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May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Second Quote Of The Day: Why Teachers Stay (& Why They Leave)

Paul Barnwell has written a nice article for The Atlantic titled The Ongoing Struggle of Teacher Retention.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

You might also be interested in my recent Ed Week Teacher series on the same topic.

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May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Do” Is Better Than “Don’t”

I’ve previously written about how I apply research that shows using “positive-framed” messages instead of “loss-framed” ones.

Here’s an excerpt of what I’ve written earlier about researchers learning:

that “loss framed messages” (if you do this, then something bad will happen to you) really don’t have the “persuasive advantage” that they are thought to have. In fact, positive-framed messages (if you do this, all this good stuff will happen to you) are more effective, particularly in changing people’s health behaviors.

Researchers suggest the reason is because people “don’t like to be bullied into changing…behavior.” This is similar to the reason why incentives don’t work to increasing behavior that requires higher-order thinking — people don’t want to feel like mice in a maze (I heard that in a podcast interview with Daniel Pink a few months ago).

It certain reflects my experience with classroom management. I’ve had much better success talking with students about how changing their behavior will help them achieve their goals (passing a class, graduating from high school, going to college, etc.) than with threatening negative consequences (though, admittedly, in a few circumstances, that might work and I’ve used it).

A new study released today reinforced these same findings. Here’s an excerpt:

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May 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: It’s Not An Achievement Gap – It’s An Advantage Gap

Here’s how standardized tests like the SAT have poisoned America’s classrooms is the headline of a Business Insider interview with author and NPR education reporter Anya Kamenetz.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad).

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