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September 26, 2013
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):

“Constitute” Is A New “Must-Use” Site For Any Social Studies Teacher

An Extremely Important “Take” On “Wait Time” — One That I Hadn’t Thought About Before….

Using Magic To Teach Academic Language

Where I Post What In Social Media

“Advice For Aspiring Principals: ‘Shadow, Connect & Dream’”

Tennessee Using Portfolios To Evaluate Teachers In Non-Tested Subjects – Why Not In ALL Subjects?

“So, You Want To Be A Principal?”

Washington Post Republishes My Most Popular Blog Post Of The Year

My Newest Lesson At The NY Times Is On Teaching “Grit”

Another Study Shows The Benefits Of Reading For Pleasure

I’ll Take 90% Student Engagement Over 100% “Compliance” — Any Day

CTA Magazine Runs Interview With Me On Student Motivation

Video: “Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!”

New Kindle Version Of My Book, Self-Driven Learning, Now Available

Study: Young People Respond Better To The Positive Than They Do To Threats

My NY Times Post On Teaching 9/11

“Teachers Need To Behave Like Johnny Appleseeds”: An Interview With Daniel Coyle

Quote Of The Day: “A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers”

These May Be Some Of The Most Important Passages About Self-Control That I’ve Ever Read

A Little Respect Can Go A Long Way In The Classroom

New Study: “Using harsh verbal discipline with teens found to be harmful”

The “Broken Picture Telephone” Online Game Is Back!

Interview: “Self-Driven Learning and Student Motivation”

Extremely Positive Review Of Our ESL/ELL Book

“There Are No Shortcuts”: An Interview With Rafe Esquith”

Video: New Version Of “Blooms According to Andy Griffith (Edited Version)”

 

 

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August 30, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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August’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):

Social Emotional Learning Can Help, But More Research Shows It’s Not Enough

“Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners” Is Title Of My Next Book

All My Education Week Teachers Posts From Past Two Years In One Place

Bill Gates’ Employee Evaluation Process

This Is The Best Video I’ve Seen On Perseverance & Resilience: “There’s no dishonor in having a disability”

Discussion Questions & Resources For Combined #engchat & #sschat On Monday

USA Weekend Feature Article: “What teachers want you to know”

This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll Just Released — Here Are Highlights (& “Reformers” Are Not Going To Be Happy)Guest Post: Commentary On New IB Theory Of Knowledge Guide From Author Of Bestselling TOK Textbook

I’m Now Writing A Weekly Post For The NY Times On Teaching ELLs

Great Illustration On The Shelf-Life Of Knowledge

Wow, Google Street View “Treks” Site Is Impressive!

If You Don’t Have Teacher Access To YouTube At Your School, Then This Search Engine is a “Must”

Lingua.ly Is A Useful Tool For Second-Language Learners

“Rewordify” Is One Of The Most Unique Sites Out There For English Language Learners & Others

This May Be The Best Geography Site Of The Year: “40 maps that explain the world”

Attention IB Theory Of Knowledge Teachers: How Is The New TOK Guide Going To Affect How You Teach?

“Mighty Meeting” Lets You Easily Create Free Online Meetings For An Unlimited Number Of Participants

“BrainRush” Lets You Create Online Learning Activities & Monitor Student Progress

Updated “Best and Worst Education News of 2013 — So Far”

“A Good Beginning is More Than Half of the Whole”

“Why we can’t all get along over school reform”

Quote Of The Day: “A Question That Can Change Your Life”

Do We Want A “Community Of Learners” Or A “Classroom Of Students”?

“Ways To Start Off The New Year On A Positive Note – Part One”

Create Your Own “Escape The Room” Game With “Room Escape Maker”

Two Great Sites – SAS Curriculum Pathways & Awesome Stories – Upgrading Big Time This Month

Excellent Article On Teaching Making Home Visits — & It Features Our School!

Deliberate Practice, Myelin & The Brain

Video: Cookie Monster Sings — I Kid You Not — About Self Regulation

Ask A Classroom Question, Any Classroom Question….

A Site For Teaching ELLs About Adjectives & TOK Students About Perception

Chaplin & Keaton Silent Movies For English Language Learners

Now This Is The Classroom Management Mindset I Need To Have….

Yet Another Good Piece For Students On Learning & The Brain

 

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July 25, 2013
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):

If You Want To Influence People To Change, Then You Want To Read Atul Gawande’s New Article

Article On Learning & The Brain That’s Perfect For Tenth, Eleventh, & Twelfth Graders

It Looks Like Nate Silver Is Bringing His Stats Knowledge To Education

“Teachers As ‘Givers, Takers & Matchers’: An Interview With Adam Grant”

What In The World Is Rahm Emanuel Thinking?

Nine California Districts (Including Ours) Seek Waiver From NCLB — Duncan Should Turn It Down

Whew! Just Finished First Chapter Of Third Book On Student Motivation

“ColAR” Could Be The Coolest Tablet App Out There, & Here’s How I Would Use It In Class

If You’re Ever Teaching About Racial Profiling, You Definitely Want To Show This Video

The New Google Maps Is Now Open To Everybody!

Stop The Presses! Study Finds Student Prior Knowledge Is Important & Best Explored Through “Flipped Flipped Classroom” (not a typo)

Video: “Kids React to Controversial Cheerios Commercial”

New Kindle Versions Of My Student Motivation Books (& All Eye On Education Books) Available Soon

All My Ed Week Posts On Brain-Based Learning In One Place

Thoughtful Resources On Trayvon Martin Case & Verdict

Standardized Tests & Student Motivation

“Urban Observatory” Is The Coolest Map Site I’ve Seen In Awhile….

Wonderful Video: Brazilian Kids Learn English By Correcting Tweets From Celebrities

Infographic: How Much Of Their Own Funds Do Teachers Spend In The Classroom?

Important Advice For Anyone Who Wants To Be Effective At Making Change

Malcolm Gladwell’s New Story On The Importance Of Being A Good Listener

You Can Read & Download The Entire First Chapter From Our ELL Book For Free

Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil

All My Ed Week Posts On Teaching Math & Science In One Place!

Video: Charlotte Danielson — “We Better Hold Off On Making High-Stakes Decisions” Based On Student Test Scores

Excellent PowerPoint On Feedback Promoting A Growth Mindset

My Most Popular Parent Engagement Posts Over The Past Four Years

Quote Of The Day: You Won’t Hear Better Classroom Management Advice Than This….

Great Student Hand-Out On Learning & The Brain

More On The Research Showing Reading When Young Slows Alzheimer’s Later

Great Interview With My Teaching Partner, Katie Hull-Sypnieski

Create A 28 Year Timelapse Animation Of….Anywhere

That Was Quick — My New Publisher Has Made Even More Free Downloadable Figures From My Newest Book Available

A Surprising Study Only To People Who Have Never Worked In The Community: Low-Income People Care About Their Neighborhoods

“News In Levels” Looks Like An Excellent Site For ELLs

All My Ed Week Posts On Teaching Reading & Writing In One Place!

What Are They Thinking? Cleveland Paper Publishes Teachers’ VAM Ratings

 

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June 25, 2013
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):

Finally Began Working On My Next Book About Student Motivation….

Intriguing Study Seems To Question Importance Of Word Quantity Spoken To Young Children

How The NBA Finals Taught A Lesson About Not Being “Data-Driven”

All My Ed Week Posts On The Common Core In One Place!

Intriguing New Study On Student Engagement

How My Ninth-Grade English Class Evaluated Me This Year

Interesting New Study By Carol Dweck

How Many Studies Must A Man Do Before He Gives Up On Trying To Prove Extrinsic Motivation Works?

A Response To Questions About Sugata Mitra

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

LeBron James On Taking Personality Responsiblity

Interactive Infographic: “13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics”

Great Video On Motivation & Creativity

Here’s What I Do To Help My Students Combat The “Summer Slide”

The Power Of Stories

The Importance Of Explaining “Why”

“eduClipper” Has Potential To Be An “All In One” Tool For Teachers & Students

Infographic: “How Does The Act Of Writing Affect Your Brain?”

The Ten Most Popular Posts From My Ed Week Blog

“Keep Calm & Carry On”

Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t” — Part Two

Rhetoric & “Revolution”

Study Says Ability To Identify Patterns Key To Second Language Learning

Must-Read Article: “Teachers’ lessons in heroism and healing”

Classroom Management Strategy: “Sometimes The Only Thing Worse Than Losing A Fight Is Winning One”

” Ideas for the Last Two Weeks of School — Part Two”

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May 25, 2013
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):

Michelle Obama On “Grit”

Pretty Awful Report On “Reforming” Teacher Observation Practices

Teachers Putting Children First In Oklahoma

Another Study On Schools Providing Students Home Computers Finds The Obvious Results

“Ways to Use Class Time During the Last Two Weeks Of School”

“Travel back in time to share one piece of scientific knowledge from today”

Classroom Management Strategy: Here Are Three Things I Want. What Are Three Things You Want?

“GeoGuessr” Is A Nice Little Geography Game

“Ability Grouping In Schools — Part Two”

“Using — Not Misusing — Ability Groups In The Classroom”

Very Good Video: “Diving Into Deeper Learning”

“Possibilism” — Maybe A New Word For “What If?” History

Brainscape Lets You Create Flashcards Including Images & Audio

Radio Show On Student Motivation

Infographic: “Seven Steps To The Perfect Story”

Texting & Marshmallows

President Obama On Perseverance

“Response: Ways To Develop Creative Thinking In The Common Core”

Video: Theory Of Knowledge Oral Presentation — What Do You Think?

“Ideas for English-Language Learners | Celebrating the End of the School Year”

Famous Person Project

All Excerpts From My Book, “Self-Driven Learning,” In One Place

Test Prep Hullabaloo — Maybe Short Term Gain, For Sure Long Term Loss

Learn Multiple Languages With Lingo Hut

Resources From All My Blogs

Math Instructional Videos In Spanish

“More Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips”

The More We Try To Control, The Less Chance Of Getting Our Preferred Outcomes

“Embracing & Celebrating Diverse Families”

Free Resources From All My Books

 

 

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April 27, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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April’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).

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):

NEA Partners With Teach Plus & Creates Online Rating System For Student Assessments

Appealing To The Self-Interest Of Bullies

“Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips”

Simple Writing Exercise Said To “Narrow Achievement Gap”

“Response: Ways To Try Using The CCSS With English Language Learners”

Need More Evidence About The Dangers Of Extrinsic Rewards? Here It Is From The Harvard Business Review

“Presenter” Is A New Free Site For Creating Infographics & More

The Value Of “Mimic Writing”

Search & Use One Million Images at Imgembed

Helping Students Make A Connection Between What They’re Learning In School To Their Goals In Life

Another Nice Review Of My New Book

“Ways To Observe Teachers Without Demoralizing Them”

Quote Of The Day: Giving Feedback

“The Politics Of Naming”

Impressive PBS News Hour Report On Project-Based Learning

“Ideas for English-Language Learners | Earth Day and the Environment”

Writing Prompts — Feel Free To Contribute Your Own!

The Advantages Of Helping Students Feel Powerful

Here’s A Goal-Tracking Sheet I’m Giving To Students

“Response: Best Homework Practices”

“Givers, Takers & Matchers” In The Classroom

“Five ways to get kids to want to read and write”

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March 27, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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March’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).

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 Wish You To” Lets You Easily Draw & Create Your Own Ecards

“Flow” In The Classroom

What Is Your Most Original & Successful Lesson?

“Student Engagement ‘Requires A Conversation’”

Koi & Classroom Management

My New Book, Self-Driven Learning, Is Now Available On Kindle

Here’s The Latest Reflection/Goal-Setting Sheet I’m Using With Students

“Edcanvas” Has Just Leaped To The Top Of My List Of Useful Web 2.0 Tools

See What The Poor Can Buy Around The World In “The Poverty Line”

Another Positive Review Of My New Book

Video: “Imagine a World Without Hate”

Our Students Are Not Supermen & Superwomen

Two Excellent Posts On Giving Effective Feedback

“Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary”

Part Two Of My ASCD Article On Using Ed Tech In The Classroom

“They didn’t come in and try to say that we needed to do everything differently”

What A Great Piece In “The New Yorker” About Standardized Tests

Nice Review Of My New Book

“Teachers & Superintendents Must ‘Work To Understand Each Other’”

“Ethical & Effective Test Prep” Is Another Excerpt From My New Book

Infographic: “History of the English Language”

Response: We Need “Fewer John Waynes & More John Deweys”

Irritation Vs. Agitation

“Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers”

“Ideas for English Language Learners | The Real Harlem Shake, Mapping Memories and More”

Chart: Useful Summary Of The Differences Between Parent Involvement & Parent Engagement

Links To The Entire Six Week Twitter Chat On Helping Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation

“Ten Elements Of Effective Instruction”

Writing Letters To Students Redux

Video: “Helping Students Motivate Themselves”

“Map Tales” Lets You Create “Map-Based Stories”

Excellent Post On New KIPP Charter Schools Study

Learning Another Language Makes Your Brain Grow Bigger — Literally

My New Article “Technology: Moving from No to Yes”

You Can Read My New Book Excerpt At This Link Without Registering….

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February 25, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’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).

These posts are different from the ones I list under the monthly“Most Popular Blog Posts.” Those are the posts the largest numbers of readers “clicked-on” to read. I have to admit, I’ve been a bit lax about writing those posts, though.

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):

Summary: Week Four Of Twitter Chat On Student Motivation Using #selfdrivenlrng Hashtag

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

Video: Excellent Classroom Example of Dan Pink’s “One Sentence Project”

What A Neat Lesson Idea For Using Photos!

Knowledge Isn’t Power — “Power is Power”

Study: More Power Equals More Self-Control & Less Power Equals — You Guessed It!

Free Book Excerpts — Lesson Plans On Bloom’s Taxonomy & Metacognition

“Teachers As ‘Persuaders’: An Interview With Daniel Pink”

The Harlem Shake As A Language-Learning Activity

“7 Qualities to Maximize the Impact of Your Lesson Plans”

“Several Ways to Balance Between District Mandates & Student Needs”

You Can Now Pre-Order My Book, Self-Driven Learning, On Amazon

I’ll Be A Guest At An Ed Week Webinar On “Developing Intrinsic Motivation in Students”

“What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen?”

“Brainy Box” Is A Winner!

“How Peer Assistance Can Improve Teacher Practice”

Brain “Priming” In The Classroom

What A Great New Financial Literacy Tool For English Language Learners & Everybody Else

“Creating a Culture of Improvement With Peer Assistance & Review (PAR)”

Student Reflection Form On Goals & Joy

New Research Shows Why Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Character Education Are Not Enough

One New Activity I’m Doing To Help ELLs Learn Academic Vocabulary – & Practice Speaking It

Washington Post Reprints My Evaluation Post

“Response: Do’s and Don’ts for Better Project-Based Learning”

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