Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 13, 2014
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

Here are this week’s picks:

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned appeared in Grant Wiggins’ blog.

Evaluating and Vetting Common Core “Aligned” Close Reading Materials is by Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris.

Five Tips for Getting Started With Differentiation in a Secondary Classroom is from ASCD. I’m adding it to
The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

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October 12, 2014
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Additional Resources On The World’s Different Cultures

October 12, 2014
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Cave Paintings Found In Indonesia

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Some of the earliest known cave art was recently found in Indonesia. I’m adding these resources to The Best Sites For Learning About Prehistoric Cave Paintings:


Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Spray-Painted Graffiti
is from The Atlantic.

Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art is from The BBC.

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known is from The New York Times.

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October 12, 2014
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NY Times Learning Network Launches “15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest”

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The New York Times Learning Network has just launched its Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest.

It’s a fun and engaging learning activity, and submissions are due November 11th.

When they began the contest a year ago, they used a video one of my English Language Learner students created as a model. I often have my students use Instagram video for vocabulary improvement and for other types of formative assessments. You can see a ton of those examples at The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps “Vine” & Instagram.

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October 12, 2014
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More Columbus Day Resources

October 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy


Here are some recent important posts and articles on education policy:

Why Finland’s schools are top-notch is from CNN. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System.

See the AP U.S. History course changes and take a sample exam is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Teacher & Student Protests In Colorado.

As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works is from The New York Times.

How to start cleaning up the Common Core is by Carol Burris. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards.

How to spot a fake ‘grassroots’ education reform group is from The Washington Post.

What Education “Reformers” Do Not Understand About Teaching and Learning is by Daniel Katz.

Philadelphia Students Walk Out Of Class To Protest Canceled Teachers Contract is from The Huffington Post.

Wealthy Kids Have A Huge Advantage On The SAT is from Business Insider. And this Wall Street Journal article, SAT Scores and Income Inequality: How Wealthier Kids Rank Higher, is a particularly interesting piece on the same topic. I’m adding both to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Money Flowing for Common-Core Assessments is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

The Plot Against Public Education: How millionaires and billionaires are ruining our schools is by Bob Herbert and appeared in Politico.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/the-plot-against-public-education-111630.html#ixzz3FxRd4JPU

Ed Week reports:

The vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union will temporarily assume charge of the union while its president, Karen Lewis, recovers from a serious illness, the union announced in a short press conference this afternoon.

Here’s another article on the same topic. You might be aware that Karen Lewis has also been considering running for Mayor of Chicago:

Would-be challenger to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seriously ill is from The Washington Post.

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October 12, 2014
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New Public Television Series: “Inside California Education”

Sacramento’s public television station, KVIE, has begun producing a weekly television series called Inside California Education.

Here’s how they describe it:

Inside California Education takes a fresh approach to presenting compelling stories and relevant information, communicating to millions of Californians how our state’s education system affects our lives and lives of our children. The program explores the many critical, complex, and increasingly challenging issues in public education.

Inside California Education is co-produced by KVIE— the Sacramento Public Television station, and NationalEdOnline— a California educational non-profit organization. Each 30-minute episode of Inside California Education will present informative stories and insightful interviews.

Our Inside California Education team of reporters will show you how education is structured and supported at the most basic levels. We will give the viewer the inside story of how California parents and their children are impacted by our state’s education system.

It looks interesting, but I’ve got to say that, though I’m glad they have leaders from the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers on their Advisory Board, I’m less-than-impressed with some of their other members.

Here’s the first episode that just aired:

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October 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study Suggests Multi-Tasking Is Not So Bad — I’m Skeptical

Tons of research suggests that multitasking leads to people functioning less effectively on a number of levels (see The Best Resources On The Dangers Of Multitasking).

A new study suggests
that this might not be the case:

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I believe that high school students are capable of great work, but I’ve also got to point out that this study — though it might have met rigorous scientific methods — was, nevertheless, done by two high school students. At this point, I have more confidence in all the prior research that has shown multitasking to be damaging.

However, it is an intriguing study and, perhaps, I should keep an open mind.

What do you think?

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October 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What A Surprise – NOT! British Study Finds That Cash Rewards Don’t Motivate Students

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In a newly-released study that reinforces scores of others, British researchers found that offering cash is not an effective motivator for students to do better on exams, “homework, behavior, or attendance.”

You can read more at:

Schools told: cash bribes ‘fail to improve GCSE grades’ is from The Telegraph.

Student rewards such as cash and free trips fail to improve GCSE results is from The Guardian.

But I’m sure these results won’t stop others from continuing to try, and fail, in seeking a non-existent market-driven solution to motivation for learning.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students, where you’ll also find resources on the things that do promote students motivating themselves….

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October 11, 2014
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Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this every-Sunday feature (I’m publishing it a few hours early this week). These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they have originally been published on an earlier date).

Here they are:

1. The Best Resources On Malala Yousafzai

2. The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2014 – So Far

3. The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus

4. Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

5. TIE: Beautiful Collection of Infographics

Do You Teach Math Or Science To English Language Learners?

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October 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

errors in learning languages-Eng. from Flickr via Wylio

 

I’ve started a somewhat regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention:

For English-Learners, an Effective Teacher in Any Language Is What Matters is from Education Week. I have major concerns about the research discussed because it is based on the results of value-added measurement of teachers, a questionable practice — at best (see The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation).

Humanising English Teaching, my favorite ESL/EFL language journal, has just put their latest issue online. It’s free.

There have been several recent posts about Socratic Circles and English Language Learners: Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II) and Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Activity Ideas for ELLs (Part III) are from Colorin Colorado.

Adam Simpson has also written an excellent three-part series on the same topic.

I’m adding all those Socratic Circle posts to The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions.


Enid schools work with a different minority group
is an Associated Press article about an Oklahoma District working with large numbers of ELLs from The Marshall Islands.


Culture Shock: A Mixed-Level Speaking Activity
is from the TESOL blog

Another Blow for English-Learning Students is from The Voice Of San Diego.

Understanding the interaction between high-stakes graduation tests and English language learners is by Julian Vasquez Heilig.

Planning a writing lesson is a short and simple article from The British Council.

A picture is worth a thousand words is a good lesson from Take a Photo and… I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

First Lesson: Student generated ID card Swap is from TEFL Geek. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Days Of School.

Pronunciation – native speakers struggle, too! is a series of videos at Links For Students (note that one video on the list isn’t appropriate for the classroom). I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Practicing English Pronunciation.

I can’t say that is by Mike Harrison. I’m adding it to the same list.

Fluency MC is a great musical video channel for ELLs, and it’s already on The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English list. Here’s a fun example:

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October 11, 2014
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October’s (2014) Best Tweets — Part Two

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2014 — So Far.

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October 11, 2014
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Videos Of The Week (& An Especially Good One!)

'Video Clutter' photo (c) 2006, John Pannell - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In yet another effort to get at my backlog of resources to share, I recently began this feature to share useful videos. I’ll still periodically highlight certain ones on their own, but the rest will be found on this regular post:

I’m adding this one to The Best Resources On Malala Yousafzai:

I’m adding this next one from TIME to The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus:

I’m adding this Colbert Report segment to the same list:

I’ve previously posted about this word game that Jimmy Fallon plays on The Tonight Show in I Learn Another Great Game For English Language Learners From Jimmy Fallon. Here’s another funny example of it:

Here’s one on British and U.S. spelling:

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October 11, 2014
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The Best Resources For “The International Day Of The Girl”

From The United Nations:

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

In recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering girls during adolescence and preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence they experience, the theme of International Day of the Girl Child for 2014 is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.

Here are resources on the Day:

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USAID has a number of accessible resources.

Presidential Proclamation — International Day of the Girl, 2014

Photographers Capture The Sorrow And Pain Of Global Girls is from NPR.

A Day For Global Girls Gets People Talking, But Then What? is from NPR.

Map: What Countries have the worst gender gap is from Slate.

Gender quotes GA67: Barack Obama on girls education

Investing in Girls
by ksanto.

How Would the World Change if Every Girl Was Educated?

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