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July 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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You’ll Want to Watch This Two-Part Interview Jon Stewart Did With Ta-Nehisi Coates Last Night

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I think you’ll find this two-part interview Jon Stewart did with Ta-Nehisi Coates very interesting – I certainly did.

You might also be interested in the review of the book that recently appeared in my Ed Week Teacher column.

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

April 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Jon Stewart On The Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Just in case you haven’t seen this video segment on the Atlanta cheating scandal from last night’s The Daily Show, here it is…

I think it’s pretty good, though it does omit two important points — it doesn’t really talk about the overall problem of focusing on test scores, and doesn’t say anything about the fact that all the defendants were people of color.

I’m still adding it to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

December 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Jon Stewart On China’s Decision To Crackdown On Puns

Jon Stewart at the Daily Show did a very funny segment this week on the Chinese government’s crackdown on the use of puns in the media.

Except for a bleeped out expletive near the very beginning of the segment, the rest of it would be appropriate for classroom use. It would be ideal for an International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class when language is being studied.

Here it is:

February 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Watch The Extended Interview Jon Stewart Did With Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee was on The Daily Show last night. I thought she generally came across as quite reasonable and tried to minimize and gloss over many of her beliefs. Stewart kept pressing her — admirably, I thought, while trying to maintain his nice guy persona — and the best part is clearly Part Three (the second and third parts appeared on the Web). That’s when Rhee told Stewart “You’re looking confused” when it was clear that Stewart had enough of her ducking and weaving, and he began to question her more forcefully.

I was struck by several things Stewart said during the interview, including:

teaching is an art form

teachers subjected to new offensive coordinator coming in every few years

There hasn’t really been any innovation in education since John Dewey. (this is the only time I thought he was off-base)

Teachers seem like one tool to get education on track, but they seem to be the only tool that ever gets yelled at…. There’s poverty, communities, but teachers are the only ones we tell, “Fix it, or you’re fired!”

Education can take place if the soil is fertile..

Is school the biggest factor?

It seems we’ve abandoned the model of public school in the inner city

You are creating a system where the public school becomes a place for the toughest cases [and others go to charters]

The systemic issues that are the underlying causes of the poor performances never get addressed.

The entire system of standardized tests is somewhat broken.

You might also want to view Stewart’s interview with Diane Ravitch, which was extraordinary, as well as other ones I’ve previously highlighted.

What did you think of the interview?

July 28, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Joseph Stiglitz

Jon Stewart did a very good interview with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about wealth inequality in the United States. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality:

March 4, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Jon Stewart & Diane Ravitch Knock It Out Of The Park!

Last night’s “The Daily Show” was a classic. Jon Stewart opened with what was probably the most insightful, funny, and effective response I have seen to on-going teacher-bashing. Ten minutes late, Diane Ravitch came on and did a fabulous interview. For some reason, I wasn’t able to get the embed code for the entire episode. However, I was able to embed the three key sections: The first two videos are the two segments of the amazing opening piece on schools, and then the third is the interview with Diane Ravitch:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Crisis in the Dairyland – For Richer and Poorer
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

March 1, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here’s Jon Stewart’s Great Piece On Teachers From Last Night

Jon Stewart did a brilliant piece on teachers last night (You’ll certainly want to tune on Thursday night (I had originally written Wednesday by mistake) when he interviews Diane Ravitch). Here’s a portion of it:

November 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Videos For Educators In 2015 – Part Two

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Another day, another annual “Best” list (you can find all 1,500 Best lists here).

You might also be interested in:

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

Here are my choices for The Best Videos For Educators In 2015 – Part Two (some may have been produced prior to this year, but are just new to me):

TED-Ed has published an interesting lesson and video on “How computers translate human language.” I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

Gloria Ladson Billings recently did this video for Brainwaves, the great – and growing – collection of video interviews with educators. You might also want to read her contribution to my Education Week Teacher column last year, The Teachers of Color ‘Disappearance Crisis.’

I’ve written a fair amount about how and where to find accurate quotations, as well as sharing examples when “quotations” have been used inaccurately (see The Best Places To Find Quotations On The Web). John Oliver did a great segment on his show about these kind of “made-up” quotes and, surprisingly, it’s even classroom appropriate! See the video here. (it’s not embeddable).

Here are two intriguing videos about language today and tomorrow:

I shared this video from Ron Berger at Expeditionary Learning over at my Education Week Teacher blog a couple of years ago, but never posted it here.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More.

8-Bit Philosophy is a useful series of videos from Wisecrack. You’ve got to pick-and-choose, but a number of their videos can be engaging and informative for students, and presented in an exceptionally unique form. Here’s an example:

Here’s how this maker of this video describes it:

A geopolitical history of all empires, nations, kingdoms, armies and republics. More than 500 world maps spanning all historical events up to today.

The Atlantic has begun to publish a thirteen-part series of videos on race. These first two have been animations, and I assume the rest will be the same.

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

I plan on showing this video, then sharing the writing prompt below, and then show the video again… I’m adding this post to both The Best Videos Showing The Importance Of Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More and to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

What do you think the video is saying asking questions? Do you agree with what it says? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this video to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual Or Multilingual:

Christina Torres shared this amazing video from a District staff meeting in Iowa. The first minute is the typical boring stuff, but keep watching….

This video is from PBS, and is a great one for IB Theory of Knowledge teachers when exploring the arts. Even more interesting – to me, at least – is how it can applied to an understanding of “close reading.” I suspect David Coleman, the primary author of the Common Core Standards, would not necessarily agree with what the video says about the critical importance of context… I’m adding this to The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos.

I’m adding this very useful video to two lists:

The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual Or Multilingual

The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning

I think the most useful part of this next video begins at about the two-minute mark. It’s definitely something I’d show to students when we start talking about the importance of revising one’s work. I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More.

Here’s a very young Morgan Freeman demonstrating a fun classroom game. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies.

This is a great short video from Google about Google Translate.

The most translated words are:

“How are you?”
“Thank you.”
“I love you.”

It’s also a little scary to know they receive all that data from the app.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

Here’s a great video that Jim Bentley shared on Twitter. It’s from the 1940’s and is titled “Progressive Education” and is from the 1940’s:

Thanks to Emily Butler Smith for sharing this video on Twitter.

You might also be interested in The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading.

I’ve seen haka done by Pacific Islander students at our school, and on video from New Zealand rugby games, but never one like this. It was shared by @jybuell on Twitter, and you can read more about it here on CNN.

I was looking for short videos that give good introductions to Social Emotional Learning, and am adding these two to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources:

StoryCorps unveiled a new animated video earlier this year. Here’s how they describe it:

Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.

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

I think you’ll find this two-part interview Jon Stewart did with Ta-Nehisi Coates very interesting – I certainly did.

You might also be interested in the review of the book that recently appeared in my Ed Week Teacher column.

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

I’m adding this video from Business Insider to The Best Websites To Learn About Various Religions (& English):

I’ve written a lot about Luis Rodriguez, one our students’ favorite authors.

Here’s a new, and great, news segment on him (it may or may not show up in an RSS Reader):

Where did English come from? is the title of a neat lesson and video from TED-Ed.

I’m adding it to The Best Videos Documenting The History Of The English Language.

You’ll want to watch this new NPR animation accompanied by Jonathan Kozol reading from his classic education book, “Death At An Early Age”:

Video: “Watch President Obama deliver eulogy at Rev. Pinckney’s funeral” (this post includes the video and a lot of commentary)

I’m adding this video to The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading:

I’ve previously shared a lesson, and a collection of videos, I use for a lesson on perception in my Theory of Knowledge class (see Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today).

Today, I discovered a great series of short commercials with the theme “Don’t Judge Too Quickly” that would make a great addition to that lesson. Plus, they would good for English Language Learners to watch and describe what they see, along with learning the critical thinking lesson that it’s dangerous to make assumptions.

First off, here’s a group of them together. The second to the last one, however, is probably not appropriate to show in class:

Here’s another one:

There are others on YouTube, too, but, like the one I cautioned about in the first collection, they are a little “iffy” to show in class.