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March 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts That Appeared In March

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s eleventh anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

“‘A Powerful Purpose Propels Effective Student Collaboration’”

Three Videos Of English Language Learners Giving Advice To Teachers

Shocker: Study Finds That Low-Income Students Tend To Have Less Agency Than Those Coming From Higher-Income Families

Best Article Ever To Have Students Read About Cellphones!

“How Smart Do You Make Others Around You?” Has Been A Useful Question For Me To Ask In Class

We Need To Talk More About Schools As Mediating Institutions

Video: Our Webinar On Equitable Grading For ELLs

Statistic Of The Day: Suspension Numbers For African-American Students

Video: Saturday Night Live Spoofs Betsy DeVos 60 Minutes Interview

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On “Smart Tips for Working with Substitute Teachers”

“A Warm-Up ‘Mindset’ Helps Students & Teachers”

Very Useful Twitter List For ELL/ESL/ELT Educators

Study Finds That Principals Can Influence Student Learning Best By – Wait For It – Supporting Teacher Leadership

Anchor Launches A Neat & Easy Way To Create Videos Highlighting Text

This Is So Cool! OK Go Teams Up With Google & Creates Classroom Materials For Their Videos

“Active Listening: Using Times Videos, Podcasts and Articles to Practice a Key Skill”

Guest Post: Here’s The Lesson We’re Doing Prior To The Student Walkout

List Of Knowledge Questions My TOK Students Are Using This Year For Their Oral Presentations

“Teachers Unions ‘Must Claim the Mantle of Educational Leadership’”

“Iris.ia” Seems Like A Very Useful Research Tool

Guest Post: Professional Development in Education – Involving Everyone

“Timelinely” Lets You Easily Create Annotated & Interactive Videos

Take Two: Revised My TOK Oral Presentation Materials AGAIN

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Adolescent Brain But Were Afraid To Ask

Learning About Scientific Discovery In Theory Of Knowledge Class

New Meta-Analysis Identifies Instructional Strategies To Help Struggling Adolescent Readers

“Social Studies is ‘About Creating Skilled Inquirers’”

You Can “Digitize” Your Student Hand-Outs & Worksheets With “PairPrep”

“Free Rice” Vocabulary Game Lets Teachers Create Virtual Classrooms

Results Just Unveiled Of Big New Growth Mindset Study Co-Authored By A Ton Of Well-Known SEL Researchers

“Helping Students ‘get Into History’”

Useful Resources On Using Tech With Students

With Google’s New “Songmaker,” You Can Easily Create…Songs

Intriguing New Study On “Student Engagement” & How To Define It

New Study Documents The Benefits To School That Are Obvious To Us, But Maybe Not So Obvious To Our Students

 

February 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts That Appeared In February

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s eleventh anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

One Of The More Interesting Studies You’ll Read This Year: Junk Food & Low-Income Families

Quote Of The Day: Shooting Survivor Wants Her School To Be Remembered For Starting “A Revolution”

Statistic Of The Day: The Economic & Moral Cost Of Arming Teachers

Create And/Or Translate Online Books For An Authentic Audience With StoryWeaver

Grading English Language Learners – A Perspective From Two Teachers

Diversity Of Our School’s IB Program Highlighted In Sacramento Bee

“One Met. Many Worlds” Is A Cool Multilingual Art Gallery From The Met

English Language Learners Tell Us What Helps Them Learn

“Everything you Wanted to Know About Dual Immersion but Were Afraid to ask”

“Community Organizer Turned Teacher Aims for Social Change”

Wow, The National Writing Project Offers Wonderful Online Writing Opportunity To Students

“Amazon-Day One” Offers An Exceptional Collection Of Useful Videos

Telling Stories In Class Like Abraham Lincoln

Many Of Us Teachers Will Feel Like Steve Kerr In A Month Or Two

Guest Post: Guidelines For Teachers Observing Their Peers

“Ways to ‘Navigate Conflicts & Restore Relationships’ Between Students”

“What’s the next step on the path up the mountain?”

Interesting Study On “Transfer” Reinforces Effectiveness Of “Learning By Doing”

Study Shows Positive Impact Of Ed Tech On ELLs & Students With Special Needs

Wow, “Lumen5” Looks Like An Amazingly Easy Way To Turn Blog Posts & Articles Into Videos!

We Just Finished Reviewing The Proofs Of Our Next Book On Teaching ELLs!

“The Best Ways to Resolve Conflicts Between Students”

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On How To Make Social Studies Lessons More Exciting

Guest Post: Template For Making Teacher Comments On TOK Essays

“Beautiful[AI]” Uses Artificial Intelligence To Create Your Presentations

Great Infographic: “You’re Hired: The Skills Employers Seek in New Hires”

NY Times Video Series On “Inside An Olympian Mind” Is Jackpot For Any Teacher Using Visualizing Strategies With Students

Google Photos Will Automatically Create Music Videos With Your Pictures

Nick Foles Just Gave Teachers A Gift Of A Great SEL Lesson

“Important ‘Moves for Teacher Success’”

Impressive New Video Series On “Courageous Conversations About Race in Education”

Geography Writing Frames For ELLs (They Can Be Used In Other Subjects, Too)

Elmo Teaches The Power Of “Yet”

Part Two: Eleventh Anniversary Of This Blog – What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

“Underutilized Teaching Ideas”

Langston Hughes Was Born On This Day In 1902 – Here Are Two Good Lessons For ELLs Using His Poetry

Very Useful PBS NewsHour Segment On If Viewers Should Separate Art From Artist In Light Of #MeToo

Padlet Now Lets You Record Audio – Zooms To The Top Of Most Useful Web 2.0 Tools For ELLs

Apester” Looks Like A Very Versatile Tool For Creating Interactive Slideshows

Eleventh Anniversary Of This Blog: What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One)

“Instructional Strategies That Teachers Might Be Missing”

Find All The NY Times Learning Network’s “Country Of The Week” Quizzes In One Place!

Immigration Reform, Ethics & TOK

In Education, If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is….

If You Want To Know Who ELLs Are & Where They Are, This New Website Is For You

Using “The Diary Of Anne Frank” With ELL Newcomers!

Is Music A Universal Language? Take This Cool Quiz To Find Out!

Study Finds That Encouraging Students To Visualize Themselves As Successful Helps Them Overcome Challenges

 

January 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts That Appeared In January

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

A Fourth Step: “I Do, We Do, You Do” and then “You Teach”

The Best Story To Come Out Of The Shutdown Is How They Used A Talking Stick

Extremely Useful Animated Video Series On Ethical Dilemmas

Guest Post: Getting Started With Flipgrid

Do You Want To Use This Survey With Your Intermediate & Advanced ELLs?

“The Best Teaching Moment was When ‘I let go’”

“Author Interview: ‘Motivated – Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In’”

Check Out The Number One Song In 3,000 Locations Around The World

Teachers Can Learn About Ed Research At The “Learning Zone”

Suggestions For Assisting Students To Develop Intrinsic Motivation To Learn

This Year’s “What If?” History Project Student Examples

Lots Of Good Tidbits On Teaching English Language Learners

Here’s How I’m Trying To Incorporate More Retrieval Practice In Class – Let Me Know How I Can Improve

“The Best Ways to use Video in Class”

PBS NewsHour Segment On Generosity & Belonging – Here’s How I’m Using It In Class

We [White] Teachers Should Look At This Research When We Feel We Don’t Show Bias In The Classroom

Lots Of Good Tidbits On Helping Students Motivate Themselves

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Good “Underused” Instructional Strategies

Here’s An Article & Questions We Used For A Good Faculty Discussion On Classroom Management

What Message Does It Send To Our Students When President Of U.S. Calls African Countries & Haiti “Sh-tholes”?

New Treasure Trove Of Education Research

“Dictionary Squared” Looks Like It Could Be A Useful Vocabulary Development Tool For Students

Statistic Of The Day: To The Surprise Of No Teacher, New Study Finds That Class Size Matters

Love Ed Week & The PBS NewsHour. Their Episode On Teachers Pay Teachers – Not So Much

Video: “Tim Shanahan – Prior Knowledge and Literacy”

I’m Not Sure This Big Meta-Analysis On Direct Instruction Says What Its Authors Think It Says

“We Need to ‘Slow Down’ When Teaching Writing”

Check Out The NY Times Learning Feature “What’s Going On In This Graph?”

A Look Back: All My Favorite Posts From The Past Eleven Years In One Place!

This Is Why I Make It A Priority To End Each Class & School Year On A Positive Note

Second Statistic Of The Day: Many Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents

Wash. Post Publishes My Predictions For 2018

Wow! It Looks Like iCivics Wants To Be THE One-Stop Shop For Social Studies Teachers

Great Clip From “Lady Bird” On A Growth Mindset

A Look Back: More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

A Look Back: My Best Ever Growth Mindset Lesson

You’ll Want To See & Read This NY Times Feature: “How the World Expresses Itself in GIFs”

“Best Practices For Teaching High School Math”

 

December 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In December

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Helping Students Create “Public Narratives”

No Surprise But A Good Reminder – Critical Feedback Generally Only Works If People Feel They Are Valued

Am I The Only Teacher In The World Who Had Not Heard Of The “Stapleless Stapler”?

“The Banana Principle” Is A Useful Way To Talk About – & Implement – Change

I’m Not Sure Mark Zuckerberg Learned The Right Lessons This Year….

Copy-Edits Done On Our New Book – Look For It Soon!

‘Ethnic Studies Courses Benefit all Students’

“Clean” Video & Lyrics Of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s New Song About Ben Franklin

“eStory” Is A New Free Tool For Making Online Timelines

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On Mistakes We Make Teaching Writing

Wash. Post Published My Ed News Round-Up For The Year

Share Your Immigration Story At The U.N. Site “I Am A Migrant”

National Geographic “101 Videos” Is A Nice Series For Teachers & Students

More Resources To Help Students Find College Scholarships

Using “Quick, Draw!” With ELLs & Other Students

New Big Collection Of Free Music To Use With Facebook & Instagram Videos

Here’s My Tentative Plan For A Support Class For Long-Term English Language Learners – Tell Me How I Can Make It Better

Example Of Our Final “Ways Of Knowing Project”

Study: “You are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud”

Two Good Videos To Help Develop A Positive Classroom Culture

Wow! Amazing New Video Created By Smithsonian Will Probably Be Used In A Zillion ELL Classes

Interview With Eddie Williams, ELL Teacher Featured In “The Newcomers”

My Latest NY Times Post Is On Helping ELLs Learn Academic Language

“Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren’t bored to death”

Excellent Post On Education Research By Dylan Wiliam

“Let’s Learn English” From VOA Looks Like A Nice Online Video Resource

Here’s A Typical Formative Assessment I Give To My Beginning ELL Students – How Can You Make It Better?

“‘Questions are to a Teacher What the Lasso of Truth is to Wonder Woman’”

Advice From Ta-Nehisi Coates To Teachers

iCivics Adds Bilingual Social Studies Game

Video: “DECISIVE by Chip and Dan Heath – Animated Core Message”

New Research Quantifies The Vocabulary Improvement Generated By Reading – Here’s How I Plan To Use It In Class

“‘The Newcomers’: An Interview with Helen Thorpe”

 

November 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In November

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Researchers Find That African-American Students Punished More Severely Than Whites For Same Behavior

“The Newcomers” Looks Like An Incredible Book – How Could I Have Not Known This Was Coming Out?!

“Ways to use Questions Effectively in the Classroom”

My New BAM! Radio Show Explores What Policy Makers Don’t Understand About Education

Quote Of The Day: Pronounce Students’ Names Correctly!

Make An Amazing Number Of Different Learning Games With “GameBuilder”

Very Useful Article On Resilience

StoryCorps Unveils Searchable Archive Of 400,000 Interviews

LyricsGaps Gets Even Better – Now ALL Existing Songs Can Be Assigned & Student Progress Monitored

Video: Grammar & The Search For Knowledge

“Reading Through History” Looks Like An Excellent YouTube Channel For…History Classes

Four New Additions To Best Sites For English Language Learners

This Is The Advice I Try To Follow Every Time I Have A Conflict With A Student Or Someone Else

“‘Strong Structures’ are Needed for Effective Classroom Discussions”

Excellent New Online Activities To Prep For Citizenship Test Unveiled

More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

One Of My Favorite – & Easiest – ELL Activities To Practice Speaking (Links & Recordings Included)

Video: “I’m Always Early” (& How I’m Using It In Class)

Using SEL to Challenge ‘Systems of Oppression’”

Three Specific Actions I’m Taking This Year To Support Student Academic & SEL Development

Wisdom From Nobel-Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman On Creating Change

 

October 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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October’s Top Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

You Can Now Pre-Order Our New ELL Book On Amazon!

“ActiveLit” Lets Students Play & Create Choose Your Own Adventure Games In Virtual Classrooms

New Metacognition Study & How I’m Thinking Of Applying It In My Classes – Feedback Welcome!

“ESSA & English Language Learners”

Video: Anti-Bullying Ad From Burger King

Uh Oh – Bill Gates Has A New Big Ed Idea

What Do You Know About “Differentiated Grading” For ELLs?

I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

Study Questions Whether Standardized Tests Assess Learning Or Engagement

My New British Council Post Shares Four Ways To Give ELLs Feedback On Their Writing

Everything You Wanted To Know About Performance Assessment, But Were Afraid To Ask

New Study Finds Advantages To Reading Print On Paper Over Reading On A Screen

Teacher Tells Students To “Speak American” – Walkout Follows

“Simple History” Is A Decent Free Alternative To Brainpop

Time To Start Working On My Fourth Student Motivation Book!

‘Writing in Math Class is a win-win for Students & Teachers’

“Empatico” Is A New Site For Connecting Online With Other Classes

My New BAM! Radio Show Is About ESSA’s Impact on English Language Learners

Google Publishes Series Of Video Instructions About Creating Online “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

Harvard Business Review Publishes Yet Another Excellent Guide To Classroom Management

What Would Your Ideal Classroom For English Language Learners Look Like?

“We Need to let Students ‘Read, Read, Read’”

Here’s A Reflection Exercise I Did With My Student Teacher

Here’s The Thematic Schedule I’m Using In My ELL Beginner’s Class

Al Jazeera Has Great Audio Reading Of Text Feature On Its News Site

This Is Interesting: All Smarter Balanced State English Test Scores Went Down & Most PARCC States Went Up

“Commaful” Looks Like An (Almost) Perfect Place For Students To Write Online

“Define American” Invites Immigrants To Tell Their Story

Google Unveils New Ear Buds That Automatically Translate 40 Languages

iSLCollective’s Video Lessons Are A Huge Asset For Any ELL Teacher

Perfect Critical Thinking Article For TOK Classes Published Today – Here Is How I’m Going To Use It

“Mistakes Teachers Make in Reading Instruction”

Bilingual “NASA Space Place” Looks Like A Good & Accessible Science Site

“ReadWorks” Adds Highlighting & Text Annotation

Useful Recommendations For Reducing Drop-Out Rates

“Payback” Is A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Tool To Help Students Envision College Costs

 

September 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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September’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Woolly Mammoths & Inductive Learning

New Study Suggests That Motivation & Growth Mindset Are Most Important Factors For Student Success

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

“‘White Educators Must Sharpen Their Humility’ Before They Discuss Race”

Slideshow For ELLs: “Cline” or “Spectrum” On Temperature

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On How Teachers Approach Race & Implicit Bias

“Simplish” Automatically Simplifies And/Or Summarizes Text

Another Study Finds That Learning By Doing Works….

“Apps 4 EFL” Looks Like An Excellent Site For English Language Learners & Their Teachers

Here’s What My ELL Students Are Reading & Writing About Columbus

Study Finds Adding More Periods Of Instruction That Didn’t Work In First Place Doesn’t Help High School Readers

Using “Spot The Difference” Pictures With ELLs

“New Teachers Should ‘Leave Gossip for Tabloids & Reality Shows’”

Here’s The Cover For Our Next Book On Teaching English Language Learners

U.S. History Students Creating A “Buffalo Hide Painting” – Lesson & Student Hand-Out

Yet Another Study Documents The Long-Term Harm Of Short-Term Extrinsic Motivation

Space X Releases Video Of All Their Failures – Perfect For Teaching The Value Of Making Mistakes

“Annotator Tool” Is A Good…Tool For Online Annotation

“Internet Polyglot” Is A Very Useful Site For English Language Learners

Nice Sign Welcoming All Students At Our School Today

New Short Video: Daniel Pink On Motivation & Schools

Good NY Times Piece On Empathy’s Role In School Discipline

“Time.Graphics” Is A New, Free & Useful Tool For Creating Online Timelines

A Message From A Houston Teacher

“Management [& Teaching] Is Much More Than a Science”

 

August 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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August’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

SAS Curriculum Pathways Introduces A Ton Of New Free Activities

“Playbuzz” Has Become A Remarkably Versatile Free Tool For Creating Online Games & Presentations

Quizlet Gets Even Better – You Can Now Create “Interactive Diagrams”

Great Lesson Idea – What Would You Put On Voyager’s “Golden Record”?

“Q & A Collections: Advice For New Teachers”

A Look Back: “We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity”

A Look Back: “Here’s My Entire ELL Beginners Seven-Week Unit On Writing A Story (Including Hand-outs & Links)”

Banning Racism With As Much Enthusiasm As Banning Fidget Spinners

Important Advice For White Educators (& Others)

“Don’t Be A Sucker”: Anti-Fascist Video Made By U.S. Military In 1943 Relevant Today

Video: “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist”

Q & A Collections: Differentiating Instruction

“Time-Travel” With Merriam-Webster To Learn When Words Entered The English Language

Statistic Of The Day: Yes, We Teachers Buy A Lot Of Food For Our Students To Eat

Very Interesting: The Most Important Letters In History

“Writing Sparks” Could Be A Useful Online Writing Tool

Resources For Spanish-Speakers Not Literate In Their Home Language

Eight Free Downloadable Children’s Books In Khmer – More On The Way (Maybe In Other Languages, Too)

New Study Finds VAM Is Biased Against Teachers Of “At Risk” Students

“The Platinum Rule” Is A Key To Effective Differentiation

Good Advice On Talking About Our Colleagues & Our Students

Extrinsic Motivation Strikes Out Again

Guest Post: “Co-Teaching Dos and Don’ts”

Ways To Encourage Our Students To Get Through “The Last Mile”

Guest Post: “PD in your Pjs: How to navigate #EllChat_BkClub on Twitter”

Good Video Showing How NOT To Manage A Classroom

New Study Finds That People Like You More If You Ask Questions

Interesting NY Times Interactive Shows What Occupations Share Similar Skills With Teaching

 

 

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