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February 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Research Supports Independent Reading

Donalyn Miller has written a a great post titled I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You?

In it, she shares research, and invites others to share their resources, that support the classroom practice of student independent reading.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading.

Here’s an excerpt from her post:


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December 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Second Quote Of The Day: “Text Levels– Tool or Trouble?”

Any teacher remotely familiar with reading instruction knows the names “Fountas & Pinnell.” Their books and methods are taught in teacher prep courses and used in schools across the United States and the world.

Similar to Charlotte Danielson’s concern about how her work is being misused to the detriment of teachers (see Video: Charlotte Danielson — “We Better Hold Off On Making High-Stakes Decisions” Based On Student Test Scores), Fountas & Pinnell are recognizing that teachers might be using their work in ways that are not beneficial to students and are raising an alarm.

Here’s an excerpt from Irene Fountas’ post, Text Levels – Tool or Trouble?:


I’ll be adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea.

I’ve got to commend researchers like Danielson and Fountas when they speak out on how their work is being used in inappropriate ways. I wish more education researchers would do the same.

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December 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Second Great Video Of Football Star’s Love Of Reading

There’s a great CBS News video of college football star Malcolm Mitchell’s love reading on The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – Part Two list (you can also find it at The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain How Reading & Writing Well Has Helped Their Career).

Then I found a second video sharing his story at Jackie Gerstein’s “Best” list of videos.

Check it out:

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November 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2014

I do an annual “The Best…” list on the “words of the year” that various organizations name at about time of the year. Groups have begun their announcements, and I’ll add to list as more do the same.

You might also be interested in:

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2012

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2011

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2010

Here are The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2014:

‘Vape’ Joins Pot Lingo as Oxford’s Word of the Year is from The New York Times.

Take It In: ‘Vape’ Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year is from NPR.

Vape: Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year is from Vox.

The Ant’s Pants? Oxford Dictionaries Adds 1,000 New Terms is from NPR.

The 11 best new words added to Oxford dictionaries is from The Week.

Merriam Webster Chooses Word of the Year is from TIME.

Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What’s The Word Of 2014? is from NPR.

Thirsty for a hot take, Bae? Here are the words that defined 2014. is from Vox.

#blacklivesmatter Is the American Dialect Society’s 2014 Word of the Year is the headline of an article in TIME Magazine.

Here’s a New York Times story about the selection, too.

My ‘Word Of 2014′: Privilege is from NPR.

You Heard ’Em Here First: Words of 2015 is from The Wall Street Journal.

A ‘Salty’ Word With a Promising Future is from The Wall Street Journal.

The ‘Worst’ German Word of the Year is from The Atlantic.

You might also be interested in my other 1,400 “The Best” lists.

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November 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Books That Grow” Is A Nice New Tool Offering Many Of The “Same” Texts At Different “Levels”


I’ve been a bit surprised at how popular The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” has been, though I probably shouldn’t be — these kinds of leveled texts can be very useful in the classroom.

Today, I’m making another nice addition to that list…

Books That Grow has a library of texts that have each been edited to be made accessible to different reading levels. And it has some other unique features — teachers can create virtual classrooms to assign and/or monitor what students what are reading and students can click on words that are new to them to see definitions and hear how they are pronounced. They are also planning on adding comprehension questions. The texts can be read on any device.

Everything is free for now, though they plan on starting to charge for some “premium” features in the 2015/16 school year.

You can register now on their sign-up page, and then they’ll contact you by email in a few hours or the next day with registration information. They won’t have a super-easy system in place until January for registering students in virtual classes, but they’ll do it for you manually prior to that time.

In addition to adding it to the previously-mentioned list, I’m going to put it on The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress one, too.

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November 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two More Sites To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

Here are two new additions to the wildly popular The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” list:

Reader Laurie suggests Embedded Reading, which has these kinds of similar “leveled” texts in English, as well as in other languages.

I learned about CommonLit from the amazing educator Suzie Boss at her recent Edutopia post. It’s a neat site that doesn’t actually provide the “same” text written for different “levels.” What it does do, however, is provide leveled readings – with prompts — on the same theme. It’s pretty neat.

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