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Deborah Baillesderr

Small Acts That Change the World | KindSpring.org - 57 views

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    Teaching our students kindness.
thebda

Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix | MindShift - 48 views

  • “We tell a story about the power of learning that is very different from what we practice in traditional models of school
  • If we really want children to grow up to become self-reliant and reach their full potential, “we would be doing something very different in schools. We live in a state of cognitive dissonance.”
  • “What are most kids getting out of 12 years of school?” he asks. “The honest answer is they’re learning how to follow
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  • The reason so many adults find the situation tolerable, he says, may stem from the fact that they experience little control over their own lives. Additionally, they themselves are products of the system
  • For models of healthier ways to frame education, Hargadon suggests looking to food and libraries. “No one says that from age six to 17, we will give you all the same food, at the same time, regardless of your individual circumstances or needs,”
  • “In some ways, traditional schools have co-opted a lot of traditional parental responsibilities,” he says. “That’s really unhealthy,
  • Recognizing the different needs of every student, and the desire to help each one become personally competent as a learner and find productive things to do in life—that won’t happen online.”
  • Technology can support a transformation, but it’s not a silver bullet
  • one way change agents get tripped up is by promoting a particular model, rather than a process by which people can develop (or adopt) models
  • “Living in a democracy means involving people in decision making,” Hargadon says. “You can’t just create a new system to implement top down; you have to provide the opportunity to talk about it and build it constructively.”
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    "How do you tell a story that opens the door to rethinking what people have believed for decades?" Thoughtful piece on changing our paradigm.
Jennie Snyder

Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread? : The New Yorker - 37 views

  • But, step by step, Sister Seema had helped her to do it. “She showed me how to get things done practically,” the nurse said.
  • “Why did you listen to her?” I asked. “She had only a fraction of your experience.”
  • “It wasn’t like talking to someone who was trying to find mistakes,” she said. “It was like talking to a friend.”
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    Great article on why some innovations spread quickly and others take more time. 
Sam Boswell

National School Improvement Tool | ACER - 35 views

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    National school improvement tool - Geoff Masters research (ACER)
Roland Gesthuizen

Coaching: Ten Essential Ideas | Powerful Learning Practice - 6 views

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    "During the past several weeks, ten essential ideas, so far, have emerged for me that ARE the difference that MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.  Let's take a look at them."
Don Doehla

SmartBlog on Education - Small changes are not small change - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlo... - 25 views

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    Is change hard? Is change easy? The answer to both of those questions is "yes."

    If you reflect upon all that is done to "change" schools, you would probably think that policymakers think change is hard - very hard. Think of all the initiatives that are launched every day to change schools: new tests, new curriculum, new evaluation systems, new laws, policies and regulations. When all of these, however, fail to change schools, the people who develop these change initiatives end up thinking that the change initiatives just have to be bigger, stronger and more tightly managed.
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    Is change hard? Is change easy? The answer to both of those questions is "yes."

    If you reflect upon all that is done to "change" schools, you would probably think that policymakers think change is hard - very hard. Think of all the initiatives that are launched every day to change schools: new tests, new curriculum, new evaluation systems, new laws, policies and regulations. When all of these, however, fail to change schools, the people who develop these change initiatives end up thinking that the change initiatives just have to be bigger, stronger and more tightly managed.
Steve Ransom

Peter T. Coleman, PhD: The Consequences of Our Games - 2 views

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    A great piece worth the time to reflect on. Mindfulness needs to be practiced frequently.
alexis alexander

How to Save College | The Awl - 23 views

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    "I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as usual in higher ed. In that piece, I compared the people running colleges today to music industry executives in the age of Napster. (This was not a flattering comparison.) Aaron Bady, a cultural critic and doctoral candidate at Berkeley, objected. I replied to Bady, one thing led to another, the slippery slope was slupped, and Maria Bustillos ended up refereeing the whole thing here on The Awl."
Roland Gesthuizen

Resistance: A Productive Beginning for Change - The People Equation - by Jennifer V. Mi... - 2 views

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    "When people question a change, they are demonstrating an interest in the business and their role in it. They may not understand the reason for the change and the benefits it will provide, or may have a different perspective based on facts and experiences that are unknown to the leader. Either way, resistance is the beginning of a conversation about what is best for the business. It also is an opportunity to energize people about a new and exciting future. Here are five ways to overcome resistance to change:"
Jennie Snyder

Building the Culture of an Empowered Mindset Towards Technology Innovation | The Princi... - 23 views

  • In this work, I have realized how truly important the role of principal is in building, not only in creating a positive culture, but an innovative one.  
  • Often times, as the principal goes, so does the culture of the school.
  • It is unlikely for an entire school to be “pushing the edge” if the principal or administrative team is not helping to pave the way for their community as they learn alongside of them.
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  • o create a visual that discusses the correlation of the school mindset on technology innovation in learning, and the alignment it has with administrator support, professional development, and the corresponding hardware/infrastructure within the school/classroom.  
Jennie Snyder

Change Depends on Something More than Shiny iGadgets [SLIDE] | The Tempered Radical - 24 views

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    Another important reminder that vision is more important than simply purchasing new devices. Great post by Bill Ferriter.
psmiley

Leading Change - Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - 34 views

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    Building your PLN
Steve Ransom

Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers - and transforms elementary school... - 62 views

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    Funny... when you treat children with dignity and create beauty around them, they tend NOT to act like criminals. Create a school environment that's like a prison, and...
Stephane Crete

the positive edtech contaminator | Inner conversations about education, technology and ... - 0 views

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    Why PD throughtPNL's is essential
psmiley

- From the Principal's Office: Autonomy Breeds Change - 31 views

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    For administrators - try freedom
Kelsey Vroomunn

Infographic: Managing Complex change - Chimera EDUCATION - 0 views

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    An infographic describing successful change management based on Knoster's "Managing Complex Change"
L Carter

Climate Change is Simple - Causes and Effects - 52 views

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    David Roberts, Grist.org,
    David Roberts at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege
    TEDxTalks 69,027 views
Roland Gesthuizen

Lollipop moments | SCOTT DUNCAN - 45 views

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    "As we start the new school year this really got me thinking about the conversations we have with students, about the conversations we have through Twitter and PD and at TeachMeets and the power of these to change a persons practice or thinking."
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