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July 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July’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):

Jimmy Fallon Comes Up With Another Good Game For English Language Learners

“Race To The Top Has Been A ‘Fiasco’”

Are Researchers Who Helped Popularize VAM Having Second Thoughts?

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s “Effective” If Students Won’t Do It

NY Times Creates Their Own Version Of Google’s Ngram Viewer

Now Yelp Creates THEIR Own Version Of Google’s Ngram Viewer

“Teaching Without Connecting is ‘Futile’: An Interview With Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker”

“12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free”

Is Summer Learning The Silver Bullet For Narrowing The Achievement Gap?

‘A More Beautiful Question’: An Interview With Warren Berger

The New Yorker’s “Wrong Answer” Feature Is The Must-Read Education Article Of The Summer

If You Were Going To Read Just One Thing About Bloom’s Taxonomy, Then “What’s Old Is New Again” Would Be It

“Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer”

“The Leftovers” Shared A Key To Motivation & Perseverance In The First 30 Seconds Of Last Night’s Episode

“Made From History” Is An Excellent BBC Site

Excellent (& I Mean EXCELLENT) Differentiation Infographic

All My Ed Week Posts On Student Motivation In One Place!

“Smarty Pins” Is A New Geography Game From Google

ThingLink Now Lets You Annotate Videos, Too

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June 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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June’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):

What Can School Districts (& School Reformers) Learn From Pixar?

Teaching Complex Texts Requires ‘Getting To Know Your Students’

“Interactive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans”

John Lewis: “You Must Find A Way To Get In Trouble”

How My Students Evaluated Me This Year

“Response: The Role Of Arts Education In Schools”

What Are You Going To Do Differently Next Year?

More TOK & ELL Student Instagram Videos

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On “How Is Globalization Changing How and What You Teach?”

California Court Rules It’s All The Teachers’ Fault

I Explain The Picture Word Inductive Model In My Latest British Council Post

‘Creating a Culture Where Students Want to Succeed’

My Latest NY Times Post For English Language Learners Is On Pets

New Student Motivation, Engagement & SEL Resources

“Ways To Develop a Culture of Success in Schools”

My New BAM! Show: “How Can Teachers Meet the Common Core Requirement for Complex Reading?”


“slidebean” Looks Like A Good Way For Creating Online Slideshows

Here Are Some Instagram Videos My Theory Of Knowledge Students Created

“Teaching History By Not Giving ‘The Answers’”

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs Is On Sentence & Paragraph Scrambles — Plus More!

What A Disappointment — Khan History Videos Continue To Be Awful

Videos: Using Art As A Language-Learning Activity

“A Teacher-Counselor Partnership Is ‘Essential’ For Student Success”

Here Are The Eleven Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”

How I Incorporate Reflection Into Semester Summative Assessments

“Teaching History By Encouraging Curiosity”

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May 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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May’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):

Dr. Walter Mischel, Creator Of Famous Marshmallow Test, Is Writing A Book

Geography Instagram Videos By English Language Learners

“Ways To Develop A Teacher – School Counselor Partnership”

This Is One Of The Best Pieces I’ve Read On Teacher Evaluation: “The Problem with Outcome-Oriented Evaluations”

Resources On Ending The Year Strong

How We Can Develop a Culture of Success in Schools Is Topic Of My New BAM! Radio Program

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL — Gold Mine Included!

Learn About Synonyms & The World Cup In My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

‘Help Students Be Organized By Being Organized Yourself’

“Quill” Could Be A Very Useful Tool For Reinforcing Grammar Concepts

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On Making History Curriculum More Engaging

Important New Report Questions VAM

#IRA14 — Useful Tweets From The International Reading Association Convention

“School Leaders Must Focus On ‘Authentic Learning,’ Not ‘Test Prep’”

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs is on Mexico, Travel & “Articles”

Using Instagram, Bloom’s Taxonomy & Student Interest As A Fun Part Of A Semester Final

Great GIF: “European Colonial Empires from 1492-2008″

Another Reason Why We Need More Organizing, Not More Dialogue, In Education Policy Fights

Administrators Must Make ‘Alliances With Students, Teachers & Parents’

How Much Do We Teachers Spend On Our Classrooms?

I Learn Another Great Game For English Language Learners From Jimmy Fallon

Wow! 800 Pound Gorilla Google Unveils “Google Classroom” That May Make Many Present Tools Irrelevant

“Six ways teachers can stay energized” Is My New Post At Teaching English

Learn About Mother’s Day & Conjunctions In My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

“TUZZit” Looks Like An Intriguing Site For Online Graphic Organizers & More

New RSA Animated Video Of Daniel Pink Talk

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using As Part Of My Final For Ninth-Grade English

This Month’s ASCD “Ed Leadership” Is Out — Here Are 3 Articles I Recommend

‘The Grading System We Need to Have’

New Writing Prompt For My U.S. History Class

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using For My Geography Class

San Francisco Symphony Unveils Must-See Redesigned Website

Discovery Channel Cancels “Bad Teacher” Immediately In Response To Complaints

Class Activity: Setting A Goal For The Last Six Weeks Of School

Using Dance To Teach English Is Topic Of My Latest NY Times Post

An Interesting Exchange With Sugata Mitra

Sacramento Makes Correct Decision In Withdrawing From CORE NCLB Waiver

Cool NY Times Interactive Lets You Create “Blackout” Poetry With Their Articles

Yes, It’s Authentic: School Cancels Kindergarten Play Because It Doesn’t Prepare Kids “For College & Career”

“Many Ways To Help Our Students Grieve” Is My New Ed Week Post — & Here’s A Bonus

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April 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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April’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):

Getty Museum Adds 77,000 Images To Public Domain

My New Radio Program: “How Can Administrators Help Support an Engaging Curriculum in the Classroom?”

Another Big Surprise: Reflection Helps Learning

Another Shocker – NOT! Students Respond Better To Support Than Threats

“Sentence Navigator” Is Jason Renshaw’s Gift To ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Everywhere!

Differentiating Lessons By “Content, Process or Product”

British Pathé Makes 85,000 Historical Clips Available On YouTube

Ideas For Finishing The School Year Strong & Beginning The Summer Even Stronger

“Dissecting Grades: What Do They Mean, What Are They Worth?” Is My New BAM! Radio Program

Study: Gratitude Increases Self-Control

Who’s To Blame For The SAT’s Existence? Thanks A Lot, Tom Edison…

Amazing Video: “Watch as 1000 years of European borders change (timelapse map)”

Surprise, Surprise — Study Finds Shouting At Children “creates further discipline problems”

“Spacehopper” Is One Of The Best Geography Games I’ve Seen

ELL Teachers & Students Will Love MusiXmatch – It Provides Karaoke-Style Lyrics To Most YouTube Music Videos

‘Simply Putting Tech In Front Of Students Won’t Engage Them’

Grit, Failure & Stuff Like That

“One-To-One Technology ‘Is Really About Building Effective Relationships’”

How Adam Grant Just Made Teaching More Complicated

LBJ As A Teacher In Texas

“What Is This Animal Thinking or Saying (If It Could Talk)?” Is A Fun Language Development Exercise

Big News! Sacramento Withdraws From NCLB Waiver Granted CORE Districts

“Booktrack” Lets You Read Books With Soundtracks & Make Your Own

My New BAM! Podcast Is Tragically Timely: “How Can We Help Students Handle Loss and Grief?”

“Poverty-related Challenges Sap Instructional Time in High Schools”

Another Nail In VAM’s Coffin?

My New British Council Post: “Creating The Conditions For Self-Motivated Students”

My Latest NY Times Post Is On Lying As A Language-Learning Activity

“Scarlet Letter” Comes To The UK: Get Good Test Results & You Can Wear Your Own Clothes, While Bad Results Means You Wear School Uniform

Ways To Cultivate ‘Whole-Class Engagement’

Wow! The NY Times’ “Time Machine” Is One Wild “This Day In History” Site

One Of The Worst Tweets I Read This Week Came From The Gates Foundation

Here Is The Simple Outline I’m Having My TOK Students Use For Their Oral Presentation

Free Resources From All My Books

I Am Tired Of “School Reformers” Using The Civil Rights Movement Legacy To Support Their Agenda

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs Is About Nouns, Soccer In China & More!

 

 

 

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March 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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March’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):

‘Best Practices’ Are Practices That Work Best For Your Students

“Knowledge Motivates Preschoolers More Than Stickers, Study Says”

My New BAM! Podcast: What Are The Benefits & Challenges Of A One-To-One Program?

Origami & The Language Experience Approach

“Unknown Unknowns” & The Potential Of An Exceptional Theory Of Knowledge Lesson

“Scrawlar” Will Certainly Be One Of The Top Web 2.0 Tools Of The Year…

“Great Teachers Focus On Connections & Relationships”

Students Learn About Antonyms & Write About Their Perfect School In My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

English Language Learners Design Their Own “Ideal” Neighborhoods

Different Teachers, Different Classrooms, “but the thinking & learning going on inside students’ heads is the same”

This Is The Best Piece I’ve Seen On The Role Of Social Media In Making Social Change

I’m Interviewed In Podcast “Parent Involvement Versus Parent Engagement: Is There Really a Difference?”

My New Podcast: “How Can We Get All Students in Our Classes Thinking & Learning All the Time?

I’m Not Sure How Effective It Will Be, But Sugata Mitra’s New Online Tool Definitely Looks Interesting

Here’s One More Small Thing I’m Doing To Help Students See The Importance Of Social Emotional Learning

Learn English By Reading About Eating Bugs At My Latest NY Times Post

Excellent (& I Mean EXCELLENT!) Post On Asking Questions

Will It Ever Be Possible For A Teacher To Trust Bill Gates?

‘Respecting Assets That ELLs Bring To A School Community’

Bookmark “Teach UNICEF” For Excellent Lesson Materials

Our Latest Response From A Sister Class — This Time From South Africa!

Recent Student Projects From My Theory Of Knowledge Class

Using Art For Language-Learning Is Focus Of My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

We’re In The Middle Of My Favorite Unit Of The Year — Comparing Neighborhoods

This Has Me Concerned: “Study Links Teacher ‘Grit’ with Effectiveness, Retention”

Reducing Attrition In Urban Schools ‘By Listening To Our Teachers’

Wash. Post Republishes My Piece On SEL: “The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning”

Several Excellent New Posts & Articles On Assessment

My Slide Presentation For Education Writers Association: “Connecting Educators & Education Journalists”

Khan Academy To Do SAT Prep Not Just For Math, But For Reading & Writing, Too

“Four questions to ask before using an Ed Tech tool” Is My New British Council Post

Excellent Post: “This Brilliant Math Teacher Has a Formula to Save Kids’ Lives”

Getty Images Has Just Become The Number One Source For Images In Social Media — Choose From 40 MILLION!

“TED Talks” Unveils Redesigned Website With New Useful Tools

The Problem With Including Standardized Test Results As Part Of “Multiple Measures” For Teacher Evaluation

Practice Pronunciation With Tongue-Twisters AND Learn About Dinosaurs!

Infographic: “How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual”

Wash. Post Does It Again With “25 maps and charts that explain America today”

‘Reading Is Intensely Social’: An Interview With Jeffrey Wilhelm & Michael Smith

Video: Though It Seems Like A Parody, It’s A Real Professional Development Event

Check Out Our New Article: “English-Language Learners and Academic Language”

 

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February 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’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):

Another Study Demonstrates The Ineffectiveness Of Extrinsic Motivation, But Also Something More….

Using “Dvolver Moviemaker” With English Language Learners

Learn About Comparatives & Superlatives At My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

Quote Of The Day: Have You Ever Wondered How Many Decisions We Teachers Need To Make Each Day?

Excellent Wash. Post Piece: “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”

This Looks Interesting, Though I Have Some Concerns: Angela Duckworth Creates “Grit” Organization

How My ELL Students Evaluated Me At The End Of First Semester

“Reading Is a ‘Means to Bigger and Better Things’”

My New BAM! Podcast: “How Can We Reduce Teacher Attrition at High-Poverty Schools?”

“Sea Of Liberty” Looks Like An Excellent U.S. History Site

Let Them Eat Character

“Ways To Develop Life-Long Readers”

Great Chart: “the differences between teaching writing and teaching writers”

Tweets From My “Integrating Social Emotional & Brain-Based Learning Into Instructional Strategies” Workshop

If You Weren’t Able To Attend Our Workshop On “Developing A Self-Motivated Student Culture,” These Tweets Have It Covered

An Olympics Performance Perfect For A Lesson On “Grit”

Some Very Interesting Info On Self-Control Research

“Thinglink” Announces Free Virtual Classrooms

“Why Do Teachers Leave High-Poverty Schools?” Is My Latest Nine-Minute Podcast

I Began This Blog Seven Years Ago: Here Are My All-Time Most Popular Posts

“The Maker Movement Can Give Students ‘A Story To Tell’”

The New “Connect With English” Site Has Got To Be One Of This Year’s Best New Sites For ELLs

Here’s My NY Times Post On Valentine’s Day, PLUS A “Video Bingo” That Didn’t Get Included!

Very, Very Impressive New Interactive Site On Climate Change

I Doubt Teachers Will Find A More Useful Resource On The Olympics Than This: “How Olympians Stay Motivated”

“How Do We Help Our Students Become Better Readers?” Is My New Podcast — With Donalyn Miller!

“Assessing English language learners” Is My New Post At TeachingEnglish

School Sets Dance For Straight-A Students – Some Others Can Come Later & Hundreds Not At All

A Collection Of #EvaluateThat Tweets

‘Character Is Not Compliance Out Of Fear’

Quote Of The Day: “We Must Always Take Sides”

Creating Instagram Video “Book Trailers” With English Language Learners

How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs: Learn The Progressive Tense & Create A Future Family Tree

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January 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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January’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):

I’ll Be Presenting At San Francisco “Learning & The Brain” Conference — Here Are Supporting Resources

‘Character Should Be An Integrated Element Of Education’

Here’s My Teacher Model For Instagram Video “Book Trailers” Students Will Be Making

It’s That Time Of Year Again: Here’s How My Ninth-Graders Evaluated The Class & Me

The Power Of A Phone Call Home

Testing On The Brain

From The Archives: “Five ways to get kids to want to read and write”

BBC Launches Exhaustive Interactive World War I Resource

“The Education Department’s strange new report on teaching”

Funny Video: Do We Teach Like Dogs Or Like Cats?

Home Culture Presentations With English Language Learners

New US Dept. of Ed Finds That “Less Effective Teaching” Responsible For 2-4 Percent Of Achievement Gap

“Keys To Parent Engagement – Relationships, Climate, Communication”

You Can Read About An Excellent ELL Speaking Activity At My New British Council Blog

Two Must-Visit Resources: 40 More Maps AND 40 Charts “That Explain The World”

From The Archives: “Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips”

More “What If?” History Projects — Plus, What Students Thought Of Them….

NEA Announces Online Lesson Project

“Parents Can Teach Educators ‘Lessons About Learning and Life’”

TED Talks Unveils TED-Ed Clubs For Students

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On The Air & First Episode Is On “Flipping” Classrooms

My Latest NY Times Post: Learning Prepositions & Using Badly Translated Signs For Language Learning

Resources From All My Blogs

This Translator Map Is A Cool Way To Teach European Geography & More

From The Archives: “Cultivating Student Leadership”

“Parent Engagement Requires ‘Trust, Not Blame’”

Gates Foundation Makes Its Move In California — And It Looks Like Somebody Is Giving Them Good Advice

From The Archives: “Five Questions That Will Improve Your Teaching”

“Listening To Parents With Our Heads And Hearts”

Must-Read Article About A Must-Read Study: “Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?”

earning About Tamales, Holiday Food Traditions & Three Kings Day

Interesting Infographic: “The Most Important Developments In Human History”

From The Archives: “Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do”

Here’s What I’m Having My ELL Geography Students Do As Their Semester “Final”

From The Archives: The Best Post I’ve Ever Written…

“Gibbon” Is An Easy Tool For Creating Internet Scavenger Hunts

“Simon’s Cat” Videos Are Perfect For English Language Learners

Yay! PBS Unveils Third In Series Of Best Online U.S. History Games Out There

‘Flipped Learning Makes Teachers More Valuable’

My “Nine educated education predictions for 2014!” Published At Wash. Post — Here Are Some Additions

“What school reformers can learn from Pope Francis”

From The Archives: “The best kind of teacher evaluation”

 

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December 27, 2013
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).

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):

Classroom Management Advice From Pope Francis

“The 10 Most Popular ‘Classroom Q & A Posts’ of 2013″

What “School Reformers” — And All Of Us — Can Learn From Pope Francis About Creating Change

Cartoon: “Try To See Things From The Other Person’s Perspective”

Must-Read Column By Joseph Stiglitz In NY Times: “In No One We Trust”

“Education Innovation Is Like A ‘Stradivarius Violin’”

‘Educators Are Suffering From Innovation Fatigue’

“Stoodle” Could Be The Best “Virtual Corkboard” Site Out There

Using “PixiClip” With English Language Learners

Using Current Events As A Language-Learning Activity

Free Resources From All My Books

“Teachers Must Help Determine New Ideas Being Implemented”

“Flowchart For When A Day Goes Bad In Classroom Management”

“Male Teachers ‘Walking A Tight Rope’”

Excellent Pie Chart On What Influences Student Test Scores

Telling Jokes As A Language-Learning Activity

Wondering ‘How Gender Influences a Teacher’s Struggles & Successes’

This Is Exactly What I Mean By Connecting Social Emotional Learning & Literacy Instruction….

Slate’s Podcast Asked Me, ” Does Class Size Matter?”; Guess What My Answer Was…

Students Creating Quizzes On Videos For Their Classmates

“Best and worst education news of 2013″

 

 

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