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June 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Carol Dweck’s New Response To Critiques Of Growth Mindset

The value of teaching students about a growth mindset has recently been criticized by some education researchers.

Today, Carol Dweck published an important response that – seems to me, at least – does an excellent job of answering those criticisms.

You can read it at The Conversation, Growth mindset interventions yield impressive results.

It also includes a lot of useful links.

The Mindset Scholars Network has also shared a summary of her article.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Big New Study On Reading Instruction

Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert is a huge new study that has a lot to offer – plus, it’s not behind a paywall.

It makes some good points:

* It reinforces what others have suggested – that the important point for effective phonics instruction is not which system is used, but that some kind of system is used.

* Unlike most studies like this, it actually has section highlighting why and how student motivation is an important part of any instructional strategy.

* It supports much of what the National Reading Panel recommends.

It also has some misses, including:

* It offers a not particularly nuanced or accurate description of the so-called “reading wars” (see The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”).

* It fixates on the centrality of phonics instruction and is clueless about why many teachers are not supporters: Because so much of the scripted phonics curriculum out there is absolutely terrible and not engaging! But there are good ways to do it (see The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics).  The study’s authors obviously would have benefited by talking to K-12 teachers (or, if they did, to more of them).

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

June 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Research Studies Of The Week

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I often write about research studies from various fields and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature.

By the way, you might also be interested in My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2018 – So Far

Here are some new useful studies (and related resources):

Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens’ Brains is from Scientific American.

Research finds fair classroom practices disarm threat of evaluation retaliation is from Eureka Alert. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers)

It’s time to move beyond the word gap is from Brookings. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Word Gap”

The “Debunking” of Hart & Risley and How We Use Science is by Daniel Willingham. I’m adding it to the same list.

What doctors wear really does matter, study finds is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best (Or, At Least, The Most Interesting) Posts On Teacher Attire.

Breaking Down the Myths That Lead Young Students to Miss School is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism.

This is your brain detecting patterns is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching.

The Problem with “Learning Styles” is from Scientific American. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Issue Of “Learning Styles”

American Kids Keep Getting Better and Better at Reading is from Mother Jones. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

Students’ Healthy Habits Can Boost Their Chances for College is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources.

The New York Times published Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math: Rich, White and Suburban Districts. Here’s additional info on that study.

Here’s a good commentary on that study:

June 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Study Shows That The Brain Changes Physically When Learning Something New

Inspired by Carol Dweck, I regularly teach lessons so that students can see that they can physically strengthen their brain by learning something new (see The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning).

Yet another study has just come out reinforcing those findings.

Here’s an excerpt from the Science Daily article, How instruction changes brain circuitry with struggling readers:

On a different matter, though, you can read here why we should use the term “developing readers” instead of “struggling readers.”

June 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Is A Fascinating & Useful Study: Charts Are More Convincing Than Text

Study: Charts change hearts and minds better than words do is a new Washington Post article about a fascinating study.

Here’s an excerpt:


These findings are obviously useful for when educators are involved in education policy discussions.

They can also be useful when we teach our students to write persuasive/argument essays.  I’ve previously shared the results of other studies in a similar vein and how I use them when teaching about argument essays (see Important Research For Writing Persuasive Essays and A study finds that both experts and non-experts can be more persuasive when they express uncertainty).

Why not add chart-making into the mix?

Of course, if I/we do that, we probably also want to teach about misleading charts.  At the end of this post, I’ve embedded two videos I use in my IB Theory of Knowledge class to teach just that…

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays

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