Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 10, 2014
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Tomorrow Is World Population Day – Here Are Related Resources

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Tomorrow, July 11th, is World Population Day.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion.

Here’s how the United Nations describes World Population Day:

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day.

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July 10, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“‘Collaboration Is Crucial’: An Interview With Carmen Fariña & Laura Kotch”

In my latest Education Week Teacher post, I interview Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City schools, & Laura Kotch, its former Director of Professional Development and Curriculum, about the new edition of their book, A School Leader’s Guide to Excellence.

Here are some excerpts:

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ll Be Interviewed Online About My Student Motivation Books At 10:50 AM (PST) On Thursday

Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems.
 

The Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) is going to be doing a series of live interviews with authors in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Thursday, and I’m scheduled for 10:50 AM Pacific Time to discuss my series of books on student motivation.

You can see the interview here as well as see the line-up of other authors participating.

Viewers will be able to participate in a chatboard to comment and ask questions, too.

A recording should also be posted permanently at the same site, so you could view it at other times, too.

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Perhaps My Last Listing Of New Resources For This Year’s World Cup

Here are what are perhaps the final additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil:

ESPN has a phenomenal site for the World Cup called World Cup Essentials.

Life in Brazil – during – the World Cup, in Pictures is from Vox.

So You Think You Can Flop? is a fun Washington Post interactive.

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A New Tool For Creating Email Newsletters From Wix

The ability to create an email newsletter can come in handy for bloggers, teachers and other writers. and I share a number of free tools that let you make them easily at The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters.

Now Wix, the popular website-creating tool, has announced a new feature they call Shout Out that lets you send one out. It appears that you have to first create a website on the site, and I’m not too sure how easy it is to import email addresses, but it’s still clearly something I should add to that “The Best” list.

Here’s a video explaining how it works:

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”

The so-called “reading wars” on how best to teach literacy are back in the news with the recent announcement that “balanced literacy” is back on the approved list for New York City schools to use.

It should come as no surprise to readers that I’m a big supporter of Lucy Calkins and the balanced literacy approach, as my recent tweet demonstrates:

Here are some more useful resources on the topic. Let me know what else I should add to the list:

New York Schools Chief Advocates More ‘Balanced Literacy’ is from The New York Times.

The Reading Wars Again (or Still) is by Marc Tucker at Ed Week.

How Lucy Calkins, literacy guru and Fariña ally, is fighting to define Common Core teaching is from Chalkbeat.

Balanced Literacy Is One Effective Approach is by Lucy Calkins and is one of several columns on the topic published by The New York Times as part of their “Room For Debate” series.

Here’s a Prezi that might be worth a look:

A Return to ‘Balanced Literacy’? is from Education Week.

In Defense Of Balanced Literacy is from KinderConfidential.

Again, please send me more suggestions of resources to add to this list….

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Watch This Video & Complete The Sentence: “This Is An Allegory For_______”

We’ve all seen dogs barking at each other through fences.

But I doubt you’ve ever seen them do this….

If you feel like it, leave a comment completing this sentence:

“This is an allegory for…….”

And if the video doesn’t come through on an RSS Readers — believe me, it’s worth clicking through to see it.

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Donald Duck On Self-Control

I’ve previously shared the videos Sesame Street has done this year promoting the virtue of self-control. They’re pretty creative and entertaining.

I just learned that Walt Disney apparently had similar ideas in 1938, and put out this cartoon of Donald Duck teaching and learning about self-control — in his own unique way:

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two Fun Links To Learn About The World’s Cultures

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

The McDonald’s meals abroad that may come as a surprise... is actually pretty interesting and is from The Daily Mail.

And here’s an infographic sharing the national flowers of many countries:

Around the World in 32 Flowers

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July 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The New Yorker” Makes All Articles Available For Free Until November

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The New Yorker
, my favorite magazine, has just announced that they will eliminate their online paywall and make everything available for three months beginning on July 21st.

At the end of that period they will unveil a revised paywall. Right now, they make about a third of their articles available for free each week.

It’s good news for the short-term and bad news for the long-term. I’ve been a subscriber for twenty years, and love it. It’s paywall, however, has make it problematic to share many of its articles online. I just hope the system they end up instituting in November is not more restrictive than their present system.

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July 8, 2014
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“Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer”

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Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer
is my latest post over at The British Council.

It’s a slightly revised version of a previous post here, and I share what I’m doing with my students over the summer through easy-to-set-up “virtual classrooms.”

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July 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Videos Of The Week

'Video Clutter' photo (c) 2006, John Pannell - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In yet another effort to get at my backlog of resources to share, I recently began this feature to share useful videos. I’ll still periodically highlight certain ones on their own, but the rest will be found on this regular post:

I’m adding this first video to The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” — as Digg describes it, “Watch A 2-Year-Old Amputee Learn To Walk Before Your Eyes”:

I’m adding this next video to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought:

This fun video is going to The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Europe:

I’m adding this last video to The Best Web Resources On The Iraq War:

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July 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Useful Article: “How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions”

How to Read Education Data Without Jumping to Conclusions is a good article in The Atlantic by Jessica Lahey & Tim Lahey.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Here’s an excerpt:

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Self Control: Dan Ariely at TEDxDuke”

I’m a big fan of Duke professor, author and researcher Dan Ariely, and have written a lot about his work.

Here’s a video of a talk he gave on self-control (you can find the transcript here).

It’s really quite good. Unfortunately, I think most of the examples and stories he uses — which are great — would just be too hard for high school students to connect with, and apply to, their own situation.

Nevertheless, I’m adding the video to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video & Useful Tweets From #TeachDoNow Panel On Teachers & Social Media

Vicki Davis, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Tina Barseghian Matt Williams and I participated in a #TeachDoNow Google+ panel discussion on teachers and social media. Here is the video and some useful tweets sent during the hour event.

You can learn more about KQED’s #TeachDoNow online course here.

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: ‘World Cup Chemistry: The Science Behind the Brazuca Ball”

Here are some new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil, in including a video:

The New York Times has collected all their World Cup interactives in one place.

Your World Cup Ethical Questions, Answered is from The New York Times.

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July 7, 2014
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“The Leftovers” Shared A Key To Motivation & Perseverance In The First 30 Seconds Of Last Night’s Episode

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“The Leftovers” is an intriguing, though depressing, new show on HBO, and last night was its second episode.

The first thirty seconds of the show demonstrated a key to motivation and grit (perseverance) — I wish the clip could be found online, but no such luck. Two FBI agents were sitting in an office, and one told the other that his kid wanted to quit soccer and wanted to know if he should let him do it. The other agent asked him, “Is he any good at it?”

His response:

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Plenty of research has shown that competence (self-efficacy) is a key to motivation and perseverance — if you think you can do something, and to it well, you tend to want to continue doing it. This is one of the key reasons behind helping our students develop learning strategies to help them figure out new challenges and why we need to emphasize that effort is the key to success, not natural intelligence.

You can read more about this topic and the research behind it at:

More Understanding Equals More Interest & Intrinsic Motivation

Three Critical Elements Sustain Motivation is from Scientific American.

Two Secrets to Staff Motivation is from Justin Baeder.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

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July 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Our National Union Has A New President!

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Lily Eskelsen García was just elected President of the National Education Association.

You can read more about her at:

Eskelsen García: We Are Fearless and We Will Not Be Silent at NEA Today.

Doug Robinson: Former lunch lady Lily Garcia goes to Washington to run for the NEA from Deseret News.

Check out her blog, Lily’s Blackboard.

Next NEA leader’s first task: Win back public is from Politico and includes this video interview:

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