Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two andThe Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

A Powerful Way to End the School Year is by Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

Wrapping Up the School Year: 5 Reflective End-of-Year Activities is from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to the same list.

Why Inquiry Fails is a useful post by Dave Wees about math instruction.
Fidget Spinners CAN be a fantastic teaching resource! is from Ed Tech For Beginners. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Handle Fidget Spinners.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: An Interview With Zaretta Hammond is from Corwin. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

Reader Idea | Building Community Through Shared Immigration Stories is from The New York Times Learning Network. It shares a fairly common lesson, but I’m sure some are not familiar with it. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States.

6 Steps To Create Effective Seating Plans is from Teacher Toolkit. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Classroom Seating Strategies.  Thanks to Dr. Anael Alston for the tip.

Melissa Kaufman, a student in a Boston University class taught by Travis Bristol, has created a useful site called “Teaching in the Age of Trump.”

Jose Carlos Haro Preciado is a student in Bret Gosselin‘s high school class. Jose has created a nice resource on How To Write A Poem, and I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.  A little more about Jose: Jose Carlos Haro Preciado is currently a student at Coppell High School. He is from Mexico where he lived until moving to the United States two years ago as a sophomore. He is an ambitious student who uses his writing as a way to learn from the world around him. He believes that by hard work, he can learn to do anything well, including English. He plans to go to college to become an engineer and is a valued member of Coppell’s champion-winning varsity soccer team.

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two andThe Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Is Differentiation Really Doable in Math Class? is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

Puerto Rico Syllabus is an online collection of resources about the Puerto Rican debt crisis. Thanks to Lorena German for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events.

A Pedagogy of Questioning is from the Independent Thinking Blog. Thanks to Jenn Borgioli Binis for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

A Call to Action: Winners From Our Fourth Annual Student Editorial Contest is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement.

Guest Post | Ideas for Student Civic Action in a Time of Social Uncertainty is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

I’m adding this next original tweet (along with my commentary on a ReTweet) to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits and The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use). You can learn more about how I use improvement rubrics on that rubric “Best” list:

LA TAXONOMÍA DE BLOOM Y SUS ACTUALIZACIONES is a useful resource on Bloom’s Taxonomy in Spanish. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom.

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far

 

Here’s another mid-year “Best” list…

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

Three years ago I began publishing a regular Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week post and have so far published:

The Best Resources On Class Instruction – 2015

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – So Far

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two

Here are this year’s choices:

Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately. by Tom Sherrington is a great post and well-worth reading it and the links within the post, too!

Here’s a simple way to boost your learning from videos: “Prequestion” is from BPS Digest. Daniel Willingham writes about the same study. I’m adding both links to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL, where you’ll find other resources related to effective student video viewing.

What makes expert teachers? is by Harry Fletcher-Wood. I’m adding it to The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do.

Recommended Educational Research Papers for Teachers to Read is a treasure trove of links to many useful studies for teachers to review. It was compiled by Mr. Barton Maths, and recommended on Twitter by Carl Hendrick.

Learning To Learn is an excellent new article at the Harvard Business Review. It highlights four key qualities of an effective learner – aspiration, self-awareness, curiosity, and vulnerability. I’m thinking of dividing the article into four very short sections on each of those qualities and then have students respond to this same prompt for each:

What quality does the writer say is important in order to be an effective learner, and what is her justification? To what extent do you agree or disagree with what she believes? Write an essay responding to these questions; to develop your essay, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observation of others, or any of your reading — including “Learning To Learn” itself.

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts on Writing Instruction, where I collect links to all my writing prompts.

Culturally Responsive Classrooms is from Scholastic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

20 Things for Students to Do with Informational Text is from Julie Conlon. It includes a very nice infographic. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Educating Students to “Think Intensively and Critically” is from The Teaching Channel.It’s written by Lisa Rothbard, who also links to a series of excellent lesson plans.

Teaching in the Trump Years (Part 1) is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

The Power of a Do Now is from Amy Louise Haywood. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For “Do Now” Activities To Begin A Class.

11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading is by Todd Finley. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class — But I Need Your Help Finding Research On The Topic.

15 Reasons Why You Should Read was created by Lauren Zucker’s students. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.  Thanks to Kelly Gallagher for the tip.

Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News is from The New York Times Learning Network, and is just about the most exhaustive list of teaching ideas and resources you’re going to find on the topic. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

Responding to Defiance in the Moment is from Responsive Classroom. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Classroom Management. Thanks to Chris Wejr for the tip.

5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers is from Smart Classroom Management. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time.”

Four Ways Teachers Can Support Students of Color is by Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

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May 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Ditch That Textbook has a nice infographic displaying the Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template.

On Sequences of Instruction is an older post by Timothy Shanahan, but an interesting one. He says that the jury is out about which system of phonics and/or vocabulary instruction works best, but that the key research finding is that both need to be taught with some kind of system in mind in order to be effective. In other words, don’t wing it!

The Refugee Crisis and Human Responsibility is a new lesson plan from Facing History. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

Text to Text | Guy de Maupassant’s ‘The Necklace’ and ‘Guerrilla Fashion: The Story of Supreme’ is a lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network. “The Necklace” was my favorite short story when I was growing up…

I’m adding this tweet to Best Posts On Writing Instruction:

May 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

The Global Audience Project is another way to connect to a sister class in another part of the world. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More:

10 Ways to Teach With The New York Times Today is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

New Times Call for a New Civics is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

INCLUSIVE QUESTIONING is by ALEX QUIGLEY. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

What Fantasy Invention Would You Want to Exist in Reality? is from The New York Times Learning Network. It’s similar to a lesson I do with students. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn About Inventions.

April 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately. by Tom Sherrington is a great post and well-worth reading it and the links within the post, too!

The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is a secondary English curriculum developed by the California State University system. Our school uses their “modules” in eleventh and twelfth grade. I don’t believe you can access the materials unless your school is officially working with the University (though if you search it online you can find some examples posted by others). On this University site, however, they make the “template” for the modules available freely. I think it offers a number of good ideas. You can learn more about ERWC here.

I Am A Scientist has some pretty useful resources. Here’s how they describe their purpose:

Not every student wants or needs to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). However – should they choose to – demographics, interests, personality, and socio-economic status should never get in their way. We’re building classroom tools to make STEM careers technically and psychologically accessible to all students.

6 Alternatives to Reading Logs is by Shaelynn Farnsworth. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

5 Steps to Improve Your Media Literacy is from Teen Vogue. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

The second tweet, combined with the first one (which comments on the video) is, as Cris Tovani notes, is a great illustration of why modeling is so important:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom:

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

‘Hidden Figures’ Curriculum Brings Film’s Lessons To The Classroom is from The Huffington Post. The curriculum is free.

What to Do on Lame Duck School Days is from Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

ON SCAFFOLDED DESCRIPTIVE WRITING OPENINGS is from The Learning Profession. I’m adding it to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.

Echoes of History? A Lesson Plan About the Recent Rise of Europe’s Far-Right Parties is an excellent lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network that my student teacher and I are modifying for our World History ELL class.

I thought this next tweet might be able to be used as another version of the The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations:

Here’s an excellent and practical interpretation of IB’s rubric for the Theory of Knowledge oral presentation (I’m adding it to The Best Posts On IB Theory Of Knowledge Oral Presentations):

April 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences is by Todd Finley. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

Comprehending Non-Fiction: Setting Kids Up for Success is by Russ Walsh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More and to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.  I’m adding it to that second list because of his discussion of an after-reading writing activity called RAFT.

Four Ways Teachers Can Support Students of Color is by Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

9 THINGS EVERY EDUCATOR NEEDS TO KNOW WHEN TEACHING BLACK STUDENTS is from Philly’s 7th Ward. I’m adding it to the same list.

3 Lessons Learned When Bringing to Life Culturally Responsive Practices is by DR. YEMI STEMBRIDGE. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this tweet to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools and to The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events:

This next tweet looks like an intriguing activity:

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