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November 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: “Rethinking the Way We Teach Thanksgiving”

Rethinking the Way We Teach Thanksgiving is the headline of today’s New York Times “Room For Debate” feature.

It shares five different perspectives, primarily from educators.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece written by Yatibaey Evans of the National Indian Education Association:


I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn & Teach About Thanksgiving.

November 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: It’s Okay To Change Our Minds

The Virtue of Contradicting Ourselves is the headline of a column by Adam Grant in today’s New York Times.

It’s a great piece to use when discussing “knowledge” in IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and I’m going to use in one of the upcoming lessons for English Language Learners that I write for The New York Times Learning Network.

Plus, it offers wisdom that’s good for all of us to keep in mind.

Here’s an excerpt:


November 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quotes Of The Day: The Kansas City Royals Manager Sounds Like An Excellent Teacher


Ned Yost, the manager of the World Champion Kansas City Royals (as a native New Yorker, it’s disappointing to have to type the words “World Champion” to describe the Royals), sounds like he’s a great teacher.

The New York Times has just published a nice profile headlined How Ned Yost Made the Kansas City Royals Unstoppable: The most criticized manager in the major leagues dismissed metrics and embraced failure — and broke his team’s three-decade slump.

Here are a couple of excerpts:



October 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS NewsHour Video: The School Mess In Newark

I’ve posted extensively about the Mark Zuckerberg’s disastrous donation to Newark’s schools (see The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook).

Tonight, the PBS NewsHour interviewed Dale Russakoff about her new book, “The Prize,” which is about what happened with Newark’s school reform.

Here’s a quote from the interview, along with the video of the entire conversation:


October 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Nanci Atwell On Reading

Why kids still need ‘real books’ to read — and time in school to enjoy them is the transcript of a speech Nanci Atwell recently gave – Valerie Strauss reprinted it in the Washington Post.

Here’s an excerpt:


You might also be interested in The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading.

October 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: The Value Of Uncertainty

The Power of Embracing Uncertainty is a short and interesting interview with author Jamie Holmes that appears in Scientific American.

I think it’s particularly useful for IB Theory of Knowledge classes when we discuss knowledge, and it also offers some specific strategies that teachers can use with students to help them develop a greater comfort level with ambiguity.

And, of course, all of us involved in ideological wars of one kind or another could probably benefit from reflecting on it, too.

Here’s an excerpt:


October 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Former Head Of Chicago Schools Ready To Plead Guilty

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is apparently ready to plead guilty to a kickback scheme she arranged before she resigned.

Here are two articles that appeared today about the sad situation:

In Chicago, another tale of corruption and bribery is from The Washington Post.

Former Chicago Public Schools chief to plead guilty to bribery scheme is from The Chicago Tribune.

And here is an amazing quote from one her emails where she was negotiating the kickback: