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September 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: President Obama At The Opening Of The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum (Plus Teaching Ideas)

President Obama spoke today at opening of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. You can read more about it at this Washington Post article, African American Museum opening: ‘This place is more than a building. It is a dream come true.’

I’ve embedded the video of his speech (he begins at the nine minute mark) at the bottom of this post. The written transcript isn’t available yet as I’m writing, but I’ll add it later today.

He talks a lot at the beginning about the importance of story-telling and what he says meshes very well with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s popular TED Talk, “The Danger Of A Single Story.” Many teachers use it in the classroom now, and I think portions of the President’s speech would be an excellent addition to those lessons.

You can find more info on that idea in two previous posts:

“the danger of not having your own stories”

Useful TED-Ed Lesson On “The Danger of a Single Story”

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum.

September 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

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.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far and The Best Resources On Class Instruction of 2016 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Teaching and Learning With the 2016 Presidential Debates is from The New York Times Learning Network, and has excellent teaching ideas and hand-outs. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

The New York Times, apart from the Learning Network, is now inviting students to send them an email about what they would do If I Were President.

This Middleweb piece offers a useful worksheet on paraphrasing. You can see my previous posts on the same topic here.

Two Writing Teachers write about small groups in the classroom. One interesting idea is having students sign-up for mini-seminars on specific topics.

September 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Very Good Interview With Literacy Expert Tim Shanahan

You’ll definitely want to read an interview Doug Lemov recently did with literacy expert Tim Shanahan, A Few Minutes With Literacy Expert Tim Shanahan.

Though you’ll want to read the entire piece, the section on reading strategies was clearly the most valuable part – at least, to me.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’ve shared other pieces by Shanahan in the past, and you can see those posts here.

I’m adding info on this new interview to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

September 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Watch The Debates” Is New PBS News Hour Interactive


Watch The Debates lets you view all the Presidential debates since 1960, including clips categorized by subject. You can then indicate your thoughts about what is being said, and compare your reactions to others.

It’s unclear to me how quickly they will upload this year’s debates. Even if it takes awhile, though, it’s a very useful site for classes.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

September 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“‘Freedom to Fail’ Creates a Positive Learning Environment”

‘Freedom to Fail’ Creates a Positive Learning Environment is the headline of Part Three in my Education Week Teacher series.

In it, Amber Chandler, Howard Pitler, Barry Saide, John Spencer, Riina Hirsch, Nadja Reilly, Laura Taddei discuss the topic of handling student mistakes.

Here are some excerpts:








September 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s How We Modified The Picture Word Inductive Model Today

As regular readers know, the Picture Word Inductive Model is one of my favorite instructional strategies for Beginning English Language Learners.

I’ve written a lot about it at The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Good as it is, however, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

In other words, applying the step-by-step process all the time can grow tiresome for teachers and students alike.

That’s why I’ve posted The Best Ways To Modify The Picture Word Inductive Model For ELLs.

Today, Mary Stokke, an exceptionally talented student teacher who is working with me this year, used a strategy that I realized I hadn’t included on that “Best” list. It’s a modification of some strategies, however, that you will find on The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos.

Mary projected a photo from our U.S. History book of Christopher Columbus that she had used in the typical PWIM process and then drew “quadrants” where students worked in pairs to expand the image to what they might imagine would be there if the picture was bigger.  Student then applied the usual PWIM process to those new additions by identifying words and writing sentences about them.

Here’s the image (in retrospect, it probably would have been better to tape white paper on the text surrounding the picture so that students drawings were more clear.  But, as Mary said, it was, nevertheless, “crazy and fun.”



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