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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What’s In A Name?

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The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names is a “Best” list I keep updated and periodically use in my classes as a resource where students can learn about their names and the concept of names.

Here are some new additions to that list:

What your name tells us about your age, where you live, your political leanings and your job is from The Washington Post.

The Chinese Guide to Avoiding a Bad English Name is from The Atlantic.

What’s In A Name? It Could Matter If You’re Writing To Your Lawmaker is from NPR.

The importance of a name is from The Washington Post.

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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Data – & Visualizations – On How Americans Spend Their Time

There have been several visualizations created over the past few years showing how people spend their days. I’ve used them in lessons where students have created infographics indicating how they spend their time, and then they compare their results with the interactives. And I’ve collected all of them in The Best Visualizations Of How People Spend Their Days.

New data has just been released for 2014 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and both Five Thirty Eight and The Wall Street Journal have reports on it, as well as new visualizations of what the numbers say.

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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wow! “Split This Rock” Looks Like A Great Resource For Social Justice Poetry

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Thanks to the Zinn Education Project, I learned about a great searchable collection of social justice poetry that was just unveiled today at Split This Rock.

Here is how it describes itself:

Split This Rock explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.

Split This Rock is dedicated to revitalizing poetry as a living, breathing art form with profound relevance in our daily lives and struggles. Our programs integrate poetry of provocation and witness into movements for social justice and support the poets of all ages who write and perform this vital work.

It looks like a great site, and I think teachers will particularly like that it’s searchable by theme and through other categories.

I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resource Sites For Social Justice Issues.

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June 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Special Edition: Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week — Part Two

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. Since I’ve already posted one edition this week, this is a special Part Two.

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

Here are this week’s picks:

This tweet could be a useful companion to my previous post, Here’s My Chapter On Elements Of A Successful Lesson, Along With Student Hand-Outs THEY Use To Teach:

The post highlighted in this next tweet talks about what I think is a very innovative instructional strategy — he puts info on slides and asks students to predict what he would say to accompany them:

And here’s a tweet I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More:

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June 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More

As recent readers know, I’ve been doing research on metacognition as part of developing a new lesson plan. Effective note-taking could be an effective metacognitive strategy, and I thought I’d start a list of some resources and invite readers to contribute more:

If you need it, here’s a simple explanation of the Cornell Notetaking System.

4 Popular Note Taking Strategies is from Exam Time.

Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students is by Vicki Davis.

Learn To Take Better Notes – 3 Note Taking Strategies Compared

Note taking Strategies for ELL Students in Content Area Classrooms

Visual Notetaking in the Classroom is by Wendi Pillars.

How English-Language Learners Have an Edge is by James Boutin.

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June 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Quartz” Creates Search Engine For Charts & Lets You Create Your Own

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Thanks to Cindy Johanson, I learned about about this New York Times article today, Quartz Introduces Atlas, a Search Engine for Its Charts.

Quartz is an online magazine I sometimes read, and it now has created a search engine for its charts called Atlas. The image at the top of this post you can see a screen shot of just a few of the charts I found when I searched “education.”

They have also opened up public access to its own Chartbuilder, which looks pretty easy to use.

I’m adding it to both The Best Tools To Make Simple Graphs Online and to The Best Sources For Interactive Infographics.

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