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 and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Metacognitive Reflection at Report Card Time is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Grading Practices.

This is a very complete TED TALK UNIT from Brian Sztabnik. If you want to have your students create their own TED Talks, you won’t find anything better than this resource. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

Reading Fluently Does Not Mean Reading Fast is from The International Literacy Association. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).

Have your students participate in the New York Times Learning Network First-Ever Student Podcast Contest. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

This is an excerpt from the BBC article, How Laughter Makes You A Better Worker:

A short laugh at a comedy clip was shown to increase puzzle-solving by 20%. Why would this be? Beeman and Kounios say this laughter-linked lack of focus appears to allow our minds to juggle and connect concepts in a way that rigid concentration does not.

Just one more reason a sense of humor can be useful in the classroom.