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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article written by Katie Lepi that originally appeared on June 7th, 2014. We believe this information is still highly relevant, but we wanted to update it with the latest thinking. To do that, we invited writer Michael Sledd to take the reins. How Morning Rituals Jumpstart Joyous Workdays Let's imagine two entrepreneurs. We'll call them John and Marie. They run similar businesses, wake up around the same time each day, and both get to the office around 9 a.m.. But what they do between waking up and getting to work is very different. John hits snooze a few times, then grabs his phone, reads and answers emails in bed for 20 minutes. He fills up his coffee commuter cup before rushing off to the office, feeling stressed and scattered.

Benchmarks for Core Skills Benchmarks for Core Skills – First Draft Table of Contents A. CommunicationB. Mental health break: Ingenious stop-motion Coursekit is now Lore. What’s the Story? Art & Design Mental health break: Ingenious stop-motion animation made entirely of office supplies by Guillaume Blanchet – a lovely addition to this compendium of office supply art. The 10 Best Motivational Videos On YouTube That Will Inspire You Beyond Belief Let’s face it, we don’t feel like doing what we have to do. Heck, you might even find it hard to do what you want to do if there’s the right amount of risk, intimidation and criticism involved. Being ready for a great task isn’t just a matter of turning an internal switch on. Sometimes, you need that extra boost, the little bit of inspiration or that great reminder of just exactly why failure isn’t an option. In that respect, as always, Elite Daily has got you covered as we’ve searched through numerous channels to find the best words to push you towards your goals today. Some of them fall under tough love, others are just sheer, undeniable truths.

dougjohnson - creativity Developing the Creativity in Every Learner (all) How do we define, encourage, use, and assess creativity in our IL/IT lessons and projects? Should the question be "if" a student is creative or "how" a student is creative. And what can we do to be more creative as teachers and librarians?Outline: Why is it imperative we take developing creativity seriously? Resilience: The Other 21st Century Skills Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to individually discuss each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. This post focuses on resiliency. The first post focused on Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills. Some would categorize Grit and Resiliency as the same skill, but it is my belief they are involve two different, but interconnected, skill sets. While grit focuses on persistence, resilience is about bouncing back in the face of challenges and/or failure.

50 Incredible Stop Motion Videos Advertisement Stop motion animation is one of the hottest areas of film-making today. Stop motion is an animation art through which one can spring life in inanimate things and do the unnatural. It works by shooting a single frame of an object, then moving the object slightly, and then shooting another frame. The Power of Positive Summit For a List of Current Speakers Available to Watch, Go Here Bestselling author Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives around the world. To watch in full screen from desktop, click the icon to the right of the HD symbol in the video player. Connect with Liz Wiseman On Twitter @lizwiseman, Facebook, and at thewisemangroup.com Invite Others to Watch Liz Wiseman's Message Share on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn Suggested Resources from Liz Wiseman

Think Inside a Self-Constructed Box Whenever we generate ideas, we’re always told to ‘think outside the box.’ We’ve been trained to play the ‘numbers’ game in the creative process, to populate the wall with as many ideas as possible until one sticks. This process, if done incorrectly, can yield frustrating meetings that run in circles. Sometimes these wayward brainstorms can cast you far from a viable solution. Over the past couple of years, our team has come to recognize some necessary constraints that help generate new and fresh ideas.

Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to discuss individually each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. This post focuses on Grit: Here is Angela Duckwoth’s TED Talk about Grit that provides an overview about the topic. Angela Duckworth developed a scale to measure Grit found at Some of characteristics or dispositions of Grit include: Perseverance and TenacityDeliberate PracticeAbility to Delay GratificationPassion-Driven FocusSelf Control and Self DisciplineLong Term Goal-OrientedStick-to-it-ness Under Difficult ConditionsConsistency of Effort

Creative Compulsive Disorder: Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr This short clip about artist and maker Zina Nicole Lahr may be as tragic as it is beautiful. Earlier this fall Lahr approached her friend Stormy Pyeatte and asked if they might shoot a quick video for her portfolio. The video was shot and edited in just two days and demonstrates Lahr’s insatiable desire to build, invent, and “bring life to something inanimate,” a process she called her “creative compulsive disorder.” Almost unthinkably, Lahr was killed in a hiking accident in Colorado on November 20th, a few weeks after this was shot. I didn’t know Lahr, but if this brief glimpse into her life is any indicator it’s clear she possessed an extremely rare spirit that feels completely genuine and infectious. It seems she was involved in practically every genre of creativity we normally cover here on Colossal.

Spark Your Creativity by Thinking INSIDE the Box Here’s a little thought experiment for you. You’ll need a watch or timer with a second hand. You have exactly 30 seconds after reading the instructions, to see what you come up with: Think of a story. How did you get on? Skills & Competencies CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are: Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations.

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