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January 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More New Inauguration Resources

Here are more new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017:

Our School Is Not “Flush With Cash” & Our Students Are Not “Deprived Of All Knowledge”

Photos of the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump is from The Atlantic.

How Trump’s inaugural address compares to his predecessors, charted is from The Washington Post.

The Worst Presidential Inaugurations, Ranked is from The Atlantic.

How Trump’s inaugural speech differed from past presidential addresses is from The Washington Post.

January 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: “Pres. Obama Provides Great Analysis Of Key Organizing Adage: Do You Want To Be Right, Or Effective?”

In February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2012’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2013’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

This post originally appeared in 2016, and I thought reposting it today, on his last day in office, would be good timing:

Regular readers know that I was a community organizer for nineteen years, and a key organizing adage goes something like this: Do you want to be right, or do you want to be effective?

I’ve written a lot about that perspective at The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise and at The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

Today, President Obama provided that same analysis as the central part of his commencement speech today at Howard University, and it was excellent.

Here’s a short excerpt:

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You can read the entire transcript of his remarks here, and it’s worth the time.

Here’s the video of his speech:

In addition to adding this post to the “Best” lists I’ve previously mentioned, I’ll also be putting it on The Best Commencement Speeches list.

Addendum: Here a good NY Times article about his speech.

January 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Little Bird Tales” Is An Excellent Web 2.0 Tool For Beginning English Language Learners

My Beginning English Language Learners have been spending much of their time this year on the computer “consuming” content (see “All-Time” Best Web Tools For English Language Learners). That has been, and continues to be, extremely valuable.

However, “creating” content is obviously also important for many reasons, so we’ve been experimenting with different tools. This process includes faces many barriers, including older tech, District content filters, ease-of-use, and ensuring that tech brings an added value to what we’re doing.

I’ve found that Little Bird Tales is a good site to help overcome many of those barriers.  For $29, a teacher can create a virtual classroom that enables students to create E-books that they can narrate.  Happily, unlike many other sites, their recording feature actually works with out tech and District content filters. Students can also use it for free without being part of a virtual classroom.

Here’s an example of a book one student created (you can see others at our class blog):

It’s easy to use, and students like and can benefit from it. Students say they hate (but really enjoy) playing it for the class and having other students read/listen to their creations.

“Little Bird Tales” has been on The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English list for quite awhile.

I’m adding this post to The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners.

January 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Our School Is Not “Flush With Cash” & Our Students Are Not “Deprived Of All Knowledge”

President Trump didn’t say much about schools today in his Inauguration Speech, but the little he did say was inaccurate, bombastic, and pretty insulting to a lot of us. That particular section is highlighted at the top of this post.

Libby Nelson at Vox has a useful, though not perfect, analysis of it (see Trump’s vision of education begins and ends with schools being bad), so I’m not going to say much more (You can also read this Ed Week piece).

But you might be interested in these related “Best” lists:

The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More

The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools

The Best Data On How Much Money Teachers Pay Out Of Their Own Pocket – What Do You Spend?

The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery 

ADDENDUM:

Trump defenders have begun sharing this chart, which education researchers have been dismissing for a long time as one of the worst and most inaccurate they have seen. You can read more about it at my previous post, Education Research & “The Graph That Will Never Die.”

January 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: Best Resources On Culturally Responsive Teaching

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In February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2012’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2013’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

In early 2016, I published The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More! and have been adding to it since that date.

Among the many useful links in that post, I’d like to highlight a few that are posts in my Education Week Teacher column:

‘Culturally Responsive Teaching’: An Interview With Zaretta Hammond

‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…’: An Interview With Chris Emdin

‘It is Long Past Time to Meet the Needs of Students of Color’ is Part One of a series co-hosted by Django and Travis Bristol at my Ed Week Teacher column.

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy ‘Increases Student Engagement & Learning’ is Part Two of that series.

In addition, here are a few other related “Best” lists:

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More

The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits

The Best Resources Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

January 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in 2016’s Most Popular Posts! and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

1.A Look Back: “I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan”

2. “Local Lingual” Lets You Click On Map To Hear Languages Spoken There

3. The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017

4. Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Indicates It’s Going To Be A Very Long Four Years For Schools

5. A Look Back: “Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included”

January 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New & Useful Inauguration Resources

Here are new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017:

What to Know About Every Inauguration in American History is from TIME.

Beginning of a presidency: inauguration speeches in search is a new interactive tool from Google. You can read more about it here.

Now you can search past inaugural addresses for Donald Trump’s favorite expressions is a Washington Post interactive.

Why Dozens of Congress Members Are Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration is from Rolling Stone.

Why Some Democrats in Congress Refuse to Attend Trump’s Inauguration is from The Atlantic.

The Women’s March on Washington has spread to 57 countries around the globe is from Vox.

The Inauguration of a New President: A Lesson Plan on Predicting and Evaluating the First 100 Days of a Trump White House is from The New York Times Learning Network.

January 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Using Learning Taxonomies In The Classroom Is Topic Of My New BAM! Radio Show

The Uses and Misuses of Learning Taxonomies is the topic of my latest eight-minute BAM! Radio Show.

Meghan Everette, Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh, and Michael Fisher join me in the discussion. They have all also contributed written commentaries to a future Ed Week Teacher column on the subject.

I’m adding a link to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

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