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April 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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April’s Most Popular Blog Posts

As regular readers know, at the end of each week I share the five most popular posts from the previous seven days.

I thought people might find it interesting to see a list of the ten most popular posts from the previous thirty days.

You might also be interested in Eleventh Anniversary Of This Blog: What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Eleventh Anniversary Of This Blog – What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this month’s most popular posts:

  1. Make Your Own “American Chopper” Meme
  2. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games
  3. A Few Simple Phrases To Help Keep Students Engaged
  4. The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)
  5. The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”
  6. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures
  7. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)
  8. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom
  9. Oral Presentation Suggestions For IB Theory of Knowledge Classes
  10. Excellent Free Online Professional Development For Teachers!

April 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Resources On The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

 

Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Rohingya Refugee Crisis, which is not getting any better:

April 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Comment Available In Our District’s Report Cards Encourages Differentiated Grading For ELLs

 

I’ve written a lot about differentiated grading for ELLs (see The Best Resources On “Differentiated Grading” For English Language Learners and our article,  Grading English Language Learners – A Perspective From Two Teachers).

Our District recently added a “canned comment” (a menu of comments that can be added to student report cards) that says, “Grade reflects accommodations made due to English proficiency level.”

Based on recent discussions I’ve had with other faculty, having that comment available will be a big help to teachers who are trying to balance meeting standards and wanting to do “right” by our ELLs who are working extremely hard in our mainstream content classes.

Good work, Sacramento City Unified School District!

 

April 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far. and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two. Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.

In addition, look for our new book on teaching ELLs, which was published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

How Debate Structures Allow English Learners’ Brilliance to Shine is from MindShift.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Differentiating for English Learners is by Jana Echevarria. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

Latest DACA Ruling Could Open the Door for Thousands of Immigrants in High School is from Ed Week.

Focusing on the language skills of English Learners key to boosting math scores is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

Immigrant Students: Our Kids, Our Future is by Patricia Gándara.

The “Why” Behind the Extended Four-Year Monitoring Period is from ELLevation. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More – perfect for ELLs to watch and write/talk about:

April 25, 2018
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, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two):

I’m adding these first links and video to The Best Videos & Articles On The Kentucky & Oklahoma Teachers Strikes(and I guess I should change the title of that post and add a bunch more states):

Arizona Teachers Vote for the First-Ever Statewide Walkout to Demand Increased Funding is from TIME.

Kentucky Governor Apologizes For Comments On Teachers’ Strike is from NPR.

25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools is from The NY Times.

Teachers’ strikes: meet the leaders of the movement marching across America is from The Guardian.

Arizona teachers want more than a raise. They want public schools funded again. is from Vox.

 

In other news:

We Can’t Graph Our Way Out Of The Research On Education Spending is from the Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Have we made progress on achievement gaps? Looking at evidence from the new NAEP results is from Brookings.

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