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October 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success



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, my colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski and I published an article in Education Week Teacher headlined The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success.

I think it’s a good one :)

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

October 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wow – What An Impressive Site On The Great Migration


Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series is a very impressive online exhibition about the Great Migration.

Here’s a description:

Created by the artist Jacob Lawrence in 1940–1941, The Migration Series is a 60-panel epic painting that tells the story of the great migration: the movement of more than six million people of African descent out of the southern United States, beginning in 1900. To promote the reunion of all 60 panels and their inclusion in the People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series at Washington, DC–based museum The Phillips Collection, Saint Louis–based design agency TOKY created this site that explores the societal, cultural and political impact of the great migration. Visitors can experience the great migration first-hand through real letters from migrants to loved ones and an interactive map that demonstrates how populations shifted over time. Photographs and video content illuminate the culture of Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, and a curated Spotify playlist features songs by celebrated Harlem renaissance musicians. The Phillips Collection also invites visitors to contribute to the series by creating a 61st panel, with submissions being taken from Facebook and Twitter posts with the hashtag #Panel61.

In addition, one feature I particularly liked was the Poetry Scramble.

You can “drag-and-drop” words from the poetry of some of the great African-American poets of the era, create your own, and then share the link.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History.

October 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Ways To Use Multiple Choice Exercises


Earlier this year, I published a post on ways to use multiple choice tests.

Today, Paul Bruno shared this new article on the topic:

I prompted me to think it would be useful to reprint my earlier post and turn it into a “Best” list. Feel free to share your own ideas:

I often experiment with how to use multiple choice exercises in creative and effective ways.

One reason is because periodicaly create ones for English Language Learners at the New York Times Learning Network.

Another is because I sometimes have students create ones for their classmates.

David Deubelbeiss has what I think is a great idea on how to make multiple choice questions more learner-friendly and effective.

And Jason Renshaw has come up with other ways.

A conversation about this very topic arose on Twitter this morning, and I thought I’d share a few, though not all, of the related tweets, and also invite readers to share their own ideas in the comments section:

October 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google’s New “World Potus” Looks Like A Cool Site – If You Can Figure Out What It Means


Google’s News Lab has just unveiled a new site called World Potus.

It lets you visualize how countries throughout the world are seeing the U.S. Presidential election based on what they are looking for in Google search.

It looks really cool, but it was all very confusing to me. However, I’d encourage you to check it out. If you can figure it out, and also can identify a way to make it accessible to your students, please let me know!

I’m tentatively adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

October 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Dollar Street” Is Clearly One Of The Best Online Educational Resources Of The Year


Gapminder, the great data visualization site led by Hans Rosling (see The Best Hans Rosling Videos) has just unveiled Dollar Street, which I think is an extraordinary site.

They have collected 30,000 photos from 46 countries that allow you to compare, as they say, “how people really live.”

You can compare bathrooms, toys – you name it.

It has so much potential for so many lessons — exploring different cultures, economic analysis, geography, compare/contrast, etc.

I’m adding it to:

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

The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sites

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