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May 12, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
I’m not sure this is that big of a surprise to anybody, considering the impact of poverty on students and their families (not to mention growing income and wealth inequality that results in reduced upward mobility — Note: the study is based on students in the UK, but they certainly face many of the same challenges that we face in the U.S.).
What was surprising — and disappointing — to me was that in their commentary about the study (though not in the study itself) they emphasize that the possible cause for their finding is genetic.
How could they be so oblivious to poverty, wealth inequality, and possible racism?
I’m adding the info to The Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad).
Here are some new additions to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform:
Preview | Immigration: The pathway to now is a preview to a multi-part video series The Washington Post is publishing on the last thirty years of immigration reform. It will start on May 14th, and is embedded below:
Immigration reform: The five most important issues is from The LA Times.
Boomers need immigrants is also from The LA Times.
Using — Not Misusing — Ability Groups In The Classroom is my newest post over at Education Week Teacher.
Author/educator Rick Wormeli shares his thoughts on the topic. Part Two of this series will feature several guest responses, including ones from Carol Burris, New York’s 2013 High School Principal Of The Year, and from Tammy Heflebower, Vice-President of the Marzano Research Laboratory.
The New York Times is soliciting contributions to a “No Longer Lost To History” project.
They invite readers to “Tell us about a person you knew or admired who you think put a wrinkle in the social fabric.”
It’s an interesting idea and is connected to a story about an overlooked professor in history.
It could be an intriguing lesson in a variety of classes, including social studies, ESL, and IB Theory of Knowledge. Having students read the article, discuss what is meant by “social fabric,” and then propose someone who fits the bill has the potential of being fairly engaging…..
I’m adding this infographic to The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking:
May 11, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
This week’s New Yorker has a great article titled Every Disease On Earth. Unfortunately, it’s behind a paywall. Here’s an excerpt:
Here are a few other articles on the doctor/teacher connection:
Why Evaluate Teachers and Doctors Differently? is by Walt Gardner at Education Week.
Walt Gardner wrote another post — Preparing Doctors and Teachers.
Coaching is Good for Doctors and Teachers Both is by John Thompson.
What Career Should I Choose? is an interactive that lets you pick a career and then shows you how it ranks in “potential salary, competition and market stability.” Obviously, other criteria need to be taken into account, but it still could be useful.
I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs & Careers.
May 11, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
I have just confirmed my schedule for next year (though, of course, it’s not written in stone until the school year begins).
I’ll once again be teaching a combined class of Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners. As usual, it will be one period of English and another period of Geography.
Of course, I’ll be teaching another year of the International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class. I’ve usually had a number of non-IB Diploma candidates in the class but, this year, I’ve worked even harder to recruit students who might not typically take such an advanced class, so I’ll have even more next year. The mix benefits everyone.
And I’ll be teaching English to two classes of ninth-graders.
Originally, I was going to teach a higher-grade level, my colleague Katie Hull was going to teach ninth-grade, and we were going to do an exciting project of having the older students teach the younger ones many of the life skills lessons found in my books (see The Best Resources On The Value & Practice Of Having Older Students Mentoring Younger Ones).
We’re still doing the project, but the roles have been reversed — now Katie will be teaching the older students, while I’ll be teaching the younger ones. I anticipate writing a lot about our experiment later in 2013 and early 2014.
I’ll be publishing a post soon about some summer writing projects I’ve got up my sleeve but, for now, I’m focusing on finishing the school year and dealing with the task of moving rooms — both Katie and I are moving to another Small Learning Community (see The Best Resources For Learning About Small Learning Communities) that will be emphasizing support to our English Language Learners.
Plus, our annual 100 student trip to San Francisco is coming up in a couple of weeks. May God help us all — especially us chaperones !
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The Guardian has just published an excellent video called Guatemala genocide trial: witnesses of atrocities tell their stories.
Guatemala: Voices of the Genocide is a series of videos on what occurred in Guatemala.
Efraín Ríos Montt Sentenced to 80 Years For Genocide Of Guatemalan Mayans is a good overview of the trial from Fox News Latino.
I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide.
I often write about research studies from various fields and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature:
Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages is from TIME Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.
Walk-to-burn-calorie menu ‘diet aid’ is from The BBC. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Nutrition & Food Safety.
Being Sad Makes You More Impatient comes from The Harvard Business Review. It shares a study that found people who felt sad had great problems with self-control. I’m adding this to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.
Black Men’s College Success Depends on Grit, Not Just Grades, Study Finds is from Sarah Sparks at Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit.”
When Helping Hurts is a useful column in today’s New York Times, and it’s useful to both parents and teachers. Here’s an excerpt:
It’s another way of saying the famous “Iron Rule” that governs the community organizing work of the Industrial Areas Foundation, where I worked for many years prior to becoming a teacher:
You might be interested in The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky.
This is definitely one of the most interesting and useful TED videos I’ve seen (it’s actually a from a TEDx event). Marc Chun talks about Diving Into Deeper Learning. Unfortunately, since it’s a TEDx video, and not one from TED, they don’t have a transcript available. But it’s definitely worth watching.
I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer.”
Here are some new additions to The Best Of “TED Talks On Education”:
Bill Gates’s $5 billion plan to videotape America’s teachers is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. She highlights a piece I wrote for her column that I still think is the best thing I’ve ever written, Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way).
If you are an English teacher in Guatemala, and would be open to be interviewed as part of my Hot Spot Interview series, please leave me a comment.
Having studied Spanish in Guatemala years ago in an area populated primarily by indigenous people, I was pleased to learn of today’s guilty verdict in the genocide trial of José Efraín Ríos Montt.
Here are some resources related to his actions that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide:
Rios Montt Guilty of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity is from The PBS News Hour.
Guatemala: Why We Cannot Turn Away is also from The News Hour.
Here’s the trailer from that movie, and you can learn more here:
Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I shared through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.
I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in this post.
I use Storify to “curate” my best tweets:
I’m adding these videos to A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Asia & The Middle East:
This next one is from The World Of Travel Channel on YouTube, and they have lots of great videos about places throughout the world.
This next one is a part of a Lonely Planet Playlist that includes several other good videos:
This next video is part of a playlist from Overlander: