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If You Needed More Research Saying It’s Important To Be Positive In Class….

Good Intentions Ease Pain, Add to Pleasure is the title of a report on a new study that finds — unsurprising, it would seem to me — that the people’s intentions affect how others perceive their actions:

“The results confirm that good intentions — even misguided ones — can sooth pain, increase pleasure and make things taste better,” the study concludes. It describes the ability of benevolence to improve physical experience as a “vindication for the power of good.”

….this study shows that physical events are influenced by the perceived contents of another person’s mind.”It seems we also use the intentions of others as a guide for basic physical experience,” Gray writes in the journal.

I don’t think it’s a great reach to apply these findings to the classroom.

I’m adding this info to My Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class.


“The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success”

Here’s a link where you can read our new article, “The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success,” at Ed Week Teacher without having to register.

All feedback is welcome.


Governor Brown Calls For Less Testing, Says “My hunch is that principals and teachers know the most”

Here is a portion of  California Governor Jerry Brown’s “State of the State” address today that dealt with schools:

Given the cutbacks to education in recent years, it is imperative that California devote more tax dollars to this most basic of public services. If we are successful in passing the temporary taxes I have proposed and the economy continues to expand, schools will be in a much stronger position.

No system, however, works without accountability. In California we have detailed state standards and lots of tests. Unfortunately, the resulting data is not provided until after the school year is over. Even today, the ranking of schools based on tests taken in April and May of 2011 is not available. I believe it is time to reduce the number of tests and get the results to teachers, principals and superintendents in weeks, not months. With timely data, principals and superintendents can better mentor and guide teachers as well as make sound evaluations of their performance. I also believe we need a qualitative system of assessments, such as a site visitation program where each classroom is visited, observed and evaluated. I will work with the State Board of Education to develop this proposal.

The house of education is divided by powerful forces and strong emotions. My role as governor is not to choose sides but to listen, to engage and to lead. I will do that. I embrace both reform and tradition—not complacency. My hunch is that principals and teachers know the most, but I’ll take good ideas from wherever they come.

Here’s a news story about the event.


Dan Rather Reports On Finland’s Schools

David B. Cohen sent out a tweet this morning:

So I went to check out Dan Rather Reports’ website, and saw these two excerpts (You can purchase the entire hour episode on iTunes):

I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System.


“Simple Booklet” Back Online

Simple Booklet, a very easy tool to create online “books” without registering, is now back online. It hadn’t been working the last few times I checked it and its creator — Middlespot — has closed its excellent excellent search engine.

But it’s working now, and I’m adding it back again to The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online.


This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”

I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in this blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet sharing them.

Here are This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

How to Take Photos that Stand Out from the Crowd is from Digital Photography. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning Beginning Photography Tips.

What’s it like to be 75 years old? Try this on is an intriguing article about a suit for designers so they get a sense of what it feels to be…75 years old. Here’s the video that goes along with the article:

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes.

Adolescent Literacy Research & Reports comes from It has a wealth of research on a variety of related topics, including English Language Learners. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

Maps Of The World has lots of free printable…maps. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography. has a great Quotes feature where you can search for quotations. What makes it stand-out from so many other quotation pages on the Web is that it provides detailed attribution for each one. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Find Quotations On The Web.

Here are some other regular features I post in this blog:

“The Best…” series (which now number 835)

Best Tweets of The Month

The most popular posts on this blog each month

My monthly choices for the best posts on this blog each month

Each month I do an “Interview Of The Month” with a leader in education

Periodically, I post “A Look Back” highlighting older posts that I think are particularly useful

The ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival

Resources that share various “most popular” lists useful to teachers

Interviews with ESL/EFL teachers in “hot spots” around the world.

Articles I’ve written for other publications.

Photo Galleries Of The Week

Research Studies Of The Week

Regular “round-ups” of good posts and articles about school reform

The Week In Web 2.0


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