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I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in this blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet sharing them.

Here are This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions.

For Teachers, Wired Classrooms Pose New Management Concerns is from Education Week.

Here’s a Thanksgiving vocabulary quiz from Rene Maufroid. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn & Teach About Thanksgiving.

Skills Practice | Writing Effective Openings is an exceptional lesson plan at The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement.

Increasing Student Engagement By Grading Backwards is from TeachThought. I’m not that thrilled with the idea that it suggests — I think it promotes extrinsic motivation even more than the typical grading system. However, it is an innovative concept. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Grading Practices.

5 Point Free Assessment Strategies is from A Fine Balance. I’m adding it to that same grading practice list.

In Defense of Food Stamps is from, of all places, The Wall Street Journal.

How I Talk to My High-School Students About the Internet is from The Atlantic.

Simple ways to differentiate materials for mixed level classes is an excellent post by Rachael Roberts. It’s focused on language teaching, but the ideas can be applied to any class. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

Accurately Defining Formative Assessment is from Teach Learn Grow. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment.

Why teach math? is by David Wees.