Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today – Here Are Related Resources

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The National Park Service is one-hundred years old today.

I’ve just updated and revised The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks.

August 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study Reinforces That Prior Knowledge Is Important – As Well As Critical Thinking Skills

As all teachers understand, it’s critical for students to have – and be able to access – prior knowledge in order to learn something new (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of Prior Knowledge (& How To Activate It) ).

We’re all also supposed to know how important it is for our students to develop critical thinking skills (see The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom).

A new study has been released today that I suspect most IB Theory of Knowledge classes around the world will be incorporating in their discussions of memory’s role in acquiring knowledge.  It found that, as the headline of an article about the study says, The more we know, the easier we are to deceive.

Here’s an excerpt:

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This is one reason we spend a fair amount of time on the concept of false memories in TOK classes. It sounds like it might be worth discussing in other classes, too.

August 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Ken Burns Film, “Defying The Nazis,” Looks Good & Has Tons Of Free Teaching Resources

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Ken Burns has a new film showing on PBS next month, and it looks impressive.

Here’s how it’s described:

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR, a new documentary co-directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky about a little-known but important mission by an American minister and his wife to rescue refugees and dissidents in Europe before and after the start of World War II, will air on September 20 at 9 pm (check local listings) on PBS.

The film has its own website, which also contains teaching resources specifically created by Facing History. You can see several video clips here.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

Speaking of Ken Burns, he was also in the news this week when Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin suggested that Ken Burns documentaries could replace history teachers.

Here is Burns’ response:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust.

August 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“‘Partnering With Parents’ by Asking Questions”

‘Partnering With Parents’ by Asking Questions is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein and Agnes Bain answer a few questions about their new book, “Partnering With Parents To Ask The Right Questions: A Powerful Strategy For Strengthening School-Family Partnerships.”

Here are some excerpts:

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August 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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When Students Complain About Revising Their Essay, Show Them This Video Of A Paper With 463 Revisions!

Boing Boing shared this video of a writer who had to go through 463 revisions of his paper.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Getting Students to “Buy-Into” Making Revisions.

Thanks to Dr. Ramon B. Goings for the tip.

And here’s a “bonus” addition to the same list:

August 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Share & Find Learning Resources At #JustTeacherSyllabus

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Django Paris has begun the hashtag #JustTeacherSyllabus on social media, and it’s picking up a lot of steam with more and more educators sharing resources using it.

Here are a few tweets from him explaining the hashtag:

I’m adding this info to The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events.

August 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Request Free Kindle E-Readers For Your Classroom

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Today, Amazon announced what it appears to be a substantial expansion of program donating Kindle e-Readers to schools, libraries and other nonprofits in the United States and around the world.

They call it the Kindle Reading Fund.

Interestingly, for schools and nonprofits that are interested, all they say is this:

Please email us at donationrequests@amazon.com, and we’ll get back to you within 10 business days if we’re able to support your organization.

I wasn’t able to find any other guidelines for information they need.  I submitted a simple request, and will let you know what kind of response I receive from them.

They offer more specific information for a give-away program they are doing with the PTA here.

And here’s a video about their program in the developing world:

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

You might also be interested in The Best Places To Learn About Education Grants.

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