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March 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method

We learn about the scientific method in IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and especially talk about its application in all areas of life – not just science. I’ve previously posted about this topic, and thought readers might find it useful to see some of the videos I use, depending on the time available. Feel free to suggest more!

Here’s another version:

March 12, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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First Grader Makes Rube Goldberg Machine (& Explicitly Connects It To Scientific Method)

A first grader created a Rube Goldberg Machine. That in itself makes this a neat video to watch. The “kicker,” though, is that he makes some explicit connections to the scientific method, too. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines.

June 22, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Using The Scientific Method In English & Social Studies

I’ve often used the scientific method in my English and Social Studies classes — both with English Language Learners and with mainstream students.

The MCREL blog just posted a nice related piece titled Generating and Testing Hypotheses is Not Just for Science that’s a good short read.

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

Time for another mid-year “Best” list.

I’ll be adding this post to All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2015

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part One

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far

The Best Science Websites — 2010

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Websites — 2008

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far (not in any order of preference):

NPR has just announced their first show geared towards kids – a science podcast called “Wow In The World.” Here’s how they describe it:

NPR is thrilled to announce the launch of Wow in the World, a new podcast for kids ages 5-12 that illuminates the wonders of science, technology, discovery and inventions….Starting May 15, NPR’s Guy Raz and SiriusXM’s Mindy Thomas will take kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the most incredible science and kid-friendly news stories of the week.

One would think it could also have potential for use in the classroom.

The Best Resources On The Cassini Spacecraft

Here are two new (to me) sites providing very accessible science resources to teachers and students:

Reachout Reporter (you can learn more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog)

Young Person’s Trust For the Environment (you can more about it at TopMarks).

Apollo 13 Explosion Occurred On This Day In 1970 – Here’s The Story Behind The “Hack” That Saved Them

Legends of Learning is a new site that provides custom-built games organized by learning objectives. Teachers can create “playlists” they want their students to access and then monitor their progress. They only have science-related games right now, but plan on adding more related to other subjects soon. You can read more about it at USA Today’s article, ‘Spotify for learning games’ coming to classrooms, and I’ve embedded a video about the site at the bottom of this post. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress It appears the site is free for a month or so after registration (longer if you have fewer students) and then you have to review games, perform other services for the site, or pay per student.

The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Space & Planets

“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.

Vanishing: The Extinction Crisis Is Far Worse Than You Think is an important – and depressing – new CNN multimedia interactive. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day).

 

May 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

March 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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March’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,690 Of Them

Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,690 of them categorized here):

All My BAM! Radio Shows About English Language Learners

The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos

The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools

The Best Resources On The Latest Travel Ban By The Trump Administration

The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Action Research – Help Me Find More

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

The Thirty-Seven “All-Time” Best Lists

The Best Resources On Classroom Seating Strategies

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education

The Oscars Are Awarded This Sunday – Here Are All My “Best” Lists Related To Movies

 

 

 

October 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: Is This The Most Important Research Study Of The Year? Maybe

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

I originally shared this post in 2011.   You might also be interested in some related “Best” lists I’ve published since then, including The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior” and The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching,

This month’s issues of ASCD Educational Leadership has just been published, and in itRobert Marzano reports on a study that may be the most important one that’s come out this year.

Here is a very simple summary of his study, which was a “meta-analysis” of hundreds of others: It found that “direct instruction” was a more effective instructional method than “unassisted discovery learning.” And it found that “enhanced discovery learning” trumped them both.

I personally think this idea of “unassisted discovery learning” is a bit of a “straw man.” It basically means that students have to learn on their own with very little assistance from a teacher. As example might be how I started a science lesson once on the scientific method — I gave students two cups — one half filled with water, and scissors and asked them to figure out how they would tell time with it. I call the issue a “straw man,” though, because I, and many other teachers, might start off a lesson like this (plenty of research has shown that the use of “novelty” like this is effective), I’m not convinced many would make the whole lesson “unassisted.”

What’s important, though, about the study, I think, is that it highlights that “enhanced discovery learning” was particularly effective.

Here’s how the study itself (you have to pay $12 to gain access to it) defined “enhanced discovery learning”:

…generation, elicited explanations, and guided discovery conditions. Generation conditions required learners to generate rules, strategies, images, or answers to experimenters’ questions. Elicited explanation conditions required that learners explain some aspect of the target task or target material, either to themselves or to the experimenters. The guided discovery conditions involved either some form of instructional guidance (i.e.,scaffolding) or regular feedback to assist the learner at each stage of the learning tasks.

That certainly sounds like the exact definition of inductive teaching and learning. a strategy which our school uses a whole lot, and about which I have written a great deal on this blog and in my books.

Plus, it gets the Marzano “imprimatur”!

What do  you think — am I exaggerating the potential importance of this study?

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