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  1. ProducerCityVP Manjit

    CityVP Manjit

    18/11/2016
    The International Mind
    The International MindOne does not have to belong to something in order to belong when we already belong to life.  Yet those who have created a stable rooted existence can stop venturing as thinkers because the day-to-day routines and busyness of life takes over.  Those...
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    CityVP Manjit
    18/11/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit
    #1 Absolutely @Ali Anani and the best part is that there are absolute hidden gems in the international students community that make them and their experiences reveal fascinating lives and minds - I look forward to discovering them in my own college, which is a part of my offline learning journey i.e. treating the college as a complete learning system and not just an academic pursuit. I will get back to the Positive Side of Negative Emotions later on today. This morning I need to set up the theme for our next Toastmasters club meeting on Thursday as I mentioned in our earlier communication. Look forward to reading your buzz !
    Ali Anani
    18/11/2016 #1 Ali Anani
    @CityVP Manjit- I love the way you described international students programs and the exposure the students get. Sometime, like you said, we don't have to travel and the world travels for us (I may call this reverse traveling). This happens one students from different parts of this world meet together for extended times. They get know different cultures in one pot.
  2. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    15/11/2016
    The Last Bastion: Changing Our Schools
    The Last Bastion: Changing Our SchoolsI wrote this post on my blog around 5 years ago.Sadly, it's still very germane for most of the schools I encounter.There are pockets of excellence (like the school I am part of), but...Let's see if it resonates with you my...
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    Kevin Pashuk
    15/11/2016 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    #6 Great Harvey! Keep me posted.
    Harvey Lloyd
    15/11/2016 #6 Harvey Lloyd
    @Kevin Pashuk i found the whole video on youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDjh4l-VHo. I wanted to personally thank you for this post. The team is now reviewing the video for a meeting tomorrow with community leaders in how we can introduce our high school to innovative processes that help the city. I have downloaded the book also.

    We will see how this goes.
    Kevin Pashuk
    15/11/2016 #5 Kevin Pashuk
    #4 Thanks Harvey. I'll count you among the 'thousands' that are working to reform the system.
    Harvey Lloyd
    15/11/2016 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    Not only relevant but a mandate, @Kevin Pashuk. Having followed a similar path of educational boredom in my youth we work with students with disabilities. 90 % of our time is spent on academic achievements while these students can't socially function in society in a productive way.

    I have found that a little knowledge used effectively is better than lots of knowledge that isn't used. "Agility and adaptability" the ability to take knowledge and generalize it into your current situation, simple in saying, but lost on most.

    My two daughters went through the system. There first four years out of school was adapting to real life. The Rodney Dangerfield, "Back to School" sort of life.

    The juggernaut called education is a beast of many heads and talons. It is very much self-regenerating as folks try and adapt to the new world in which we live. In the one room school house era we had a purpose. Maybe its time we sat back and redefined the purpose. Clearly, knowledge is not the end game. Google and other resources have placed knowledge at our fingertips.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    15/11/2016 #3 Tausif Mundrawala
    #2 Absolutely. An interactive environment does the needful which could replace the archaic practice of concentrating only on brighter students and leaving aside the average ones.
    Kevin Pashuk
    15/11/2016 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    #1 Thanks Tausif. It is one thing to say that we should have individualized learning and another to try and deliver it to a room of 30 students with only one teacher. That is the transformation that can be enabled by technology.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    15/11/2016 #1 Tausif Mundrawala
    I thinks one-size-fits-all attitude doesn't work in education as well. A parent should understand the nature of their child and what interests them. Some like to read whereas some learn from illustrations and videos, while some opt for educating their kids in any adventurous way in the form of quizzes and games. This subject is closest to my heart as anyone who is contributing towards someone's intellectual development is actually building an entire universe for that person. Kudos to you, Kevin, for bringing forth this subject.
  3. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    10/11/2016
    Between Mysticism and Reality – The Realm of Imagination
    Between Mysticism and Reality – The Realm of ImaginationThis post was inspired by three disconnected, yet in my fertile mind, related things. The first was a recent post by Phil Friedman on Mysticism vs. Rationality (On Forcing Perception to fit Preconception). The second was a quote from a...
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    Lisa Gallagher
    13/11/2016 #55 Lisa Gallagher
    #54 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, if you write a buzz about this please tag me, I love your stories! This was great.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #54 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #53 Dear Phil, I would not take offence no matter what you would say for my incredulity too knew no bounds; and each time i met such folks it only increased my bewilderment and instilled a sense of acceptance of waves and frequencies (that is the word some used) which were simply beyond my ken. I spent quality time poking, provoking, testing, cross-checking and talking to them at length. I actually wanted to do a small book on my experiences with these amazing people, but had trouble deploying reason on their prowess. Barring their reticence, they allowed me to frisk them, remove all gadgets etc from their person...but they would just close their eyes, meditate and tell it like it is! One person would talk to a small stick, keeping it to his ear as if he was on long distance call and ask someone at some other wooden end! Did i feel like a fool! Were they laughing at me! One even offered to teach me, but backed off when i said I was married :) (what was that about?)...these are my experiences and not just claims Phil. Some of these folks are still around. But I no longer mess around with them. But I sure will write about some of the encounters and share them just for the interest factor. Thank you for your response.
    Phil Friedman
    13/11/2016 #53 Phil Friedman
    #51 Praveen, with all due respect, I am incredulous, particularly because you claim involves your having personally encountered "many mystics" with such powers. It is such a controversial subject that, if you had personal encounters with a great number of such Mystics with such powers, I would have expected a full blown scientific study of the encounters, for documentation of circumstances and repeatability. And what a marvelous thing it would be to establish the truth of such claims once and for all,
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #51 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #12 Dear Phil, Intuition has also been defined as 'the direct perception of knowledge'' without tools of reason or empiricism aiding that perception. I have personally encountered mystics (many) who have been able to read the thoughts of a total stranger (who I knew well) 1500 kilometers away, just upon being provided the person's full name. I even called that person after this meeting with the mystic to verify the same. While the thought of the stranger itself was unusual the fact that someone so remote could access that exact thought was simply stupefying! Am as puzzled about it today as I was then. When i asked how he could do such a thing, that rustic mystic just smiled and said practice and mentioned some process that involved investing firstly belief, and a lot of sustained effort. I assume there must be some higher science to it involving physics, near-instantaneous travel, and so on! ;)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #50 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Great thoughts dear Kev. Questioning, reasoning, wondering, dreaming, postulating etc., is everyone's prerogative. It is forcing perception to fit pre-conception (in a recent instance some folks mistakenly forced their perceptions and assumed a bee was building a cult - when it was not so - and started a long thread that was based on a wrong assumption! We were light-years away from a breakthrough there actually ;). It really hurt a lot of enthusiastic, curious and wondering minds who were developing a wonderful rapport with each other. Things could have been reasonably resolved in an offline mode as most of it was technical and beyond the Ken of even perhaps a Boddie! ;) (No offence meant to our dear Wandering Aengus there :). It was a kind of in-hive inter-group talk that was rudely intruded upon sort of :) However, that threat revealed the limits of Reason in a nutshell. Reason is beautiful. Imagination is wonderful. Out of wonder and imagination sprang all seeds of enquiry and thought. We must never forget that. Of course Dreaming should be followed by Doing, once the vision is laid out to a plan. The patterns, the forms, the fractals (more like units of similarity, recurring abundantly)...they have messages to convey am sure! We can't just say that they are just there and that's that can we? Ignorance is not bliss for all! Seeking answers can be / is a tortuous path to self-realisation. The cold comfort of Reason may not suffice for all. The cult of Reason is equally abhorrent to many. The sage and tolerant accept, acknowledge and respect all for their respective worth and seek Reason and Imagination for answers and inspiration.
    Mark Anthony
    12/11/2016 #49 Mark Anthony
    Well @Kevin Pashuk, rationally thinking this makes complete sense . I always remember snippets of info that stick with me ,of the top of my head from my studying days . One of those was " When we're born we bring something with us and as time goes on we lose that something " . I also feel a sense of anger and resentment towards social norms when I read posts like yours . Thankyou
    Irene Hackett
    12/11/2016 #48 Anonymous
    "When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else ...you surrender your own integrity and become ...less of a human being." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
    Irene Hackett
    12/11/2016 #47 Anonymous
    Thank you dear @Milos Djukic for tagging me in Kevin's inspiring buzz.I would first like to respectfully point out that Robert Kennedy was actually quoting George Bernard Shaw in thay famous line. I am very interested in a 'holistic' approach to education, allowing for more organic expansion and growth, meaning the student learns according to his/her natural instincts. But that is my dream 😀 The challenge with education is that it tends to be a closed system of indoctrination within our cultural conditioning - a form of Reductionism, where certain aspects of the person are disregarded. Viktor Frankl talks about these issues as causing great emotional disturbances in college students - "the existential vacuum". Perhaps as we encourage the student to experience art, for example, we help them to open their capacity to create, to invent, to dream big! A lot of love and personal attention may be the best inspiration to fuel the geniuses we all are - these are the teachers who change lives and do not necessarily teach in a school room. Glad you wrote this Kevin; the message is very important.
    Mohammed Sultan
    12/11/2016 #46 Mohammed Sultan
    @Kevin Pashuk .The post is not only interesting but also beneficial.Each of us posses a nearly limitless creative strands of thoughts,the challenge is to uncover them and develop them.Changing of learning contexts generates new energy as well as creativity and imagination ,but you can't change contexts without having the patience to learn something new.We should teach students how to free themselves from fear when facing challenging tasks or uncertain situations.Fear sometimes force us to get satisfied with the status quo and to any obvious first solution.Innovative thinking also emerges from ensuring a healthy level of personal balance.Teachers should teach students how to approach new challenges and break the traditional patterns of their brains with sharpened inquisitiveness.
    Chas Wyatt
    12/11/2016 #45 Chas Wyatt
    @Kevin Pashuk, I am sure you are familiar with this Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"; it is one of my favs, as is the quote you used by Robert Kennedy~
    https://youtu.be/iG9CE55wbtY
    "A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #44 Kevin Pashuk
    #43 Conscious Excavations?? Sounds a bit painful to me, but thanks for sharing it there Charles.
    Charles David Upchurch
    11/11/2016 #43 Charles David Upchurch
    Thanks for tagging me in on this, @Milos Djukic.

    @Kevin Pashuk I could not tell if this was already shared to the Conscious Excavations hive, so sharing it to there now.
    Lisa Gallagher
    11/11/2016 #42 Lisa Gallagher
    #37 I agree Kevin and the wonderful thing, it passes on to the next generation!! My mom used to say "Anything is possible, just don't give up or lose faith in yourself," we remember even 'words' like that. Those words translated into meaning!
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #41 Kevin Pashuk
    #31 Thanks Rami. Divergent thinking is just that... divergent.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #40 Kevin Pashuk
    #30 Thanks for your comment Joris. There's a huge difference between the number of people who want change for their nation, and the number of people willing to change if it would benefit the nation (or organization). The education model common in North America and Europe has its roots in the industrial revolution, where people were moving from an agriculture economy to a manufacturing economy. The factories needed workers who could do repetitive tasks and take instruction without questioning. There has to be be a widespread desire (and voice) for a nation to realize this model doesn't support our current needs. Finland was an exception. It took drastic measures to reform their educational system, and while nothing is a panacea, the results are promising.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #39 Kevin Pashuk
    #29 Love Shel Silverstein's work Robert... but I like your quote better.

    "We don't send explorers out into the world. We send out duplicates. That's such a shame."

    Well said my friend.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #38 Kevin Pashuk
    #28 You would think we would get smarter in our old age Ken when it comes to politician promising change. It reminds me of the fresh new politician campaigning and in his speech mentions all the corruption and gravy train perks given to Senators. When asked if he was going to change it, he (honestly replied) "Heck no!! I want to get in on it!" It was probably his last election.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #37 Kevin Pashuk
    #27 Thanks Lisa. I've often told my kids, "In your imagination, anything is possible. You can fly, you can be invisible, you can be a hero. The real magic, is when you translate those dreams into reality. THAT is innovation."
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #36 Kevin Pashuk
    #26 Thanks for the link to your post on Creativity Sara. Great read.

    'Creativity' by itself is indeed hard to measure. It's like the Supreme Court Judge, when asked how he defined 'pornography' said "I may not how know how to define pornography, but I know it when I see it."

    That's the challenge of schools trying to introduce 'creative thinking' and 'lateral thinking' into the curriculum. It's generally difficult to build into a rubric. You can see evidence of this kind of thinking in the output...

    At our school, I asked the academic leadership to describe an 'exceptional learning experience'. They went away for two weeks and came back with stories of what it would look like, the behaviours they would see in students, the metrics they would use to measure success, and the learning environment that would support this type of learning, which included collaboration, self discovery, solving problems that have no 'right' answer, etc.

    The school (and this is critical) committed to supporting the development of this type of educational experience.

    We are an independent school, so we do not have the challenges that public school boards face, but it is my core belief that every student globally needs to have an exceptional learning experience.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #35 Kevin Pashuk
    #24 There's a great Japanese proverb. Substitute 'Dream' for 'Vision'.

    "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."
  4. Mark Hewitt

    Mark Hewitt

    08/11/2016
    Inherent in being a good digital citizen is acting ethically in digital interactions and having a healthy and safe experience. #SocialBusiness #Education
    Mark Hewitt
    The Socially Savvy Digital Citizen
    www.linkedin.com Inherent in being a good digital citizen is acting ethically in digital interactions and having a healthy and safe experience. Digital Citizen & Citizenship Definitions...
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  5. ProducerWayne Yoshida

    Wayne Yoshida

    08/10/2016
    The F-Word is the F-Word – Even in Outer Space
    The F-Word is the F-Word – Even in Outer SpaceMy Most Memorable ExperienceHere's something career-related I will never forget. I was a kid fresh out of college, in my first “real job.” My title was assistant public information officer at a place called the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It...
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    Wayne Yoshida
    10/10/2016 #12 Wayne Yoshida
    #6 Donna-Luisa -- you are welcome -- it was an amazing thing. And the true reason this was / is my "most memorable experience."
    Wayne Yoshida
    10/10/2016 #11 Wayne Yoshida
    #5 David -- Yes, it did offer everyone covering the mission - and the guys in space a break. It was neat.
    Wayne Yoshida
    10/10/2016 #10 Wayne Yoshida
    #4 Vincent - thanks for recognizing that. This was the boost that started a lot of what is now called STEM programs. The ham radio and space education angle is now used and recognized officially by NASA and other organizations.
    Wayne Yoshida
    10/10/2016 #9 Wayne Yoshida
    #3 Thanks Melissa - talk about being real - that was an excellent statement about something gone wrong . . .
    Wayne Yoshida
    10/10/2016 #8 Wayne Yoshida
    #2 Thanks Dean -- I have some other interesting documents from that mission, including the official mission plan. Finding archive info on STS-9 seems difficult to find, so I may post some of the documents on my blog.
    Wayne Yoshida
    10/10/2016 #7 Wayne Yoshida
    #1 Thanks Nick. The whole world laughed at the same thing at the same time - amazing.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/10/2016 #6 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Universal communication and understanding @Wayne Yoshida.. thanks for a great laugh this morning😁
    David B. Grinberg
    08/10/2016 #5 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for sharing this interesting space story @Wayne Yoshida. I suppose one can't always hold back human emotions, especially during challenging times!
    Vincent Andrew
    08/10/2016 #4 Vincent Andrew
    I like the part about using radio to teach science and communication in space in schools. That must have been a great motivator to study the fundamentals of waves. Great story and when the F word was mentioned I suppose it broke the tension in the room ...
    Dean Owen
    08/10/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    Cool story @Wayne Yoshida. You should really find the transcript. That is some cool historical memorabilia. I've been known to bid at auction (and fail) for space memorabilia like the first photo of the whole planet earth taken from space. I just love that stuff. Talking hams reminds me of the Muppets and "Pigs in Space...."
    Nick Mlatchkov
    08/10/2016 #1 Anonymous
    definitely it's a a great experience!
  6. ProducerVincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    30/09/2016
    Stygian & Co - the company that realised its vision
    Stygian & Co - the company that realised its vision'The winner of the 2016 Junior Achievement Company of the Year is ...' I was sure the team's business presentation nailed it. My other colleague thought so too. But we were not sure about the outcome of the interviews with the judges. Having watched...
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    Vincent Andrew
    01/10/2016 #8 Vincent Andrew
    Thanks for sharing this @Donna-Luisa Eversley.
    Vincent Andrew
    30/09/2016 #7 Vincent Andrew
    #5 The students realized the importance of team effort in this competition. Thank you Gert for reading and commenting.
    Vincent Andrew
    30/09/2016 #6 Vincent Andrew
    The students were incredibly happy with their achievement. Thanks Donna. #4
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2016 #5 Gert Scholtz
    Congratulations @Vincent Andrew and well done!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    30/09/2016 #4 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Congratulations OMG ..yippee 😊😆😘😘🙌👌🍩🍦🍯🍮🍬🍭🍨🍟🍌🍇🎆🎇🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈this is soo fantastic Andrew @Vincent Andrew a great looking team of young leaders... Hip-hip hurray
    Vincent Andrew
    30/09/2016 #3 Vincent Andrew
    Thanks Dean. I definitely see room for improvement. Asia Pacific will be competitive! #2
    Dean Owen
    30/09/2016 #2 Dean Owen
    Congratulations! That is quite an achievement! Good luck with the prep for Japan!
    Vincent Andrew
    30/09/2016 #1 Vincent Andrew
    @Donna-Luisa Eversley the team made it!
  7. Robyn Shulman

    Robyn Shulman

    29/09/2016
    Teachers, please join my unique education Facebook group! The Educators Exchange is a unique place where I share teaching gigs, resources, grants, contests, and special coupons-most of which come from my interviews and network.

    I hope you will join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/709733745837576/
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  8. Adam Crane

    Adam Crane

    25/09/2016
    CONTEST -- Why Learn Music? -- 'Make the Case!'
    Info here: www.stringquest.com/make-the-case
    Bees - asking your help to please share this with everyone!
    Adam Crane
    Make the Case :: StringQuest
    lnkd.in
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    Lisa Gallagher
    26/09/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    Contest posted by @Adam Crane
  9. ProducerPaul Kearley

    Paul Kearley

    20/09/2016
    The Problem With Being Average: A Leaders Dilemma
    The Problem With Being Average: A Leaders DilemmaMany years ago, when I was a young, green private in the Canadian Air Force, I was partnered with a more seasoned corporal to learn how to change a magnetron in the transmitter to the height finder radar. That experience ended up being one of the...
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    Vincent Andrew
    21/09/2016 #5 Vincent Andrew
    This is a great buzz @Paul Kearley. I believe in giving more than the average. Give that extra value to anybody I meet especially my clients. Show that I care for them and the rewards are almost always far better than I expect. Yes there are off days but they tend to be few and far between. In education it is important to inspire, to be a role model, to breathe excellence and to continue learning. "Never settle for average". Amen. Thanks Paul.
    Paul Kearley
    20/09/2016 #2 Paul Kearley
    #1 Thanks @Mohammed A. Jawad that's exactly why I named my business IMPACT Business Communication Inc. I coach people to mingle with their own peers and employees as well as the other important people in their lives. After all, if we take action and connect with someone, we make an impact.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    20/09/2016 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    'Go and make an impact'. That's an excellent punch line. As a leader, sometimes you ought to be like a lubricating greese to make the components work well and smoothly. Inspiring others is one thing, but mingling with others to provoke their conscience and attitude is a greater task that's most wanted.
  10. ProducerLauren Juzl

    Lauren Juzl

    01/09/2016
    Academic Snobbery: Producing Test Takers Instead of Thinkers
    Academic Snobbery: Producing Test Takers Instead of Thinkers I studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university. I have always been excited by literature. Since I could pick up a book I have spent my life searching for people to discuss literature with, whether in book clubs or with friends and...
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    Chas Wyatt
    02/09/2016 #14 Chas Wyatt
    @Lauren Juzl, I can only speak to the educational system in the U.S., as that is what I have experienced. It is big business designed to turn a profit with the aid of the U.S. government. It has a mass marketing machine designed to entice each new generation with the false promise of a better future. This only works if you decide to become a doctor, attorney, or tenured professor. Textbooks are a side business for professors that have a shelf life of 2-3 years at which time students are forced to buy the new editions penned by the professors. As long as Universities are focused on money instead of learning nothing will change and they will remain diploma mills churning out the next generation of degreed Baristas.
    Irene Hackett
    02/09/2016 #13 Anonymous
    #6 @Deb Helfrich - your comment is so well written and rich, I love the word 'hegemony' - had to google that one! There is nothing for me to add because you have said it, and much better than I could!
    Aleta Curry
    02/09/2016 #12 Aleta Curry
    @Laren Juzi - it's a wonderful post. My sorrow is that the issues are not new ones. I'm guessing that I'm about a hundred years older than you are, and the matter of education being reduced to memorising facts and figures - or the hypothesis from the prof's latest book - and then erasing the tape as soon as the test was over was being lamented over when I was a girl. Even worse, students in the US were being trained to fill in circles in standardised tests, as a measure of how fit they were to continue on to post-graduate education. I think the problem starts even earlier - back in primary school, actually. As I used to say to my sisters and my girl cousins (I'm older than all of them): we are forced to make decisions that will affect the rest of our lives at an age where we have not yet developed the tools, wisdom or experience to make those decisions. It's a sad state of affairs.
    Vincent Andrew
    02/09/2016 #11 Vincent Andrew
    What a great idea @Donna-Luisa Eversley! Maybe we can arrange something ... #10
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/09/2016 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #9 great @Vincent Andrew .if ever you need a Skype guest, I'd be happy to talk to your students 😊
    Vincent Andrew
    02/09/2016 #9 Vincent Andrew
    It's a program that I would like to continue with my next cohort of students @Donna-Luisa Eversley 😃#8
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/09/2016 #8 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #3 Hey @Vincent Andrew I saw your response after I tagged you. You sure got it right. I was also a part of the Junior Achievement group in school... Great learning opportunities.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    01/09/2016 #7 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I really like this post because I feel the educational system in the US is archaic. and as @Donna-Luisa Eversley stated, rigid. Outdated textbooks that need to be edited, as well as containing information not necessarily useful in real life. Educating our children has become another process that shoves people into categories relating to their learning abilities. I got through school with a little above average grades because I have a photographic memory. I also learn quickly by using association. That doesn't mean I absorbed what I learned. Learn it, pass the test, forget what you learned.

    However, when I started working, I took several courses (mostly insurance related), and found I was absorbing what I learned. Perhaps, it's because I was in a different environment, different state of mind, etc. I like hands on learning and know that is applicable to my current position in life.

    Great post @Lauren Juzl - Bravo!
    Deb Helfrich
    01/09/2016 #6 Deb Helfrich
    #1 I think that @Irene Hackett led with the fundamental problem in America, if you want to sit in a corporate cubicle, the entry requirement is more often than not, a bachelor's degree. Except that rather a lot of those successful corps were started by people who realized how little college was teaching them in the realm of real life. It is a complete conundrum. I'd prefer to live in a society where the ability to earn a living wasn't constrained by the whims of corporations. The hegemony of corporations over people in America has produced a society that is truly unsustainable.

    @Lauren Juzl - I agree with everything you've said about the detriment of test taking as any sort of useful measure of producing thinkers. It necessarily focuses learning on small chunks of stuff and discourages any sort of broad learning and furthermore it inherently relies on use of language as the arbiter of those that will succeed. But we need buildings and roads and sewers much more than we need any sort of book.

    What if our curriculum started including courses in the 'future' right alongside the current courses in history? Courses about how to decide what one will do for a living in the future and which type of education would lead to that outcome. More focus on learning as a team sport. A little more creativity encouraged and integrated into the overall picture of each kids academic achievement. Self-directed learning opportunities allowing kids to try out all kinds of stuff while they are young.

    I love the ideas about apprenticeships and traineeships being viable options right along with internships.
    debasish majumder
    01/09/2016 #5 debasish majumder
    lovely insight madam Lauren Juzl. i do agree with your views about the traditional education system which seldom have any positive impact comparing to the external world they are confronting with after passing out. but, replacing University education system with the alternative pedagogy unless being initiated in an available society, we have to adapt with it to garner knowledge. however, lovely post. enjoyed read. thank you very much for sharing the post.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/09/2016 #4 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Lauren Juzl, I'll give you a standing ovation... You have raised many key points in your observations. I will look at 2 points, the first is the rigidness of education systems really has to go! The world has been evolving and education systems and grading remains the same. You learn at one level and un-learn or re-learn at another, and that is counter productive and demoralizing in my book! The second point is the ingrained perceptions in children that getting a good grade means you are 'bright' and will get the best out of your life. That's a fallacy and the biggest lie a child learns. Growing up I was not good at exams. I would freeze and forget the things I remembered out of an exam. I discovered on my own that I learn best from practical, and applied examples, thus, I was not the 'deadbeat dumbo' at academics I thought I was, just I learn differently! Thankfully I always had the confidence and ego of a million stars in the skies, so I would brave a 'good bluff' for a long time. I'm quite passionate about this topic, and have always done remarkably well in English, history, art , etc. Thanks for raising this relevant topic.
    Friends, check this out... @Deb Helfrich @debasish majumder @Vincent Andrew @Milos Djukic @Lisa Gallagher David @David B. Grinberg @Aura Alex @Pamela L. Williams @Dean Owen @Franci Eugenia Hoffman @Michael Hillebrand
    Vincent Andrew
    01/09/2016 #3 Vincent Andrew
    I've been teaching for more than two decades @Lauren Juzl. Your observations are right. For far too long there is this belief that the syllabus and the exam is everything in life. That's just not true. Real life skills are just as important. Example, communication and problem solving skills which books do not necessarily teach you. I teach Business A-level and I have made it a point to focus on authentic learning that is based on practical real-world issues. Just today the class discussed issues related to diversity and equality in the workplace and why that is important. I get them to be part of the Junior Achievement Programme - not in the syllabus - but according to the students it has taught them real skills such as handling conflicts and accounting. Great buzz!
    Nicholas Fester
    01/09/2016 #2 Nicholas Fester
    Fantastic article and couldn't agree more! I am a great advocate for informational learning. What is the future for university study? I believe there is great opportunity in vocational education. Thanks Lauren!
    Irene Hackett
    01/09/2016 #1 Anonymous
    @Lauren Juzl - this is a not only a superbly written buzz, it is also a very important topic that seems to be 'on the table' at election time and then 'off the table' as other issues rise and grab more of 'mainstream' attention. I agree that not everyone is a 'fit' for the world of academia and that should be 'ok' - and I agree that our youth needs to be presented with more real-world viable paths to financial independence. If, however, options lead to a Corporate job, a College degree will be required - a vicious cycle. Academia has become a political machine not unlike the auto & insurance industries and it will require herculean movement of thought and action on the part of many interest groups to make the positive changes that are so desperately needed. However, even on person can get this change started. I admire your spirit @Lauren Juzl - great buzz!
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    Interesting case here. If the father wins the suit what will be the implications? I thought it's just a bit strange for the school to predict 5 GCSE for the boy but the boy ended up getting only one. To get one prediction wrong is ok but to get four wrong? What's the odds of that?
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    Vincent Andrew
    20/08/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    My experience is that to provide a prediction a teacher would look at a student's past performance and his most recent performance. There would be parent-teacher meetings to inform parents of termly progress. In the meeting there is likely to be a discussion on the expected number of GCSEs that may be achieved. That information is usually provided with reference to the data. #1
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/08/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Wow...but ultimately the onus is on the student to study to prepare for exams. Did the parent go to the school to check on his son's performance? I think when one pays for a private schooling it does not mean the child will absorb the information automatically. How did the child perform academically throughout the years. There is also the possibility during exams the child simply did not perform. Hmmm quite an interesting situation. Would like to know outcome. Thanks for sharing @Vincent Andrew
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    Charles David Upchurch
    11/08/2016 #1 Charles David Upchurch
    This might, at last, be a reason worth getting me onto Twitter. I'm not a school superintendent, per se, but I would like to hear from them. I think it might not matter whether one is speaking to me, directly. I would just like to know that they are speaking with anyone outside of their direct staff members. By the way, this article could also apply to school principals. They need to reach out to parents and communities, as well as to their staff and faculties.
  16. ProducerVincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    06/08/2016
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    Vincent Andrew
    06/08/2016 #7 Vincent Andrew
    Compare and contrast. Yes that can be done. Another great idea. Thanks @Kevin Pashuk for reading and commenting.
    Kevin Pashuk
    06/08/2016 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    In my opinion, for the best results, the correct answer is - it depends. Students have different learning styles and each model of deliveriny has its strengths and weaknesses for each student. The challengebis to have a model that works best for the most number of students.

    My thoughts would be to continue the first section where you present 3 models, but then have the students contrast and compare the next three against the first three... that waould ensure the are not only reviewing your material, but doing research for themselves and applying it.

    Hope this helps..
    Vincent Andrew
    06/08/2016 #5 Vincent Andrew
    Yes the 10 minute chunk is helpful, I agree. Even for adults. Great ideas there @Gert Scholtz. I will certainly experiment a lot more in my class. In fact the more I experiment the more exciting teaching becomes.
    Vincent Andrew
    06/08/2016 #4 Vincent Andrew
    "role play ... argue for their theorist ... built into the game". I like this @CityVP Manjit. This will provide further variation on how this topic or others can be taught. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. #2
    Gert Scholtz
    06/08/2016 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Vincent Andrew I think a teacher's main role is to motivate an interest in the subject at hand. This first, before he teaches the content and theory itself. Once that has been achieved, and it is often an ongoing effort, there is a balance between the teacher imparting knowledge, the students teaching each other by way of group discussion and group projects, and the students teaching themselves by way of self study. What I have found helps a great deal is to plan and break down a lecture into 10 minute chunks. Eg: teacher speaks for ten minutes, a ten minute class debate, and then even a quiet ten minute self-study session in class. Students differ in how best they take in knowledge - some do so in an extroverted way and like debate and discussion, others in a more introverted way - by attentive listening and self-study. Through ten minute chunks that vary - you cater for our average attention spans and the different learning styles. Thanks for asking me and I hope this is helpful to you Vincent. Happy teaching!
    CityVP Manjit
    06/08/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit
    One thing you may think of trying is to break out the class into 6 groups and create a role play situation, not only do all these theorists then become team names but the teams get to argue for their theorist. With modern media becoming more focused on fact checks, this can be built into the game as a teacher input.
  17. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    28/07/2016
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    Charles David Upchurch
    04/10/2016 #67 Charles David Upchurch
    Edited for typos...

    Here's my own contribution to the discussion....

    [Printed] books still have a lot of value.

    Younger readers are still more excited by bringing home real books from the library than they are by being able to access books on tablets and PCs.

    On the other hand, the skills of finding, qualifying, and sifting through information are definitely important for internet-enabled research and learning.
    Charles David Upchurch
    04/10/2016 #64 Charles David Upchurch
    @Kevin Pashuk I shared this over on LinkedIn. Strong, broad-audience content like this and great comments like those below will continue to attract newBees to beBee, like bears to honey!
    Kevin Pashuk
    02/10/2016 #63 Kevin Pashuk
    #61 I agree with @Vincent Andrew, great idea. I've never napped in a library however....
    Vincent Andrew
    02/10/2016 #62 Vincent Andrew
    Fantastic initiative! #61
    Paul Walters
    02/10/2016 #61 Paul Walters
    @Kevin Pashuk I have just read this piece thank you. The interesting thing is that as I speak we have a visitor from palakaraya in kalimantan ( Borneo) She is very involved in setting up libraries in remote villages across Kalimantan and we are working with her to get a floating library up and running so that this library can visit the remote villages where NO internet is available. We sometimes forget that not all people have access to the internet and wont have for many years to come. !!! I love libraries , great place to hang out and have a nap!!!
    Pamela L. Williams
    31/07/2016 #60 Pamela L. Williams
    #59 You speak the Truth John! I still want to hold a book sometimes :-)
    John Valledor
    31/07/2016 #59 John Valledor
    Pamela, I refently visited the General Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abiline, KS. I actually held in my very hands the original files/reports from his preserved desk as Supreme Allied Commander on the eve of the D-Day Invasion in 1944. Yes, the original documents were priceless. Still, nature (humidity), time (age) and microscopic bacteria are destroying these historical artifacts. Some docs are desintegrating with age. The library's caretakers are painstakingly converting ALL of these historical artifacts to digital (PDF) format. Benefits include people six generations from now reading the same docs I held in my hands as well as some current day student searching and finding them on his/her smartphone without ever having to teavel to Abiline, Kansas. Imagine if a fire destroyed that library...the originals might be lost, but the digital versions will last for ever. I'm not oppossed to your valid points, just viewing modernity from a glass half-full point of view. #58
    Pamela L. Williams
    31/07/2016 #58 Pamela L. Williams
    #55 Your points are extremely valid John, but then I must consider; is a digital Mona Lisa the same as the painting? Can looking a VR depiction of 'David' give you the same emotional response as circling the statue? For that matter, the same would apply to a tree. Even with all the technological advancement there is something to be said for the real thing. Do you want a juicy rib eye, cooked to perfection or something that tastes like a steak, smells like a steak, but is in fact tofu?
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #57 Gerald Hecht
    @Vincent Andrew yes! Now...the red spots have to be microchips capable of RFID thingies...people would peel the spots off... #52
    Leckey Harrison
    31/07/2016 #56 Leckey Harrison
    Yes!
    John Valledor
    31/07/2016 #55 John Valledor
    Vincent, your points are valid. Still, I beleive that everyone of your listed practices can be adopted (and adapted) to today's technology environment. Only thing holding us back is a lack of imagination. As an advocate of Design Thinking, I feel that the problems addressed in this buzz (the concept of physical books and brick-and-mortar libraries) can be solved (evolved) via creative ideation, prototyping and testing...just three frames of reference in Design Thinking. The anxiety that befalls paradigm shifts is illustrative of the fear of letting go of established norms (the past). To which I say, fear not, but move out boldly.
    You know, if you step back, beBee's advocacy is all about shedding established social media norms (Facebook & LinkedIn) and embracing "affinity" collaboration as the new, novel norm. I'm here in beBee to embrace change and forget the past. BeBee is a result of ideation, prototyping and now testing. They are unwittingly showcasing Design Thinking. This is why I love their approach and this channel. #53
    Vincent Andrew
    31/07/2016 #54 Vincent Andrew
    "Has your library been re-imagined to support today's learners?" What a great question @Kevin Pashuk! This question should be given to every student, teacher and school management to answer. It will make for an interesting discussion and possibly a platform to improve on what is being offered at the moment.
    Vincent Andrew
    31/07/2016 #53 Vincent Andrew
    You're right @Gerald Hecht. Being in a library teaches you some kind of discipline and positive behaviours. You learn to queue, you learn to ask for information that you need, you pay when books are overdue, you take care of the books when you borrow them, etc. These are often taken for granted but there are essential for our young learners.
    Vincent Andrew
    31/07/2016 #52 Vincent Andrew
    Remember the red spot books? The ones that you can only borrow for 2 hours as the books are in heavy demand especially just before examination time? How you treasure the time with such books.
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #51 Gerald Hecht
    @Pamela L. Williams that's so true! It must be a conditioned response...but maybe that scent of text,binding materials, etc., really does make us smarter! I think it's conditioned, though, (unless you take the book home) as many libraries are becoming noisy "activity centers", as I alluded to before...and underestimating the "powerful effects" of a dead quiet zone...first offenders receiving the "shhh" heard throughout the entire library (regardless of size) would be ...is it the case that the "library vibe" reflects societal interactions at large OR is the (school) library the place where many of first learned, the behaviors which generalize to our behavior in traffic, the supermarket... #50
    Pamela L. Williams
    31/07/2016 #50 Pamela L. Williams
    I absolutely agree with you Kevin. I would also add that a physical book is a treasure to behold. When you hold War & Peace in your hand, you feel the weight of this volume you truly appreciate the writing of this work of art. It's why I still like a 'book' in my hand. I'm conflicted on buying them now, an offshoot of my 'spare a tree' convictions but I do, It's almost like an obsession to peruse all the offerings in a bookstore. A library can serve the purpose of giving me my book 'fix' and not destroy another tree, but sometimes I just have own it! Then there are the classics, there is nothing like the smell of old book. The aroma makes you feel smarter.
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #49 Gerald Hecht
    @Kevin Pashuk The issue that bothers me the most (locally) regarding our libraries, really doesn't directly involve a traditional vs. cyber media conflict...rather, inside the library physical plant itself...there appears to be a complete breakdown in, the (to me) most important things I learned in libraries: social decorum, consideration for others, returning materials (short term and long term) to the appropriate place by the appropriate "time sharing" deadline, no eating, drinking, etc. in the actual work space...leaving the furniture intact...
    Gert Scholtz
    31/07/2016 #48 Gert Scholtz
    @Kevin Pashuk As a school pupil (and even now) I loved a library - the rows of book, the discovery of something new to read and even the smell of books. Information technology has changed this a great deal - your article is a must read for all school librarians today. Wonderful piece Kevin.
    Kevin Pashuk
    31/07/2016 #47 Kevin Pashuk
    #46 Tnks @Sara Jacobovici.. or should I reply "Hello Sara." since I'm also a bookaholic. But it's one of the few addictions you should not overcome.
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/07/2016 #46 Sara Jacobovici
    I could "like" every of the 44 comments that have come before mine @Kevin Pashuk. My name is Sara and I am a bookaholic. I also was involved with Heather Reisman when she first started her foundation to support schools to create and maintain their libraries. http://www.loveofreading.org/ Thanks for being the catalyst to this important discussion Kevin. "A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ? proof that humans can work magic."
    Author: Carl Sagan
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    Kevin Pashuk
    19/07/2016 #10 Kevin Pashuk
    #9 Thanks @Tony Rossi, I think I'll explore the other facet of a garbage dump trip for students... Only this time not unescorted, but as a leaning experience.
    Tony Rossi
    19/07/2016 #9 Tony Rossi
    Excellent points, @Kevin Pashuk - especially challenging the assumption that our kids are tech savvy (clearly they are) so anything we throw at them is fine...
    On the other hand, I thought this post as going somewhere else (as did others) and think a field trip to the dump would be a fantastic idea for so many western children...
    Dean Owen
    19/07/2016 #8 Dean Owen
    #7 I had no idea that Milwaukee and Cleveland charged a fee to enter! On a serious note, dumps in N.A are probably full of good stuff that would be appreciated in a poverty stricken country.
    Kevin Pashuk
    18/07/2016 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    #5 Sorry @Dean Owen (hit Enter too soon)... In North America, dumps have become sanitized 'waste disposal' sites, charging a fee to enter, with no scavanging allowed. I am aware that in many parts of the world, the dump is 'home' to many.... providing the only means of sustenance to people. It does break my heart and certainly motivates me in my involvement in both local and international charity to empower those in less fortunate situations.
    Kevin Pashuk
    18/07/2016 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    #5 I think you have just summarized my post @Dean Owen. It's the unescorted visit, without context that creates the problem.
    Dean Owen
    18/07/2016 #5 Dean Owen
    You are the master of intros @Kevin Pashuk. I always find myself wanting to discuss the first bit of your posts much more than the main body! Why is that? (perhaps it has something to do with not watching Big Bang Theory?) Unfortunately many of the garbage dumps in SE Asia are also homes to numerous families. They can too be highly toxic. But this is something I would want my children to see first hand, to give them perspective. On tech in classrooms, well, if done right, and monitored, then why not!
    Kevin Pashuk
    18/07/2016 #4 Kevin Pashuk
    #2 I'm sure I fell and hit my head as a youngster @Susan Rooks... I find myself making strange connections between totally unrelated concepts... I even named one of my companies 'Synectics', which is bringing together diverse ideas to find a solution. Thanks for commenting.
    Kevin Pashuk
    18/07/2016 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    #1 I share your joy of junkyards @Brian McKenzie... as a teenager, my friend's brother had a junkyard. When we could muster up a bit of cash, we'd buy one of the barely running junkers, get it somewhat operational, then take it out on the logging roads near our town in Northern Ontario. (No license required) Sometimes we didn't have to walk back... but we learned a lot about mechanics which has helped me to this day.
    Susan Rooks
    18/07/2016 #2 Susan Rooks
    Computers, like so much else, are wonderful if used properly, @Kevin Pashuk! But I must say your connection of the dump and technology was totally unexpected, yet excellent. Thanks!
    Brian McKenzie
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    I used to make a bit of coin from trips to the dump and auto salvage yards. I would walk the aisles of dead stacked cars for hours - one VW yard I got to know so well, they hired me as a yard puller ( the guy that fetches and removes requested parts) i wonder if that old yard is still there.
  20. ProducerVincent Andrew

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    Vincent Andrew
    18/07/2016 #17 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you for the shares @John White, MBA.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #16 Vincent Andrew
    #15 Point noted @CityVP Manjit. Thank you so much for your comment.
    CityVP Manjit
    17/07/2016 #15 CityVP Manjit
    #13 Take one step backwards Vincent. Your classroom is in a college, your classroom is part of a greater ecology of the college. That college operates and is organized no differently to a business organization, you have just not seen that you already exist in a business, the business of education and the school or college is a mirror of all other organizations with the same relational effects and leadership dimensions - use what you already have and then there is greater appreciation for what sits outside the ecology of your workplace. The students are eyes to the outside world already so leverage those eyes but first see where you are.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #14 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you for the shares @Franci Eugenia Hoffman!
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #13 Vincent Andrew
    #12 You have just given me the impetus to look at something I have shelved @CityVP Manjit i.e. to give them some real experience outside the classroom, to experience what it's like to lead, to follow in a real business organisation. Thanks again for a great point Manjit!
    CityVP Manjit
    17/07/2016 #12 CityVP Manjit
    #11 One thing to point out is that the resources available to young people are greater outside the classroom than they are in the set curriculum of the educational system. This means young people are teaching me about a world that they live in outside the class and in knowing that I can return their leadership with guidance. The power of you being a guide Vincent is greater than the power of you being a teacher in this age.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #11 Vincent Andrew
    #10 Great point @CityVP Manjit! "What is leadership if it rules uncertainty out of the equation." I find that in teaching Business, there are many different ways of solving or approaching just one issue. And students have to learn to evaluate each way. Nothing is certain in Business and the students that I teach I hope will appreciate its complexity. Thank you for the share too Manjit.
    CityVP Manjit
    17/07/2016 #10 CityVP Manjit
    The key thing about academic accounts of leadership is that this is not how leadership is practiced. So do we want our students to put label x and label y on things or assume that there are three forms of leadership, or do we want them to directly experience leadership. This is the moment leadership needs to flow through teacher both as formal and informal, and while we assume the leadership found in the students will be informal, there is still a network of leadership happening inside of that classroom. It requires skill and discernment to turn the classroom into action learning, and the risk of this is uncertainty of outcome. What is leadership if it rules uncertainty out of the equation. Here is a link to action learning http://www.wial.org/action-learning
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #9 Vincent Andrew
    #6 Agree with you @vanessa ropiha. There is scope for students to think that informal leadership can be quite a good thing in an organisation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #8 Vincent Andrew
    #4 Yes good thoughts here @Mamen Delgado.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #7 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you for the share @Mamen Delgado.
    vanessa ropiha
    17/07/2016 #6 vanessa ropiha
    I like the lesson here @Vincent Andrew, hopefully it is making younger minds think about the qualities of good leadership in differing situations, how to recognize it in other people, how they can review different scenarios and what they would have done better or differently to achieve their anticipated goals.
    Also the informal leader is good for a class to recognize as we are usually pushed to work within the boundaries of formal leadership put forward by society and training. Corporately informal leadership can be seen as negatively impacting on the interrelationships and hierarchical organisation. If younger generations are taught that informal leadership is a quality that can be used in all manners of life then it is definitely a positive step and not something to be shied away from.
    My thoughts anyway
    Mamen Delgado
    17/07/2016 #5 Mamen Delgado
    #3 Hahahaha!! Those are some ideas, but please don't pay very much attention to them if you feel they are not worthy... ☺️
    Mamen Delgado
    17/07/2016 #4 Mamen Delgado
    #3 I'll tell you with an example. There used to be in Madrid a Science Museum for kids, where they could touch everything! They could make experiments and there was an area called "Touch, touch!" which my children and I loved specially. The concept of the Museum was that you understand an experiment in a deep way if you "feel" the experiment, not only intellectually but with all your senses putting yourself in the skin of the inventor. That could be an idea, put your students in the skin of a business men or women, try a little "theater" with them, sit them in groups to interact among them as in a "real" company,... Probably you do that as well as what you have told us before. I don't know, play with them to act: How would a formal leader act? What would he/she say? And an informal leader? Make them feel the difference inside them saying some formal sentences and some informal ones.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #3 Vincent Andrew
    "I love learning in a dynamic way, in movement" Can you expand on this @Mamen Delgado? I'm trying to understand how my own students learn stuff in class. Thank you so much for reading this post.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    "Formal" - That's an important comment @Mamen Delgado.
    Mamen Delgado
    17/07/2016 #1 Mamen Delgado
    I can't help you very much @Vincent Andrew about your questions. After reading twice your post it sounds to me like a very "formal" lesson. I am not a teacher, so please don't pay very much attention to what I say, but I know I love learning in a dynamic way, in movement. ;)
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    Teagan Geneviene
    28/07/2016 #3 Teagan Geneviene
    #2 Thank you @Pamela L. Williams. I had a lot of fun writing her character. Have a thriving Thursday!
    Pamela L. Williams
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    Teagan Geneviene
    06/07/2016 #1 Teagan Geneviene
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    Teagan Geneviene
    29/07/2016 #15 Teagan Geneviene
    #14 I'm delighted, @Pamela L. Williams. I tried to add all sorts of interest to these stories. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Pamela L. Williams
    27/07/2016 #14 Pamela L. Williams
    I really liked the video attached! Very interesting concept and as I always believed; sometimes the old ways are the best ways!
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    #12 love it Teagan! Mascapone is a nice touch. I can't believe how unhealthy the recipe looks, it must taste scrummy ! Thanks!
    Teagan Geneviene
    19/06/2016 #12 Teagan Geneviene
    #10 Thank you so much, @Dean Owen! Actually... one of the marvelous chefs I've met through these stories -- Suzanne at A Pug in the Kitchen has posted several recipes with cream cheese frosting. Here's one, or you can search her great blog where there are several more. https://apuginthekitchen.com/2012/03/22/featured-recipe-chocolate-stout-cake-with-cream-cheesemascarpone-frosting/
    Lisa Gallagher
    18/06/2016 #11 Lisa Gallagher
    #8 Thanks @Teagan Geneviene, I will take a peek on wordpress! You're very creative.
    Dean Owen
    18/06/2016 #10 Dean Owen
    What a treat that was! And the cinnamon bun recipe looks so simple. No more of those (delicious) tubed cinnamon buns in my household from now on. Any chance for a cream cheese frosting recipe? ;)
    Teagan Geneviene
    18/06/2016 #9 Teagan Geneviene
    Javier @Javier beBee, I'm happily stunned -- thanks so much for sharing my spontaneous serial story. Previous episodes are on my producer page here. Or all the episodes can be navigated to via my WordPress blog https://teagansbooks.com/ Have a wonder-filled weekend.
    Teagan Geneviene
    18/06/2016 #8 Teagan Geneviene
    #6 Also, @Lisa Gallagher, many thanks for sharing! You're so kind. This serial was originally posted at my WordPress blog. You can click the categories buttons at the right of the page (there). Or click the serial's "homepage" link at the top of the screen (but that method skips the introductions). My home link takes you to my current project, but you can navigate from there https://teagansbooks.com/ Hugs!
    Teagan Geneviene
    18/06/2016 #7 Teagan Geneviene
    #6 Thanks so much, @Lisa Gallagher. Sometimes if it was difficult to find a usable recipe (related to the "ingredients" a reader sent) I used a video. Everything about the serials is done on the fly, but that's part of the fun. I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.
    Lisa Gallagher
    18/06/2016 #6 Lisa Gallagher
    I'm really enjoying this series @Teagan Geneviene. I read this last evening in bed and I came back to it today wondering why I didn't comment. It dawned on me that I was unable to play the video in bed since my husband was sleeping and I wanted to play it before I made my comment. I have to tell you, this story keeps me coming back for more! I love a good mystery and you make it fun to read with Granny. Amazing video ( I wonder if there was a clue there?) but how lucky the woman is to own a blueberry farm in New Zealand. Poo part, I didn't quite get it?
    Teagan Geneviene
    16/06/2016 #5 Teagan Geneviene
    #4 Many thanks, @NO one! I appreciate that. I think there's just a bit of a learning curve with the different platform (and my often slow Internet connection adds to it...) I'm enjoying sharing the serial stories for my "personal" side of beBee. Tomorrow I'll share another Thriving Thursday motivational post for my "professional" side. Hugs!
    NO one
    15/06/2016 #4 NO one
    #3 No worries @Teagan Geneviene if you need something regarding beBee's platform let me know, I see it was an accident but if you find an error we'll take care of it. It is always a pleasure to share your stories combined with recipes.
    Teagan Geneviene
    15/06/2016 #3 Teagan Geneviene
    Many thanks for sharing this episode, @NO one. Something went wrong when I posted, and I accidentally only shared the original to one group... So thanks for the exposure. Cheers.
    Teagan Geneviene
    15/06/2016 #2 Teagan Geneviene
    #1 I'm glad you are enjoying this serial, @Jessica Robinson. Thanks for taking a moment to comment. Cheers.
    Jessica Robinson
    15/06/2016 #1 Jessica Robinson
    This is such an entertaining story @Teagan Geneviene cinnamon buns are my favorite and these ones look sinful! I love how creative your stories are.
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