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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Advice To New Teachers From Veterans”

Advice To New Teachers From Veterans is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, five veteran educators — Valeria Brown, Julia Thompson, Roxanna Elden, Sean McComb and Megan Allen — share advice they wish they thought they had at the beginning of their careers.

Here are some excerpts:

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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this every-weekend feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in Most Popular Posts In 2015 – So Far and Eighth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here they are:

1. The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More

2. The Best Websites For Learning About The Fourth Of July

3. A Grammar Map Of The United States

4. I’m Not Quite Sure How Or Why To Use It, But This Metaphor Map Looks Really Cool

5. Guest Post: Growth Mindset Memes

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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

In another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I’m starting this weekly “Ed Tech Digest” post where I’ll share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 Report reviews “key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in educational technology.” MindShift has a nice summary.

Home Internet Access for Poor, Rural Students Aim of New Federal Bill is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.

Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Digital Portfolios.

Meaningful Learning with Digital Portfolios: Tools & Examples is from Shelly Sanchez Terrell. I’m adding it to the same list.

Ed-Tech Lessons from ‘The Simpsons’ is from Ed Week.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Education Articles From “The Onion”:

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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July’s (2015) Best Tweets — Part One

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – So Far.

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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS News Hour Video: “Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning”

Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning was the title of a PBS News Hour report last night. You can read the transcript here.

There was some ridicule of the program on social media, but I think what the teacher is doing is pedagogically sound. Though I don’t have students in my mainstream students combine words with gestures, as she does, it’s certainly a common practice among ELL teachers. I even have a related “Best” list: The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning.

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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Encouraging the Einstein and Edison in Everyone is by Ainissa Ramirez and appeared in Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity.

Nine Ways to Help Students Embrace the Revision Process is by John Spencer. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Blogstitute: Moving Beyond the 4×4 Classroom is by Kelly Gallagher.

Here’s a great piece about how to make primary resources accessible to struggling readers.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More:

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I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Learning How To Write Response To Literature Essays:

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July 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far):

Common Core or Something Else? A Map of State Academic Standards is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core.

Sorry, Walmart: Charter Schools Won’t Fix Poverty is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

High school exit exam may be suspended immediately is from Ed Source out here in California. Good riddance! I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why High School Exit Exams Might Not Be A Good Idea.

Beware of Superintendents Who Push for Too Much Reform is by Rick Hess at Ed Week. There’s a lot of wisdom here.

Guest Post: Scalia May Be Critical Vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Ass’n is from “On Labor.” I fear it’s wishful thinking, but I’m still adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

Supreme Court Case Poses Threat to Teachers’ Union Financing is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Colorado Court Rules Use of Public Funds for Private Schools Is Unconstitutional is from The New York Times.

The Whole Child Snapshots from ASCD are an amazing resource, providing reports on each state.

This was a reasonable question and I thought readers might find the question and response useful:

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