Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 23, 2015
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Three Good Links About Cultures Around The World

May 23, 2015
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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 2014 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Why I Prefer Pre-Teaching to Remediation for Struggling Students is by Justin Minkel.

What Do You Do With A Student Who Fidgets? is from NPR.

I’m adding this tweet to A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment:

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May 23, 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 & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two):

Here are two interesting pieces about what’s happening here in California:

New California teaching credentials decline for 10th successive year is from Ed Source.

California Can Hit Accountability Snooze Button is from Ed Week.

The Agony of Taking a Standardized Test on a Computer is from Slate. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Activists look to courts to weaken grip of California teachers union is from The Sacramento Bee. What AFT members need to know about the ‘Friedrichs’ case is from The American Federation of Teachers. I’m adding both to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

Survey: Most Teachers Aren’t Very Enthusiastic About Their Profession is from Ed Week.

Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing is satire from The Onion. I’m adding it to The Best Education Articles From “The Onion.”

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Posts On Parents “Opting-Out” Of Standardized Tests For Their Children:

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May 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Two 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:

Nathan Hall writes about Divii, an online dictionary that shows video clips (with a transcript) of search-for words used in context (read his post for more details). It’s similar to a site created by Embed Plus a couple of years ago. However, now you can’t use that site unless you first give it a “like” on Facebook. Because of that irritating requirement, I’m replacing it on The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners with Divii.

Reader Idea | Talking About Home Countries With English Language Learners is from The New York Times Learning Network.

How are ELL programs funded across states? is from District Administration.

Shortage of Dual-Language Teachers: Filling the Gap is from Ed Week.

The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners is a report from The Center For American Progress.

I’ve written about many of the games Jimmy Fallon plays on The Late Show that can be adapted to the ESL classroom. Here’s a pretty fun recent example of one I’ve already written about a couple of times:

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May 23, 2015
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A Cornucopia Of Useful Social Emotional Learning Resources

I’m hopelessly behind on important resources to share, particularly ones related to Social Emotional Learning. Thanks to Karen HuxtableJester and to Vipula Sharma for some of the links. I’ll be adding this post to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources:

The Educator and the Growth Mindset is from Jackie Gerstein and Metacognition Curriculum is an older post from Frank Noschese.

Test Your Mindset is an online interactive from Carol Dweck that I think would be useful to offer to students.

Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential with the Growth Mindset is by Dan Winkler and provides a pretty good, and short, definition of a growth mindset.

I’m adding all the previously-mentioned links to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

Teaching Teenagers to Develop Their Emotional Intelligence is from, of all places, The Harvard Business Review.  Though I’m a bit skeptical of making these kinds of connections, here was a particularly interesting sentence (and link) from the article:

a cost-benefit analysis released last month concluded that for every dollar schools spend on SEL, there is an average of $11 worth of benefits to society, including costs associated with healthcare and educational attainment.

Here’s an Ed Week article on that particular study.

How to Be Emotionally Intelligent is from The New York Times.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control:

High Schools That Walk the Social-Emotional Walk (and Don’t Just Talk the Talk) is from Ed Week.

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May 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study Finds That Rewards For School Attendance Make Things Worse

In yet another addition to the long line of research showing problems with extrinsic motivation, the results of a new study designed to reduce school truancy was announced (How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?).

Researchers offered a reward to students for school attendance over a month-long period. Most students increased their attendance during that time, but then, as most previous research has demonstrated would happen, they immediately reverted to their previous attendance rate once the reward system was gone.

However, sixty percent of the students who had the lowest attendance rates at the beginning not only did not improve enough to gain the reward — after the reward system ended their attendance got a lot worse. In fact:

They were now only about one-fourth as likely to show up for class as they had been before the reward scheme was introduced.

Here’s how the NPR report ends:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

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