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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

January 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Using Videos to ‘Enhance Learning Experiences for Students'”

Using Videos to ‘Enhance Learning Experiences for Students’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Amber Chandler, Jen Schwanke, Dawn Wilson, Katie Alaniz, Laura Greenstein, Russel Tarr, and Sarah Thomas share their ideas on using video as a teaching tool.

Here are some excerpts:

 

I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

January 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study History

 

A few days ago, in anticipation of Semester Finals next week, I shared The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography.

In addition to videos, it included a description, other links, and a prompt I’m going to use for my ELL Geography Final.

In looking over previous Finals I’ve done for my ELL History classes, I realized they contained some dead links, so I thought it would be worth preparing a new similar list for those classes.

For them, I’m expecting to share the materials from these two sites:

7 REASONS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO STUDY HISTORY …

Top 10 Reasons to Study History

Then, have students watch one or more of the videos on this list.

Next, they’ll respond to this writing prompt:

Watch the videos, and read the two lists. In your own words, please share some (at least three) of the reasons they say it’s important to study history. To what extent do you agree with what they 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.

Feedback is welcome!

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds That Reduced School Funding Negatively Impacts Students

To the surprise of not a single teacher anywhere, a new study has found that reduced school funding during the Great Recession had a negative impact on students.

Less money for schools after the recession meant lower test scores and graduation rates, study finds by Matt Barnum in Chalkbeat provides a good summary of the research, co-authored by Kirabo Jackson.

Here’s an excerpt:

 

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in The Twenty Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 ; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this week’s top posts:

1.Statistic Of The Day: To The Surprise Of No Teacher, New Study Finds That Class Size Matters

2. The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography

3. We [White] Teachers Should Look At This Research When We Feel We Don’t Show Bias In The Classroom

4. Suggestions For Assisting Students To Develop Intrinsic Motivation To Learn

5. I’m Not Sure This Big Meta-Analysis On Direct Instruction Says What Its Authors Think It Says

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New & Useful Resources About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some new resources I’ve just added to The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King:

Don’t Forget That Martin Luther King Jr. Was Once Denounced as an Extremist is from TIME.

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Suggestions For Assisting Students To Develop Intrinsic Motivation To Learn

 

 

I’ve done “Twitter Chats” for most of my books where I’ve shared short excerpts from them.

I’ve archived them using Storify. However, Storify is going off-line and deleting all content. So, over the next week, I’ll be converting them into a Tweetdeck Collection. I began by bringing together tweets about my book, Self-Driven Learning.

Next, I collected tweets from the last two books on teaching ELLs which I co-authored with Katie Hull.

Here are tweets from my third book on student motivation, Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners.  I’m now working on the fourth volume in the series. You can find free resources from all my books here.

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are Some Resources Worth Reflecting On While We Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are a few resources that might be worth using for reflection today:

The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King

New & Revised: The Best Resources I’ve Used In Lessons About Race & Racism

New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work

New & Revised: A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race & Racism

New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color

The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments

The Best Resources For Examining “Privilege”

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The National Anthem Protests

The Best Explanations For Why You Shouldn’t Say “All Lives Matter”

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools

The Best Videos Explaining “Intersectionality”

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

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Little Rock 9”

The Best Resources On The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum

The Best Teaching & Learning Resources About Harriet Tubman

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Best Resources On Japanese Internment In World War II

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month

The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People

The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez

Best Resources For Teaching About Rosa Parks & 60th Anniversary Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott

The Best Resources To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s Death (& Life)

The Best Sites For Learning About The Martin Luther King Memorial

The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History

The Best Sites To Learn About The Greensboro Sit-Ins (It’s The Fiftieth Anniversary)

The Best Places To Learn About President Obama’s Life

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Freedom Riders”

The Best Resources About The March On Washington

The Best Commentaries On The 60th Anniversary Of Brown vs. Board Of Education

The Best Resources For Teaching About Selma

The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More

The Best Posts & Articles On The Textbook That Calls Slaves “Workers”

The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality

The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events

The Best Resources For Learning What Caused The Civil War

The Best Resources On “The Danger Of A Single Story”

The Best Resources For Learning About The Code Talkers

The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning About Juneteenth

New & Revised: The Best Resources For Learning About The Ethnic & Racial Make-Up Of The U.S. Student Population

The Best Resources For Lessons On Trayvon Martin

The Best Posts, Articles & Lesson Plans On The Jordan Davis Tragedy & Verdict: Our “Classrooms Are Full Of Him”

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Year’s “What If?” History Project Student Examples

 

Every year, my IB Theory of Knowledge classes do a What If? History Project (see The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons for all the needed hand-outs and tons of examples.

This post contains a few examples from this year’s classes.

In addition, after they complete this project, about a third of those students assist my English Language Learner World and U.S. History students create ones, too.  They are doing that now, and I’ll share examples from the ELL students next week.

This year, Kelsie Burnell, one of the talented student teachers working with me, created this simple hand-out for my ELL students to introduce the idea of a “What If?” project to them, and it seemed to go fairly well.  Here’s what the hand-out contains, and you can download it here:

“What If” Project

Think of an important moment in your life that led to other things happening (moving, starting at a new school, playing on a sports team, divorce, loss, etc.).  Write down the specific event that took place.

 

What did that event lead to?  What other events occurred as a result?

 

What may have happened if that event never happened at all?

 

What If? The Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) – PowerPoint version

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