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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out BAM!’s Summer Learning Series Of Shows

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Most readers are familiar with the weekly Classroom Q & A show I do for BAM! Radio, where I interview guests who have contributed to my Education Week Teacher column.

BAM! Radio is an amazing organization, with tons of great education-related shows.

They’ve really outdone themselves now, though, with a special “Summer Learning Series” of eight — yes, eight new shows!

You can read all about them here but, suffice to say, they all look terrific.

They include ones where State Teachers of the Year interview each other; another focusing on the Maker Movement, and one on parent engagement. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I love doing and listening to BAM! shows because they’re short (ten minutes or so) and informative — easy to listen to while I’m on the road.

Check out the new shows, as well as the old ones!

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May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Second Quote Of The Day: Why Teachers Stay (& Why They Leave)

Paul Barnwell has written a nice article for The Atlantic titled The Ongoing Struggle of Teacher Retention.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

You might also be interested in my recent Ed Week Teacher series on the same topic.

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May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Do” Is Better Than “Don’t”

I’ve previously written about how I apply research that shows using “positive-framed” messages instead of “loss-framed” ones.

Here’s an excerpt of what I’ve written earlier about researchers learning:

that “loss framed messages” (if you do this, then something bad will happen to you) really don’t have the “persuasive advantage” that they are thought to have. In fact, positive-framed messages (if you do this, all this good stuff will happen to you) are more effective, particularly in changing people’s health behaviors.

Researchers suggest the reason is because people “don’t like to be bullied into changing…behavior.” This is similar to the reason why incentives don’t work to increasing behavior that requires higher-order thinking — people don’t want to feel like mice in a maze (I heard that in a podcast interview with Daniel Pink a few months ago).

It certain reflects my experience with classroom management. I’ve had much better success talking with students about how changing their behavior will help them achieve their goals (passing a class, graduating from high school, going to college, etc.) than with threatening negative consequences (though, admittedly, in a few circumstances, that might work and I’ve used it).

A new study released today reinforced these same findings. Here’s an excerpt:

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May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Show Is On How To Encourage Other Teachers – & Ourselves – To Be Open To Change

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My latest BAM! Radio Show is on how to encourage other teachers — and ourselves — to be more open to change.

Educators Sally Zepeda, Bill Sterrett, Pete Hall and I have a ten minute conversation on the topic, which will also be a focus of my Education Week Teacher column next month.

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May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“MakeBeliefs” Comic-Creator Expands ELL Resource Section

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Make Beliefs, the popular comic-creator that is on The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online list, has just unveiled a new and expansive resource section filled with free materials for teachers of English Language Learner students.

It’s definitely worth a visit to check out what they’ve put together…

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May 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS News Hour Video: “What galvanized standardized testing’s opt-out movement”

What galvanized standardized testing’s opt-out movement is the title of a segment on tonight’s PBS News Hour.

You can read the transcript here. I’ve embedded the video below. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Parents “Opting-Out” Of Standardized Tests For Their Children.

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May 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Learn About Cyberbullying & Practice English At The Same Time With “Words Can Save”

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Words Can Save is an interactive designed to raise awareness of cyberbullying. You’re prompted to provide advice to a child who is a victim by completing gap-fills/clozes like the one above.

Unfortunately, though, for some odd reason you’re supposed to be eighteen to use it. If you say you’re under that age, you’re transferred to a much less engaging site.

I’m adding this info to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More.

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