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March 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How Will President Trump’s Budget – If Approved – Affect You, Your Students & Their Families?

I’ve previously posted The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools and The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

President Trump’s new budget gives us an even clearer idea of his priorities, and it’s not a pretty picture for our schools, our students, and their families.

Here are some articles specifically about its potential impact on schools:

Trump seeks to slash Education Department but make big push for school choice is from The Washington Post.

Trump’s Budget Blueprint Pinches Pennies For Education is from NPR.

Trump’s Education Budget Revealed is from The Atlantic.

Trump budget casualty: After-school programs for 1.6 million kids. Most are poor. is from The Washington Post.

Trump’s Education Budget ‘Falls Far Short,’ Education Groups Say is from Ed Week.

The rest of the budget is pretty terrible, too, and Mick Mulvaney, the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, spoke what can only be described as some crazy talk today.

Vox and The New York Times have good overviews of the entire budget proposal.

And The New York Times is inviting readers to Share Your Story: How Would Trump’s Budget Affect You?

You might also want to read more about how outside factors affect our student’s academic achievement.

March 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in 2016’s Most Popular Posts! ; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

1.Here’s A Great Motivating Question For Students To Consider…

2. “Spiral” Looks Like A Great Site Where Teachers Can Set-Up Free Virtual Classrooms

3. Type Your Text Into “SlideBot” & It Automatically Chooses Layout & Images For Your Slideshow

4. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

5. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

March 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important Collection Of Lessons & Short Films On Race & Racism From NY Times Learning Network

25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students is an important collection of videos and accompanying lesson plans from The New York Times Learning Network.

It’s not to be missed…

I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

March 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Study: The Milgram Experiment Is Replicated

This week, my IB Theory of Knowledge classes will be learning about The Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiments.

You can find a ton of related resources at our class blog.

Coincidentally, yesterday researchers announced they had done a modern version that replicated the original findings:

Perfect timing! After we learn about the original Milgram, I’ll ask students if they think that people would act the same way today. It will be interesting to hear their responses. Afterwards, I’ll share this study.

March 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How P.A. Announcements Affect Student Learning

Is there any teacher anywhere who is not annoyed by school P.A. announcements during class?

We all knew that they weren’t beneficial to student learning, and now there’s research showing the negative impact.

Irrelevant interruptions and their cost to thinking is a piece by Dr. Daniel Willingham reviewing new and older research on the impact of interruptions on memory and attention, and his last line is something for all of us to ponder:

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