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February 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Videos Explaining Gravitational Waves (In An Accessible Way)


I was inspired by a series of tweets from Giselle Lundy-Ponce this morning to begin this list about the big new discovery this week of proof backing-up Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves.

Here are videos explaining the whole thing in reasonably accessible ways:

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 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do

There have recently been a number of reports suggesting that research has identified the key qualities and methods behind effective teaching.

Though I’m wary of making an iron-clad list, and I’m certainly wary about defining the word “effective” (see New Study Suggests That Teacher Observations Should Focus More On Teacher Inputs, Less On Student Outcomes), I still thought it would be useful to make a compilation of links to the ones I think are most useful.

Feel free to make additional suggestions:

“The Science Of Learning” Is A Must-Read (& An Accessible One) For Teachers

Instead Of Reading The APA’s “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Teaching,” Check Out These Analyses Instead

“Learning About Learning” Provides Very Good Narrow Summaries Of Research & Over-The-Top Recommendations

Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English Language Learners

Tom Sherrington shares his own list, along with links to other reports I haven’t already mentioned.

I’ll end with this excerpt from What Makes A Great Teacher? by Ellie Herman:


January 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About The Flint Water Fiasco


You’ve probably heard about the tragic fiasco going on with water in Flint, Michigan.

Here are some useful resources for learning about it. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About World Water Day, which takes place in late-March. Who would have thought that a major American city’s water problems would be an appropriate addition to that list?