Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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:

February 19, 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:

Strategies to help students engage in daily writing practice is from Achieve The Core. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

When Readers Struggle: Fluency is from Russ On Reading. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).

When Readers Struggle: Reading Comprehension, Part 3, Talking and Writing After Reading is from Russ on Reading. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

The MTBoS Search site is a search engine for posts from Math teachers.  It’s pretty impressive.  I’m adding it to The Best Apps, Online Tools & Other Resources For Math.

Three Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers is from Bill Ferriter. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Classroom Management.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching About Sexual Harassment:

February 13, 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:

One Sentence at a Time: The Need for Explicit Instruction in Teaching Students to Write Well is by Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

3 Tips for AP Lang Test Prep is by Tricia Ebarvia. I’m adding it to the same list.

Ability grouping of students doesn’t work is from Psych Brief. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Ability Grouping & Tracking — Help Me Find More.

Understanding vocabulary standards: Building students’ skills is from Achieve The Core. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core — I Hope You’ll Contribute More.

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

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Apps, Online Tools & Other Resources For Math:

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