Some clarifications about message passing research for FC and its variants

Catherine & Katharine

 In a recent comment on, I wrote:

Any experienced facilitators who are interested in exploring the possibility of ideomotor effects during facilitation will find researchers eager to work with them. Unfortunately, facilitators since the early 1990s have been instructed “don’t test,” and nearly all are compliant with that maxim.

Could it be that the facilitators and parents of facilitated individuals are no longer interested in/curious about exploring the ideomotor effects in FC?

Of course I’m not saying that there are no facilitators/parents who consider themselves to be interested in exploring the ideomotor effects in FC. Indeed, there are such people out there, though in some cases they have alienated potential research partners so much that those particular researchers have no interest in having anything to do with them. Nonetheless, if such a parent/facilitator really wants to, they can certainly find other research partners whom they haven’t alienated.


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Plus c’est la même chose, plus c’est la même choCCSS

Catherine & Katharine

Re my last post, I just recalled another belabored concept: the concept of “the number sentence.” That was the first roadblock my older son encountered in elementary school math. Yes, he can add, subtract, multiply, and divide ahead of grade level…

But,” his teacher added, with great concern, “He doesn’t know what a number sentence is.”

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…And stop belaboring the concept of the equals sign

Catherine & Katharine

My long-time math crony Barry Garelick has recently alerted me to claims about how students don’t understand the “equals” sign and therefore require lessons on the underlying concept of mathematical equality.

(These claims are based on studies that potentially confuse conceptual understanding of the equals sign with the ability to do basic arithmetic or involve additional confounds like the effects of tutoring.)

The notion that teachers should be devoting class time to conceptual understanding of the equals sign reminds me of this old post from Out in Left Field.

Stop belaboring the concepts: the limits of “conceptual understanding”

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Gwinnett GA Teacher of the Year Resignation Speech

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On May 23, 2022, Lee Allen, Gwinnett County (GA) teacher of the year, announced his resignation from Gwinnett Public Schools at a board meeting.

Man gets teacher of the year, then he says he has to leave. These things ought not to be, especially given that the district’s HR superintendent called this time “the Great Resignation.”

When the teacher of the year chooses to exit, perhaps it’s time for admin to both listen and act.

Allen had roughly three minutes to speak about his reasons for leaving Gwinnett County (not the profession entirely). I transcribed his words, which are captured on the Youtube video at the end of this post.

According to his LinkedIn bio, Allen has been teaching high school math in Geogia for eight years: five in Whitfield County, and three, in Gwinnett County. He also holds certifications in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and…

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Summer blog: Covering Dick Clark in sunshine

3-Star learning experiences

Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner

It’s that time again! Summer! Where we try to relax a bit (both of us) and nap in the garden (Paul). This time, we’d like to pay tribute to someone we both admire deeply. Who is the cream of the crop in learning. No one deserves it more than he to be covered in sunshine. The one and only Dick Clark.

We have referenced his work in many of our blogs, but here’s a collection of blogs starring Dick Clark and/or his work. Enjoy! If anyone can make your summer better, it’s Dick!

Cognitive task analysis: An overlooked gem

3 Questions answered by an L&D Giant: Richard (Dick) Clark

The Power to Persist – By Dick Clark

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“Teacher at Heart” John White Now Sells Eureka Math

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According to the July 14, 2022, PRNewswire, former Louisiana state superintendent John White is now the Chief Success Officer for Great Minds PBC, a subsidiary of the nonprofit, Great Minds, which produces the Common-Core-birthed curriculum, Eureka Math. White promoted Eureka Math in Louisiana during his tenure as state superintendent.

From the PRNewsWire press release, which also includes plans regarding Great Minds’ expansion:

RICHMOND, Va.,July 14, 2022/PRNewswire/ — Great Minds PBC®, the developer of widely used, highly regarded PK-12 curricula, today announced that A-Street, an investment fund focused on seeding and scaling innovative student learning and achievement solutions, has invested$150 millioninto Great Minds, comprising$100 millionof newly issued shares to accelerate expansion of the company’s offerings and$50 millionto acquire a stake from the company’s majority stockholder, the nonprofit Great Minds organization. A-Street is now a minority stockholder of the company.

The investment will further spur the company’s growth and empower…

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Autism Diaries: *lowering* heart rates

Catherine & Katharine

My friend’s recent request that J once again accompany her on a visit to see her ailing mother reminds me of this old Out In Left Field post.

More recently, I should add, this friend gave J the ultimate vote of confidence by allowing him to push her baby daughter around the zoo in a stroller by himself while she and I were manned a booth for Autism Awareness Month.

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Why some things don’t work and how we can make them work

3-Star learning experiences

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

We’re both quite cynical and critical people (although we’re nice as well, most of the time). We also value nuance. So when we make an argument and later we realise that the subject’s more nuanced, we course-correct. That’s why we wrote this blog. In 2015, we wrote ‘Learning the Smart Way’, in which we discussed a top 5 (effective) and a flop 5 (ineffective) learning strategies.

After some long and hard thinking, as well as reviewing some new evidence, we’d like to bring some nuance into the discussion. Nothing is absolute; everything is relative. Just about anything we do as teacher or instructional designer will work somewhere in some situation with someone. On the other hand, nothing that we can do works everywhere with everyone. When we choose to use the microwave oven, the efficacy of our microwaving depends on what we want…

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Teachers say they’re pushed to pass students who skipped class all year — SIS

Susan Edelman and Melissa Klein: Administrators at a Queens high school are demanding that teachers pass undeserving students – including some they’ve never even seen, fed-up educators told The Post. The teachers at William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City say the pressure comes as the school year is about to end and they are…

Teachers say they’re pushed to pass students who skipped class all year — SIS

Autism miracle cures, non FC-edition — Catherine & Katharine

Most of the autism miracle cure memoirs I’ve read recently have been about kids who are purportedly unlocked through some form of facilitated communication. But there’s another variety out there involves kids who appear to undergo genuine recoveries: e.g., Let Me Hear Your Voice and The Boy Who Loved Windows.  Yet, even in these memoirs, […]

Autism miracle cures, non FC-edition — Catherine & Katharine