Time for another end-of-year “Best” list.
I’m adding list list to All My End-Of-Year “Best” Lists For 2018 In One Place!
You might also be interested in THE BEST RESOURCES ON CLASS INSTRUCTION IN 2018 – PART TWO.
Here are my choices:
The New York Times Learning Network produces an incredible amount of useful resources. But they’ve outdone themselves with Out of the Classroom and Into the World: 70-Plus Places to Publish Teenage Writing and Art. You’ll want to check it out, and you’ll want to use it – often. They also have a companion piece headlined Writing for an Audience Beyond the Teacher: 10 Reasons to Send Student Work Out Into the World. I’m adding them both to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”
For a long time, Jennifer Binis has been sharing #pairedtexts on Twitter. She scours the media to find contrasting articles, photos, quotes, etc. that are great teaching tools for a variety of classes. In fact, between her #PairedTexts and #Disrupttexts (see #DISRUPTTEXTS LOOKS LIKE AN EXCEPTIONAL RESOURCE WHERE ENGLISH TEACHERS CAN LEARN & CONTRIBUTE), I’m not sure you’ll find two better text resources around. Here’s a sample of what Jennifer has recently found:
— Jennifer Binis (@JennBinis) October 8, 2018
— Jennifer Binis (@JennBinis) October 5, 2018
— Jennifer Binis (@JennBinis) September 16, 2018
Most of us are familiar with TED Talks and TED-Ed animated videos and lessons – I certainly share enough of them and you can read more at The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations). As part of World Teacher Day, Google and TED-Ed announced a new TED-Ed Educator Talks YouTube Channel, that “will be dedicated to celebrating and amplifying the ideas of teachers around the world.” Here’s their introductory video:
I have twelve videos on my “Video Page” right now, with many more to come. They include animations I did with Ed Week on differentiated learning and on transfer of learning; one I did for the Sacramento Bee on “tips for new teachers,”; a video presentation for MindShift on helping students develop intrinsic motivation to write; a talk I gave on Social Emotional Learning for the California Teachers’ Summit, and several more. Look for new ones in the coming months, including two more on differentiated learning Katie Hull and I will be doing with Ed Week…
Katie Hull and I worked with Education Week to create this new – and, I think, nifty – animated explainer about differentiated instruction. Check it out and let me know what you think!
I’m also adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.
I think all teachers can benefit from watching this short video, The Power OF Expectations. This is one reason why we should be Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.
Here is how I have suggested to our principal we use this video at our site:
1. Lead asks teachers to think of an instance when they personally have lived up or down to another’s expectation of them (for example, attendance staff have always showed pity on me and, because of that, I’ve never really tried that hard to do better – BUT DON”T TELL SANDY! 😉 ). Pair share, and then a couple share to group.
2. Lead asks teachers to think of an instance when they believe their expectations impacted on how a student did. Pair share, share out.
3. Ask for ideas on how we can keep this idea in the forefront of our minds
And here’s a related tweet:
Yesterday I told 3 stdnts that I thought they were leaders & asked if they’d consider taking more leadership roles. All appeared shocked & honored, & agreed. 2day each asked if they could be peer mentors 2 younger studnts, Stdnts will rise 2 high expectations
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) October 11, 2018
The September issue of ASCD’s excellent Educational Leadership publication is online. The theme of this issue is “Classroom Management Reimagined.” Many of its articles are behind a paywall, but several are not. I’d like to especially recommend:
Tear Down Your Behavior Chart! by Lee Ann Jung and Dominique Smith.
Relationships and Rapport: “You Don’t Know Me Like That!” by Gabriel “Asheru” Benn.
I’m adding them to Best Posts On Classroom Management.
How to Provide Help is an article from Harvard’s Usable Knowledge.
I really like how it provides a simple frame for differentiated instruction with three categories:
Supports help learners practice the whole task in a simpler way.
Scaffolds help students develop one specific skill or part of a task without worrying about all the components.
Extensions push students beyond the task at hand and deepen their learning.
I might come up with different ways to describe each of those three categories, and different examples than the ones described in the article, but I think that framing is fantastic!
The article also refers to a website that I think the author (Rhonda Bondie) of that framing has which appears to have some useful resources, though you have to dig around a bit to find them.
I’m adding this info to: