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October 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Lots Of “Experts” Quoted In Article, But Our Principal Is Only One Who Knows What He’s Talking About…


Large share of grads from some high schools require remediation at Sacramento State is an article in today’s Sacramento Bee that highlights the large percentages of high school graduates who are required to take remediation classes at Sacramento State University.

Our school, Luther Burbank High School, is targeted for having a higher percentage of graduates being required to take these courses than another other local school.

Various “experts” claim the reasons behind this including lack of collaboration between colleges and high schools and inadequate information about the expectations of college, and suggest that the Common Core Standards will somehow help this problem.

Fortunately, our principal is able to inject the one piece of common sense and accuracy into the over-simplified analyses offered by others quoted in the article:

The problem often starts well before high school, said Principal Jim Peterson. Burbank faces additional challenges, as 72 percent of its 1,776 students are considered low-income, and about a quarter were English learners last year.

“In the case of our school, demographically, a lot of our students … come to us below grade level,” Peterson said. “We work diligently as a team to get them thinking about college and get them moving in that direction. We push rigor in the classroom; nevertheless, we have kids that need some catching up.”

October 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Thousands Of Photos From Apollo Flights Now Available: Video & Links

Thousands of photos from Apollo flights have recently been made available.

You can see some of them at The Washington Post interactive, and others in the video below.

I’m adding this post to The Best Images Taken In Space.

Here’s the direct link to the Flickr account

September 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Supermoon Coming On September 27th – Here Are Related Resources

The Next Supermoon is coming on September 27th.

Here is how The New York Daily News explains it:

A rare cosmic event will take place later this month, when people will witness the total lunar eclipse of a supermoon for the first time in more than 30 years.

The wild occurance, the first since 1982, will take place on Sept. 27 — and won’t happen again until 2033, according to NASA.

A supermoon is when the moon could appear up to 14% larger and up to 30% brighter, because it coincides with its perigree — the point in the lunar orbit when it’s closest to Earth.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow — which blocks the sunlight reflecting off the moon, making it turn a reddish hue.

You might be interested in The Best Resources About The “Supermoon.”

August 31, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Updates On Two Important Learning Resources: NY Times Learning Network & “Science In School”


I regularly blog about the great resources at The New York Times Learning Network, and not just because I write a weekly post for them about teaching English Language Learners :)

They just published 15 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year, and it gives an excellent overview of all the useful materials they’ll produce over the next ten months.

Another useful resource, which I haven’t blogged about previously, is called Science In School. It’s subtitled “The European Journal For Science Teachers” but it seems to me (who, admittedly, knows little about science) to have helpful materials for science teachers everywhere…