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February 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s What My Students Think Of A Growth Mindset

A few days ago, I wrote an extremely popular post, I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan.

Part of that lesson plan was giving students a short period of time to read about Growth Mindset research and respond to a prompt.

Here are a few responses:

Dweck one

Dweck three

Dweck two

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”

February 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My All-Time Favorite Posts!


As regular readers know, this month marks the ninth anniversary of this blog (you can see a list of the “all-time” most popular posts during that time here).

And many readers are familiar with my regularly updated lists of “all-time” favorite sites (you can see them at All Of My “All-Time” Best Lists In One Place!).

Every six months, I also make lists of my favorites posts and articles during those periods (you can see them all here).

I thought it would be appropriate for me to take a look at those favorite lists and share “my favorites of my favorites.”

First off, here are my favorite “Best” lists (you can see all 1,600 of them here):

The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading

The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”

The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing

The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise

The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers)

The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students

A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos.

The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes

The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching

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

A Collection Of The Best Fun, Yet True, “Said No Teacher Ever” Resources

My Best Posts On Writing Instruction

Next, here are my favorite “non-Best list” posts:

How To Recover From A Classroom Train Wreck….

“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”

Ducklings Video Demonstrates Great “Differentiated Instruction”

Is This The Most Important Research Study Of 2012? Maybe

An Effective Five-Minute Lesson On Metacognition

Is This The Most Important Research Study Of The Year? Maybe

Collective Punishment In The Classroom

What Can We Learn About Classroom Management From Abraham Lincoln?

Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits is just about my favorite lesson plan.

“Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too” is about one of my favorite classroom moments — ever!

The Fifteen Tech Tools & Non-Tech Resources I Use Most Often With My Students

Deliberate Practice & Red Herrings

“How Can I Better A Better Teacher For You?”

No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands

Here’s My Chapter On Elements Of A Successful Lesson, Along With Student Hand-Outs THEY Use To Teach

“Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s “Effective” If Students Won’t Do It

How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy

Classroom Management Strategy: “Sometimes The Only Thing Worse Than Losing A Fight Is Winning One”

Classroom Management Strategy: Here Are Three Things I Want. What Are Three Things You Want?

Irritation Vs. Agitation

Knowledge Isn’t Power — “Power is Power”

“Flowchart For When A Day Goes Bad In Classroom Management”

I hope you find this list useful!

February 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New PBS News Hour Video: “Why Detroit’s teachers are ‘sick’ of their inadequate schools”

I’ve previously posted about the crisis in Detroit’s schools.

The PBS News Hour aired a frightening segment tonight on what’s going on there. Strangely, it doesn’t seem to be available on its website, which usually hosts the video and transcript. But it is on their YouTube Channel, so I’m able to embed the video here:

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

February’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part One

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license:

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I 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 post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Ed Secretary Apologizes To Teachers

I never got around to posting about the new Ed Secretary’s remarks awhile back, but Greg Toppo’s article today in USA Today (Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators ‘unfairly blamed’ for schools’ challenges) about them gives me an excuse to post it as a “Quote of the Day.”

Here’s an excerpt:


Words are a nice start. Let’s see how his actions measure up….

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Disappointing New TED-Ed Video & Lesson On Henrietta Lacks

As regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of TED-Ed videos and lessons – if you search this blog, you’ll find 145 posts sharing them.

For any organization with such a prodigious output, there are going to be some hits and misses, but TED-Ed has maintained a very high standard.

Which is why I was very surprised and disappointed at their newest video and lesson on “The immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks.”

You probably are somewhat familiar with the story of the young African-American woman whose cells were taken from her (without her knowledge) and are now used around the world for medical research and which have generated huge profits for drug companies. Shockingly, the video only spends seconds on these issues and the lesson itself only briefly touches on those ethical and racial issues.

Check the video and lesson out and let me know if you think I’m over-reacting. Below the video, you can find additional resources on the issue that can be used to help students learn more…

Henrietta Lacks’s cells were priceless, but her family can’t afford a hospital is from The Guardian.

Ethical Justice, But No Financial Rewards, For The Henrietta Lacks Family is from Forbes.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel is from The New York Times.

Henrietta Lacks: the mother of modern medicine is from The Guardian.