Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Issue Of “Learning Styles”

There really isn’t much of question about the validity of so-called “learning styles” in the way they are usually discussed in education — they don’t exist.

However, I do get concerned that the often almost gleeful pummeling of them can be done without acknowledgment of the reality of our classrooms – many of our students do indeed require different teaching methodologies – a one size fits all mentality just doesn’t work. That doesn’t mean we have to buy-into the pseudo-science of “learning styles,” but it does mean that – in many ways – we need to differentiate (see The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction) and personalize instruction (not necessarily by tech – see The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”).

I was prompted to post this list after seeing an excellent piece on the topic at this month’s issue of ASCD Educational Leadership.  It’s headlined Research Matters / Learning Styles: It’s Complicated and is written by Bryan Goodwin and Heather Hein.

In many ways, it reminded me a similar piece written by Heather Wolpert-Gawron several years ago titled Studies Find There’s No Such Thing As Learning Styles – As Teachers, Should We Care? (you’ll definitely want to read the comments section there, too). I posted about it at the time it came out, too.

Let me restate, though, that, despite my belief in the necessity of differentiated instruction, the straitjacket categories often described as learning styles have little or no research evidence. If you doubt that, check out:

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists at The Guardian.

Are ‘Learning Styles’ a Symptom of Education’s Ills? at The New York Times.

What do you think?

March 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ten-Minute Podcast: Vicki Davis Interviews Me About Classroom Management

Vicki Davis interviewed me for her new daily education podcast and the topic was classroom management.

You can read more about it here, including downloading the transcript.

I’ve embedded it below (and you can also listen to it at the first link).

I’m adding this to Best Posts On Classroom Management.

March 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Coco – Dante’s Lunch” Is New Pixar Short Perfect For ELLs

Coco is a new Pixar movie coming out in October about Dia de Los Muertos.

They just published this delightful short video as part of some PR for the movie, and it would be great to show English Language Learners and have them write and discuss what they saw.

I’m adding it to The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween.

You might also be interested in The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two.

March 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Pins Of The Week

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I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated nearly 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):

March 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Report Connecting SEL To Standards Should Be On “Must-Read” List For Most Educators

Most of us teachers know that Social Emotional Learning skills are critical to any kind of academic learning.

However, in the face of unrelenting academic standards, many educators might feel pressured to short-change spending classroom time on SEL skills development and instead focus on content “coverage.”

Fortunately, the short Council Of Chief State School Officers’ 2013 report, Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions:The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy provides lots of support for putting classroom time into SEL to enhance the success of learning the Common Core Standards. We talk extensively how to use them in our most recent book.

This month, The Aspen Institute has published an event more extensive document detailing the connection between various learning standards and SEL skills. It’s titled This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards and is free (thanks to Dylan Wiliam for the tip).

I don’t think SEL advocates will find anything in it they don’t already know. However, being able to point to passages from this new report and the CCSSO document will be pure gold when developing lessons and having to justify to administrators what we’re doing in the classroom.

I’m adding this info to The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed.

March 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Bad Analogy Of The Day: No, Secretary DeVos, Public Schools Are Not Taxis & School Choice Is Not Uber

Though I have nothing against cab drivers, I don’t think comparing public schools to taxis and school choice to Uber is a particularly effective argument that I’d be making – now or ever….

Read more at Betsy DeVos Calls for More School Choice, Saying Money Isn’t the Answer.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

March 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Though I’m Not A Big Fan, It’s Important For ELLs To Understand April Fool’s Day – Here Are Resources

I believe that April Fool’s Day can often be “celebrated” in a way that can seem somewhat cruel. However, I think it’s important that English Language Learners be aware of it and also learn how to participate in a fun and respectful way.

You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (& April Fools Day).

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