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April 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Yet Another Study Finds That Having An “Authentic Audience” Impacts Student Learning


I’ve previously posted research finding that students having an “authentic audience” – someone other than their teacher or classmates – can have a positive impact on learning (see Another Study Points To The Importance Of Students Writing For An Authentic Audience and Do You Know Of Research Showing That Writing For An “Authentic Audience” Helps Students Feel Motivated?).

I’ve also shared places where students can do just that online at The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” and The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience.”

I’ve also shared how my students find authentic audiences in our Geography class (see Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World – Want To Join Us This Year?).

A new study has come out where a science teacher used Twitter to connect to that kind of audience.

Transforming teaching with Twitter is a Science Daily summary of the research.

Here’s an excerpt:


Let me know if you know of additional research finding the importance of this kind of “authentic audience.”

April 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Great News For California Students – Undocumented Children Become Eligible For Free Medical Insurance In May


The research showing that teachers can only affect thirty percent of factors impacting student academic achievement is well-known (see The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher & Outside Factors Have On Student Achievement). Health issues – both physical and mental – are included in those outside factors (see “Kids who get health insurance are more likely to finish high school and college”).

Though, as far as I know, there hasn’t yet been research connecting Obamacare to higher academic achievement, I suspect that those results will be found (let me know if you are aware of any related research). I assume it’s still too soon.

One group left out of Obamacare were the undocumented.

That omission is beginning to change here in California.

Beginning on May 16th, undocumented children under the age of 18th will be eligible for Medi-Cal, the state-run health insurance program for low-income residents. It covers both physical and mental health issues, which will be a huge help for many of our students who have experience trauma, particularly unaccompanied minors from Central America.

Of course, it will still be a challenge to find an adequate number of providers who accept Medi-Cal, but it’s a great start.

You can find more information about the expansion at:

Medi-Cal will soon cover children in the U.S. illegally. The real battle? Getting adults insured is from The L.A. Times.

New Law Will Expand Medi-Cal to 170K Undocumented Children

California’s Health for All Kids Medi-Cal Expansion (English and Spanish resources)

You might also be interested in The Best Interactives Showing How Obamacare Works.

April 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

April’s Updated “Best” Lists


I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,500 categorized “Best Lists.

I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task.

So, I’ve started to go through them and highlight the ones that I’ve gotten around to completely cleaning-up and revising.

Here are a list of them from this month (you can see previous compilations here):

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain How Reading & Writing Well Has Helped Their Career – Help Me Find More

The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History

The Best Sites To Learn About The Hubble Telescope

The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong

The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes

The Best Sites To Learn About San Francisco

The Best Resources For Learning About World Malaria Day

The Best Sites For Learning About Leonardo Da Vinci

The Best Sites For Learning About The Titanic

The Best Sites For Learning About Taxes

The Best Sites For Learning About Possible Life On Other Planets

The Best Earth Day Sites

The Best Sites For Learning About Penguins!

The Best Sites To Teach ELL’s About Libraries

The Best Resources For Creating Infographics

The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change

The Best Resources To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s Death (& Life)

The Best Sites To Learn About Genocide In Rwanda

The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust

The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

April 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

April’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,556 Of Them


Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,556 of them categorized here):

The Best Teaching & Learning Resources About Harriet Tubman

Part 9 – Best Resources For Learning About Flint Water Crisis

Part 10 – Best Resources For Learning About Flint Water Crisis

The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California

The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills

The Best Resources For Teaching Shakespeare To English Language Learners

The Best Links For Helping Students Learn How To Write “Leads” or “Ledes”


April 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

April’s Top Posts From This Blog


I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

“What Educators Wish They Knew When They Began Teaching”

This Interactive Could Be The Most Motivating Tool Ever To Help ELLs Improve Pronunciation

Our Book Was Published Today!

Using The “Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis” To Help Students Develop Creativity

Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included

My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs Is On Parrots & Pets

“Effective Strategies For ELL Error Correction”

We Did A Great ‘Growth Mindset’ Lesson With Our ELLs This Week – Here’s The Lesson Plan

“Resetting” Classroom Management

Scholastic Runs A Nice Interview With…Me

“Principals ‘Need To Step Back & Forward Through Time’”

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs Is On The Rio Olympics

“Principals ‘Must be Reflective Daily About the Work’”

New Study Highlights Six Components Of An Effective Apology

“Big Learners” Has Tons Of Free Student Hand-outs Useful For ELLs

Vergara Overturned By Appeals Court!

Quote Of The Day: “Active Learning” In Science (& Other!) Classrooms

“‘Peak’: An Interview With Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool”

Harvard Business Review Criticizes Trump’s Negotiating Skills & Provides Excellent Classroom Management Advice At Same Time

“Assessing Students on ‘What Really Counts’”

“Favorite Travel Destinations” Is The Topic Of My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs

No Surprise To Organizers: Two-Way Conversation More Successful Than One-Way Communication In Changing Minds

The British Council Has Excellent Leveled Reading Resources

“Assessments for Today’s Students”

No Surprise – New Study Finds That Explaining Things Helps You Learn

WordSift Is Back & It’s Better Than Ever!

“Working With ‘Difficult’ Students – Part Two”

Kevin Durant On “Hard Work” & How I’m Using It In Class

The Presidential Debates Are The Focus Of My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs

This ASCD Article By Dylan Wiliam May Be The Best Article You’ll Ever Read On Giving Students Feedback

“RACE” Looks Like A Useful Writing Strategy

“‘Don’t Fear’ Students Who Challenge Class Chemistry”

“Ofrecer autonomía es clave para desarrollar la motivación”

Teachers, Students & Families Win In Today’s Supreme Court Decision On Friedrichs

Instagram Announces Plan To Increase Videos To One Minute – Great For Teachers, Students & Everybody Else

“One-Sentence Project” Audio Slideshow From My English Language Learner Class

“Favorite Books” Is Topic Of My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs

Four New Additions To “The ‘All-Time’ Best Science Sites” List

Angela Duckworth Criticizes Assessing “Character” For Accountability Purposes In NY Times Column

“Differentiating Algebra Instruction”

Another Interesting Finding On The Value Of Having A “Purpose For Learning”



April 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“What Educators Wish They Knew When They Began Teaching”

What Educators Wish They Knew When They Began Teaching is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Roxanna Elden, Dave Stuart Jr., Julia Thompson and Jennifer Gonzalez share what they wish they had known prior to becoming a teacher. I also contribute my own thoughts.

Here are some excerpts:





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