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February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NPR Publishes Everything You Wanted To Know About ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask….

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Well, the headline of this post is a bit of an exaggeration, but NPR has just published an important compilation of research about ELLs headlined 5 Million English Language Learners: A Vast Pool Of Talent, At Risk.

It’s probably the most up-to-date, and accessible, data about ELLs you’re going to find anywhere right now.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

February 23, 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! ; 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?

1. Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

2. Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

3. New Study Reaffirms What Teachers Know: Relationships Matter

4. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

5. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

February 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

We’ve spent the last two weeks in my English Language Learner Beginners class reading and learning about stories.

Last Friday, it was time for them to begin writing one, and I did a terrible job of getting them started. I think I was tired and wasn’t thinking clearly, and assumed too much and provided must less support than was needed.

So, over the weekend, I created a simple set of eight graphic organizers, plus borrowed two others from online, and we began again today. Needless to say, it went a lot better.

You can download the eight I created here. They are in the sequence I’m using them.

You can download the Conflict Graphic Organizer that I’m using here. Students use this as the sheet listed “Conflict” in my downloadables.

You can download the Plot Diagram Graphic Organizer that I’m using here. Students use this as the sheet listed as “Diagram Your Events” in my downloadables.

I don’t think you’ll find anything earthshaking in them, but they are workable. Let me know how you think I can make them better.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story.

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important NY Times Piece On Our “Social Contract”

Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools? is an important New York Times column by Nikole Hannah-Jones.

It’s about our public schools, and also discusses the role and health of our public institutions. You’ll definitely want to read the entire piece, and it’s not very long.

Here’s an excerpt:

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

I have an already-lengthy Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees, but the policies announced today are worthy of their own “Best” list.

One of my previous posts, Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality, contains several links to legal advice for teachers, students, and their families about how to respond to ICE raids. These new policies will certainly increase the levels of fear and stress among many of our students. As The New Yorker article, in particular, points out, another effect is likely to be undocumented parents not accessing services they and/or their children are entitled to out of fear.

Here are useful articles to learn about today’s announcement:

The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump’s immigration crackdown from Vox is probably the most complete article out there.

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions is from The New York Times, and has a link to a Spanish-language version.

Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’ is from The Washington Post.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules is from The Washington Post.

President Trump’s Fear-Based Immigration Orders appeared in The New Yorker.

Also, today, Politico reports on a related important story – The Trump administration is going to court to eliminate the right to a hearing before deportation of unaccompanied minors.

Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants? is a NY Times interactive.

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Performance Assessments are ‘Absolutely Worth the Effort'”

Performance Assessments are ‘Absolutely Worth the Effort’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Joshua Dragoon, N. Chaunte Garrett, Travis Bristol, Kristina Doubet and Eric Carbaugh contribute their thoughts on using performance assessment in schools.

Here are some excerpts:

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