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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No Surprise: Study Finds Immigrant Students Have Trouble Concentrating When Laws Are Passed Attacking Them

In a surprise to…absolutely no one, a new study has found that Latino boys in Arizona had a harder time concentrating in the classroom after an anti-immigrant law was passed in Arizona (see The Best Sites To Learn About Arizona’s New Immigration Law).

Here’s an excerpt:

 

Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone (see The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement) and I don’t think it’s a stretch to see that the Trump Administration’s actions (see The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies) might very well have a similar impact.

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‘Dear President-elect Trump’: Immigrant students write letters asking for ‘the opportunity to demonstrate we are good people.’

 

 

 

May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New PBS News Hour Video: “Why schools are worried about Medicaid cuts hurting special education”

I’ve written before about how the repeal of Obamacare could affect our students (see Statistic Of The Day: How Will Plan To Replace Obamacare Affect Students?). Here are additional consequences: Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending is from the Associated Press and A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education is from The New York Times.

The PBS News Hour just did a segment tonight on the same topic, and it doesn’t look good for our students, their families and our schools:

May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google & United Nations Create Important Site On Syrian Refugee Crisis

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Google have created an interactive Searching For Syria site providing an excellent overview of the Syrian War and its refugee crisis.  You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day

The Best Resources For Learning About What’s Happening In Syria

Here’s a video about the site:

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two andThe Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Is Differentiation Really Doable in Math Class? is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

Puerto Rico Syllabus is an online collection of resources about the Puerto Rican debt crisis. Thanks to Lorena German for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events.

A Pedagogy of Questioning is from the Independent Thinking Blog. Thanks to Jenn Borgioli Binis for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

A Call to Action: Winners From Our Fourth Annual Student Editorial Contest is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement.

Guest Post | Ideas for Student Civic Action in a Time of Social Uncertainty is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

I’m adding this next original tweet (along with my commentary on a ReTweet) to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits and The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use). You can learn more about how I use improvement rubrics on that rubric “Best” list:

LA TAXONOMÍA DE BLOOM Y SUS ACTUALIZACIONES is a useful resource on Bloom’s Taxonomy in Spanish. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom.

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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May’s (2017) Best Tweets – Part Two

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2017.

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

Time for another mid-year “Best” list.

I’ll be adding this post to All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2015

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part One

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far

The Best Science Websites — 2010

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Websites — 2008

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far (not in any order of preference):

NPR has just announced their first show geared towards kids – a science podcast called “Wow In The World.” Here’s how they describe it:

NPR is thrilled to announce the launch of Wow in the World, a new podcast for kids ages 5-12 that illuminates the wonders of science, technology, discovery and inventions….Starting May 15, NPR’s Guy Raz and SiriusXM’s Mindy Thomas will take kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the most incredible science and kid-friendly news stories of the week.

One would think it could also have potential for use in the classroom.

The Best Resources On The Cassini Spacecraft

Here are two new (to me) sites providing very accessible science resources to teachers and students:

Reachout Reporter (you can learn more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog)

Young Person’s Trust For the Environment (you can more about it at TopMarks).

Apollo 13 Explosion Occurred On This Day In 1970 – Here’s The Story Behind The “Hack” That Saved Them

Legends of Learning is a new site that provides custom-built games organized by learning objectives. Teachers can create “playlists” they want their students to access and then monitor their progress. They only have science-related games right now, but plan on adding more related to other subjects soon. You can read more about it at USA Today’s article, ‘Spotify for learning games’ coming to classrooms, and I’ve embedded a video about the site at the bottom of this post. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress It appears the site is free for a month or so after registration (longer if you have fewer students) and then you have to review games, perform other services for the site, or pay per student.

The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Space & Planets

“How small are we in the scale of the universe?” is the title of a new TED-Ed video and lesson.

I’m adding it to The Best Web Tools That Show You Objects To Scale.

Vanishing: The Extinction Crisis Is Far Worse Than You Think is an important – and depressing – new CNN multimedia interactive. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day).

 

May 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

 

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’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 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 — So Far:

You’ve probably seen this video on social media already but, if you haven’t, it would be great to show to English Language Learners and have them talk and write about what they saw:

You can read more about it at NPR: ‘Is That Your New Pink Leg?!’: A Girl Is Embraced As She Shows Off Her Prosthesis

Here are two fun videos to show English Language Learners and then have them share verbally and in writing what they saw.

I found them at The TED2017 film festival: Shorts from the conference.

This is an older video, but new to me. Laura Gibbs shared it on Twitter.

It would be fun to show English Language Learners and have them identify the animals and also say what they are doing.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals.

Coco is a new Pixar movie coming out in October about Dia de Los Muertos.

They just published this delightful short video as part of some PR for the movie, and it would be great to show English Language Learners and have them write and discuss what they saw.

I’m adding it to The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween.

This hilarious BBC interview will be perfect to show English Language Learners and then have them share verbally and in writing what they saw:

Here are two good articles about the video, too:

When the Kids Crash Your BBC Interview is from The New York Times.

This short video is a commercial (only in the last few seconds), is engaging for everybody, and would be good to show and then have English Language Learners write and talk about what happened.

I’ve shared many Simon’s Cat videos over the years – they’re great to show English Language Learners and then have them discuss and write about what they saw.

Here’s a new one I’m adding to The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day.

“Hum” is a nice movie about a dishwashing robot and a little bird. It’s a little long (8 minutes), but very accessible to English Language Learners.

Hum from Tom Teller on Vimeo.

Here are some others:

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