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  1. “Because I Promised You I Would Work Hard”
  2. “Several Ways To Respond To “Unpredictable” Student Behavior”
  3. Uh Oh, Harvard Goal Study Is An “Urban Legend”
  4. Photo Galleries Of The Week
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“Because I Promised You I Would Work Hard”

One of my students has great potential, but has continually been “slacking off” and not taking school seriously. I’ve tried multiple interventions, but have had no success.

Until the past week. “Karen” (not her real name) has really been on fire over the past five or six days.

At lunchtime today I asked her what had made the difference for her. Her response: “I promised you I would work hard.”

I had forgotten about it, but early last week I had half-jokingly asked her to raise her right hand and promise she would get serious.

Obviously, I would have preferred that she had decided to get to work because of her own desires, but we can build towards that on the success she’s been having.

It’s another commentary on the importance of relationships, since without a good one I suspect it would be unlikely that she would have taken the promise seriously. And it demonstrates the importance of us teachers having tons of items in our “toolbox” to try because you never know for sure which one is going to work….


“Several Ways To Respond To “Unpredictable” Student Behavior”

Response: Several Ways To Respond To “Unpredictable” Student Behavior is the title of my newest post at Education Week.

I think people might find it helpful…


Uh Oh, Harvard Goal Study Is An “Urban Legend”

A short piece I’ve had students read as part of a lesson on the importance of setting goals is about a supposed Harvard study that describes how much more successful people are who write down their goals as opposed to those who only think about them. Even though that lesson is cited countless times if you search the Web, I just discovered that it’s fake.

However, there is another study — one that was actually done recently — that did arrive at similar conclusions. So I’ll be using this summary of that study in the place of the fake one.

The Russian proverb, “Trust, but verify” (which really is a Russian proverb) apparently holds true for Internet research as well as nuclear weapon limitation talks.


Photo Galleries Of The Week

Obviously, photos can be great educational tools with English Language Learners and with any students (see The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons). I post about many photo galleries, also called slideshows. To do it in a little more organized way, though, I recently began this weekly feature called “Photo Galleries Of The Week.” This post is a “round-up” of online slideshows I’m adding to various “The Best…” lists:

World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Women’s History.

Last Folio: A Living Monument to the Holocaust is a slideshow from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust.

Ecology photo prize winners revealed is a slideshow from the BBC.

The 2012 World Monuments Fund Watch List
is a TIME slideshow.

Hindus honor the Mother Goddess is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee. I’m adding it to The Best Websites To Learn About Various Religions (& English). I’m adding Hindu Festivals, a slideshow from The Atlantic, to that list, too.

The 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition winners is from The Telegraph. I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space.


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