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July 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Call For Video Clips Showing “Grit” – The Long Term Kind

I have a number of good videos at The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit.”

However, theoretically at least, grit is supposed to mean perseverance focusing on a longer-term goal. Most of the clips on that “Best” list communicate the idea of perseverance, but more on shorter-term goals.

I’d like to find more clips like these next two — any ideas? More sports ones are fine, though I’d like to find non-sports examples, too. Yes, I’m aware of many of the criticisms of grit, too, and have written about them, as well. However, I still think it’s possible to recognize and celebrate the grit our students show every day, and that they’ve shown in the past, in other arenas, and also encourage them to transfer it to the classroom. A video or two can’t hurt.

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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

PBS News Hour Video: “Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning”

Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning was the title of a PBS News Hour report last night. You can read the transcript here.

There was some ridicule of the program on social media, but I think what the teacher is doing is pedagogically sound. Though I don’t have students in my mainstream students combine words with gestures, as she does, it’s certainly a common practice among ELL teachers. I even have a related “Best” list: The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning.

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