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February 12, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem

Nancy Flanagan has written another of her all-too-numerous to count insightful posts. This one is called I’m OK–You Have Self-Esteem. She approaches the concept of self-esteem in a thoughtful and balanced way, and it’s another of her “must-reads.”

In that post, she mentions a study that came out last year that, as she puts it, “dared to suggest that kids perform better when given the simple assignment of writing for fifteen minutes about their strengths, to re-affirm their competence.” I remember reading about it in the New York Times , and also remember thinking to myself that I needed to find out more about what exactly the researchers had the students do. That task has languished on my “to do” list until Nancy’s post prompted me to finally get around to doing some digging.

Here is my summary of what the researchers actually did (you can purchase the article here. I don’t think the article itself is very helpful, but the online addendum is).

They had students write three-to-five times during one school year about their values.

The first two times, students were given this list of values:

athletic ability, being good at art, being smart or getting good grades, creativity, independence, living in the moment, membership in a social group (such as your community, racial group, or school club), music, politics, relationships with friends or family, religious values, and sense of humor.

The first time, they were asked to circle one; the second time,they were asked to circle the two or three on the list that were most important to them.

Next, they were asked to think about times when those two or three values (the first time, they just wrote about the one they circled) were most important to them, and then to write a few sentences about why they were important to them.

Finally, students were asked to write if they agreed or disagreed with these statements (there were six levels of agreement/disagreement that students could check):

“These values have influenced my life”
“In general, I try to live up to these values”
“These values are an important part of who I am.”

In the third, fourth, and/or fifth times, researchers made minor changes such as giving a different list of values, or asking students to write about which values might be most important during a certain time period, like Winter Break.

Though the academic improvement among students wasn’t enormous, it was certainly measurable, and appeared to be sustained after they left the class.

The researchers started their experiment at the beginning of the school year, and spaced the exercises out every two or three months.

I’m certainly going to give it a try, and start now. I’m hopeful it will help, and reflecting on values is certainly never going to hurt. I’ll also have students share what they wrote with a partner, and invite class-wide discussion. We do reflective writing each Friday, so it should fit right in.

I’ll let readers know how it goes.

If you’ve tried something like this, or are now going to do so, please leave a comment now or in the future, too.

June 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study Suggests That Simple Writing Exercise Gets Big Results

Stanford researcher Geoffrey Cohen and others have conducted several experiments over the years having students do a simple writing exercise about their values that has resulted in increased academic achievement over the course of a year.

I’ve written in detail about what they’ve done and how I regularly replicate the exercise in my classroom. You can read about that process in these two pieces, one here in my blog (Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem) and the other a guest post at The New York Times Learning Network (Guest Post | Helping Students Motivate Themselves).

These same researchers have been tracking these middle school students who have done these exercises and have found that these academic improvements apparently last for years, with them choosing to take more academically rigorous high school classes and being more likely to attend college.

You can read a summary of these new results at Ed Week, How a Simple Writing Exercise in Middle School Led to Higher College Enrollment.

Unfortunately, the link to more information about the study that’s within that article doesn’t work, but you go directly to the research itself here. Happily, it’s not behind a paywall!

December 17, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Study Shows That Self-Affirmation Activities Help People Think More Clearly

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I’ve previously posted here on the blog and also written in my books about research that shows the benefits of having students do simple self-affirmation activities.

In Giving Students “Reflection Cards,” I describe its effect on developing self-control and how I apply it in the classroom.

In Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem and in Simple Writing Exercise Said To “Narrow Achievement Gap,” I talk about what studies have found about its effect on student academic achievement and, again, how I apply it in my classroom.

Today, another study was released demonstrating the positive impact of these kinds of activities. Though the headline on the story is a bit of hyperbole (saying it can “overcome poverty” is bit overstated — I think that omits a broader perspective on inequality in society), it’s good to see proof reinforced.

Here’s a useful excerpt from the article:

Zhao and co-authors Eldar Shafir of Princeton University and Crystal Hall of University of Washington theorize that self-affirmation alleviates the mentally overwhelming stigma and cognitive threats of poverty, which can impair reasoning, cause bad decisions and perpetuate financial woes.

This study builds on previous research by Zhao and colleagues from Princeton, Harvard and University of Warwick, which found that poverty consumes so much mental energy that those in poor circumstances have little remaining brainpower to concentrate on other areas of life.

As a result, less “mental bandwidth” remains for education, training, time-management, assistance programs and other steps that could help break out of the cycles of poverty.

April 15, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Simple Writing Exercise Said To “Narrow Achievement Gap”

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I’ve previously posted about a simple writing exercise that was shown to particularly help African American students increase their academic achievement (see Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem) and expanded that into a full-fledged lesson plan in my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves.

Two new studies have now shown that it can be equally effective with Latino students.

My previous blog post and the new studies (along with my lesson plan) do a good job explaining the process but, simply put, the idea is to have students write briefly about values that are important to them.

Here’s how one of the researchers behind the new studies describes why it’s effective:

“When you look at what the students write, you see that they are generally not boosting their egos or self-aggrandizing. What they do is remind themselves about who they are, and what is important to them. They are reaffirming a narrative about themselves that they are okay people who have core values that will be with them through the ups and downs of school. And this helps the students see threatening events from a broader perspective, and these threats become less of a stressor and less disruptive of their academic motivation and efficacy.”

February 28, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s Best Posts

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

These posts are different from the ones I list under the monthly “Most Popular Blog Posts.” Those are the posts the largest numbers of readers “clicked-on” to read.

This month’s list is longer than usual.

Here are the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

“Languages smarten up your brain”

I Like Fotobabble

Third Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

“Myths of Independent Reading”

Crocodoc

A Question On Teacher Attire

The Power of “Touch” In The Classroom

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits

Have You Ever Felt Like You & Your Students Are “Enduring” Class Instead of Enjoying It?

The Saddest School-Related Statistic I’ve Heard In Awhile….

“Brain-Priming”

TIME Magazine Can Do Better Than This…

“Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”

Students Annotating Text

If You Teach ELL’s In Grade Six Or Above, These Are “Must-Have” Resources

Call Me Cynical, But I Just Don’t Think This Workbook Is Going To Help Us “Close The Achievement Gap”

Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem

Story Jumper Looks Good

I’ve Never “Motivated” A Student

“School Secretary Fired For Translating For Parents”

Persuasive Essays, Low-Income Communities & The Census Count

A Really Nice Online Writing Exercise

“Will Sleeping More Make Me Smarter?” — A Lesson I’m Trying This Week

Universcale Looks Pretty Amazing

On Rewards & Classroom Management

Are Some School Reform Technocrats Using Failed Urban Renewal Projects As Their Blueprint?

Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management

“A History Of The World”

“If it is familiar, it has not eaten you yet”

Excerpt From My Upcoming Book On Teaching English Language Learners

February 27, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Top Posts For February

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.”

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. Post Rank uses a variety of ways to measure level of “engagement” that readers have with specific blog posts. I have a constantly updated “widget” on my blog’s sidebar that lists these posts, but I thought a monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself. Unfortunately, for some reason, PostRank seemed to have stopped ranking posts from my blog earlier this week, so I’m not sure how accurate these rankings are…

Here are their rankings for the month of February:

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem

I’ve Never “Motivated” A Student

A Really Nice Online Writing Exercise

My Most Popular Posts On Parent Engagement (Over The Past Six Months)

Story Jumper Looks Good

Students Annotating Text

February’s Best “Tweets”

TIME Magazine Can Do Better Than This…

Neat Chat

The Best Sites To Learn About Canada

“Will Sleeping More Make Me Smarter?” — A Lesson I’m Trying This Week

Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management

The Saddest School-Related Statistic I’ve Heard In Awhile….

On Rewards & Classroom Management

Today Is Twentieth Anniversary Of Mandela’s Release

June 2, 2007
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Websites of the Month

If I get behind updating this page, you can always see the months that are missing by going to the category “Best Posts Of The Month”

I regularly highlight my picks for the ten or twelve best posts for each month. Here you can find a collection of them all. I also use these in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here.

These posts are different from the ones I list under the monthly “Most Popular Blog Posts.” Those are the posts the largest numbers of readers “clicked-on” to read.

The ones here are the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written.  These don’t include my “The Best…” lists

MAY 2010 TOP TEN LIST

The Brain & Poverty — Upcoming New & Potentially Useful Study

“Will we succeed? The science of self-motivation”

Very Accessible Report On The Importance Of Home Libraries

Here’s What I’m Doing For My Class Final Exam

Will Doodling Help Students Learn Better?

Very Important Study On Learning & The Brain

MovieClips Gets Even Better!

My Concerns About Charters

An Analogy For Bloom’s Taxonomy

Creating A Jazz Chant

Teaching Students To Write “Hooks”

“Eliminating the Achievement Gap Is Educational Alchemy”

“Motivating Students Via Mental Time Travel”

“Using A Star Chart to Teach English Language Learners” (This Post Is Not About Astronomy!)

Fotobabble Gets Even Better!

Here We Go Again: Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)

Comparing Online Translators

Instead Of Encouraging Students To Skip College, How About If We Help Them Get There & Graduate?

Lazyfeed Looks Good

“All 23 of the “Interesting Ways” presentations in one place”

The Best Critique Of “Value-Added” That I’ve Seen…

Versions of Etherpad Are Raining From The Sky…

Now This Is The Way To Make Academic Talks Accessible — Great Examples Of Graphic Note-Taking

“Anger At Our Children” (Or Our Students)

Guzzle

Some Excellent Classroom Management Advice

This Is Why We Have To Be Very Careful With Error Correction

“More Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology”

Some Great New “TED Talks” Resources

Nice Endorsement Of My ELL Book

What Does A Study On Voter Turn-Out Have To Do With Working With Students?

“How Americans See Europe”

Performance Assessment

ZooBurst Looks Super-Cool!

“City-Data”

April, 2010 “Top Ten” List

“Finishing The Dream” Is Impressive

Admongo

Crocodoc Becomes Number One!

Nice Review Of My ELL Book

More Test-Prep Hints

“The Hubble Telescope’s Greatest Hits”

Let’s Write A Book Together!

“Top 40 Nature Photographs Of All Time”

Getting Students To Talk About What They’re Reading &”Book Talks”

Here’s Yet Another Possible Self-Control Strategy — And I Really Like It…

Another Self-Control Strategy?

Talking With Students About Standardized Tests

Test-Prep Tips

EducoPark For “Life Lessons”

“100 Places To Remember Before They All Disappear”

Advice On Giving Advice

The Problem With “Bribing Students”

What Can Teachers Learn From Terrorists?

BBC News Globe

Rethinking Schools Article On Teach For America

Bookemon

Concerns & Questions About The “Talent Transfer Initiative”

“Getting English-Language Learners to Thrive”

The First Review Of My New Book!

“Read A Children’s Book” Form For Students

Great Interview With Diane Ravitch

What Can Students Learn About Self-Control From President Obama?

Why Haven’t I Posted About Palm Breeze CAFE Before?!!?!

More On The Problem With “Bribing Students”

My Book On Teaching Engish Language Learners Is Now Available

New Study Shows That Paying Students For Higher Test Scores Doesn’t Work

Gratitude Letters & Student Achievement

Would Arne Duncan Have Eaten The Marshmallow?

“Disadvantaged students reap most financial return from college education, study finds”

“Mental Imagery” & Success

Make Your Textbook Come Alive!

Better Self-Control = Better Grades

Encouraging Low-Income Students To Go To College

Now You Can “Search Inside” My Book On Engaging Parents In School

“Timelines: Sources From History” Is Pretty Impressive

“Scientists find how relaxed minds remember better”

Interview Of The Month: Carrie Rose From The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project

“Book Discussion Group Guidelines”

“Be Niiiiiicccccceeeee”

“Home Libraries Provide Huge Educational Advantage”

March, 2010 “Top Ten” List

Giving Students “Reflection Cards”

More On Test-Day Brain-”Priming”

Another Way For Students To Strengthen Self-Control?

“Connect With English” Video Series & Worksheet

Packing Away Your Troubles…

“Is Education on the Wrong Track?”

NY Times Launches Great Way For Students To Write For An Authentic Audience

“What Can You Do To Finish The Year Strong?”

Jeopardy!

“Requests Work Better Than Orders…”

One Way To Help Students Who “Shut Down”?

Crocodoc Gets Even Better!

“Self-Control As A Limited Energy Resource” In The Classroom

“Can The Brookings Institution Really Be That Clueless?”

Why I Oppose Teach For America Coming To Sacramento

More On Drinking Water & Test Scores

Drinking Water Helps Students’ Brains (& Their Test Scores)

“On The Importance Of Being Unprincipled”

“What Does It Mean To Be Human?”

Asking Questions Improves Your Memory

DocsPal

What Are The Oldest Living Things On Earth?

“When You Expect Rapid Feedback, the Fire to Perform Gets Hotter”

“High Learning Leads To High-Earning”

“How Do You Think Your Mother Felt When I Called To Say You Were Doing Well In Class?”

“To Hell With Good Intentions”?

How Do You Think Working Hard & Learning Everything You Can In This Class Might Help You Now & In The Future?

Make A Monster

“Prizing English Language Learners”

Why I Write This Blog

Nominate A Blogger For “Blog Of The Month” & A Twitterer For “Twitterer Of The Month”

Did You Know That THE Key To Saving American Education Is Firing Bad Teachers?

Display The Letter “A” On Test Days & Your Students Will Do Better?

The Importance Of Good Endings

What Snacks Do You Give Students On Test-Taking Days?

“Are You Going To Have A Good Day Or Bad Day Today?”

“Gotta’ Keep Reading” Is A Not-To-Be-Missed Video

“What’s Your Reading History? Reflecting on the Self as Reader”

Two Ways I’m Using Our School Library

Helping Students Who Are Grieving

Very Interesting NY Times Magazine Article On Teaching

“Rebuilding Destroyed Cities”

Movieclips Is Now Available “Globally”

“Should Have, Could Have: What Parents Regret About High School”

More Results From Students Visualizing Success

“How The Average American Spends Their Day”

What Does The Navy Seals Training Program Have To Say About Students Visualizing Success?

What To Look For In A Classroom

February, 2010 “Top Ten” List

“Languages smarten up your brain”

I Like Fotobabble

Third Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

“Myths of Independent Reading”

Crocodoc

A Question On Teacher Attire

The Power of “Touch” In The Classroom

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits

Have You Ever Felt Like You & Your Students Are “Enduring” Class Instead of Enjoying It?

The Saddest School-Related Statistic I’ve Heard In Awhile….

“Brain-Priming”

TIME Magazine Can Do Better Than This…

“Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”

Students Annotating Text

If You Teach ELL’s In Grade Six Or Above, These Are “Must-Have” Resources

Call Me Cynical, But I Just Don’t Think This Workbook Is Going To Help Us “Close The Achievement Gap”

Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem

Story Jumper Looks Good

I’ve Never “Motivated” A Student

“School Secretary Fired For Translating For Parents”

Persuasive Essays, Low-Income Communities & The Census Count

A Really Nice Online Writing Exercise

“Will Sleeping More Make Me Smarter?” — A Lesson I’m Trying This Week

Universcale Looks Pretty Amazing

On Rewards & Classroom Management

Are Some School Reform Technocrats Using Failed Urban Renewal Projects As Their Blueprint?

Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management

“A History Of The World”

“If it is familiar, it has not eaten you yet”

Excerpt From My Upcoming Book On Teaching English Language Learners

January, 2010 “Top Ten” List

“Giving Classrooms a Purpose”

More “Fun Theory”

“Point, Quote, Connect”

Updates On Some Classroom Lessons & Research I’ve Been Doing

Update On My ELL Book

Newscred Looks Good

1 Cast For Video News

A Growth Mind-Set For Educators

“How to have more self-discipline”

How Do You Use Photos In The ELL Classroom?

How Much “Content” Knowledge Do You Really Need To Be An Effective Teacher?

Update On My Website For Students

How Do Students Feel About Using Computers To Help Learn English?
Newest Assessment Results From Family Literacy Project

TinkrBox

Interview Of The Month: Jim Burke
My Thoughts On Seth Godin’s Post “Without Them”

Class Blogs

A Few Reflections On Daniel Pink’s New Book, “Drive”

Thanks, Thomas Edison, For The Light Bulb, Phonograph and…the SAT?

More On Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students
I Love This Quote From Education Secretary Arne Duncan

“Dumb Arguments for Stupid Ideas”

“How Not To Communicate With Parents”

More Research On Self-Control

If You Drop-Out Of High School, You’ll Be Less Healthy

“William And The Windmill”

I Like Sprixi

Academic Research Has Its Place, But It Also Has To Be Kept In Its Place

Intriguing Study On Self-Control
Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts

How I Organize My Classroom Library

Students’ Personal Space

Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes

December, 2009 “Top Ten” List

What Are Small Learning Communities?

Want To Know What’s Happened Since My “Marshmallow” & “Visualizing Success” Lessons?

“Looking At Every Problem As An Opportunity….” Lesson — More Advice Needed

Creating A Lesson On “Blaming Others” & Need Your Help

Interview Of The Month: John Norton From The Teacher Leaders Network

Kngine Might Be An Excellent Search Engine

“Earning Power: A Visual Survey of 80 Occupations”

Student Goal-Setting Lesson I’m Trying Out On Monday

Report On How Goal-Setting Lesson Went

Thinkmeter Looks Neat

“Shake, Rattle And Slide”

English Central Gets Even Better

The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students

“Movieclips” Is A Real Find!

Improvisation In The ESL/EFL Classroom — At Least In Mine


Evaluating Teachers In Order To Fire Them?

A Not To Be Missed New Website: Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History”

Is Figuring Out How To Make Schools Better A Puzzle Or A Mystery?

November, 2009 “Top Ten” List

The Best Piece Of Classroom Management Advice I’ve Ever Read

Mugurdy Search Engine

“Be A Martian”

What Alice Mercer Saw When She Observed My Class

Do Teachers REALLY Come From The Bottom Third Of Colleges? Or Is That Statistic A Bunch Of Baloney?

The Difference Between Praise & Acknowledgment

“A Parent Engagement Model That Works”

Meeting Testing Goals By Lowering Standards

“Bracey Report on the Condition of Public Education”

A Few Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology

“I just thought it would end differently this time”

“I Notice”

Neat Lincoln Memorial Interactive

When You Have A Sub…

Compasses Or Road Maps

October, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

“Blinded By Reform”

“Planet Quest”

Great Picture Book Maker

“I Like This Lesson Because It Make Me Have a Longer Temper” (Part One)

Update On My Books

“Funniest videos about teaching / learning English”

Interview Of The Month: Claus von Zastrow From The Learning First Alliance

What Would Paulo Freire Do If He Was A School Superintendent?

Linklist Is A Winner

“I Made My Agreement With Mr. Ferlazzo And Kept It…”

Want To Talk About Classroom Management Issues?

“I Was Disappointed With What Happened Yesterday…”

Getting Our Students & Their Families Thinking About College

“The Fun Theory”

Incredible New Site On Cave Of Lascaux

“Audience Sounds”

You Need To Check-Out “English Central”

When Are Teenagers In The “Flow”?

“One Survivor Remembers” Available For Free

“What Would You Tell Your Parents You Learned In Class This Month?”

“I Know My Brain Is Growing…” Slideshow Of Student Work

“Why Rising Test Scores May Not Mean Increased Learning”

September, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

“ELL 2.0: How to Make the Most of the Web”

My Book On Teaching English Language Learners

“This Is Your Brain On Learning”

What Is School Leadership?

Job Voyager Is Very Cool!

“The Ten Worst Teaching Mistakes”

“Now I Know My Brain Is Growing When I Read Every Night”

“How Much Is A College Degree Worth?”

“State’s exit exams deserve a failing grade”

Reading Logs — Part Two (or “How Students Can Grow Their Brains”)

Shamans In Hospitals — Wow!

The Hopes And Dreams Of My Students

“Seeing The Forest Through The Trees”

Scribble Maps

Concerns About Book “Leveling”

The Best Part Of The President’s Speech & How I’ll Use It

Use Storybird To Create A Story

Great New Website From The BBC For Math, English & Science

The United States (& The World) As A 100 People

“Test scores poor tool for teacher evaluation”

August, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

New Blog Reminder

Paying Students For Increased Test Scores

The League Of Scientists

“Fifty Stimulating Classroom Starters”

What Do You To Make Sure Small Groups Work Well In Class?

Do You Want To “Build Influence”?

When To Teach Vocabulary

Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

“The Truth About Grit”

The “Wizard English Grid” Is A Nifty Teaching & Learning Tool

New Article On Teachers Making Home Visits To Parents

What Kind Of Feedback Should We Give Our Students?

“How Different Groups Spend Their Day”

Why I Support The Cellphone Ban At Our School

My Thoughts On A Very Intriguing Video On Motivation & Incentives

“Next Generation Learning”

“Data-Driven” Versus “Data-Informed”

July, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Make Neat Geography Games With “Map Battle”

Some Great ESL/EFL Resources

Google Voice & English Language Learners

PinDax Is Similar To Wallwisher

What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?

ProProfs Does It Again — This Time With Polls

“Rooh It!” Looks Good For Webpage Annotation

“Newsy” Is Neat!

Where To Find The Most Popular News Stories On The Web

Student Evaluations Of Summer School Class

Exceptional New History Site

Results From My Year-Long U.S. History Tech Experiment

Flash Meeting Looks Great For Real-Time Collaboration

“EFL Teaching Recipes”

My Entire U.S. History Curriculum Is Available Online

Bloom’s Taxonomy For Language Learners

“How To Use Leftover Class Time Wisely”

I’ve Begun A New Blog — “Engaging Parents In School”

June, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Most Popular Education Articles On The Web

Solar Symphony Game

“Raising Walls”

“Does Slow and Steady Win the Race?”

“Interesting Ways” Series On Using Web 2.0 Apps In Schools

PhotoPeach Gets Even Better

The 200 Most Popular Museum Websites

“Welcome To The Web” Is An Exceptional Site

“New” Color Photos Of Hitler

Hypercities

What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class? (Part Two)

I Like “Yarp”

May, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

“Playing History”

“Tools For ESL Lesson Planning”

More On Engaging Parents

“The Last Day Of Class”

The “Most Popular” Blogs That Might Also Be Useful To Educators

“The Best Teacher I Ever Had”

TED Talks With Subtitles

My “Verdict” On Twitter

Blerp Is A Winner

Sketchcast Is Back!

Digital Research Tools

“The Seven Secrets Behind Great Teaching”

Ben Franklin Timeline

Kindersay Is Back

“I’ll Work If You Give Me Candy”

“How David Beat Goliath: When Underdogs Break The Rules”

Culture Crossing

“Fascinating Egyptian Mummies”

April, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Titatok & Tar Heel Reader For Student Writing — Again

Wallwisher Is A Winner — Big Time!

“Come On, Our Schools Aren’t That Bad…”

I Really Like “Next Stop” For Student Writing

Note Pub Might Work Great For Publishing Student Work

Intriguing NASA Interactive

PodOmatic

Mindopia For Career Exploration

Extraordinary Photos

Word Ahead

“The Art Of Storytelling”

What Do You Do To Keep Students (And You!) Focused Near The End Of The Year?

NASA At Home & City

March, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Updated Multilingual Glossary Of Academic English Vocabulary

Excellent Immigration Graphic

MapBuzz Is An Easy Tool To Use

Accessible Multiple Intelligence Test

Two Hundred “The Best…” Lists!

National Curriculum? No Thanks

Not Bad Advice For Teachers

February, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

* Awesome Stories Has Just Gotten More “Awesome”

* Virtual Grammar Lab

* Favthumbs Could Be Very Useful To Teachers

* I’m Adding “Themes” To Several “The Best” Lists

* Citizenship Quiz

* Simply Box Might Be A Winner For Research

* Kid Rex Search Engine

* USA Today Weather & Climate Interactives

* Top Notch Citizenship Resource

* Superb English Site Back Online

* A Good Collection Of Clozes

January, 2009 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

* Dictionary Added To Best Reference Site

* Screentoaster Is Now Open To The Public

* Mel Zoo Is An Excellent Search Engine

* Simple Technology Guides

* Pixcetra

* Pete’s PowerPoint Station

* FinAid For College Help

* Capitol Words

* Miniature Earth

December, 2008 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

Two Excellent Sites For Beginning Readers

Classroom Management Article

Grapevine Is Great For English-Speaking Practice

Gizmoz Is Good For Speaking Practice

Qitera

School Content Filters

Living Wage Calculator

ELL/ESL/EFL Carnival Is Up!

November, 2008 “Top Ten” List

In addition to my most recent “The Best…” lists, here are my choices for this month’s “best” posts (not in order of preference):

* “The Best…” Lists Reorganized

* Wectar Adds Nice Feature

* Voice Of America Special English — From China

* A Good Question For Classroom Management

* Incredible Website Launches Today!

* Tar Heel Reader Update

* Smhoop

* Another Neat Online Spelling Bee

* Screentoaster Is Excellent For Speaking Practice

October, 2008 “Top Ten” List

In addition to the most recent “The Best…” lists, my choices for the “Top Ten” posts of this month (not in order of preference) are:

* More Great Resources From Oxford Press

* Open Road TV

* Wectar For Recommendations

* An Exceptional Reading & Writing Site

* Messianic Arrogance?

* Bay Bridge 360

* Your Disease Risk

* Tizmos

* Excellent Flowgram On Web Tools For Language Learners

* “Why Do You Let Others Control You?”

* What A Great Way To Write A Book Review!

* Scribblar Is A Cool Tool

September 2008 Top Ten List

Apart from recent “The Best…” lists that I’ve written, here are my picks for September (not in order of preference):

* One Of The Coolest Online Music Tools Ever

* Know How 2 Go

* Great Environmental Teaching Tools For California Students

* “Web 2.0 For Dummies”

* iKnow! Has Extraordinary Potential

* Cambridge Ventures Arcade

* Listen & Read

* Lessons For Living Well

* Communicating With Students

* Pic-Lits

Summer 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my picks for the best posts of the summer so far, excluding my many new “The Best…” lists:

Reach The World Geo Games

Human Footprint Interactive

After The Deluge

Talking Pets

Green Planet Search

Planet Science

The Broth Is A Great Find!

English Interactive

Upcoming Student Technology Projects

Embedded Learning Portal Again

June 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my picks for June, excluding several new “The Best…” lists:

Extraordinary U.S. History Site

“Seven Secrets Of Student Learning”

Wordle

Tox Mystery

280 Slides

Mingoville

May 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my choices for May (they’re not in any order of preference):

Tutpup Math & Spelling Games

More About Maintaining A “Good” Class

Beat The Clock

Listen And Write

Webon

Middlespot

Mapdango

Splashcast & Qlipboard

Interested In Joining Our Sister Classes Project In The Fall?

Gut Instinct

Explore A Pyramid

April 2008 Top Ten List

This month, I wrote quite a few “The Best…” lists. Instead of listing all the new ones here, I’d encourage readers to just go to Websites of the Year to find them.

I’d like to list five additional posts, too:

YAKIToMe Converts Text To Speech

Tikatok Is Great!

Zip Code Census Dashboard

Play The News

“Burbank Students Use Blog To Learn English”

March 2008 Top Ten List

Here are my choices for March:

I’ve written several new “The Best….” lists. I won’t list all the new ones here, but you can find all of them at Websites Of The Year.

Here are my other favorite posts for this month:

ESL/EFL Sister Classes Project

Hospital Connection

Visual Geography

Article About Our School Getting Out of School Improvement

New “Best Search Engine” For English Language Learners

Home Computer Project Update

The “Digital Vaults” Are An Incredible Find!

The Goals Of Education

February Top Ten List

This month includes several of the newest “Best of…” lists I’ve compiled. I won’t bother listing them here, but you can check them all out on my Websites of the Year.

The others include:

What Are You Doing In That Computer Lab?

Pixton Comic Strips

Plagiarism

Teacher Book Wizard

Breathing Earth

Create An Online Scavenger Hunt With Zunal

January Top Ten List

This month includes the five newest “Best of…” lists I’ve compiled. I won’t bother listing them here, but you can check them all out on my Websites of the Year.

The other five are:

Make My Face

Spelling City

Scribble States Game

TechLearning Article on ESL and Video Games

Traveler IQ Challenge

December Top Ten List

Excellent Web 2.0 Guides

Wordmaster

Physics Life & Instructify

Daft Doggy Does It Again!

Animated Idioms

Show Beyond Audio Slideshows Again

Flashback History Movies

Neat Music Sites

To Filter, Or Not To Filter? Is That The Question?

Best November Posts

* Browser Books Again

* Translating and Listening

* Kid-Friendly Simon Sez Santa

* Another Fantastic Service From Daft Doggy

* Newspaper Article On Our Home Computer Project

* One True Media

* Does Using Technology Add Value To The Classroom?

* Tumblr

* Maps Of The World

* Launchball

Best October Posts

Amazing New Webquest Tool

Free Rice Game

Problem/Solution Essays

Kindersay

“In Practice” Post

News For English Language Learners

Another Ecological Footprint Calculator

Everyday Life

Create A Talking Picture

Wonderful Panoramas

Sketchcast

Excellent Online Language Program

Top Twelve” Posts In September

* Home Computers & English Language Learning

* Extraordinary Research Site

* Trading Cards

* Online ESL Journals

* A Zillion More Talking Stories

* What Do You Do In The Computer Lab?

* Wordbuilder

* Bite Size Math and Literacy

* HippoCampus For History, Government & Math

* Another TechLearning Article

* Fantastic Cambridge Sites!

* Awesome Stories

August Top Ten Posts

* International Reading Association Award

* Using Online Video Games For ESL

* More Talking Stories

* Computers and Relationships Article

* The Best Online Slideshow Creator Yet!

* Great New Slideshow Creator

* Top Ten Tools

* Nishi School Games

* Embedded Learning Portal

July’s Top Ten Websites

* Great Site For U.S. History Projects

* Musical Game Room

* Amazing Karaoke Site

* ESL Listservs

* Back-up Storage

* New TechLearning Article

* Literactive

* What Was There?

* Twenty Questions Game

* Create Video Quizzes (this is actually from a few months ago, and I just realized that I’ve never put it on a Top Ten list)

Top Ten Websites For June

* Talk Dog

* Screencasts & ESL

* Another Online Video Game

* Favorite Game Sites

* Create a Medieval Tapestry

* E-Cards

* Online Talking Stories

* Picture Sentences

* Be a Detective

* Student Trips

May Top Ten List

Make a Slideshow Online

Making Faces

Create Video Quizzes

Temporary Student Email Addresses

Make a Virtual “You” (three websites are highlighted in this post)

Profile America

Free E-Mail Newsletters on Education

FOSSweb Online Science

April’s “Top Ten”

* “Creating” Online Videos with English Language Learners

* Hello World English

* Easy Online Film-Making

* Two Best Beginning To Read Sites

* Easy Geography

* Face Match

* Many Math Activities

* Citizenship

* English 180

* Talking Stories

* Samuel L. Jackson, My ESL Students, And Me

March Websites of the Month

Photo Books

International Reading Association Award

Phrase Builder

English 180

Spelling

Talking Stories

Science Translations

The Learning Edge

Intriguing Way To Learn Vocabulary

Talking Dictionary

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