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June 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

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


Last month, the American Psychological Association issued a big report on learning that I blogged about in Nothing New In New “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Teaching,” But Still Very Useful.

However, since that time, UK educator David Didau has been writing a series of posts where he examines each one of those “principles” in-depth and from the point of view of a teacher. They’re very illuminating, and you can see them all here.

He’s got eight more to go, and I’m looking forward to reading each of them!

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June 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Carol Dweck On “Nagging”

Yesterday, I shared a number of reports about Carol Dweck’s talk over the weekend about the growth mindset concept.

Jill Berry shared an article about it in Schools Week headlined Carol Dweck says mindset is not ‘a tool to make children feel good.’

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

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June 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study: Inductive Learning Promotes “Transfer Of Knowledge” Better Than Direct Instruction

I’ve written a lot in this blog and in my books about using inductive learning with students (see The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching). It’s one of my favorite instructional strategies.

And, I’ve written an equal amount about the importance of transfer of learning — in other words, facilitating student “transfer” of something they learned in one lesson to another situation (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More).

Now Education Week has highlighted a study that used that inductive concept – though, surprisingly, they called it “sorting” instead of “inductive learning” – in teaching science. And they found that it was more effective in promoting transfer than direct instruction.

One common way to use the inductive method is through “text data sets,” which a short piece of text that students categorize. You can read more about this particular method and see links to examples in “Thinking Like A Scientist Can Help Overcome Allure Of Appearances.”

In the study covered by Ed Week, though, the scientists just used cards sharing different scientific concepts instead of a typical few sheets of paper with the examples.

One thing I found particularly intriguing and I hadn’t really read about in other studies of the inductive method was that it was its effect on transfer:

…the students who had sorted the cards were significantly better at applying the concept to new situations.

You might also be interested in The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior.”

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June 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed

So much has been written about Social Emotional Learning – see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

But, really, who has time to read all of it? What’s a one-stop shop where you can get a pretty good overview of what it is, why it’s important, and how it might work in the classroom?

Here are a handful of recent reviews/studies that I think are pretty good. Let me ones you think should be added to the list:

The Need to Address Noncognitive Skills in the Education Policy Agenda is from The Economic Policy Institute.

Teaching Adolescents To Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance: A Critical Literature Review is from The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

Social Emotional Learning in High School: How Three Urban High Schools Engage, Educate, and Empower Youth — Full Series is from Stanford.

The impact of non-cognitive skills on outcomes for young people is from The Education Endowment Foundation in the UK.

Here’s new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research titled Foundations for Young Adult Success. You can read more about it at Ed Week.

Everyone Starts With An A is from RSA.

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June 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Research On Teens & Sleep

June 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Nicholas Kristof On “It’s Not Just About Bad Choices”

Nicholas Kristof has written a useful column in today’s New York Times that reviews some of the research that I’ve previously written about (see The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough) related to poverty’s effect on “cognitive bandwidth.”

Here’s an excerpt:


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June 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study: “Authoritative,” Not “Authoritarian,” Classroom Management Works Best For Boys

A couple of years ago, I wrote about what I thought was a pretty important study (see Parental Style Study Makes Sense For Teachers, Too). It found that parents who were authoritative — strict, but relational, listeners, etc — were more successful in raising kids who were self-reliant and self-controlled than those who were authoritarian.

A new study was released today that reinforced that conclusion for the classroom – especially for boys. You can read a summary in Science Daily or read the entire research paper itself (it’s not behind a paywall).

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

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June 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2015 – So Far


I write many posts about recent research studies and how they can relate practically to the classroom. In fact, I post a regular feature called Research Studies of the Week. In addition, I write individual posts about studies I feel are particularly relevant to my work as a teacher.

This is the latest in my continue series of mid-year “Best” lists.

You can see all my 1,400 “Best” lists here.

You might also be interested in:

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2014 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2014 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2012 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011

Hare are My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2015 – So Far:

If You Haven’t Read It Already, “The Teaching & Learning Toolkit” Should Probably Be On Your Summer Reading List

Quote Of The Day: “Do” Is Better Than “Don’t”

Study Finds That Rewards For School Attendance Make Things Worse

Measurement Matters….Maybe Not So Much

The Limits To The Power Of A Growth Mindset (& The Dangers When We Don’t Recognize Them)

Nothing New In New “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Teaching,” But Still Very Useful

New Study Shows That Teaching About “Growth Mindset” Works At Large Scale – Or Does It?

Three Useful Growth Mindset Resources

What Are The School Implications Of New Chetty Study On Geographical Mobility?

Useful Tweets On Ed Research From #rEDNY

This Looks Like A Pretty Important Stanford Report On Social Emotional Learning

Deliberate Practice Redux

Quote Of The Day: “Poorer children ‘have smaller brains’, researchers say”

Quote Of The Day: “A scientific look at the art of teacher talk”

Quote Of The Day: “Asking Advice Makes a Good Impression” & Its Connection To The Classroom

Quote Of The Day: The Importance Of Displaying Student Work

Quote Of The Day: “Zero-tolerance school drug policies only make drug use worse”

Quote Of The Day: The Need For More Teachers Of Color

Quote Of The Day: Active Learning Equals More Student Motivation

Yet Another Study Finds Constructivism Tends To Work Better Than Direct Instruction

Statistic Of The Day: Teachers Need To Feel Like They Are Learning, Too

Great Summary Of Research On Developing Creativity

Important New Study: No Child Left Behind Hurts Long-Term Student Success

Excellent Review Of Writing Instruction Research

Second Quote Of The Day: Learning A Second Language “Increases The Size Of Your Brain”

Quote Of The Day: Research Supports Independent Reading

No Surprise In This Study: Language Learners Retain Vocabulary Better When Connected To Gestures & Images

Statistic Of The Day: New Study Finds That Money Matters For Schools

Study Finds That Bilingualism Supports A Growth Mindset

No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands

Statistic Of The Day: New Scholastic Study On Reading

New Study Finds Value In Social Emotional Learning

Study Suggests It’s Time To Put Up Pictures Of Mountains On My Classroom Wall

The Best Research On Why Some Students Ask For More Or Less Help Than Others

Quote Of The Day: Fast Food Bad For Student Brains

Study: Conscientiousness + Curiosity = Academic Success

“Should students discover their own math lessons?”

“Grit” Runs Amok In The New York Times

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