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June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About Mindfulness In The Classroom


Even though I’ve been a big advocate of Social Emotional Learning (see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources), I haven’t done a whole lot in the “mindfulness” area. This past year, though, we did do a related experiment, and I’ll share a post about its results in the future.

For now, though, here are a few “mindfulness” resources – please share others in the comments section:

Mindfulness Can Mean More Than Meditation – Can’t It? is a post I’ve published earlier.

Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools? is from The Atlantic.

Mindfulness in the Classroom: A How-To Guide is from Ed Week.

Student ‘Reflection Needs to Be a Habit’ is Part Two in my Education Week series on reflection in the classroom.  It discusses mindfulness.

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day is from The Harvard Business Review.

June 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far and The Best Resources On Class Instruction of 2016 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

This was a very interesting tweet:

I had never heard of those matrices before – I went to link and you can access multiple versions here (such as for close reading and for social studies).

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction:

I’m adding this last tweet to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More:

June 29, 2016
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 – So Far):

Clashes Draw Support for Teachers’ Protest in Mexico is from The New York Times.

A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost? is from NPR. I’m adding it to the same list.

The Effectiveness of Class Size Reduction is a new report from The National Education Policy Center. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter.

Chris Christie’s Education Plan Is Shocking is from Slate.

Christie Plan for Funding NJ Schools Widely Criticized; Cami Anderson Warns of ‘Devastating Impact’ is from The 74.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act:

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Epic!” Provides 15,000 eBooks, Plus Virtual Classrooms, For Free


Epic! lets educators create a free virtual classroom with up to thirty students. They can then access any of the 15,000 eBooks that are available on the app (via PC, laptop, tablet or phone) and teachers can monitor what is being read and by whom.

Families have to pay if they want access to the site at home, though it’s unclear to me how Epic! can tell where students are when they are reading. Perhaps it’s based on the time of day it’s being used?

Regardless, it’s another good resource that students and teachers can use for either independent or classwide reading.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Major Review Of Research Reinforces Findings That Exercise Helps Learning

Plenty of research has found that exercise helps student learning (see The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources).

The Los Angeles Times today reported on a group of researchers from around the world who have spent months reviewing the latest research on the topic. You can read the article at To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say.

Here’s an excerpt:


June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Archduke Ferdinand Was Assassinated On This Day In 1914 – Here Are Updated World War I Resources


Archduke Ferdinand assassinated on this day in 1914.

I’ve just updated and revised The Best Resources For Learning About World War I.

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