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October 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Teaching Students About The Dangers Of Procrastination


Who among us doesn’t have to deal with the issue of students putting off doing work until right before it’s due?

Dave Stuart Jr. got me thinking about doing a lesson on this topic when he posted his excellent A Simple Activity for Teaching About Procrastination.

I’m planning on modifying his lesson a bit with some of these resources:

Asking These 4 Questions Can Help You Stop Procrastinating is from Fast Company.

How to Beat Procrastination is from The Harvard Business Review.

Why do You Procrastinate, and What Can You do About it? is from The Learning Scientists.


Do you have other suggestions?

October 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – Part Two


I’m posting this end-of-year “Best” list a little earlier than usual because I’m being to prepare some research-related “All-Time Best” lists (All Of My “All-Time” Best Lists In One Place!).   With all the content I have on this blog, I think readers find those “All-Time Best” lists useful, and it will be easier for me to make these research ones if I publish this annual one now.

The rest of the end-of-the-year lists will begin appearing in November.

You might also be interested in:

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2015 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2015 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2014 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2014 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2012 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011

Here are my choices for My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – Part Two:

AERA Unveils Treasure Chest Of Research Fact Sheets & Videos

Should SEL Skills Start Including An Explicit Focus On “Conscientiousness”?

THE FUTURE OF EGO DEPLETION RESEARCH is a transcript of an important debate on the theory that self-control is a limited resource. I’ve written a lot about that perspective and how I apply it in the classroom, and you can find all those posts, as well as posts on this debate and its importance, at The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

John Hattie’s Research Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated is by Peter DeWitt. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

The Best Research On How Many Decisions A Teacher Makes Each Day

The New Study Headlined “Group Work Harms Memory” Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

“What Works Clearinghouse” Unveils Newly Designed Website To Search For Ed Research

Important New Study Looks At Assets, Not Deficits, Of Teen “Defiance”

Monster Study On Learning Strategies Released

Three Studies Show Impact of Deeper Learning is from The American Institutes For Research. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Deeper Learning.”

Should Students Explain Their Thinking? Not Always, Research Saysis from Ed Week. It’s a helpful study, though I think it uses a “straw man.” It basically says that student self-explanation is effective as long as they’re giving a correct one. It’s difficult for me to believe that many teachers don’t use guidance to ensure that this is the case. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen researchers use straw men to prove their point. I’m adding the info to The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More.

A Systematic Review of the Research on Vocabulary Instruction That Impacts Text Comprehension is from The International Literacy Association. It’s behind a paywall, but looks like it might be worth the money. Thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary, where I also have links to lots of other research.

LinkedIn Finds Employers Are Looking For “Soft Skills”

Silence Can Be Golden – Sometimes

So Many Textbooks, So Many Useless Ones

Study Reinforces That Prior Knowledge Is Important – As Well As Critical Thinking Skills

Researchers Find – Once Again – That Extrinsic Motivation Doesn’t Work

If You Read Today’s NY Times Column On Supporting College Freshmen, You’ll Also Want To Read This

The Importance Of Teacher & Student Autonomy

New Study Shows Intervention Has Big Impact On “Achievement Gap” – Also Shows Shortcomings Of Ed Research

Deliberate Practice, The Olympics & Red Herrings

Video & Study Perfect For A Quick TOK Lesson On “The Problem With Slow Motion”

New Study Says Teacher-Student Relationship In Fifth Grade Sets Stage For Future Behavior

Video: “Reading books could help lengthen your life”

Guest Post: Response From David Yeager To My Question About SEL, Race & Class

Great Piece On Setting Goals Like An Olympian

Statistic Of The Day: Reading Helps You Live Longer

The Best Resources On Students Having A “Purpose For Learning”

Hattie Ranking: 195 Influences And Effect Sizes Related To Student Achievement should probably be one of every educator’s “go-to” resources.

The Best Resources On The Study Finding That Reading Books Makes You Live Longer

Math Teaching: What We’ve Learned From Research Over a Decadeis from Ed Week, and seems like it could be very useful to math teachers.

No Big Surprise: Study Finds Rundown School Buildings Hurt Academic Achievement

Opportunities & Dangers Of Big New Growth Mindset Study

The Physical & Psychological Impacts Of Racism

Another Study On Teens & Hearing Loss

“Book Deserts” In Many Of Our Students’ Neighborhoods

A Visit To Your School From Michelle Obama Raises Student Achievement – What About Other Speakers?

What is Worth Reading for Teachers Interested in Research? is a great collection put together by Robert Coe. It covers lots of issues, but I’m adding it to The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do.

Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids? is from The Atlantic and discusses important recent research. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

The Best Resources On The Value Of Positive “Self-Talk”

The Best Resources For Learning About Mindfulness In The Classroom

Major Review Of Research Reinforces Findings That Exercise Helps Learning

Another Study Points To The Importance Of Reflection

Quote Of The Day: A Problem With Book “Leveling”

Studies: Attendance & Passing Classes More Important Than Test Scores

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has released its first recommendations for how much sleep people need at different ages. Here are some articles about it:

Experts unveil new sleep guidelines for children is from CBC News.

How much sleep do kids and teens really need? New recommendations from experts. is from The Washington Post.

Here’s How Much Sleep Babies and Kids Need, By Age is from TIME.

I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.





September 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Helping To Build Empathy In The Classroom – Help Me Find More


Lately, because of some classroom incidents, I’ve been thinking about ways to help students build empathy. I’ve begun reading, and collecting, related resources, and invite readers to contribute more.

I’ll add this list to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes ; The Best Resources On “Becoming What We Read” and A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More.

Here’s what I have so far:

Animated videos help teachers build sense of empathy in students is from Ed Source. I’m not a big fan of Class Dojo (see Best Posts On “Motivating” Students), but the videos might be useful

Building Empathy in Classrooms and Schools is from Ed Week Teacher and is by By Brianna Crowley & Barry Saide.

The Seven Best Short Films to Promote Empathy in ELT is from Kieran Donaghy.

Barack Obama and the ’empathy deficit’ is from The Guardian.

Understanding How Children Develop Empathy is from The New York Times.

Empathy vs. sympathy is from The Grammarist.

A Look Back: “Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too”

The Business Case for Reading Novels is from The Harvard Business Review. It reviews research on the role of reading fiction in helping people develop empathy.

Developing Empathy is from Teaching Tolerance.

How Images Trigger Empathy is from The Atlantic.
This Is Real: Building Empathy in Times of Trauma is by Christina Torres at Ed Week.

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo.

And here are some related useful links:

The science of empathy—and why some people have it less than others is from Quartz.

Study Finds That Empathetic Teachers Enhance Student Motivation – Is Anyone Surprised?

Here’s how to raise a child to be sympathetic is from The Conversation.

Can an Increase in Empathy Lead to a Drop in Suspensions? is from Ed Week.

Empathy is key to political persuasion, shows new research is from Science Daily.

September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

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


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.

At the end of each month, I’ll also compile a few of them that I think readers might find particularly useful.

In August, I posted A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009.

In September, I looked back at 2010.  Here are my choices for the best ones:

A Look Back: “Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”

A Look Back: Combining An “Assets” Perspective With An Authentic Audience

A Look Back: Let’s Do Less ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’

A Look Back: Student Metacognition & Instructional Strategies

A Look Back: “The Office” Teaches Why Extrinsic Motivation Doesn’t Work

A Look Back: Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”

A Look Back: The Problem With “Bribing Students”

A Look Back: Being ‘Transactional’ Versus Being ‘Transformational’ in Schools

A Look Back: “The best kind of teacher evaluation”

A Look Back: “English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories”

A Look Back: “Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too”

A Look Back: “The Art Of Storytelling”

A Look Back: Student Goal-Setting Lesson

A Look Back: “How Students Can Grow Their Own Brains”

A Look Back: The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students

A Look Back: “What Would Paulo Freire Do If He Was A School Superintendent?”


September 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum


(Earlier this week, I posted about the new Smithsonian African-American Museum. Lot of new resources have come online since that day, so am expanding it into a “Best” list.)

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture has its official opening later this week.

Here are some related resources, including highlights from their website:

How a Museum Captures African American History is from The Atlantic.

The New York Times has an interactive on the museum.

Review: The Smithsonian African American Museum Is Here at Last. And It Uplifts and Upsets. is from The NY Times.

Obama to Ring In Opening of African American Museum is from The NY Times.

The Guardian has a decidedly different “take” on the museum: The Smithsonian’s African American museum – a monument to respectability politics, as does a writer in The Washington Post: The African American Museum tells powerful stories — but not as powerfully as it could.

The website itself is a treasure trove of primary resources – you can examine each object with a little of its background, there’s a section of “stories” about certain objects with much more information about them, and a particularly impressive collection of video interviews with people about their experience in the Civil Rights Movement, along with written transcripts of those conversations.

However, it was disappointing to see no suggestions, tools, or guides for using these treasures with students, so you might want to explore The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources.

The top 36 must-see items at the African American museum is from The Washington Post.

Timeline: It took over 100 years for the African American Museum to become a reality is from The Washington Post.

Tour through the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Washington Post interactive.

Video: President Obama At The Opening Of The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum (Plus Teaching Ideas)

You might also be interested in All My “Best” Lists On Race, Racism & The Civil Rights Movement – In One Place.

September 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Research On How Many Decisions A Teacher Makes Each Day


Awhile back, someone on Twitter (sorry, I don’t remember who) raised a question about how many decisions a teacher has to make each day.

I, and others, have previously written posts on this topic, and thought it would be useful to bring together what I have – feel free to suggest more:

Quote Of The Day: Have You Ever Wondered How Many Decisions We Teachers Need To Make Each Day?

Improve learning by taming instructional complexity is from Science Daily.

Jazz, Basketball, and Teacher Decision-making is by Larry Cuban.

A Teacher Makes 1500 Educational Decisions A Day is from Teach Thought.

The Qualities of Great Teachers is from ASCD.

September 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools


“XQ: The Super School Project,” the project announced last year by Laurene Powell Jobs to redesign American high schools, announced their ten winners this week.

Here is what I wrote about the effort when it was first announced:

All education needs is another rich person who wants to reform education – and we’ve got it. Laurene Powell Jobs announced a $50 million prize to reinvent high schools, which you can read about in The Washington Post and at NPR’s Marketplace. I have little faith that anything good is going to come from it, especially since the project is being led by one of the key people behind the Vergara lawsuit attacking teachers.

I’ve since learned that Travis Bristol, an educator for whom I have a great deal of respect, now has a role in it, so perhaps something good might come out of the project, after all. But I’ll believe it when I see it….

Here are articles about it:

Billionaires, Schools & “less than stellar results”

You’ll want to read Jack Schneider’s piece about it in The Boston Globe, High schools don’t need a redesign.

$100 Million Awarded in Contest to Rethink U.S. High Schools is from The New York Times.

10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest is from Ed Week.

My Mixed Feelings on XQ’s ‘Super Schools’ is by Rick Hess.

September 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits


Looking at our students thought the lens of their assets, not their deficits, has been an underlying them of my teaching career, and I thought I’d bring together many of the posts I’ve written on the topic.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Examples Of Turning Problems Into Opportunities — Help Me Find More

The Best Reasons Why Parents Should Be Looked At As Allies & Not Targets Of Blame

The Best Resources On Students Having A “Purpose For Learning”

Here posts specifically on looking at the assets of our students:

Video: New TED-Talks PBS Education Show Exceeds My Expectations & Ten Minutes Is A “Must-Watch”

Important New Study Looks At Assets, Not Deficits, Of Teen “Defiance”

Getting Organized Around Assets

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits

Very Important New Report On Looking At ELLs Through A Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits

Study Finds Another Reason To Look At ELLs Through Lens Of “Assets”: They Are Likely To Be More Creative

Students Seeing Assets, Not Deficits, In Their Neighborhoods

Response: ‘Respecting Assets That ELLs Bring To A School Community’

Looking For Assets, Not Deficits

Focusing On Neighborhood Assets — One Of My Favorite Lessons!

A Prime Example Of English Language Learner Assets

English-Learners Are Assets, John B. King Jr. Tells Educators in Bilingual Address is from Education Week.

The Positive Impact Of English Language Learners At An Urban School

A Strength-Based Approach to Teaching ESL is from Cult of Pedagogy.

From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality is by Yong Zhao.



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