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June 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Waiting for help and worn out by the status quo”

Jenn Borgioli Binis shared and important article, Waiting for help and worn out by the status quo, about a school in New York City. It appeared in Chalkbeat.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Happily, we are less likely to face this kind of situation here in California and at our school, but I’ve got to think that what’s happening at this New York school is not an uncommon experience.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

June 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Am I Missing Something, Or Are There Very Few Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay?

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I’ve got a ton of tools on The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online. Many let you create picture books, create multimedia projects, and write a blog.

But hardly any provide any scaffolded support for a student to actually write a “standard” essay.

John Spencer’s Write About site, which I’ve previously written about in “Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year offers some of that.

A site I learned about today called Write Well has some potential, though its scaffolded instructions are pretty meager and there are no models.

What are tools that you use that I don’t know about?

Here’s a Twitter exchange with a good caution and that also shares what I think would be helpful:

June 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

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In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in
The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far
). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

The Top 10 Ed-Tech Tools Suggested by Teacher Experts comes from Education Week.

Ignite Teaching is a iPad app and web-based collaborative project tool for students. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Inspirok is a web tool that lets you develop itineraries for a trip. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips.

How To Embed Just About Anything comes from The Edublogger.

EdShelf looks like yet another place where educators can curate and discover useful online tools and sites.

I’m adding these last two tools to The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing:

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June 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

Here’s new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research titled Foundations for Young Adult Success. You can read more about it at Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed.

I’m adding these next two tweets to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”:

June 28, 2015
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.

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

Here are this week’s picks:

30+ Formative Assessment Strategies is from EduChalkboard. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment.

10 PowerPoint Tips for Teachers is from Tekhnologic. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations.

Influence Youth is a great short story from Marvin Marshall that offers good advice to teachers everywhere.