Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 19, 2014
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The Best Resources For International Migrants Day

December 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014″

I’ve just posted The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014 over at my Education Week Teacher column.

I thought readers might find them useful.

Here’s an excerpt from one of them:

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I’m adding it to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.

December 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: My English Language Learners Did A “One-Sentence Project”

I’ve previously posted about a project suggested and developed by Daniel Pink about “one sentences” (see The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”).

The idea is that people think twenty years ahead or further about what they want other to say about them, and then use it as a helpful guide for how they live their lives.

In that resource link, you’ll find short videos from Dan, a hand-out I use, along with videos from my previous classes and ones from other schools in the United States.

I just did it with my Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learner students today — it’s a very good project to do two days before winter break! In addition to having them write their “one sentence,” I had them write three things they will do in 2015 to help them move towards their one-sentence goal (see The Best Posts On Students Setting Goals).

I used my favorite iPhone app, Shadow Puppet, to record a few of my Intermediate students showing and sharing their posters (actually, I should say that I had my students actually do the recording, and the last photo is upside down).

I’ll record the rest of my Intermediate students and My Beginners tomorrow, and will post the rest at our class blog.

December 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “Best” Slideshares Of 2014

Slideshare has just unveiled their picks for “The Must-Read SlideShares of 2014.”

You can go to the link if you want to seem them — I’m not embedding their presentation because I don’t think most would be helpful to educators.

However, I am adding this first one to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations:

In addition, congratulations to Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and to Dean Shareski for creating these two presentations that made Slideshare’s Best list in the “Education” category:

December 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Great News! Only 2 Of Top 308 New Economists Want To Study Schools

I’ve written a fair amount about the damage some economists have wrought on schools (see The Best Posts & Articles About The Role Of Economists In Education).

Five Thirty Eight just wrote a post
finding that out of 308 new economists graduating from the “top” fifteen economics schools, only two are planning to study education. That’s the least amount out of any other field. I’ve embedded the chart below.

It seems to me that can only be good news for us teachers, our students, and their families.

What do you think?

December 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Today Is The Anniversary Of The Wright Brothers Flight — Here Are Related Resources

Today is the anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Flight.

December 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Cookie Monster Decides The Heck With This SEL Stuff….

Sesame Street has developed a series of fun videos on self-control and other Social Emotional Learning Skills, and you can find their best ones at The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

Yesterday, though, Cookie Monster decided that he was done with that stuff:

December 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: New TEDx Talk By Carol Dweck

Professor and researcher Carol Dweck recently gave a TEDx Talk shared by TED titled “The power of believing that you can improve.

I’ve embedded it below, but you can also see it on the TED site at the previous link. That site also has a written transcript of her comments.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I was also struck by this passage:

“…we can actually change students’ mindsets. In one study, we taught them that every time they push out of their comfort zone to learn something new and difficult, the neurons in their brain can form new, stronger connections, and over time they can get smarter. Look what happened: in this study, students who were not taught this growth mindset continued to show declining grades over this difficult school transition, but those who were taught this lesson showed a sharp rebound in their grades.”

That’s certainly been our experience after teacher Dweck-inspired lessons you can find at The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning.

I’ll be adding this post to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

December 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Resources On Race & Racism

December 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2014

In what has become a tradition, my “Best and Worst Education News” of the year will be appearing soon in The Washington Post (you can see my mid-year edition here, and previous year’s round-ups here).

I’m putting the finishing touches on my piece, so let me know if you think there’s a big story that might not be on my radar.

But I’m not the only doing these kinds of education “year-in-review” posts.

Here are a few others, and I hope readers will share more in the comments section:

2014’s Best and Worst Players in Public Education is from NEA Today.

Five big education stories in 2014 is from Scholastic.

Top Ed-Tech Trends 2014 is by Audrey Watters.

I’m adding this post to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.

December 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Decent Collection Of Geography Videos

I’ve previously shared different extensive collections of U.S. History and World History short videos that Glencoe has available for free on its textbook site. You can find those links on those “Best” lists.

I just realized, though, that even though I mentioned them, I didn’t actually have a direct link to all their geography videos on my The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography list.

Here is the link to the entire collection.

They’re sort of they stereotypical kind of school video that can make exciting subjects look boring at times, but they could definitely be usable at times.

December 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Christmas Videos For English Language Learners – Help Me Find More

I had created a previous “Best” list titled The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween that I found very useful for my students, and thought I’d do the same for the holiday season.

I’ll be adding a link to this post over at The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa.
You can learn about ideas for using these videos in language-development activities at The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

Please suggest ones I’m missing:

December 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Interesting & Useful Resources On “Homework”

December 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Step Towards Star Trek’s “Universal Translator”

In May, I posted Star Trek “Universal Translator,” Here We Come?, where I reported on Microsoft’s efforts to create a simultaneous machine translator.

Today, they offered it in a limited release for use with Skype.

You can read about it in these articles:

Skype Translator Preview Going Live Today is from TechCrunch.

Skype’s new tool will let you translate your video call (almost) in real-time is from The Washington Post.

It’s got a long way to go before it becomes like Star Trek’s “Universal Translator,” but it seems like a pretty good start.

This video below shows it being used to foster communication between classrooms. I’ve got to say that it can, perhaps, be useful in some primary settings, but I’m skeptical about the logistics working out for middle and high school classes around the world considering time differences. For those older classes who want to communicate with international students, I think the strategy we use in our Geography class is more realistic.

Nevertheless, it’s pretty neat:

December 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

Here are this week’s picks:

Personalized Learning and Query Books is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Applying “Fed Ex Days” To Schools.

The great This American Life radio show has a series of lesson plans. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources On Grading Practices:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions:

December 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Supporting Student Engagement By ‘Building Community’”

Supporting Student Engagement By ‘Building Community’ is the final installment in my four-part series on student engagement and includes guest responses from Jennifer Fredricks, Aubrie Rojee, April Baker, Beth Donofrio, and Louis Cozolino. In addition, I share comments from readers.

Here are some excerpts:

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