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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Interesting NY Times Interactive Shows What Occupations Share Similar Skills With Teaching

Switching Careers Doesn’t Have to Be Hard: Charting Jobs That Are Similar to Yours is the headline of an interesting NY Times interactive that lets you see how your present occupation is like – and unlike – others.

Here is what it came up with for secondary school teachers, followed by the results for elementary ones.

Not sure how much practical result it is, but it’s interesting enough to check-out:

You might also be interested in  Chart: It Doesn’t Look Like Teachers’ Jobs Are At Risk Of Being Automated.

July 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Pins Of The Week


I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated over 12,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

I thought readers might find it useful if I began sharing a handful of my most recent “pins” each week (I’m not sure if you can see them through an RSS Reader – you might have to click through to the original post). The first one was my most popular Pin this week.

July 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

July’s Updated “Best” Lists

I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,700 categorized “Best Lists.

I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task.

So, I’ve started to go through them and highlight the ones that I’ve gotten around to completely cleaning-up and revising. I’ve completed this process well over 300 lists over the past eighteen months.

Here are a list of them from this month (you can see previous compilations here):

The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects

The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The Best Ways To Back-Up Your Computer & Online Work

The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips

The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks

The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography

The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms”

July 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

July’s Best 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. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

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). There are a lot of them this month:

Using “Wrote My Way Out” From Hamilton With Students (Including Writing Prompt)

Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers

Our Next Book On Teaching ELLs Is Almost Two-Thirds Done!

Wonderful Animal Video For ELLs & Everybody Else

Collections Of Academic Sentence Starters

Podcast: Interview With…Me On Parent Engagement

Bingo! There Are Issues With This Study On Grit & ELLs, But I Am Sure Going To Use It With My Students

Amazon Makes Its Teacher Resource-Sharing Site Public Today

“Q & A Collections: Race & Gender Challenges”

Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting

New Study Finds Students Less Motivated In School The More They Think Wealth & Income Inequality Is Stacked Against Them

Privilege & Chief Justice Roberts’ Commencement Speech

Easily Create Vocabulary Quizzes With “Wordsmyth”

New Study Finds That Punishment May Encourage The Behavior Being Targeted

Change “Employees” To “Students” & This Article Has Good Research & Advice On Building Trust

New Geography Game: “Can You Draw The States?”

“‘Double Flip’ Your Classroom”

Study’s Conclusion Is Not As Useless As It Sounds: Low-Income Adolescents Are Less Likely To Attend College

Wrong-Headed Criticism Of Medicaid Mirrors Wrong-Headed Criticism Of Schools

“Factitious” Is An Online Game To Teach About Fake News

Every Teacher With An ELL Student In Their Class Can Benefit From Watching This Video!

Popular “Book Creator” App Can Now Be Used On The Web

Great Strategy For Interacting With Art!

“Quiz Game Master” Is A Nice Tool For Creating Online Learning Games

“Leaders can Support Innovation By ‘Listening More & Speaking Less’”

I’ve Found These Decent Online Exercises To Teach Paraphrasing – Can You Suggest More?


July 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two 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 (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two andThe Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Jo Boaler has unveiled a redesigned math website with lots of resources.

Critical thinking: how to help your students become better learners is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom.

First Day of School: Six Word Stories with a Twist is by Maria Bartz. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School.

I’ve written a lot about the Stanford History Group (it’s on The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources).  They’ve just released a new lesson plan on Child Labor. Here’s how they describe it:

Lewis Hine shot hundreds of photographs that exposed the working conditions facing thousands of child laborers in the first two decades of the twentieth century. His powerful images shed light on a world largely hidden from most middle-class Americans and influenced public debate about child labor laws. This lesson asks students to think critically about Hine’s photographs and their usefulness as evidence of the past.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For The World Day Against Child Labor.

Putting Your Ideas into Action: Instructional Tips for Educators is from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

Engaging Students in Tobacco Ad Analysis is by Frank Baker and appeared in Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking.

I’ve previously written about the sign I have in my room saying ““I’m Not Sure, But I Think That…”

Here are some other related suggestions:

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