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November 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About “Nudges” In Schools

There’s been a renewed interest in the use of “nudges” for education in light of Richard Thaler winning the Nobel Prize last month for his work on that topic.

Here’s how Ed Week defines a “nudge”:

Interventions based on analysis of human behavior, including the habits, routines, and biases in normal decisionmaking

Cheap or free to implement (e.g., sending an email, changing seating arrangement)

Does not require or forbid an action (As Cass Sunstein put it, “Putting fruit at eye level counts as a nudge. Banning junk food does not.”)

Generally used at the time a person makes a decision

Here are some resources worth considering when thinking about using “nudges” in our classrooms:

Small ‘Nudges’ Can Push Students in the Right Direction is from Education Week.

Here are a couple of related posts I’ve previously shared:

Quote Of The Day: “Nudges” Aren’t Enough

Ways To Encourage Our Students To Get Through “The Last Mile”

Knowing when to nudge in education is from Brookings.

Why ‘Nudges’ Hardly Help is from The Atlantic.

Don’t Nudge Me: The Limits of Behavioral Economics in Medicine is from The New York Times.

Nudging For Kids has some interesting resources.

Behind That Nobel Prize for Economics, an Innovation for Schools? How ‘Nudge Theory’ Is Already Being Tested in Classrooms is from The 74.

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed is by David Kirp.

For Education Interventions, a Little ‘Nudge’ Can Go a Long Way is from Ed Week.

November 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In 2017 – Part Two

 

Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my end-of-year selection.

You can see my choices for each of the past ten years here.

And you can also see a list of my My All-Time Favorite Posts!

You can see my favorites from the first six months of the year at My Favorite Posts In 2017 – So Far.

I’ve also been highlighting some of the “best-of-the-best” in the “A Look Back” series.

I’m adding this list to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place.

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2017 — So Far:

NON-“BEST” LISTS:

I’ve got to include this one: You Can Now Pre-Order Our New ELL Book On Amazon! 🙂

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

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

My New British Council Post Shares Four Ways To Give ELLs Feedback On Their Writing

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

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

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

Banning Racism With As Much Enthusiasm As Banning Fidget Spinners

New Study Finds VAM Is Biased Against Teachers Of “At Risk” Students

“The Platinum Rule” Is A Key To Effective Differentiation

Good Advice On Talking About Our Colleagues & Our Students

Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting

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

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

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

NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

 

“BEST” LISTS:

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

November 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Food

 

As I shared a few months ago (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I’ve done quite a few so far, and you can find them all at All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

I’ve got a few more to go, however, and here’s the latest one – on Food!

Fruit

Vegetables

Food Words

The Farm

Even More Food Words

Kitchen

Making a Sandwich Audio Game

Describing Fruit Audio Game

Food-Matching

Learning Chocolate Food

Vegetables

Food Vocabulary Games

November 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Christmas

 

As I shared a few months ago (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I’ve done quite a few so far, and you can find them all at All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

I’ve got a few more to go, however, and here’s the latest one – on Christmas! You can see a super-long Christmas list for every level of ELL and other students at The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa:

MES Games has an online Christmas vocabulary learning activity and game.

Oxford University Press has another Christmas vocabulary game.

What’s Christmas without music? The British Council has a Christmas Song.

British Council Christmas

Christmas ESL Vocabulary Memory Game – Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Vocabulary Memory Game for ESL

Many Christmas Activities

October 31, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning What Caused The Civil War

 

This is one of those “you gotta’ be kidding me” Best lists.

I has quite a few resources on this topic on The Best Sites For Learning About The American Civil War list, but John Kelly’s recent comments caused me to decide it was worth creating a separate “Best” list.  I had originally put together similar resources when President Trump made a similarly mistaken commentary (President Trump & The Civil War), but hadn’t anticipated that it would keep on coming up.  You can find even more links on that earlier post.

Of course, the “up” side of his mistaken analysis is that the resulting publicity might create more interest among students in learning what really happened. I’ll certainly be bringing up Kelly’s interview when we start learning about the Civil War in January.

Here’s what I have – feel free to suggest other resources:

Historians respond to John F. Kelly’s Civil War remarks: ‘Strange,’ ‘sad,’ ‘wrong’ is from The Washington Post.

John Kelly Claims Civil War Caused By Lack Of Compromise. History Shows Otherwise is from NPR.

The Civil War Was Not a Mistake is from The Atlantic.

2 maps that show the Civil War really was about slavery is from Vox.

Slavery, Not States’ Rights, Caused Civil War Whose Political Effects Linger is from NPR.

Five myths about why the South seceded is from The Washington Post.

Actually, John Kelly, the failed ‘compromise’ to avoid Civil War would have enshrined slavery is from The Washington Post.

To John F. Kelly: Read this before you utter another word about the Civil War is from The Washington Post.
Gen. Kelly Says Civil War Due to Lack of Compromise. Historians Dispute That. is from NBC News.

October 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About Martin Luther On The 500th Anniversary Of The “95 Theses”

 

October 31st is the five-hundredth year anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 Thesis” (see NPR’s story, The Reformation, 500 Years Later). Though I have some related resources at our ELL World History class blog, I thought I’d share some new materials that can be accessible to English Language Learners:

Here’s some accessible text on Luther and the Reformation.

Here’s a dramatization of his actually nailing them to the church door:

This next one is good, though they need a spell-check:

Please let me know about additional resources!

October 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Home

 

As I shared a few months ago (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I’ve done quite a few so far, and you can find them all at All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

I’ve got several more to go, however, and here’s the latest one – on Home!

Electronics

The Living Room

Bedroom

Dining Room

Bathroom

More Bathroom

Kitchen

More Kitchen Words

Cleaning Supplies

My Home

What’s In The Bathroom?

How Do You Help At Home?

Homes

Moving Story

Furniture

Many Home Activities

More Home Activities

Learning Chocolate House

October 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Twenty Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017

 

As part of my end-of-the-year “Best” lists, I always include a listing of the most popular posts from this blog during the first six months.  These are the ones that have received the most “hits” from the 1.4 million visitors this blog has received since January 1st.

Here they are:

1. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

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

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 Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)

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

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

8. All 1700 Of My “Best” Lists

9. The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online

10. The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude

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

12. Big Meta-Analysis Says Four Teaching Strategies Are Most Effective For Low-Income Students

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

14. The Best Language Learning Games (That Are Not Online)

15. Now This Is A Student Goal-Setting Strategy That May Actually Work

16. The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

17. The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far

18. Simple & Effective Speaking Rubric For Class Presentations

19. Oral Presentation Suggestions For IB Theory of Knowledge Classes

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

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