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July 20, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Now There’s A Surprise – Study Finds That People Like To Receive Thank You Letters


I’m sure this isn’t a surprise to anybody, but The NY Times just published the results of a study finding that people receiving thank you letters cared about their warmth, not how well they were worded (see You Should Actually Send That Thank You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write).

That may be obvious to most of us, but may not be as clear to our students.

Each Thanksgiving, I do A Simple & Effective Classroom Lesson On Gratitude, which is actually one of the all-time most popular posts on this blog.  In it, I describe how students write a thank you note to someone and often make a phone call, as well.

I think mentioning this study might help make students more comfortable doing the activity.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources On “Gratitude.”


July 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study: “Repeated exposure to false statements can lead people to believe those falsehoods”


What Do We Know About False News is a new and pretty ambitious article in the Harvard Business Review.

I’ll certainly be using parts of it in my IB Theory of Knowledge class, particularly the section I highlight in the box at the top of this post.

I’ll add this info to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

July 18, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Finds – Wait For It – More Money For Education Helps Students & Teachers


As unbelievable as it seems, some people still question whether schools need more funding – despite tons of research documenting how it helps (see The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools).

The Learning Policy Institute today came out with a new report showing that money does, indeed, matter.

Check out Money Matters For Schools.


July 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Shocker – NOT: Study Finds Not Sweating The Small Stuff Is A Good Classroom Management Strategy

In a surprise to not a single teacher anywhere, a new study finds that being positive and not focusing on minor disruptions is an effective classroom management strategy.

Here’s an excerpt from a summary of the research, Celebrating positives improves classroom behavior and mental health:

I’m adding this info to Best Posts On Classroom Management.

July 10, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Role Of Empathy In Classroom Management

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You is an interesting and useful article in the Harvard Business Review, and it’s very applicable to the classroom.

It’s worth reading the entire article, but here are a few key words of advice it offers to apply empathy to improve difficult relationships:


Make a concerted effort to understand your colleague’s perspective and feelings.
Engage in acts of kindness and compassion toward your annoying colleague.
Learn to recognize clues that you’re having a negative emotional reaction toward your colleague. Take deep breaths and stay calm.


Take your colleague’s behavior personally and lash out. Instead, look inward and ask yourself: What’s causing me to react this way?


I’m adding this info to:

Best Posts On Classroom Management

The Best Resources On Helping To Build Empathy In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

July 9, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Tools For Academic Research

Doing academic research can be a pain-in-the-butt, especially if you don’t teach at a four-year institution that has lots of institutional access to it.

But there are tools out there that make it easier, and I’ve written about several of them.

I thought it would be useful to bring them all-together in one post. Let me know if I’m missing anything:

Author Path is a free tool to help university students write theses or journal articles. I had my daughter check it out (she just completed her Masters Thesis), and she says it would have been very helpful to her.

“Google Scholar” Alerts Could Be Very Helpful For Research

The Best Commentaries On Sci-Hub, The Tool Providing Access to 50 Million Academic Papers For Free

Sci-Hub Loses Domain Names, But Remains Resilient

“Unpaywall” Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free

“Iris.ia” Seems Like A Very Useful Research Tool

New Tool for Open-Access Research is from Inside Higher Ed.

July 3, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Finds Prospective Teachers View Black Children As Hostile & Angry

In a surprise to…no one, a new study has found that a group of prospective teachers view African-American children as more hostile and angry than white children.

Both prospective and existing teachers, particularly those of us who are white, have a lot of work to do about our biases.

I’m adding this info to New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work.

July 2, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study Finds That If Teachers Make Students “Feel Like They Matter,” Then Behavior Is Better – Who Would Have Thought?

In a Eureka Alert summary of a new study (When mentors do this one thing, it can help reduce teen delinquency), researchers report that young people with mentors have improved behavior if they “feel like they matter.”

What does this actually mean?

Here’s a quote directly from the study:

The presence of a natural mentor may provide a positive model for young people. However, one question remains: how do young people move from seeing positive behavior and receiving support and encouragement to exhibiting positive behavior? We propose it is “mattering,” coming to feel important and connected to others. Informed by the model of mentoring that Rhodes proposed, and the research on identity development, has supported (Rhodes, 2005), we find that one believing that he or she is a significant part in the lives of others is a key element of what people need to learn to be integrated into society with strong social bonds. Even if our findings are not from ideal statistical relationships, we do have a noteworthy outcome: if as an adult one has maintained a close relationship with an important natural mentor, this strong bond likely increased mattering while also decreasing delinquency.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students.

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