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January 7, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: All My Favorite Posts From The Past Eleven Years In One Place!

 

I’ve written a lot of posts on this blog over the past eleven years, and I know visiting here can sometimes be overwhelming to readers.

So, here they are – links to my choices for the best posts I’ve ever written:

 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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2017’s Best Posts From This Blog

January 7, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: 2017’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

Near the end of each year, I re-post my favorites, and then collect the links into one.  This post is for my favorites from 2017

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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

Here is a a collection of my favorites from 2017:

A Look Back: My Favorite “Best” Lists Of 2017

A Look Back: New Study Finds VAM Is Biased Against Teachers Of “At Risk” Students

A Look Back: My British Council Post Shares Four Ways To Give ELLs Feedback On Their Writing

A Look Back: I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

A Look Back: Here’s A Reflection Exercise I Did With My Student Teacher

A Look Back: Good Advice On Talking About Our Colleagues & Our Students

A Look Back: You Can Now Pre-Order Our New ELL Book On Amazon!

A Look Back: Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

A Look Back: I Suspect That Many ELL Teachers Will Want To Use These Personal Stories As Models For Their Students

A Look Back: Bingo! There Are Issues With This Study On Grit & ELLs, But I Am Sure Going To Use It With My Students

A Look Back: This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

A Look Back: Study Finds Adding More Periods Of Instruction That Didn’t Work In First Place Doesn’t Help High School Readers

A Look Back: “The Platinum Rule” Is A Key To Effective Differentiation

A Look Back: More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

A Look Back: My Best Ever Growth Mindset Lesson

A Look Back: “My ELL Gratitude Lesson – With Student Handout”

A Look Back: A Simple & Effective Classroom Lesson On Gratitude

A Look Back: “Play-Doh & IB Theory Of Knowledge -Student Hand-Out & Videos”

A Look Back: My Best “Best” Lists Of 2017 – So Far

A Look Back: Our School Is Not ‘Flush With Cash’ & Our Students Are Not ‘Deprived Of All Knowledge’

A Look Back: “My NY Times Post For ELLs On Teaching About ‘Fake News’”

A Look Back: “We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity”

A Look Back: “Here’s My Entire ELL Beginners Seven-Week Unit On Writing A Story (Including Hand-outs & Links)”

A Look Back: “What ‘Scarcity’ Does To The Mind & Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough”

A Look Back: “Google’s ‘AutoDraw’ Is Likely To Become A Favorite Place For Those Of Us Who Are Artistically-Challenged”

A Look Back: “Animated Video I’ve Done With Ed Week – “What Is ‘Transfer of Learning’ & How Does It Help Students?”

A Look Back: “Guest Post From Lorin W. Anderson, Co-Author Of The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy”

A Look Back: “ASCD Educational Leadership Publishes My Article On Personalized Learning”

A Look Back: “What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project”

 

January 7, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: My Favorite “Best” Lists Of 2017

Over the past few days I re-posted some of my favorite posts of 2017.

I’m finishing this process up today by sharing some of my favorite “Best” lists.

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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

 

Here are my favorite “Best” lists of the year (you can see all 1,900 of them here):

The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017

The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The National Anthem Protests

The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions

The Best Resources On The Idea Of Evaluating Teacher “Input” Instead Of Student “Output”

The Best Resources On Developing A Sense Of Community In The Classroom

The Best Sites For ELLs To Practice Online Dictation

The Best Videos For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes – Please Suggest More

The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On John Hattie’s Research

The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs

The Thirty-Seven “All-Time” Best Lists

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools

The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students

January 6, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: New Study Finds VAM Is Biased Against Teachers Of “At Risk” Students

Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

During this short break, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite posts of 2017.

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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

There are lots of problems with VAM (Value Added Models, though I’ve also see the “M” stand for “Measurement”) being used for teacher evaluation. You can read about them at The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

A new study has added to that evidence.

Dylan Wiliam shared Measurement Error and Bias in Value-Added Models by Michael T. Kane on Twitter. It’s not behind a paywall, and here’s an excerpt:

 

So, it sounds like VAM is biased towards teachers of middle-and-higher income students, and against those of us who teach students experiencing socio-economic challenges.

In districts using VAM, this finding will certainly make schools in low-income communities even more difficult to staff….

January 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: My British Council Post Shares Four Ways To Give ELLs Feedback On Their Writing

Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

During this short break, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite posts of 2017.

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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

 

Four ways to give ELL students feedback on their writing is the headline of my latest Teaching English – British Council post.

You can see a list -and links – to all my previous British Council posts here.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students

January 4, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

During this short break, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite posts of 2017.

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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

I’ve known that helping students – both those proficient in English and English Language Learners – develop their oral reading fluency was important and had a positive impact on reading comprehension (see The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It) ).

However, reading literacy expert Timothy Shanahan’s post, Round Robin by Any Other Name… Oral Reading for Older Readers, really brought home to me how important it is:

Based on those studies, many ELLs would be closer to the larger percentage.

Take my advice – you’ll want to read his entire post!

January 3, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: Here’s A Reflection Exercise I Did With My Student Teacher

Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

During this short break, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite posts of 2017.

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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

Being a student teacher and supervising a student teacher offers unique challenges. You might be interested in a three-part series on the topic I did at Education Week Teacher.

I’ve probably had 12-15 student teachers over the year, and it’s generally been a very positive experience for me, students and, I think, the student teacher.

I thought readers might be interested in a reflection exercise I did with one of my student teachers this year (I have two). It seemed to go well, and my student teacher said it was very helpful.

To help her get a grasp on what instructional strategies I was using that were making content accessible specifically to English Language Learners, I asked to jot down notes responding to the following questions, which we then discussed:

1) We’ve done several multi-day projects with our students.  What scaffolds were done for each one?  Try to remember their sequence of all the supporting activities leading up to each culminating project and note them.

2) Which domains (listening, speaking, writing, reading) were practiced for each one and how often?

3) Higher order thinking skills include, but are obviously not limited to:

* categorizing

* transfer – applying something learned previously to a new activity in a different context

* critical thinking – making a judgment and providing evidence to support that judgment

How were these utilized in each of those activities?

4) What academic language, if any,  were taught in each of these activities?

6) Given your answers to the previous four questions, what do you think are some of the elements of good SDAIE lessons?

7)  If you add up the total amount of time these projects took up, and then add-up the amount of time students have read together using comprehension strategies (considered a best practice in SDAIE), what is your guesstimate of the percentage of class time that has been spend over these first four weeks on SDAIE instructional strategies?

Do you have suggestions of questions I could have added, or ways I could have reworded the ones I asked?

January 3, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: Good Advice On Talking About Our Colleagues & Our Students

Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

During this short break, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite posts of 2017.

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

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues is a new article in the Harvard Business Review that offers a lot of good advice about how we talk about, and to, our colleagues and our students.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

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