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February 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Drawing Out” Book Is Excellent For ELL Beginner Homework


The primary “homework” I’ve usually given to my English Language Learners is working online with either Duolingo or Raz-Kids.

Recently, I’ve supplemented that with follow-up to the Concept Attainment-Plus writing instruction I’ve developed – at least for Intermediate ELLs.

For my Beginner students, recently, I’ve given them copies of an excellent book from Alta ESL Publishers titled Drawing Out. Most work with tutors in our school library after the regular school day ends, and the book provides simple and enjoyable activities Beginners can do with a a little assistance to get started. It promotes their language development and, importantly, they enjoy working on the activities. We then review their work the following day.

It’s a bit pricey at $35, but I think it’s worth it.

I’d love to hear of other book recommendations readers have….

I’m adding the book to The Fifteen Tech Tools & Non-Tech Resources I Use Most Often With My Students, which is now sixteen with the addition of “Drawing Out.”

February 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s An Example Of How I Scaffold A Short Writing Prompt

I’ve written in my books and here on this blog about how I often have students – ELL and proficient English students – respond to simple writing prompts with a paragraph following either an “ABC” (Answer the Question; Back it up; make a Comment/Connection) or “PQC” format (Point/Quote/Connect).

You can read my past posts about it here, including several models.

My ELL Geography students are studying Mexico right now, and I thought readers might find it useful to see an example of how I scaffold a writing prompt using the ABC format.

Here’s a picture of it, and you download the sheet here.

ABC prompt

If you have any suggestions on how to make it better, or have sources of similar scaffolds, I’m all ears!

I’m adding this prompt to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

February 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On How Principals Help Teachers Grow


How Great Principals Help Teachers Grow: They Do This, Not That is the title of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

I’m joined by Mark Estrada and Diana Laufenberg, who have both contributed to an upcoming post in my Education Week Teacher column.

I’m adding it to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

February 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s What My Students Think Of A Growth Mindset

A few days ago, I wrote an extremely popular post, I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan.

Part of that lesson plan was giving students a short period of time to read about Growth Mindset research and respond to a prompt.

Here are a few responses:

Dweck one

Dweck three

Dweck two

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

February 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My All-Time Favorite Posts!


As regular readers know, this month marks the ninth anniversary of this blog (you can see a list of the “all-time” most popular posts during that time here).

And many readers are familiar with my regularly updated lists of “all-time” favorite sites (you can see them at All Of My “All-Time” Best Lists In One Place!).

Every six months, I also make lists of my favorites posts and articles during those periods (you can see them all here).

I thought it would be appropriate for me to take a look at those favorite lists and share “my favorites of my favorites.”

First off, here are my favorite “Best” lists (you can see all 1,600 of them here):

The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading

The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”

The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing

The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise

The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers)

The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students

A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos.

The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes

The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching

The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!

A Collection Of The Best Fun, Yet True, “Said No Teacher Ever” Resources

My Best Posts On Writing Instruction

Next, here are my favorite “non-Best list” posts:

How To Recover From A Classroom Train Wreck….

“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”

Ducklings Video Demonstrates Great “Differentiated Instruction”

Is This The Most Important Research Study Of 2012? Maybe

An Effective Five-Minute Lesson On Metacognition

Is This The Most Important Research Study Of The Year? Maybe

Collective Punishment In The Classroom

What Can We Learn About Classroom Management From Abraham Lincoln?

Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits is just about my favorite lesson plan.

“Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too” is about one of my favorite classroom moments — ever!

The Fifteen Tech Tools & Non-Tech Resources I Use Most Often With My Students

Deliberate Practice & Red Herrings

“How Can I Better A Better Teacher For You?”

No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands

Here’s My Chapter On Elements Of A Successful Lesson, Along With Student Hand-Outs THEY Use To Teach

“Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s “Effective” If Students Won’t Do It

How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy

Classroom Management Strategy: “Sometimes The Only Thing Worse Than Losing A Fight Is Winning One”

Classroom Management Strategy: Here Are Three Things I Want. What Are Three Things You Want?

Irritation Vs. Agitation

Knowledge Isn’t Power — “Power is Power”

“Flowchart For When A Day Goes Bad In Classroom Management”

I hope you find this list useful!