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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Yet Another Study Finds That Having An “Authentic Audience” Impacts Student Learning


I’ve previously posted research finding that students having an “authentic audience” – someone other than their teacher or classmates – can have a positive impact on learning (see Another Study Points To The Importance Of Students Writing For An Authentic Audience and Do You Know Of Research Showing That Writing For An “Authentic Audience” Helps Students Feel Motivated?).

I’ve also shared places where students can do just that online at The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” and The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience.”

I’ve also shared how my students find authentic audiences in our Geography class (see Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World – Want To Join Us This Year?).

A new study has come out where a science teacher used Twitter to connect to that kind of audience.

Transforming teaching with Twitter is a Science Daily summary of the research.

Here’s an excerpt:


Let me know if you know of additional research finding the importance of this kind of “authentic audience.”

April 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Finds One-To-One Device Programs Can Be Effective

Does learning improve when every student gets a laptop? is the headline of a Science Daily summary about a new study finding that, yes, learning can improve…

Here’s an excerpt:


Of course, the important qualification is that such programs:

can improve educational outcomes when there is teacher buy-in, suitable technical support and professional development for teachers, and appropriate implementation with the curriculum.

As we all know from high-profile failures (see A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools), districts don’t always provide that kind of support — for tech and non-tech initiatives alike.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More!

April 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Using The “Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis” To Help Students Develop Creativity


You might be wondering, “What in the world is the Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis?”

It’s a new moniker given to what has commonly been called the “constraints principle” – an instructional strategy to help promote creativity.

In my classroom, this strategy has included limiting words (story told in seven words),; time (one minute to summarize lesson to partner), or materials (small groups are given six pieces of tape, six paper clips, and six pieces of paper to build the tallest tower—while only speaking only English with each other or using gestures—and write a description of the process).

Even though I had used those lessons in the past, I didn’t realize it was an actual “principle” until I read a great free eBook from the British Council titled Creativity in the English language classroom.

I learned about the “Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis” through a new study where the researcher gave the concept that name. Here’s why:

Haught-Tromp refers to this as the Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis, named after the famous Dr. Seuss book that came about as a result of a particular provocation. Writer/illustrator Theodore Geisel was given a challenge by his publisher: Write a book small children will love using no more than 50 words (which could be repeated as often as needed). The result became a classic.

And here’s another excerpt from the article summary her findings in The Pacific Standard, Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity:


I’m adding this info to The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity.

April 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Study Finds That Gratitude Increases Self-Control

I’ve previously written a blog post titled Study: Gratitude Increases Self-Control that I think readers might want to re-visit.

Now, a new study has reinforced those findings.

Here’s an excerpt from The Emotion That ‘Vaccinates’ Against Impulsiveness and Poor Self-Control:


I’m adding this info to:

The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control

The Best Resources On “Gratitude”

April 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

No Surprise To ELL Teachers: Study Finds Drawing Words Helps In Learning Them

Teachers of English Language Learners, and researchers (see No Surprise In This Study: Language Learners Retain Vocabulary Better When Connected To Gestures & Images), have known for a long time that drawing  pictures of words enhances memories of them.

A new, and exhaustive, study seems to have confirmed that understanding.

You can read a summary of the research here and also watch a video summary in the short video embedded below (I wish more researchers would make videos like this one). In a pleasant surprise, the study itself is available for free online.


I’m adding this post to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

April 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Study Finds Note-Taking By Hand Is More Effective Than By Digital Device

Yet another study has found that taking notes by hand is more effective for learning than taking notes on your laptop.

It’s not new “news” (you can read about previous research that found the same result at The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More), but it still is intriguing.

I’ve found two pretty good articles about the research.

One is from The Wall Street Journal and is headlined Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? Here’s an excerpt:


Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away is another good piece at NPR.

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