Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July 1st Is Canada Day – Here Are Related Resources

July 1st is Canada Day:

On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec.

You might be interested in The Best Sites To Learn About Canada.

June 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Support Curriculum Innovations by ‘Failing Forward'”

Support Curriculum Innovations by ‘Failing Forward’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Dr. Sanée Bell, Mark Estrada, Sally J. Zepeda, Adeyemi Stembridge, Kenneth Baum, David Krulwich and Daniel Venables contribute their suggestions about how administrators can support curriculum innovations.

Here are some excerpts:

June 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two 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 (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two andThe Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

What is self-efficacy and how can we help our students to get more of it? is by Shaun Allison. I’m adding it to Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

Guiding student improvement without individual feedback is by Harry Fletcher-Wood. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles appeared in Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More:

June 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere

Earlier this year I posted Here Are Two Activities I’ll Be Doing With My ELL Students The Day We Come Back From Break, which I included a lesson I did with students sharing research on how having cellphones out hurt cognitive performance.

It ended up being quite effective, probably more so than anything else I’ve done around cellphones. With periodic reminders of the research when students had their phones our when we weren’t using them for class, it seemed to reduce inappropriate phone use and reduced classroom tension (it’s nicer for me to say “Remember what we learned about leaving phones on the desk” instead of “Please put your phone away.”)

Now, another study has found similar results.

You can read about it at The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows.

Here’s an excerpt:

 

I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Student Cellphone Use In Class — Please Contribute More.

June 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of Sneaky Cat Great For ELLs

Showing fun videos to English Language Learners and having them write and describe what they see is always a winning language-development strategy.

Here’s one that I’m adding to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More.

It doesn’t quite fit in with the other videos on that list, but it’s too good to pass up!

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