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December 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Holiday Content Quickly & Easily

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I’ve got a huge The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa list.

Mixed into that post are some easy ways English Language Learner students and others can create online holiday greetings without having to register – they just create them and then post and/or embed their creations at our class blog.

They’re fun and easy – students and their families love them!

Let me know if you have other suggestions, too:

Snow Days

Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie

Create a Santa Video

Make a Christmas Carol

Send an eCard

 

December 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2017

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As I do every year, I’ve updated my recommendations for who to follow on Twitter in 2017.

I’m adding it to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

Let me know who you think I’m missing.

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2016

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It’s still early, and only a few education “year-in-reviews” have come out, but I figured I’d publish an initial list and just continue to add to it.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2015

The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2014

I’m adding this year’s list to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

Here’s a beginning list. As I mentioned, there will be many more here before the year is out. let me know what I’m missing:

The Washington Post published my annual The good — and very, very bad — education news of 2016.

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2016 is from Audrey Watters.

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The Standing Rock Protests

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We teachers shouldn’t shouldn’t shy away from tackling what some would consider “controversial” issues (The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics) and that includes the Standing Rock protest.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People

The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

Here is what I have so far – feel free to suggest additional resources:

Battle Over an Oil Pipeline: Teaching About the Standing Rock Sioux Protests is from The New York Times Learning Network. It’s clearly the number one place to go.

7 history lessons that help explain tribal N.D. pipeline protests is from a Portland TV station.

North Dakota Pipeline Protest – Indigenous Nations Unite is a good lesson plan.

Helping Students Connect With Standing Rock is from Teaching Tolerance.

Thanksgiving at Standing Rock are amazing photos from GQ.

Water Cannons and Tear Gas Used Against Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

‘This pipeline represents something deeper’: Voices from Standing Rock is from The Washington Post.

Gallery: Portraits from the Standing Rock protests is from TED Talks.

As police crack down on Standing Rock protesters, maybe read some books by indigenous authors is from Vox.

Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters, Ordered to Leave, Dig In is from The NY Times.

Fake Cowboys and Real Indians is from The NY Times.

The Conflicts Along 1,172 Miles of the Dakota Access Pipeline is a NY Times interactive.

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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2016’s Most Popular Posts!

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Based on 1.8 million visits, here are most popular posts from this blog during this year (I’ve completely revised and updated many of them):

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

2. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

3. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL

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

5. The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude

6. The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)

7. Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

8. The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

9. My Entire Best List Series

10. The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”

11.  The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

12. The Best Sites For Grammar Practice

13. The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More

14. The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far

15. The “Best” TED Talks (Well, Really, The Ones I Use With My Classes)

16. The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites

17. The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections

18. The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress

19.The Best Music Websites For Learning English

20. The Best Online Activities For Learning About Time Zones

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Year In Review Features — 2016

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I’ve usually done two different types of “year in review” annual posts — one focusing on photo collections and the other on non-photo galleries.

Three years ago, though, I decided to just do one list combining both.

Usually, these “year-in-review” features are published online after schools have begun their winter breaks.  I’m publishing this year’s list early with the few that are available so that teachers can use them, and will add new ones as they come online.

I’ll add this post to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place

You might be interested in these previous posts:

The Best Year In Review Features – 2015

The Best Year In Review Features — 2014

The Best Year In Review Features — 2013

NON-PHOTO COLLECTIONS:

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2012

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2010

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2009

PHOTO COLLECTIONS:

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2012

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2011

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2010

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2009

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2008

You might also be interested in my other 1,600 “The Best…” lists.

Here are my choices for The Best Year In Review Features — 2016:

The Top 10 Everything of 2016 is from TIME.

Year in review: Top stories of 2016 is from The Chicago Tribune.

The Washington Post published my annual The good — and very, very bad — education news of 2016, but I usually create a separate “Best” list for education-related “round-ups.”

The Top Political Tweets and Hashtags of 2016 is from The New York Times.

Top 25 News Photos of 2016 is from The Atlantic.

2016: The Year in Photos, January-April is from The Atlantic.

2016: The Year in Photos, May-August is from The Atlantic.

2016: The Year in Photos, September–December is from The Atlantic.

Yahoo 2016 Year in Review: ‘2016 Election’ top search term & ‘Election Day’ No. 1 news story

Facebook’s 2016 Year in Review

December 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Supporting Long-Term English Language Learners

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I was recently asked about resources on Long-Term English Language Learners (LTELs) – students who have been ELLs for six years or longer – and thought readers would find a “Best” list useful. Feel free to suggest links I’ve missed:

Helping Long-Term ELL’s is from my Ed Week column.

Long-term English learner students: Spotlight on an overlooked population is from REL West. Thanks to Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah for the tip.

State Reports Data on Long Term English Learners and Students at Risk of Becoming Long Term English Learners is from Californian’s Together.

The Difficult Road for Long-Term English Learners is from ASCD.

Meeting The Unique Needs Of Long-Term English Language Learners is from NEA.

Changing Course For Long Term English Language Learners is by Laurie Olsen.

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation on the topic.

December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students

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I’ve written a lot about the value of scaffolded writing frames for students – English Language Learners and those who are proficient in English – to use when they are responding to prompts. As my colleague Lara Hoekstra says, “As long as we’re clear that these are some ways to write, not THE ways to write, they can be helpful.”

Some of the teachers at our school met today, and shared the different writing frames we use. They’ve given me permission to share them here, and I’m also including links to previous posts where I’ve shared different related ideas (you can lot of other resources at The Best Posts On Writing Instruction). Please share your own in the comments section:

“Point, Quote, Connect”

Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts

“They Say, I Say” Is A Great Writing Resource

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Here Are Some Examples Of Using “Concept Attainment” In Writing Instruction

“RACE” Looks Like A Useful Writing Strategy

The Text-Evidence Strategy That Changed My Classroom is from Scholastic and is also about RACE.

I’ve previously shared an example of how I scaffolded an ABC writing prompt (Answer the question, Back it up with a quotation, make a Comment & Connection). Based on the conversation we had today, I made some minor, but important changes. I have a picture of the revised version here, and you can download both the old and new versions here (the new version is the second one in the file).

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This next one is from my talented colleague Nichole Scrivner – the well-known PEE frame is simple and effective:

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Here’s a short excerpt from “They Say, I Say” (see a link earlier in this post) that Lara Hoekstra gives to students so they can use it as the “Back it Up With A Quotation” part of the ABC writing frame (or as the “Q” in the “PQC” – Make a Point, use a Quotation to back it up, and make a Comment):

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Nicole Simsonsen shared a strategy called T-BEAR:

T- Topic Sentence

B- Brief Explanation/Bridge to Examples

E- Examples\Evidence

A- Analysis

R- Recall/Reflect/Relate

You can find lots of examples and graphic organizers illustrating T-BEAR online. Here’s an image of one she uses:

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You can download the next three examples here.

Jen Adkins shared her own version of an ABC response:

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Jen also adapted an excellent strategy from our colleague Chris Coey to help students develop an “analytical paragraph.” Also note the strategic way they have students highlight different parts of their paragraph to help them self-analyze if they are placing a higher priority on the “commentary and context”:

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Mary Osteen shared a sheet her students use to provide peer feedback. However, she gives it to them as they are writing, so it functions as a writing frame scaffold, too:

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As you can see, I’m pretty luck to be able to work with such talented and generous educators!

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