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July 20, 2014
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All My Ed Week Posts On Parent Engagement In One Place!

Q & A Collections: Parent Engagement In Schools is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

It brings together all my Ed Week posts related to parent engagement from the past three years.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to My Best Posts, Articles & Interviews On Parent Engagement.

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July 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Week Reduces Price For The Next Seven Days On My Classroom Management Book

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Education Week just announced that the price for my latest e-book has been reduced for this week only.

You can read excerpts, reviews and other free resources here.

Here’s the Ed Week announcement:

SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER: SUMMER-READING SAVINGS
Classroom Management Q & As: Effective Strategies for Teaching by Larry Ferlazzo

Get ready for the new school year and save!

In this e-book, award-winning teacher and Education Week Teacher blogger Larry Ferlazzo turns to leading educators for advice on the most common classroom-management issues. Ferlazzo and his contributors respond Q & A-style to a variety of questions, such as:

–How can I help my students develop self-control?
–What does real student engagement look like?
–How can I stop disruptive behavior?

This e-book brings together the best contributions from Ferlazzo’s blog Classroom Q & A With Larry Ferlazzo, including updates and new material. It captures his unique perspective on managing a classroom and engaging students, while tapping the collective wisdom of educators to provide solutions to some of the thorniest problems in teaching.

Buy on Amazon and save, only $6.99. Hurry, offer limited until July 25th.

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July 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Amazon Launches “Kindle Unlimited” For Adults; They Have Version For Young Kids – I Wonder If They’ll Create One For Teens?

In the unlikely event you haven’t already heard, today Amazon launched “Kindle Unlimited,” which is an all-you-can-read service for $9.99 per month using its Kindle or a Kindle app on other devices.

You can read all about it at TIME, TechCrunch, and a zillion other places.

As I was checking it out, I discovered that Amazon also has something called “Kindle Free Time Unlimited,” and it’s geared to kids 3 to 8.

As far as I can tell, they don’t have one for teens, but I wonder if that’s in the cards?

I also wonder if Amazon does or might in the future offer discounts to schools or, at least, ones in lower-income communities?

If a school was in a 1:1 device environment, and Amazon offered discounts, it might be worth a look….

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July 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Nice BBC Video: “Why Reading Matters”

Why Reading Matters is an hour-long BBC program did a couple of years ago on how reading — and writing — impact the brain.

I wouldn’t show the entire show to students, but there are several very good segments.

The entire show is available on Vimeo, which I’ve embedded below, and it’s also available on YouTube, though it’s in six separate ten minute segments. I’ve also embedded the first segment below.

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

[BBC documentary] Why Reading Matters from International Dimensions of Tech on Vimeo.

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July 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Shelly Terrell & I Talk About My Books

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Shelly Terrell and I spent about fifteen minutes talking about some of my books (you can see free resources related to all of them here) last week, and you can see the interview below:

Our conversation was part of a day-long series of interviews Shelly did with education authors (I don’t know how she was able to sustain her energy!). The above video is set to start at the beginning of our conversation, but you can see the entire list of authors and all their interviews here. Shelly has it set so all you’ve got to do is click on the author’s name and the video will show that portion.

Thanks, Shelly!

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July 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Good Resources On Assessment

I have all my “Best” lists on assessment at A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment, and here some new ones I’m adding to specific ones:

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments is by Linda Darling-Hammond and appeared at Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

Grading Exceptional Learners: This five-step model provides fair and accurate grades for students with disabilities and English language learners is by Lee Ann Jung and Thomas R. Guskey. Thanks to Judie Haynes for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Grading Practices.

What’s in a Grade? is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

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July 10, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Post Worth Reading: “The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies”

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies is a very good post by Maurice Elias (who has often contributed to my Ed Week column) over at Edutopia.

It’s a definite addition to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions.

And, speaking of asking questions, next week you’ll be able to read an interview I did with Warren Berger about his new book, A More Beautiful Question. I’ve previously written about his work.

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July 10, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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If You Were Going To Read Just One Thing About Bloom’s Taxonomy, Then “What’s Old Is New Again” Would Be It

Scott McLeod just sent out a tweet about a forty page PDF document titled “Bloom’s Taxonomy: What’s Old Is New Again.” It’s written by Cecelia Munzenmaier, MS, with Nancy Rubin, PhD.

I’ve got a lot of resources on The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom list, but this document provides the best overview and must up-to-date history — and how to implement it in the classroom, that I’ve seen anywhere.

Granted, it’s forty pages, and that might be more than many want to read, but it is clearly worth the time and the effort.

It’s a definite addition to my “Best” list.

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ll Be Interviewed Online About My Student Motivation Books At 10:50 AM (PST) On Thursday

Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems.
 

The Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) is going to be doing a series of live interviews with authors in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Thursday, and I’m scheduled for 10:50 AM Pacific Time to discuss my series of books on student motivation.

You can see the interview here as well as see the line-up of other authors participating.

Viewers will be able to participate in a chatboard to comment and ask questions, too.

A recording should also be posted permanently at the same site, so you could view it at other times, too.

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The New Yorker” Makes All Articles Available For Free Until November

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The New Yorker
, my favorite magazine, has just announced that they will eliminate their online paywall and make everything available for three months beginning on July 21st.

At the end of that period they will unveil a revised paywall. Right now, they make about a third of their articles available for free each week.

It’s good news for the short-term and bad news for the long-term. I’ve been a subscriber for twenty years, and love it. It’s paywall, however, has make it problematic to share many of its articles online. I just hope the system they end up instituting in November is not more restrictive than their present system.

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July 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer”

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Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer
is my latest post over at The British Council.

It’s a slightly revised version of a previous post here, and I share what I’m doing with my students over the summer through easy-to-set-up “virtual classrooms.”

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July 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Useful Article: “How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions”

How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions is a good article in The Atlantic by Jessica Lahey & Tim Lahey.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Here’s an excerpt:

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video & Useful Tweets From #TeachDoNow Panel On Teachers & Social Media

Vicki Davis, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Tina Barseghian Matt Williams and I participated in a #TeachDoNow Google+ panel discussion on teachers and social media. Here is the video and some useful tweets sent during the hour event.

You can learn more about KQED’s #TeachDoNow online course here.

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The Leftovers” Shared A Key To Motivation & Perseverance In The First 30 Seconds Of Last Night’s Episode

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“The Leftovers” is an intriguing, though depressing, new show on HBO, and last night was its second episode.

The first thirty seconds of the show demonstrated a key to motivation and grit (perseverance) — I wish the clip could be found online, but no such luck. Two FBI agents were sitting in an office, and one told the other that his kid wanted to quit soccer and wanted to know if he should let him do it. The other agent asked him, “Is he any good at it?”

His response:

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Plenty of research has shown that competence (self-efficacy) is a key to motivation and perseverance — if you think you can do something, and to it well, you tend to want to continue doing it. This is one of the key reasons behind helping our students develop learning strategies to help them figure out new challenges and why we need to emphasize that effort is the key to success, not natural intelligence.

You can read more about this topic and the research behind it at:

More Understanding Equals More Interest & Intrinsic Motivation

Three Critical Elements Sustain Motivation is from Scientific American.

Two Secrets to Staff Motivation is from Justin Baeder.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Our National Union Has A New President!

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Lily Eskelsen García was just elected President of the National Education Association.

You can read more about her at:

Eskelsen García: We Are Fearless and We Will Not Be Silent at NEA Today.

Doug Robinson: Former lunch lady Lily Garcia goes to Washington to run for the NEA from Deseret News.

Check out her blog, Lily’s Blackboard.

Next NEA leader’s first task: Win back public is from Politico and includes this video interview:

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July 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Good Resources On Understanding Education Research

Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:

The Problem with Research Evidence in Education is from Hunting English.

The U.S. Department of Education has published a glossary of education research terms.

If the Research is Not Used, Does it Exist? is from The Teachers College Record.

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July 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “The Secret of Effective Motivation”

The Secret of Effective Motivation is a column in today’s New York Times that’s written by Amy Wrzesniewski and Barry Schwartz.

They focus on recent research they’ve done on the difference between “internal” and “instrumental” motives. In a lot of ways, I think it’s similar to the idea of learning and performance goals, about which I’ve written a lot.

Here’s the part of the column that caught by attention:

There is a temptation among educators and instructors to use whatever motivational tools are available to recruit participants or improve performance. If the desire for military excellence and service to country fails to attract all the recruits that the Army needs, then perhaps appeals to “money for college,” “career training” or “seeing the world” will do the job. While this strategy may lure more recruits, it may also yield worse soldiers. Similarly, for students uninterested in learning, financial incentives for good attendance or pizza parties for high performance may prompt them to participate, but it may result in less well-educated students.

The same goes for motivating teachers themselves. We wring our hands when they “teach to the test” because we fear that it detracts from actual educating. It is possible that teachers do this because of an overreliance on accountability that transforms the instrumental consequences of good teaching (things like salary bonuses) into instrumental motives. Accountability is important, but structured crudely, it can create the very behavior (such as poor teaching) that it is designed to prevent.

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July 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Can You Help? Looking For Stories Of People Learning Self-Control Or Grit From Challenging Circumstances

Regular readers know I’m a big believer in teaching Social Emotional Learning (see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources) and that I also have a healthy skepticism of how it’s sometimes used (see The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).

Readers also know that I have a particular interest in focusing on the assets students bring to the table rather than their deficits (see Get Organized Around Assets and A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits).

I’m preparing a new lesson that I’m going to try-out in the fall, and student assets are going to be a key part of it. Of course, I’ll be writing more about it…

I’m looking for stories of students/adults sharing particular instances when growing-up in challenging circumstances helped them develop grit (perseverance) and/or self-control.

These could be passages from books, articles,movies, videos, stories your own students have written, etc.

Any ideas?

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July 2, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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All My Ed Week Posts On Student Motivation In One Place!

Q & A Collections: Student Motivation is my latest post at Education Week Teacher, and brings together all my posts — from the last three years — on that topic in one place.

I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Here’s an excerpt from one of them:

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