Douglass Price-Williams

A link to Douglass Price-Williams’ blog on dreams was added to “Interesting People and Sites” in the sidebar. For anyone interested in a creative look at dreams and dream research, this is a worthwhile click.

New Ted Talk on Data Visualization

Dr. Karen Givvin of UCLA posted a link today to a TED talk. In the talk, “Jer Thorp visualizes data to put abstract stats into a human (and beautiful) context.” Watch now >>

TIMSS Video research team offers easy access to full length lesson videos

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The TIMSS Video Team has created a new website that provides easy access to videos of 8th grade mathematics and science lessons.

This website is a project of UCLA and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The purpose of the site is to make available to the public the 53 public use video lessons that were collected as part of the TIMSS video studies. The site includes 53 videos each with translations of the videos into English, linked by time codes to the videos, and various resources that accompany the videos including textbook pages and teacher commentaries. The site is intended for use by education researchers, teachers, administrators: in short, anyone interested in exploring the teaching practices of different countries. The site was constructed - and is currently managed by - by Dr. Jim Stigler and his team at UCLA. Feedback about the site - such as requests for features that would improve the usefulness of the site - are welcome. Funding for the site was provided by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and by the Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation. Click here to visit the site.

A useful tool for using the TIMSS Videos is available on the Apple App Store – search for TIMSS Video app. This app provides access to interactive functions that otherwise require an internet connection, such as the ability to view lessons with running English transcriptions and marking specific video clips to share with others. This would enable teachers to work as a group to analyze lessons off-line.

Roland Tharp's new book on behavior influence and change.

A newly published book, Delta Theory, answers critics who dismiss modern behavioral and social science as a bundle of facts. Roland Tharp has delivered a grand and testable theory of behavior change. For more information, click here.

Hank Bias learns to coach better after meeting John Wooden

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In 2003, Hank Bias called me asking about films of Coach Wooden teaching on the practice court. Hank was and still is head basketball coach. He coaches the Fairmont High’s Fairmont Firebirds of Kettering, Ohio. When he called, the team had lost 17 games, winning only 3, and Hank was thinking of leaving coaching. He called because he’d read an article Roland Tharp and I wrote about John Wooden’s teaching practices. Hank wanted films so he could learn to be a better teacher of basketball. I had made digital copies of old films Coach Wooden gave me, but I told Hank he’d have to call Coach Wooden to get permission to get copies. After some hesitation, Hank phoned Wooden who invited him out to California to talk about teaching. That began a story that some describe as “too Hollywood” to be true. But it is true, and what happened in the following years is quite a story. For ten years, beginning in 2003, I tracked Hank’s progress, visiting him twice, interviewing him in person and on the phone, and keeping up an email correspondence. Our research team recently published the first of several articles on Hank’s story. This first article describes how Hank learned to apply Wooden’s approach to steadily, continually improving his teaching, and the effects it had on him and his team. Read more about Hank and Coach Wooden: click here.