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December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Studying & Listening To Music Don’t Mix

I haven’t been a fan of playing music in the classroom (except during more “meditative” times when students are focusing on “mindfulness”), though I’ve shared articles offering many different perspectives at The Best Research On Listening To Music When Studying.

Today, The Atlantic published a review of much of the research literature, using the headline The Best Music for Productivity? Silence.

Here’s an excerpt:


Let me know what your experience has been!

December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Pins Of The Week


I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated nearly 11,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

I thought readers might find it useful if I began sharing a handful of my most recent “pins” each week (I’m not sure if you can see them through an RSS Reader – you might have to click through to the original post):

December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

December’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part One

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license:

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in 2016’s Most Popular Posts! and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

1.The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

2. The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students

3. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

4. The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two

5. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: “Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”


Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2012’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2013’s Best Posts From This Blog

I first published this post in 2014.  You might also be interested in Best Posts On Classroom Management

I write about positive classroom management strategies a lot (see The Best Posts On Classroom Management) and I’m always learning through everyday challenges.

One student this year is a great kid who is very energetic and can get distracted and somewhat disruptive at times. We’ve talked and experimented a lot, and have found that when he reaches that point, his going outside — to get a drink, got the restroom, or just walk for a minute or two — helps him get some energy out of his system and then is focused when he returns.

Now, we’re at the point where I’d like him to develop more of his own self-control (see The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control) so that he doesn’t wait for me to send him out. Instead, he begins to see the warning signs and goes out on his own (after giving me a subtle sign that he’s headed out).

Yesterday, we started talking about it at lunchtime and, after a few seconds, an excited look of understanding came on his face and exclaimed, “Oh, I get it! If you send me out, then I’m being bad; if I send me out, then I’m being good!”

We spoke a little more about how it’s a little more nuanced than good/bad, but that basically, yes, he got it. During class a half-hour later, he was beginning to get distracted and pointed outside. I nodded, he went out, returned a minute later, and was great the rest of the class.

One day does not a solution make but, perhaps, with a daily reminder at the beginning of class, this might work…

December 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Instructions & Feedback Form For My TOK Class “Ways Of Knowing” Project


In IB Theory of Knowledge classes, we teach how different “Ways of Knowing” are used to gain knowledge and that what we learn is then categorized into “Areas of Knowledge.”

I’ve probably uploaded about forty percent of my TOK curriculum to this blog so far, and thought I’d add a new version of the regular Ways Of Knowing project I have students do after we finish studying them all.

Here are the downloadable student instructions for the project and here is the feedback form their classmate audience completes for each one.

I view this as a dry-run for the Spring Oral Presentation the students have to complete, and it generally works out pretty well.

I’m also always interested in suggestions for how I can make it better!

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