Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 22, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Top 10 reasons students plagiarize & what teachers can do about it (with apologies to David Letterman) is from Kappan Online. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism.

5-Minute Writing Conferences is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts is from The NY Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English. I have a bunch of podcast-related resources there, and I will eventually create a separate Best list on podcasts.

Six Simple Ways to Get Your Students Talking is from CommonLit. I’m adding it to the same list.

What is retrieval practice when you’re learning math? is from Rough Draft Talk. I’m adding it The Best Resources For Learning About Retrieval Practice.

Retrieval Practice and testing is a good one-page sheet. I’m adding it to the same list.

5 Ways to Celebrate Poetry is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.

Poetry and Primary Sources is from The Library of Congress. I’m adding it to the same list.

Note-Taking Strategies is from The Learning Scientists. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More.

Here are some good questions we can ask ourselves:

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

April 14, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Incorporating Students’ Perspectives in the Design of Peer Review Activities is by Adam Loretto, Sara DeMartino, and Amanda Godley. What Do High School Students Think About Peer Review? is by the same authors. I’m adding them to The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More.

Making Decisions about Which Intervention is Best: A Case Study is by Timothy Shanahan. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).

Doodles Academy looks like a pretty neat free art curriculum for grades 1 through 5.

Over 1,000 Writing Prompts for Students is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

The Action Behind Writing is from The Daily Write. I’m adding it to the same list.

April 7, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Choice Boards is from Nick’s Picks For Educational Technology.

Teaching the Holocaust: Facts, Emotions, Morality is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments:

I’m adding this tweet to Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them:

Here’s another good tweet:

March 27, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

The Power and Promise of Performance Assessments is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

A RECIPE FOR MAKING COLD CALL FEEL POSITIVE is from Doug Lemov. I’m adding it to  Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class.

Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Responding To Student Trauma – Help Me Find More.

Respectful Talk is from The Teaching Channel.  I’m adding it to The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions.

Making Time for Reflection in Our Projects is by Anthony Cody. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection.

AT FIRST GLANCE: A SENTENCE STARTER ADDS UNEXPECTED RIGOR TO WRITING is by Doug Lemov. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Inspiring Active Citizenship Across Disciplines is by Sarah Cooper. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

Engaging Youth in Civic Action Through Writing is from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to the same list.

Supporting All Learners with Complex Texts is from Achieve The Core. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!.

March 18, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Teacher Think Alouds Work in Every Subject appeared in Middleweb.

The 10 most Influential Poets in History is a really interesting infographic. I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.

Larry Cuban raises more questions than giving answers about teacher talk and direct instruction in two interesting posts: Whatever Happened to Direct Instruction? (Part 1) and Teacher Talk, Student Talk: Historical Dilemma (Part 2). I’m still adding them to The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior”

I use the book, The Long March: The Choctaw’s Gift to Irish Famine Relief, in my ELL U.S. History class. Here’s what we do when we’re done reading it: Writing Prompt For “The Long March.”

Here are some interesting related tweets I saw this week:

March 11, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

How to Create a Gradeless Math Classroom in a School That Requires Grades is from Mr. Burnett. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Grading Practices.

Here are some interesting thoughts on the KWL chart from Crawling Out Of The Classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of Prior Knowledge (& How To Activate It).

Argument Essay with Opposing Arguments and Rebuttals is from English Advantage. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays.

RETRIEVAL PRACTICE IS THE PERFECT TOOL TO ‘WIN BACK THE MARGINS’ is from Doug Lemov. It makes a good point about using any available opportunity for using retrieval practice with students. Unfortunately, some of the examples shown in the videos don’t seem to me to maximize “whole class processing” (as my former principal Ted Appel calls it) – the idea that all students are thinking and showing their thinking. That’s why I use warm-ups, as well as mini-whiteboards, as superior moments for this kind of activity. This is also probably a good time to point out that some teachers will say they are already using retrieval practice by doing assessments like chapter tests. But, in reality, retrieval practice for learning means constantly creating low-stakes opportunities – like warm-ups and using mini-whiteboards. I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About Retrieval Practice.

Here’s another piece from Doug Lemov, this time on “formative writing.”  He points out how a teacher used this prompt:

“How might Alice Walker’s experiences sharecropping have influenced her writing?”

The use of the word “might” helped students feel more comfortable about writing and less worried about being wrong.

I’m adding this info to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction? is from MindShift. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching About The Black Panther Movie:

March 4, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Positive Framing Examples and Non-Examples is from Teach Like A Champion. I’m adding it to  Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class.

Choose a main character and 9 other ideas for starting a story is from the journalism site Poynter. It’s one of several useful posts in their Help Writers series. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Tips for Teaching RACE Constructed Response Strategy is from Teaching To Inspire. I’m adding it to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.

Teaching and Learning About Women’s History With The New York Times is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Women’s History

8 Ways to Increase the Engagement in Your Classroom appeared at Corwin. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement.

I’ve begun to use these type of micro-progressions shown in this tweet. I’ve previously shared other examples here and here:

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

February 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week – 200th Edition!

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. This is the 200th blog post in this series!

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 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Eight Daily Classroom Data Sources to Empower Student-Directed Learning is by Kathy Dyer. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”

The Debate on Dreamers : A Lesson Plan for Teaching About DACA is from The New York Times Learning Network.

National Poetry Month Writing Prompt 12/30 is from Young Chicago Authors. I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.

Kelly Gallagher is sharing an argument unit he is teaching on mass shootings.

I’m adding these two tweets to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures and to The Best Apps, Online Tools & Other Resources For Math:

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