Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I Think This Column On Asking Questions Is One Of The Best Piece’s Alfie Kohn Has Ever Written

Alfie Kohn is always thought-provoking, though I fairly often think he takes things too far or is just not very realistic about life in a typical classroom.

I’ve got to say, though, that I think his new article in ASCD Educational Leadership, “Who’s Asking?”, is one of the most useful and practical pieces that he’s written. Unfortunately, ASCD put it behind their paywall. Fortunately, though, Kohn also put it on his own blog where it is free to read.

Here’s an excerpt:

There-is-evidence-that

I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

September 19, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Hilarious Video Clip On Motivation, Alfie Kohn, & “The Office”

Alfie Kohn has written several books, including “Punished By Rewards.”. Dwight Schrute is the well-known character in the television comedy, “The Office.”

What might the connection be between the two of them?

Watch this two minute video clip to find out: Alfie Kohn vs Dwight Schrute

I’m adding this post to My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

It’s been circulating around Twitter like wildfire for the past couple of days, and, sorry, I can’t remember who shared it first…..

January 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here’s An Article & Questions We Used For A Good Faculty Discussion On Classroom Management

Thanks to my talented colleague Jen Adkins, we had a good staff discussion on classroom management today.

We first read Discpline Is The Problem – Not The Solution by Alfie Kohn.

As with most of his pieces, it’s very thought-provoking and, in my opinion, generally paints things too much in black-and-white terms (though I do think the last piece of his I shared here was exceptionally good: I Think This Column On Asking Questions Is One Of The Best Piece’s Alfie Kohn Has Ever Written).

After reading the Discipline article, we took a few minutes to write down answers to these questions that Jen developed (and which she gave me permission to reprint here):

1. Which parts of the article did you identify with? Why?

2. With what did you take issue or disagree with? Why?

3. Could Kohn’s ideas lead to a more equitable classroom?

4. Further ideas for improving the dynamic in my own classes are:

Then, we talked about our responses in small groups.

It was time well-spent.

I’m adding this post to Best Posts On Classroom Management.

December 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Part Three: The Best Parent Engagement Resources – 2017

You may or may not know that I have another blog focusing on parent engagement resources. And I have scores of related “Best” lists here.

Over the past few years, though, I’ve just been sharing links to related resources there, and have used Storify to collect them.

Storify, however, announced this past week that they are closing down next May. So, I’m beginning to sort through those collections and move key resources to other platforms.

This list is my first attempt at this review. For now, I’m just collecting the most key links here and at some later date will add them to the appropriate “Best” lists.

I’ve previously published The Best Parent Engagement Resources 2017 and Part Two: The Best Parent Engagement Resources – 2017.

Part Two was really the Best of 2016 as I attempted to salvage Storify resources, but I thought it would be strange to title that post with that date as we enter 2018.  And this list is really the best from 2015, and is my last one as I re-visit those Storify collections.

I’ll continue to collect parent engagement resources at my other blog. However, I’ll be using the TweetDeck “collections” feature for those future posts.

I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.

Here are my choices:

Thinking About Texting Parents? Best Practices for School-to-Parent Texting

Kitchen Table Connections (or 5 Ideas to Re-Envision Homework)

Parent Engagement: Crucial Element of Successful Schools

Why You Shouldn’t Pay Children for Grades

Listening and Learning from Families: What Schools Can Do to Really Strengthen Family Engagement

What If Teachers Regularly Communicated With Parents?

The barriers keeping immigrant parents from getting involved in their kids’ education

Why it’s a school’s problem when a parent doesn’t speak English

June 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Nice Critique Of Lectures

I’m not a fan of giving or listening to lectures – either in K-12 or on the college level.

In fact, I’ve compiled a fair amount of research on why and how it doesn’t work at The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy.

Alfie Kohn has just published a useful critique titled Don’t Lecture Me!

Here’s an excerpt:

I’ll be adding this to that “Best” list…

June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

Mispronouncing a kid’s name in class could have lasting impacts, claims new report is a TV news report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names.

Are You Getting Growth Mindset Wrong? is from The HuffPost. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Responding To Student Trauma – Help Me Find More.

Talking about terrorist attacks with young people: tips for teachers is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset“:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Posts On “Loss Aversion” & Schools:

October 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

Yet another article questioning the effectiveness of deliberate practice has come out, this time in The New Yorker. It’s titled Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect. Like similar pieces, it misses an obvious point, which you can read about in my post, Deliberate Practice, The Olympics & Red Herrings.

Introducing Growth Mindset in Math is from Runde’s Room. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress.

The Bonus Effect is from Alfie Kohn. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures:

I’m adding this tweet to the same list:

September 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF SUCCESS—AN ELITE COACH ON EMBRACING ERROR is from Doug Lemov. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

People Are Loving This Teacher’s List Of Ways Students Can Deal With Stress is from BuzzFeed. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress.

Why Punishment Won’t Stop a Bully is by Alfie Kohn. I’m adding it to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More.

How to Bring SEL to Students with Disabilities is from Greater Good.

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