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July 31, 2015
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“Q & A Collections: Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year”

Q & A Collections: Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year is the title of my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

It contains links to all my posts from the past four years on the best ways to begin and end the school year.

Here’s an excerpt from one of them:

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July 31, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Send An Ed-Related Research Question To One Of The Regional Educational Laboratories – And They’ll Answer It!

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Are you an educator seeking good research and/or answers on an education-related issue? If you are, you can go to the national website of the Regional Educational Laboratory Program, click on your state, type the question into the form, send it, and then staff at the appropriate center will research it and send you back resources, answers, data, etc. – for free.

I sent them some questions related to Common Core and the difference between “collaboration” and “cooperation.” They answered my questions and send me some studies (not behind paywalls) that I had missed in my initial research on the topic. It took me a month to get the response, but I know a portion of that delay was because of summer vacations. I suspect their turnaround time is typically shorter.

I think it’s a great service, and I suspect a lot of educators who might try it out after reading this blog post will end up agreeing with me….

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July 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This New Report May Provide The Best Overview Available On Social Emotional Learning

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Motivation Matters: How New Research Can Help Teachers Boost Student Engagement is a brand-new report from The Carnegie Foundation, and I think it provides the best overview of research on social emotional learning that’s available (I learned about it from The Atlantic).

It provides a well-balanced view of most of the elements considered falling under the “non-cognitive skills” department, and includes extensive criticism of some of them, including grit.

My only qualm with the report is that it takes too much at face value the claims of a consortium of California school districts called CORE (Our Sacramento district used to be part of it but, thankfully, we pulled out over a year ago. You can read more about that fiasco at The Best Posts & Articles On The NCLB Waiver Given To Eight California School Districts (Including Ours). Our District is now doing a great job on SEL under the leadership of Mai Xi Lee, our District’s SEL coordinator.

I’m adding this info to The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed.

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July 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Blue Moon

From CNN:

If anything unusual happens to you Friday, you’ll be right to say it was “once in a blue moon.”

The July 31 appearance of the month’s second full moon will be the first such occurrence in the Americas since August 2012. Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synched, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.

But Earth’s satellite will most likely not appear blue at all.

Here are some additional resources on Friday’s event:

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Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

You might also be interested in these other moon-related “Best” lists:

The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

 

The Best Resources About The “Supermoon”

The Best Resources For “Moon Day”

The Best Resources For Learning About The Blood Moon

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July 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Relearning the Art of Asking Questions”

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions is a new article appearing in The Harvard Business Review.

It talks about dividing questions into four categories: clarifying, adjoining, funneling and elevating. With all the different taxonomy of questions that we have already, I’m not sure that another one is needed. But it’s worth thinking about….

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions.

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July 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

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In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

7 Good Options for Building Digital Portfolios – A PDF Handout is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

FreeConferenceCall.com comes highly recommended by Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Sketchlot lets teachers create virtual classrooms for their students, who can then create drawings or other products on an online whiteboard that can be monitored by their teachers. I’m adding it to The Best Art Websites For Learning English and to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress. Thanks to – who else? – Richard Byrne for the tip.

Showbox, a new online video-editing platform isn’t open to the public yet, but it sounds like it could be a game-changer.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Online Sources For Images:

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