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December 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Two Education-Related Star Wars Resources


With Star Wars mania upon us all this week, I thought it would be a good time to share a few education-related resources I’ve shared in the past.

First, awhile back I wrote a column for Education Week headlined What ‘Star Wars’ Can Teach Educators About Parent Engagement.

Secondly, here’s a video included in The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset”:

I used to have a great video on Star Wars and Bloom’s Taxonomy on The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom list.  However, that was apparently taken off-line recently because of copyright issues.  However, you can still see lots of other mashups of popular movies and TV series there teaching Bloom’s.

Let me know if you have other Star Wars education-related resources!

November 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Today’s A Good Day To Review The Japanese-American Internment Shame


Today is a day that a resister to the internment of Japanese-Americans is receiving the Medal Of Freedom posthumously from President Obama. It’s also a day when anti-Muslim hysteria is being fanned by many, and when even some are praising the internment as a potential model for today.

So, it’s a good day to review my recently updated The Best Resources On Japanese Internment In World War II and see these new additions to it:

This chart exposes the racism and paranoia behind Japanese internment is from Vox.

Minoru Yasui to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom is from NBC News.

NPR has a piece on Minoru Yasui.

Seventy Years After Manzanar, the Stories of Incarceration Live On is from NBC News.

Ansel Adams’s Subversive Images of Japanese Internment
is from The Atlantic.

October 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Professor Likes To Lecture, So Writes NY Times Column Saying Everybody Else Should, Too


Lecture Me. Really. is a weak column by a college professor who likes to lecture.

She claims teachers should lecture because it teaches listening and note-taking skills. I would suggest that there are better ways to help students develop those abilities (see The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More and The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More).

In addition, she dismisses research saying that lecturing is particularly problematic for students of color and those from low-income communities, saying we shouldn’t change doing things just because students find it “difficult.”  Now, that’s a rationale for doing what you want to do even if it is ineffective!

Listen, I get that some direct instruction some of the time is necessary and useful.  But not most of the time.

We need to keep it balanced and, when I say balanced, I mean the scale needs to be tipping away from lectures…

You might also be interested in:

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

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

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