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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

NPR Publishes Everything You Wanted To Know About ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask….

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Well, the headline of this post is a bit of an exaggeration, but NPR has just published an important compilation of research about ELLs headlined 5 Million English Language Learners: A Vast Pool Of Talent, At Risk.

It’s probably the most up-to-date, and accessible, data about ELLs you’re going to find anywhere right now.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

February 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

Study: Teacher Satisfaction, Collaboration Are Keys to Student Achievement is the headline of an Education Week story about a new study (which is, unfortunately, behind a paywall).

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.


February 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Reaffirms What Teachers Know: Relationships Matter

The Search Institute has probably done more research than anyone over the past few years on the importance of positive relationships in the lives of young people.

They have recently issued a new publication titled “Relationships First: Creating Conditions That Help Young People Thrive.” You can get a free copy by going to the link and giving them your email. I learned about it from Kate Maguire.

Here’s an excerpt:

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

February 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

I’ve previously written about the work of education researcher Kirabo Jackson, particularly in More Evidence Showing The Dangers Of Using High-Stakes Testing For Teacher Evaluation and Statistic Of The Day: New Study Finds That Money Matters For Schools.

Today, Matt Barnum (whose work I have also shared several times) interviews him over at The 74, The 74 Interview: Kirabo Jackson on the Importance of School Spending, ‘Soft Skills’ and Teacher Quality.

You’ll definitely want to read the entire interview, but I was particularly struck by this part:

Can you describe the relationship between the teacher effects and students’ long-run outcomes?

The long-run outcomes that I look at in this current study, looking at students in ninth grade and their ninth-grade teachers. Then I look at their 12th grade outcomes, whether they graduate from high school and whether they report that they’re going to attend college. The finding there is that the teacher effects on these soft skills are much more predictive of their effects on these longer-run outcomes than the teacher effects on test scores. Teacher effects on test scores do predict — teachers who raise test scores are associated with higher levels of high school graduation and higher levels of students planning to go to four-year college, but the effects of teachers on the soft skills are much larger in magnitude.

I wasn’t quite sure if it said what I thought it said, so I corresponded with Matt, who gave me permission to include his responses – I think it’s pretty interesting and important and definitely food for thought:

LF: I really liked the interview you did with Kirabo Jackson, and plan to blog about it. I do have a question about one portion of it, however. In the response on soft skills and long-term outcomes, is he saying that ninth-grade teachers who are particularly good in helping student acquire soft skills are more successful “much larger in magnitude” in having students graduate and attend college? Or is he talking about other kinds of long-term outcomes?

Matt Barnum:

I think your initial interpretation is correct – that is teachers’ “value-added” to soft skills is more predictive than their value-added to test scores of students’ long run outcomes like graduating high school and attending college. However, teachers’ value-added to test scores *is* itself predictive of long run outcomes – just less so than their value-added to soft skills>

LF: One more question- in his past research, I know he has looked at suspension rates and other elements (I’ve listed them in a previous post about his studies tho can’t remember the others right now). That’s still the measurement he is using for ‘soft skills’?

Matt Barnum:

Yep – that’s right. The “soft skills” are “absences, suspensions, course grades, and on-time grade progression” and he’s connected teachers effects on those soft skills to teachers’ impacts on long run outcomes including high school graduation and college attendance. That is teachers who improve short-run soft skills (and test scores) also improve long-run outcomes.

February 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Depressing Statistic On Wealth Inequality

Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half The Wealth Of White Single Parents is the headline of an NPR story on a new study on wealth inequality.

Here’s an excerpt:

It goes on to say:

“Family structure does not drive racial inequity, and racial inequity persists regardless of family structure,” the authors note. “The benefits of intergenerational wealth transfers and other aspects of white privilege … benefit white single mothers, enabling them to build significantly more wealth than married parents of color.”

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality.

February 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

For youth of color, losing trust in teachers may mean losing the chance to make it to college is the headline of a Eureka Alert summary of new research.

It’s no surprise that African-American and Latino students lose their trust of schools the more they experience racism there, but I haven’t seen research that specifically connects it to a loss of trust. Of course, it’s not a stretch to assume that would happen, either.

It’s a pretty interesting article, and is worth reading in-full (it’s also short). Here’s another excerpt:

“The end of seventh grade seems to be a period for developing trust in institutions like school,” explains David S. Yeager, assistant professor of developmental psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, who led the study. “When adolescents see that school rules aren’t fair to people who look like them, they lose trust and then disengage. But it doesn’t have to be this way; teachers have an opportunity to earn minority students’ trust, and this helps students do better in middle school and beyond.”

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts About Trust & Education.

February 5, 2017
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 – Part Two.

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

Want to ace an exam? Tell a friend what you learned is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More.

How To Feel Good About Making Mistakes is from Psy Blog, and is a summary of a recent study. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

The Six Stories People Love Most is from the Washington Post.

Closed captions, transcripts aid learning for almost all students is from Science Daily.

Students with influence over peers reduce school bullying by 30 percent is from Eureka Alert. I’m adding it to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More.

Eureka Alert has published a summary of a study on what makes a successful infographic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Creating Infographics.

Why cute baby animal photos are actually toying with your brain from The Washington Post is great for use in IB Theory of Knowledge classes when studying perception.

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!

January 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

Kids should pay more attention to mistakes, study suggests is the headline of a Science Daily report on a new study.

The study finds, to no one’s surprised, that people with a growth mindset bounce back from mistakes more easily than those with a fixed mindset.

Here’s an excerpt:

Here’s more on what the researchers say:

Many parents and teachers shy away from addressing a child’s mistakes, telling them “It’s OK, you’ll get it the next time,” without giving them the opportunity to figure out what went wrong, Schroder said.

“Instead they could say: ‘Mistakes happen, so let’s try to pay attention to what went wrong and figure it out.'”

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures

The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”


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