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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 25, 2015
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New Study Finds Value In Looking At Mistakes As Positive Learning Experiences

I’ve written and shared a lot about the importance of creating a classroom culture that, in the words of Carol Dweck,”celebrates mistakes” (see The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures).

New research was unveiled today reinforcing the importance of this attitude.

Making a mistake can be rewarding, study finds is a report about it at Science Daily.

Here’s an excerpt:

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August 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Employers Want People With Strong Social Skills

A month after a big new study came out talking about the importance of social skills (see Does This Big New Study On The Importance Of Social Skills Become A New “Marshmallow Test”?), another one has just been published reinforcing those conclusions.

FiveThirtyEight just published a report on this new analysis, and headlined it The Best Jobs Now Require You To Be A People Person.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Info On Skills Employers Are Looking For In Job-Seekers.

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August 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two Good Articles – & A Student Writing Prompt – On The Importance Of Reading

I recently discovered two short and accessible articles on the importance of reading:

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

The surprising benefits of reading before bed (thanks to Jennifer Serravallo).

Here’s a writing prompt I plan to use with students after they read the two of them:

What are at least three reasons the authors of these two articles say why reading is good for you? To what extent do you agree or disagree with what the authors are saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

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

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August 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Gates Foundation Will Match Contributions That You Receive Today For Your Donors Choose Project

The Gates Foundation has committed to matching contributions to any teacher’s project on Donors Choose – for today.

It’s late today, but the Donors Choose website is still saying the offer is open. I don’t know if they literally mean up until midnight tonight, or if they’ll even consider going on through the weekend. I shared this info on Twitter earlier today, but didn’t get a chance to blog about it until now.

If you have a project on Donors Choose, or if you’re thinking of starting one, tonight’s a good time to encourage your friends and family to throw some money your way.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On – & Advice For Using – Donors Choose.

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August 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Our Book On Teaching English Language Learners Is Just About Done!

Though I had some doubts back in June that we could do it, Katie Hull Sypnieski and I are just putting the finishing touches on our forthcoming book, tentatively titled Navigating The Common Core With English Language Learners.

Our 110,000 word “opus” will be completed by its September 1st deadline, and will be published by Jossey-Bass in March, 2016.

It’s a sequel to our previous book, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide.

I think, and hope, that teachers will find it helpful. Between now and the publication date we’ll, of course, be posting the Table of Contents and other excerpts on this blog and elsewhere.

This is my eighth book in eight years, and it’s clear to me that, though I think I’ve got several more books in me, I’ll be looking forward to a more sane writing and publication schedule – perhaps one every two years :)

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August 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Free “Practical Ed Tech Handbook”

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Richard Byrne has created a gift for us all in his newly-published, and free, The Practical Ed Tech Handbook.

Here’s how he describes it:

In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios.

I’m adding it The Best Places To Learn Web 2.0 Basics.

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August 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Weekly Student Interactives For ELLs Are Coming To The N.Y. Times Learning Network

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I’ll be developing weekly student interactives for English Language Learners at The New York Times Learning Network starting after Labor Day. The exercises, which should be fairly creative and the posts will include resources to first develop background knowledge and writing prompts for students to respond to — on paper or in the NY Times comments section (if they’re thirteen or older).

You can access all my previous ELL posts for The Learning Network here (they include both columns for teachers and interactives for students) and see a list at All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions.

I think, and hope, that teachers and students will find them useful….

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