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February 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “Make School A Democracy”

David L. Kirp has a column in today’s New York Times talking about the Escuela Nueva (New School) model of rural schools in Columbia and how it can be applied around the world, including in the United States. His piece is headlined “Make School A Democracy.”

Here’s an excerpt:

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February 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important New Study: No Child Left Behind Hurts Long-Term Student Success

As plenty of studies show, pressure and sanctions can get people to do mechanical tasks, but that kind of extrinsic motivation doesn’t encourage — and, in fact, discourages — work that requires creative and other higher ordering thinking (see The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students).

A new study via the Calder Center has just come out reinforcing those findings. It shows that, though many of the actions required by the No Child Left Behind Act resulted in more students actually going to school, they have ended up in reducing the development of Social Emotional Learning skills that are required for long-term student success, particularly among students of color and those who face other challenges.

Here’s an excerpt:

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February 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of The Day: Physical Movement Helps Language Learning

I’ve previously posted about studies showing that physical movement can help second (or third) language learning (you can see those posts at The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning).

Here’s a video on that research:

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February 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “Teens increasingly sleep deprived”

There have been many studies and articles on teens and sleep, and many of them can be found at The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.

Today, though, the results of a new study was announced, and it’s the first that I’m aware of that compares teen sleep challenges by ethnic and soci-economic group.

Here’s an excerpt:

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February 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent Review Of Writing Instruction Research

An Education Week post by Walt Gardner today led me to an excellent Hechinger Report article from late last year that I missed, Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing.

It’s a report on a study that I think is the best review of writing research I’ve seen since a report was published a year ago summarizing studies on teaching writing and critiquing Common Core (see New Study Says That Half Of “Evidence-Based Practices” In Writing Instruction Not “Signaled” By Common Core).

Here are three recommended practices:

1. Spend more time writing

2. Write on a computer

3. Grammar instruction doesn’t work

Read The Hechinger Report article and read the study itself.

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February 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Research On Teens & Sleep

Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep:

National Sleep Foundation Updates Recommendations For How Much Sleep You Really Need is from The Huffington Post.

Exactly How Much Sleep Is ‘Enough’? is from The Atlantic.

Sleep, Cognition, and Normal Aging is an intriguing new study that links good sleep habits when young to cognitive health in the senior years.

Less Sleep Means More Stress for Teens is from Scientific American.

High School Is a Rude Awakening is from The Pacific Standard.

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