Literacy 2.0:Orchestrating the Media Collage At the epicenter of the evolving nature of literacy is digital literacy, the term du jour used to describe the skills, expectations, and perspectives involved in living in a technological society. How has digital literacy evolved in the 25 years since digital tools began appearing in classrooms? And how can we make it more responsive to our present needs? Writing What You Read Modern literacy has always meant being able to both read and write narrative in the media forms of the day, whatever they may be. For centuries, this has meant being able to consume and produce words through reading and writing and, to a lesser extent, listening and speaking. New media demand new literacies. Being able to actively create rather than just passively consume new media is important for the obvious reason that it teaches literacy and job skills that are highly valued in a digital society. Eight Guidelines for Teachers 1. 2. When we write, we think. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Teachers as Guides Endnotes
How To Disrupt Yourself: The High Cost And Benefits Of Hiring Misfits No two words can paint a bigger target on your back in corporate America than “change agent.” In my last role (as you guessed it, a change agent) this was how someone confronted me in the hallway after a meeting during my first week on the job: “What do you even think you’re doing here? I’ve been at this longer than you’ve been out of diapers.” In many ways, that summed up the next two-plus years of my work life at a big ad agency. I was hired to build a new service offering (and team) for the business at large which could ultimately nudge us out of our comfort zone and into being a modern player. In the face of resistance, I was determined to strive for epic success (or try so fervently as to achieve epic failure). Surprisingly, this turned out to be the easy part. Advertising as a profession is over 200 years old. In its rigidity, however, advertising is no different from a host of other professions and sectors facing upheaval. Eventually, I left my change agent job.
How Not to Be The Coworker Everyone Hates Cultivating Charisma: How Personal Magnetism Can Help (Or Hurt) You At Work As a socially inept teenager, Olivia Fox Cabane realized that she had two choices. “Either confine myself to a desert island, or learn how to make this human thing work,” she says. Cabane opted for the latter. Good thing. By age 24, the French-born author of The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, published on March 29, had addressed the United Nations. The following year she was lecturing at Harvard and MIT, a precursor to her career as an executive coach and keynote speaker. FAST COMPANY: So what is the myth of charisma and where did it come from? OLIVIA FOX CABANE: It came from the Greeks, who coined the word as “gift of grace.” So where did we get the idea that one needs to be outgoing and gregarious to be charismatic? A few things. For example? What about the three other styles of charisma? There’s “authority charisma,” which is the most powerful form of charisma. And Steve Jobs? Exactly. And this can all be backed up by science? Indeed. No.
12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now Wise Bread Picks According to a recent study, recruiters spend an average of 6.2 seconds looking at an individual resume. Working with that kind of attention span and operating with limited space, resume writers need to make every word count. With this in mind, it might be time to a take a critical look at your resume or CV (or even your LinkedIn profile) and root out terms that aren't doing you any favors. And you can start with these 12 vague, cliche, inappropriate, or downright meaningless words. (See also: Get Your Resume Past the Resume Filter) Your resume is a chance to showcase how your skills, experience, and knowledge have produced quantitative results for previous employers. "Microsoft Office" Amber Carucci of PR Daily says that most employers assume that candidates have basic computer skills, so applicants shouldn't take up valuable resume real estate to point out the obvious. "Love" "Impactful" Sure, impactful is a word, but it's not necessarily a good one. "Experienced"
How To Get A Job After You've Been Rejected I’ve gotten everything I have because I was rejected. My senior year of high school, when I was rejected by my dream college, I asked them if there was anything I could do to change their minds. Sorry, they said. There’s no waitlist and no appeals process. But I really wanted in. They reversed their decision. By rejecting me at first, college admissions taught me the most valuable lesson of my life. Do everything in your power to change their minds If you really want a job, the first question you should ask yourself is: Did I do everything possible to get the job? If the answer is no, do everything in your power to change their minds. You might think putting in this kind of effort is overkill. What would 100 hours look like? Do something that makes you a stronger candidate not only for this employer, but for others too. If they give you reasons why you didn't get the position, brainstorm ways to demonstrate how you can overcome them. Yes, failure is hard to take. So I put in my 100 hours.
The Secret to Leadership Finding You You aren’t a leader if you don’t have followers. “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” John Maxwell, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership“ A young leader I coached received a leadership award. I asked him, “Why did you receive this award?” He said, “I have no idea.” I said, ”Go find the reason.” Successful leaders understand why others see them as leaders. 10 Questions that help leadership find you: What compelling benefit comes to those who follow you? Bonus: How are you igniting passion in others? The Secret: Aspire to become worthy of being followed. Lousy leaders focus on position, prominence, power, and authority and neglect becoming attractive individuals. Great leadership begins with understanding and practicing great followership. “Seeking Leadership roles never produced anything for me. Jimmy Collins, “Creative Followership“ Guarantee: Leadership finds those who understand and practice followership. What makes a leader worthy of being followed? Like this:
What Makes an Authentic Leader? We listen to someone on stage. The message resonates yet we wonder if this person is really authentic. We listen to an interview and the conversation seems authentic. Yet we wonder if a similar tenor of exchange happens in the privacy of their home or office. We call individuals to be an authentic leader yet there may be as many definitions on what authenticity is as there are perspectives. We hear someone bluster on and we grow tired. We hear of a leader really believing that working in an office is better for the organizational culture than working from home. We want authentic leaders yet whose definition of authenticity applies? With authenticity, we think: TrustworthyHigh integrityGenuine Each is a characteristic and each is important. In a recent Forbes blog by Jan Bruce, she highlighted three things leaders must do to stay authentic. Characteristics are important to being authentic, just as actions are. What needs to be steadfast is our authentic being. What Makes an Authentic Leader?
Building Community, Building Success Late last spring, our principal announced to the staff that we were going to offer a free field trip to every student in our school. She told teachers to plan a one-day, curriculum-related field trip, anywhere we wanted. For once, we didn’t have to worry about the price of the bus or admission. So it was a surprise for us when one student would not return his permission form. For many students who rely on a school’s breakfast and lunch programs, a trip away from school isn’t exciting – it can be stressful. Learning to make systemic change – The BeginningWhile Andrew Hunter teachers had always found ways to help our students and families out with acts of kindness – a teacher might discreetly buy a grade eight 8 girl a grad dress, bring an extra lunch for a hungry child, or stockpile mittens to give out as needed – it became obvious that broader systemic changes were needed. A healthy start to the day We started with our nutrition program. We started with our nutrition program.
Why Do We Keep Creative People Out of Leadership Roles? 265Share Synopsis We love stories of creative leaders; we just don’t want to be led by them. We admire stories of creative leaders. We like to hear tales of CEOs and political leaders bringing about transformation with fresh ideas and innovative thinking. The evidence, gathered and analyzed by psychologists Jennifer Mueller, Jack Goncalo, and Dishan Kamdar was drawn from 300 employees of an unidentified company and published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. While the study was confined to one organization, you don’t have to look too far to see similar results in nearly all organizations. This study’s results complement another study led by Mueller in which participants explicitly stated they desired and valued creative ideas, but implicitly rejected phrases associated with creativity when exposed to uncertain situations. Perhaps the explanation for both studies is our preference for order and the status quo.
10 Ways to Build Teacher Leaders “You don’t need to be in a leadership position, to be a leader.” By Jill Thompson We need teacher leaders! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. There are a lot of other ways we can build teacher leaders within our schools. Other Resources: Building Teacher Leadership Capacity through Educational Leadership Programs Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders Becoming a Teacher Leader CTQ: Center for Teaching Quality Like this: Like Loading... The Positive Classroom:Joy in School So what can schools and teachers do to bring some joy into children's formal education? Children typically spend from six to seven hours each day in school for nearly 10 months each year. During the school year, children generally spend more time interacting with their teachers than with their parents. What happens inside schools has a deep and lasting effect on the mind-sets that children develop toward lifelong learning. Dewey's point about the destructive power of our schools should make us ask ourselves some fundamental questions: What is the purpose of school? What dispositions about learning, reading, school, the world, and the self do we want to cultivate? I am not using the word joy as a synonym for fun. As educators, we have the responsibility to educate and inspire the whole child—mind, heart, and soul. JOY 1: Find the Pleasure in Learning Why do people learn? But there is another, entirely different, reason to learn. JOY 2: Give Students Choice JOY 3: Let Students Create Things