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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

January 30, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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January’s Best Posts

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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

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):

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December 28, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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December’s Best Posts

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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

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):

November 28, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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November’s Best Posts

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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

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):

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October 31, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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October’s Best Posts

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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

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.

This month’s list is longer than usual.

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):

  • “Teachers Have Got To Stop Blaming Parents”
  • This Is A Great Explanation Of One Of My Biggest Concerns About “School Reformers”
  • Seeing Countries Through The Eyes Of Others
  • Now, This Is What A Useful & Effective Teacher Assessment Might Look Like
  • Qwiki Is Going To Be A Winner For English Language Learners (& Others)
  • Is Bill Gates Really As Clueless About Schools As He Sounds In This Interview?
  • ELL Teaching Methods Can Help All Students
  • Joliprint Is A Great Way To Print-Out Webpages
  • A Pretty Darn Good Lesson — If I Say So Myself :)
  • Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”
  • Middlespot Search Engine Unveils A New Version That Looks Great
  • “Simple Booklet” Is A New Tool Many Teachers Will Want To Use
  • Two Infographics On Technology In The Classroom
  • Results Of My Survey On Tech Use In Schools
  • Can The New “Economic Integration” Study Be Relevant To The Issue Of Tracking By Ability?
  • Why I Write This Blog
  • My New Piece In The Huffington Post
  • “Teacher Eyes On The Wrong Prize?”
  • Being Bilingual Builds “a More Resilient Brain”
  • The Ethics of “Priming” The Brain (& A Question)
  • Timeline Reader
  • Google Search Has Just Gotten Better For English Language Learners
  • “Flight And Expulsion” Is An Impressive Interactive Map About Refugees
  • Wow! National Geographic Unveils Exceptional “Great Migrations” Site
  • My First Piece At The Huffington Post
  • Screentoaster Is Back!
  • QuizBreak!
  • “ABRACADABRA” Is A Nice Reading Site From Canada
  • Just What Our Schools Need — A Second Appalling Manifesto
  • “School Librarians And English Language Learners”
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    September 26, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    September’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual.

    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):

    Why Am I Disagreeing With Someone Who Doesn’t Like Standardized Tests?

    The (Ironic) Power Of Touch

    Mission US Looks Like It Has A Lot Of Potential

    “Scientifically Tested Tests”

    Hilarious Video Clip On Motivation, Alfie Kohn, & “The Office”

    Report On This Week’s Lessons On The Brain & Self-Control

    “The Evolution Of Classroom Technology”

    “Schools would be great if it weren’t for the kids”

    The Gracelessness Of Michelle Rhee

    The Best Response To The LA Times “Value-Added” Series

    This Is What I Do When Students Are Late For Class…

    Make Linkable Screenshots With clp.ly

    Theory of Knowledge Class Resources

    Class Size DOES Matter

    What Would Anne Frank Say About Anti-Muslim Sentiments?

    “Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits”

    “Vote Easy” Is An Impressive Site

    My New Piece In Washington Post: “Why paying parents to attend school events is wrong”

    Saying “Thank You”

    “Trust is a component that triggers academic success” — Are You Listening, Secretary Duncan?

    Exceptional Interview With Daniel Pink

    “A Guide For Advisors Of Undocumented Students”

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    August 31, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    August’s Best Posts — Part Two

    (I shared a larger number than usual good resources in August, so divided my “Best Posts” list into two parts. This is Part Two)

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual. In fact,  I shared so many excellent resources this month that there are too many for one post, so this is Part Two.

    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):

    Paying Students To Attend School Events Is A Bad Idea

    Now This Is Really A Great New Tool For Making Timelines & Slideshows!

    Framing A Lesson As “Fun”

    “Reconsidering Education ‘Miracles’”

    Interactive Saying What People In One Country Think Of Another One

    I’m In A Great Training This Week — Here Are Some Things I’m Learning….

    The Value Of Sharing Positive Events

    Surprise, Surprise! Study Finds Achievement Gap Progress Stops In Eighties (When Poverty Rates Begin To Rise)

    Book Trailers

    Create Your Own Mad Libs

    “Drips” Lets You Make (& Save) A Jackson Pollock-Like Painting Online

    My New Article In “Teacher Magazine” On New School-Year Resolutions

    “Life Is” Is An Amazing BBC Website!

    “What Do Latino Parents Say About Schools?”

    I Think “Tripline” Is Going To Become a Student & Teacher Favorite

    How My Theory Of Knowledge Students Evaluated The Class And Me

    “Only Connect” Is A Great Game For The Classroom

    “18 formats for handmade thinking in the classroom”

    Excellent Edutopia Webinar On Brain-Based Learning

    Helping Others Will Make You More Healthy

    Interview Of The Month: Barnett Berry From The Center For Teaching Quality

    A Gazillion “Theory Of Knowledge” Resources

    “The Price Is Double” — Two Stories About School Reform & Money

    “People who are angry pay more attention to rewards than threats” — No Kidding!

    Now We Know How To “Fix” Schools — Fire 80% Of All New Teachers

    The “Smell Test” & Education

    L.A. Times Prints Cheap Shot At Teachers

    “Bloom’s Taxonomy Book Review Questions”

    “Learning Goals” versus “Performance Goals”

    My Guest Washington Post Piece On Teacher Evaluation

    English Language Learner Information Center Launched

    Why I Think Arne Duncan Has Just Made His Biggest Mistake

    How Should Teachers Respond To The Development Of New State Assessments?

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    August 30, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    August’s Best Posts — Part One

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual. In fact, I think I shared so many excellent resources this month that there are too many for one post. I’ll publish Part Two tomorrow.

    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):

    Infographic Series From The New York Times

    My Second Guest Piece At The Washington Post

    Five Quotes That All Of Us (Including Self-Righteous School Reformers) Should Keep In Mind

    “There’s a metacognition deficit”

    Excellent Info On The Importance Of Reading For Pleasure

    Headline Clues Is A Great Game!

    Dropbox Works Nicely

    “Children are more likely to do their homework if they see it as an investment, not a chore”

    Want A Free (& Good) Curriculum For Geometry, Algebra Or U.S. History (& For Other Classes, Too)?

    Do You Keep Plants In Your Classroom?

    Does Failure Really “Start To Become Irreversible” At Age Ten?

    Additional Simple (But Slightly More Involved) Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology

    How Much Is Technology REALLY Used In Your School?

    First Draft Of My New Book Is Done!

    “The Power Of Positive Relationships”

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    August 2, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    July’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual.

    Here are 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):

    “Background Music Can Impair Performance, Cites New Study”

    Great New Video on “Marshmallow” Test

    “The Art Of Choosing”

    This Is What I Wish President Obama Would Say On Thursday

    New Article On Making Home Visits

    “Common Core” Standards And English Language Learners

    What Parent Engagement Posts Did Readers Find Most “Engaging” This Quarter?

    “Who Went Viral?”

    What Does The CIA Say About Problem-Based Learning?

    Should “Efficiency” Really Be The Driving Force In Hospitals (And Schools)?

    “Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality”

    “How Facts Backfire”

    When & Why Is It Important To Have Silence In The Classroom?

    TxtBear Is Very Useful

    My “Take” On Recent Study Saying Home Computer Usage Can Lead To Lower Test Scores

    One Very Disappointing Part Of President Obama’s Speech Today

    “Strivney” Looks Like A Great New Site For Beginning Readers

    My Most Popular Blog Posts On Parent Engagement (Over The Past Year)

    Want To Learn About The Next Generation Of Tests We’ll Be Giving Our Students?

    “Bloom’s Taxonomy According to Pirates of the Caribbean”

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    July 4, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    June’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual.

    Here are 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):

    Easily Create Activities With “Docs Teach” From The National Archives

    “Teachers Count” Interviews….Me

    “12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive”

    What Does Showing Students How College May Affect Their Future Earnings Do?

    Can Having Students Tell About Positive Events In Their Lives Impact The Classroom?

    “Sense of Touch Colors Our View of the World”

    Bounce Might Be Good For Annotating Websites

    Critical Past Has 57,000 Historic Videos

    How Much Time Do People Spend At Work And At Play?

    Avoiding Goal-Setting Problems — In The Classroom & In Education Policy

    Time Map Of World History

    Modeling Classroom Behavior With Student Video

    More Info On Asking If You Can Achieve Your Goals (Instead of Just Setting Them)

    “The Price Of Freedom: Americans At War”

    What I Do During The Final Week Of School

    How Students Evaluated Me This Year — Part Two (Intermediate English Class)

    Test Scores & Evaluating Teachers

    How Students Evaluated Me This Year — Part One

    My Revised Final Exams (And An Important Lesson)

    Grantmakers Meet To Discuss ELL’s — Will Anything Positive Come From It?

    If You Go To College, You’ll Live Seven Years Longer?

    My Guest Post On NY Times Website

    Is “Complicated” To “Complex” As “Puzzle” Is To “Mystery”?

    My Personal Responsibility Lesson For This Friday

    What Will You Do Differently Next School Year?

    Teachers, Put That Red Pencil Away!

    I Like Twextra

    “Free books block ’summer slide’ in low-income students”

    Another Important Study On Motivation

    Nice Endorsement Of My ELL Book

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    May 31, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    May’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual.

    Here are 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):

    The Brain & Poverty — Upcoming New & Potentially Useful Study

    “Will we succeed? The science of self-motivation”

    Very Accessible Report On The Importance Of Home Libraries

    Here’s What I’m Doing For My Class Final Exam

    Will Doodling Help Students Learn Better?

    Very Important Study On Learning & The Brain

    MovieClips Gets Even Better!

    My Concerns About Charters

    An Analogy For Bloom’s Taxonomy

    Creating A Jazz Chant

    Teaching Students To Write “Hooks”

    “Eliminating the Achievement Gap Is Educational Alchemy”

    “Motivating Students Via Mental Time Travel”

    “Using A Star Chart to Teach English Language Learners” (This Post Is Not About Astronomy!)

    Fotobabble Gets Even Better!

    Here We Go Again: Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)

    Comparing Online Translators

    Instead Of Encouraging Students To Skip College, How About If We Help Them Get There & Graduate?

    Lazyfeed Looks Good

    “All 23 of the “Interesting Ways” presentations in one place”

    The Best Critique Of “Value-Added” That I’ve Seen…

    Versions of Etherpad Are Raining From The Sky…

    Now This Is The Way To Make Academic Talks Accessible — Great Examples Of Graphic Note-Taking

    “Anger At Our Children” (Or Our Students)

    Guzzle

    Some Excellent Classroom Management Advice

    This Is Why We Have To Be Very Careful With Error Correction

    “More Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology”

    Some Great New “TED Talks” Resources

    Nice Endorsement Of My ELL Book

    What Does A Study On Voter Turn-Out Have To Do With Working With Students?

    “How Americans See Europe”

    Performance Assessment

    ZooBurst Looks Super-Cool!

    “City-Data”

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    May 1, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    April’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual.

    Here are 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):

    “Finishing The Dream” Is Impressive

    Admongo

    Crocodoc Becomes Number One!

    Nice Review Of My ELL Book

    More Test-Prep Hints

    “The Hubble Telescope’s Greatest Hits”

    Let’s Write A Book Together!

    “Top 40 Nature Photographs Of All Time”

    Getting Students To Talk About What They’re Reading &”Book Talks”

    Here’s Yet Another Possible Self-Control Strategy — And I Really Like It…

    Another Self-Control Strategy?

    Talking With Students About Standardized Tests

    Test-Prep Tips

    EducoPark For “Life Lessons”

    “100 Places To Remember Before They All Disappear”

    Advice On Giving Advice

    The Problem With “Bribing Students”

    What Can Teachers Learn From Terrorists?

    BBC News Globe

    Rethinking Schools Article On Teach For America

    Bookemon

    Concerns & Questions About The “Talent Transfer Initiative”

    “Getting English-Language Learners to Thrive”

    The First Review Of My New Book!

    “Read A Children’s Book” Form For Students

    Great Interview With Diane Ravitch

    What Can Students Learn About Self-Control From President Obama?

    Why Haven’t I Posted About Palm Breeze CAFE Before?!!?!

    More On The Problem With “Bribing Students”

    My Book On Teaching Engish Language Learners Is Now Available

    New Study Shows That Paying Students For Higher Test Scores Doesn’t Work

    Gratitude Letters & Student Achievement

    Would Arne Duncan Have Eaten The Marshmallow?

    “Disadvantaged students reap most financial return from college education, study finds”

    “Mental Imagery” & Success

    Make Your Textbook Come Alive!

    Better Self-Control = Better Grades

    Encouraging Low-Income Students To Go To College

    Now You Can “Search Inside” My Book On Engaging Parents In School

    “Timelines: Sources From History” Is Pretty Impressive

    “Scientists find how relaxed minds remember better”

    Interview Of The Month: Carrie Rose From The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project

    “Book Discussion Group Guidelines”

    “Be Niiiiiicccccceeeee”

    “Home Libraries Provide Huge Educational Advantage”

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    March 29, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    March’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual.

    Here are 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):

    Giving Students “Reflection Cards”

    More On Test-Day Brain-”Priming”

    Another Way For Students To Strengthen Self-Control?

    “Connect With English” Video Series & Worksheet

    Packing Away Your Troubles…

    “Is Education on the Wrong Track?”

    NY Times Launches Great Way For Students To Write For An Authentic Audience

    “What Can You Do To Finish The Year Strong?”

    Jeopardy!

    “Requests Work Better Than Orders…”

    One Way To Help Students Who “Shut Down”?

    Crocodoc Gets Even Better!

    “Self-Control As A Limited Energy Resource” In The Classroom

    “Can The Brookings Institution Really Be That Clueless?”

    Why I Oppose Teach For America Coming To Sacramento

    More On Drinking Water & Test Scores

    Drinking Water Helps Students’ Brains (& Their Test Scores)

    “On The Importance Of Being Unprincipled”

    “What Does It Mean To Be Human?”

    Asking Questions Improves Your Memory

    DocsPal

    What Are The Oldest Living Things On Earth?

    “When You Expect Rapid Feedback, the Fire to Perform Gets Hotter”

    “High Learning Leads To High-Earning”

    “How Do You Think Your Mother Felt When I Called To Say You Were Doing Well In Class?”

    “To Hell With Good Intentions”?

    How Do You Think Working Hard & Learning Everything You Can In This Class Might Help You Now & In The Future?

    Make A Monster

    “Prizing English Language Learners”

    Why I Write This Blog

    Nominate A Blogger For “Blog Of The Month” & A Twitterer For “Twitterer Of The Month”

    Did You Know That THE Key To Saving American Education Is Firing Bad Teachers?

    Display The Letter “A” On Test Days & Your Students Will Do Better?

    The Importance Of Good Endings

    What Snacks Do You Give Students On Test-Taking Days?

    “Are You Going To Have A Good Day Or Bad Day Today?”

    “Gotta’ Keep Reading” Is A Not-To-Be-Missed Video

    “What’s Your Reading History? Reflecting on the Self as Reader”

    Two Ways I’m Using Our School Library

    Helping Students Who Are Grieving

    Very Interesting NY Times Magazine Article On Teaching

    “Rebuilding Destroyed Cities”

    Movieclips Is Now Available “Globally”

    “Should Have, Could Have: What Parents Regret About High School”

    More Results From Students Visualizing Success

    “How The Average American Spends Their Day”

    What Does The Navy Seals Training Program Have To Say About Students Visualizing Success?

    What To Look For In A Classroom

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    February 28, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    February’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    This month’s list is longer than usual.

    Here are 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):

    “Languages smarten up your brain”

    I Like Fotobabble

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

    “Myths of Independent Reading”

    Crocodoc

    A Question On Teacher Attire

    The Power of “Touch” In The Classroom

    A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits

    Have You Ever Felt Like You & Your Students Are “Enduring” Class Instead of Enjoying It?

    The Saddest School-Related Statistic I’ve Heard In Awhile….

    “Brain-Priming”

    TIME Magazine Can Do Better Than This…

    “Idolizing Just One Person Undermines The Struggle”

    Students Annotating Text

    If You Teach ELL’s In Grade Six Or Above, These Are “Must-Have” Resources

    Call Me Cynical, But I Just Don’t Think This Workbook Is Going To Help Us “Close The Achievement Gap”

    Useful Writing Exercise For Helping Students Develop Self-Esteem

    Story Jumper Looks Good

    I’ve Never “Motivated” A Student

    “School Secretary Fired For Translating For Parents”

    Persuasive Essays, Low-Income Communities & The Census Count

    A Really Nice Online Writing Exercise

    “Will Sleeping More Make Me Smarter?” — A Lesson I’m Trying This Week

    Universcale Looks Pretty Amazing

    On Rewards & Classroom Management

    Are Some School Reform Technocrats Using Failed Urban Renewal Projects As Their Blueprint?

    Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management

    “A History Of The World”

    “If it is familiar, it has not eaten you yet”

    Excerpt From My Upcoming Book On Teaching English Language Learners

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    January 25, 2010
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    January’s Best Posts

    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 back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    Since I put out December’s list early because of the holidays, this post contains some posts from late December, too.

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

    “Giving Classrooms a Purpose”

    More “Fun Theory”

    “Point, Quote, Connect”

    Updates On Some Classroom Lessons & Research I’ve Been Doing

    Update On My ELL Book

    Newscred Looks Good

    1 Cast For Video News

    A Growth Mind-Set For Educators

    “How to have more self-discipline”

    How Do You Use Photos In The ELL Classroom?

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

    Update On My Website For Students

    How Do Students Feel About Using Computers To Help Learn English?
    Newest Assessment Results From Family Literacy Project

    TinkrBox

    Interview Of The Month: Jim Burke
    My Thoughts On Seth Godin’s Post “Without Them”

    Class Blogs

    A Few Reflections On Daniel Pink’s New Book, “Drive”

    Thanks, Thomas Edison, For The Light Bulb, Phonograph and…the SAT?

    More On Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students
    I Love This Quote From Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    “Dumb Arguments for Stupid Ideas”

    “How Not To Communicate With Parents”

    More Research On Self-Control

    If You Drop-Out Of High School, You’ll Be Less Healthy

    “William And The Windmill”

    I Like Sprixi

    Academic Research Has Its Place, But It Also Has To Be Kept In Its Place

    Intriguing Study On Self-Control
    Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts

    How I Organize My Classroom Library

    Students’ Personal Space

    Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes

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    December 16, 2009
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    December’s Top Ten List

    I regularly highlight my picks for the nine or ten (or several more) most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use these in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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’m publishing this list a bit earlier than usual because I’m going to focus my time over the holiday break on writing my third book, and wanted to get a head start on some regular posts.

    Here are 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 Are Small Learning Communities?

    Want To Know What’s Happened Since My “Marshmallow” & “Visualizing Success” Lessons?

    “Looking At Every Problem As An Opportunity….” Lesson — More Advice Needed

    Creating A Lesson On “Blaming Others” & Need Your Help

    Interview Of The Month: John Norton From The Teacher Leaders Network

    Kngine Might Be An Excellent Search Engine

    “Earning Power: A Visual Survey of 80 Occupations”

    Student Goal-Setting Lesson I’m Trying Out On Monday


    Report On How Goal-Setting Lesson Went

    Thinkmeter Looks Neat

    “Shake, Rattle And Slide”

    English Central Gets Even Better

    The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students

    “Movieclips” Is A Real Find!

    Improvisation In The ESL/EFL Classroom — At Least In Mine


    Evaluating Teachers In Order To Fire Them?

    A Not To Be Missed New Website: Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History”

    Is Figuring Out How To Make Schools Better A Puzzle Or A Mystery?

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    November 30, 2009
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    November’s Top Ten List

    I regularly highlight my picks for the nine or ten (or several more) most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use these in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    Here are 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):

    The Best Piece Of Classroom Management Advice I’ve Ever Read

    Mugurdy Search Engine

    “Be A Martian”

    What Alice Mercer Saw When She Observed My Class

    Do Teachers REALLY Come From The Bottom Third Of Colleges? Or Is That Statistic A Bunch Of Baloney?

    The Difference Between Praise & Acknowledgment

    “A Parent Engagement Model That Works”

    Meeting Testing Goals By Lowering Standards

    “Bracey Report on the Condition of Public Education”

    A Few Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology

    “I just thought it would end differently this time”

    “I Notice”

    Neat Lincoln Memorial Interactive

    When You Have A Sub…

    Compasses Or Road Maps

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    October 28, 2009
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    October’s “Top Ten” List

    I regularly highlight my picks for the nine or ten (or several more) most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use these in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    Here are 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):

    “Blinded By Reform”

    “Planet Quest”

    Great Picture Book Maker

    “I Like This Lesson Because It Make Me Have a Longer Temper” (Part One)

    Update On My Books

    “Funniest videos about teaching / learning English”

    Interview Of The Month: Claus von Zastrow From The Learning First Alliance

    What Would Paulo Freire Do If He Was A School Superintendent?

    Linklist Is A Winner

    “I Made My Agreement With Mr. Ferlazzo And Kept It…”

    Want To Talk About Classroom Management Issues?

    “I Was Disappointed With What Happened Yesterday…”

    Getting Our Students & Their Families Thinking About College

    “The Fun Theory”

    Incredible New Site On Cave Of Lascaux

    “Audience Sounds”

    You Need To Check-Out “English Central”

    When Are Teenagers In The “Flow”?

    “One Survivor Remembers” Available For Free

    “What Would You Tell Your Parents You Learned In Class This Month?”

    “I Know My Brain Is Growing…” Slideshow Of Student Work

    “Why Rising Test Scores May Not Mean Increased Learning”

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    September 29, 2009
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    September “Top Ten” List

    August 28, 2009
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    August “Top Ten” List

    I regularly highlight my picks for the nine or ten (or a few more)  most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists.  I also use these in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    Here are 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):

    New Blog Reminder

    Paying Students For Increased Test Scores

    The League Of Scientists

    “Fifty Stimulating Classroom Starters”

    What Do You To Make Sure Small Groups Work Well In Class?

    Do You Want To “Build Influence”?

    When To Teach Vocabulary

    Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

    “The Truth About Grit”

    The “Wizard English Grid” Is A Nifty Teaching & Learning Tool

    New Article On Teachers Making Home Visits To Parents

    What Kind Of Feedback Should We Give Our Students?

    “How Different Groups Spend Their Day”

    Why I Support The Cellphone Ban At Our School

    My Thoughts On A Very Intriguing Video On Motivation & Incentives

    “Next Generation Learning”

    “Data-Driven” Versus “Data-Informed”

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    July 28, 2009
    by Larry Ferlazzo
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    July Top Ten List

    I regularly highlight my picks for the nine or ten (or, or in this month’s case,  a few more) most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists.  I also use these in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see back issues of those newsletters here and my previous “Top Ten” picks at Websites Of The Month.

    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.

    Here are 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):

    Make Neat Geography Games With “Map Battle”

    Some Great ESL/EFL Resources

    Google Voice & English Language Learners

    PinDax Is Similar To Wallwisher

    What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?

    ProProfs Does It Again — This Time With Polls

    “Rooh It!” Looks Good For Webpage Annotation

    “Newsy” Is Neat!

    Where To Find The Most Popular News Stories On The Web

    Student Evaluations Of Summer School Class

    Exceptional New History Site

    Results From My Year-Long U.S. History Tech Experiment

    Flash Meeting Looks Great For Real-Time Collaboration

    “EFL Teaching Recipes”

    My Entire U.S. History Curriculum Is Available Online

    Bloom’s Taxonomy For Language Learners

    “How To Use Leftover Class Time Wisely”

    I’ve Begun A New Blog — “Engaging Parents In School”

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