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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Self Control: Dan Ariely at TEDxDuke”

I’m a big fan of Duke professor, author and researcher Dan Ariely, and have written a lot about his work.

Here’s a video of a talk he gave on self-control (you can find the transcript here).

It’s really quite good. Unfortunately, I think most of the examples and stories he uses — which are great — would just be too hard for high school students to connect with, and apply to, their own situation.

Nevertheless, I’m adding the video to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

June 9, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo

Dan Ariely On Pay For Performance

Dan Ariely has done a lot of research on motivation. Here’s a short video of him talking about pay for performance. I was particularly struck by something he says near the end. He asks if we were going in for surgery, would we want to tell the surgeon that if he/her does his job well we’ll give him a lot of money and if he doesn’t do his job well we’ll sue him, or would we rather have him just concentrate on doing his job?

Perhaps advocates of merit pay for teachers might want to think about that question, too?

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea.

September 29, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent Interview With Dan Ariely

I’ve just begun reading the book Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by behavioral economist Dan Ariely, and was delighted to find that Learning First’s Public School Insights just published an interview with him about how his research relates to schools.

I’d strongly encourage you to read the whole piece. Here are some excerpts:

Teachers actually control a very small part of the variance. Parents control some of it. Neighborhoods control some of it. What people decide to put on the test controls some of it. And the weather, and whether a kid is sick, and lots of other things determine the final score.

So when we create these score-based systems, we not only tend to focus teachers on a very small subset of [what we want schools to accomplish], but we also reward them largely on things that are outside of their control. And that’s a very, very bad system.

I think that we just need to get people who really care about teaching. We need to pay them a living wage, and we need to make sure that they are proud of what they’re doing. We need to give them autonomy and flexibility, and we need to put trust in them. And that would motivate them.

May 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Treasure Chest Of Immediately Applicable Motivation Strategies


I’ve previously shared much of Dan Ariely’s work on motivation, including his contribution to my Ed Week Teacher column. You can see them all at Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

TED Talks just re-circulated an older post of theirs titled What motivates us at work? More than money.

It quickly summaries many of Dan’s studies. Even though the research is geared towards motivation at work, they are all applicable to the classroom, as well.

I think every teacher can benefit from a three minute perusal of the article.

January 6, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Is Why I Make It A Priority To End Each Class & School Year On A Positive Note

I’ve previously written about the importance of ending classes and ending school years on a positive note. You can read an excerpt from one of my books where I describe the research done by Nobel-Prize winner Daniel Kahneman related to this – the “experiencing self” and the “remembering self.”

Today, Dan Ariely (you can see my previous posts about his work here) wrote about the same topic on his blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

May 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – So Far

Another day, another mid-year “Best” list (you can find all 1,700 Best lists here).

You might also be interested in:

The Best Videos For Educators In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Videos For Educators In 2016 – So Far

The Best Videos For Educators In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Videos For Educators In 2015 – So Far

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — Part One

The Best Videos For Educators In 2011

Part Two Of The Best Videos For Educators — 2010

The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010

And you might also want to see The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual — Part OneThe Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language LearnerThe Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit”; and The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading.

You might also want to check out The Best Video Collections For Educators ; The Best Video Clips On Goal-Setting — Help Me Find More ; The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More! ;  The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More ; The Best Videos About The Famous “Trolley Problem” and The Best Videos For Teaching & Learning About Figurative Language.

The Best TV/Movie Scenes Showing Good & Bad Classroom Discussions

The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More

The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More

The Best Videos About The Importance Of Practice – Help Me Find More

The Best Videos Explaining Gravitational Waves (In An Accessible Way)

The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos

The Best Videos For Learning About Civil Disobedience

The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method

I’ve also written a guest post for Edutopia titled 5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms. You might find it useful.

Here are my choices for The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – So Far (some may have been produced prior to this year, but are just new to me):

I’ll start off with share a link to my previous post, Six New Videos Teaching Bloom’s Taxonomy In Creative Ways – the headline is self-explanatory!

I’m adding this new video to The Best Resources On Different Types Of Map Projections:

I’m adding this new video from The Economist to The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History:

I’m not really sure how many of our students know who Bruce Springsteen is, but this is an amazing video for any who do (though there is one minor classroom inappropriate word)…

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice.

I’m adding this new video to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans:

We’re doing our IB Theory of Knowledge Oral Presentations, and this is a video of Michelle’s presentation. She’s given me permission to share it here. I’m giving her a 7 on the (in my opinion) somewhat weird IB Presentation Rubric.

What do you think? (by the way, you can find all our class materials on the Oral Presentation, including many other videos, here).

I have a lot of videos on the The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines list, but this is the first one I’ve seen that has characters and a storyline:

I worked with Education Week to create an animated video on the topic of transfer of learning. I’ve written a lot about transfer, including devoting a chapter in one of my books to the topic (see an excerpt from that chapter published by The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge) and publishing a popular “Best” list – The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More.

In my book I give credit to the late Grant Wiggins for an example of how to promote transfer through generalizing.  He used the example of students learning about the qualities of a successful social movement from analyzing the women’s movement.  I also use that example in the video but, because of a miscommunication, credit to him , unfortunately, doesn’t appear.  You can see links to several articles by him on the topic at my “Best” list.

Here’s the video:

I’m adding this video to The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources:

I’m adding this new video from Jo Boaler to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”:

Educator, speaker, and writer Chris Emdin gave the keynote at SXSWedu, a big education and tech conference. You can read an extensive interview I did with Chris for Education Week last year, ‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…’: An Interview With Chris Emdin. You can also read about this impressive keynote at Ed Week, SXSWedu 2017 Conference Opens With a Challenge of Attendees’ Motives.

I’m adding this new lesson and video from TED-Ed to The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice.

This new video is very engaging and enlightening. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

“How small are we in the scale of the universe?” is the title of a new TED-Ed video and lesson. I’m adding it to The Best Web Tools That Show You Objects To Scale.

Gail Desler – with the support of educators and students – has organized the fabulous Time Of Remembrance website documenting Japanese-American internment in World War Two, along with the Vietnam War.

Because of my work with Hmong refugees, I was honored to received an invitation to be interviewed as part of the project.

The full video is thirty-six minutes along. ELL teachers might find it useful, since I discuss a wide-ranging list of issues, including the importance of looking at our students through the eyes of assets and not deficits, inductive learning, concept attainment, parent engagement, professional development and many other items of possible interest.

If you go to the video at the Time of Remembrance website, it has an outline and summary of what’s covered in different sections of the video.

I’ve embedded the full video below. In addition, I’ve also embedded a short clip that Time Of Remembrance has created from the original full-length video:

Regular readers know I’m very interested in the concept of student motivation (and have even written three books on it – with a fourth on the way – see Best Posts On “Motivating” Students).

Dan Ariely is a Duke professor who has also studied the topic (you can see my past posts about his work here, including a video he did for my Ed Week column).

This evening, the PBS NewsHour did a great interview with him about employee motivation, but just substitute the word “student” for employee and it will be extremely relevant to teachers.

You can read the transcript here, and I’ve embedded the video below.

In it, he discusses the Ikea Effect (see Video: “How the ‘IKEA effect’ can motivate people to work [& learn] harder”) – basically, we are more invested in something if we feel we contributed to creating it.

I believe that idea can also be applied to constructivist pedagogy, which is why I’m a big believer in inductive teaching (see The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching, as well as this post.

In the PBS segment, he also discusses the demotivating aspects of seeing your work destroyed in front of you, which is why I am always very careful to wait to throw away student posters and other work until they are long gone for the day..

The New York Times has published a series of short and very accessible videos helping people understand implicit bias.

You see the entire series here, and I’ve embedded the first one below.

These are excellent for many classes, and I’ll certainly be using it in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes, especially when we study perception.

I’m adding this info to A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism.

In this video, fourth-graders “describe bad stereotypes they’ve heard about people who look like them.”

You can read more about it in The Washington Post article, Ten-year-olds tackle ‘The Lie’ of demeaning stereotypes in video.

I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

The Lie from Untitled Productions on Vimeo.

This article – Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Remarkable Ad About High School Love? – and video on Ad Week has been all over social media.

It sends an amazingly effective in sending a message on gun violence and schools.

I’ll be showing it Monday to my IB Theory of Knowledge class to initiate a discussion on that topic and on what we can learn from the video about Perception as a Way Of Knowing:

I’m adding this video to The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People and to The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About U.S. History:

English teacher and author extraordinaire Jim Burke shared this video on Twitter.

The clip shows (minus the peer insults) how close reading might work in a perfect world.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More.

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