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Book: Carol Dweck’s Mindset

Just finished reading Carol Dweck's 'Mindset - The New Psychology of Success'. I think this is an important book for anyone involved in education and very worthwhile for the general reader. Her theory is that there are two basic ways of looking at the world - or 'mindsets'. One is a 'fixed mindset' in which intelligence, talent, ability and skill are fixed. Success in the fixed mindset is about showing how smart you.  The other view is the 'growth mindset' where success follows learning and failure suggests more effort is required rather than being a statement on.
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LTS Website: Scotland’s New Curriculum

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, launched our new curriculum today. Have a look at our shiny new home page and Scotland's new curriculum. This has been a really big task for everyone involved. From the point of view of the LTS website it is hard to believe how far we have come over the last few years under the leadership of Patricia Kemp (overall responsibility for LTS Online/editor in chief) and Emma Walsh (responsible for the technology that underpins the site)..
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Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers – The Story of Success’

 Malcolm Gladwell I had the had opportunity to hear Malcolm Gladwell's keynote on his then recently published book 'The Tipping Point' at NECC 2004 in New Orleans. LTS had taken 10 ICT Masterclassers to the event as part of a study visit to see what was happening in the world of educational technology beyond Scotland. We all really enjoyed watching this great storyteller hold an audience of 10,000 absolutely spellbound. His latest book 'Outliers - The Story of Success'  is very accessible, he really knows how to craft a story. From an educational.
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Leaving LTS After 8 Years

After eight great years with LTS I have decided it is time for a change. I am going to leave my post as Director of Learning and Technology in the summer to start up my own business. The plan is to develop a portfolio career picking up bits and pieces of work here and there and helping out where maybe I can make a difference. I want to continue working in the learning and technology space - where I have been for the last 10 years full time and to some extent throughout my career as teacher, school manager and local authority.
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Bob Stone on Leadership

 Bob Stone Bob Stone sent me an email earlier highlighting an article he has published recently on the Governing.com website. Bob worked with Al Gore on the 'reinventing government programme' (see his book  'Confessions of a Civil Servant' for this great story).  His latest article draws on his previous work and is entitled the ABC of Leadership. I like what he  is saying around Authenticity, Buoyancy and Control. We need truthful leaders who have a vision  beyond covering their own backsides. Whilst I agree with Bob that the leader's role.
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