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November 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

November’s (2017) Best Tweets – Part One

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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 New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2018.

November 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).

November 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Collections Of Instructional Strategies

There are many lists of different instructional/teaching strategies online. However, I thought readers might find it useful if I compiled a sort of “list of list” – a post sharing the exceptional ones.

And there aren’t many of them (though feel free to let me know which ones I’ve missed).

I’m just putting links on this list to compilations that share multiple instructional strategies, including quite a few that are not the “typical” ones many teachers already know. In addition, the site must be well-designed and share enough information that the teacher can apply each strategy immediately.

I’m starting off with only three, though am happy to add to it. In addition, I’m including a few links to related “Best” lists.

Here they are:

Teaching Tolerance Teaching Strategies

Facing History Teaching Strategies

Connecticut State Department of Education Instructional Strategies That Facilitate Learning Across Content Areas

Here are some related “Best” lists:

The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet

The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

The Best Resources For Learning About “Learning Strategies”

The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction

The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners

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

Q&A Collections: Instructional Strategies shares related posts from my Ed Week Teacher advice column.

November 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three Important Articles About Organizing For Social Change

Here are three new additions to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change:

Is There Any Point to Protesting? is from The New Yorker.

Colin Kaepernick and the Myth of the ‘Good’ Protest is from The NY Times.

Waiting for a Perfect Protest? is also from The NY Times. Here’s an excerpt:

November 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Researchers Find That African-American Students Punished More Severely Than Whites For Same Behavior

The same week that the U.S. Department of Education signaled that the Trump Administration may roll-back Obama-era regulations designed to reduce racial disparities in student discipline (see DeVos’ Team Hears Criticisms of Obama-Era Guidance on Student Discipline and Is DeVos Near Ending School Discipline Reform After Talks on Race, Safety? from The 74), a new study was unveiled showing – you guessed it – evidence of racial bias against African-Americans in school discipline.

Discipline disparities and discrimination in schools is the title of a summary of the research (you can also find a direct link to the study there).

Here’s an excerpt:


Incredibly, many still deny these disparities exist (see We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity).

This new study focuses only only on Louisiana (you can find links to research about other areas in the “Obsessed” post).

I also communicated directly on Twitter with one of the other other authors of this new study:

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More.

November 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: “My ELL Gratitude Lesson – With Student Handout”


(Editor’s Note: I originally published this post in 2015)

I’ve previously posted about A Simple & Effective Classroom Lesson On Gratitude, one that I’ve done with my mainstream and Advanced ELL classes.

I’m modifying it this year for my Low Intermediate English Language Learner students.

I’ll first explain the Thanksgiving holiday, and the word “gratitude.”

Then, as in the “original,” I’ll be showing the Soul Pancake video that’s embedded below. The subtitles appear to be ones the video’s creators made and not the automatic ones YouTube generates, so that means they actually reflect what people are saying and not gibberish.

Next, I’ll go over this student hand-out. Here’s what it says:



Thanksgiving is a holiday in the United States.   Many use this time to think about what gratitude. Gratitude is feeling thankful about something or someone.

Close your eyes and think about someone who is important to you. You can think about more than one person, too.

Why is this person important to you?


I am grateful to have _______________________________________________________ in my life

because ___________________________________________________________________. He/she

makes me feel ______________________________________________________________. I would feel

________________________________________________________________ if he/she was not in my



I am grateful to have _______________________________________________________ in my life

because ___________________________________________________________________. He/she

makes me feel ______________________________________________________________. I would feel

________________________________________________________________ if he/she was not in my


I’ll model completing the form.

Next, I’ll call my wife, put her on speakerphone, and say what I wrote about her. I’ll invite students to do the same. As in previous years, I suspect a fair amount of tears will be shed.

We’ll end the lesson with students turning what they’ve written into cards to give the people they’ve written about, or posters we can use with a Shadow Puppet app narration that could also be sent to those in other countries.

Here’s the video I’ll be using:

Feel free to offer suggestions on how I can make this a better lesson.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On “Gratitude.”

November 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Ways To Talk With Someone Who Disagrees With You

People On Internet Argue About Dress Colour

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It’s holiday time, which means many of us might be with family members who have different political views. One way to handle that situation is to avoid potentially controversial topics.

Another possibility, however, might be to be strategic in how we handle the issue.

I have some related resources in The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change (as well as in The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics), but I thought a separate “Best” list might be useful – both for lessons with students and for our own conversations.

Here’s what I have so far:

Good Advice On Talking With Anyone (Including Students & Colleagues) About Doing Something Differently

5 Ways to (Respectfully) Disagree is very accessible and is from Teen Health.

4 tips for talking to people you disagree with is from TED.

Here’s a TED-Ed lesson on the topic.

10 Tips for Talking to People You Can’t Agree With is from Psychology Today.

How to Safely Talk Politics During the Holidays is from City Lab.

The Post-Trump Thanksgiving is from Slate.

Your Uncle Said What? How to Talk About Social Justice With Your Family During the Holidays is from Yes!

This Thanksgiving Pass the Stuffing—and Don’t Pass on the Discussion of Social Issues is from Scientific American.

Of course, another option is to just play an Adele song, as they did in this famous Saturday Night Live sketch about a Thanksgiving dinner family discussion:

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