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This is video #6 in my 12-part video series based on my book The Power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students. In this video you will learn 5 practical strategies for incorporating self-awareness activities in the middle and high school classroom. These 5 strategies include the following ideas: Use...
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This is video #5 in my 12-part video series based on my book The Power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students. In this video you will learn 9 practical strategies for incorporating more student choice and student voice in the middle and high school classroom. These 9 strategies include...
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This is video #4 in my 12-part video series based on my book The Power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students. In this video you will learn about: 1. 12 risks that adolescents face; 2. Why adolescence tends to involve more risky behavior than childhood or adulthood; 3. What...
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Starting today, the Shoah Foundation, an education group from the University of Southern California that disseminates information about the Holocaust to schools, will release a new activity, resource, or professional development opportunity, one per day, for the first 100 days of President Trump’s term of office. The initiative is called ”100 Days to Inspire Respect”...
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An old tale has it that a man visits a friend and wants to borrow his donkey for the day.  The friend tells him he’s sorry but he lent his donkey out.  The man leaves the house, but as he goes he hears the donkey braying in the back yard. He rushes back to the...
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Check out the latest online edition of Education Week Teacher, which today published my  article, ”5 Ways to Use Student Choice to Improve Learning.” In the piece, I focus on specific ways in which middle school and high school educators can provide more opportunities for students’ decision-making skills to be stimulated so that they are...
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“I’m not sitting there watching Twitter. I’m not on Facebook. If you’re speaking to me through Facebook or Twitter, I’m not listening. So let’s start there. ”I’m a fairly disconnected person who operates in a kind of old-fashioned way and I do that deliberately because drinking from this digital fire hose is too much for me....
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Today I’m beginning a new category for my blog entitled Trump Watch.  It will consist of blog posts specifically related to Donald Trump and how his pronouncements and policies affect learning and human development, especially as it relates to our children. In a Tweet Thursday, Trump said that the U.S should greatly expand its nuclear capability....
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Education Week Teacher has a feature ”Classroom Q & A with Larry Ferlazzo,” which has a different education topic every week, to which guest writers post responses.  Last week it was:  ”’Learning Self-Regulation’ Is Needed on Path to Academic Success.”  I was one of the contributors, and this was my response: The issue of self-control...
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