Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“History does not move on the machinations of a select group of great people”

Trump, Andrew Jackson and Ourselves is an excellent column in today’s New York Times. It’s written by Jane Coaston, and is about the best piece out there responding to President Trump’s recent comments (see President Trump & The Civil War).

She talks – among other things – about the “Great Man” theory of history.

Here’s an excerpt:

It echoes a post I shared a few years ago titled “Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle.”

Both pieces would be important for history students, including those in IB Theory of Knowledge courses, to examine….

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: I Think My Student’s TOK Oral Presentation Is Pretty Good – Do You Agree?

We’re beginning our IB Theory of Knowledge Oral Presentations this week, and this is a video of Michelle’s presentation.

She’s given me permission to share it here.

I’m giving her a 7 on the (in my opinion) somewhat weird IB Presentation Rubric.

What do you think? (by the way, you can find all our class materials on the Oral Presentation, including many other videos, here).

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