Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Resources On Teaching Reading & Writing

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Here are some new and useful resources related to teaching reading and writing:

Why is reading good for me? is from the BBC.  I’m adding it to My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

TEN WAYS TO DITCH THAT READING LOG is from Middle School Minds. I’m adding it to the same list.

Engaged Reading as a Collaborative Transformative Practice is an intriguing study. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement.

The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read is a very good column from the NY Times, and it means “bribery” in a different way than you might think. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly is from LifeHacker. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Students in My Math Classes Next Year Will Do a Lot of Writing. Here’s Why is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Getting Strategic About Teaching Revision in Writing appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Getting Students to “Buy-Into” Revision.

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Handwriting & Learning.

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Rio Olympics, But Were Afraid To Ask

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I have a pretty lengthy A Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics, and it’s getting a whole lot longer today with these additions:

VISUALIZING RIO 2016 is a collection of Washington Post infographics.

When a Country in Turmoil Hosts the Olympics is from The NY Times.

13 Olympic Moments That Have Changed History

2016 Olympic Torch is an interactive from The Associated Press.

Many news organizations have created special pages where all their Olympics coverage will appear. Here are the ones that, so far, look good to me:

CBS News

BBC

Guardian

Telegraph

New York Times

USA Today

NBC

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Intriguing Republican Convention Word Cloud

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I’ve previously shared two different kinds of word clouds generated by news organizations from the Republican convention, and The Washington Post has just published another different kind.

Not only could students compare the three of them, and compare those results with ones presumably the same newspapers will create from the upcoming Democratic Party convention, they could compare them with word clouds created from the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions.

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Listen To How Words Sounded Eight Thousand Years Ago

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Time travelling to the mother tongue is a fascinating article from The University of Cambridge. It tells about how researchers have used technology and statistics to determine how words sounded 8,000 years ago.

For example, listen to how the English word “one” got to what we write and say now.

You can listen to all the “ancient sounds” here.

Addendum: Oops, when I originally published post I forgot to credit Multilingual Matters for the tip. Sorry.

July 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part Three

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Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

July 23, 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 of 2016 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Teaching Religion in the Classroom Just Got More Political is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

Should Students Learn About Black Lives Matter in School? is from The Atlantic. It shares some good ideas, and I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources.

As Project-Based Learning Gains in Popularity, Experts Offer Caution is from EdWeek. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.

3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY Culture Moves Into Schools is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Maker Movement” — Help Me Find More.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!:

Here are two useful pieces of advice:

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