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September 12, 2014
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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
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

For the First Time, Humanity Has Landed Something on a Comet is from The Atlantic.

The best photos from the Rosetta mission’s comet landing is from Vox.

Instruments on Rosetta lander Philae an infographic from The Washington Post.

The Associated Press has a great interactive.

Philae is stuck in a shadowy crater. Its battery is dying. What happens next? is from Vox.

Photos from the Philae landing: What a comet’s surface looks like up close is from Vox.

Philae arrival part crash, part landing is an infographic from The Washington Post.

‘Our Lander’s Asleep’ is from The Atlantic.

Rosetta mission: resources to help you teach children about space and comets is from The Guardian.

Rosetta comet sings loud and clear is from the BBC.

Rosetta mission: Can you land on a comet? is an interactive game from the BBC.

Will the Rosetta mission finally end our fear of comets? is from The BBC.

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
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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

Read about this campaign at The Washington Post at its article headlined, ‘I am a Liberian, not a virus’: Campaign fights back against Ebola stigma.

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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
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

Wake Your Class Up with Simulations! is from Ingenious Teaching.

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

Monster has an interactive virtual Virtual Job Interview.

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July 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!

I’ve been doing some thinking and writing about the idea of “transfer of learning” — helping students be able to apply what they learn in one situation to other contexts. I’ve previously posted The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More.

I think I have a pretty good understanding of it now as I prepare a lesson plan. However, I’d like to spice it up with videos of movie or TV scenes, stories from real-life or from literature, and pithy quotes and hope readers will contribute suggestions.

Obviously, this science from Apollo 13 and other clips from The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More could apply, but I’m hoping for a lot more.

I happened upon a comment in a paper about transfer saying the Karate Kid was a good example, and they sure were right.

Pat Morita having the kid do a variety of tasks like waxing a car and painting a fence helps him develop skills that he is then able to apply in a totally different situation. If you don’t remember the movie, here is the progression of scenes:

Here are some great MacGyver videos where he demonstrates transfer of learning — he has to remember what he learned in the past and apply that knowledge to entirely new situations in order to save his life:

Two kinds of transfers of learning are called “backward-reaching” and “forward-thinking.” In “backward-reaching,” you’re applying what you have previously learned to a new situation — that is demonstrated in the Karate Kid and MacGyver videos.

In a TEDx talk by Marc Chun about transfer, he talked about James Bond being a good example of “forward-thinking transfer.” In other words, when the scientist Q would give him his deadline gadgets prior to a mission, he would need to think about what situations he might use them in.

Here are some clips of Bond getting those gadgets from Q. The first one is probably the best one. The last two are compilations that include getting the gadgets prior to a mission and using gadgets. Unfortunately, they’re out of order so you might see a clip of him getting one followed by a clip of his using another. Too bad they’re not coordinated.

I discovered a MacGyver wiki that has a List of problems solved by MacGyver. It lists all the episodes, along with the problems he solved in each one and how he solved them. In addition, I discovered that CBS has put all the MacGyver episodes on YouTube.

Based on quick review, here are a few more clips I’m adding to this list. On some of them, I have included quotes from the wiki. I was originally going to use TubeChop to just share the clips themselves, but it didn’t seem to be working well today. So, I’ve embedded some of the entire episodes with instructions of when to start them:

On this one, the Pilot Episode, “”MacGyver plugs a sulfuric acid leak with chocolate. He states that chocolate contains sucrose and glucose. The acid reacts with the sugars to form elemental carbon and a thick gummy residue (proved to be correct on Mythbusters).” Start at 35:40 and end at 38:20

On this next one, Fire and Ice, “MacGyver opens a vault and steals back some diamonds first dusting the buttons for fingerprints with graphite from a pencil. The vault has a three-digit combination with unique digits and six buttons. The dusting narrows down the 120 combinations to 6 and the vault is easily opened. He then neatly gets the diamonds in a small bag using a paper as a funnel. (31.30) “Math and science do prove useful.” Start at 32:30 and end at 34:15.

Here, “MacGyver created a diversion and a surprise attack using an inner tube, pressured air, chloride, a catalyst, two glass jars and a gas mask. The inflatable boat was put in a truck and filled with air until the glass broke creating a loud noise. Meanwhile MacGyver filled the two gas bombs filling one glass jar with chloride and the other with a catalyst. Then he threw them at the bad guys resulting in a reaction producing toxic chlorine gas when the two liquids mixed. (36.00) When I was a kid my grandpa gave me two things I’ll never forget; a subscription of popular mechanics and a chemistry set. And this place was one BIG chemistry set! – MacGyver” Start at 36:00 and ends at 44:00

Thanks to reader Pam Pryer, here is an excellent example of transfer of learning demonstrated by everybody’s favorite fish, Nemo.

In the first video, he learns what “swimming down” can do and, in the second, he uses that knowledge to save hundreds of other fish:

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July 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

Earlier today, I posted Weird Al Weird Al Yankovic’s new funny video teaching grammar (I’ve also posted it below). Then, Heather Wolpert-Gawron showed me another funny one, that’s also posted below. I figured there have got to be more out there, so I invite readers to contribute the ones you know about — I’ll post them here and, of course, give you full credit. These can certainly be useful in the classroom!

Chana at GCFLearnFree shared their fun and corny videos that are probably more categorized as easily confused words than grammar-related, but I’m still adding the series to this list.

You can see them all here.

Here’s one of them, and I have the video set as a playlist so you can automatically see them all, too…

Reader Cindy Conser suggested this nice video collection from Shmoop would be a good addition to The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar. Here’s one example:

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July 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Video Clips On The Benefits Of Writing Well — Help Me Find More

I’m working on a lesson about the value of writing well, and am developing a collection of video clips that might be useful.

Here are the ones I’ve come up with — I hope readers will contribute more:

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July 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

When the last Race To The Top applications came out, its focus on the idea of “personalized learning” prompted me to create a The Best Resources On “Race To The Top” (& On “Personalized Learning”) list.

Now, though, I think it’s time to make the topic a “Best” list of its own…

I’ve got a number of concerns, and a fair amount of skepticism, about what’s passing as “personalized learning” these days, and this collection reflects it. Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments:

“Personalized Learning,” Race To The Top & Putting Even More Lipstick On A Pig

Another Good Take On “Personalized Learning”

Personalization is by Chris Lehmann.

Dan Meyer On Personalization is by…Dan Meyer.

‘Personalized Learning’ Varies for Race to Top Districts is from Education Week.

Quote Of The Day: Personalized Learning

The Soaring Promise Of Big Data In Math Education is by Dan Meyer.

Gates and Murdoch “Personalize” Learning with Larger Classes and Big Data Systems is by Anthony Cody at Education Week.

Rebirth of the Teaching Machine through the Seduction of Data Analytics: This Time It’s Personal is by Philip McRae.

This Time It’s Personal and Dangerous is by Barbara Bray.

 

The History of “Personalization” and Teaching Machines is by Audrey Watters.

Betting Big on Personalized Learning is from Education Week

Informal + Formative = Informative Assessments is from Wag The Dog and has a good “take” on personalized learning.

What Is ‘Personalized Learning’? Educators Seek Clarity is from Education Week.

The Best & Worst Of “Personalized Learning”

What do you mean by Personalization? is by Elliot Washor (thanks to Barbara Bray for the tip). Here’s an excerpt:

Much-more-than-a

5 Things You Should Know About Personalized Learning is from The Gates Foundation.

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July 9, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”

The so-called “reading wars” on how best to teach literacy are back in the news with the recent announcement that “balanced literacy” is back on the approved list for New York City schools to use.

It should come as no surprise to readers that I’m a big supporter of Lucy Calkins and the balanced literacy approach, as my recent tweet demonstrates:

Here are some more useful resources on the topic. Let me know what else I should add to the list:

New York Schools Chief Advocates More ‘Balanced Literacy’ is from The New York Times.

The Reading Wars Again (or Still) is by Marc Tucker at Ed Week.

How Lucy Calkins, literacy guru and Fariña ally, is fighting to define Common Core teaching is from Chalkbeat.

Balanced Literacy Is One Effective Approach is by Lucy Calkins and is one of several columns on the topic published by The New York Times as part of their “Room For Debate” series.

Here’s a Prezi that might be worth a look:

A Return to ‘Balanced Literacy’? is from Education Week.

In Defense Of Balanced Literacy is from KinderConfidential.

Again, please send me more suggestions of resources to add to this list….

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July 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border

I’ve previously shared articles on the children refugee crisis (and, make no mistake — it is a refugee crisis, not an immigrant problem), but thought it would be useful for me to collect them all in one list. Feel free to offer additional suggestions in the comments section:

 

U.S. Schools Gear Up for Surge of Young Immigrants is from Ed Week.

Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges is from NPR, and provides another perspective on the child migration tragedy.

Surge of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Presents Education Challenges is from Education Week. You might also be interested in 13 facts that help explain America’s child-migrant crisis from Vox (which they just updated).

Murrieta protest over immigrant kids exposes political divisions is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Children at the Border Raise Question of Who Is a Refugee is from NBC News.

The awful reason tens of thousands of children are seeking refuge in the United States is from Vox.

The Town Where Immigrants Hit a Human Wall is from The New York Times.

These two maps show the violence driving Central American children to the US is from Vox.

Child immigration crisis is a photo gallery from CBS News.

The Children Crossing Our Border Just Want a Better Life—Let’s Treat Them as Our Own is by Jose Luis Vilson.

Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border is from The New York Times.

Book Drive Seeks To Give Immigrant Kids Chance To ‘Daydream’ is from NBC News. You can also access a special section they have on all their stories about the refugee crisis.

What happens when deportation separates parents from their kids? is from Vox.

Here’s a short video explainer from Vox:

Shame on you, Murrieta, for blocking immigrant detainee buses is from The L.A. Times.

Migrant children describe fear of facing protesters is a news report from an ABC affiliate in Southern California.

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis is from The New York Times.

The So-Called Immigration Border Crisis Is Neither is from The Daily Beast.

Vox has just published a very useful list of organizations that are helping the child refugees in the Southwest, and ways people can help them.Check out What you can do to help the US’ 52,000 child migrants.

Schools a haven for kids who crossed border alone is from The Associated Press.

Beware John Cornyn’s ‘Humane’ Immigration Act is from The New York Times.

The U.S. Border Crisis is a series of infographics from Reuters.

Surge in unaccompanied children at the border is an infographic from The Washington Post.

The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster is from Vox.

What’s Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer is from NPR.

Border Crisis: When Has the U.S. Provided Refuge for Kids in the Past? is from NBC News.

Pope Says Children at U.S. Border Must Be ‘Welcomed and Protected’ is also from NBC News.

A Central America expert explains the root causes of the migrant crisis is from Vox.

The Myth of the Diseased Immigrant is from TIME.

Towns Fight to Avoid Taking In Migrant Minors is from The New York Times.

US communities diverge on child migrant response is from The Associated Press.

Unaccompanied migrant children in the United States: Research roundup is from Harvard. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island: And no, we didn’t just send them packing. is from Mother Jones.

White Rage in Murietta, Oracle… and Little Rock is from The Nation.

Make the Border Kids Americans is from Politico.

New York Communities Prepare for Influx of Unaccompanied Minors is from Ed Week.

Q. and A. Children at the Border is from The New York Times.

Our Fear of Immigrants is from The Pacific Standard.

Fastest Growing Group of Migrants Arriving at Border: Children Under 12 is from Education Week.

The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues — But Not The Ones You’d Think is from NPR.

Nearly three quarters of Americans think the U.S. should shelter (not rush to deport) unaccompanied minors is from The Washington Post.

For Schools With Child Immigrants, What Resources Are Available? is from Education Week.

Here’s an important interview that was on The Daily Show:

Guidance and Resources for Schools and Staff Working with Unaccompanied Minors is from Colorin Colorado.

What happens to migrant children after the Border Patrol detains them? is from The Center For Investigative Reporting.

What Makes Someone a Refugee? is from The Atlantic.

Why the Border Crisis Is a Myth is from The NY Times.

Schools brace for up to 50,000 migrant kids is from USA Today.

With Uncertainty, Schools Prepare for New Arrivals is from The Texas Tribune.

The Wilson Quarterly has a really impressive interactive.

Hope Dwindles for Hondurans Living in Peril
is from The New York Times.

A day in S.F. court with undocumented kids flooding the system is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

S.F. school for immigrants offers soft landing to new kids in town is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

After Journey From Honduras, Boy Starts School in U.S. is from Ed Week.

LAUSD opens doors to young Central American immigrants is from The LA Times.

Five Children Murdered After They Were Deported Back To Honduras is from Think Progress.

PBS NewsHour Video: “Backlog of children’s immigration cases challenges judges, lawyers and schools”

Some School Districts Resist Enrolling New Refugees From Central America

Honduran Youth Finds Welcome Mat at Oakland School Designed for Immigrants is from The New York Times.

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July 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Posts & Articles About OECD’s Survey Of Teacher Working Conditions

The OECD’s 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey was recently released, and I thought I’d bring together a few good commentaries on it.

You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions, since those working conditions are the focus of the OECD survey.

Let me know if you have suggestions for other articles I should include:

U.S. teachers have harder job than counterparts in industrialized world — survey is by Linda Darling-Hammond and appeared in The Washington Post.

Creating the conditions for teachers to be effective is by Barnett Berry.

Survey: Teachers Worldwide Seek More Opportunities for Collaboration is from Ed Week.

Three Stories Hidden in OECD Survey of U.S. Teachers by Emily Richmond is another story on the same survey.

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June 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In 2014 — So Far

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

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

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2014 — So Far:

Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from this year (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,300 this year):

The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech

The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy

The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners (I did a number of these “all-time” lists — you can see links to all of them within that post).

I’ve published weekly posts at The New York Times — each one including a student interactive and teaching ideas for English Language Learners.

And I’ve published two-to-three posts each week at my Education Week Teacher advice column – over this summer I’ll be putting together my annual posts bringing together links to those that share a common theme, as well as sharing a list of the most popular ones. My suspicion is that Response: ‘The Grading System We Need to Have’ and Response: Ways to Cultivate ‘Whole-Class Engagement’ will top that list.

I also began publishing a monthly post over at the British Council about teaching English Language Learners.

And I’ve had a lot of fun doing a weekly ten minute radio shown for BAM!, where I’ve been interviewing guests who have contributed responses to my Ed Week column.

I’ve written several articles for other publications over the past few months. My favorites are probably The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning, which was published at The Washington Post (my title for it was “Let Them Eat Character”) and Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs at ASCD Educational Leadership.

Here are some favorite blog posts divided by category:

Education Policy

This Is One Of The Best Pieces I’ve Read On Teacher Evaluation: “The Problem with Outcome-Oriented Evaluations”

I Am Tired Of “School Reformers” Using The Civil Rights Movement Legacy To Support Their Agenda

The Problem With Including Standardized Test Results As Part Of “Multiple Measures” For Teacher Evaluation

“The Education Department’s strange new report on teaching”

Classroom Instruction

John Lewis: “You Must Find A Way To Get In Trouble”

More TOK & ELL Student Instagram Videos

“Sentence Navigator” Is Jason Renshaw’s Gift To ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Everywhere!

Excellent (& I Mean EXCELLENT!) Post On Asking Questions

More “What If?” History Projects — Plus, What Students Thought Of Them….

Classroom Management

Study: Gratitude Increases Self-Control

How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy

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