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May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Atlantic Begins Intriguing Podcast Series Featuring Teachers AND Their Most “Challenging” Students

The Atlantic has just begun an “audio series featuring teachers reflecting on one of their most challenging students—counterbalanced by the student’s version of the same events.

What I Learned From the Student I Couldn’t Stand is the headline of the first one.

If this first one is an indication of how good future ones will be, you’ll want to listen to them all. I plan on having the teacher credential candidates in the college classes I teach listen to it – it’s an excellent review of what not to do – and what to do – for classroom management.

Here’s the nine-minute recording:

I’m adding it to Best Posts On Classroom Management.

May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two New & Very Useful Writing Frames For Teachers & Students

One of my popular – and most useful – “Best” lists is The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.  It’s certainly one that I consult regularly.

I’m adding two new writing frames to that list.

Mary Osteen, one of my many talented colleagues, shared this one today at an English Department meeting.  She calls it “AREE!” with an explanation point so she can sound like a pirate 🙂

It stands for Assertion, Reason, Evidence, Explanation:

 

I think it’s a helpful frame.

However, what I believe really makes it stand out from some of the other frames on that “Best” list is this sheet that she’s developed to teach the frame:

 

She has students fill in the blank squares as a way to scaffold learning the writing frame progression.  For International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge teachers, this kind of form will look familiar because that’s how IB encourages us to teach the concept of Knowledge Questions.

You can download both of the documents pictured in this post here (Mary has given me permission to share). By the way, I’ve recently given up the use of my regular document scanner and instead use an amazing iPhone app called Genius Scan, which works great!

The second writing frame I’d like to share I learned about in the form of a tweet:

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

 

I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading (including having students describe – in writing and verbally – a chronological description of what they saw).

I’ve also published quite a few “fun videos” lists during the previous ten years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween

The Best Christmas Videos For English Language Learners – Help Me Find More

The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos

Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 — So Far:

You’ve probably seen this video on social media already but, if you haven’t, it would be great to show to English Language Learners and have them talk and write about what they saw:

You can read more about it at NPR: ‘Is That Your New Pink Leg?!’: A Girl Is Embraced As She Shows Off Her Prosthesis

Here are two fun videos to show English Language Learners and then have them share verbally and in writing what they saw.

I found them at The TED2017 film festival: Shorts from the conference.

This is an older video, but new to me. Laura Gibbs shared it on Twitter.

It would be fun to show English Language Learners and have them identify the animals and also say what they are doing.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals.

Coco is a new Pixar movie coming out in October about Dia de Los Muertos.

They just published this delightful short video as part of some PR for the movie, and it would be great to show English Language Learners and have them write and discuss what they saw.

I’m adding it to The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween.

This hilarious BBC interview will be perfect to show English Language Learners and then have them share verbally and in writing what they saw:

Here are two good articles about the video, too:

When the Kids Crash Your BBC Interview is from The New York Times.

This short video is a commercial (only in the last few seconds), is engaging for everybody, and would be good to show and then have English Language Learners write and talk about what happened.

I’ve shared many Simon’s Cat videos over the years – they’re great to show English Language Learners and then have them discuss and write about what they saw.

Here’s a new one I’m adding to The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day.

“Hum” is a nice movie about a dishwashing robot and a little bird. It’s a little long (8 minutes), but very accessible to English Language Learners.

Hum from Tom Teller on Vimeo.

Here are some others:

May 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Guest Posts Appearing On This Blog In 2017 – So Far

I’ve had several important and popular guest posts appear on this blog this year, and thought readers might find it useful if I brought links to them together in a “Best” list.

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

Here are they are:

Guest Post: How One District Supports Personalized Learning by Dr. Lynell Powell

What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project by Pam Buric

Guest Post From Lorin W. Anderson, Co-Author Of The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy

Guest Post From One Of Our ELL Students: “Challenge” by Felipe Lopez

Teacher Action Research by Phil Taylor

Refugee Students Need SEL and More to Thrive by Mai Xi Lee

New ELL Teacher Online Book Club by Katie Toppel

Responding To Student Trauma by Kevin Parr

Social Studies & The Common Core (With Downloadable Lessons) by Tara Dale and Mandi White

Exploring Cultural Values with Students (With Hand-Outs) by Josh Kurzweil

“Inquiry” vs. “Diagnostic” Frameworks For Writing Assessments by Lara Hoekstra

May 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ll Be Writing Another Book This Summer

To be more accurate, we’ll be writing another book – Katie Hull Sypnieski and I will be co-authoring our third book on teaching English Language Learners (our first two were The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide and Navigating The Common Core With ELLs).  This one will be published by Jossey-Bass, who also were the publishers of the previous ones in our series. It should be out in the Spring of 2018.

Our first one was 90,000 words, our second book was 125,000 words – who knows how long this one is going to be?

September 1st is the manuscript deadline – wish us luck!

It’s also likely that book deadline pressures will result in reduced posting here on the blog, though I suspect there still will be plenty of new content appearing here…

This next book will be my ninth one, and you can access free content from all of them here.

By the way, after this ELL book is put to bed, I’ve got a tenth book to write – a fourth one in my student motivation series.

May 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About Cognitive Bias

I’ve previously written about how teachers’ implicit bias (and “explicit” bias) can impact the classroom (see We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity).

I’ve also shared a lot about cognitive bias’ and thought a “Best” list would be useful.

But, first, I tried to clarify the difference between the two of them.  Here is a sampling of responses I received on Twitter:

Here are some resources related to cognitive bias (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About “Psychological Effects” Useful To Teachers and The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More);

57 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up How We Think is from Business Insider.

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational is from Farnam Street.

Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet

Cognitive Bias Survival Guide

QUIZ: How Good Are You At Detecting Bias? (with Lesson Plan) is from KQED.

Confirmation and Other Biases is from Facing History.

May 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place

As regular readers know, I’ve begun publishing my annual mid-year “Best” lists.

I thought it it would be useful for me to begin to collect all of them in one place. I’ve got quite a few to go, and I’ll continue to add links to them in this post.

You might also be interested in:

All 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place

All Mid-Year 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place

All My 2015 “Best” Lists In One Place

All Of My “All-Time” Best Lists In One Place!

Here are the lists I’ve published so far – there should be fifteen or twenty once I’m all done:

Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – So Far

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2017 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – So Far

The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – So Far

The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far

The Best Guest Posts Appearing On This Blog In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

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