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October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far):

High School Graduation Rates Are Soaring: How much credit should we give to President Obama’s education policies? is by Dana Goldstein at Slate.

The High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High — Again is from NPR.

Pruning Teacher Education is by John Merrow, and is commentary on the new fed regs on teacher prep programs.

Here’s How Schools Can Soften The Blow Of Sixth Grade is from NPR.

Once in place, will school accountability system really work? (in California) is from Ed Source.

Questioning Charter School Superiority is from Walt Gardner at Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Five myths about charter schools is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

The NAACP Takes A Major Stand Against The Growth Of Charter Schools is from The Huffington Post. It’s going on that list, too.

Here are two recent pieces by Bill Honig, former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Why Conventional School “Reforms” Have Failed Teacher and School Evaluations Are Based on Test Scores

Why Conventional School “Reforms” Have Failed The Reformers Target the Wrong Levers of Improvement

October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Contribute A Song For ELLs To The “TeachingEnglish Jukebox”


Ann Foreman at Teaching English British Council (one of the The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers) has just created a Padlet for teachers to share examples of songs to use with English Language Learners.

Here’s what she wrote:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a collection of songs and videos for teaching English all in one place?
Well, if you are willing to lend a hand, we can!
♫ Help us build the TeachingEnglish Jukebox! ♫
– Here’s how: add your favourite video of a song to and give a brief description of how we can use it to teach English.
Looking forward to see your contributions! Ann :-)

This is a great idea, and I hope Ann creates these kinds of Padlets for lots of other kinds of teaching materials.

I’m adding this info to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

What My Students Say About Teachers Mispronouncing Their Names


I’m a big advocate of teachers making a point to pronounce student names correctly (see The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names).

I always do a lesson on names as part of the Language unit in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes (see The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names) and this year decided to add this question:

Write about a time a teacher mispronounced your name (if that has happened to you) and how it made you feel or about a time a teacher clearly made an effort to learn how to pronounce it and how that made you feel.  You do not have to give the name of your teacher.  If you haven’t had either of these experiences, write about a time you’ve seen a friend have their name mispronounced.  If none of these apply to you, just write that on the paper.

Out of the ninety students in my TOK classes, about a third said they’ve never experienced a problem with teachers mispronouncing their names; another third said they had experienced that problem but it never bothered them; and a third said that it had happened to them and they didn’t like it.

If I am not absolutely confident about how to pronounce a student’s name when I first meet him/her, I ask how it’s pronounced and write it phonetically on my seating chart.  If I think it’s still possible that I might mispronounce it, I apologize in advance, tell them that they deserve to have their name said correctly, and ask them to please correct me.  I usually don’t make the mistake more than once, and students are always respectful in helping me learn from my mistakes.

A third of students is a sizable number.  It’s probable that the percentage is lower in schools where there are fewer students from different ethnicities but, after seeing these responses, I think most readers agree that since this is one action entirely within our control, we should make sure we correctly pronounce student names:

Here are some student comments:

I remember when several teachers mispronounced my name and it made me feel different.  When a teacher tried making an effort in trying to pronounce my name it made me feel like they actually care.

Yes, teachers had made an attempt to correctly pronounce my name when I do inform them that they had mispronounced it.  It made me feel like they are sincere enough to actually want to pronounce it properly, which give me a message that they are showing respect.

Yes, he mispronounced it and it made me feel awkward.

When they make an effort to pronounce my name correctly it makes me feel respected.

Everyday my teachers pronounce my name incorrectly and I feel disrespected.

I didn’t really care if a teacher didn’t pronounce my name right.  But it does feel better when a teacher actually tries to learn your name.

A teacher before mispronounced my name wrong and I got angry because people started repeating it.

My seventh-grade teacher kept on mispronouncing my name and I felt a little bit ashamed.

One of my teachers always mispronounces my name.  It sort of makes me feel sad because I’ve lost part of my identity.  It want to be a soft and kind person, but it’s hard when someone doesn’t pronounce it thoroughly.

It gets on my nerves.  Even when I tell them it’s like they don’t listen.




October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Note To Those Who Subscribe To This Blog By Email

Feedblitz generally does an excellent job in emailing subscribers all of the blog posts I write each day.

Yesterday, however, I posted quite a few and, for some reason, the service missed several, including a post about my latest Ed Week column.

So, if you’re an email subscriber, please come to the blog directly and scroll through the posts from the past couple of days to check out the ones that Feedblitz didn’t send out over the weekend.

October 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

October’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part Four

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Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

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