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December 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Fighting in Teenagers Lowers Their IQ”

Fighting in Teenagers Lowers Their IQ reports on the results of a recent study.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m not sure how strong a deterrent reading this article would be to students, but it certainly couldn’t hurt — ideally prior to an altercation. But, if not then, perhaps as part of the disciplinary process?

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December 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Subtract Teachers, Add Pupils: Math of Today’s Jammed Schools”

Subtract Teachers, Add Pupils: Math of Today’s Jammed Schools is an article in today’s New York Times that includes a particularly interesting graph on school funding levels.

Here’s an excerpt:

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You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter.

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December 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Must-Read Column By Joseph Stiglitz In NY Times: “In No One We Trust”

I’ve written a lot about the importance of trust in education. In fact, I have a list titled The Best Posts About Trust & Education.

Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz puts that issue in a broader context in New York Times, while at the same time making the connection to education. In No One We Trust is a must-read.

Here’s an excerpt:

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You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea.

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December 6, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “A Second Look at iPads in Los Angeles”

Larry Cuban has published an insightful critique of the the iPad disaster in Los Angeles, A Second Look at iPads in Los Angeles.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools.

I’m also adding this article to the same list:

Mixed reaction to iPad rollout from L.A. teachers and administrators is from The Los Angeles Times.

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December 1, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – Part Two

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A few months ago, I begin periodically posting “quotes of the day.”

In addition, I regularly highlight quotes from guests writing at my Education Week Teacher column.

Here are my favorites since I published The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – So Far six months ago:

The Myth of Teachers Not Changing is a post by Larry Cuban.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Close Reading and Far-Reaching Classroom Discussion: Fostering a Vital Connection is a paper written by Catherine Snow and Catherine O’Connor for the International Reading Association.

It offers some important warnings for all educators. Here’s an excerpt:

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Do student test scores provide solid basis to evaluate teachers? is an article from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education that reports on new research by Edward Haertel, emeritus professor of education. The professor recently published a report on the use of Value Added Measures.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Why Do Teachers Quit? is an interesting article in The Atlantic.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose child was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, had a guest column published in Education Week — A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers.

Here’s an excerpt:

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The Associated Press published Facts, figures as students return to the classroom.

Here’s an excerpt:

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The New York Times published a number of responses to an article on teacher “churn” in charter schools (see An Eye-Opening Article On Charter School Teacher Turnover).

Carol Burris’ response is phenomenal.

Here’s an excerpt:

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NPR interviews several educators, including Rafe Esquith, at More Than A Number? Educators On What Standardized Testing Means.

Here’s an excerpt from the NPR interview:

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I’m a big believer in the use of storytelling in teaching (see The Power Of Stories for more details on how I do it).

Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive
is a good article from Fast Company on the same topic.

Here’s an excerpt:

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The article also mentioned this nice quote from Ira Glass:

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Peter Bregman wrote a good, short post for the Harvard Business Review titled “A Question That Can Change Your Life.”

Here’s an excerpt:

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In light of the big Washington Post news earlier this year , Dan Pink tweeted out a link to Jeff Bezos commencement address at Princeton. Here’s an excerpt:

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When Can You Trust a Data Scientist? is a very thoughtful article that I’d recommend to all teachers and, particularly, to anyone doing research in the education field.

It includes several criteria to consider when deciding if one should trust a “data scientist” or anyone who does research. Here are two:

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Practical Tips for Overcoming Resistance is a post from The Harvard Business Review.

Here’s an excerpt that shares the best classroom management advice anyone can give — and listen to:

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‘There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student’ is the title of one of my posts over at Education Week Teacher. The “line-up” of contributors is impressive, with guest responses from Cris Tovani, Josh Stumpenhorst and Eric Jensen.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Response: Helping Students Develop a Desire To Read At Home is another post over at Education Week Teacher. It includes responses from Donalyn Miller and Myron Dueck, and I throw in my own ideas.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Response: The Best Advice On Doing Project-Based Learning is yet another post over at Education Week Teacher. Suzie Boss provides the primary guest response, along with many suggestions from readers.

Here’s an excerpt:

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November 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Close Reading and Far-Reaching Classroom Discussion”

Close Reading and Far-Reaching Classroom Discussion: Fostering a Vital Connection is a paper written by Catherine Snow and Catherine O’Connor for the International Reading Association.

It offers some important warnings for all educators. Here’s an excerpt:

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Thanks to my colleague Lara Hoekstra for passing the article along.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading”

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October 24, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Do student test scores provide solid basis to evaluate teachers?”

Do student test scores provide solid basis to evaluate teachers? is an article from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education that reports on new research by Edward Haertel, emeritus professor of education. The professor recently published a report on the use of Value Added Measures.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

In addition, I highlighted that excerpt with a new tool called Notegraphy, a web and phone based application that lets you attractively display text. I learned about it from Richard Byrne’s blog. It seems okay, though I couldn’t get it to work with Pinterest and it doesn’t provide an embed code. I downloaded it to my computer and uploaded to this post.

Nevertheless, I’ll still add it to The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing.

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October 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Second Quote Of The Day: “David and Goliath”

I’ve previously posted about Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath.

This morning, I was listening to an interview that Dan Pink did with Gladwell and, while he was talking about the battle between David and Goliath, he made an important point that’s known and used by community organizers, and is also something worth remembering by those of us fighting against many of the harmful efforts of “school reformers.” Here it is:

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October 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “The Sham & Shame Of Best Practices”

Larry Cuban has just published an important post titled The Sham and Shame Of Best Practices.

He discusses how the concept of “best practices” is adapted from the medical world, where it has also been criticized.

Here’s a key paragraph where he describes an analysis done of the concept in health care:

According to Groopman, experts who recommended “best practice” treatments (and their advice became Medicare mandates to all physicians) “did not distinguish between medical practices that can be standardized and not significantly altered by the condition of the individual patient, and those that must be adapted to a particular person.” He gives the example of putting a catheter into a blood vessel, a procedure that involves the same steps for every patient to avoid infection. This “one-size-fits-all” mechanical procedure differs from prescribing a “best practice” for a complex disease such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, or breast cancer. Not making this critical distinction leads experts to overreach in their recommendations to practitioners and, in time, turn a “best practice” such as hormone replacement therapy for women into a fad. A similar situation plagues school reform.

And here’s Larry Cuban’s verdict:

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September 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “The problem with philanthropy”

I’ve often been critical of the role of private foundations (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy).

A short piece at Al Jazeera is worth reading. It’s titled The problem with philanthropy.

Here’s an excerpt:

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September 20, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Why Paying Kids to Do Homework Can Backfire”

Why Paying Kids to Do Homework Can Backfire is an article published today at TIME.

It doesn’t offer anything particularly new to longtime readers of this blog or my books, but it does provide a good summary of research.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to:

The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students

The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues

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September 6, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers”

Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose child was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, just had a guest column published in Education Week — A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers.

Here’s an excerpt:

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You might also want to visit A Collection Of Resources On The Sandy Hook Shooting.

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