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July 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Tons Of Resources On Both The Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments

You probably know by now that two films have just been released about famous psychological experiments — The Milgram Experiment and The Stanford Prison Experiment.

I think most IB Theory of Knowledge courses teach about both of them, and I have accumulated tons of related resources at our class blog.

Here are trailers to both of the new movies:

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July 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far):

College ratings system proposed by Obama is scrapped is from The Los Angeles Times.

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities is from The Atlantic.

Evaluating teachers: Precise but irrelevant metrics? is from The Hechinger Report.

Teachers May Be Staying In The Classroom Longer Than Expected, Says Study is from Ed Source.

Issue of collective bargaining threatens evaluation reform is from Ed Source.

As PARCC Sheds States, Is the Common-Core Test Toast or Tougher Than it Looks? is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

We Always Want To Get Better is a report on teacher professional development. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0 is a report commissioned by the California State Department of Education as a follow-up to a previous state commission (of which I was a member), which wrote a Part One report. It was co-chaired by Martha Infante, a great teacher in Los Angeles. You can read an article about this new report here.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Education Articles From “The Onion”:

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July 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“BrainRush” Expands Its Learning Activities To Play & Create


A couple of years ago, I posted about a new site called BrainRush.

It was just beginning then, and lets you created flashcard learning activities. Those, of course, are a dime-a-dozen. But what made BrainRush different was that you could create virtual classrooms and monitor student progress in mastering them. Plus, they said they would be adding more activities in the future. And, most importantly, it was free.

Well, today I saw a tweet from Johnny Kissko prompted me to check the site again. I saw that they have indeed added the kinds of activities you can create. Now, in addition to flashcards, you can develop sequencing activities, Buckets (a categorization interactive) and “hotspots” (a naming/placing tool). They all look good, as does the price :)

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July 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

July’s Top Posts From This Blog


I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

This Has Got To Be THE Most Humiliating Way To “Train” A Teacher You’ll Hear About…

Businesses Dumping Employee Ranking Systems – Just As Schools Are Adopting Them For Teachers

You Can Now Watch 550,000 (Yes, That’s Right, 550,000!) Historical Videos Newly Uploaded To YouTube

“Q & A Collections: Student Motivation”

Giving Doctors (or teachers) Grades

Graphic Organizers Supporting The Common Core – Help Me Find More

“Out Of Eden Learn” Looks Like An Incredibly Creative & Engaging Resource

Create & Submit Your Own (Open)TED Talk

“Book Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between The World & Me’”

Disappointing Piece On Teacher Evaluation From Nate Silver’s “FiveThirtyEight”

“The Laziness Dogma” & The Manipulation Of Social Emotional Learning

Amazing Video: “Our Solar System Visualized”

Learn About Music From Around The World With “World Music Composer”

Video: “Animated map shows how religion spread around the world”

“‘School Culture Rewired': An Interview With Steve Gruenert & Todd Whitaker”

Does This Big New Study On The Importance Of Social Skills Become A New “Marshmallow Test”?

Two Nice Reviews Of My Latest Book On Student Motivation

New Study Says Being Bilingual Equal More “Gray Matter”

“Q & A Collections: Classroom Management Advice”

CNN Video “Can Grit Be Taught?” Shows Its Seductive Attraction & Lurking Danger (If You Look For It)

“‘The Reading Strategies Book': An Interview With Jennifer Serravallo”

Wow! CA State Exit Exam Bill Could Eliminate Test Requirement – Retroactive To 2006

This Year’s Most Popular Posts From My Education Week Teacher Column!

New Study Shows Goal-Setting – With Some Twists – Can Have Big Impact On Student Achievement

Excellent Slideshow & Post On Growth Mindset

“‘Culturally Responsive Teaching': An Interview With Zaretta Hammond”

Harvard Business Review Has Eliminated Paywall For Summer – Lots Of Useful Articles For Educators

“New Teacher Advice – ‘Hold On To Your Optimism & Idealism’”

“SuperTeacherTools” Looks Like A Great Site For Creating Online Learning Games

“They Say, I Say” Is A Great Writing Resource

Hilarious Short Video For English Language Learners (& Everybody Else)

“Actively Learn” Looks Like A New Tool My Students Will Be Using A Lot

Brand New “Declaration Project” Collects All The World’s Independence Declarations

“Advice To New Teachers From Veterans”

Guest Post: Growth Mindset Memes

A Grammar Map Of The United States

“Focusing ‘More On What Goes Right Than On What Goes Wrong’”


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July 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

July’s “The Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,459 Of Them!

July 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Over 2,000 Categorized Resources For IB Theory Of Knowledge Classes

As regular readers know, in addition to teaching various classes to English Language Learners and to mainstream ninth-graders, I teach the International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge course. I also regularly share TOK resources here on the blog, and I think it’s pretty popular among TOK teachers around the world.

In addition, I accumulate links to articles and resources on the Delicious bookmarking site, and now have over 2,000 categorized into the all the TOK “Ways of Knowing” and “Areas of Knowledge.”

You can find most of them here.

However, for some weird reason, not quite all of the “tags” are visible at that link. Here are direct links to the WOK and AOK resources not listed in the above link:

Logic and Reason (They’re separate, but all related. I think I first started using the logic tag and later switched to reason)

Indigenous Knowledge Systems


Intuition (though most are still in the Emotion category)

Human Sciences

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