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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

 

 

July 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July’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:

Using “Wrote My Way Out” From Hamilton With Students (Including Writing Prompt)

Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers

Our Next Book On Teaching ELLs Is Almost Two-Thirds Done!

Wonderful Animal Video For ELLs & Everybody Else

Collections Of Academic Sentence Starters

Podcast: Interview With…Me On Parent Engagement

Bingo! There Are Issues With This Study On Grit & ELLs, But I Am Sure Going To Use It With My Students

Amazon Makes Its Teacher Resource-Sharing Site Public Today

“Q & A Collections: Race & Gender Challenges”

Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting

New Study Finds Students Less Motivated In School The More They Think Wealth & Income Inequality Is Stacked Against Them

Privilege & Chief Justice Roberts’ Commencement Speech

Easily Create Vocabulary Quizzes With “Wordsmyth”

New Study Finds That Punishment May Encourage The Behavior Being Targeted

Change “Employees” To “Students” & This Article Has Good Research & Advice On Building Trust

New Geography Game: “Can You Draw The States?”

“‘Double Flip’ Your Classroom”

Study’s Conclusion Is Not As Useless As It Sounds: Low-Income Adolescents Are Less Likely To Attend College

Wrong-Headed Criticism Of Medicaid Mirrors Wrong-Headed Criticism Of Schools

“Factitious” Is An Online Game To Teach About Fake News

Every Teacher With An ELL Student In Their Class Can Benefit From Watching This Video!

Popular “Book Creator” App Can Now Be Used On The Web

Great Strategy For Interacting With Art!

“Quiz Game Master” Is A Nice Tool For Creating Online Learning Games

“Leaders can Support Innovation By ‘Listening More & Speaking Less’”

I’ve Found These Decent Online Exercises To Teach Paraphrasing – Can You Suggest More?

 

June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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 pastFebruary.

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:

“Support Curriculum Innovations by ‘Failing Forward’”

New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere

Using The “Curiosity Gap” To Enhance Student Motivation

Students & Teachers Can Transcribe Ads From Former Slaves Looking For Their Families

“Make 1:1 Programs ‘About the Learning, not the Device’”

Study Suggests That Simple Writing Exercise Gets Big Results

What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?

Harvard Business Review Lays-Out A Good Three-Step Process To Introduce A Lesson

Video(s): My #VirtuEL17 Session On SEL & ELLs (Plus Supporting Links) & Everyone Else’s Session, Too!

This Is A Must-Watch Video For Any Volunteer Or Peer Tutor Working With ELLs

Here’s What I Will Do Differently (& The Same) Next School Year – Share Your Own “Resolutions”

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

Google Supports Development Of New “Lynching In America” Interactive

“Advice on Making a Mid-Career Change to Teaching”

I Suspect That Many ELL Teachers Will Want To Use These Personal Stories As Models For Their Students

“Author Interview: ‘Learn Better’”

New TED Talk From Anne Lamott With Great Excerpt On Writing – Here’s How I’m Using It In Class

Intriguing Research On How To Increase Intrinsic Motivation

Now THIS Is An Example Of Writing For An Authentic Audience: Writing For History

Important Video: Martin Luther King, Jr. Address To Junior High School Students, “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”

Google Unveils New Online Safety Game & Curriculum

“Genius Hours can be ‘Transformative’”

“Today I Learned” Is Great Series Of Short Videos From National Geographic

Lots Of Lessons In These Two Articles About How To Teach – & How Not To Teach – About Controversial Issues

“Teaching Advice To Remember – Part Three”

No, No, No! Do Not Grade SEL Skills!

Here’s What I’m Doing As “Part Two” For My ELL Beginner Finals

“Words Without Borders” Looks Like An Excellent New Source Of International Texts & Teaching Ideas

NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

New National Academies Of Science Report Identifies Three Qualities Key To Student Success

 

May 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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May’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 anticipation of this blog’s tenth anniversary in 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:

Here’s What I’m Doing As A Final With Beginning ELLs

“The Best Teaching Advice is…”

How My ELL Students Used Padlet To Create A “Picture Data Set”

My Last BAM! Radio Show For This School Year Is On Flipped Learning

Two New & Very Useful Writing Frames For Teachers & Students

Two Important Reports On Education Released Today

Read, Listen, Watch New Orleans Mayor’s Speech On The Removal Of Confederate Monuments

“Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom” Is My New British Council Post

“Teaching can be Tough, but We’re Also ‘Lucky’”

No Surprise: Study Finds Immigrant Students Have Trouble Concentrating When Laws Are Passed Attacking Them

I Talk About My Biggest Teaching Mistake In This Radio Interview

I’ll Be Writing Another Book This Summer

“Tech Helps us ‘be a Little Less Common & go far Beyond the Core’”

New Book Excerpt: Supporting ELL Students With Interrupted Formal Education

Big Meta-Analysis Says Four Teaching Strategies Are Most Effective For Low-Income Students

NPR Announces New Science Podcast For Kids & Their Parents

“Ways to Promote Transfer of Learning”

“Learning ‘Transfer is our Collective Goal’”

Six New Videos Teaching Bloom’s Taxonomy In Creative Ways

New Research Suggests That “Community Trust” Enhances Self-Control & Long-Term Thinking

“Equity for Rural Schools is ‘Often Ignored’”

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

President Trump & The Civil War

How Are You Using Instagram For Teaching & Learning?

Guest Post: How One District Supports Personalized Learning

“Transfer Of Learning” & Elon Musk

NY Times Learning Network Announces Their Fabulous Annual Summer Reading Contest

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Teaching As A Second Career

This Is Intriguing – Now Anyone Can Create A Class In Google Classroom

 

April 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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April’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 anticipation of this blog’s tenth anniversary in 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:

Here’s A Plan For An Oral Skills Class Next Year – Please Help Make It Better!

Amazing Bruce Springsteen Video On The Importance Of Practice

Learning As An Act Of Rebellion

“Teaching ELLs to Write Academic Essays”

Guest Post: What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project

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

Check Out “The Global Jukebox” For Folk Music From Around The World

New Animated Video I’ve Done With Ed Week: “What Is ‘Transfer of Learning’ and How Does It Help Students?”

“‘It Won’t Be Easy’: An Interview Tom Rademacher”

“LibQuotes” Looks Like A Good Place To Find Quotations – With Their Original Sources!

There Was A 1088% Increase In Public School ESL Teachers Between 1987 & 2012

“End the Year With Moments ‘Students Will Remember’”

Important NY Times Column On Importance Of African-American Teachers

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

“Quiznetic” Lets Teachers Create – & Students Play – Online Racing Games For Learning

“Author Interview: ‘Teach Like Finland’”

“Knowledge” & Bloom’s Pyramid

Google’s Brand New “AutoDraw” Is Likely To Become A Favorite Place For Those Of Us Who Are Artistically-Challenged

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

“Legends Of Learning” Is New Game-Based Site That Lets Teachers Create Free (For Awhile) Virtual Classrooms

The Importance Of “Purpose”

“To Extend the School Year/Day or not: That is the Question”

Another Study Highlights Importance Of Teacher Diversity

Apple’s New Video-Editing App “Clips” Is Much More….

Strategies To Pre-Empt The Summer Slide

“Unpaywall” Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free

“Author Interview: ‘The Perfect Assessment System’”

Does Competition Have Any Useful Role In Schools?

“Community Schools ‘Transform the Lives of Children & Families’”

Online English Language-Learning Resources For Students Not Literate In Their Home Language

Ten-Minute Podcast: Vicki Davis Interviews Me About Classroom Management

New Report Connecting SEL To Standards Should Be On “Must-Read” List For Most Educators

Nice Article On Metacognition

“New Education Ideas Must not be ‘Just for the Sake of Change’”

“Loopy” Lets You Create Interactive Simulations That Look Cool But I Don’t Really Understand Them

iSLCollective Appears To Be A Jackpot For ELL Student Hand-Outs & Interactive Videos

“Author Interview: ‘Growing Critically Conscious Teachers’”

March 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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March’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 anticipation of this blog’s tenth anniversary in 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:

Everything You Wanted To Know About How We’re Using Virtual Reality With ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask

Now This Is A Student Goal-Setting Strategy That May Actually Work

“Do’s & Don’ts of Implementing New Ideas in Education”

Here Are Some Of The Knowledge Questions My TOK Students Are Using For Oral Presentations This Year

What ‘Scarcity’ Does To The Mind & Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

“Everyone Is A Teacher” Is A New Engagement Strategy I’m Using & It Seems To Be Working

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Handling Tough Teaching Moments

Quote Of The Day: Reflection Is Important

ELL Beginners Jobs & Careers Project With Hand-Out & Videos

“StoryShares” Lets You Create Virtual Classrooms Where Students Can Read & Write Books

Teaching Critical Thinking In History Reduces Belief In Pseudoscience

The Benefits Of Students Acknowledging Help They Receive From Classmates

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

“We Need to ‘Initiate Wonder in the Classroom’”

The Simple “New Paradigm Project” We Did In Theory Of Knowledge Class (& Which Could Be Done In Other Classes, Too)

Help Me Create A Series Of Lessons On “Reading As An Act Of Rebellion” (Or Let Me Know If You Have One Already)

How Will President Trump’s Budget – If Approved – Affect You, Your Students & Their Families?

Important Collection Of Lessons & Short Films On Race & Racism From NY Times Learning Network

How P.A. Announcements Affect Student Learning

Type Your Text Into “SlideBot” & It Automatically Chooses Layout & Images For Your Slideshow

“Looking Into Education’s Crystal Ball”

Here Are Good Discussion Questions For Our Book On ELLS & The Common Core

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Stanford Speech Is Filled With Useful Quotes For Students

Here’s A Great Motivating Question For Students To Consider…

“What Teaching in the Year 2047 Might Look Like”

Video: Best Live Interview – EVER – On TV Is Perfect For ELLs

Sacramento City Unified School District Launches Campaign To Assist Undocumented Students

“Spiral” Looks Like A Great Site Where Teachers Can Set-Up Free Virtual Classrooms

“Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall’”

Two Excellent Resources On Effective Ways To Influence Your Congressperson

“Your One Word” Seems Like A Pretty Useful Idea For A Lesson

Here’s My Absolutism/Relativism Project For TOK – Help Me Make It Better

The Promise & Peril Of Using Google Translate In The ELL Classroom – Share Your Ideas

The Atlantic’s New “Life Timeline” Could Be An Engaging Social Studies Tool

“Performance Assessment can be an ‘Equity Strategy’”

Nice Issue on Personalized Learning From ASCD Educational Leadership

February 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s Tops 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 anticipation of this blog’s tenth anniversary in 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:

New Study On Reading Takes Right Idea & Messes It Up

ASCD Educational Leadership Publishes My Article On Personalized Learning

Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

“Performance Assessments are ‘Absolutely Worth the Effort’”

I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies

A History Of The United States’ Fear Of Immigrants

Study Finds That It’s True: Good Teaching Conditions For Educators Equals Good Learning Conditions For Students

We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity

Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality

Useful Resources On “Fake News,” Including An NPR Story Highlighting My Lesson

Have Students Use “GlobalXplorer” To Become “Armchair Archaeologists”

New Study Reaffirms What Teachers Know: Relationships Matter

“Math can be a ‘Hard Sell’”

“Author Interview: ‘The ABCs of How We Learn’”

You’ll Want To Read This Interview With Education Researcher Kirabo Jackson

A Look Back: Every Teacher Who Has An ELL In Their Class Should Watch This “Immersion” Film

New “What If?” History Presentations

A Look Back: New Study Shows Intervention Has Big Impact On “Achievement Gap” – Also Shows Shortcomings Of Ed Research

Video: “Immigrants In Our Community Are A Gift”

Immigration Raids Across The Country – Is This Just The Beginning? (If It Is, Here Are Helpful Resources)

“Putting Teacher Action Research Into Action” Is My New British Council Post

A Look Back: How Much “Content” Knowledge Do You Really Need To Be An Effective Teacher?

A Look Back: Important New Study Looks At Assets, Not Deficits, Of Teen “Defiance”

No Surprise: Study Finds That If Teachers Show Bias, Then Students Don’t Trust Them Or School

Sad News: Swedish Statistician & “Edutainer” Died Today – Here Are His Best Videos

DeVos Is Confirmed As Ed Secretary: Here’s a Wrap-Up

A Look Back: Video – “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write”

A Look Back: Here Are Downloadable Scaffolded Instructions For Students To Create A “3/2/1” Poster

Video: Entire “Uncut” 84 Lumber “Journey” Super Bowl Commercial (That Will Be Shown In Many ELL Classes Tomorrow)

“What If?” History Projects

“Good Judgment” Is A Site Where Our Students Can Showcase Their Forecasting Skills

“Home Language Support ‘Helps Learners Navigate Both Worlds They Inhabit’”

A Look Back: “KQED Interviews Me About Saul Alinsky & His Connection To Teaching”

The Right – & Wrong – Way To Apologize

Here’s A Lesson – & A Template – That Intermediate ELL Students Taught Beginners

A Look Back: “Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class”

“‘The Writing Strategies Book’: An Interview With Jennifer Serravallo”

Three Excellent Resources For Learning About Effective Social Change

“Understanding the Benefits of a Student’s Home Language”

A Look Back: “The Elephant In The Room In The Talent vs. Practice Debate”

Everything Is Crazy, So What Do We Teachers Do In Class This Week?

New Study Connects Growth Mindset & “Bouncing Back” From Mistakes

A Look Back: No, Most Educators Are Not “Fueling Student Anxieties” – Trump Is Handling That On His Own

Good Advice On “De-Escalating Power Struggles In The Classroom”

 

January 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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January’s Tops 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 anticipation of this blog’s tenth anniversary in 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:

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs Is On Teaching About “Fake News”

“SuperTeacherTools” Is An Excellent Site For ELL Beginners To Create & Play Games

Another Excellent Issue of ASCD Educational Leadership – This One is On Writing Instruction

Trump’s Executive Order Today May Create Fear In Immigrant Communities (& Their Schools)

“Write About” Is Another Great Tool For ELLs

A Look Back: “Two New Useful Resources On Teaching Writing – And An Old One”

“Bloom’s Taxonomy According to The Big Bang Theory”

Video: “Adobe Spark” Is Excellent Tool For ELLs

A Look Back: “Here’s A Narrated Version Of My Slide Deck On SEL & The Common Core”

“Students ‘Take Ownership of Their Learning’ Through Goal-Setting”

“ESL Video” Improvements Turn Good Site Into Great One

A Look Back: “New Study Says Teacher-Student Relationship In Fifth Grade Sets Stage For Future Behavior”

What Does “Direct Instruction” Really Mean?

Play-Doh & IB Theory Of Knowledge: Student Hand-Out & Videos

A Look Back: “What My Students Say About Teachers Mispronouncing Their Names”

“Little Bird Tales” Is An Excellent Web 2.0 Tool For Beginning English Language Learners

Our School Is Not “Flush With Cash” & Our Students Are Not “Deprived Of All Knowledge”

A Look Back: Best Resources On Culturally Responsive Teaching

Using Learning Taxonomies In The Classroom Is Topic Of My New BAM! Radio Show

“Author Interview: ‘Visible Learning for Mathematics’”

Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Indicates It’s Going To Be A Very Long Four Years For Schools

Free Resources From All My Books

A Look Back: “Study Reviews 25 Years Of Research Into What Helps Students Graduate – Here’s What They Found”

I Can’t Imagine Why Anybody Teaching Shakespeare Would NOT Use “Shakespeare’s World”

A Look Back: “I Did A Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials”

A Look Back: “I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan”

A Look Back: “Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included”

“Local Lingual” Lets You Click On Map To Hear Languages Spoken There

Here Is A List (With Links) Of All My Regular Weekly Features

“Challenging Moments in Teaching”

Here Are Two Activities I’ll Be Doing With My ELL Students The Day We Come Back From Break

A Look Back: “How to Cultivate Student Agency in English Language Learners”

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Performance Assessment

All Teachers Could Benefit From Watching New PBS NewsHour Segment On Motivation

New & Important Report On Deliberate Practice & Teacher Prep

Exemplar Slideshows For Our “Ways Of Knowing” Project

“Learning From Difficult Teaching Moments”

How My Fall Semester University Students Evaluated Me

“‘Visible Learning for Literacy’: An Interview With Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey”

Here’s What I’m Doing In 2017 & What You Can Look Forward To Reading About Here

A Look Back: “The Fifteen Tech Tools & Non-Tech Resources I Use Most Often With My Students”

Three Good “Bloom’s Taxonomy According To…” Videos Using Movie Scenes

A Look Back: “Deliberate Practice & Red Herrings”

 

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