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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS News Hour Video: “International Baccalaureate changes outlook for Seattle school”

Last night, the PBS News Hour did this segment called “International Baccalaureate changes outlook for Seattle school.”

Our 100% free breakfast and lunch school began an IB program over ten years ago and, along with other changes we’ve made and which my colleagues and I recently shared in The Washington Post, our school has been transformed.

As regular readers know, I’m lucky enough to teach the very fun IB Theory of Knowledge class, along with my ELL courses.

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Don’t Judge Too Quickly” Is A Great Series Of Videos For TOK & ELL Students

I’ve previously shared a lesson, and a collection of videos, I use for a lesson on perception in my Theory of Knowledge class (see Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today).

Today, I discovered a great series of short commercials with the theme “Don’t Judge Too Quickly” that would make a great addition to that lesson. Plus, they would good for English Language Learners to watch and describe what they see, along with learning the critical thinking lesson that it’s dangerous to make assumptions.

First off, here’s a group of them together. The second to the last one, however, is probably not appropriate to show in class:

Here’s another one:

There are others on YouTube, too, but, like the one I cautioned about in the first collection, they are a little “iffy” to show in class.

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June 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Movie Clips On Metacognition

Since I posted my request for video clips demonstrating metacognition a few hours ago, I’ve received lots of suggestions.

I have turned that post into The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More and added these to it:

Here’s one from Krissy Venosdale:

Jim Windisch recommended Sherlock’s “Mind Palace.” Here’s a link to a good clip (it’s not embeddable).

Leigh Woznick suggests this scene from The Princess Bride:

Leigh also suggests this scene from The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon teaches Penny physics. The most useful part is at about the 4:00 minute mark when Penny tells him she needs for him to slow down:

Metacognition researcher Steve Fleming suggests this Big Bang Theory clip:

I’m wondering if the Beatles song “Help” might work as an example, too:

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June 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More

This post was originally just a request to readers for suggested videos.  Though I continue to look for more, I immediately received a number of great recommendations and have turned this post into a “Best” list including videos.

I write a lot about metacognition on this blog (see The Best Posts On Metacognition) and in my books, and help my students develop metacognitive strategies. I’d like to use short clips from TV shows and movies that demonstrate metacognition in action, and was hoping that readers might help me find some.

This post includes several reader-suggested clips – and  can always use more!  Here are links to a few other similar Best video lists on different learning topics, like:

The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!

The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” – Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips On Goal-Setting — Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The Best Video Clips On The Benefits Of Writing Well — Help Me Find More

Here are The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition:

Paul Bruno shared this perfect one:

Here’s one from Krissy Venosdale:

Jim Windisch recommended Sherlock’s “Mind Palace.” Here’s a link to a good clip (it’s not embeddable).

Leigh Woznick suggests this scene from The Princess Bride:

Leigh also suggests this scene from The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon teaches Penny physics. The most useful part is at about the 4:00 minute mark when Penny tells him she needs for him to slow down:

Metacognition researcher Steve Fleming suggests this Big Bang Theory clip:

I’m wondering if the Beatles song “Help” might work as an example, too:

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June 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video & Infographics: NASA’s “New Horizons” Spacecraft

NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft will be arriving at Pluto next month.

You can access tons of visuals and infographics on the mission at a special Pinterest page NASA has created about the mission.

And here’s a neat video the National Space Society has created:

You might also be interested in a ton of “Best” lists related to space you can find here. This is just a small sample:

The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space

The Best Sites To Learn About The Hubble Telescope

The Best Images Taken In Space

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