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The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two

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This particular “Best” list is a newer  one.

I have regularly published The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers lists, and will continue to do so.

However, two years ago I began publishing a regular Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week post. I thought, because of that new feature, it made sense to just publish a list highlighting the best from that series, in addition to the regular “Practical Advice” one. That latter list will include many other resources.

The Best Resources On Class Instruction – 2015 was the first edition of this new series, and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – So Far was the second.

I’ll be adding this post to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two:

Teaching Students to Push Beyond the Single Story Often Told is from the blog “Crawling Out Of The Classroom.” You might also be interested in some of my past posts on the same topic: “the danger of not having your own stories” and Useful TED-Ed Lesson On “The Danger of a Single Story.”

Student Self Assessment and Self-Regulation – A Cornerstone of Successful Formative Assessment is from Teach Learn Grown. Coincidentally, I published a post at the British Council on the same topic this week – Strategies for self assessment. I’m adding both to The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Good Homework Policy is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

Independent Reading: A Research Based Defense is from Russ on Reading, and provides a lot of “ammunition” for those of us who advocate for students reading books of their choice. It’s an excellent response to what I would characterize as a recent misguided critique of the practice by Tim Shanahan, who I think is usually on target (I’ve written positively about much of his work).  I’m adding it to The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading.

Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students? is by Rick Wormeli. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

How Can Educators Design Authentic Performance Tasks? (Part 3) is by Jay McTighe. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching is from Teach Thought. I’m adding it to The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do.

Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies is from the Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching (formerly Pinnacle). I’m adding it to the same list.

Bringing “Sophistication” to Vocabulary Instruction is by Russ Walsh. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary (there are many vocabulary-building strategies there for ELL and non-ELL students alike).

This is an older piece, but I shared it recently: But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy is by Gloria Ladson-Billings. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

8 Reflective Questions To Help Any Student Think About Their Learning is from Teach Thought. I’m adding it to The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?

Talking Across Divides: 10 Ways to Encourage Civil Classroom Conversation On Difficult Issues is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

Eight Ways to Help Kids to Read Complex Text is by Timothy Shanahan. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More.

Read Write Think has lots of great interactives. I recently learned, though, that they also have PDF versions of many of them. I’m adding the link to The Best & Most Useful Free Student Hand-Outs Available Online – Help Me Find More.

The photo in this tweet (the second tweet gives credit to the creator) is an improvement on what I have used for years – “I’m Not Sure, But I Think That…”:

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

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