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October 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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:

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

October 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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:

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October 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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:

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October 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“37 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants” PLUS Special Quote Of The Day

37 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants is a great collection from Vox.

On top of that, there is an interesting and long (probably too long) article in the Atlantic titled Should Immigration Require Assimilation? that is worth at least skimming.

Here’s how it ends:

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I’m adding both to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States.

September 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Effort Is Not The Only Thing” – Carol Dweck On A Growth Mindset

I’ve been a big-time fan of Carol Dweck’s work (see The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset“).

I’ve also been critical at times about what sometimes seems to a bit myopic view of the challenges facing many of our students (see Our Students Are Not Supermen & Superwomen and The Limits To The Power Of A Growth Mindset (& The Dangers When We Don’t Recognize Them)).

So I was pleased to see Professor Dweck’s recent column in Education Week, Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset.’

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’d also add that there are also ways to help students become aware of systemic causes of some of the challenges they face in a way that does not cause a sense of defeat or further depression, and I wrote about them in Building A Community of Self-Motivated Learners.

September 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Apologies Are Important, Especially From Teachers To Students

I’ve written a lot about why and how I apologize to students (see The Best Resources On The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry”).

The New York Times has published an article the echo some of those previous posts, How to Ask for Forgiveness, in Four Steps.

Here’s an excerpt:

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