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About six years ago, I posted a series of “All-Time Best” posts, which you can see here.

A lot has happened since that time, including nearly an additional seven-thousand posts appearing here.

So, over the next several months I’ll be publishing a new-and-updated series of “all-time” lists, starting with today’s one featuring my favorite posts from over the past sixteen years:

First off, here are my favorite “Best” lists (you can see all 2,200 of them here):

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading

The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”

The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing

The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise

The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers)

The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students

A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos.

The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes

The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching

The Best Movie Scenes, Stories, & Quotations About “Transfer Of Learning” – Help Me Find More!

My Best Posts On Writing Instruction

The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools

The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Parent Engagement

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Student Motivation

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners

New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work

THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR ELLS – HELP ME FIND MORE!

A COLLECTION OF SILENT MOVIE GIF METAPHORS FOR TEACHER LIFE – MAKE SOME YOURSELF WITH THE TAG #EDMOVIEGIF

THE EIGHT BEST TEACHING & LEARNING RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THIS BLOG

FIFTY-THREE WAYS TO HAVE STUDENTS INTERACT WITH TEXT – ONLINE OR IN THE PHYSICAL CLASSROOM

THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE JIGSAW INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY

THE BEST POSTS & ARTICLES EXPLAINING WHY WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE PARENT ENGAGEMENT, BUT NOT PARENT BULLYING

THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT PROJECT ZERO’S THINKING ROUTINES

THE BEST RESOURCES ON PEER TUTORS

A COLLECTION OF “BEST” LISTS ABOUT USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN EDUCATION

RESOURCES FOR TALKING WITH STUDENTS – & TEACHING – ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE

THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE “TEACHER SHORTAGE”

THE BEST SITES STUDENTS CAN USE FOR INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT ATTACKS ON “CRITICAL RACE THEORY,” THE 1619 PROJECT & ATTEMPTS TO STOP EDUCATORS FROM TEACHING ABOUT SYSTEMIC RACISM

WAYS TO TEACH ABOUT THE JAN. 6TH  INSURRECTION – SHARE YOUR OWN

MY 8 END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR REFLECTION POSTS – ALL IN ONE PLACE

 

 

Next, here are my favorite “non-Best list” posts:

“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”

Is This The Most Important Research Study Of 2012? Maybe

An Effective Five-Minute Lesson On Metacognition

Is This The Most Important Research Study Of The Year? Maybe

Collective Punishment In The Classroom

What Can We Learn About Classroom Management From Abraham Lincoln?

Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits is just about my favorite lesson plan.

“Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too” is about one of my favorite classroom moments — ever!

Deliberate Practice & Red Herrings

“How Can I Better A Better Teacher For You?”

No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands

Here’s My Chapter On Elements Of A Successful Lesson, Along With Student Hand-Outs THEY Use To Teach

“Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s “Effective” If Students Won’t Do It

How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy

Classroom Management Strategy: “Sometimes The Only Thing Worse Than Losing A Fight Is Winning One”

Classroom Management Strategy: Here Are Three Things I Want. What Are Three Things You Want?

Irritation Vs. Agitation

Knowledge Isn’t Power — “Power is Power”

“Flowchart For When A Day Goes Bad In Classroom Management”

KQED Interviews Me About Saul Alinsky & His Connection To Teaching

The Elephant In The Room In The Talent vs. Practice Debate

What My Students Say About Teachers Mispronouncing Their Names

Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class

New Animated Video I’ve Done With Ed Week: “What Is ‘Transfer of Learning’ and How Does It Help Students?”

We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity

Guest Post: What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

Three Videos Of English Language Learners Giving Advice To Teachers

We Need To Talk More About Schools As Mediating Institutions

THE DEMONIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS AS INVADERS, AND WHAT TEACHERS & STUDENTS CAN DO ABOUT IT

LEADING WITH INQUIRY, NOT JUDGMENT

TWELVE WAYS ELLS – & ANYONE ELSE – CAN READ & DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF A TEXTBOOK CHAPTER – ADD TO THE LIST!

“WE ALSO SHOULDN’T LET WHITE PEOPLE OFF THE HOOK”

EDITING LIST FOR WHEN TEACHERS WRITE BOOKS

OUR THREE VIDEO SERIES ON DIFFERENTIATION, INCLUDING TWO NEW ONES!

WAYS TO TURN A BAD TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP INTO A GOOD ONE

WE SHOULDN’T “EMPOWER” STUDENTS – INSTEAD WE SHOULD CREATE THE CONDITIONS WHERE THEY CAN TAKE IT

IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING DOESN’T SEEM TO WORK – SO WHAT SHOULD TEACHERS & OTHERS DO, INSTEAD?

ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH, RITA PIERSON WAS MORE RIGHT THAN NOT WHEN SHE SAID, “KIDS DON’T LEARN FROM PEOPLE THEY DON’T LIKE.”

I DID THIS SIMPLE THING TO TRY & HELP MY COLLEAGUES’ MORALE & YOU MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT WANT TO TRY IT, TOO

WASH. POST PUBLISHES MY COLUMN: “WHAT’S MISSING FROM CALLS FOR SUMMER SCHOOL TO STEM ‘LEARNING LOSS’”

TRYING TO BRING RESEARCH, SANITY, TEACHER EXPERTISE & STUDENT VOICE TO THE “LEARNING LOSS” DISCUSSION

NEW STUDY FINDS THAT THE PRESENCE OF IMMIGRANT STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS HELPS EVERYBODY, BUT TOTALLY MISSES OBVIOUS REASON

RESEARCHERS – AGAIN – OFFER INTERESTING DATA & FEW PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS ABOUT ACCELERATING LEARNING – HERE ARE BETTER ONES

STUDENT EXAMPLE OF TEACHING A COMPLEX TOPIC “TO A FIVE YEAR OLD”

SIX CHANGES I THINK I SEE IN STUDENTS SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN – WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What Happens In A Typical Day During My ELL U.S. History Class

What Happens In A Typical Day During My ELL Newcomers Class

HERE’S A SLIDE DECK I USED TO TALK ABOUT ELLS & ACCELERATED LEARNING

NEW EVALUATION OF ACADEMIC WORD PROGRAM CONTAINS MUST-READ RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EVERYONE DEVELOPING A NEW “INITIATIVE” FOR TEACHERS TO IMPLEMENT

160 ORAL LANGUAGE PROMPTS I USED IN MY ELL NEWCOMERS CLASS THIS YEAR

The Differences Between “Rituals” & “Routines” In The Classroom, & Why We Need Both

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “GOOD” TEACHING & “SUCCESSFUL” TEACHING – AND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

EIGHT WAYS WE ARE “ACCELERATING LEARNING” FOR OUR ELL NEWCOMERS THIS YEAR

AN OLD & CRANKY TEACHER’S LIST OF 8 PET PEEVES ABOUT THE EDUCATION WORLD

The Power of Stories

HERE’S WHAT MY TWO-PERIOD ELL NEWCOMERS CLASS LOOKS LIKE THIS YEAR

SIX WAYS FOR STUDENTS TO BE POWERFUL IN THE CLASSROOM – WHAT ARE MORE IDEAS?

NEW ACTIVITY I’M USING WITH ELLS: “CRITICAL THINKING DIALOGUES”

I LIKE THE NEW SCIENCE OF “POSITIVE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES” & THE ROLE EDUCATORS CAN PLAY IN THEM

HERE’S MY SHORT UNIT ON FOLKTALES – INCLUDING STUDENT HANDOUTS

HERE ARE OUR FOUR NEW ED WEEK VIDEOS ON STUDENT MOTIVATION!

TODAY’S EXAMPLE OF THE BLINDERS THAT SOMETIMES HAMPER THE USEFULNESS OF EDUCATION RESEARCH

STRATEGIES FOR ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO MAKE MULTIPLE “TOUCHES” ON THE SAME TEXT

HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY SOME IN EDUCATION SPEND SO MUCH TIME BEATING DEAD HORSES?

WE TEACHERS ARE NOT ALRIGHT & HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR MAKING THINGS BETTER

Are Using Simulations In The Classroom One Way To “Accelerate Learning”?

John Lewis: “You Must Find A Way To Get In Trouble”

“Sentence Navigator” Is Jason Renshaw’s Gift To ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Everywhere!

Yes, Schools Should Develop Active Citizens &, No, We Don’t Need Another Test To Do It

Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included

New Study Reviews 25 Years Of Research Into What Helps Students Graduate – Here’s What They Found

Video: Big Bang Theory Shows (Sort Of) How Close Reading Is Supposed To Work

Important New Study Looks At Assets, Not Deficits, Of Teen “Defiance”

The Endless Loop Of Negative Attention

What ‘Scarcity’ Does To The Mind & Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

“Everyone Is A Teacher” Is A New Engagement Strategy I’m Using & It Seems To Be Working

Here’s My Entire ELL Beginners Seven-Week Unit On Writing A Story (Including Hand-outs & Links)

New Study Finds VAM Is Biased Against Teachers Of “At Risk” Students

Bingo! There Are Issues With This Study On Grit & ELLs, But I Am Sure Going To Use It With My Students

“How Income Affects The Brain” & What We Can Do About It

How Our Intermediate ELLs Taught Our Beginner ELLs About World War One Today

Intriguing New Study On “Student Engagement” & How To Define It

One Of The More Interesting Studies You’ll Read This Year: Junk Food & Low-Income Families

A Fourth Step: “I Do, We Do, You Do” and then “You Teach”

We [White] Teachers Should Look At This Research When We Feel We Don’t Show Bias In The Classroom

No Surprise But A Good Reminder – Critical Feedback Generally Only Works If People Feel They Are Valued

Is Figuring Out How To Make Schools Better A Puzzle Or A Mystery?

“I just thought it would end differently this time”

I hope you find this list useful!