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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

Grant Wiggins recently wrote what is clearly the best piece out there on reading comprehension research: On reading, Part 2: what the research REALLY reveals.

He’s promised to write a Part Two soon, also, which I — and I’m sure, many other educators — are looking forward to seeing (he just has – On reading, Part 4: research on the comprehension strategies – a closer look).

I figured that his post would make a “Best” list like this timely.

In addition to his first post and his soon-to-be-published next one, here are a few others that I think belong on this list. I hope that readers will share more in the comments:

I’ll being with other related “Best” lists I’ve published:

My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them

The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea

The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading

The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More

My Best Posts On Metacognition

Here are two other related posts I’ve published:

How Reading Strategies Can Increase Student Engagement

Great Website “Into The Book” Updated

I’ll be updating this list with other resources I find and others that people suggest…

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March 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Digital Learning Day Is On March 13th – Here Are My “Best” Lists On Ed Tech In One Place!




Here’s how The California Writing Project describes Digital Learning Day:

Organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day celebrates effective teaching and learning practices powered by technology. Each year, hundreds of thousands of teachers and education leaders, and millions of students from all fifty states and the District of Columbia join this grassroots movement in schools nationwide. From classroom activities to district-and statewide initiatives, Digital Learning Day events are diverse and unique and share the goals of encouraging innovation, supporting teachers, and spreading best practices for the use of technology in schools.

You can learn more about it at the Digital Learning Day site and/or at The California Writing Project.

Here are my best “Best” lists related to ed tech:

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners

The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning

The Best Posts On The NY Times Ed Tech Article

“A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology To Help Engage Parents”

The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech

The Best Places To Learn Computer Basics & How To Fix Tech Problems

The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers

The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology

My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus One From Somebody Else)

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

The Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom Technology Tools

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2014

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2014

The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education

The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The Best places to learn Web 2.0 basics

The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites

My Best Posts Related To Twitter

The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest

The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Facebook

You can find even more by reviewing my regularly updated collection of over 1,400 “The Best” lists.

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March 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

It’s “Question Week” – Here Are All My Related “Best” Lists In One Place

March 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Teaching About Selma

This weekend is the 50th anniversary of the Selma events known as “Bloody Sunday”that led to passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Here are a few related resources that educators might find useful.

You might also find this previous “Best” lists helpful:

The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King

The Best Resources To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s Death (& Life)

The Best Sites For Learning About The Martin Luther King Memorial

The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History

The Best Sites To Learn About The Greensboro Sit-Ins (It’s The Fiftieth Anniversary)

The Best Places To Learn About President Obama’s Life

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Freedom Riders”

The Best Resources About The March On Washington

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More

The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History

The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History

The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

Here are resources specifically focused on Selma:

NBC News has an impressive section on the fiftieth anniversary of Selma.

Maureen Dowd’s clueless white gaze: What’s really behind the “Selma” backlash is from Salon.

Ten Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film is from Common Dreams.

Two New Useful Videos On Justice, Race & Cultural Identity

How ‘Selma’ Diminishes Dr. King is also from Politico.

‘Selma’ Ignores the Radical Grassroots Politics of the Civil Rights Movement is from The New Republic.

Teach About Selma is from Teaching For Change.

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches is from the NEA.

Front Page History: Teaching About Selma Using Original Times Reporting is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Teaching Tolerance is offering a free documentary on the Selma-to-Montgomery march — a perfect follow-up to watching the Oscar-nominated “Selma” film.

The free-to-teachers kit includes:

  • The documentary, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot (40 minutes);
  • viewer’s guide to help you plan how you’ll teach about the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and voting issues today;
  • A timeline of activities and events leading up to and following the marches;
  • A map of Alabama illustrated with locations significant to the voting rights struggle.

Teaching Tolerance also offers free related web resources.

The Associated Press has a Selma interactive.

The White House has a Selma interactive site.

Echoes of Selma is CNN’s interactive site.

Video, Transcript & Excerpts From President Obama’s Extraordinary Selma Speech

This next video is an interview Jon Stewart did with John Lewis. There may be something wrong with the show’s embed code. If you can’t see it here, go directly to the Daily Show site:

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March 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

What Books Do You Recommend For Beginning & Intermediate ELLs?

A reader recently contacted me asking about book suggestions for Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners (reading for pleasure, not textbooks), and I realized that I don’t have a very lengthy list of suggestions.

I have some related “Best” lists, which I’ll share in a moment, but other than the Capstone Graphic Nonfiction series, I don’t have particular suggestions for ELL-accessible books, and basically make due with whatever I can scrounge.

So, I’d like to invite readers of this blog to leave suggestions in the comments section — individual titles or, even better, series. I’ll put them all together into a future “Best” list and, of course, give credit to those suggested the books.

In the meantime, here are other related “Best” lists:

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March 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Classroom Resources On The Potential Iran Nuclear Deal

The potential nuclear deal with Iran is in the news. Here are a few useful links that I thought might be useful to other educators and to me for use in the classroom.

You might also be interested in a previous “Best” list, The Best Sites For Learning About The Protests In Iran.

Here goes:

The Nuclear Talks With Iran, Explained is an interactive from The New York Times.

Netanyahu Speech Raises Burden for Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks is also from The NY Times.

Between the lines of Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is an interactive from The Guardian.

Readers on Netanyahu, Iran, and Existential Threats is from The Atlantic.

Iran’s nuclear capability is an infographic from The Washington Post.

Inside Iran’s Fury: Scholars trace the nation’s antagonism to its history of domination by foreign powers is from Smithsonian.

Iran-U.S. relations: A brief history [Infographic] is from Al Jazeera.

US-Iran relations: A brief guide is from The BBC.

Iran, the United States and a Political Seesaw is an interactive from The NY Times.

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March 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day.

Here’s how the United Nations describes it:

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

This is going to be a very short “Best” list, since I already have two previously published lists that are applicable:

The Best Wildlife Photographs Of The Year

The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day)

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March 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Educational Value Of Doodling

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have generally been pretty insistent that students look at me when I’m speaking so I can have their undivided attention. However, as I’ve also mentioned, I’ve made exceptions for students who have told me that it helps them concentrate.

I originally brought up this issue in Will Doodling Help Students Learn Better?, which reviews a study on the topic. It elicited a number of thoughtful comments.

I followed that post with another one, Video: The Value Of Doodling.

Now, I just read a very interesting article with an over-hyped headline, 7 Ways Doodling Will Change Your Life. It provides a good overview of research on the subject.

What has been your experience with doodling in the classroom? And what other resources would you add to this list?

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