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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Second Quote Of The Day: Learning A Second Language “Increases The Size Of Your Brain”

Last year, I wrote about a study that published brain scans showing connections growing when students were learning a second language (see Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language).

I just saw a Guardian story from a few months ago that highlighted an earlier study that reach similar conclusions.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning.

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February 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Research Supports Independent Reading

Donalyn Miller has written a a great post titled I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You?

In it, she shares research, and invites others to share their resources, that support the classroom practice of student independent reading.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading.

Here’s an excerpt from her post:

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February 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No Surprise In This Study: Language Learners Retain Vocabulary Better When Connected To Gestures & Images

A new study has come to a conclusion that will be no surprise to just about every ESL and second-language teacher in, let’s say, the world: Incorporating physical movement and/or the use of images helps in learning new vocabulary.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this info to:

The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning

The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary

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January 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “Latino Education Gains Are Encouraging: New Report”

Latino Education Gains Are Encouraging: New Report is the headline of an NBC News story about a study that was just released:

The report, “The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook,” released by Excelencia in Education, paints a more accurate profile of Latino students, one spotlighting achievement and countering misperceptions and myths

Here’s another excerpt from the article:

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

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January 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: New Study Finds That Money Matters For Schools

We’ve all heard some people say that more money will not help schools — instead, the money schools have now has to be used more efficiently and effectively.

Yet another study now disproves that notion (which, happily, most people don’t believe anyway.

It’s titled “The Effects of School Spending on Educational and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from School Finance Reforms” and was done by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, Claudia Persico.

Here’s an excerpt from their conclusions:

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I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

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January 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: I Think This Is The Best Article Carol Dweck Has Written

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids is an article by Carol Dweck in this month’s Scientific American, and I think it’s the best shorter piece sharing her work and perspective that I’ve seen.

I can’t think of anything better to share with a colleague who may be unfamiliar with her work.

Here’s a short excerpt, though it won’t be new to anyone who knows her writings:

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I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students and to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

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January 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study Finds That Bilingualism Supports A Growth Mindset

Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs is the headline of an article in Science Daily about a new study that I think is very, very interesting — and it makes sense.

The study basically found that learning another language promotes the belief that more things can be learned and fewer abilities are innate — a key tenet of a growth mindset.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset” and to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual Or Multilingual.

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January 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands

We’ve all heard about or seen the perspective of the so-called “Dale’s Cone of Experience” that says:

“We learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we say or write…..[and] 90% of what we teach.”

I had originally heard that it was developed by William Glasser, but then learned from his organization that, though he had described it as an accurate reflection of his own experience and sometimes described it as such, he did not originate it nor would he vouch for specific research backing it up.

A few years ago, while searching online, I discovered that, in fact, there wasn’t research specifically supporting those percentages.

Now, a group of people who have apparently been making a major effort over the years to point this fact out have written four articles documenting how they say it’s been misused over the years.

Yawn

I’m sure they’re right about the inaccuracy of the specific percentages, and I agree we should throw out the Cone. But there is an enormous quantity of research that supports the idea that constructivism is substantially more effective than lecture or direct instruction for student learning. Here are links that research:

The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior”

The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy

“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”

Important Study: “Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall”

So, sure, spend a little time stomping on the Cone if you feel like it. But spend a whole lot more time conveying and acting on its research-supported main message — that “learning by doing” is the way to go…

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