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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Myths in Education, or How Bad Teaching Is Encouraged

Myths in Education, or How Bad Teaching Is Encouraged | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Education theories and research. Mostly.

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Perhaos good teachers teach the wrong things supported by entrenched myths too well. We need a new leadership process that includes teachers, students, and the community schools serve.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 17, 2016 6:36 PM

For the last time, there's no such thing as a "learning style." Big thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 20, 2016 7:41 AM
A lire pour les pédagogues parmi nous. Entre autres, il n'existe pas quelque chose comme le cerveau gauche et droit ! Lisez l'article. De plus en plus d'études montrent qu’une des deux parties peut reprendre l'activité de l'autre partie. C'est une théorie qui date des années 1800.
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Why Feedback Should Come in the Middle, Not at the End - InformED

Why Feedback Should Come in the Middle, Not at the End - InformED | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Traditionally, we give and receive feedback at the end of projects, assignments, and units. But is this the best way to ensure progress? Researchers are saying it’s not, especially when it comes to encouraging creativity. For optimal academic achievement, teachers and students should consider placing feedback somewhere in the middle. In their study, “


Via Elizabeth E Charles, Miloš Bajčetić, Stephania Savva, Ph.D, Sabrina M. Budel, malek
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Feedback is an ongoing process.
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 17, 2016 1:50 PM
To help your students learn from the feedback, consider adding a "draft" sometime in the middle of your time period allowing for constructive feedback to inform the project rather than helping for only future assignments.
Amanda Chisholm's curator insight, May 19, 2016 5:51 AM
This is something that I am now going to consider when planning my units/lessons. 
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Big Brains, Small Minds

Big Brains, Small Minds | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

If we treat the contemplation of the best life as a luxury we cannot afford, seemingly urgent matters will crowd out the truly important ones.

"If the aim of education is to gain money and power, where can we turn for help in knowing what to do with that money and power? Plato knew this firsthand. He had watched as ambition, tied to technological superiority, had led his fellow Athenians to engage in a number of poorly conceived military campaigns, the last of which had allowed the Spartans to lay siege to Athens. In the face of such a ruthless foe, Athens did what any wealthy democracy would do: It built a wall around itself. Some of the walls of the Peloponnesian War are still visible, hastily built out of whatever the Athenians could lay hands on — the remnants of roofs and doorposts — suggesting that some buildings were torn down to make them. That is instructive, if not cautionary. It is often the case that in our attempts to guard ourselves we destroy the very things that we long to protect. Identifying and negotiating these paradoxes is the stuff of a liberal-arts education."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
The article blends Plato and Aristotle. Education is a much broader concept than schooling and school is merely one component. To ask questions in ways that open conversations up and keep them open is a key to all forms of education, including school.
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Sharrock's curator insight, May 16, 2016 9:43 AM
I find that the same argument can be made about dogmatic atheists rejecting religious knowledge. There is a wealth of information available concerning dignity, happiness, meaningful living, ethics and morality (to name just a few). A lot of heavy lifting has already been done. Combining these ideas with religiously-motivated philosophy may advance our understanding of dignity which drives many discussions about rights and culture-building. 
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What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated? (**)

What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated - Alfie Kohn
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This article fits with the one I just curated from Elke. The question is important as it takes us beyond just the schooling we receive and what that means.
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Responsible communication #leadership: putting employees first

Responsible communication #leadership: putting employees first | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Dr Kevin Ruck Following the financial crisis in 2008, management thinkers and others have rightly questioned the role of business leaders in society. Often fingers point at business schools, reg…
Via Fernanda Grimaldi, Ricard Lloria
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Transformational and servant leadership are important. Being responsible as a leader and putting employees first is part of those models. When we reduce anything to catch phrases, we reveal the darkside. Being a leader requires being mindful, attentive, and tactful in listening and sensing what is happening. Organizations, themselves, do not take care of people. People take care of people.
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More people are internally displaced than ever before, and these are the countries worst affected

More people are internally displaced than ever before, and these are the countries worst affected | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The number of people uprooted inside their own countries by war and violence hit a record in 2015, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Via Suvi Salo
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This is the most important issue of our era and is not solvable by closing borders as some political types would have us believe.
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Personalize Learning: Making the Shift to "Our" Classroom

Personalize Learning: Making the Shift to "Our" Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Brian Anton, high school social studies teacher, shares how he had to change so his learners could drive their learning.

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Dean J. Fusto
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Sharing the classroom is important for student and teacher voice to emerge. Taking it one step further, what if teacher voice were encouraged in schools?
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Robert Dart's curator insight, May 15, 2016 8:19 PM
Must investigate further
Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, May 22, 2016 10:26 AM
Kathleen McClaskey's insight: Brian shares how he transformed his classroom to a learner-centered environment and what happened in the process with his learners. Here is a glimpse of his journey: "As teachers, it is difficult to let go of control and to let our learners find the best ways for them to achieve content and curriculum goals. To be clear, our role in the classroom needs to change, and I think the trend in education is moving the correct direction--achieving and creating a learner-driven, personalized atmosphere is the key. Providing learners with the tools to succeed should be the goal, and we should focus on allowing them to use those tools in the way that works best individually. Instead of providing the blueprint for learners to achieve a goal, educators should be allowing and guiding them in designing, developing, and implementing their plan for accomplishing it. When this happens, drastic changes take place regarding engagement in our classrooms and ownership of learning appears, leading to a higher level of achievement."
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Education is an important area of life that effects areas of an individual life that  last life time and only testing which reveals the current education level and not the previous years be they educationally successful or not because the present status of education and all the needed services and programs needed for the students education success on his or her current education level for success cannot be determined by usage of former education info.

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What the Greatest Coach Can Teach Us

What the Greatest Coach Can Teach Us | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As a former high school English teacher, John Wooden always thought of himself as a teacher rather than a coach, and the basketball court was his classroom. He championed teaching, believing that it contributes more to society than any other profession. His teams dominated college basketball throughout the 1960s and 70s, accomplishing an incredible run of 10…
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John Wooden's book They Call Coach is a worthwhile read for teachers, parents, and coaches. What could supposed leaders learn from this great coach and person?
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Resisting The Corporate University: What It Means To Be A 'Slow Professor'

Resisting The Corporate University: What It Means To Be A 'Slow Professor' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
College teachers are often stressed and demoralized, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, and a new book on the corporate university provides startling answers as to why.
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Although the article is about univesities, this idea of corporatizing schools filters down into K-12.
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Education Readings May 13th

Education Readings May 13th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz The scientific case for doodling while taking notes As I noted last week, Tony Buzan will be saying ‘I told you.’ “Using simple words and pictures helps us to see connections between pieces of information,…
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
The interview with Pasi Salhberg is interesting. The question that leads to him expanding on Big Data in schooling is worth reading and let soak in. It is about standardizing what teachers do and bypassing details that tell us about who we educate and the relationships teaching is founded on.
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Instructional Differences Between Pedagogy vs. Andragogy

Instructional Differences Between Pedagogy vs. Andragogy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Administrators and educators need to use appropriate and effective instructional techniques for andragogy and pedagogy, whether in person or online.

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Miloš Bajčetić
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This is an important distinction.
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Reflection: A Tool for Assessment, Empowerment, and Self-Awareness

Reflection: A Tool for Assessment, Empowerment, and Self-Awareness | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Through being reflective about your own teaching practices, model and guide students toward a more reflective approach to their projects, grades, actions, and reactions.

Via Amy Burns
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
As I interview teachers, the role of reflection is very important to their pedagogic practices. It takes on many different modes: writing, driving to and from work, listening purposefully, etc. It is not a one-size-fits-all.
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What if young people designed their own learning?

What if young people designed their own learning? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our education system fails to amplify students' creativity and interest in learning. To continue along the current path is increasingly unscientific, unjustifiable and plain dull.

Via Peter Mellow, Suvi Salo
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
It is important to include students in their learning. The challenge is that many teachers feel excluded so what does that mean?
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 11, 2016 6:23 PM

Cool stuff! Thanks to Juan Doming.

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Twelve questions to promote self-knowledge in students

Twelve questions to promote self-knowledge in students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"What is self-knowledge, and what is the relationship between it and education? Twelve questions can help make the connection ..."


Via Leona Ungerer, Vicki Moro
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
If we apply a servant-leadership way of understanding teaching, the objective of teaching becomes students who grow, become wiser, and are always learning in meaningful ways that make the world a better place.
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Kathleen Petrie's curator insight, May 18, 2016 3:42 AM
A list of simple questions that students can ask themselves.  
Megan Walker's curator insight, May 25, 2016 12:47 AM
12 questions for students that can possibly help enhance their potential in and out of the classroom.
Megan Walker's comment, May 25, 2016 12:57 AM
This is not only beneficial for students, but for anyone. If genuine thought was put into answering these questions on a regular basis, we can all strongly enhance our knowledge and learn on a whole new level.
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leading and learning: Michael Fullan in 'Rich Seams' an educational transformation? and Pearson's role in education

leading and learning: Michael Fullan in 'Rich Seams' an educational transformation? and Pearson's role in education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
I agree we are overdue for transforming schools, but that is not an abstract exercise undertaken by those furthest away from classrooms. Pedagogy and pedagogic relationships are the most important parts of transforming teaching and learning. Having said this, with schools that look and feel much like they did 20 and 40 years ago we need leadership that works with teachers and students in honest ways. Corporatizing schools and quick fix solutions are not the answer.
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Good Schools, Bad Schools: More Codes that Blind

On the first class of my May X course on educational documentaries, we watched the short and really powerful film Crenshaw by Lena Jackson. The film introduces students to many of the key patterns of educational reform over the last thirty-plus years, including how we talk politically and publicly about good schools and bad schools…
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
In Edmonton and Alberta, we close schools for non-political reasons or so we claim. When we close schools and remove them from the community they are embedded in, we eliminate a potential place for community members to gather.
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Are you well educated?

Are you well educated? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In a conversation with my Mum yesterday I found myself dismissing the achievements/experiences of my Canadian diploma in Business Admin - Information Systems and my years of tertiary teaching.  In context, this was simply because the Queensland College of Teachers told me 2 years ago that my education and work experience "meant nothing" when applying for the 1 year…
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
This post points us towards a broader understanding and description of education, which moves us past confining it to schooling and qualifications received from that source. Education is made up of all our experiences and how we make sense of them. What does it mean to be educated? That is a great question we should ask frequently.
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Radical Wisdom for a Company, a School, a Life

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
His book Maverick is a great read. He proposes sitting together, talking with each other, and listening to each other. The corporate rules are 21 captioned cartoons.
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David Hain's curator insight, December 4, 2015 8:06 AM

Required viewing to make you think, even if you don't go a quarter as far as Semler has!

Hector Cortez's curator insight, March 23, 2016 12:19 AM

Required viewing to make you think, even if you don't go a quarter as far as Semler has!

David Hain's curator insight, May 14, 2016 6:35 AM

All leaders should review Semlers work, even if they disagree with it!

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias Is Key to Building an Inclusive Team

Overcoming Unconscious Bias Is Key to Building an Inclusive Team | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
HR pros recognize an unconscious bias as a driving factor underlying homogenous workforces.

Via Anne Leong, Dean J. Fusto
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Diversity is important. It allows new ideas to be brought forward and shared. Gadamer suggested eloquent questions that allowed us to question are biases and making us aware of them. Teams retain an implicit and explict hierarchy. Community, although it can have hierarchy, is about what we hold in common and communicating with each other. Dewey used that as a base from which to work from.
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leading and learning: Grit/ Pasi Salberg/ Literacy/ Finland/Coding/Smart Schools

leading and learning: Grit/ Pasi Salberg/ Literacy/ Finland/Coding/Smart Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
The article about pictures being conversation starters struck a chord. An art teacher recently told me she used art and images to teach history through art.
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Survey: Teaching demands taking toll on educators

Survey: Teaching demands taking toll on educators | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new survey reveals teachers are concerned and frustrated with shifting policies, an outsized focus on testing and a lack of voice in decision-making. 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Although this is an American study, I think it applies more broadly. There is a need to look at local contexts, but, but when I invite teachers to interview, the shifting pedagogic landscape, lack of time, and lack of voice are expressed.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 13, 2016 6:54 PM

Didn't need a survey to know this! Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine.

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Leadership and Trust | Leadership Learning Community

Leadership and Trust | Leadership Learning Community | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Trust comes up a lot these days in conversations about leadership, and especially in conversations about networks.  Recently I heard it mentioned numerous times in a recent SSIR webinar, The Network Leader Roadmap, definitely worth a listen.

Via Anne Leong, Pavel Barta, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Joseph Stiglitz links a decline in trust to staggering inequality (from the post). For example, although they are teachers, school managers and executive elevate themselves beyond classroom teachers and distance themselves for those experiences.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 8, 2016 9:51 AM
When we have organizations that are focused on management and conflate leadership with management, control becomes a necessity. Listening to people and supporting them are important in organizations.
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Slaying the Procrastination Demon in Your Organization 

Slaying the Procrastination Demon in Your Organization  | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Really Lies Behind the Procrastination?

Via donhornsby
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There is a need to be attentive and present to the task at hand. In a world filled with distractions, it is easy to become sidetracked.
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donhornsby's curator insight, May 12, 2016 9:46 AM
(From the article): So, how do you slay the procrastination demon in your organization? As a leader, you must help people overcome any fear that may be preventing them from taking action. Teach them to block tasks together, scheduling small chunks of time where they allow for brief periods of distraction before getting back on task without interruption. Clearly communicate direction to your employees, work together to develop a plan that is broken down into milestones, and then hold people accountable for sticking to the plan. Don’t allow important tasks to get buried underneath layers of busy work. Help employees to recognize when procrastination has become a habit. Set clear objectives and timelines to keep employees on task and on target. Educate employees and managers about the symptoms, causes, and consequences of persistent procrastination. Has it become a habit? Get started today and slay the demon.
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Teaching comes with great power

Teaching comes with great power | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Many attribute the quote: “With great power comes great responsibility” to Spiderman or more specifically his Uncle Ben. Stan Lee wrote the comic, and originally it showed up in a narra…
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Teaching remains important. It provides the human contact and relationships that instrumental methods (i.e. computers, books, curriculum guides, etc.) cannot. Pedagogy remains central to teaching and learning.
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The Mindful Child - NYTimes.com

The Mindful Child - NYTimes.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Jenny Ebermann
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The mindful teacher and parent (both pedagogues) are helpful modesl for mindful children.
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