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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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More Than Half of America's Millennials Lack Basic Workplace Skills

More Than Half of America's Millennials Lack Basic Workplace Skills | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A new report finds that, despite being more educated than ever before, more than half of US millennials lack proficiency when it comes to applying reading and math skills at the workplace.


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We need to rethink School, but not as part of a neo-liberal economic and political agenda. That is what got Canadian and American School reform into its current quandary.

 

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, February 25, 2015 1:27 PM

Too many reports cite American students falling behind their global peers.  This report rightly mentions that we have been talking Bout school reform for years.  the social and economic gap in our society continues fueled by inequity in educational outcomes.  Perhaps it is time to talk about a revolution in education rather than reform.  We need new frameworks in poverty schools--creative problem solving by educators that will create a vision of providing all students the skills needed for a changed world

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Going full circle - employers expect new graduate-employees to have artisan skills

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives.

Via Gust MEES, Robert Hubert
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I wonder if this is what Derrida had in mind when he used the word deconstructed?

 

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Andrew J Gibson's curator insight, March 2, 2016 12:17 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


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


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


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


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


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


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests...
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This is an excellent article with great quotes from Chomsky.

 

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Dreams

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“True that.  #DreamsToReality”

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Paulo Coehlo quotes are thoughtful and point us in great directions.

 

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Justifying Your Role as Teacher Librarian

Justifying Your Role as Teacher Librarian | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The profession of Teacher Librarian could be currently called endangered. In Australia, the death knoll is ringing especially in public schools.


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It is not only Australia that the death knell of this role is being sounded. It is happening in Alberta or perhaps has already happened. We should not have to justify a role that makes sense to everyone, but the ones running our Schools.

 

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How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it.

How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Presenting is an essential skill for communicating research, but unfortunately it is not a skill researchers get much guidance on. Sarah Knowles pulls together some general advice on giving an enga...

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A well-thought out article with solid criteria.

 

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Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com

Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here are some of the many ways that I use LEGO to boost engagement while introducing my students to a wide range of math concepts.

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Lego are for play time and play is good for learning.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings

leading and learning: Education Readings | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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What do we mean by personalized learning? If it is, as it often is, just another way of shifting deck chairs then it fails. If it is teachers working with students understanding the Dewey quote suggesting education is life itself, then we have a chance.

 

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Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom?

Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A motto is a powerful way for teachers to encapsulate the principles, values, and ideals which guide them in their daily decisions.

Via juandoming
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What we need to do is begin with a pedagogic creed, similar to Dewey and work from there. The creed represents the touchstone we can use to make sure our motto continues to evolve and grow in our work.

 

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Best Advice: Never Assume People Are Motivated by the Same Things You Are

Best Advice: Never Assume People Are Motivated by the Same Things You Are | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In this series, professionals share the words of wisdom that made all the difference in their lives.


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This should be the first rule of teaching.

 

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The Gallatin! A Self-Indulgent Piece on Wilderness.

The Gallatin! A Self-Indulgent Piece on Wilderness. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Voices from the Prairie, the regional literary anthology I co-edited with Kristi Rendahl, is in the hands of the printer. I am hopelessly impatient, so to cope with this minor problem, I have poste...
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Modern wilderness is a social construct, but much of how we experience the world, as observers, is similar. We stand outside the world, outside nature and act as observers. Philosophers i.e. Butler, Ranciere, Heidegger, etc. have argued we need to be more aware of the permeability of boundaries and the inner/reverse side--those things we do not see, but know are there. The late Arne Naess argued this in his work about deep ecology, but could the same not be argued about living more generally.

 

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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The memory researcher's guide to studying.

Via Ressources pour les cours d'anglais
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Certainly, re-reading is inefficient, but it depends on the purpose. When we are looking for the deepest meaning, re-reading serves a purpose that other methods may not.

 

 

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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 19, 2015 10:51 AM

Article très intéressant ! Bien souvent, nos élèves ne font que relire leur cours. Pour les amener à travailler leur mémoire à long terme, nous devrions leur demander de se poser des questions comme "pourquoi", "comment" ou "qu'est-ce"

Nous pouvons leur demander de créer des flash-cards, des diagrammes, des cartes mentales. Cela permet véritablement à l'élève de créer des liens et de vérifier sa compréhension.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, February 19, 2015 8:47 PM

I like to encourage the use of mind-mapping tools and flow-chart representations when being delivered content. For the last twelve months I have focused on using my mini tablet as my main recording tool in doing this - this article had me reflecting on why I was finding this methodology so useful.  

Agnes Ng's curator insight, February 27, 2015 7:51 AM

Useful tips for studying smarter. Apply these tips!

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Professional Reading

Professional Reading | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Treehorn:           Why can’t we kids have a pupil-centred, achievement-oriented, shared-evaluation as part of the learning process, holistic-learning-based-curriculum?  Why? Why?Why? Testucator:  ...
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There are excellent points made along with a link to some reading materials. The first point about treating teachers with respect and dignity extends to those managing Schools.

 

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Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.

Via Sandeep Gautam, Jose Luis Yañez
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There are links which will take some exploring in reading and reflecting upon this interesting article.

 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 25, 2015 10:11 AM

Love the neuroscientist insights of Alice in wonderland!

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, February 26, 2015 11:22 AM

5 revelaciones sobre el cerebro en "Alicia en el País de las Maravillas" de L. Carrol: Micropsias y macropsias, los múltiples cambios de forma,( metamorfosis), relaciones en el significado de las palabras,  memoria para anticipaciones ("recuerdos del futuro") y pensar en lo imposible. Los Boys scouts creo que afirman: "Imposible es aquello que se logra después"

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.


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"According to Jackie Gerstein, teachers, like the students they teach, can learn to develop a growth mindset, but this requires careful planning by school management."

 

Are we including teachers in this work or is it just something being downloaded by School managers?

 

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The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains

The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Neurologist Judy Willis explores what kinds of homework help students at different stages of development and just how long out-of-hours work should take

Via Cindy Riley Klages
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"Computer-assisted learning cannot replace good teaching: it is only from teachers that students can experience rich interactive learning and build conceptual understanding."

 

Good teaching is about figuring out how children learn best and actively working with students in this way.

 

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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative - TeachThought

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative - TeachThought | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.

For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students.

So how do you get there? Here are some tips that can help you get creative in the classroom in a variety of ways.


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Even though the list is long, it is likely incomplete. That is the reality of teaching. No list is ever complete.

 

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The Future Shapers's curator insight, February 25, 2015 3:16 AM

If we teachers themselves don't use creativity how will we inspire and develop creativity in children. Our future leaders and employees need to be able to innovate, if they can't? Find out how The Future Shapers 'Enable' leaders to drive innovation...

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Trying these!

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Incessant Prediction for Education Reform: "bad things will happen"

Incessant Prediction for Education Reform: "bad things will happen" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Prescient then and now, Joanne Yatvin's minority report as part of the National Reading Panel is a must read (scroll to about page 444), and regretfully can be applied to every aspect of the enduri...
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Reform is not just about what is dictated from external sources. It emerges from the work teachers do each day in the classroom.

 

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How to Build Trust in Schools

How to Build Trust in Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Instead of incapacitating people's ability to problem-solve or try new ideas -- which is what fear does to us -- research on school reform strongly suggests that policy-makers should be encouraging school leaders to take a more humane approach. In their seminal 2002 study on the reform efforts of 12 Chicago public schools, authors Anthony Bryk and Barbara Schneider found that enabling positive social relationships between the adults was the key to successful school improvement -- and that trust was at the heart of those relationships.


Via Patti Kinney, Dean J. Fusto, Lynnette Van Dyke
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The inclusion of Parker Palmer's work is important. It is hard work, but it provides a foundation upon which we share and trust can grow. Trust does not happen because a colleague or School manager says, "Trust me." It is earned and takes time.

 

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The Moments

The Moments | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Live in the moment :-) by Stephanie Carls on Insta.

 

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Mindfulness at its best.

 

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Is Connectivism A New Learning Theory Based on Old Ideas? ~ Stephen's Web

Is Connectivism A New Learning Theory Based on Old Ideas? ~ Stephen's Web | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects

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New theories are based on something that preceded them otherwise they flounder and sink.

 

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margot roi's curator insight, February 21, 2015 11:22 AM

Connections create the visualization of ideas.

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Growth mindset: What interventions might work and what probably won’t?

The claim that there are attributional differences between pupils which can affect their experience of school and their academic outcomes is well supported. You can read a bit more about some of the psychology behind the idea of a ‘growth mindset’ here: Growth Mindset: It’s not magic However, accepting that these key attributional variables exist still leaves at least two important questions that school leaders and teachers should be asking before seeking to implement ‘growth mindset’ interventions in schools.


Via Patti Kinney, Nancy J. Herr
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The key might be to understand that changing mindsets is not a linear, predictable process. It is likely to be messy and uncertain like much good work.

 

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leading and learning: Keeping alive the spirit of John Dewey -enuf of Henry Ford!

leading and learning: Keeping alive the spirit of John Dewey -enuf of Henry Ford! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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John Dewey's thinking about education is hard work. We tend to shrink it down to project-based-learning and some easy catch phrase.

 

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Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane

Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Who cares about high stakes testing? We want to put the magic in teaching.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , The Rice Process
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Putting the magic back in teaching suggest a need for teachers to find their voice. Teaching is a calling and, when we are so busy we cannot pause and reflect for a moment, we do not hear the call.

 

 

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Education Readings February 20th

Education Readings February 20th | 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 allan.alach@ihug.co.nz. This week’s homework!   The Pupil in the Middle of Your Eye This article by ...
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What do we mean when we say personalized learning? This is a worthwhile article to read and consider.

 

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