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June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In 2016 — So Far

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Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my mid-year selection.

You can see my choices for each of the past nine years here.

And you can also see a list of my My All-Time Favorite Posts!

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2016 — So Far:

Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from this year (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,580 this year):

The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It

The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills

The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations

The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

I had several articles published elsewhere, including some excerpts from my latest book on the Common Core and English Language Learners:

And here are a few other posts from this blog that I thought were particularly useful:

Download All Lesson Plans & Student Hand-Outs From Our ELLs & Common Core Book – For Free!

President Obama Provides Great Analysis Of Key Community Organizing Adage: Do You Want To Be Right, Or Effective?

An Interview With…Me, About Teaching ELLs

Using The “Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis” To Help Students Develop Creativity

Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included

We Did A Great ‘Growth Mindset’ Lesson With Our ELLs This Week – Here’s The Lesson Plan

“Ofrecer autonomía es clave para desarrollar la motivación”

New Study Reviews 25 Years Of Research Into What Helps Students Graduate – Here’s What They Found

Zootopia Movies Highlights Importance Of Grit, But Also Its Limitations

A Community Organizer’s Definition Of Leadership – How Can It Be Applied To Education? (Part One)

I Did A Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials

I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan

Teachers Might Find My “Concept Attainment – Plus” Instructional Strategy Useful

Lastly, The Sacramento Bee asked me to give ninety-seconds of tips for new teachers. Here’s the video:

June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Study Points To The Importance Of Reflection

I’ve shared many posts about the importance of reflection in learning (see The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection).

A new study reinforces that perspective.

Making Experience Count: The Role of Reflection in Individual Learning is by Giada Di Stefano, Francesca Gino, Gary P. Pisano and Bradley Staats at the Harvard Business School, and is not behind a paywall.

Here’s an excerpt:

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June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Multimedia Resources On The Zika Virus

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I haven’t added much to The Best Resources For Learning About The Zika Virus since I posted it in February.

Here is an interactive, a cartoon, video and infographic:

What Zika means for you: Assess your risk is a very well done interactive from The Washington Post.

MIND in Pictures: The Zika Virus is from Scientific American.

Click to see the entire infographic:

What is Zika Virus? [Infographic]

From Visually.

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June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Unveils Lots Of New Ed Projects, Including Opening “Expeditions” To Everybody

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Google unveiled a bunch of new education projects today, the most interesting (at least to me) is their opening the virtual field trip “Expeditions” program to everybody (you can see several past posts on that tool at The Best Resources For Organizing & Maximizing Field Trips – Both “Real” & “Virtual,” as well as watching the video below).

Instead of re-inventing the wheel here, I’m just going to suggest you visit two other posts:

Google opens up its Virtual Reality field trips for all, debuts new apps and services for teachers is from TechCruch, and covers all of Google’s announcements from today.

Google Cast for Education Gets Your Students on the Same Page is from Richard Byrne, and focuses on one of the new tools.

June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“American English” Site From U.S. Department Of State Has Developed Into Great Resource For ELL Teachers

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Four years ago, the U.S. Department of State unveiled American English, a site for teachers and learners of the English language.

I was not impressed at the time.

However, things have changed over the past few years.

It’s turned into a treasure trove of free resources, a YouTube channel and a Facebook page with nearly 3 million “likes.”

I need to spend more time exploring the site, but it’s certainly a candidate to join The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers list.

June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Amazon Officially Announces Its Education Platform & Gives It A Name

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A few months ago, I posted about Amazon beginning a resource-sharing site for teachers, and that you could sign-up for early access (see Amazon Is Setting Up A Free Site For Educational Resources – Here’s Where You Register For Access).

Today, they made a big media splash by officially announcing their site and naming it Amazon Inspire.

It’s still in “beta,” so you still have to register in order to get early access. According to media reports, it will be made public in late August or early September.

Here are the best articles about it from this morning:

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers is from The New York Times.

Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials is from TechCrunch.

It will be interesting to see how it is welcomed by educators. It seems to me like it’s generally not a wise idea to bet against Amazon.

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