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February 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“What’s the next step on the path up the mountain?”

COACHING WORDS: YOU DON’T, YOU DIDN’T, YOU MUST, YOU WILL, WE WILL is an excellent post from Doug Lemov.

You’ll want to read the entire post.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to:

Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class

The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students

February 10, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Doing Classroom Observations

We periodically create time at our school for teachers to observe our colleagues teaching, followed by reflection.

Soon, I hope to be posting more about what we do.

You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles About Videotaping Teachers In The Classroom.

In the meantime, however, here are some useful resources to help you begin to think about the idea (also, please tell me about resources I’m missing):

Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach is by Jennifer Gonzalez.

How to observe a lesson is from The Learning Spy.

#ObserveMe: No Teacher is an Island is from IRIS Connect.

#ObserveMe is from Robert Kaplinsky, and he has other useful resources.

#ObserveMe II: We Need Perspective is by Hope Teague-Bowling.

Guest Post: Guidelines For Teachers Observing Their Peers

February 10, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

We Just Finished Reviewing The Proofs Of Our Next Book On Teaching ELLs!


I’m happy to say that Katie Hull and I just sent-in corrections to the galley proofs of our next book, The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox.

It should be published the first week of April.

You can pre-order it on Amazon, and you can read an excerpt here.

As we grow closer to the date, excerpts will be published in various other publications, we’ll do a Twitter chat sharing short excerpts, and do a Facebook Live even with Ed Week.

The #EllChat_BkClub is also planning on using it for an online book discussion in April.

February 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Video Series On “Inside An Olympian Mind” Is Jackpot For Any Teacher Using Visualizing Strategies With Students


I’ve written a lot about how I’ve used exercises with both English Language Learners and mainstream students to help them visual success (see My Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success”).  That “Best” list includes lots of research on the idea, along with results from my Teacher Action Research projects (see The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Action Research – Help Me Find More).

Today, The NY Times published a series of short videos having Olympic athletes share what they visualize before their competition begins, including animations of what they see.   They are perfect to show students since some might think the exercise is a waste of time.

You can see all of them at Inside An Olympian Mind.

Here’s an example of one:

I’m also adding this info to A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

February 7, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Great Guide To Teaching With The Olympics From The NY Times Learning Network


The New York Times Learning Network has just published Teaching the Winter Olympics Across the Curriculum, With Help From The New York Times, which is probably the best guide to teaching with the Olympics that you’re going to find anyway.

You won’t really need much else to get started with your thinking and planning for related lessons.

Of course, I’m adding it to A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

February 6, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Good Tools To Help Students Learn About Taking Responsibility


I have a pretty good lesson in one of my motivation books on helping students learn about taking responsibility. You can find some components of it at The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others.

Elisabeth Johnson, a talented teacher colleague, made some effective additions to it.

One, she has students create an example and non-example for what responsibility looks like, sounds like, feels like.

She also shows this a portion of this video:

February 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Impressive New Video Series On “Courageous Conversations About Race in Education”

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) has just unveiled an impressive video series, along with a discussion guide and other resources, on Courageous Conversations About Race in Schools.

It looks great!

Here’s a sample:

I’m adding it to New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work.

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