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December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Studying & Listening To Music Don’t Mix

I haven’t been a fan of playing music in the classroom (except during more “meditative” times when students are focusing on “mindfulness”), though I’ve shared articles offering many different perspectives at The Best Research On Listening To Music When Studying.

Today, The Atlantic published a review of much of the research literature, using the headline The Best Music for Productivity? Silence.

Here’s an excerpt:


Let me know what your experience has been!

December 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Finds Connection Between Empathy & Self-Control

Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self is the headline of an Atlantic article about a new study with some interesting findings.

Here’s an excerpt:


It’s interesting, though I’m not really sure it has any practical application – except, perhaps, knowing that when we specifically focus on helping students develop empathy or self-control, we’ll know that we – and they – might be getting a double “bang for the buck.”

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Resources On Helping To Build Empathy In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control

December 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Big New – & Useful – Federal Report Out Today On Helping Students Develop Self-Regulation Skills


Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress Report: Implications for Programs and Practice is the title of a lengthy report released today by the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  You can read a short summary of it here.

Here’s how it defines “self-regulation”:

Self-regulation is the act of managing one’s thoughts and feelings to engage in goal-directed actions such as organizing behavior, controlling impulses, and solving problems constructively.

It provides lots of helpful and effective positive recommendations on how educators and others can support students develop these skills, including suggestions divided by age-levels.

I’m adding it to Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

November 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: This One Should Make Everyone Learning A New Language Happy

Overlooked elements of language and literature play a key role is the headline of an article about what seems to me a fairly arcane study.

However, this statistic jumped out at me:


It seems to me that this kind of info would be heartening news for anyone learning a new language, including English!

November 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Practitioners’ Instincts, Observations” Have Important Role In Research

Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation is the headline of a New York Times articlee offering a critique of news articles earlier this fall questioning the evidence behind flossing your teeth.

In many parts of the article, including in the headline, you could easily substitute the word “teaching” for “flossing.”

I especially liked its comments on the value of “practitioners’ instincts, observations” as equally important as randomized control scientific experiments.

Here’s an excerpt:



I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

November 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Mathematica Releases “Must-Have” Guide For Any Educator Trying To Interpret Research


Mathematica Policy Research has released a simple twelve-page guide titled Understanding Types of Evidence: A Guide for Educators.

It’s specifically designed to help educators analyse claims made by ed tech companies but, as the report says itself, the guidance can be applied to any type of education research.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

October 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Finds That PD, Collaboration, Safety, Expectations Important For Schools – What A Surprise!

A new study has found several qualities critical to school success. Of course, just about any teacher could say the same thing.

Here’s an excerpt from a press report on the research:



I’m adding the info to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

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