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  1. This Looks Like A Great Game For ELL’s
  2. Who Doesn’t Love Pictures Of Baby Animals?
  3. More Resources About Possible Life On Other Planets
  4. “Minority Teachers: Hard to Get and Hard to Keep”
  5. Voting Begins For Edublog Awards
  6. Best “Tweets” Of 2010
  7. More Recent Articles
  8. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
  9. Prior Mailing Archive

This Looks Like A Great Game For ELL’s

USA Weekend today has a short blurb about what looks like a neat and inexpensive game that would be great for English Language Learners — Rory’s Story Cubes.

This is how they describe it:

There are 10,077,696 possible combinations in this set of nine dice. Roll and tell a story based on the images displayed.

What a great idea! I’ve ordered it and am looking forward to trying it out. It should be a fun speaking activity in the classroom.

Who Doesn’t Love Pictures Of Baby Animals?

ZooBorns is a website and a book of the most incredibly cute photos of baby animals.

In addition to the website, several sites have published slideshows of the the best ZooBorn photos. They include:

ZooBorns: cute exotic baby animals born at zoos around the world from The Telegraph

Zoo Borns Book Showcases The Cutest Baby Animals from The Huffington Post.

Cutest Book Ever: ZooBorns Internet Craze Moves to Print from Wired.

I’m adding these links to The Best Sites For Learning About Animals.

More Resources About Possible Life On Other Planets

Here are some new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About Possible Life On Other Planets:

National Geographic appears to have the most accessible article on the recent announcement of arsenic-based life and its implications for possible life on other planets.

On a less-serious note, The Telegraph has a slideshow on how aliens might look.

UFOs and Other Phenomena is a slideshow from The News in Australia.

“Minority Teachers: Hard to Get and Hard to Keep”

Minority Teachers: Hard to Get and Hard to Keep is the title of an article from Miller-McCune. It highlights recent statistics that show that even though more members of ethnic minorities are becoming teachers, an increasing percentage of them are leaving the profession.


“The new research from Penn and UC Santa Cruz suggests that teachers of color are leaving because of poor working conditions in the high-poverty, high-minority urban schools where they are concentrated. They want more influence over school direction and more autonomy in the classroom to teach what works.”

Of course, the issue of school working conditions is the focus of the report released last week that fourteen teachers (including me) have worked on for the past year. I’ve written an article for Teacher Magazine about it that should appear next week.

Voting Begins For Edublog Awards

Voting has just begun for this year’s Edublog Awards. Voting ends on December 14th.

Thanks to many who nominated me in five categories:

Best Individual Edublog

Best Resource Sharing Blog

Best Individual Tweeter

Best Educational Tech Support Edublog

Lifetime Achievement

I’d also encourage you to consider voting  for the people I nominated:

Best individual blog: Bill Ferriter’s “The Tempered Radical”

Best individual tweeter: Shelly Terrell

Best group blog: TLN Teacher Voices

Best new blog: InterACT from Accomplished California Teachers

Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits

Best teacher blog: David Deubelbeiss

Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals

Best educational tech support blog: The Edublogger

Best educational use of audio: Sean Banville’s Breaking News English

Best educational use of video / visual: Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos

Best educational use of a social network: EFL Classroom 2.0

Lifetime achievement: Sue Waters

No matter who you vote for, though, please take the time to explore the nominations in all categories.  It’s a great way to learn about new great blogs and other resources that are out there!

Nominated Best Individual Blog

Nominated Best Individual Tweeter

Nominated Best Resource Sharing Blog

Nominated Best Ed Tech Support

Nominate Life Time Achievement

Best “Tweets” Of 2010

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

I thought it might be useful for both readers of this blog and for me to review those monthly lists and pick a few that I think are the very best “tweets” of the year.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on my Twitter profile page or subscribe to their RSS feed.

You might also be interested in last year’s edition:

Best “Tweets” Of 2009

Here are my choices for The Best “Tweets” Of 2010:

McDonald’s Insists Happy Meals Can Grow Mold, The Atlantic

Some fascinating historical photos from Newsweek

Cosmic accidents: 10 lucky breaks for humanity, New Scientist

People Who Became Nouns, Fun LIFE slideshow

Several infographics on income inequality

PHOTOS: 15 Most Eye-Popping Places on Earth, ABC News slideshow

How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health infographic

Five Stubborn Beliefs about Kids that Don’t Make the Grade

Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice

Infographic(s) of the Day: How We’ve Mapped Time Through the Ages

Video of “Words,” a story about a world without words

“Life without language” is a fascinating read

World’s Strangest Festivals slideshow

8 Wonders of the Solar System, Made Interactive

Sinkholes in History, Wash Post slideshow

10 Most Incredible Waterfalls on Earth

Teenage Mutant Ninja Brontës is a very funny video

Fun Analogies and Metaphors Found in High School Essays

The Most Ridiculous Detention Slips Of All Time

Curious Collections: Offbeat Museums Around the World, TIME Mag slideshow

Most Important Phones In History

Top 10 Most Famous Scientific Theories (That Turned out to be Wrong)

Jobs That No Longer Exist interactive from NPR

World’s Weirdest Hotels, LIFE slideshow

Changing History: Four new ways to write the story of the world, Boston Globe

“The time has come for detracking”

See how the number of crayon colors have expanded over the years in this infographic

How much data do Americans consume each day? Check out this visual breakdown

Fascinating “This Is Your Brain on Metaphors” NY Times

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