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July 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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 Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this week’s top posts:

1.Amazon Makes Its Teacher Resource-Sharing Site Public Today

2. The Best Sites For ELLs To Practice Online Dictation

3. Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting

4. The Best Videos For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes – Please Suggest More

5. The Best Resources On The Idea Of Evaluating Teacher “Input” Instead Of Student “Output”

July 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Podcast: Interview With…Me On Parent Engagement

I was recently interviewed by Val Brown on parent engagement.

It was part of the Center for Teaching Quality “microcredential series.”

If you find it useful or interesting, you can read and/or listen to other commentaries I’ve done on the topic.

July 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Q & A Collections: Implementing The Common Core”

Q & A Collections: Implementing The Common Core is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

It contains links to all the columns on Implementing The Common Core from the past six years!

Here’s an excerpt from one of them:

I’m adding it to The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core — I Hope You’ll Contribute More

July 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Bingo! There Are Issues With This Study On Grit & ELLs, But I Am Sure Going To Use It With My Students

Learning The Language over at Education Week has just posted about a new study on grit and English Language Learners.

Here’s an excerpt from their summary of the research:

The study itself, Individual Versus Peer Grit: Influence on Later Individual Literacy Achievement of Dual Language Learners, is NOT behind a paywall.

I have several concerns about the research, including issues about accurately measuring peer behavior on individual students (see the Brookings Report The problem with measuring effects of delinquent peers in education—and how to get around it and the fact that this study uses student self-report to make its determinations (see Brookings Report The Limitations of Self-Report Measures of Non-cognitive Skills).

Nevertheless, I will certainly be telling my English Language Learner students about the results of this study (along with saying, as I do most of the time that I share research summaries, that there’s not a guarantee of accuracy). Basically, it seems to me to mean that if everybody in the class works hard, then individual achievement increases more for everybody. Even people who would ordinarily work hard learn more if everybody else works hard, too.

Its conclusions support the big push I started late last year about how everyone’s actions not only affect themselves, but others (see “Everyone Is A Teacher” Is A New Engagement Strategy I’m Using & It Seems To Be Working).

In June, a study was published finding that thinking of our impact on others can have a major impact on strengthening our motivation to complete a task (see Intriguing Research On How To Increase Intrinsic Motivation).  That finding reinforces that effort, which I began in April.

And, just last week another study came out with the same theme related to classroom management (see Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting).

This new grit study is “icing on the cake.” I’m looking forward to putting it all together in one lesson for the fall. Of course, I will share what I do and its results in a future post.

I’m going to add this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”

July 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Amazon Makes Its Teacher Resource-Sharing Site Public Today

Amazon unveiled its Amazon Inspire teacher resource-sharing site about a year ago. At that time, you could request access to it (see Amazon Officially Announces Its Education Platform & Gives It A Name).

Today, I received an email saying it’s now public and they want you to sign-in using your Amazon account. That kind of seamless connection does make me wonder how and if participation in Inspire will affect my buying recommendations that show up on Amazon.

If you’re joining now, however, you’ll apparently have to wait a few more weeks before you’re able to upload and share resources. If you joined earlier through requesting an invitation, it seems like that might have come with uploading privileges.

Who knows how it’s all going to turn-out but, as I wrote at its initial announcement, it seems to me like it’s generally not a wise idea to bet against Amazon.

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