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June 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

Katrina Schwartz has written an excellent article over at MindShift headlined How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea.

She’s done a masterful job of explaining a fairly undecipherable study Hattie and a colleague wrote last year (undecipherable, that is, to those of us not familiar with academic jargon). I wrote about that report when it came out highlighting its most useful part – a great list of learning strategies (see Monster Study On Learning Strategies Released).

Katrina has combined her willingness to dig into the report with her presence at a recent Hattie presentation where he discussed its findings.

Her entire piece is worth reading. After she reviewed Hattie’s “learning model,” though, I was particularly struck by how enthusiastically he endorsed the jigsaw instructional strategy, which is one that I use often. Here’s that portion:


I’m adding this info to:

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

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas

June 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Intriguing Research On How To Increase Intrinsic Motivation


Be Better at Life by Thinking of Yourself Less is a very interesting piece at New York’s Magazine’s “Science of Us.”

It shares research, and interesting stories, of how thinking about the impact of our effort and success could have others enhances our motivation.

I’m thinking that one way to use this idea in the classroom is just to ask students to list the people they know who would be pleased and/or inspired by their academic success – and why. Maybe following that up with creating posters or writing a short essay?

One idea to consider for next year…

I’m adding this info to My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On Students Having A “Purpose For Learning”

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.’




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