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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Rio Olympics, But Were Afraid To Ask


I have a pretty lengthy A Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics, and it’s getting a whole lot longer today with these additions:

VISUALIZING RIO 2016 is a collection of Washington Post infographics.

When a Country in Turmoil Hosts the Olympics is from The NY Times.

13 Olympic Moments That Have Changed History

2016 Olympic Torch is an interactive from The Associated Press.

Many news organizations have created special pages where all their Olympics coverage will appear. Here are the ones that, so far, look good to me:

CBS News




New York Times

USA Today


July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Intriguing Republican Convention Word Cloud


I’ve previously shared two different kinds of word clouds generated by news organizations from the Republican convention, and The Washington Post has just published another different kind.

Not only could students compare the three of them, and compare those results with ones presumably the same newspapers will create from the upcoming Democratic Party convention, they could compare them with word clouds created from the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions.

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Listen To How Words Sounded Eight Thousand Years Ago


Time travelling to the mother tongue is a fascinating article from The University of Cambridge. It tells about how researchers have used technology and statistics to determine how words sounded 8,000 years ago.

For example, listen to how the English word “one” got to what we write and say now.

You can listen to all the “ancient sounds” here.

Addendum: Oops, when I originally published post I forgot to credit Multilingual Matters for the tip. Sorry.

July 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

July’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part Three

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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 – Part Two.

July 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

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 and The Best Resources On Class Instruction of 2016 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Teaching Religion in the Classroom Just Got More Political is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

Should Students Learn About Black Lives Matter in School? is from The Atlantic. It shares some good ideas, and I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources.

As Project-Based Learning Gains in Popularity, Experts Offer Caution is from EdWeek. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.

3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY Culture Moves Into Schools is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Maker Movement” — Help Me Find More.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!:

Here are two useful pieces of advice:

July 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

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 2016 – So Far):

50 Years Seeking Educational Equality: Revisiting the Coleman Report is from Education Week.

What If Everything You Thought You Knew About Teachers Unions Turned Out to be Wrong? is from EdShyster. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

Meet Tim Kaine’s wife, a longtime child welfare advocate and Virginia’s secretary of education is from The Washington Post.

Rauner email: Half of CPS teachers ‘virtually illiterate’ is from The Chicago Tribune.

Here’s An Idea: Change The Federal Definition Of Student Achievement is from NPR. Letter details opposition to federal proposal defining student success on tests is from Ed Source and is on the same topic.

3 Ways That Performance-Based Assessment Addresses 3 Important Critiques of Standardized Assessment is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

New report is ‘huge warning sign’ that desegregation has failed in US schools is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Former L.A. Unified teacher Rafe Esquith can continue with his lawsuit, judge rules is from The L.A Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On The Rafe Esquith Controversy/

Fired by L.A. schools, star teacher takes his Shakespeare lessons elsewhere is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

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