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October 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions

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I’ve been writing posts for The New York Times Learning Network for three years on teaching English Language Learners, and that adds-up to a lot of posts! Many include online student interactives and all include multiple teaching ideas.

I thought readers would find it helpful if I put links to them all together, along with short descriptions.

And, as I post new ones, I’ll add them here, too…

Teach academic writing through civics and citizenship lessons around the legal voting age.  In addition, use surveys and polls to provoke listening and speaking practice.

Students put “scrambled” sentences in order to correctly re-create a paragraph from a story about schools, and are encouraged to create their own sequencing activities.    Another teaching activity is having students identify their visions for their own school and write an argumentative essay about it, as well as meeting with their principal.

Students complete a cloze (fill-in-the-gap) activity in an article about the World Cup, and use the same passage and other teaching ideas to learn about synonyms.

Learn about “articles” in the English language through a cloze activity about Mexico City and additional exercises.   In addition, a teaching idea provides suggestions on how to have students create their own itineraries for trips around the world.

This Mother’s Day interactive and supplemental activities focus on conjunctions and having students do writing about their mothers or other key family members.

Students separate run-on sentences in this interactive about International Dance Day, and use it as a model for creating their own.  In addition, they can view a variety of dance videos and write a compare/contrast essay.

Learn about punctuation in this interactive on body language and supplemental exercises, and then have students do some fun listening activities with different videos to see if people are being truthful or not.

Have students learn about nouns in this interactive on the popularity of soccer in China.  Then, have students complete (and then create their own) “scrambled” exercise where they have to place answers with the correct questions in re-creating interviews.

Students learn to categorize words in this interactive on eating insects, and then broaden their categories further.  In addition, they can watch engaging insect videos and describe — verbally and in writing — what they see.

Fill-in-the-blanks in this story about “chewing gum art” and have students create their own artwork online, which they then describe both verbally and in writing.

Complete a cloze about how animals can impact children’s heath, and then students can draw, write or even create a video about pets that are or have been in their lives.

Use a passage about fossils and dinosaurs to learn new vocabulary, practice pronunciation with tongue twisters, and practice a simple paragraph-writing framework.

Learn about comparatives and superlatives while learning about skyscrapers, as well as having students building their own as part of the Language Experience Approach.  In addition, students can use “close reading” techniques as they watch a documentary about the history of tall buildings.

Practice prediction with students as they reading about Valentine’s Day and learn about idioms at the same time.  Plus, have students create Valentine’s cards and share about romantic traditions in their home countries.

Fill-in-the-blanks in this passage about preparation for the Sochi Olympic Games, and use the event as an opportunity to practice writing and listening with a Picture Dictation activity.

Students learn about the progressive tense in this passage about the changing nature of families, and use the article as a stepping-stone to a lesson of creating family trees — with a twist!

Use this fun activity to learn about prepositions through reading incorrectly translated passages and street signs.

Learn about holiday food traditions from different cultures though a fill-in-the-blank passage and different lesson ideas.

Have students watch videos about current events and craft higher-order thinking questions about them.

Students practice the reading strategy of summarization while, at the same time, practice using humor as a language-development activity.

Students watch a short video and have to list the scenes in the correct sequence.  They can then create their own similar “quiz” for classmates and even create their own videos.

Choose the most accurate description of a picture taken at a United Farmworkers Union demonstration  and have students reflect on protest movements in their home countries and in the United States.  Use the lesson to expand to other historical photos and use them for language-development activities.

Teach and learn the past tense through a passage about John F. Kennedy, and use a text data set for an inductive lesson about his life.

Watch a video about the Mexican wrestling style called “lucha libre” and use it in a sequencing lesson.  Then have students create their own wrestling personas.

Watch a clip from West Side Story and use it for a musical sequencing activity.  Then, have students research and write about gangs today.

Learn about The Day of The Dead and Halloween, and use it as a lesson in developing  literal and interpretative questions.

Learn pronouns and the importance of learning from failures and mistakes through this interactive on J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series.

Watch a video and read a passage about a girls soccer team in Mexico to learn about punctuation, and have students create punctuation games and practice reading strategies, too.

Teach the vocabulary of colors by a fill-in-the-blank passage, a discussion of their cultural significance, and the use of a Times’ “grid” of different photos that students have to describe in a game-like activity.

Learn about magic in a sequencing activity and develop academic vocabulary while exploring different illusions.

Study the use of “articles” and learn about the concept of “grit” (perseverance) through online interactive exercises.

Study the 9/11 terrorist attacks through a K-W-L chart and Venn Diagrams that lead to writing a compare and contrast essay.

Learn about mariachis and use them to kick-off an exploration of the different aspects of students’ home cultures.

Use a passage about soccer star Lionel Messi  to encourage students to create their own fill-in-the-blank exercises for classmates to complete.

Encourage students to reflect back on their class year, and provide them with suggestions on how to continue their study during the coming months.

Teaching and learning strategies about the environment and Earth Day.

Using videos, photographs and music for language-development activities, including ones to practice descriptive language and make a connection between art and activism.

Lessons that explore citizenship, including considering if there is a difference between “citizenship” and “active citizenship.”

Learn about the Picture Word Inductive Model as a teaching/learning strategy, as well as sequencing activities with videos and a fun language-learning game.

Multiple lessons focused on different holidays and holiday traditions.

Using video clips for language-development, learning about Malala Yousafsai, discussing the length of the school year and more!

Many lesson ideas about politics and elections.

A mixture of activities, including ones on idioms, recipes,  developing neighborhood tours and writing a compare/contrast essay.

Ideas on using students’ personal stories to maximize the effectiveness English-language development lessons.

 

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October 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For “The International Day Of The Girl”

From The United Nations:

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

In recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering girls during adolescence and preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence they experience, the theme of International Day of the Girl Child for 2014 is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.

Here are resources on the Day:

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USAID has a number of accessible resources.

Presidential Proclamation — International Day of the Girl, 2014

Photographers Capture The Sorrow And Pain Of Global Girls is from NPR.

A Day For Global Girls Gets People Talking, But Then What? is from NPR.

Map: What Countries have the worst gender gap is from Slate.

Gender quotes GA67: Barack Obama on girls education

Investing in Girls
by ksanto.

How Would the World Change if Every Girl Was Educated?

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October 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics – Suggest More!

There is no shortage of topics that need to be discussed in the classroom that many consider “controversial” (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More) and there is no shortage of people who don’t want many of these issues brought up in schools (see The Best Posts & Articles On The Teacher & Student Protests In Colorado).

Here are a few resources with additional suggestions on how teachers might effectively engage students on these kinds of important topics, and I hope readers will suggest more:

Wondering How To Handle A Controversial Topic In Class? What We Did This Week Worked Out Very Well is a post I wrote last month.

How to Teach Beyond Ferguson is by Jose Vilson and appeared in Edutopia.

Engaging With Class & Race In The Classroom is one of my Ed Week posts.

Teachers take on controversial subjects: Ferguson, same-sex marriage, immigration is from The Washington Post. It makes a number of good points, but one teacher who is interviewed is not one who I would suggest people emulate. Melinda Anderson points out why:

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October 1, 2014
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The Best Posts & Articles On The Teacher & Student Protests In Colorado

You may have heard about the protests in Colorado in the Jefferson County School District. The School Board wants to change the Advanced Placement history curriculum to make it more “patriotic.” And that’s just one of a number of ridiculous policy changes the Board is trying to make.

Here are a few recent articles:

In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum is from The New York Times.

Colorado: Sickouts Close Schools Again is from The New York Times.

Ben Carson: New AP U.S. history course will make kids want to ‘sign up for ISIS’ is from The Washington Post.

Colorado School Board Votes to Ban Students is from The Borowitz Report.

Colorado teachers stage mass sick-out to protest US history curriculum changes is from The Guardian.

Jeffco school board OKs compromise plan in curriculum review showdown is from The Denver Post.

Controversial Colorado history plan still alive is from The Associated Press.

College Board says it ‘revised’ controversial AP U.S. history framework (update) is from The Washington Post.

Colorado school board vote doesn’t appease critics is from The Associated Press.

After Protests Over History Curriculum, School Board Tries To Compromise is from NPR.

Colorado student protest leader: ‘I’m learning how people need to act to make a democracy function’ is from The Washington Post.

Here’s a great video from MSNBC:

Is the new AP U.S. History really anti-American? is from The Hechinger Report.

After Uproar, School Board in Colorado Scraps Anti-Protest Curriculum
is from The New York Times.

Quote Of The Day: “Changes in AP history trigger a culture clash in Colorado”

Local PTA Support Student Protests In Colorado

See the AP U.S. History course changes and take a sample exam is from The Washington Post.

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September 29, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Hong Kong Protests

Massive protests are rocking Hong Kong right now, and I’ve brought together some related resources that I will continue to expand in the coming days and weeks.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The Hong Kong Protests:

Protests Have Their Roots in China’s ‘Two Systems’ is from The New York Times.

Interactive: A fascinating timeline of tweets about the Hong Kong protests is from Vox.

How umbrellas became the symbol of the Hong Kong protests is from Vox.

Hong Kong protests: In the thick of it is a photo gallery from CNN.

The anger behind the Hong Kong uprising, in one chart is from Vox.

Hong Kong Protests: What You Need to Know About the Umbrella Revolution is from Mashable.

Hong Kong protesters refuse to leave is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

As it happened: Hong Kong protests is from The BBC.

Under the umbrellas: what do Hong Kong’s protesters want from China? is from The Guardian.

Hong Kong’s protesters are using the same “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture used in Ferguson is from Vox.

From Around the World, Support for Hong Kong Protesters is from The New York Times.

How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks is from NPR.

Hong Kong Overview is an interactive from the Associated Press.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests: Occupy Central and pro-democracy movement – interactive timeline is from The Guardian.

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September 28, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Islamic State & The Campaign Against It

With the military effort against the Islamic State heating-up, I thought I’d pull together a few related accessible resources.

You might also find these previous “Best” lists useful:

The Best Web Resources On The Iraq War

The Best Resources For Learning About What’s Happening In Syria

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Egypt & Beyond

Here are some new resources that I’ll be adding to in the coming weeks and months:

The campaign against the Islamic State is an interactive from The Washington Post.

14 maps that explain ISIS is from Vox.

How ISIS Works is an interactive from The New York Times.

ISIS: Everything you need to know about the rise of the ‘Islamic State’ is from CNN.

Mapping The Islamic State is an interactive from The Associated Press.

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September 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Banned Books Week

 

It’s Banned Books Week. This week:

is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. The United States campaign “stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them” and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. The international campaign notes individuals “persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read.”

You might also be interested in  The Best Sites To Teach ELL’s About Libraries.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Banned Books Week (feel free to suggest more):

Here’s a great interactive infographic.

It’s Banned Books Week: Here are 5 Classic Books to Celebrate With is from TIME.

Here’s an infographic from the ACLU.

Here’s the official website of Banned Books Week.

The American Library Association has a list of frequently challenged books.

Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics is from NPR.

19 Banned Books If They Were Made Appropriate is from BuzzFeed.

Banned Books That Shaped America

Banned Books By The Numbers (INFOGRAPHICS) is from The Huffington Post.

Censorship of books in US prisons and schools ‘widespread’ – report to UN is from The Guardian.

33 Must-Read Books To Celebrate Banned Books Week is from BuzzFeed.

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September 21, 2014
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The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions

Facilitating fruitful classroom discussions can be a challenge for the best of teachers, and I thought I’d begin a related “Best” list and invite readers to contribute additional resources.

Here’s a start:

 

Teach Thought has published a nice “26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom.” I write about how I used them at Wondering How To Handle A Controversial Topic In Class? What We Did This Week Worked Out Very Well.

Socratic Seminars in the Middle is from Middleweb.

small things: increasing participation in classroom discussions is from educating grace.

How NOT to Start A Conversation With A Student….

There have been several recent posts about Socratic Circles and English Language Learners: Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II) and Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Activity Ideas for ELLs (Part III) are from Colorin Colorado.

Adam Simpson has also written an excellent three-part series on the same topic.

Edutopia offers some good resources for Socratic Seminars.

I’m looking forward to getting lots of new suggestions to add to this list!

You might also be interested in the other 1,400 “Best” lists I’ve compiled.

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September 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Beginning “Best” List On Domestic Violence Resources

With the Ray Rice video bringing attention to the tragedy of domestic violence, I thought it would be useful to bring together a few related resources. These are particularly accessible to English Language Learners, but can also be useful for all students. I hope readers will contribute more:

Domestic Violence: A Global Crisis

The Most Brutal Domestic Violence Awareness Ads is from BuzzFeed.

Here’s a video to use in an ESL lesson on the issue. It’s one in a series. If you click on it and go directly to YouTube, you’ll see the others:

The Minnesota Literacy Council has a unit accessible to ELLs.

Breaking News English has a lesson on violence against women.

Picture Story Four at this link is on domestic violence.

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August 19, 2014
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The Best Resources For World Humanitarian Day

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The United Nations has declared today to be World Humanitarian Day:

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe

Here are some related resources:

The official website has a ton of resources.

World Humanitarian Day: voices from the field is an interactive from The Guardian.

Here’s a post from last year: Did You Know That Today Was Declared By The UN To Be “World Humanitarian Day”? Beyonce Did

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August 13, 2014
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“My Best Posts On ‘Conditional Cash Transfers’”

I’ve just published My Best Posts On “Conditional Cash Transfers” over at my other blog, Engaging Parents In School.

Conditional Cash Transfers are payments made to families to encourage them to do things like go to doctor appointments, and to children for increased school attendance and higher standardized test scores, and have been in the news lately.

You might be interested in seeing my entire collection of parent engagement-related “Best” lists here.

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August 11, 2014
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How Many Of Our Students Feel This Way? (Resources On The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown)

The full story has yet to come out about what happened on Friday night in Ferguson (Vox has a good overview of what is known so far), but the larger narrative of the challenges facing so many of our African-American youth could not be more clear.

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Also, see You won’t prevent future riots by disregarding the psychology of crowds from The Guardian.

Lastly, check out the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes.

The Media Keeps Failing Black Teens is from The Atlantic.

Black Kids Don’t Have to Be College-Bound for Their Deaths to Be Tragic
is from The Root.

Police Use Tear Gas On Crowd is from The Washington Post.

“At This Point, Ferguson Is a City Under Siege:What’s being described as a “riot” is looking a lot more like an occupation” is from The Atlantic.

Wednesday Night Tweets From Ferguson, Missouri & Beyond

Thursday Night Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Friday Night Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Saturday Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Sunday Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Monday’s Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Tuesday’s Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Teaching Ideas For #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Wednesday’s (2nd Week) Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Thursday’s (2nd Week) Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Friday & Sat. (2nd Wk) Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown


Sunday & Monday (2nd Wk) Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown


Week Three: Tweets About #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

I’m adding this post to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism.

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August 6, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Rosetta Mission

The European Rosetta spacecraft has just arrived at its comet destination.

Here are some interactive resources on the mission:

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet is from The New York Times.

Rosetta spacecraft closes in on comet – interactive is from The Guardian.

‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet is from CNN.

Europe’s Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67P is from The BBC.

On The Tail of A Comet is an interactive from the Sydney Morning Herald.

Rosetta spacecraft set to rendezvous with rubber-duck comet is from The Guardian.

Check out nearly 1,400 other “The Best” lists here…

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August 2, 2014
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The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The “Helper’s High”

I recently learned about research behind the “helper’s high” — strong feelings people experience from helping others — and am considering preparing a lesson about it.

I’ve gathered some resources here, and would love for people to make additional suggestions:

The Science of Good Deeds: The ‘helper’s high’ could help you live a longer, healthier life. is from Web MD.

The Helper’s High is from The Greater Good Science Center.

What We Get When We Give is from Psychology Today.

Helper’s High is from Allan Luks.

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July 30, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Ebola Virus

The Ebola Virus is spreading in Africa, and potentially to an even wider area in the future.

Here are some resources to help understand what is happening (and please make your own suggestions in the comments):

The Worst Ebola Outbreak in History is Getting Worse is from GoKicker.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is happening right now is from Vox.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Now the Worst in History is an interactive guide at Mashable.

Deadliest ever outbreak of Ebola virus: What you need to know is from CNN.

Check out this An interactive guide to Ebola at ThingLink.

Here’s an older Ebola Q & A from CBBC Newsround.

Deadly Ebola virus on the move in Africa is an infographic the Washington Post made in April, but it still has useful information.

Here are a number of useful videos, though I don’t think people seeing this post on an RSS Reader will be able to view all of them:

Doctor Infected with Ebola Asks That Experimental Serum Go to Sick Colleague Instead is from The Atlantic.

What would happen if Ebola came to the United States? is from Vox.

Ebola: Liberia shuts schools to tackle outbreak is from The BBC.

Daily chart: Ebola’s spread is from The Economist.

Here’s a useful video from TIME:

Deadly Ebola virus on the move in Africa is a Washington Post infographic.

Infographic: Ebola By the Numbers is an infographic from TIME.

What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak is from The New York Times.

Mapping the world’s worst Ebola epidemic is from Al Jazeera.

The deadly spread of Ebola – clickable map is from Channel Four in the UK.

Ebola outbreaks from 1976 to now – interactive map is from The Guardian.

This detailed model of the Ebola virus is about as terrifying as you’d expect is from The Washington Post.

Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas is from The New York Times.

How to stop the Ebola outbreak; Where the Ebola outbreak is most likely to spread next; and Video: Inside an Ebola hospital are all from Vox.

An Ebola treatment center is a Washington Post infographic.

Understanding the Ebola Outbreak: A Multimedia Resource Guide is from The Lowdown.

Investigating Ebola: How contact tracing will work in Texas is an infographic from The Washington Post.

The NY Times has updated their What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak infographic.

Ebola in the United States: What You Need to Know is from TIME.

Map: These are all the countries with confirmed Ebola cases is from Vox.

First Ebola case diagnosed in US is an interactive from The Associated Press.

Don’t panic over Ebola in America is from Vox.

Ebola is in the US. Here’s how health officials will contain it. is from Vox.

Ebola in the U.S. is an updated Associated Press interactive.

Changes to Ebola Protection Worn by U.S. Hospital Workers is an infographic from The NY Times.

Visualised: how Ebola compares to other infectious diseases is from The Guardian.

WHO warns 10,000 new cases of Ebola a week are possible is from The Guardian.

Ebola spreads slower, kills more than other diseases is an infographic from The Washington Post.

How to avoid being infected with the Ebola virus is from The Guardian.

How does an American nurse contract Ebola? With directions like these. is from Vox.

Examples Of School Hysteria Over Ebola

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July 28, 2014
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The Best Articles Highlighting Parallel Critiques Of Increasing School & Health Care “Efficiency”

There have been a number of articles and posts over the years highlighting efforts in education and in health care to institute similarly misguided changes in both areas.

Here are ones that I’ve seen, and feel free to suggest more:

Medicare Penalizes Nearly 1,500 Hospitals For Poor Quality Scores is from NPR, and shows that some hospitals get penalized unfairly for the same reasons inner-city schools receive criticism.

Why Evaluate Teachers and Doctors Differently? is by Walt Gardner at Education Week.

Should “Efficiency” Really Be The Driving Force In Hospitals (And Schools)?

Here’s an interesting NY Times article about performance pay for doctors, and here’s Paul Thomas’ commentary on it.

Walt Gardner wrote another post — Preparing Doctors and Teachers.

Coaching is Good for Doctors and Teachers Both is by John Thompson.

Bad Medicine is by EduShyster, and discusses the impact of similar elements of “school reform” into the medical profession.

NY Times Column Skewers Performance Pay

Quote Of The Day: Doctors & Teachers

“Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor?” Or Your Teacher?

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July 27, 2014
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The Best Resources On Why Breakfast Is Important For Teenagers

I’m preparing some new lessons for this year, and one will be on the importance of breakfast.

I’m adding this list to The Best Resources To Help Promote A Physically Healthy Lifestyle For Our Students.

Let me know if you have other suggestions:

Breakfast ‘keeps teenagers lean’ is from the BBC.

A Better Breakfast Can Boost a Child’s Brainpower is from NPR.

Good Health: Breakfast, exercise boost brain activity is a report from a Detroit news show.

My teenage students still get a kick out of Sesame Street:

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July 27, 2014
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The Best Resources To Help Promote A Physically Healthy Lifestyle For Our Students

I’ve published a fair amount number of posts about lessons and tools I use to help promote a physically healthy lifestyle for my students, including research that shows how essential it is for learning.

I thought it would be useful to me, and to readers, if I tried to bring them all together in one post.

First, I’ll start off with what I think are the best resources for giving a good overview of research and resources about the importance of schools taking a role in this kind of health promotion:

Health and Academic Achievement is from The Centers For Disease Control.

Health and Academics is also from The CDC.

Healthier Students Are Better Learners is from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Ready to learn? The science behind the experiment – video is from The BBC and discusses a major study on health, teens and learning.

Health Education: Building Knowledge and Skills for a Healthy Life is from Learning First.

And now here are some of my other health-related “Best” lists:

The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources

The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep

The Best Resources On Teens & Hearing Loss

The Best Sites For Learning About Nutrition & Food Safety

The Best Life Expectancy Calculators

The Best health sites for English language learners

The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking

The Best Resources For Learning About World Malaria Day

The Best Sites For Learning About The Swine Flu Outbreak

The Best Web Resources For Learning About HIV & AIDS

The Best Online Health Assessments For ELL’s

The Best Online Resources For Learning About Health Care Reform

The Best Health Sites — 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About the Health Care Debate

The Best Interactives Showing How Obamacare Works

The Best Resources On Why Breakfast Is Important For Teenagers

Let me know what I’m missing!

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July 23, 2014
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The Best Online Learning Simulation Games & Interactives — Help Me Find More

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m doing some research and writing on the idea of “transfer of learning.”

As part of that research, I’ve been exploring online simulations that could “transfer” learning to different situations students might realistically encounter in classes or outside of school. I’ve posted about quite a few of them over the year, and you can find them on various “The Best” lists, but I don’t have one dedicated list to them.

I thought it was time to create one.

I did a quick and dirty search of my Best lists (particularly The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories) to identify a number of them, and have them listed below. It’s by no means exhaustive (I know there are a lot of science-oriented ones out there, as well as others that connect math to concrete “real-world” situations), though, and I’m hoping readers will contribute more.

Here goes:

A company called Zap Dramatic creates many excellent “online negotiation games” and “interactive dramas” that use the “choose your own adventure” technique.  The games are generally designed to teach negotiation skills. Their games, though, are probably only appropriate for high school students and above. They include:

Move or Die

Ambition 1
Ambition 2
Ambition 3
Ambition 4
Ambition 5
Ambition 6
Ambition 7
Ambition 8
Ambition 10

Gangs, Guns & Knives Awareness has a British bent, and focuses on how young people can stay safe.

Connect With Haji Kamal is an intriguing game developed for the U.S. Army to help soldiers develop better skills at communicating across cultures.

Broken Co-Worker is an interesting “Choose Your Own Adventure” game where players are in the role of a bullied worker. It appears to be classroom appropriate, but I did not explore all the alternatives available.

Breakaway is an online game where players are virtual members of a previously-all boys soccer team react to a girl joining it. The United Nations Population Fund helped create it. Here’s how it’s described:

Breakaway is a free online game intending to reduce violence against women across the globe. Players join a youth football (soccer) team and learn about being a team player on and off the field. They must build their relationships with their teammates between practices and matches, navigating the conflicts that arise when a girl finds a place on the team.

Depression Quest is an interactive text fiction game (or choose your own adventure) where the player plays the part of someone who is suffering from depression.

Lifesaver is an online video game designed to help you learn CPR through the “choose your own adventure” game genre.

Start the Talk: A Parent Learning Tool is designed as a role-playing exercise for parents so they can practice speaking with their children about under-age drinking. Surprisingly — at least to me — it seems to offer some very good advice, and I can see it being useful to both parents and children.

Here are a few job interview simulation interactives:

My Interview Simulator

Interview Simulation

It All Adds Up has some useful economics interactives.

Financial Fitness For Life

Gen i Revolution is a series of financial games.

The Best Sites For Students To Create Budgets has quite a few activities that would probably qualify as simulations.

And there might other financial-related ones I missed at The Best Sites For Learning Economics & Practical Money Skills.

Here are links to several stock market simulations:

National Stock Market Simulation

Can You Be The Next Market Guru?

The Stock Market Game

The California Stock Market Simulation

So You Want To Be In Charge of Monetary Policy? is not a stock market simulation, but it is related to it.

And many science-connected simulations can be found at PhET Interactive Simulations and at Houghton Mifflin Discover Simulations.

Okay, now, let me know what I’m missing!

Monster has an interactive virtual Virtual Job Interview.

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