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Education Readings September 6th

By Allan Alach Apologies for the delay in posting this - I've been in an internet free world for a few days, at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. Add this place to your bucket list! I welcome ...
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There are good links to articles. The ones which caught my eye were the welcome to the teaching profession and the cult of order. Both deal with the "reformers" who preside over School. Gert Biesta speaks about the idea of order, as well. There are two forms. One is an external ordering and the other an internal ordering which makes sense of the external ordering. Both have to co-exist and be called into question, challenged and (dis)ordered.

 

 

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Explainer: what is casual racism?

Explainer: what is casual racism? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Jacqueline Nelson, University of Western Sydney and Jessica Walton, Deakin University There is nothing casual about racism.

Via Cindy Sullivan, iPamba
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There are instances of racism which do not even register as such they are so ingrained in behaviour and speech. This is problematic in a world where cultures are continuously coming together. John Dewey proposed School as a place where races, ethnicity, and cultures mingled with each other. This means teaching is leading in those ways and being aware of our behaviour and speech.

 

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Motivational Quotes and Inspirational Articles

Motivational Quotes and Inspirational Articles | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Inspiring and Motivational Quotes of various Great persons in various categories. Share the Motivational Quotes easily.

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There are some great links embedded.

 

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Blended Learning Is for Teachers, Too

Blended Learning Is for Teachers, Too | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Innovative professional development initiatives infuse technology with in-person learning to enhance learning experiences for teachers.

Via Alfredo Calderón
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Learning and teaching are one thing that are not one thing. Teaching is always about ethical relationships when done well.

 

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The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners

The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You have no excuse for being bored.

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They are and that is why there are so few.

 

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The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How do you they lead their people well and subsequently bring about change on a global scale? Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris conducted an extensive seven-year global research study that focused on fifteen high-performing organizations i...

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Are the skills, aptitudes, attitudes different than what they were in the 20th Century? I don't think they are. We ignored them and the conditions under which they are taught/learned which are quite oppressive.

 

It is interesting that Michael Fullan has recently suggested pedagogy is the key yet his list is about the mythical, external leader that has never existed rather than the classroom teacher.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, September 5, 2014 10:55 AM

"Creativity, ingenuity, and innovation are the keys to success in today's global economy. To prepare young people for work and life in the 21st century, our teachers must also cultivate students' creativity."


Learn from Dogfish: too much structure and not enough creativity drags down higher education.


And let's not forget the importance of soft skills, which include communication, problem solving, and critical thinking as well as networking and teamwork.

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10 Ways to Say the Right Thing Every Time

10 Ways to Say the Right Thing Every Time | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Powerless is a myth. Something as simple as a raised eyebrow has the power to influence. If leadership is influence, everyone leads. The issue is where. Destruction is easier and faster than constr...

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Powerless is a myth. Power flows and how we use that power is the key to success. An important consideration is not to allow others to dictate the work we do. It is important to realize we are social and live in the world, but abdicating our power is giving up. When we take it back, we are able to speak and act courageously.

 

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, September 5, 2014 9:01 AM

Could this BLOG be used for a group discussion about communication or manners? What else?

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Jeff Bryant: Is There a Néw Conversation in Education?

Jeff Bryant: Is There a Néw Conversation in Education? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Jeff Bryant notices an interesting new phenomenon: Corporate reformers have dropped their triumphalist tone, and now they want to have a "conversation." But the curious aspect to their concept is t...
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As this article points out the conversation is not new. It is the same discussion that has been going on for a long time without classroom teachers' voices included.

 

We should not confuse classroom teachers' voices with administrators who have been out of the classroom for years and those who sprinted through the classroom to become external experts. They may add something to the conversation, but it is not the voice of experiencing the classroom today.

 

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Art is the artist and the artist is the art.

Art is the artist and the artist is the art. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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John Dewey in Art as Experience linked art and the artist. Both art and human forming occur as expressions of something internal responding to the world we live in. Learning is premised on this aesthetic quality. As Dewey pointed out, the opposite is anesthetic deadening the ability to express who we are in our learning and teaching.

 

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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

Via Gust MEES
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I prefer the gerund transforming. It suggests an ongoing process rather than an end which nouns suggest. The rest makes sense.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:24 PM

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.


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The Educator as a Design Thinker

The Educator as a Design Thinker | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
[Note: This was originally written for and posted in the Heinemann Digital Campus. Unlimited access to more articles like this, as well as video clips and full-length books are available on the Hei...

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Is that all teaching is? Are we only designing? What about relationships?

 

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The Teacher Leadership Competencies | CTQ

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This is one of those articles/posts which makes one wonder about teacher-leadership. This has been suggested for years, but my experience is that there is little time and little desire on the part of School experts outside the classroom for real leadership to emerge.

 

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The Manufactured Need

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John K. White writes for CounterPunch: 'In a self-interested society, competition is king and individualism reigns supreme, nowhere more evident than in the world of advertising, which peddles life...
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We have known this for many years through the writing of Marx, Heidegger, Habermas, etc. Is it time to change our ways?

 

Consider that the advertising directed at children and youth is a multibillion dollar industry. What role can School play?

 

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WHAT is outstanding teaching and learning? (1428x2014 pixels)

WHAT is outstanding teaching and learning? (1428x2014 pixels) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A MUST READ!

 


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The feedback point is interesting. It is about information given to students relative to their learning goals. Feedback also means feedback for the teacher. What do we mean by student goals? What does this mean in relationship to curricula-as-plans. It suggests that teaching and learning are part of complex conversations (Pinar) and that the curricula-as-lived (Aoki) are important considerations.

 

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WHAT is outstanding teaching and learning?

A MUST READ!


Learn more:


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


Mark Gittos's curator insight, September 8, 2014 2:56 AM

Very interesting

Educate Massachusetts's curator insight, September 8, 2014 9:27 AM

Organized, clear and easy to read this infographic has important reminders for all of us in the profession of education.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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When I completed my Master's in Education, I used something similar to the 60 second paper and had students reflect on what was important to them in their learning. The most insightful times were when someone said the learning was of little value. That caused me to question what I was doing and rethink the way I taught. Sometimes it worked and other times it did not.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 6, 2014 10:32 AM

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.


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PBS - JOHN GARDNER - EDUCATION AND EXCELLENCE

John Gardner - Uncommon American


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We do not build anything alone. We are always in the company of others. The challenge will be to recognize what we are doing, our shortcomings, and what we need to do together. A first step is not equating School and education as the same thing. Education is a 24/7 proposition. School is a place where some educating might occur.

 

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How the job of a teacher compares around the world

How the job of a teacher compares around the world | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Chinese teachers are treated with the greatest respect, while Finland’s education system offers the best value for money
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Interesting to note that Canada is not on the list.

 

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5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager

5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a manager and a leader? 


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Having experienced the overwhelming pace in School, I think that we lose our way and it becomes easier to manage than lead.

 

I just spent time listening to person who struggles with processing information. It is hard work to listen carefully, not for answers, but just to listen. This makes leading hard work. I could have managed the situation by finishing sentences, which I occasionally did. Listening to children, employees, co-workers, etc. is hard work when we just listen.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 5, 2014 10:47 AM

(From the article): “It’s very easy to praise somebody. It’s easy to give somebody a raise or a good review.” It can be much harder, however, to have the tough conversations.

While admitting that this might sound like a harsh thing to say, Jennifer pointed out that not everyone does an outstanding job all the time. “You’ve got to tell them, and then you’ve got to move on,” she acknowledged.

The Takeaway

Her parting words for the group were filled with encouragement to strive to be a leader and not just a manager. “Learn to inspire and motivate as opposed to dictate,” she said in closing. “At the end of the day, good leaders often don’t do the work but they make you feel like they did.”

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♡ℒฺℴฺνℯฺ♡

♡ℒฺℴฺνℯฺ♡ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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Buenos pensamientos.

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Stay humble and be thankful.

 

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21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers. However, it's almost 2015.  Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that "we don't do technology".  Part of b...

Via Stephanie Sandifer, David R. Perry, Mika Auramo
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I am sure there are more than 21 things. One that jumped out for me was greeting each student daily and listening to them.

 

Not everything is digital which the author points out once in #6. A no-tech day is not just nostalgic. It is about being present in ways we cannot be digitally. A key for teachers will be the ways the integrate various media into their teaching.

 

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Stephanie Sandifer's curator insight, September 4, 2014 10:15 AM

Excellent list of ideas for things to incorporate into your classroom this year!

Matleena Laakso's curator insight, September 6, 2014 1:53 AM

Tässä oli monta hyvää ideaa!

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Thank a Teacher

Thank a Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Take the time to thank a teacher today... In honor of the first day of school, I want to thank all of the teachers that I had in school and all of the teachers in my life.  Being that I was a teach...
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This is an a great way to begin the school year.

 

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Tackling Diversity as a New Teacher

Tackling Diversity as a New Teacher | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Dear New Teacher, As you embark on this new and excitin…
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Derrida's concept of differance may apply here. In French, the word difference (note the spelling difference) and deference are the same. When we encounter difference we defer to it, opening spaces where we can explore the diversity. A second point is that we are not the same ourselves from moment-to-moment. We are always changing, transforming, becoming different ourselves.

 

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Common Core is not the problem, excessive testing is

Common Core is not the problem, excessive testing is | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Having standardization in a global world is not dire or menacing.
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I think both are part of the problem. Bureaucratic standardizing is about testing and sameness. Learning and teaching are about relationships, similarities, and differences.

 

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What is Educational Technology? An Inquiry into the Meaning, Use, and Reciprocity of Technology / Qu’est-ce que la technologie pédagogique ? Un examen de la signification, de l’utilisation et de la...

What is Educational Technology? An Inquiry into the Meaning, Use, and Reciprocity of Technology / Qu’est-ce que la technologie pédagogique ? Un examen de la signification, de l’utilisation et de la... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What is Educational Technology? An Inquiry into the Meaning, Use, and Reciprocity of Technology / Qu’est-ce que la technologie pédagogique ? Un examen de la signification, de l’utilisation et de la réciprocité de la technologie
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We need to step beyond education and examine the relationships we have with digital technologies and, for that matter, all technologies.

 

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What makes a great question? Four things!

What makes a great question?  Four  things! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

To inspire others, managers need to stop directing and start leading. What can managers do differently? It’s simple.  Start by asking great questions. The creative process starts when there’s a void: silence instead of music, a blank canvas, or a great question left hanging in the air. 


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Great questions also include more great questions. They do call for reflection. Although opinion is not the right word, we bring our prejudices with us. Gadamer proposed we want to know that in advance and be aware of the influence they have on our questions. After all, we embody cultural and historical ways of thinking.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 4, 2014 9:41 AM

(From the article): 

What makes a great question?  Four  things:A great question is a question that matters. The person asking truly wants an answer.A great question is neutral. The answer isn’t included in the question.A great question leads to results rather than reflection.A great question is not burdened by opinion or personality.

Ask the right questions, and only the right questions, at the right time. When you do that, you clear the way for your direct report’s self-discovery.

 

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 4, 2014 6:56 PM

Excellent 4 tips. Great leaders ask great questions. Poor leaders only have answers.