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July 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2015

As regular readers know, I do an annual “The Best…” list on the “words of the year” that various organizations name. They usually don’t start making the announcements until the last few months of the year, but one group has already announced their words for 2015.

So, I figured I’d get a head start on the list, post it now, and add links as new announcements are made.

Here’s the first announcement:

Hashtag is ‘children’s word of year’ is from The BBC.

And here are links to my previous annual lists:

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2014

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2012

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2011

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2010

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June 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More

This post originally was a request for help to find clips, and now I’ve turned it into a “Best” list sharing the ones readers have recommended.

Last week, readers were very responsive to my request for help in finding TV and movie scenes that demonstrated metacognition, and you can see them all at The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More.

Now, I’m looking for clips showing characters demonstrating a growth mindset.

I’ve got plenty of great clips and animations that explicitly explain what a growth mindset it, and you can see them at The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

But video clips from TV and the movies are obviously more engaging to students, so I’d like to have a few in the mix.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!

The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” – Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips On Goal-Setting — Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The Best Video Clips On The Benefits Of Writing Well — Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

The Best Videos For Teaching & Learning About Figurative Language

Here are The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset”:

Moshe Mittelman recommends this great one from Back To The Future:

Mrs. Waters suggests these first two:

Judith Dubois recommends this one:

Here’s one suggested by Reed Gillespie – I just wish it didn’t convey that the teacher would get the student “there.” Instead, I wish it conveyed more clearly that the student would get “there” more on his own – with some assistance from the “teacher.”

Here’s one that sort of relates to a growth mindset, but is more just inspirational:

Jen Marten suggests this from Meet The Robinsons:

Fred Delventhal made these recommendations:

I’d follow up that last video with this one:

Paul Sinnett says, “I like this one as it shows that you don’t always realize how much you have learned. I worry about using Star Wars because The Force is repeatedly described as something you are born with, not something you learn. It comes from a very fixed mindset perspective:

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June 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case

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The Supreme Court has just made a terrible decision to hear the Friedrichs case which, if they rule in favor of the plaintiffs (the likely outcome) will eviscerate public employee unions, including our teachers associations.

And those are not the only ones who will be affected. As I said in a tweet earlier today:

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I thought readers might find these resources on the case helpful (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important):

The End of Public-Employee Unions? is from The Atlantic.

Activists look to courts to weaken grip of California teachers union is from The Sacramento Bee.

What AFT members need to know about the ‘Friedrichs’ case is from The American Federation of Teachers.

Teachers ask high court to hear union dues case is from Ed Source.

Justices take up dispute over union fees is from The Associated Press.

Supreme Court to Reconsider Key Precedent on Teachers’ Union Fees is from Ed Week.

Joint Statement on Public Service Workers on Supreme Court Grant of Cert in Friedrichs v. CTA

Supreme Court to hear case challenging compulsory fees to CTA is from Ed Source.

Guest Post: Scalia May Be Critical Vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Ass’n is from “On Labor.”

Supreme Court Case Poses Threat to Teachers’ Union Financing is from Ed Week.

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June 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay

Girl in a classroom World Bank Photo Collection via Compfight

This post was originally one lamenting the lack of good online student essay-writing tools, but I’ve turned it into a “Best” list – even though I don’t think there are any that fit the bill for me.

I’ve got a ton of tools on The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online. Many let you create picture books, create multimedia projects, and write a blog.

But hardly any provide any scaffolded support for a student to actually write a “standard” essay.

John Spencer’s Write About site, which I’ve previously written about in “Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year offers some of that.

A site I learned about today called Write Well has some potential, though its scaffolded instructions are pretty meager and there are no models.

Reader “mrsporterdcis” recommends SAS Curriculum Pathways’ Writing Navigator:

My favorite writing tool to recommend for teachers is the Writing Navigator by SAS Curriculum Pathways. SASCP is a free program that has tons of great content, but their writing tools top the list. There are four parts – the Planner, Drafter, Revisor and Publisher. They are great all together, but I particularly like the Revisor if you wanted to use other tools to do the other aspects. Go check it out! I think you’ll love it.

I LOVE SAS Curriculum Pathways and, in many ways, think it may be the most useful education site on the Web (search them on this blog and you’ll see many posts about their features). However, though I should have originally listed their writing tool on this list, I don’t think it works for my students.

What are tools that you use that I don’t know about?

Here’s a Twitter exchange with a good caution and that also shares what I think would be helpful:

“Zoom In!” Looks Like A Good Site For History Teachers

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June 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More

As recent readers know, I’ve been doing research on metacognition as part of developing a new lesson plan. Effective note-taking could be an effective metacognitive strategy, and I thought I’d start a list of some resources and invite readers to contribute more:

If you need it, here’s a simple explanation of the Cornell Notetaking System.

4 Popular Note Taking Strategies is from Exam Time.

Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students is by Vicki Davis.

Learn To Take Better Notes – 3 Note Taking Strategies Compared

Note taking Strategies for ELL Students in Content Area Classrooms

Visual Notetaking in the Classroom is by Wendi Pillars.

How English-Language Learners Have an Edge is by James Boutin.

The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking is from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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June 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More

This post was originally just a request to readers for suggested videos.  Though I continue to look for more, I immediately received a number of great recommendations and have turned this post into a “Best” list including videos.

I write a lot about metacognition on this blog (see The Best Posts On Metacognition) and in my books, and help my students develop metacognitive strategies. I’d like to use short clips from TV shows and movies that demonstrate metacognition in action, and was hoping that readers might help me find some.

This post includes several reader-suggested clips – and  can always use more!  Here are links to a few other similar Best video lists on different learning topics, like:

The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!

The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” – Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips On Goal-Setting — Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The Best Video Clips On The Benefits Of Writing Well — Help Me Find More

Here are The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition:

Paul Bruno shared this perfect one:

Here’s one from Krissy Venosdale:

Jim Windisch recommended Sherlock’s “Mind Palace.” Here’s a link to a good clip (it’s not embeddable).

Leigh Woznick suggests this scene from The Princess Bride:

Leigh also suggests this scene from The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon teaches Penny physics. The most useful part is at about the 4:00 minute mark when Penny tells him she needs for him to slow down:

Metacognition researcher Steve Fleming suggests this Big Bang Theory clip:

I’m wondering if the Beatles song “Help” might work as an example, too:

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June 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About Juneteenth

Juneteenth this year is being used in many communities to remember the nine people murdered in Charleston yesterday.

Here are a few resources on the day, and please feel free to share additional ones:

Juneteenth celebration resonates in wake of Charleston, S.C., tragedy is from USA Today.

The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t is from Slate.

Juneteenth Is for Everyone appeared in The New York Times.

Juneteenth: 150 Years Ago, Black America Got Its Own Independence Day is from The Root.

What Happened After the First Juneteenth is from TIME.

What Is Juneteenth? is by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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June 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed

So much has been written about Social Emotional Learning – see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

But, really, who has time to read all of it? What’s a one-stop shop where you can get a pretty good overview of what it is, why it’s important, and how it might work in the classroom?

Here are a handful of recent reviews/studies that I think are pretty good. Let me ones you think should be added to the list:

The Need to Address Noncognitive Skills in the Education Policy Agenda is from The Economic Policy Institute.

Teaching Adolescents To Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance: A Critical Literature Review is from The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

Social Emotional Learning in High School: How Three Urban High Schools Engage, Educate, and Empower Youth — Full Series is from Stanford.

The impact of non-cognitive skills on outcomes for young people is from The Education Endowment Foundation in the UK.

Here’s new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research titled Foundations for Young Adult Success. You can read more about it at Ed Week.

Everyone Starts With An A is from RSA.

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