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  1. More Reasons Why Students Should Continue Their Academic Career
  2. The Arrogance Of Bill Gates — Part Three
  3. Arab Protest Update
  4. Two Good Online Video Games
  5. Good Comic Strips For IB “Theory Of Knowledge” Classes
  6. Evolution Interactives
  7. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
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More Reasons Why Students Should Continue Their Academic Career

Here are the newest additions to The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career:

4 Reasons to Earn Your College Degree provides a good interactive chart showing unemployment rate by years of education.

Education reduces blood pressure is a BBC article on a new study showing the health impact of continuing your academic career.

 

The Arrogance Of Bill Gates — Part Three

It’s truly amazing to me that a person as smart as Bill Gates can be as clueless as he is about education. It appears that the Arrogance Of Bill Gates is going to be a running series in this blog. Today, he really out-did himself in The Washington Post.

My Teacher Leaders Network colleague Kenneth Bernstein has already offered an eloquent response, so I’m not going to write a lengthy post here. (Stephen Krashen has also posted a response).

I would, however, like to point out a few things.

One, in response to his praise of his foundation-funded teacher evaluation strategy of having thousands of teachers videotaped and having “experts” review them and tie them to test score improvement, he and others might want to read Why I’m Afraid The Gates Foundation Might Be Minimizing Great Tools For Helping Teachers Improve Their Craft, Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way), and/or There Are Some Right Ways & Some Wrong Ways To Videotape Teachers — And This Is A Wrong Way.

Second, in response to his dismissing the value of class size reduction, he and others might want to read The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter.

And, third, in response to his advocacy of teacher merit pay, he and others might want to read The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea.

Additional responses to his column are welcome….

 


Arab Protest Update

Here are the newest additions to The Best Resources To See Who Might Fall Next After Mubarak…:

Timeline: Recent Middle East unrest is a very good interactive from MSNBC.

How wrong we were: Five surprising lessons from the Middle East upheaval is from The Boston Globe.

 

Two Good Online Video Games

Here are two neat online video games that can be used for language learning and which may, with luck, may not even be blocked by school content filters. I’ve written about how I use these games, along with their walkthroughs (instructions on how to win), with my English Language Learner students. In both of these games, be sure to click the yellow bar in the lower left hand side of the game to turn the language to English:

Roof Escape 2 (walkthrough)

J Room (walkthrough)

 

Good Comic Strips For IB “Theory Of Knowledge” Classes

In addition to teaching English Language Learners and mainstream classes, I also teach an IB Theory of Knowledge class. I thought I’d share some cartoons that I’ve used in that class.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010 (And Earlier) — September, 2010

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources — 2010

Part Two Of The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010

Here are the new (well, they’re not really new — I just haven’t posted them before):

Dilbert.com

This is a link to a great New Yorker cartoon on the limitations of logic.

And here’s a link to a great Candorville strip on knowledge.

Feel free to suggest additional good cartoons that you use in any class.

 

Evolution Interactives

You can find NPR interactives related to evolution at How Evolution Gave Us The Human Edge.

I’m adding the link to The Best Sites For Learning About Human Evolution.

 


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