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May 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

As regular readers know, I’m a big advocate of Social Emotional Learning (The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources).

I’ve also been a critique of those, like NY Times columnist David Brooks, who promote what I call “The Let Them Eat Character” strategy by suggesting that all people have to do is develop some of those SEL skills, like grit and self-control in order to escape poverty (see The Best Resources Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough).

Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, became the latest person parroting that line this week saying that people in poverty just have “the wrong mind-set.”

Today, The New York Times published a response to his comments, and it’s the best rebuttal imaginable. Columnist Emily Badger basically took all the research you can find in my “Best” list and summarized it succinctly. In the future, you won’t have to bother reviewing all those links – just reader her column, Does ‘Wrong Mind-Set’ Cause Poverty or Vice Versa?

Here’s an excerpt:

May 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New National Academies Of Science Report Identifies Three Qualities Key To Student Success

The National Academies of Sciences has just published one of their typically massive reports and this one, as they usually do, has some nuggets if you’re willing to wade through it all.

The report is called “Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies,” but much – if not all – of it also has relevance to K-12 schools. The report is available for free download.

Science Daily has nice, short, and sweet summary of the report. Here’s an excerpt:

The report seems to offer some good suggestions on how to promote the development of those qualities, though I don’t think there are any new ones that many don’t already know. But a report from the National Academies of Sciences is always nice to quote when trying to convince your administrator that time devoted to SEL skills is important.

I’m adding this info to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

May 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Useful New Study On Resilience & “At Risk Students”

A new study has just come out on resilience and “at risk students.”

It’s useful because it’s not behind a paywall and I think it contains good summaries of past research on different aspects of social emotional learning. I have to admit, though, that what they actually did in the research and they way they write their conclusions seems a bit all over the place.

Here is one good excerpt from Relationship between Resilience and Self-regulation: A Study of Spanish Youth at Risk of Social Exclusion:

You can also read a summary at Eureka Alert: How self-regulation can help young people overcome setbacks

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Important Reports On Education Released Today

Two important reports on education were released today.

One is a big Education Week multi-article report on testing and assessment called SPECIAL REPORT: STUDENT TESTING: WHAT’S NEXT.

One of the most interesting articles in the packet is headlined What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments?

Here’s an excerpt from it:

And ELL teachers won’t want to miss their article, More Testing Is Forecast for Nation’s ELL Students. I’m adding that one to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

I’m adding the entire Ed Week report to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

The other important report released today came from The National Center For Education Statistics.  They published their massive annual Condition of Education publication, which has all the data you could want about the nation’s schools and a whole lot that you probably didn’t want, too.

My eyes glazed over when I first downloaded the almost 400 page report, but I found searching the PDF for “English Language Learner” was useful, particularly for charts.

Here’s one example:

Here’s a video explaining their report:

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research

The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data

May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No Surprise: Study Finds Immigrant Students Have Trouble Concentrating When Laws Are Passed Attacking Them

In a surprise to…absolutely no one, a new study has found that Latino boys in Arizona had a harder time concentrating in the classroom after an anti-immigrant law was passed in Arizona (see The Best Sites To Learn About Arizona’s New Immigration Law).

Here’s an excerpt:


Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone (see The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement) and I don’t think it’s a stretch to see that the Trump Administration’s actions (see The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies) might very well have a similar impact.

You might also be interested in:

‘Dear President-elect Trump’: Immigrant students write letters asking for ‘the opportunity to demonstrate we are good people.’




May 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About Cognitive Bias

I’ve previously written about how teachers’ implicit bias (and “explicit” bias) can impact the classroom (see We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity).

I’ve also shared a lot about cognitive bias’ and thought a “Best” list would be useful.

But, first, I tried to clarify the difference between the two of them.  Here is a sampling of responses I received on Twitter:

Here are some resources related to cognitive bias (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About “Psychological Effects” Useful To Teachers and The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More);

57 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up How We Think is from Business Insider.

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational is from Farnam Street.

Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet

Cognitive Bias Survival Guide

QUIZ: How Good Are You At Detecting Bias? (with Lesson Plan) is from KQED.

Confirmation and Other Biases is from Facing History.

May 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Students Feel Safer At School

Students Feel Safer at School, Fewer Incidents Reported, Federal Data Show is the headline of an Education Week article about a new report out today.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

May 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – So Far

Time for my third mid-year “Best” list this year.

You might also be interested in:

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2015 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2015 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2014 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2014 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2012 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011

Here are my choices for My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – So Far:

Big Meta-Analysis Says Four Teaching Strategies Are Most Effective For Low-Income Students

Statistic Of The Day: School Bullying Reduced

The Best Resources For Learning About The Value Of “Self-Explanation”

New Research Suggests That “Community Trust” Enhances Self-Control & Long-Term Thinking

New Study Finds That Threats & Using Guilt Tend Not To Produce Student Engagement – Duh!

Here’s a simple way to boost your learning from videos: “Prequestion” is from BPS Digest. Daniel Willingham writes about the same study. I’m adding both links to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL, where you’ll find other resources related to effective student video viewing.

The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs

The Importance Of “Purpose”

Quote Of The Day: Bilingual Is Better!

Another Study Highlights Importance Of Teacher Diversity

The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On John Hattie’s Research

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

Another Unsurprising Research Result: Students Less Likely To Drop-Out If Teachers Encourage Them To Continue

The Best Resources For Learning About The Issue Of “Learning Styles”

New Report Connecting SEL To Standards Should Be On “Must-Read” List For Most Educators

Nice Article On Metacognition

Video: “This is what happens to your brain when you stop exercising”

What ‘Scarcity’ Does To The Mind & Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

Quote Of The Day: Reflection Is Important

Teaching Critical Thinking In History Reduces Belief In Pseudoscience

New Study: The Milgram Experiment Is Replicated

How P.A. Announcements Affect Student Learning

The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Action Research – Help Me Find More

New Study On Reading Takes Right Idea & Messes It Up

Study Finds That It’s True: Good Teaching Conditions For Educators Equals Good Learning Conditions For Students

New Study Reaffirms What Teachers Know: Relationships Matter

You’ll Want To Read This Interview With Education Researcher Kirabo Jackson

Another Depressing Statistic On Wealth Inequality

No Surprise: Study Finds That If Teachers Show Bias, Then Students Don’t Trust Them Or School

Finally, Developing Leadership Is Recognized as Improving Educational Outcomes! is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More!

New Study Connects Growth Mindset & “Bouncing Back” From Mistakes

Yet Another Study Finds Advantages To Being Bilingual

Study Finds Lecturing Not Best Way To Teach – Shocking (NOT!)

Surprise – NOT! Study Finds That Money Matters To Education

Quote Of The Day: Studying & Listening To Music Don’t Mix

New Study Finds Connection Between Empathy & Self-Control

Big New – & Useful – Federal Report Out Today On Helping Students Develop Self-Regulation Skills

Statistic Of The Day: Less Physical Activity For Boys Equals Less Academic Achievement

Statistic Of The Day: This One Should Make Everyone Learning A New Language Happy

“Practitioners’ Instincts, Observations” Have Important Role In Research

Mathematica Releases “Must-Have” Guide For Any Educator Trying To Interpret Research

New Study Finds That PD, Collaboration, Safety, Expectations Important For Schools – What A Surprise!

The Elephant In The Room In The Talent vs. Practice Debate

Round Two: How Much “Content” Knowledge Do You Really Need To Be An Effective Teacher?

A Decent Post About The Value Of Guided/Assisted Discovery Learning – Too Bad It Uses The Wrong Comparison

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