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June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About Mindfulness In The Classroom


Even though I’ve been a big advocate of Social Emotional Learning (see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources), I haven’t done a whole lot in the “mindfulness” area. This past year, though, we did do a related experiment, and I’ll share a post about its results in the future.

For now, though, here are a few “mindfulness” resources – please share others in the comments section:

Mindfulness Can Mean More Than Meditation – Can’t It? is a post I’ve published earlier.

Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools? is from The Atlantic.

Mindfulness in the Classroom: A How-To Guide is from Ed Week.

Student ‘Reflection Needs to Be a Habit’ is Part Two in my Education Week series on reflection in the classroom.  It discusses mindfulness.

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day is from The Harvard Business Review.

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Major Review Of Research Reinforces Findings That Exercise Helps Learning

Plenty of research has found that exercise helps student learning (see The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources).

The Los Angeles Times today reported on a group of researchers from around the world who have spent months reviewing the latest research on the topic. You can read the article at To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say.

Here’s an excerpt:


June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Study Points To The Importance Of Reflection

I’ve shared many posts about the importance of reflection in learning (see The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection).

A new study reinforces that perspective.

Making Experience Count: The Role of Reflection in Individual Learning is by Giada Di Stefano, Francesca Gino, Gary P. Pisano and Bradley Staats at the Harvard Business School, and is not behind a paywall.

Here’s an excerpt:


June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: A Problem With Book “Leveling”

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan published a very useful post today titled Further Explanation of Teaching Students with Challenging Text.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea.

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June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Studies: Attendance & Passing Classes More Important Than Test Scores


Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school? is a useful Washington Post article reviewing research about what factors accurately predict high school graduation.

And standardized test scores aren’t one of them.

Here’s another important quote in the article that clearly justifies our school’s heavy emphasis on ninth-graders’ success (as does previous research – see Important Article — “Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School”):

Allensworth’s research on the strong correlation between the number of courses ninth-graders pass and the high school graduation rate persuaded Chicago school officials to begin closely tracking the passing rate of freshmen, going to new lengths to make sure that students were coming to school regularly and engaging in class.

Of course, as the article indicates, doing this right requires resources – which are not always available….

June 26, 2016
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 2016 – So Far.

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

Education Week writes about what is – as far as I know – the first research study on “teacher leadership.” I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More!

Eureka Alert reports that “Adolescents focus on rewards and are less able to learn to avoid punishment or consider the consequences of alternative actions, finds a new UCL-led study.” I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos Explaining Why Punishment Is Often Not The Best Classroom Strategy.

Evidence of hearing damage in teens prompts researchers’ warning is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teens & Hearing Loss.

Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools? is from The Atlantic.

Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement is also from The Atlantic.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has released its first recommendations for how much sleep people need at different ages. Here are some articles about it:

Experts unveil new sleep guidelines for children is from CBC News.

How much sleep do kids and teens really need? New recommendations from experts. is from The Washington Post.

Here’s How Much Sleep Babies and Kids Need, By Age is from TIME.

I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.

June 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Impact Of Supreme Court Immigration Decision On Our Students


I’ve previously posted about Thursday’s disastrous Supreme Court decision (Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Harms Students & Their Families).

Yesterday, Ed Week wrote about a new report detailing the impacts on our students in a post headlined Supreme Court Deadlock on Immigration Could Affect Student Well-Being.

In addition, here are two other new and important articles about immigration issues:

Obama’s Death Sentence for Young Refugees is from The New York Times.

Low-Priority Immigrants Still Swept Up in Net of Deportation is also from The Times.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On President Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration.

June 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Numbers of Immigrant Students Will Continue To Grow

Cross-Generational Differences in Educational Outcomes in the Second Great Wave of Immigration is the title of a new study from The American Institutes For Research.

There seems to me to be two key findings from the study.

Here’s the first:


The second conclusion is depressing: they found that the academic performance of first, second and third generations Hispanic and Asian students (at least those they studied in Florida for the report) got progressively worse.

The authors say that exploring the reasons for that deterioration and what can be done about it are “beyond the scope” of their study, though it seems not particularly responsible to duck those issues when you have those kinds of blockbuster findings – especially in the political climate today.

What are your thoughts on the research?

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