Here’s another mid-year “Best” list…

I’m adding this list to All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.

Three years ago I began publishing a regular Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week post and have so far published:

The Best Resources On Class Instruction – 2015

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – So Far

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two

Here are this year’s choices:

Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately. by Tom Sherrington is a great post and well-worth reading it and the links within the post, too!

Here’s a simple way to boost your learning from videos: “Prequestion” is from BPS Digest. Daniel Willingham writes about the same study. I’m adding both links to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL, where you’ll find other resources related to effective student video viewing.

What makes expert teachers? is by Harry Fletcher-Wood. I’m adding it to The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do.

Recommended Educational Research Papers for Teachers to Read is a treasure trove of links to many useful studies for teachers to review. It was compiled by Mr. Barton Maths, and recommended on Twitter by Carl Hendrick.

Learning To Learn is an excellent new article at the Harvard Business Review. It highlights four key qualities of an effective learner – aspiration, self-awareness, curiosity, and vulnerability. I’m thinking of dividing the article into four very short sections on each of those qualities and then have students respond to this same prompt for each:

What quality does the writer say is important in order to be an effective learner, and what is her justification? To what extent do you agree or disagree with what she believes? Write an essay responding to these questions; to develop your essay, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observation of others, or any of your reading — including “Learning To Learn” itself.

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts on Writing Instruction, where I collect links to all my writing prompts.

Culturally Responsive Classrooms is from Scholastic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

20 Things for Students to Do with Informational Text is from Julie Conlon. It includes a very nice infographic. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Educating Students to “Think Intensively and Critically” is from The Teaching Channel.It’s written by Lisa Rothbard, who also links to a series of excellent lesson plans.

Teaching in the Trump Years (Part 1) is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

The Power of a Do Now is from Amy Louise Haywood. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For “Do Now” Activities To Begin A Class.

11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading is by Todd Finley. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class — But I Need Your Help Finding Research On The Topic.

15 Reasons Why You Should Read was created by Lauren Zucker’s students. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.  Thanks to Kelly Gallagher for the tip.

Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News is from The New York Times Learning Network, and is just about the most exhaustive list of teaching ideas and resources you’re going to find on the topic. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

Responding to Defiance in the Moment is from Responsive Classroom. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Classroom Management. Thanks to Chris Wejr for the tip.

5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers is from Smart Classroom Management. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time.”

Four Ways Teachers Can Support Students of Color is by Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!