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My Favorite Posts In 2015 — Part Two

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Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my end-of-year selection.

You can see my choices for each of the past eight years here.

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2015 — Part Two:

The big news over the past few months is that I completed my eighth book (co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski), Navigating The Common Core With English Language Learners. It’s a 120,000 word monster, and will be published by Jossey-Bass in March, 2016.

Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from the last six months (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,524 this year):

The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class

The Best Ways To Use “3-2-1″ As An Instructional Strategy

The Fifteen Tech Tools & Non-Tech Resources I Use Most Often With My Students

The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More

I’ve been writing student interactives for English Language Learners that have been appearing weekly in The New York Times.  I think my favorite one was is on climate change. It introduces students to the problem, and it also teaches them about the “Five W’s” – who, what, where, when and why. A writing prompt is included.

Of course, I’ve been continuing to write my twice-weekly teacher advice column at Education Week.  Here are my two favorite ones which, along with responses from guests, include my own commentaries:

‘It’s Time to Change the Conversation About Grit’

Strategies for Dealing With an ‘Awful’ Textbook

I’ve also been recording weekly ten-minute BAM! radio shows.  Probably my favorite one was Encouraging Other Teachers Who Work with English Language Learners with Sonia Nieto, Alicia Lopez.

I, more-or-less, post monthly for Teaching English- British Council.  I think my favorite post there is Metacognition, Learning Strategies And Student Autonomy.

I haven’t done much writing elsewhere over the past few months, but I did write three other articles:

And here are a few other posts from this blog that I particularly liked:

How My University Students Evaluated Me This Semester

Here’s A Stephen Curry Quote Teachers Can Use With Their Students!

Deliberate Practice & Red Herrings

Here’s What I’m Doing In 2016 & What You Can Look Forward To Reading About Here

Reading & Writing About El Salvador With Salvadoran Refugees

Is There A Law Saying Every Government Report On Ed Has To Be Written In A Way That Nobody Wants To Read It?

“How Can I Better A Better Teacher For You?”

New OECD Report Is Not An Indictment Of Ed Tech – It’s Really An Indictment Of Unilateralism & Professional Development

A Great Piece On Student Boredom & The Writing Prompt I’m Using With It

Yes, Schools Should Develop Active Citizens &, No, We Don’t Need Another Test To Do It

That’s about it.  Look for my next round-up of favorites next summer!

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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