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January 18, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ideas About How To Use Classroom Walls – Please Recommend More Resources

This is definitely not a comprehensive list of ideas and resources – yet.

I hope readers will make more suggestions.

You might also be interested in The Best Posts On The Study Suggesting That Bare Classroom Walls Are Best For Learning.

Here’s what I have so far:

Treating Your Classroom Like “Prime Real Estate” is by Regie Routman at Middleweb.

Is Your Word Wall Really Supporting The Learners In Your Classroom? is by Valentina Gonzalez.

Here’s a tweet from Valentina:

Using Classroom Walls to Create a Thinking-Rich Environment is by Eoin Lenihan.

Teach From the Walls is a video at The Teaching Channel.

January 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study History

 

A few days ago, in anticipation of Semester Finals next week, I shared The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography.

In addition to videos, it included a description, other links, and a prompt I’m going to use for my ELL Geography Final.

In looking over previous Finals I’ve done for my ELL History classes, I realized they contained some dead links, so I thought it would be worth preparing a new similar list for those classes.

For them, I’m expecting to share the materials from these two sites:

7 REASONS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO STUDY HISTORY …

Top 10 Reasons to Study History

Then, have students watch one or more of the videos on this list.

Next, they’ll respond to this writing prompt:

Watch the videos, and read the two lists. In your own words, please share some (at least three) of the reasons they say it’s important to study history. To what extent do you agree with what they are saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

Feedback is welcome!

January 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography

 

It’s getting close to semester finals and in my ELL Geography class, I usually have this read this short piece, 9 Reasons to Study Geography, from Brainscape.  Then, they watch the first video in this collection and, lastly, answer this writing prompt:

According to the writers and/or the video, what are reasons why it is important to study geography (you only have to pick four of them)? Do you agree with what they are saying? To support your opinion you may use examples from your own experiences (including what has taken place in our class this year), your observations of others, and any of your reading.

This year, though, I took some time to search for other related videos that they might watch, also. I wasn’t too impressed with what I found, but I think they’re serviceable…

Geography Writing Frames For ELLs (They Can Be Used In Other Subjects, Too) has the write frame for the actual essay that students write in response to the prompt.

Here’s what I found:

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 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On “Differentiated Grading” For English Language Learners

 

Last year, I published a post headlined What Do You Know About “Differentiated Grading” For ELLs?

Then, earlier this week, Diane Staehr Fenner sent this tweet and put the same question out on Facebook:

I’m very eager to hear what Diane learns, and I’d encourage you to share with her any information.

Her message also prompted me to re-double my efforts to find some information, since it’s an on-going discussion on our campus.

This post includes resources I shared at the previous one, along with new ones I’ve found since it appeared.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources On Grading Practices

The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction

Here’s what I have so far:

This PowerPoint from a school district is very good.

Here’s an interesting Facebook discussion on the topic. It’s the one that Diane started…

Here are ELL grade guidelines from a Baltimore Middle School.

January 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Tools For Comparing Demographics Of Different Countries

The Best Online Tools For Comparing The Physical Sizes Of Different Countries is a previously-posted “Best” list.

But what about tools that will let you do side-by-side comparisons of demographics and other data from different countries?

Here are the ones I think are the best – let me know who I’m missing:

The Gapminder’s Bubble Map

Index Mundi

Nation Master

You might also be interested in 1,900 other “Best” lists.

December 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles Explaining Why It Would Be Terrible To Add An Immigration Status Question To The Census



This post was originally titled “Terrible Idea: U.S. Justice Dept. Proposing That Questions About Immigration Status Be Included In Census.” I changed it after more and more attention was brought to this…terrible idea.

 

The U.S. Justice Department is pushing the Census to include questions about people’s immigration status (see ProPublica’s article, Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts).

Boy, that’s sure to increase the odds that people will want to answer Census questions – NOT!

During the last Census, my English Language Learner students organized a neighborhood campaign, including bilingual materials they produced, to encourage immigrants to complete the Census. It’s always a challenge to get high participation rates in immigrant communities – both because of language and trust issues. But it’s critical to get as many people as possible to answer because of the resources it can bring into those areas.

But, really, who would trust that the Trump Administration wouldn’t use data from that question against immigrants?

The question that could sabotage the census is a CNN piece on the same issue.

Critics Say Asking About Citizenship Could Wreck Chances for an Accurate Census is from The NY Times.

The Controversial Question DOJ Wants to Add to the U.S. Census is from The Atlantic.

Potential census question on citizenship stirs fears of dampened participation is from NBC News.

Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate is from The New York Times.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources To Learn About The U.S. Census

The Best Tools For Analyzing Census Data

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