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March 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nice Article On Metacognition

I’ve written and shared many articles on metacognition and its use in the classroom (see Best Posts On Metacognition).

Cognitive Machine Learning (2): Uncertain Thoughts is a post at The Spectator which talks about, and defines, metacognition in slightly different ways than I’ve seen in other places.

I think you’ll find it interesting. Here’s an excerpt:

March 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“New Education Ideas Must not be ‘Just for the Sake of Change'”

New Education Ideas Must not be ‘Just for the Sake of Change’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Linda Denstaedt, Elise Foster, Alyssa Gallagher, Vicky Giouroukakis, Maureen Connolly, Kirke Olson, and Nancy Sulla discuss how to bridge gaps between new ideas and their implementation.

Here are some excerpts:


I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

March 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Loopy” Lets You Create Interactive Simulations That Look Cool But I Don’t Really Understand Them

Loopy lets you create interactive simulations like the one below – just by drawing.

This is how they describe themselves:

It’s the ancient, time-honored way of learning: messing around and seeing what happens. Play with simulations to ask “what if” questions, and get an intuition for how the system works!

Raw code is too inaccessible. Also drag-and-drop is too mainstream. But with LOOPY, you can model systems by simply drawing circles & arrows, like a wee baby

I don’t quite get it, but I suspect some readers might find it useful. Thanks to Flowing Data for the tip.

March 28, 2017
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, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two):

California school districts increased spending on administrator pay faster than teacher pay is a lengthy article just published by The Sacramento Bee. For what it’s worth, it includes this contribution from me:

Administrators come in different flavors, ranging from a middle school vice principal to the superintendent of a large district. The state further breaks down spending on administrative pay by whether it is primarily used for school administration – running a particular school – and everything else, largely central office administration. Teachers most often criticize central office staff, not school site staff, when bemoaning increased spending on administration.

“I want our school to have multiple vice principals,” said Larry Ferlazzo, an English teacher at Luther Burbank High in Sacramento who also blogs for national publication Education Week Teacher. “I would have many more concerns about central office than on the ground level.”

School Choice Fight in Iowa May Preview the One Facing Trump is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Key Democratic senator outlines a case against school vouchers is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

School Closures: What Do They Mean for Students and Communities? is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

Concerns After Texas School Opens ‘Prayer Room’ That’s Attracting Muslim Students is from NPR.

A Continuum on Personalized Learning: First Draft is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Exclusive: Pisa data may be incomparable, Schleicher admits is from TES. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student is from NPR. Supreme Court sets higher bar for education of students with disabilities is from The Washington Post and covers the same case.

March 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

March’s Updated “Best” Lists

I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,600 categorized “Best Lists.

I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task.

So, I’ve started to go through them and highlight the ones that I’ve gotten around to completely cleaning-up and revising. I’ve completed this process with 266 lists over the past twelve months.

Here are a list of them from this month (you can see previous compilations here):

The Best Resources For Learning About The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Best Sites For Learning About Easter & Passover

The Best Sites For Learning About Taxes

The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (and April Fool’s Day)

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About World Water Day

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