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April 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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April’s Top Posts From This Blog

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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.

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):

All Student Hand-Outs From My New Student Motivation Book Now Online For Free

Video: Helping Students Motivate Themselves

You Can Read The Entire Ed Week Chat We Did On Classroom Management

All The Latest Excerpts From My New Book On Student Motivation

Quote Of The Day: “Real-world learning is messy”

The Question-Asking Exercises I Did With My Students Last Week (Hand-Outs Included)

Excellent & Practical List Of Question-Asking Strategies

“Ways To Teach Common Core Math To ELLs”

This Is The Easiest Way I’ve Found To Upload Multiple TOK (Or Any Student) Presentation Videos

Khan Develops Decent Lesson On Growth Mindset But, Come On, Can’t They Create An Engaging Video?

“Reading Teacher” Is A Good Site For Very Beginners

Very Interesting Online “Game” For Teachers, Principals & Parents

“Ways To Build ‘Authentic Engagement’ & Not ‘Strategic Compliance’”

Brainwaves Video Anthology Is A Great Collection Of Short Videos Of & For Educators

Two “Must Use” Resources From The UK On Education Research

Deliberate Practice Redux

“Strategies For Encouraging Student Engagement”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “My Storybook”

Managing Student Cellphone Use In Class

Here’s How We’re Using “WhatsApp” For Language-Learning

Options, Options, Options….

The Difference Between “Evidence-Based” & “Evidence-Informed” Education

Infographic On The Importance Of Knowing A Second Language

Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds Students Tutoring Classmates Helps Everybody

Important Video & Article On Double-Standard Of Making “government beneficiaries prove themselves worthy”

Quote Of The Day: “Asking Advice Makes a Good Impression” & Its Connection To The Classroom

“Ways To ‘Shrink The Change’ Of Tech & CCSS In Your Classroom”

“Photographer Writer Illustrator” Would Be Unique Way To Use Photos With ELLs

Good News, Bad News & Good News On Website Annotation Tools

My New British Council Post Is On ELL Error Correction

Here’s The Evaluation Form I Created For TOK Oral Presentations

Quote Of The Day: Fascinating & Disturbing NY Times Article About Charter School

Here’s The End-of-Year Goal-Setting Activity I’ve Done With English Language Learners – Including Worksheet & Video

Statistic Of The Day: Funding Gap Between Rich & Poor Schools Grows

My New Student Motivation Book Is Now In-Stock At Amazon – Reviews Appreciated!

Quote Of The Day: The Importance Of Displaying Student Work

Video: “April Fools Video Prank in Math Class”

A Good Reading Lesson Doesn’t ‘Put Standards Before Students’

I Like “ThinkCERCA” For ELL Reading Practice In Free Virtual Classrooms

People Might Be Interested In This Interview I Did About My New Student Motivation Book

“Ideas for E.L.L.s | Teaching and Learning About Work and Careers” Is My Latest NY Times Post – Here Are Extra Resources!

“Learning By Doing – Part Two”

Second Quote Of The Day: Competition vs. Collaboration

Create A 3D Gallery With Another Great Feature From “ClassTools”

Statistic Of The Day: “The Hidden Costs Of Teacher Turnover”

Check Out 6400 Languages With This Interactive Map

Wonderful Video (& How To Use It In Class): “Confessions Of An Idiom”

 

 

 

 

 

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March 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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March’s Top Posts From This Blog

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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.

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):

Another Excerpt From My Book: “Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves”

Practical Strategies For Student Engagement Is Topic Of My New BAM! Radio Show

Another Excerpt From My New Book: “Why Viewing Classroom Management as a Mystery Can Be Helpful”

“Teaching Literature Through ‘Choice’ & ‘Practice’”

Washington Post Publishes My Book Excerpt On Transfer Of Learning

“Literature Can Be A ‘Gateway For Understanding Everything’”

Very Useful Excerpt From New National Writing Project Book: “Family Dialogue Journals”

“Animal Translations” Are Great For ELLs

“Creating the Conditions for Student Motivation” Is My New Book Excerpt At Edutopia

Excerpt From My New Book: “What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing”

Excellent Article By Dan Willingham On Reading

Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App!

‘Every Teacher Is A Language Teacher’

Excerpt From My New Book: “Help Your Students Get Into the Learning Flow”

Lesson On Importance Of Asking Good Questions

Quote Of The Day: “Teaching Doubt” (& How I’m Going To Use It In Class)

“Teaching Strategies For ELLs In Content Classes – Part One”

Nearly 2,000 Categorized Resources For IB Theory Of Knowledge Classes

Here’s A New Strategy I’m Trying To Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation

Good Videos On A Growth Mindset, The Importance Of Learning From Mistakes & A Lot More

Fun Video: Using Books As A “Weapon Of Mass Instruction”

“Writing Challenge For Kids” Could Be A Nice Change-Of-Pace For Students

“Ten Principles For Vocabulary Instruction”

Google Announces Big Online Conference For Educators

Quote Of The Day: Active Learning Equals More Student Motivation

Study Finds Another Reason To Look At ELLs Through Lens Of “Assets”: They Are Likely To Be More Creative

The Value Of Students Creating Their Own Evidence

Yet Another Study Finds Constructivism Tends To Work Better Than Direct Instruction

Is “Draftback” A Cool Toy You’ll Use Once Or Potentially An Effective Tool For Teaching Writing?

“Five strategies for ELL vocabulary instruction” Is My Latest British Council Post

Statistic Of The Day: Teachers Need To Feel Like They Are Learning, Too

Great Summary Of Research On Developing Creativity

I Think This Is An Excellent Visual About Student Choice

My Newest NY Times Post For ELLs Is On “Teaching and Learning About Animals”

 

 

 

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February 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s Top Posts From This Blog

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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.

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):

My Next Book On Student Motivation Will Be Published In A Month: Here’s An Update & Table Of Contents

Eighth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

“How to Turn Students into Self-Motivated Learners”

Quote Of The Day: “Knowledge Isn’t Power”

Important New Study: No Child Left Behind Hurts Long-Term Student Success

“Socratic Smackdown” Looks Fun & Interesting – If You’ve Tried Using It, What Do You Think?

I’ve Now Done Forty BAM! Radio Shows & Here’s How To Listen To Them

This Resource Might Be A Huge Help For Applying Common Core To Teaching ELLs

Three-Two-One Is A Simple & Effective Summarizing Strategy

Student Examples From Theory Of Knowledge Project

This Is How Videotaping Teachers Can Be Helpful…

Guest Post: Get Started with iBooks Author

Statistic Of The Day: “Teens increasingly sleep deprived”

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL — 100th Edition!

Here Are Text Messages We’re Sending Home To ELL Students & Parents – Share Your Ideas

See My Article & Video On Teacher Leadership – No Longer Behind A Paywall

‘Write The Book You Wish You Had On Your Bookshelf’

Excellent Review Of Writing Instruction Research

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Post It”

Quote Of The Day: “There Was A Misunderstanding” About CCSS & Non-Fiction Texts

Quote Of The Day: Gates Official Says They Game Their Research (No Surprise, But Still Not Good)

Quote Of The Day: Jeb Bush Demonstrates Empathy For Third-Graders With Learning Challenges – NOT!

Teaching Tolerance Offers Teachers Free Documentary On Selma-To-Montgomery March

‘Teachers Make Great Authors’

Great Article On “Being The Best At Anything” & How I’m Using It In Class

Second Quote Of The Day: Learning A Second Language “Increases The Size Of Your Brain”

Quote Of The Day: Research Supports Independent Reading

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Connect Fours”

“Educators Wanting To Write A Book ‘Must Go For It!’”

Quote Of The Day: “Self-Reflection & Effectiveness”

No Surprise In This Study: Language Learners Retain Vocabulary Better When Connected To Gestures & Images

Jimmy Fallon Models Yet Another Game Useful For English Language Learners

Nate Silver Explains The Problem With VAM & “Teacher Accountability” Without Talking About It…

Excellent Articles In This Month’s Issue Of ASCD Educational Leadership

Quote Of The Day: What Is A “Low-Performing” School?

This Is The Best Web 2.0 Site For ELLs & May Be The Best One For All Students

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Dustbin”

“Differentiation Lets Us Reach Our Students ‘Where They Are’”

Ways To Prioritize Social Emotional Learning Without Grading It

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using With “Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb”

 

 

 

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January 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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January’s Top Posts From This Blog

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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.

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):

In Case You Missed It: Washington Post Republishes My Recent Complaint About Bill Gates

Quote Of The Day: “Differentiation Does, in Fact, Work”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Clyp.it”

No, No, No! Grading Students On Grit & Gratitude Comes To Our Area

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Szoter”

“Four strategies for grammar instruction” Is My Latest British Council Post

“What If?” Projects From My Theory Of Knowledge Class

New Additions To Bloom’s Taxonomy Resources

“Goal Of Classroom Management Is To Have Power ‘With,’ Not ‘Over,’ Kids”

New App “Seesaw” Is A “Learning Journal” For Students

“Teaching About Weather and Seasons” is my latest NY Times Post For ELLs

New “Public Domain Project” Offers Thousands Of Free Clips & Images

My Interview With NPR: “For the First Time, Majority of Public School Students Live in Poverty”

New “Warm-Ups” I’m Doing With My English Language Learners

Statistic Of The Day: New Study Finds That Money Matters For Schools

Guest Post On TPR Storytelling – What It Is & How To Do It

Quote Of The Day: I Think This Is The Best Article Carol Dweck Has Written

Statistic Of The Day: Students Need More Skills in Critical Thinking, Communication & Problem-Solving

Guest Post: One Teacher’s Perspective On Common Core Math

“Positive Classroom Management Strategies – Part One”

This Has Got To Be One Of The Most Useful Sites On The Web For ELL Teachers

Resources From All My Blogs

Quote Of The Day: More Time For Teacher Collaboration Better Than Longer School Day For Students

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Padlet”

“Google Translate” Starts A Big Time Update Today

Study Finds That Bilingualism Supports A Growth Mindset

Here Is The New Student Self-Assessment I’m Using At The End Of Our Semester

No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands

Rick Wormeli On Differentiation

Free Resources From All My Books

“Teachers Of Color Can ‘Broaden Student Perspectives’”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Phrase.It”

My BAM! Radio Shows

Video: PBS News Hour Shows A Second Excellent Segment On Self-Control

“‘Education Suffers’ Without More Teachers Of Color”

Duolingo For Schools Opened Today – Here’s How It Works

Some Thoughts & Resources On Today’s Federal Announcement About English Language Learners

“The Teachers Of Color ‘Disappearance Crisis’”

My New British Council Post: “Instructional strategies for multi-level classes of English language learners”

Must-Read Review Of Alternatives To Standardized Tests

Quote Of The Day: “Techniques Don’t Work In Isolation”

Study Suggests It’s Time To Put Up Pictures Of Mountains On My Classroom Wall

“Supporting ELLs in The Common Core Era”

Guest Post: “Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Student Voice”

What A Great Idea — “Surprise Journals” — & It Has Student Examples, Too!

“ELLs & The Common Core – Part One”

 

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January 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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December’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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.

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):

“Nine education predictions for 2015″

“The Most Popular Classroom Q & A Posts In 2014″

ESL/EFL Teachers Can Get Great Free Online Prof. Dev. With “The Electronic Village Online”

The Wash. Post Publishes My Annual “Best and worst education news” Of The Year

BAM! Radio Redesigns Site – Listen To All Thirty-Three Of My Shows!

‘Care Is The Catalyst For Learning’

Second Great Video Of Football Star’s Love Of Reading

Quote Of The Day: “constructivist methods are intensely valuable”

“‘There’s Nothing More Innovative Than Care’”

Study: Conscientiousness + Curiosity = Academic Success

Best Christmas Video Of The Year — From Improv Everywhere

New Sesame Street Video On Self-Control: “Imagine It’s Something Else”

Video: My English Language Learners Did A “One-Sentence Project”

Video: New TEDx Talk By Carol Dweck

A Step Towards Star Trek’s “Universal Translator”

“Supporting Student Engagement By ‘Building Community’”

“Student Engagement Is ‘The Act Of Being Invested In Learning’”

Obama Administration Insists On Evidence Before Supporting A Program – Unless It’s Their Own Ed Policy

Getting The Least Motivated Students More Motivated By Working With The Most Motivated

“Should students discover their own math lessons?”

“Student Engagement ‘Involves Joyous Effort’”

The Difference Between Failures and Mistakes

Wash Post: “single most important factor in helping children learn is the quality of their teachers” – WRONG!

“Ways Of Knowing” Final Projects By My IB Theory of Knowledge Students

“The Best Ways To Engage Students In Learning”

“Hstry” Looks Like A Nice Tool For Making Timelines Online

Extrinsic Motivation In My Classroom

“The ‘Secret Sauce’ Of Formative Assessment”

Quote Of The Day: The Benefits Of Collaboration

“Grit” Runs Amok In The New York Times

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November 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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November’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

“Formative Assessments are ‘Powerful’”

The Power Of Having A “Purpose For Learning” In The Classroom

“Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year

I’ve Now Done Thirty BAM! Radio Shows On Education Issues

Here’s The Simple & Powerful Gratitude Lesson I’m Doing On Friday Before Thanksgiving Break

Food & “Flow” Is The Topic Of My Latest NY Times Post for English Language Learners

Here’s The Form I Have Students Complete When They’re Listening To Their Classmate’s Presentations

Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language

“Close Reading Can Be ‘Fun or Awful’”

Quote Of The Day: “When Will I Ever Use This?” (& How I’ll Use It In Class)

Interview With People Behind The Most Popular English Language Learning & Teaching Sites In The World

Did The Obama Administration Signal A Major Shift In Teacher Evaluation Policies Today?

Excellent Infographic On Growth Mindset

Here’s A New Reading Activity I Tried Out Today That Went Pretty Well…

Video: Here Is How I Used The Shadow Puppet App Today To Teach Verb Tenses

“Start.me” Looks Like An Excellent Place For Students To Save Links

Wow! Shadow Puppet Is A Great iPhone & iPad App For English Language Learners

The Onion Explains Perfectly The Difference Between “Mobilizing” & “Organizing” For Change

My Latest British Council Post: “What Does Enhanced Discovery Learning Look Like In The ELL Classroom?”

Advance Praise For My Upcoming Book On Student Motivation

Video: Bloom’s Taxonomy According To Harry Potter

“Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’”

Trove Makes It Easier To Create Online Personalized “Newspapers”

Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

“Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”

Video: Excellent Short Summary Of Carol Dweck’s Research

Quote Of The Day: On Metacognition

“Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling”

“Ways To Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’”

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October 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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October’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

Publisher Offering 20% Discount On My Three Student Motivation Books

All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions

Do You Teach Math Or Science To English Language Learners?

Here Are Forms My Students Are Using To Evaluate Themselves & Me

“Character Education: A Cautionary Note”

Video Of The Month (If Not The Year): “That Came Natural — I Had To Work To Read”

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web

Why A Teacher’s Willingness to Say “I’m Sorry” Matters….


Singing, Recording & Authentic Audiences For English Language Learners

Here’s A Headline I Like: “School standardized testing is under growing attack”

What A Shock! Study Finds That Student Reflection Helps Learning

I Was Just Named “Educator Commentator and Blogger of the Year” At Bammy Awards


Teachers Can Receive Free DVD Of “12 Years A Slave” & Study Guide

A Simple Lesson On Climate Change For English Language Learners

“Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system”

Jimmy Fallon Models Yet Another Good Game For English Language Learners

Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today

Teaching Plato’s Allegory of The Cave

“Student Teachers Should ‘Be Colleagues’”

Students Will Love The BBC’s “Your Life On Earth” Interactive!

Warm-Ups, Bell-Ringers, Exit Tickets and…Vitamins?

“Seven Strategies For Working With Student Teachers”

What A Surprise – NOT! British Study Finds That Cash Rewards Don’t Motivate Students

Video: “The Big Bang Theory – Bad Teacher, Bad Student”

Great Explanation Of The Difference Between Inductive & Deductive Teaching & Learning

Listen To 13 Minute Interview With Me On Teaching ELLs & Engaging ELL Families

Civics, Citizenship & Academic Writing Is Topic Of My NY Times Post For ELLs

“Engaging With Class & Race In The Classroom”

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September 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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September’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

Shocking! Study Finds That School Counselors Help Students

“How Diversity Makes Us Smarter”

You Can Now Pre-Order My Upcoming Book On Student Engagement

“Book Recommendations For Teachers — Part One”

“‘The Marshmallow Test’: An Interview With Walter Mischel”

Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The Brain

VERY Interesting Info On The Results Of KIPP’s “Character Education” Program

Self-Control, Grit & All That Stuff

Two New Sesame Street Videos On Social Emotional Learning

“Teachers Should Dress As Students’ Advocate, Not ‘Peer’”

From The Onion: “Tips For Fixing The Nation’s Education System”

Wondering How To Handle A Controversial Topic In Class? What We Did This Week Worked Out Very Well

“My Storybook” Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online

The Ten “All-Time” Most Popular Posts From My Ed Week Column

My Latest British Council Post Shares A Fun Introductory Activity I Do Every Year

Teachers, T-Shirts & The Messages That They Send

170,000 Library Of Congress Images Put Online At Unique Interactive Site

More Great Teaching Ideas For #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Big Surprise — NOT!: Study Says Students Are More Successful With “Active Learning” Than With Lectures

“‘The Teacher Wars’: An Interview With Dana Goldstein”

Gov. Jerry Brown Appeals Awful Vergara Court Ruling

“Education Is Not ‘Moneyball’: Why Teachers Can’t Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet”

Zaption Adds “Ready-To-Use” Video Gallery

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