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June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Pins Of The Week


I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated over 12,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

I thought readers might find it useful if I began sharing a handful of my most recent “pins” each week (I’m not sure if you can see them through an RSS Reader – you might have to click through to the original post).

June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Using The “Curiosity Gap” To Enhance Student Motivation

It’s no secret to teachers that student curiosity can enhance student motivation (see The Best Posts On Curiosity and The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students).

Yet another study has reaffirmed that it does work, and you can read about those recent experiments at The Emotion That Does Motivate Behaviour After All.

Here’s an excerpt:

I think that I don’t necessarily use this idea of a “curiosity gap” as much as I should.

What are ways you use it in the classroom?

June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Suggestions On Ways Teachers Can Sanely Approach PD Over The Summer & Still Have Time To Relax

It’s summertime and, in addition to getting some R & R, it’s an opportune time for us educators to also pursue some kind of useful professional development (you might also be interested in The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More).

I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of suggestions and resources – feel free to offer others in the comments section:

If you don’t have a life like me, and are planning/hoping to write a book, check out So, You Want To Write A Book? Here’s The Best Advice…

Dive into Summer Professional Learning – and More! is from Middleweb.

Sharing Your Best Work With Other Teachers is from Edutopia.

Write an Op-Ed piece: How to write an opinion essay and why you should do it now is from Kappan Online.

If you are going to attend some conferences, here is some specific advice:

Shy? Going to a Conference? – Try These Strategies to Connect is from Richard Byrne.

A Beginner’s Guide to Education Conferences is from Middleweb.

10 hints to make the most of teaching and academic conferences is from Statistics Learning Center.

If you can’t attend the ISTE conference this year, you can explore it “virtually”:

There are also Webinars, and Richard Byrne has you covered with Three Tips for Getting More Out of Webinars.

If you’re a teacher of ELLs, and didn’t participate in our virtual conference last Saturday, all the videos are still available: Video(s): My #VirtuEL17 Session On SEL & ELLs (Plus Supporting Links) & Everyone Else’s Session, Too!

You might also want to peruse, at your convenience, these lists:

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017 – So Far

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

All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place

June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

Mispronouncing a kid’s name in class could have lasting impacts, claims new report is a TV news report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names.

Are You Getting Growth Mindset Wrong? is from The HuffPost. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Responding To Student Trauma – Help Me Find More.

Talking about terrorist attacks with young people: tips for teachers is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset“:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Posts On “Loss Aversion” & Schools:

June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Good Reminder About How To Give Constructive Feedback

The advice offered in the new article, Good managers give constructive criticism—but truly masterful leaders offer constructive praise, won’t be new to anyone familiar with the growth mindset concept, but it’s a good reminder, nevertheless.

Here’s an excerpt:

Its goes on to say:

General compliments like “Awesome job on that presentation,” or “You’re a great writer” may make an employee feel good, but they rarely shape long-term behavior and competency. When praising a colleague, it’s essential to single out the specific behavior or trait you observed and when you observed it, says Zenger. For example: “In last week’s meeting, I noticed you were willing to question the CEO’s vision for our pod’s sales goals—I really appreciate your confidence.”

It also includes useful links to research.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Just as I’ve recently gotten a head start on the 2020 Olympics (see A Beginning List For Learning About The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics), I thought I’d do the same for the 2018 one.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics

The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The Best Sites For Learning About The London 2012 Olympics

The Best Sites To Learn About The Vancouver Winter Olympics

The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About The Olympics

Here are my choices for the best resources on the 2018 Winter Olympics:

You’ll want to start at the two official sites for the 2018 Olympic Games.

Rural South Korean County Prepares For Role As 2018 Winter Olympics Host is from NPR.

NBC has a multimedia site on the Olympics.

The Telegraph newspaper already has a site for all their stories about the games.

Check out my New York Times post for English Language Learners  on the Winter Olympics and using picture dictation in the classroom. It includes a student interactive and teaching ideas.  It’s about the last Olympics, but the ideas can easily be adapted and modified.

Winter Olympics: Sport by Sport is a good ESPN interactive on all the winter sports.

Winter Olympics: The drama of the Games is from The BBC.

Winter Olympics resources from EFL Classroom 2.0.

Here’s an interactive from the BBC on the history of the Olympic Games.

Here is a collection of interactive graphics from The Washington Post on the Olympics.  It’s from the last Olympics, but many are still relevant.

Tricks is a NY Times feature: “Snowboarders and skiers have an extensive vocabulary of spins and flips. Some tricks are named for their technical requirements, others for their flair. Here, some of the best riders describe the joy and fear that come with these jaw-dropping maneuvers.”

The Beginner’s Guide to Watching Olympic Figure Skating Like a Super Fan is from The Atlantic.

How Olympians Stay Motivated is an excellent article in The Atlantic, and here’s an excerpt that tells you about it:

We can’t all be Olympic athletes. (In fact some of us, including your humble narrator, should not be allowed anywhere near ice or blades.) But we all face times when we really don’t want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog. I doubt teachers will find a more useful article on the Olympics — piece combines the high interest and topic subject of the Olympics with just about every priority in Social Emotional Learning.

What Do the Olympic Rings Mean? is from Mental Floss.

Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics is from The Atlantic.

Ski Jumping is a cool interactive from The New York Times.

New Scientist shares the odds of getting injured in each Olympic sport.

What’s the Most Dominant Country In Each Winter Olympic Sport? is from The Atlantic.

A Brief History of Sexism in TV Coverage of the Olympics is from The Atlantic.

The Olympic City Project has photos of former Olympic host sites.

Here are a bunch of videos from Infobytes:

June 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Problems As Opportunities

I’ve previously written about and shared on the topic of turning problems into opportunities (see The Best Examples Of Turning Problems Into Opportunities — Help Me Find More).

The Harvard Business Review has recently published a short and useful article on the same topic.  To Build Your Resilience, Ask Yourself Two Simple Questions provides some simple guidelines that could be useful for all of us and, if edited, might be good for students to read and write a response to it.

Here’s an excerpt:

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