Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study: Do Tests On Computers Assess Academic or Technological Abilities?

Comparing Paper-Pencil and Computer Test Scores: 7 Key Research Studies is an important article over at Education Week (Report: Kids who took Common Core test online scored lower than those who used paper is a similar one at The Washington Post).

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

February 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Few More Links For Learning About The Chinese New Year

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Here are a few more additions to The Best Resources For Chinese (Lunar) New Year (also, look for my NY Times student interactive tomorrow on the same topic):

Chinese New Year Songs is from Top Marks.

Chinese New Year is a lesson for ELLs from the British Council.

Here’s a lesson on Festivals from the British Council.

Chinese New Year is celebrated for the 1st time in Glasgow are some fun photos from Getty Images.

February 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do

There have recently been a number of reports suggesting that research has identified the key qualities and methods behind effective teaching.

Though I’m wary of making an iron-clad list, and I’m certainly wary about defining the word “effective” (see New Study Suggests That Teacher Observations Should Focus More On Teacher Inputs, Less On Student Outcomes), I still thought it would be useful to make a compilation of links to the ones I think are most useful.

Feel free to make additional suggestions:

“The Science Of Learning” Is A Must-Read (& An Accessible One) For Teachers

Instead Of Reading The APA’s “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Teaching,” Check Out These Analyses Instead

“Learning About Learning” Provides Very Good Narrow Summaries Of Research & Over-The-Top Recommendations

Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English Language Learners

Tom Sherrington shares his own list, along with links to other reports I haven’t already mentioned.

I’ll end with this excerpt from What Makes A Great Teacher? by Ellie Herman:

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February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far and The Best Resources On Class Instruction – 2015.

Here are this week’s picks:

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing is from The Huffington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Lesson Plan | Teaching With Protest Music is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History.

John Hattie on BBC Radio 4: “Homework in primary school has an effect of zero.” I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

More on the Unheralded but Highly Effective Technique #10: Own and Track is by Doug Lemov. I’m adding to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Resources On Race & Racism

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Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More:

This is what white privilege is is from The Washington Post.

An Unknown Latino Tuskegee Airman Has Been Discovered is from The Atlantic.

Creating Reparations: How Might We Nurture the Unreasonable Imagination?
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Resources for Teaching Black History Month and Black History Year Round! is from Boston Public Schools. I’m also adding this to The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History.

Unpublished Black History is from The New York Times. I’m also adding it to the same list.

Civil Rights: Then and Now is from PBS. That goes to the history list, too.

The history behind Black History Month is from Vox.

3 Ways White Kids Benefit Most From Racially Diverse Schools is from Mother Jones.

This 17-year-old is a rising voice in Baltimore’s Black Lives Matter movement is from The Washington Post.

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

50 Years of Research Show Good Teaching Matters. Now What? is from Education Week.

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager To Step Down is from NPR.

Education Secretary Calls For Fewer (But Better) Tests is from NPR.

Stop repeating nonsense about ‘bad’ teachers. Just. Stop it. is from Icing On The Cake. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

He’s the stinkweed at the Teach for America garden party is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

Chicago Public Schools teachers and students need more than love is by Ray Salazar.

Teachers call CPS’ $100 million in cuts ‘act of war’ is from The Chicago Sun-Times.

Pondering the future of CTA, Sacramento post-Friedrichs is from Cabinet Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

Districts won’t have to spend federal money on tutoring is from Ed Source.

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Three 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 2015 – Part Two and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s choices:

Bilingual Benefits Vary by Gender is from The Society Pages. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

Embedded supports for ELLs in Reading Workshop is a nice list from The Oakland Unified School District.

Are Teachers Getting the Right Kind of Common-Core PD? is from Education Week. The teacher survey it discusses rates a need for professional development in applying the Common Core to ELLs pretty highly.

Need for Bilingual Educators Moves School Recruitment Abroad is from Education Week.

Comprehension Strategy: Story Stickies is a nice lesson from CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ENglish LeARNING AT A2IB.

Commercials in the classroom is from David Deubelbeiss. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

CCSSO Offers Counseling on ‘Complex’ K-12 English-Language Learner Policy is from Education Week.

Learning How to Teach in an Increasingly Diverse Classroom is from The Atlantic.

Does the Term ‘English-Language Learner’ Carry a Negative Connotation? is from Ed Week.

Worcester students petition White House to change ‘ELL’ label is from a local Massachusetts newspaper.

5 of My Favorite English Games for ESL Students is from Hub Pages. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Star Interviews is a nice lesson from tekhnologic.

Growing Up with Undocumented Parents: The Challenges Children Face is from Ed Central.

New federal law puts spotlight on English learners is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three New Resources About The World’s Different Cultures

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Here are three new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

How We Learn Fairness is from The New Yorker.

What people around the world mean when they say they’re happy is from The Washington Post.

Scientists say the ways humans describe nature transcends culture and geography is from Quartz.