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Metacognition: The Brain is a Muscle -

Metacognition: The Brain is a Muscle - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Metacognitive strategies encourage learners to reflect on their learning activities, monitor them, and refine them to enhance memory, retention, and understanding.

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It really isn't, but we need to think about it metaphorically that way. Students and teachers who think about their thinking are building the metacognitive skills required in life.

 

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JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA's curator insight, August 15, 2014 3:27 PM
Metacognition: The Brain is a Muscle
Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity
Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine, PhD I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Essay: The Right Way to Remember Rachel Carson — Jill Lepore on the legacy of the author of ‘Silent Spring’

Essay: The Right Way to Remember Rachel Carson — Jill Lepore on the legacy of the author of ‘Silent Spring’ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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She was a poet of the sea.
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Cultivating Roots – Words That Matter –

Like almost all African Americans, I have white ancestry. That’s not a surprise; it’s a legacy of slavery. For many African Americans, those white ancestors can’t be named (as is my case, though not…
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Embrace who you are. Where have I come from is a question about one's roots and justice.
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The Secret To Leonardo da Vinci’s Creativity –

Exploring a creativity hack common in creative giants such as the genius Leonardo da Vinci, legendary Benjamin Franklin, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and legendary physicist Albert Einstein.
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Be curious and creative.
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An Interview with the Master: Robert Greene on Stoicism

Except for the Stoics themselves, no one has influenced me as a reader and writer more than Robert Greene. Which is why I was nervous but excited to interview Robert about Stoicism and this ancient…
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There is a blending of Stoic philosophy and other philosophy in this interview. A significant point is that philosophy at one time was practical and focused on helping people in daily living.
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Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some people are born with natural talent — but everyone needs to work daily and put in effort to master intelligence.
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Reflect, read, and focus on what you aspire to.
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Leadership and Systems Thinking

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Leadership and Systems Thinking - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. This article examines the role of systems thinking and suggests how it might be of use to those who seek to influence organizations.

Via Ricard Lloria
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The underlying message is that we cannot solve problems in simple ways in one part of a complex system without unintended consequences in other parts of the system. For that matter, these unintended consequences may crop up where we make the changes. It is even more complex in systems involving people where relationships, not things, are the predominate characteristic of the system.
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Leadership and Systems Thinking - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. This article examines the role of systems thinking and suggests how it might be of use to those who seek to influence organizations.
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Dans un cadre de transformation, on doit adopter une pensée globale du système à transformer...
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Making Sense Of Complexity

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A graphic comic about how complex complexity is. It is more complex than we realize.
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Inequality in nature and society

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Drawing parallels between the structure of human societies and ecosystems has to be done with care. Nature provides animals and plants with ways to balance themselves. It is innate. Humans have free will and choose to consume and hoard in unequal ways. One would think in an enlightened world we might have got past this.
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Classic Appreciation: On ‘Israel Potter’ — On Melville’s neglected “epic of the piecemeal.”

Classic Appreciation: On ‘Israel Potter’ — On Melville’s neglected “epic of the piecemeal.” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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I recently read Bartleby, the Scrivener and came away with a more rounded view of Herman Melville's writing. It is more than Moby Dick.
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13 Hilarious Parodies Of Your Favorite Books

13 Hilarious Parodies Of Your Favorite Books | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"War and Peace" = "Pretend You Have Read This Book To Impress Your Friends."
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Parodies are always fun.
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3 great career tips you'll never hear

3 great career tips you'll never hear | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The career advice we receive changes as we age. As children, we’re encouraged to dream big about the things we want to accomplish in life. We grow up thinking we’ll do what we love. As we become adults, the message starts to focus on how we can be successful. We begin to look at the subjects in which we excel in school. Grades become the measuring stick of our future. Most of all, we’re told to be practical, find a good job, and stay there.
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The third tip is good, until surveillance is mentioned. Do embrace your history, aspirations, and who you you are. Question what that means and be skeptical of the taken-for-granted, but do so with self-compasion.

I like separating of success and growth. They are not the same. John Dewey and Hans-Georg Gadamer concluded growth is about forming and growing for more growth.

I use a stream-of-consciousness writing process (method of currere) to explore what lies beneath the surface. It fits nicely with my use of hermeneutic phenomenology which is unwieldy.
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The More Senior Your Job Title, the More You Need to Keep a Journal

The More Senior Your Job Title, the More You Need to Keep a Journal | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It provides a format for structured reflection.

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Spending quiet time and journaling, as a stream-of-consciousness process, is stimulating.
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The Elephant in Your Life: How to Conquer Your Blind Spots

Blind spots are the elephant in the room: we prefer not to confront or talk about it. What you don’t know you don’t know gets you into trouble. Use feedback to challenge your assumptions.
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We live lives with personal prejudices and traditions that often come unquestioned. To move ahead, we need both, but we must question them and create dialogue about them. This entails a hermeneutic task, one of continously the narrative that is our living.
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Lots of highly valuable insights in this and some wonderful quotes
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How To Embrace And Get Comfortable With Uncertainty In Life

“If you want to know your past — look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future — look into your present actions,” states the Chinese Proverb. Seldom do we have an exact picture…
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I am reading Alan Watts'  The Wisdome of Insecurity. He makes a similar point about faith. Beliefs are looking for evidence that supports what we believe. Faith is accepting with an open-mind and understanding the best we can do is embrace uncertainty and have faith in a process.
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‘Weaving’ — 21st Century Servant Leadership for Systemic Health

WE LIVE in a fractured world of growing complexity, facing convergent crises the potential impact of which baffles comprehension. One can’t but recoil from the possible dystopias that now seem so…
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I believe that servant-leadership is the future of leading in a world that cries for people to serve and lead. Education is a space for this to grow, but it is not a facile, cliched way to lead.
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Why History Matters –

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Why History Matters
Richard John Harris

I was reminded recently that history in the curriculum is a particularly contentious subject. A friend, involved in rewriting the history curriculum in Croatia, said the publication of a new curriculum resulted in thousands of people protesting on the streets. I can think
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We can always discover new and deeper meaning in history.
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An updated #Feynman experiment could lead to a Theory of Everything #LOL

An updated #Feynman experiment could lead to a Theory of Everything #LOL | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

For over a century, the two leading theories in physics have had irreconcilable differences, and scientists have scrambled to find ways to square them, to no avail. An experiment proposed in 1957 by American luminary Richard Feynman, is now getting a makeover, and the results could be significant.

 

Scientists at Oxford University and University College London (UCL), are attempting to overhaul one of the late Nobel Laurette’s experiments and in doing so, hope to heal the rift in a dramatic fashion. Could a Theory of Everything be near? This would be incorporating all four physical forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces, into one solid working theory.

 

Thus far, theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg, himself a Nobel Laurette, has only been able to combine electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force. A final theory—as Weinberg calls it, would mark the end of physics as we know it. Although the laws of general relativity and quantum mechanics work exceptionally well in their own spheres, some of the rules that govern one area don’t work in the other, and vice-versa. For instance, Relativity explains the gravitational force as it relates to bodies on Earth or in space. But it falls apart on the quantum level.


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Whenever Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein are mentioned I am interested.
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It would mark the end of physics as we know it.

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The Surprising 17th Century Origins of Radical Feminism

Almost 350 years after it was written, François Poullain de la Barre’s feminist philosophy still resonates on gender, prejudice, intersectionality, and the role of men in women’s fight for equality.
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This is a reminder that nothing ever comes from nothing.
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18 Books Everyone Will Be Reading in 2018

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There is a range of books from roots of happiness to complexity to meditation.
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46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018 – Electric Literature

Someday we’ll have a 46th president, but until then, here are 46 other things to look forward to
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This is a blend of fiction, non-fiction, novels, essays, short stories, etc. It broadened the scope of "women of colour".
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The Most Famous Fairy Tale You Haven’t Heard — and why there should be more to it

Some narratives are so ingrained in our minds that it is hard to imagine a different ending for the story. But an encounter with an alternate plot can set us thinking about possibilities beyond the…
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Fairy tales have underlying narratives about how life should be lived, privilege, and value.
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The Letters of Sylvia Plath and the Transformation of a Poet’s Voice

The Letters of Sylvia Plath and the Transformation of a Poet’s Voice | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Anwen Crawford on the letters of Sylvia Plath, from 1940 to 1956, recently published in a new volume.
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Sylvia Plath is always a provocative read.
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Poet Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living

Poet Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Tone your wants and tastes low down enough, and make much of negatives, and of mere daylight and the skies."
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Mary Oliver, who is quoted in the first line, is a student of Walt Whitman's writing.
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4 Keys to Being an Inspirational Leader

1. Focus on the group/organization and its larger mission, not on their own success 2. Walk their talk 3. Be trustworthy 4. Be able to think outside the box
 

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Focus on the group and each person in it. Walk the talk. Be trustworthy.

Think on the margins of your comfort zone. Thinking outside the box is a hackneyed, tired slogan. We need to have some comfort, although it may be streteched.
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The vexing and difficult art of holding opposing views

“Money makes people more of what they already are,” remarked my friend and fellow hedge fund investor Ted Seides. He continued, “If you are a greedy person, you’re going to want more money. If you’re…
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David Bohm argued, when we see the world through problems to be solved, we end up with binaries. When we understand the world as being paradoxical, we can hold opposing views.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, December 20, 2017 4:27 PM
Reminds me of an F. Scott Fitzgerald line that I often reflect on -. "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."