally. But, for many, disrespect is accidental. Disrespectful leaders demoralize the team. The most powerful context of respect is disagreement. The ability to act on input or feedback is distinct from receiving it respectfully.

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A good post and well worth reading. The summaries of  points under the following headings are useful.

You're disrespectful when:

People who feel disrespected then exhibit:

Seven expressions that show respect:

Special concerns:

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: Why Paper Still Beats Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: Why Paper Still Beats Screens: Scientific American | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Preliminary research suggests that even so-called digital natives are more likely to recall the gist of a story when they read it on paper because enhanced e-books and e-readers themselves are too distracting. Paper's greatest strength may be its simplicity."

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This article is worthy of reading and reflection. It has powerful ramifications, one way or the other. For schools research in this area is critically important in the development of our plans.

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Aldo de A. Barreto's curator insight, November 12, 2013 9:27 AM

but I belive  digital documents has changed the way we write and read as it has modified our relation with the language interface