Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“‘Doing’ Geography Instead Of ‘Studying’ It”

‘Doing’ Geography Instead Of ‘Studying’ It is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

In it, four educators share their thoughts on teaching geography: Kelly Young, from whom I’ve learned more about teaching than from anyone else; Elisabeth Johnson, who is the best social studies teacher I’ve ever seen; middle school educator Lisa Butler; and Matt Podbury, who teaches Geography at an International School in France.

Here are some excerpts:

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I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography.

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November 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Radio Show: “What Are the Myths and Misconceptions Around Formative Assessment?”

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What Are the Myths and Misconceptions Around Formative Assessment? is the title of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

Well-known author and educator Nancy Frey is my guest on the show, and has also contributed a written response to an upcoming Ed Week column on the topic.

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November 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Teaching ‘Close Reading’ – Part Three”

Teaching ‘Close Reading’ – Part Three is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

In this final post in my series on close reading, Kimberly Carraway, Katherine S. McKnight, Harvey F. Silver, Amy Benjamin, Nancy Boyles, Rita Platt — along with readers — share their thoughts.

Here are some excerpts:

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November 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Close Reading Can Be ‘Fun or Awful’”

Close Reading Can Be ‘Fun or Awful’ is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

In addition to my own thoughts, you can read guest responses on the “what, why and how” of close reading from Christopher Lehman, Cris Tovani, Pernille Ripp, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris. It’s Part One of a three-post series.

Here are some excerpts:

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November 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Show: “How Can We Help Students Appreciate the Value of Learning Geography?”

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How Can We Help Students Appreciate the Value of Learning Geography?
is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio show.

Elisabeth Johnson, the best Social Studies teacher I’ve ever seen and Kelly Young, from whom I’ve learned more about teaching than from anyone else, are my guests.

It’s an upcoming topic in my Education Week Teacher column, and both Elisabeth and Kelly have contributed written commentaries that will be included there.

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November 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“‘Getting What You Pay For’ In Teacher Evaluations”

‘Getting What You Pay For’ In Teacher Evaluations is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

This last post in series on teacher evaluation shares commentaries from W. James Popham, Barnett Berry, Pia Lindquist Wong, Rick Stiggins and Derek Cabrera, along with thoughts from readers.

Here are some excerpts:

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I’m adding the series to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

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November 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Using Teacher Evaluations ‘To Promote Growth’”

Using Teacher Evaluations ‘To Promote Growth’ is part Two in my Education Week Teacher series on…teacher evaluation.

It features contributions on the teacher evaluation process from Julian Vasquez Heilig (with Lisa Hernandez), Ben Spielberg, David Berliner and Paul Bruno.

Here are some excerpts:

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November 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’”

Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’ is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

In Part One of a three-part series, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, and 2012 National Teacher Of The Year Rebecca Mieliwocki share their thoughts on teacher evaluations.

Here are some excerpts:

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October 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Effective Math Instructional Strategies – Part Two”

Effective Math Instructional Strategies – Part Two is my latest Education Week Teacher post.

Leslie Texas, Tammy Jones and Denise Flick share their thoughts on math instruction, as do a number of readers. It also features an infographic.

Here’s an excerpt:

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October 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Show: “What are the Alternatives to Using Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations?”

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What are the Alternatives to Using Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations? is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

It’s the topic of a series I’ll be publishing in my Education Week Teacher column soon and two guests, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D. and Ben Spielberg, share their thoughts on the show.

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October 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Ways To Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’”

Ways To Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’ is my latest Ed Week Teacher post.

Anne Collins, Sue O’Connell, Alexandra Mattis and José Luis Vilson share their thoughts and suggestions about teaching Math in Part One of a two-part series.

Here are some excerpts:

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October 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How Can We Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’?

October 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Show: “What is the Best Way to Train Student Teachers?”

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What is the Best Way to Train Student Teachers? is the topic of my ten minute conversation with Linda Rief and Emily Geltz on my recently posted BAM! radio show. Emily was Linda’s student teacher two years ago.

They co-authored a piece in my recent Ed Week series on working with student teachers.

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