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April 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

Most educators have heard about John Hattie and his education research. I’ve shared many related resources over the years, and this first tweet by Scott Martin today prompted me to put them all together in one “Best” list (again, this are just resources I’ve previously posted in this blog – I’m sure I’m missing other good pieces). Feel free to suggest other additions (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research):

This Is Interesting: “8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On”

Two Good John Hattie Videos

What Does “Direct Instruction” Really Mean?

“‘Visible Learning for Literacy’: An Interview With Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey”

John Hattie’s Research Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated is by Peter DeWitt.

Hattie Ranking: 195 Influences And Effect Sizes Related To Student Achievement should probably be one of every educator’s “go-to” resources.

Monster Study On Learning Strategies Released

Making a Visible Impact is a useful article providing a good summary of John Hattie’s research findings about what works in the classroom.

John Hattie on BBC Radio 4: “Homework in primary school has an effect of zero.”

April 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

As anyone who has tried to pursue even a little bit of academic research can attest, publishers charge an arm-and-a-leg to access studies if you are not part of an institution that subscribes to their journals. And the authors of those studies don’t even get any of that money!

Last year, Sci-Hub broke through that barrier in one attempt (which may or may not be legal) to create more access – see The Best Commentaries On Sci-Hub, The Tool Providing Access to 50 Million Academic Papers For Free.

Today, another option was unveiled.

Today we’re launching a new tool to help people read research literature, instead of getting stuck behind paywalls. It’s an extension for Chrome and Firefox that links you to free full-text as you browse research articles. Hit a paywall? No problem: click the green tab and read it free!

The extension is called Unpaywall, and it’s powered by an open index of more than ten million legally-uploaded, open access resources.

You can read more about it at Announcing Unpaywall: unlocking #openaccess versions of paywalled research articles as you browse (which is the source of the above quote) and at TechCrunch, Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers.

Apparently, many institutions now require their faculty upload their published papers to their libraries, and that is a primary source for Unpaywall research.

I just tried it and it seems to work fairly well…

April 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Hidden Brain is a great NPR podcast which I’ve previously mentioned. Now, they’ve created free Hidden Brain Study Guides, and I think these will be very, very useful to teachers.

The New York Times Learning Network has an annual Found Poem contest, and they’ve also published a helpful Found Poem lesson plan. I’m adding this info to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.

Flexible Seating in Middle School is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Classroom Seating Strategies.

TOK and “fake news”: 3 tips, 2 downloads, and 3 resources is a helpful resource for Theory of Knowledge and other classes. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

Equity and Cultural Responsiveness is from Just Ask Publications. I’m adding it to Rick Wormeli shared it on Twitter. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

Several teacher bloggers at Education Week – including me – shared our favorite books and reading instructional practices.

Encouraging Student Self-Reflection is by Donna Boucher. Laura Robb shared it on Twitter. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection.

Recommended Educational Research Papers for Teachers to Read is a treasure trove of links to many useful studies for teachers to review. It was compiled by Mr. Barton Maths, and recommended on Twitter by Carl Hendrick.

April 1, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

I can’t imagine that anyone will be surprised at a new study the finds students are more likely to continue in school after the age of sixteen and then continue to go on to college if they receive teacher encouragement.

Here’ an excerpt from one summary of the study, which is NOT behind a paywall. This report is from Eureka Alert, Teacher encouragement has greatest influence on less advantaged children:

Ed Week has also reported on the research at Study: A Teacher’s Encouragement Gives Students a Lasting Boost, as has the BBC (Teacher encouragement ‘gives pupils long-term boost’).

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students


March 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

There really isn’t much of question about the validity of so-called “learning styles” in the way they are usually discussed in education — they don’t exist.

However, I do get concerned that the often almost gleeful pummeling of them can be done without acknowledgment of the reality of our classrooms – many of our students do indeed require different teaching methodologies – a one size fits all mentality just doesn’t work. That doesn’t mean we have to buy-into the pseudo-science of “learning styles,” but it does mean that – in many ways – we need to differentiate (see The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction) and personalize instruction (not necessarily by tech – see The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”).

I was prompted to post this list after seeing an excellent piece on the topic at this month’s issue of ASCD Educational Leadership.  It’s headlined Research Matters / Learning Styles: It’s Complicated and is written by Bryan Goodwin and Heather Hein.

In many ways, it reminded me a similar piece written by Heather Wolpert-Gawron several years ago titled Studies Find There’s No Such Thing As Learning Styles – As Teachers, Should We Care? (you’ll definitely want to read the comments section there, too). I posted about it at the time it came out, too.

Also, check out Beyond Learning Styles & Multiple Intelligences from Middleweb.

Let me restate, though, that, despite my belief in the necessity of differentiated instruction, the straitjacket categories often described as learning styles have little or no research evidence. If you doubt that, check out:

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists at The Guardian.

Are ‘Learning Styles’ a Symptom of Education’s Ills? at The New York Times.

What do you think?

March 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

Most of us teachers know that Social Emotional Learning skills are critical to any kind of academic learning.

However, in the face of unrelenting academic standards, many educators might feel pressured to short-change spending classroom time on SEL skills development and instead focus on content “coverage.”

Fortunately, the short Council Of Chief State School Officers’ 2013 report, Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions:The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy provides lots of support for putting classroom time into SEL to enhance the success of learning the Common Core Standards. We talk extensively how to use them in our most recent book.

This month, The Aspen Institute has published an event more extensive document detailing the connection between various learning standards and SEL skills. It’s titled This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards and is free (thanks to Dylan Wiliam for the tip).

I don’t think SEL advocates will find anything in it they don’t already know. However, being able to point to passages from this new report and the CCSSO document will be pure gold when developing lessons and having to justify to administrators what we’re doing in the classroom.

I’m adding this info to The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed.

March 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nice Article On Metacognition

I’ve written and shared many articles on metacognition and its use in the classroom (see Best Posts On Metacognition).

Cognitive Machine Learning (2): Uncertain Thoughts is a post at The Spectator which talks about, and defines, metacognition in slightly different ways than I’ve seen in other places.

I think you’ll find it interesting. Here’s an excerpt:

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