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July 30, 2015
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Blue Moon

From CNN:

If anything unusual happens to you Friday, you’ll be right to say it was “once in a blue moon.”

The July 31 appearance of the month’s second full moon will be the first such occurrence in the Americas since August 2012. Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synched, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.

But Earth’s satellite will most likely not appear blue at all.

Here are some additional resources on Friday’s event:

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Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

You might also be interested in these other moon-related “Best” lists:

The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

 

The Best Resources About The “Supermoon”

The Best Resources For “Moon Day”

The Best Resources For Learning About The Blood Moon

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July 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More

As a companion “Best” list to The Best Resources For Learning Research & Citation Skills, I thought it would be useful to create this one.

I’m using the term “information literacy” here to describe assisting our students developing critical thinking skills to evaluate both web and content in other media forms. I’ve seen the term used to describe broader skills, too. Let me know if you think I’m off-based with my definition.

So, using that definition, here is a beginning Best list, and I hope readers will contribute more:

Show Me Information Literacy Modules

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Sarah Bolanos made a great suggestion – Education Resources For Web Literacy from November Learning.

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July 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More

I’ll be publishing a piece in my Education Week Teacher column later this year on how to best assist English Language Learners with special needs, and educators have contributed some great responses. I thought I’d also get a head-start on collecting and sharing related-resources by publishing this list and inviting more suggestions.

Here’s what I have so far:

Report Offers Guiding Principles to Support ELLs With Disabilities is from Learning The Language at Education Week.

I published a post awhile back seeking advice on this topic, and received some helpful comments.

ELs With Special Needs: Combining Language Goals With Learning Strategies is from The TESOL blog.

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July 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2015 – So Far

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Here’s a late addition to my mid-year “Best” lists (you can see the rest of them here)…

You might also be interested in:

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2014

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2012 — So Far

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011

Part Two Of The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010 (And Earlier)

Of course, teachers and students can also make their own comic strips. Check out The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online.

Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section of this post.

Here are my picks for The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2015– So Far (if you’re reading this on an RSS Readers, you’ll probably have to click through to see them):

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July 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More

Many teachers, including me, have experienced the struggle of getting our students to buy into seriously revising their original drafts.

I’ve tried modeling my own writing process, and have met with limited success.

I’ve previously posted this sixth-grader interviewing President Obama. He cut the President off when he began talking about students needing to revise their writing, and that reflects many students’ feelings about it:

I was prompted to think about this by finally getting around to reading a late March New York Times column titled What’s More Important to You: the Initial Rush of Prose or the Self-Editing and Revision That Come After It?

I thought that this excerpt, in particular, would be a good one to share and have my mainstream students (I think it might be too difficult for my ELLs) respond to a prompt along the lines of:

According to Cheryl Strayed, what kind of relationship do original writing and the process of revising it have with each other? Do you agree with her? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

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John Spencer has also written a very helpful post titled NINE WAYS TO HELP STUDENTS EMBRACE THE REVISION PROCESS.

Here’s a great tweet to use:

Reader Tony shared this advice:

One of the best examples of revision is in the appendix of Stephen King’s book “On Writing”. He shows the first page of one of his novels, then shows a scan of his original draft, complete with hand-written revisions and notes. He then justifies each revision.
Could be a good piece to use with students.

What are your other suggestions?

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

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July 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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All My “Best” Lists On Teaching & Learning How To Write – In One Place!

I’ve published quite a few posts and “Best” lists related to teaching writing, and I thought it would be useful to me and to readers to bring them all together:

The Best Posts On Writing Instruction

The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay

The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement

The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online

The Best Sites For Grammar Practice

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers

The Best Resources For Researching & Writing Biographies

The Best Resources For Learning How To Write Response To Literature Essays

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

The Best Online Interactive Exercises For Writing That Are Not Related To Literary Analysis

The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism

The Best Resources For Learning Research & Citation Skills

The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays

The Best Spelling Sites

The Best Sites For Gaining A Basic Understanding Of Adjectives

The “Best” Sites For Helping Students Write Autobiographical Incident Essays

The Best Sites To Learn “Feelings” Words

The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About Punctuation

The Best Resources To Help Students Write Research Essays

The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story

The Best Writing Advice From Famous Authors

The Best Resources On Punctuation

The Best Ways To Use Mistakes When Teaching Writing

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips On The Benefits Of Writing Well — Help Me Find More

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July 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In 2015 — So Far

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Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my mid-year selection.

You can see my choices for each of the past eight years here.

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2015 — So Far:

Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from this year (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,450 this year):

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far

All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions

The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More

The Best & Most Useful Free Student Hand-Outs Available Online – Help Me Find More

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

The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching

I also wrote quite a few posts for The New York Times on teaching English Language Learners (you can see them all here) that I think are quite useful. By the way, I’ll be writing for a fourth year starting in September and, insanely, I will be going back to doing it weekly instead of monthly.

I had several articles published elsewhere, including some excerpts from my latest book on student motivation that were surprisingly popular:

And here are a few other posts from this blog that I thought were particularly useful:

Jigsaw Puzzles As A Language-Learning Activity

“Cash” For Good Student Behavior – Without An Exit Strategy – Is Not The Best Classroom Management System

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

All Student Hand-Outs From My New Student Motivation Book Now Online For Free

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

Last, but not least, I think this relatively short video of me talking about student motivation is one educators might find helpful:

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July 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About NASA’s “New Horizons” Spacecraft

NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft will be arriving at Pluto shortly.

You can access tons of visuals and infographics on the mission at a special Pinterest page NASA has created about the mission.

Images of Pluto From NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft is from The New York Times.

Pluto comes into focus is a really cool interactive from ABC in Australia.

The Journey to Pluto is from The Wall Street Journal.

From Pluto to the Sun is also from The WSJ.

Humanity reaching out with New Horizons is an interactive from The Washington Post.

And here’s a neat video the National Space Society has created:

Here’s one from Vox:

Here’s an Associated Press interactive on the mission.

NPR has created this video, which contains “Hundreds of images from the space probe New Horizons mission stitched together with a poem by Ray Bradbury.”

You might also be interested in a ton of “Best” lists related to space you can find here. This is just a small sample:

The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space

The Best Sites To Learn About The Hubble Telescope

The Best Images Taken In Space

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