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October 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Do You Know About “Differentiated Grading” For ELLs?

Earlier this week I saw this tweet from the national WIDA Conference and was very intrigued – I hadn’t heard the term “Differentiated Grading” before:

I’ve contacted the folks mentioned in the tweet and hope to get more information from them.

In the meantime, I thought I’d ask readers how your faculty/school/district handle grading for ELLs in mainstream content classes?

The only other thing I found online about it was this PowerPoint from a school district.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On Grading Practices.

October 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

I’ve known that helping students – both those proficient in English and English Language Learners – develop their oral reading fluency was important and had a positive impact on reading comprehension (see The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It) ).

However, reading literacy expert Timothy Shanahan’s post, Round Robin by Any Other Name… Oral Reading for Older Readers, really brought home to me how important it is:

Based on those studies, many ELLs would be closer to the larger percentage.

Take my advice – you’ll want to read his entire post!

October 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study Questions Whether Standardized Tests Assess Learning Or Engagement

I’ve previously written about research finding that at least 15 percent, and possibly as much as 30 percent, of a test taker’s success could depend on his or her motivation and other ambiguous factors.

Now new research seems to bolster that position.

Student test engagement and its impact on achievement gap estimates is the headline of an article at Brookings by Jim Soland.

Here’s an excerpt:

He goes on to suggest that there may be an “engagement gap” as well as an “achievement gap.” It’s definitely worth reading the entire short post.

Between this issue and recent questions about how student proficiency with tech affects the new online test scores (see Study: Do Tests On Computers Assess Academic or Technological Abilities?), it seems like there are even more questions about how accurate test scores are for assessing student academic progress.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing

Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad)

The Best Posts On Study Finding That Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Cognitive Ability

October 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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George Saunders Wins Literary Prize – Here Are Past Posts About His Work & How I’ve Used It In Class

George Saunders was just awarded the Man Booker Prize for his novel (I’ve embedded a video at the end of this post about his award).

I’ve previously written several posts about his work, and thought readers might find it useful if I shared links to them:

Video: “George Saunders Explains How to Tell a Good Story”

Animated Video: George Saunders’ Commencement Speech On “The Importance of Kindness”

Video: “George Saunders Commencement Speech 2013”

Quote Of The Day: “Be Kinder”

 

October 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Performance Assessment, But Were Afraid To Ask

The Annenberg Institute has published a pretty impressive two-part series of practical articles on performance assessment:

Performance Assessment: Fostering the Learning of Teachers and Students

Performance Assessment: A Deeper Look at Practice and Research

And, if those don’t contain enough info for you, I’ll be adding them to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

October 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – Part Two

I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading (including having students describe – in writing and verbally – a chronological description of what they saw).

I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

I’ve also published quite a few “fun videos” lists during the previous ten years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

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

The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween

The Best Christmas Videos For English Language Learners – Help Me Find More

The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos

Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 — Part Two:

Simon’s Cat videos are always great for ELLs, and here are five new ones:

You can bet I’ll be using this short video when my ELL Beginner students are learning about animals. They’ll be able to write and talk about what happens in the clip – after they stop laughing!

This short video on texting moves from funny to tragic pretty quickly, and is accessible to English Language Learners.

Having them talk and write about what happened in the funny parts, and then doing the same about the serious message at the end would be a great learning opportunity!

October 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Teacher Tells Students To “Speak American” – Walkout Follows

 

One hundred students walked-out of a New Jersey high school after a teacher told students they should speak “American” and not Spanish.

You can read more about it at the NBC News article Students Walk Out After Teacher Orders: Speak ‘American.’

Here’s a video of the incident:

I’d recommend that the teacher, among other actions, read The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs, which holds true for all students and not just ELLs.

Here’s an interview with one of the students who was reprimanded by the teacher:

October 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Time To Start Working On My Fourth Student Motivation Book!

 

Now that Katie Hull are “done” with our third book on teaching English Language Learners (I put “done” in quotation marks since we still have to review the copy editor comments and then the final galley sheets before it’s published in April of next year), it’s time for me to start working on my next one.

That one will be my tenth book overall, and the fourth in my series on student motivation.

The first three were (each link leads to a ton of free resources):

Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges

Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation

Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond

This fourth installment will be published by Routledge either in the Spring of 2019 or 2020, depending on how ambitious I am next summer 🙂

In the meantime, you can access tons of free resources from all nine of my books here.

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