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February 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

February’s Infographics & Interactives Galore – Part Four

There are just so many good infographics and interactives out there that I’ve begun a new semi-regular feature called “Infographics & Interactives Galore.”

You can see others at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics and by searching “infographics” on this blog.

I’ll still be publishing separate posts to individually highlight especially useful infographics and interactives, but you’ll find others in this regular feature.

Here goes:

Playback FM lets you find the number one song on the day you were born (thanks to Vox for the tip). I’m adding it to The Best “Today In History” Sites.

Latino Life By The Numbers is an infographic from Colorlines.

How did oil come to run our world? is an interactive from The BBC.

I’m adding this next infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

Dining Etiquette Around The World

I’m adding this next infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About Mexico, Central & South America:

The Underdogs: Living History
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February 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Newest NY Times Post For ELLs Is On “Teaching and Learning About Animals”


Ideas for E.L.L.s | Teaching and Learning About Animals is my latest New York Times Learning Network post, and it’s filled with ideas and multimedia resources for teachers of English Language Learners.

I’m adding it to:

All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions

The Best Sites For Learning About Animals

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February 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Digital Learning Day” Is On March 13th – Here Are Related Resources


I regularly learn how much I don’t know, and today was another example. I had never heard of Digital Learning Day before I received an email from The California Writing Project today. Here’s what it said:

Organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day celebrates effective teaching and learning practices powered by technology. Each year, hundreds of thousands of teachers and education leaders, and millions of students from all fifty states and the District of Columbia join this grassroots movement in schools nationwide. From classroom activities to district-and statewide initiatives, Digital Learning Day events are diverse and unique and share the goals of encouraging innovation, supporting teachers, and spreading best practices for the use of technology in schools.

You can learn more about it at the Digital Learning Day site and/or at The California Writing Project.

You might also find some useful resources at The Best Resources For Connected Educators Month.

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February 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: “What Americans Actually Think About Immigration”

This is from an article today in The Atlantic headlined “What Americans Actually Think About Immigration,” which describes the result of a nationwide 40,000 person poll:

Today, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released the American Values Atlas, an online interactive map that provides an unprecedented portrait of America’s changing religious and political landscape.


I’m adding this info to The Best Resources On President Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration.

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February 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

February 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Teaching Literature In The Common Core Era Is Focus Of My New BAM! Show


What Are the Best Ways to Teach Literature in the Age of Common Core? is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

Nancy Steineke, Sean McComb, and Bill and Pérsida Himmele are my guests. They have all also contributed written commentaries on the topic for a future Education Week Teacher column.

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February 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

February’s Top Posts From This Blog


I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

My Next Book On Student Motivation Will Be Published In A Month: Here’s An Update & Table Of Contents

Eighth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

“How to Turn Students into Self-Motivated Learners”

Quote Of The Day: “Knowledge Isn’t Power”

Important New Study: No Child Left Behind Hurts Long-Term Student Success

“Socratic Smackdown” Looks Fun & Interesting – If You’ve Tried Using It, What Do You Think?

I’ve Now Done Forty BAM! Radio Shows & Here’s How To Listen To Them

This Resource Might Be A Huge Help For Applying Common Core To Teaching ELLs

Three-Two-One Is A Simple & Effective Summarizing Strategy

Student Examples From Theory Of Knowledge Project

This Is How Videotaping Teachers Can Be Helpful…

Guest Post: Get Started with iBooks Author

Statistic Of The Day: “Teens increasingly sleep deprived”

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL — 100th Edition!

Here Are Text Messages We’re Sending Home To ELL Students & Parents – Share Your Ideas

See My Article & Video On Teacher Leadership – No Longer Behind A Paywall

‘Write The Book You Wish You Had On Your Bookshelf’

Excellent Review Of Writing Instruction Research

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Post It”

Quote Of The Day: “There Was A Misunderstanding” About CCSS & Non-Fiction Texts

Quote Of The Day: Gates Official Says They Game Their Research (No Surprise, But Still Not Good)

Quote Of The Day: Jeb Bush Demonstrates Empathy For Third-Graders With Learning Challenges – NOT!

Teaching Tolerance Offers Teachers Free Documentary On Selma-To-Montgomery March

‘Teachers Make Great Authors’

Great Article On “Being The Best At Anything” & How I’m Using It In Class

Second Quote Of The Day: Learning A Second Language “Increases The Size Of Your Brain”

Quote Of The Day: Research Supports Independent Reading

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Connect Fours”

“Educators Wanting To Write A Book ‘Must Go For It!’”

Quote Of The Day: “Self-Reflection & Effectiveness”

No Surprise In This Study: Language Learners Retain Vocabulary Better When Connected To Gestures & Images

Jimmy Fallon Models Yet Another Game Useful For English Language Learners

Nate Silver Explains The Problem With VAM & “Teacher Accountability” Without Talking About It…

Excellent Articles In This Month’s Issue Of ASCD Educational Leadership

Quote Of The Day: What Is A “Low-Performing” School?

This Is The Best Web 2.0 Site For ELLs & May Be The Best One For All Students

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Dustbin”

“Differentiation Lets Us Reach Our Students ‘Where They Are’”

Ways To Prioritize Social Emotional Learning Without Grading It

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using With “Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb”




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