Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in 2016’s Most Popular Posts! and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

1.The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

2. The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students

3. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

4. The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two

5. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

December 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: “Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”

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Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2012’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2013’s Best Posts From This Blog

I first published this post in 2014.  You might also be interested in Best Posts On Classroom Management

I write about positive classroom management strategies a lot (see The Best Posts On Classroom Management) and I’m always learning through everyday challenges.

One student this year is a great kid who is very energetic and can get distracted and somewhat disruptive at times. We’ve talked and experimented a lot, and have found that when he reaches that point, his going outside — to get a drink, got the restroom, or just walk for a minute or two — helps him get some energy out of his system and then is focused when he returns.

Now, we’re at the point where I’d like him to develop more of his own self-control (see The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control) so that he doesn’t wait for me to send him out. Instead, he begins to see the warning signs and goes out on his own (after giving me a subtle sign that he’s headed out).

Yesterday, we started talking about it at lunchtime and, after a few seconds, an excited look of understanding came on his face and exclaimed, “Oh, I get it! If you send me out, then I’m being bad; if I send me out, then I’m being good!”

We spoke a little more about how it’s a little more nuanced than good/bad, but that basically, yes, he got it. During class a half-hour later, he was beginning to get distracted and pointed outside. I nodded, he went out, returned a minute later, and was great the rest of the class.

One day does not a solution make but, perhaps, with a daily reminder at the beginning of class, this might work…

December 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Instructions & Feedback Form For My TOK Class “Ways Of Knowing” Project

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In IB Theory of Knowledge classes, we teach how different “Ways of Knowing” are used to gain knowledge and that what we learn is then categorized into “Areas of Knowledge.”

I’ve probably uploaded about forty percent of my TOK curriculum to this blog so far, and thought I’d add a new version of the regular Ways Of Knowing project I have students do after we finish studying them all.

Here are the downloadable student instructions for the project and here is the feedback form their classmate audience completes for each one.

I view this as a dry-run for the Spring Oral Presentation the students have to complete, and it generally works out pretty well.

I’m also always interested in suggestions for how I can make it better!

December 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Tech Tools That ‘Increase Learning'”

Tech Tools That ‘Increase Learning’ is the headline of my latest column in Education Week Teacher.

The final post in this series on web tools and apps for learning features ideas from Laura Taddei, Amy Benjamin, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Carolina Pérez Ramírez. I also include comments from readers.

Here are some excerpts:

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December 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: Almost Ninety Posts On Teaching ELLs For The NY Times

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Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2012’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2013’s Best Posts From This Blog

Though my first post at The New York Times Learning Network appeared in 2010, I just realized that I hadn’t included any of the almost ninety of them yet in this “A Look Back” series.

I’m continuing to post there, and you can see all nearly ninety of them (many including student interactives, as well as teaching ideas) at All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions.

December 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Nice Interactive On How U.S. Residents Spend Their Days

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Flowing Data has created a neat interactive that lets you see how different demographic groups in the United States spend a typical day. It uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2015.

I’m adding it to The Best Visualizations Of How People Spend Their Days, which I’ve just updated and revised.

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