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February 28, 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:

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

Here is what I think is a very useful form that students could use when reading — A Guide To Critical Reading. It was shared by Eric Clark on Twitter. I’m adding it to the same list.

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills is an excellent post from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to the close reading list and also to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Don’t Give a Pass to Failed Grading Systems is by David B. Cohen. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Grading Practices.

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February 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “Make School A Democracy”

David L. Kirp has a column in today’s New York Times talking about the Escuela Nueva (New School) model of rural schools in Columbia and how it can be applied around the world, including in the United States. His piece is headlined “Make School A Democracy.”

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior.”

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February 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Strategies For Vocabulary Instruction – Part One”

Strategies For Vocabulary Instruction – Part One is my latest Education Week Teacher post.

This three-part series will be sharing a wide-range of instructional strategies to help our students acquire the vocabulary necessary to become successful in school and in life. We’ll start off with suggestions from Katie Brown, Jane Fung, Marilee Sprenger and Karen Bromley.

Here are some excerpts:

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February 28, 2015
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Good StoryCorps Episode With President & Teen

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You may, or may not, have heard NPR’s StoryCorps episode yesterday with President Obama and a teen with “My Brother’s Keeper,” a program for young men of color. It’s a good one.

You can listen to it here and read the transcript here.

I’ve also embedded the extended interview below (the StoryCorps episode is only a four minutes long).

I’ve previously posted a number of times about audio and video StoryCorps episodes and how I use them in class.

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February 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Watch 41 Clips From Dan Pink’s TV Show, “Crowd Control”

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I’ve previously written posts about Dan Pink’s great National Geographic series, Crowd Control.

You can now watch forty-one short clips from the show on National Geographic’s YouTube Channel.

Here’s one sample:

They’re excellent for use in many lessons, particularly for IB Theory of Knowledge when we study human sciences.

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February 28, 2015
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