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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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Australian State starts afresh.

Australian State starts afresh. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Pupil Treehorn:     Why can’t we kids have a test-free, pupil-centred, achievement-oriented, holistic-learning-based-curriculum?  Why? Why? Klein testucators:     Why can’t we have a profit-based, ...
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We should be eliminating standardized testing globally. It might eliminate a lot of excess bureaucratic and technocratic layers in School.

 

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leading and learning: Homework Educational Readings for Creative Educators

leading and learning: Homework Educational Readings for Creative Educators | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is interesting that the etymology of the word administrate comes from the word minister.

 

I wonder if we really need the amount of management we have in our Schools?

 

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Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it.

Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
'Almost every day, I slip food to one of my students. Both of his parents are in prison. Or, one of his parents is in prison and the other is dead. We can’t quite get the full story from him....Where there is money, there is education. Where there isn’t money, there is excessive testing, lack of curricular options, and struggle.'

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This is an interesting and insightful post. We experience this each day in the classroom.

 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 5, 2015 7:39 PM

Heart wrenching & Important.

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Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks

Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By adding a fun, creative element of focus and stillness to a classroom routine, you can help your students learn to appreciate and practice self-regulation.

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One role mindfulness can play in daily work, is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Thich Nhat Hanh provides wonderful insights into this work.

 

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leading and learning: What attitudes towards learning have your students brought with them - what will need to change?

leading and learning: What attitudes towards learning have your students brought with them - what will need to change? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Perhaps, navigating with students is a better word than negotiating. It is different and acknowledges difference in perspective.

 

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Helping Students Fail: A framework for reconceptualizing and learning from "failure"

Helping Students Fail: A framework for reconceptualizing and learning from "failure" | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Helping Students Fail: A Framework

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When we look for meaning, we are looking for what is meaningful to us personally. That is a huge challenge for teachers, because they ave 30 plus students at times all looking for meaning.

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How To Lose Your Best Employees in 10 Easy Steps

How To Lose Your Best Employees in 10 Easy Steps | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What could be more essential to organizational success and the corporate bottom line than talent?
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I experienced several of these in School. We wonder why we cannot keep teachers.

 

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Writing for some seems so difficult in a digital world

Writing for some seems so difficult in a digital world | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings February 4, 2015 Writing for some seems so difficult in a digital world “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” Aldus Huxley In 196...
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There are interesting quotes interspersed within the post. I think writing is different in the digital age, but I am not sure it is more difficult. That might make it harder for some people. There are some who would find writing difficult in any age.

 

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15 Mistakes New Teachers Make (and what I learned making them) - A.J. Juliani

15 Mistakes New Teachers Make (and what I learned making them) - A.J. Juliani | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of new teachers the past three years, and I’ve seen many of the same mistakes I made during my first year teaching repeated over and over. Now, this isn’t to say that I thought teaching was extremely difficult during my first year (I actually loved it …

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The first one is hard to shake. Even veteran teachers stay for too long at School quite often.

 

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camille's curator insight, February 1, 2015 5:46 AM

15 mistake to avoid

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 1, 2015 10:10 AM

Great advice and resources for new teachers...heck, any teacher! 

Andrew Blanco's curator insight, February 5, 2015 10:55 AM

15 mistakes commonly made by new teachers. Reading this will give you helpful insight on what or what not to do

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From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines

From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging routines and in professional...

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Teachers are first amongst equals in classrooms. Their role modeling of learning is essential to the learning of students.

 

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Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, January 27, 2015 6:09 AM

A really wonderful representation of what being digital in this era is all about - learning in the digital era, is more of a contribution rather than a passive absorption of online information. 

veroco's curator insight, February 10, 2015 12:42 PM

Nice vision : the "modern learning" routines => Read - Comment - Write / Watch - Do - Teach / Contribute - Feedback - Grow... 

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 2, 2015 9:34 AM

These thinking routines can help teachers move toward teaching processes for learning rather than content alone.  In the era of ever increasing knowledge, we need to help students learn how to learn.

 

That being said, these routines can also be used as a model for teachers by using them as options for professional development, 

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This May Actually Be The Oldest Profession

This May Actually Be The Oldest Profession | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
All schools are now back in session. How about a shout-out to our valuable Educators worldwide who give themselves away everyday at work. Enjoy.   original graphic: Thoughts For Teachers
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This is a great message about the work teachers do.

 

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development. Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...


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This is another good summary of Maslow.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings - first readings for 2015.'Begin with the end in mind'.

leading and learning: Education Readings - first readings for 2015.'Begin with the end in mind'. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are some good titles to follow up on in this article. Even the word administrator has a different meaning when we look at etymologically. It speaks about ministering to people in our care.

 

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Education Readings February 6th

Education Readings February 6th | 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!   How long before administrators lose touch with the r...
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Two articles of note are the Senge/Goleman one and that pre-school should not be like school. Perhaps, we should be looking at radical change to school over all that would allow us to have school for children as opposed to neo-liberal economic reasons.

 

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32 Quotes On Creativity for Innovation Inspiration

32 Quotes On Creativity for Innovation Inspiration | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The most successful business leaders know creativity is a discipline worth practicing. Enhancing creativity to increase innovation is a worthy investment into the future of your business. Innovation is the lifeblood of today's companies playing in a hyper-competitive, globalized marketplace moving faster than ever. If you want to stay relevant, you need to innovate. And innovation doesn't happen without creativity.
If you're an innovation leader or are interested or a champion of innovation in your enterprise, these 32 quotes from respected thinkers and businesspeople will remind you just how powerful creativity is.


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There are some excellent quotes about creativity i.e. Picasso, de Sainte Expury, Einstein, etc. 

 

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Classroom coaches critical as teachers shift to Common Core

Classroom coaches critical as teachers shift to Common Core | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
To break down the isolation that many teachers experience in their classrooms, California schools are using instructional coaches as a key tool to help teachers adapt their instruction to implement the Common Core standards in math and English language arts.

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I don't see coaching, the external expert and one more layer of bureaucracy as critical. I see teachers working together as essential.

 

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Fostering Women Leaders: A fitness test for your top team

Fostering Women Leaders: A fitness test for your top team | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The challenges are well known: women in business continue to face a formidable gender gap for senior-leadership positions.1 Moreover, there are fewer and fewer women at each step along the path to the C-suite, although they represent a majority of entry-level employees at Fortune 500 companies and outnumber men in college-graduation rates.2 Increasingly, the barriers too are well known: a mix of cultural factors, ingrained mind-sets, and stubborn forms of behavior, including a tendency to tap a much narrower band of women leaders than is possible given the available talent pool.


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If we believe that leading is everyone's work, this is not just a message for the top end. It should be throughout the organization.

 

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Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, February 6, 2015 9:13 AM

Definitivamente se necesita más mujeres en el ámbito tecnológico, de paso que se simplifica el código ;) 

Maggie Lawlor's curator insight, February 7, 2015 4:56 PM

Balanced communities involve both genders, whether that's at work or outside.  We have created an unbalanced world in business and I wonder if this is reflected in the current instability?

Maria Rekrut's curator insight, February 8, 2015 9:34 PM

When you own your own business you don't have to wait for anyone to promote you.  You promote yourself.

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Reading to your child begins at birth, or even before - Kidspot

Reading to your child begins at birth, or even before - Kidspot | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When should you begin reading to your child? This mother and teacher librarian believes reading begins before the child is even born.


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We should read to children. It is not just the reading that is important. It is the relational aspect of what we do with them during those moments.

 

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Why I Think Students Should Cheat | WIRED

Why I Think Students Should Cheat | WIRED | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The benefits of cheating are obvious – improved grades in an environment where failure is not an opportunity for learning, but rather a badge of shame. When students do poorly on a test, there is no reason for students to review their responses because they will likely never be tested on the same thing ever again. The test itself is largely arbitrary and often not meaningful.

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What do we think cheating is? Perhaps, the definition, like so many other things in School, has to be re-thought?

 

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Why few organizations adopt systems thinking

Why few organizations adopt systems thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
RT @SamiHonkonen: New blog post: Why few organizations adopt systems thinking http://t.co/QWb5PHNK7B

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The key to systems thinking is not to overlook the people and their stories.

 

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What is a teacher?

What is a teacher? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

ThiPupil Treehorn:- What’s wrong with a pupil-centred, achievement-focussed, test-free, holistic schooling system ? Why can’t we kids have it? Kleinist Testucator:- What’s wrong with a fear-based, ten...

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This is a powerful question with no easy answer.

 

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Differentiation Is Important 'Because We Teach Students Not Standards'

Differentiation Is Important 'Because We Teach Students Not Standards' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Three well-known educators/authors provide guest responses offering effective ways to differentiate instruction: Regie Routman, Carol Ann Tomlinson, and Laura Robb.

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We do teach students. It makes teaching relational and situational. It is hermeneutic as we read the (con)text we teach within.

 

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Learning About Identity Through Art and Self Portraits - An Art Lesson Plan for F-2 - Australian Curriculum Lessons

Learning About Identity Through Art and Self Portraits - An Art Lesson Plan for F-2 - Australian Curriculum Lessons | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Summary of Lesson Plan: In this lesson plan, students learn to understand who they are in terms of identity and begin to


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I used a poetry activity, both reading and writing, and extended the art work.

 

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A New Priority? Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School

A New Priority? Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A New Priority: Teaching Mindfulness In Elementary School
From a press release
MADISON, Wis. — Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, the prekindergarten students learned their ABCs.

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Mindfulness is important in a world where there are so many distractions and they seem to be increasing.

 

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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Guest blogger Lori Desautels translates Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs into a blueprint for classroom practice that can set the stage with comfort, care and self-reflection to optimize brain-compatible learning.


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Maslow's work is important to teaching and learning.

 

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