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April 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: “A scientific look at the art of teacher talk”

A scientific look at the art of teacher talk is the title of a report from Eureka Alert on a new study.

Here’s an excerpt:


Those findings probably won’t sound surprising to most teachers, but it would be interesting to learn more about the study. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it online, though I did locate a preliminary presentation the authors did that I really didn’t understand. This is the website of one of the authors, so I assume it will be posted there at some point.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

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April 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds Childhood Self-Control Leads To Better Adult Job Prospects

Childhood self-control linked to enhanced job prospects throughout life is the headline of a Science Daily story on an ambitious study that tracked 15,000 people from age seven to adulthood.

The study itself is behind a paywall, but I do plan on purchasing it to review it further. It carries particular credibility since Roy F. Baumeister is one of the co-authors. I’ve written several posts about his work (and have applied his findings in my own classroom), and interviewed him for my Education Week Teacher column.

Here’s an excerpt from the Science Daily report:


I’m adding this post to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

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April 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: “Asking Advice Makes a Good Impression” & Its Connection To The Classroom

Asking Advice Makes a Good Impression is the title of a recent Scientific American article reporting on some new studies.

When I saw this piece, I immediately thought of a post I had previously published, The Best Research On Why Some Students Ask For More Or Less Help Than Others.

I wonder if incorporating this new research into a broader SEL lesson might be an effective way to encourage some students who might be more reluctant to ask for help to modify their perspective.

Here’s an excerpt from The Scientific American report:


Speaking of advice, you might also be interested in a previous post of mine titled Advice On Giving Advice.

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April 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The Importance Of Displaying Student Work

You may, or may not, remember a lot of publicity last year about a study that supposedly found bare classroom walls were the best learning environment for students.

There were a lot of problems with that research, which I discussed in The Best Posts On The Study Suggesting That Bare Classroom Walls Are Best For Learning.

Now, a new major study has just been released on school and classroom environmental factors that influence student learning.

All of its findings seem like fairly common sense to me — natural light, room lay-out, etc. One thing in particular, though, struck me as I remembered the problematic research from last year. Here’s what the new study found about classroom walls:


Sounds good to me!

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April 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Education Won’t Solve Inequality

Why you can’t solve income inequality by sending people to college is an new article in The Washington Post.

Here’s an excerpt:


The New York Times also had an article about the experiment, Why More Education Won’t Fix Economic Inequality.

This is obviously not arguing against our students attending college, which I’m all for — see The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career.

But it does argue against some who might say that education is the best way to combat economic inequality (see The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality — Help Me Create A Simple Lesson Plan Using Them).

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality.

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March 31, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Children, Poverty & Brain Size

There has been a lot of recent attention to a new study finding that living in poverty can result in children having a reduced brain size.

Here are three articles about it:

Brain development in children could be affected by poverty, study shows is from The Guardian.

Poverty shrinks brains from birth is from Scientific American.

Poverty linked to brain structure in children, new research shows is from The Washington Post.

Here’s what I consider to be the key “takeaway”:


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March 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Special Edition: Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week — Part Two

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. Since I’ve already posted one edition this week, this is a special Part Two.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Why We’re More Likely To Remember Content With Images And Video is an infographic and also provides a text summary. It’s from Fast Company. Unlike similar infograhics out there, it provides references for the research it cites.

6 important things to know about how your brain learns is from The Next Web, and it was shared by Eva Buyuksimkesyan on Twitter.

(Not) Blooms. is from The Agility Teaching Toolkit (@ASTsupportaali), and offers a unique perspective on explaining Bloom’s Taxonomy to students. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom. Thanks to Vipula Sharma for sharing it on Twitter.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward is a great video collection from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class is by Angela Stockman. I’m adding it to The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?

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