Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Research On Teens & Sleep

Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep:

National Sleep Foundation Updates Recommendations For How Much Sleep You Really Need is from The Huffington Post.

Exactly How Much Sleep Is ‘Enough’? is from The Atlantic.

Sleep, Cognition, and Normal Aging is an intriguing new study that links good sleep habits when young to cognitive health in the senior years.

Less Sleep Means More Stress for Teens is from Scientific American.

High School Is a Rude Awakening is from The Pacific Standard.

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February 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Second Quote Of The Day: Learning A Second Language “Increases The Size Of Your Brain”

Last year, I wrote about a study that published brain scans showing connections growing when students were learning a second language (see Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language).

I just saw a Guardian story from a few months ago that highlighted an earlier study that reach similar conclusions.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning.

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February 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Research Supports Independent Reading

Donalyn Miller has written a a great post titled I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You?

In it, she shares research, and invites others to share their resources, that support the classroom practice of student independent reading.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading.

Here’s an excerpt from her post:

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February 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No Surprise In This Study: Language Learners Retain Vocabulary Better When Connected To Gestures & Images

A new study has come to a conclusion that will be no surprise to just about every ESL and second-language teacher in, let’s say, the world: Incorporating physical movement and/or the use of images helps in learning new vocabulary.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this info to:

The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning

The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary

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January 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “Latino Education Gains Are Encouraging: New Report”

Latino Education Gains Are Encouraging: New Report is the headline of an NBC News story about a study that was just released:

The report, “The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook,” released by Excelencia in Education, paints a more accurate profile of Latino students, one spotlighting achievement and countering misperceptions and myths

Here’s another excerpt from the article:

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I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

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January 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: New Study Finds That Money Matters For Schools

We’ve all heard some people say that more money will not help schools — instead, the money schools have now has to be used more efficiently and effectively.

Yet another study now disproves that notion (which, happily, most people don’t believe anyway.

It’s titled “The Effects of School Spending on Educational and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from School Finance Reforms” and was done by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, Claudia Persico.

Here’s an excerpt from their conclusions:

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I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

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January 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: I Think This Is The Best Article Carol Dweck Has Written

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids is an article by Carol Dweck in this month’s Scientific American, and I think it’s the best shorter piece sharing her work and perspective that I’ve seen.

I can’t think of anything better to share with a colleague who may be unfamiliar with her work.

Here’s a short excerpt, though it won’t be new to anyone who knows her writings:

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I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students and to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

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