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October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Note To Those Who Subscribe To This Blog By Email

Feedblitz generally does an excellent job in emailing subscribers all of the blog posts I write each day.

Yesterday, however, I posted quite a few and, for some reason, the service missed several, including a post about my latest Ed Week column.

So, if you’re an email subscriber, please come to the blog directly and scroll through the posts from the past couple of days to check out the ones that Feedblitz didn’t send out over the weekend.

October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

October’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part Four

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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 The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Cats Being Funny (& How To Use It In Class)

Videos of animals doing funny things are always a winner with English Language Learners (and their teachers!). Show them and then have students write and talk about what they’ve seen.

Here’s one, and it creators also have two playlists of similar animal compilations:

You might also be interested in The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – So Far.

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: Merit pay and ‘loss aversion:’ Nonsense studies



Next 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

In 2012, I wrote a column for the Washington Post about two ridiculous studies on “loss aversion” in schools. It was titled Merit pay and ‘loss aversion:’ Nonsense studies.

It was even worse than treating students as rats in a maze – they gave elementary school children rewards and then took them back if they didn’t score well on their tests.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with one of the researchers which I reprinted in my column:

Q: The ones that did badly — did you rip it away from them and then did they scream and cry?

A: Yeah, it’s hard when you rip a trophy out of the hands of an eight year old.

I wrote about these studies much more extensively in The Best Posts On “Loss Aversion” & Schools.

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Few More Useful Resources For Teaching About The Presidential Election


We’re nearing the end (or, at least, one can hope we are!) of the presidential campaign.

Here are few more useful additions to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections:

When was America great? It depends on who you are. is a great interactive from The Washington Post.

The Elephant (and Donkey) in the Room is from ASCD and offers good lesson advice.

ProPublica’s Electionland has lots of info – almost too much, in fact. The best part, I think, is that it provides a lot of data comparing your local county’s voting habits and patterns with the rest of your state.

Lesson Plan: US Elections Explained is by Blog de Cristina.

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Two years ago I began this 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.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

Using CBMs for Quick Assessment of Progress in English Language Development is a useful article by Rita Platt and John Wolfe about fluency assessments for ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are great. They’re perfect for The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class.

4 ways ESSA will change how schools serve ELL students is from Education Dive. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

WIDA panel on English Learner (EL) programs & ESSA: opportunity, challenges & concerns is from TransAct. I’m adding it to the same list.

Lesson Plan: US Elections Explained is by Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

What’s in a Name in an ESL Class, and other resources on the theme of Names is from Lesley’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names.

22 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US is from Business Insider. I’m adding it to The Best “Language Maps”

How do we help students record new vocabulary? #ELTchat summary 05/10/2016 is from…ELTchat. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Public School Teachers of ELs: A Look at the Legal Requirements is by Judie Haynes.

New York City ELL Study Offers Glimpse into National English-Learner Trends is from Education Week. I don’t think ELL teachers will find anything they didn’t know already, but it’s worth scanning.

“CommonLit” Now Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classrooms was a piece I posted last month. Now, they’ve announced some great additions for ELLs, including having texts read aloud and providing translation.

Closing the Language Skills Gap Among Children is from The Dana Foundation.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners:

This tweet is go to The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death:

This video comes via Alexander Russo:

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Really Interesting NY Times Column On The Value Of Being “Two-Faced”


Why Hillary Clinton Needs to Be Two-Faced is the headline of a very interesting column in today’s New York Times. It’s a commentary on the alleged comment Clinton made about politicians needing to be “two-faced.”

The important points it makes about achieving change are somewhat comparable to the ones made in my Washington Post column, The importance of being unprincipled.

And what is says about “knowledge” could be very useful in an IB Theory of Knowledge class:

Modern social science makes a related distinction between shared knowledge and public knowledge. Public knowledge is information that is out there in plain and undeniable view, stuff like stock prices, weather bulletins and campaign promises. If knowledge is public, you and I both know it, and you know that I know it, and I know that you know it, and you know that I know that you know it, ad infinitum. If knowledge is merely shared knowledge, by contrast, you and I both know it, but I’m not sure if you know and you’re not sure if I know.

Shared knowledge has a very handy, if somewhat peculiar, trait: Even if we both know it, we can plausibly deny knowing it. Maybe you and I both know we dated the same person at the same time — but if neither of us is sure the other knows, we can both pretend not to know, thereby staying friends.

I’m going to add it to:

The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

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