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May 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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:

A Powerful Way to End the School Year is by Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

Wrapping Up the School Year: 5 Reflective End-of-Year Activities is from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to the same list.

Why Inquiry Fails is a useful post by Dave Wees about math instruction.
Fidget Spinners CAN be a fantastic teaching resource! is from Ed Tech For Beginners. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Handle Fidget Spinners.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: An Interview With Zaretta Hammond is from Corwin. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

Reader Idea | Building Community Through Shared Immigration Stories is from The New York Times Learning Network. It shares a fairly common lesson, but I’m sure some are not familiar with it. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States.

6 Steps To Create Effective Seating Plans is from Teacher Toolkit. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Classroom Seating Strategies.  Thanks to Dr. Anael Alston for the tip.

Melissa Kaufman, a student in a Boston University class taught by Travis Bristol, has created a useful site called “Teaching in the Age of Trump.”

Jose Carlos Haro Preciado is a student in Bret Gosselin‘s high school class. Jose has created a nice resource on How To Write A Poem, and I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.  A little more about Jose: Jose Carlos Haro Preciado is currently a student at Coppell High School. He is from Mexico where he lived until moving to the United States two years ago as a sophomore. He is an ambitious student who uses his writing as a way to learn from the world around him. He believes that by hard work, he can learn to do anything well, including English. He plans to go to college to become an engineer and is a valued member of Coppell’s champion-winning varsity soccer team.

May 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week is from The Washington Post.

You might want to read this New York Times article about the inventor of VAM, The Little-Known Statistician Who Taught Us to Measure Teachers. Then visit The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation. And you might want to read this response to The Times article from Jersey Jazzman.

Speaking of VAM, here are some tweets about an interesting development:

When School Vouchers Don’t Offer Much Of A Choice is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

What ‘school choice’ means in the era of Trump and DeVos is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

Betsy DeVos Refuses to Rule Out Giving Funds to Schools That Discriminate is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

7 things you need to know about how Trump’s budget would affect schools in California and nationwide is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

Four African-American Mothers File Lawsuit Against Mississippi for Education Equality is from NBC News.

Slate has published the Big Shortcut,”an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes.”

May 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Ramadan

Ramadan has begun, and here are new additions to The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About Ramadan:

How teachers can support students during Ramadan is by Rusul Alrubail.

Why Ramadan is called Ramadan is from Quartz.

May 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

How My ELL Students Used Padlet To Create A “Picture Data Set”

I write a lot about the different ways I use inductive teaching and learning with both English Language Learners and English-proficient students (see The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching). It’s an extremely versatile instructional strategy that promotes higher-order thinking.

Inductive teaching and learning often involves categorizing, and Padlet is a perfect online tool for that purpose.

I’ve previously described in detail how my ELL students used it to learn about food vocabulary (see Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Padlet”).

Today, we began using it as part of our study of “signs” (by the way, the “Shelf” template works best). After doing some preliminary categorization in the classroom where we identified the primary categories of “labels/names; warnings; information; and instructions,” we went to the library and students began to expand their knowledge of signs by searching for Web images and put them on Padlets. Today, I only had four students begin to create them – they’ll teach other students on Tuesday. In addition to creating these categorized “Picture Data Sets,” they will also add a text description explaining the purpose of each sign.

Here’s the beginning of one:

Made with Padlet

You can see more here on our class blog.

There are lots of ways to use Padlet for this kind of exercise – transportation, for example (public, cars, sea). I think copying and pasting text for “text data sets” are still best in Word or Google Docs because they can be easily printed out and used. But Padlet is great for images.

What are other ways you have used Padlet with ELLs or English-proficient students?

May 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Pins Of The Week


I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated over 12,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

I thought readers might find it useful if I began sharing a handful of my most recent “pins” each week (I’m not sure if you can see them through an RSS Reader – you might have to click through to the original post):

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