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June 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Harry Potter Teaching & Learning Resources

The first Harry Potter book was published twenty years ago today.

Here are are a few related teaching and learning resources (feel free to suggest others):

As usual, The New York Times Learning Network has you covered with Teaching and Learning About ‘Harry Potter’ With The New York Times.

Teaching Harry Potter is from the National Education Association.

Over the years, I’ve also shared several posts about J.K. Rowling:

Illustrated J.K. Rowling Quote On Failure

‘I’m sorry to disappoint you’: JK Rowling tweets her rejection letters

Here are some lesson resources specifically for English Language Learners:

Learn pronouns and the importance of learning from failures and mistakes through this interactive on J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series.  It’s a lesson I posted for ELLs at The NY Times Learning Network.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (EFL activities) is from Sandy Millin.

Michelle Henry has a ton of resources.

ESL Printables has many free…Potter printables.

The ISL Collective also has lots of ELL printable sheets.

Harry Potter twenty year anniversary is from The British Council.

June 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Supreme Court Decision On Travel Ban Leaves Plenty Of Questions – Here Are A Few Answers

As you may have already heard, today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to rule on the Trump Administration’s travel ban in the fall, but allowed parts of it to be enforced beginning on Thursday.

Lots of questions remain about how the Administration is going to implement the those parts of the ban in Thursday, particularly about how it relates to refugees.

Vox has a pretty clear explanation of the questions remaining at Donald Trump’s travel ban is about to go into effect.

The Supreme Court just reinstated a travel ban that should have already expired from The Washington Post is also useful, and contains a graphic.

The rise, fall, and partial resurrection of Trump’s travel ban, explained is also from Vox.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources On The Latest Travel Ban By The Trump Administration.

June 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

June’s Updated “Best” Lists


I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,700 categorized “Best Lists.

I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task.

So, I’ve started to go through them and highlight the ones that I’ve gotten around to completely cleaning-up and revising. I’ve completed this process well over 300 lists over the past eighteen months.

Here are a list of them from this month (you can see previous compilations here):

The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms”

The Best Sites To Learn About Canada

The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows

The Best Sources For Free & Accessible Printable Books

The Best Resources For Learning About Juneteenth

The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion

The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank

The Best Sites For Learning About The Summer

The Best Sites For Images Of Fall Foliage (& For Teaching About The Season)

The Best Sites For Learning About The Winter Season

The Best Sites For Learning About The Spring Season

The Best Resources For The World Day Against Child Labor

The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety

The Best Father’s Day Sites

The Best Sites To Learn About The World’s Tallest Buildings

The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills

June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Top Posts From This Blog


I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this pastFebruary.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

“Support Curriculum Innovations by ‘Failing Forward’”

New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere

Using The “Curiosity Gap” To Enhance Student Motivation

Students & Teachers Can Transcribe Ads From Former Slaves Looking For Their Families

“Make 1:1 Programs ‘About the Learning, not the Device’”

Study Suggests That Simple Writing Exercise Gets Big Results

What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?

Harvard Business Review Lays-Out A Good Three-Step Process To Introduce A Lesson

Video(s): My #VirtuEL17 Session On SEL & ELLs (Plus Supporting Links) & Everyone Else’s Session, Too!

This Is A Must-Watch Video For Any Volunteer Or Peer Tutor Working With ELLs

Here’s What I Will Do Differently (& The Same) Next School Year – Share Your Own “Resolutions”

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

Google Supports Development Of New “Lynching In America” Interactive

“Advice on Making a Mid-Career Change to Teaching”

I Suspect That Many ELL Teachers Will Want To Use These Personal Stories As Models For Their Students

“Author Interview: ‘Learn Better’”

New TED Talk From Anne Lamott With Great Excerpt On Writing – Here’s How I’m Using It In Class

Intriguing Research On How To Increase Intrinsic Motivation

Now THIS Is An Example Of Writing For An Authentic Audience: Writing For History

Important Video: Martin Luther King, Jr. Address To Junior High School Students, “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”

Google Unveils New Online Safety Game & Curriculum

“Genius Hours can be ‘Transformative’”

“Today I Learned” Is Great Series Of Short Videos From National Geographic

Lots Of Lessons In These Two Articles About How To Teach – & How Not To Teach – About Controversial Issues

“Teaching Advice To Remember – Part Three”

No, No, No! Do Not Grade SEL Skills!

Here’s What I’m Doing As “Part Two” For My ELL Beginner Finals

“Words Without Borders” Looks Like An Excellent New Source Of International Texts & Teaching Ideas

NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

New National Academies Of Science Report Identifies Three Qualities Key To Student Success


June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

June’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,736 Of Them

Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,736 of them categorized here):

The Best Resources For Learning About The Seasons Of The Year

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

The Best Suggestions On Ways Teachers Can Sanely Approach PD Over The Summer & Still Have Time To Relax

A Collection Of Resources On “Tricky” Teacher Topics

The Best Resources For Examining “Privilege”

The Best Resources For Learning How Repeal Of Obamacare Will Affect Students & Schools

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2017 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2017 – So Far

My Favorite Posts In 2017 – So Far

“The Best Q&A Posts of 2017 – So Far”

My Ten Best BAM! Radio Shows In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017 – So Far




June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

Inside Connecticut’s Education-Funding Turmoil is from The Atlantic. Here is how it ends:

“My classrooms are full of wonderful people, who are the equal of anybody anywhere. We should invest in them,” he said. “Not investing in them doesn’t just diminish them, it diminishes us.”

Here is more information about what is going on in Connecticut.

Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t) is from Chalkbeat.

GOP Health Care Proposals: What Educators Should Know is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How Repeal Of Obamacare Will Affect Students & Schools.

As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms appeared in The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Oakland charters more likely to enroll higher-performing students than district schools is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

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