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April 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: I Think My Student’s TOK Oral Presentation Is Pretty Good – Do You Agree?

We’re beginning our IB Theory of Knowledge Oral Presentations this week, and this is a video of Michelle’s presentation.

She’s given me permission to share it here.

I’m giving her a 7 on the (in my opinion) somewhat weird IB Presentation Rubric.

What do you think? (by the way, you can find all our class materials on the Oral Presentation, including many other videos, here).

April 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Animated Video I’ve Done With Ed Week: “What Is ‘Transfer of Learning’ and How Does It Help Students?”

Next month, I’ll be publishing a series over at my Education Week Teacher column on “transfer of learning.”

In preparation for that series, I worked with Education Week to create an animated video on the topic, which you can find at the bottom of this post.

I’ve written a lot about transfer, including devoting a chapter in one of my books to the topic (see an excerpt from that chapter published by The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge) and publishing a popular “Best” list – The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More.

In my book I give credit to the late Grant Wiggins for an example of how to promote transfer through generalizing.  He used the example of students learning about the qualities of a successful social movement from analyzing the women’s movement.  I also use that example in the video but, because of a miscommunication, credit to him , unfortunately, doesn’t appear.  You can see links to several articles by him on the topic at my “Best” list.

Here’s the video:

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