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September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Should SEL Skills Start Including An Explicit Focus On “Conscientiousness”?

Why students who do well in high school bomb in college is a Washington Post article about a recent study comparing students who did better in college than they did in high school with those who did worse.

They only studied students in one college, but it had some interesting results.

Here’s an excerpt:


The study and article went on to sort of define conscientiousness:

Compared with the average student, divers were less likely to describe themselves as organized or detail-oriented, less likely to say that they are prepared, that they follow a schedule or that they get work done right away. Divers were also more likely to say they crammed for exams and more likely to score highly on measures of impatience.

That definition contains elements of perseverance and self-control, but I’m thinking that there might be value in highlighting it as its own skill. It would certainly be easy enough to create a lesson on it using these and, I assume, other similar studies. And tying it into being better organized would be a nice “hook” for talking with students who might be particularly challenged in that area.

I’m going to give it a shot. Let me know if you’ve had success doing something like it already.

I’m adding this post to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Most Popular Blog Posts Of The Month



As regular readers know, at the end of each week I share the five most popular posts from the previous seven days.

I thought people might find it interesting to see a list of the ten most popular posts from the previous thirty days:

  1. The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude

  2. Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

  3. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

  4. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

  5. Every Teacher Who Has An ELL In Their Class Should Watch This “Immersion” Film

  6. The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2012 — So Far

  7. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)

  8. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

  9. The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More

  10. Monster Study On Learning Strategies Released

September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog


Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

At the end of each month, I’ll also compile a few of them that I think readers might find particularly useful.

In August, I posted A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009.

In September, I looked back at 2010.  Here are my choices for the best ones:

A Look Back: “Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”

A Look Back: Combining An “Assets” Perspective With An Authentic Audience

A Look Back: Let’s Do Less ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’

A Look Back: Student Metacognition & Instructional Strategies

A Look Back: “The Office” Teaches Why Extrinsic Motivation Doesn’t Work

A Look Back: Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”

A Look Back: The Problem With “Bribing Students”

A Look Back: Being ‘Transactional’ Versus Being ‘Transformational’ in Schools

A Look Back: “The best kind of teacher evaluation”

A Look Back: “English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories”

A Look Back: “Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too”

A Look Back: “The Art Of Storytelling”

A Look Back: Student Goal-Setting Lesson

A Look Back: “How Students Can Grow Their Own Brains”

A Look Back: The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students

A Look Back: “What Would Paulo Freire Do If He Was A School Superintendent?”


September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

September’s Updated “Best” Lists



I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,600 categorized “Best Lists.

I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task.

So, I’ve started to go through them and highlight the ones that I’ve gotten around to completely cleaning-up and revising.

Here are a list of them from this month (you can see previous compilations here):

The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About Punctuation

The Best Resources On Punctuation

The Best Online Activities For Learning About Time Zones

The Best Resources To Learn About The U.S. Census

The Best Tools For Analyzing Census Data

The Best Websites For Learning About Modern & Historical Pirates

The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

The Best Sites For Learning About Nuclear Weapons

The Best Resources For Banned Books Week

The Best Sites For Images Of Fall Foliage (& For Teaching About The Season)

The Best Sites To Learn And Teach About The Hajj

The Best “When I Say Jump” Online Sites For Practicing English

The Best Online Resources For Learning About Eid al-Adha

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month

The Best Sites For Learning About The Constitution Of The United States

The Best Sites For Learning About The War Of 1812

The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About New Orleans

The Best Short Video Clips About Hurricane Katrina

The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards

The Best Resources About The March On Washington


September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

September’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part Four

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license:

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Important Articles About What Effective Teachers Do


Here are two important additions to one of the lists I find most useful to my teaching practice, The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do:

Dylan Wiliam: The nine things every teacher should know is from TES.

September 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

Ed Week has published a special report on a growth mindset:

Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers

Teachers Seize On ‘Growth Mindset,’ But Crave More Training

Quiz Yourself: Does This Classroom Feedback Promote a Growth Mindset?

I’m adding all three links to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

Column: Hey teachers, please stop using behavior charts. Here’s why is from the PBS News Hour. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Commission Formed to Advance Schools’ Focus on Social, Emotional Development is from Ed Week. Ed Source has an article on the same topic.

Here’s a great new video from Mindset Works that I’m adding to my Growth Mindset “Best” list:

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