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  1. “Protagonize” Unveils Its Long-Awaited Feature (By Me, At Least) For Private Group Storytelling
  2. The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools
  3. Videos On Making Good PowerPoint Presentations
  4. The Best Posts/Articles On National Research Council Finding That Carrots & Sticks Don’t Work
  5. More Memorial Day Resources
  6. What I’m Teaching Next School Year
  7. May’s “The Best…” Lists
  8. More Recent Articles
  9. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
  10. Prior Mailing Archive

“Protagonize” Unveils Its Long-Awaited Feature (By Me, At Least) For Private Group Storytelling

Protagonize is a wonderful free site where people can collaboratively create versions of “choose your own adventure” stories. However, until today, it was problematic for teachers because you couldn’t regulate contributors.

Now, however, you can private groups.

You can read the announcement here, and get questions and answers here.

Protagonize is on two “The Best…” lists:

The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

 

The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools

Periodically, President Obama, Secretary of Education Duncan, or various newspapers will highlight so-called “miracle” schools (often charters) that have made quick and dramatic gains in test scores or graduation rates. The message is — since they can’t do it, why can’t the rest of us? Often, however, the student attrition rates behind those achievements are ignored. In other words, these schools often don’t make these gains with the same students, or they really don’t have a 100% graduation rate if you look at who they started with…

I thought it would be useful to create a beginning list of posts and articles documenting some of the facts behind these inaccurate claims. This is just a beginning list, though, and I hope readers will made additional suggestions:

Here are my choices for The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools:

Miracle schools, vouchers and all that educational flim-flam is by Diane Ravitch.

Urban Prep and The Whole Story is by Chris Lehmann.

I’ve previously written two posts about this topic:

One Very Disappointing Part Of President Obama’s Speech Today

TIME Magazine Can Do Better Than This…

Feedback and suggestions are welcome!

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You might also want to explore the nearly 700 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

 


Videos On Making Good PowerPoint Presentations

One of the ways we finish the year strong in some of our classes is having students design their own unit plan (on a topic of their choice) and teach a portion of it to classmates. I’ve included the complete lesson plan and hand-outs in my newest book, and have also previously posted about it.

This year, we’re adding a new element — having students create a simple introductory PowerPoint presentation to their topic. I’ve found a few short and simple videos we’ll be showing students to help provide some advice. I’ll embed them here, and add them to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations.

 

The Best Posts/Articles On National Research Council Finding That Carrots & Sticks Don’t Work

Earlier this week, the National Research Council released a very important report detailing how the rewards and punishments offered by No Child Left Behind are not effective in helping schools, teachers or students. I’ll be writing a more in-depth analysis of the report, as I’m sure will others, and thought I’d get a start at compiling a useful list of related resources.

First off, of course, the most important resource is the report itself:

Here are my choices for The Best Posts/Articles On National Research Council Finding That Carrots & Sticks Don’t Work:

Panel Finds Few Learning Gains From Testing Movement comes from Ed Week.

National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances is from The Huffington Post.

New National Research Council Report Finds That Incentives & Punishments Not Successful In Helping Schools & Their Students is my initial post on the report.

Report: Test-based incentives don’t produce real student achievement is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.

Feedback and suggestions are welcome!

If you found this post useful, you might want to consider subscribing to this blog for free.

You might also want to explore the nearly 700 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

 

More Memorial Day Resources

Here are the newest additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day:

Memorial Day through the years is a Washington Post slideshow.

The choreography of the changing of the guard is another Washington Post slideshow.

Flags placed at headstones for Memorial Day is yet another Wash Post slideshow.

On Memorial Day, Americans Reflect on Military Service comes from PBS.

Here are some infographics:

Memorial Day: Remembering The Fallen

The History of Memorial Day and Memorial Day Facts

The History of Memorial Day

 

What I’m Teaching Next School Year

It’s always subject to change, of course, but it looks like next school year I’ll be teaching Beginning English Language Learners; United States History to English Language Learners; and my usual International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class.

It should be a fun year. Look for more posts about resources connected to…Beginning English Language Learners and to United States History.

Also during this coming year, my colleague Katie Hull and I should be putting the finishing touches on our book about teaching English Language Learners — scheduled to be published in mid-2012, and I should finish up the sequel to my latest book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. That one should come out in late 2012 or early 2013.

 

May’s “The Best…” Lists

Here’s my monthly round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted in May:

The Best Resources For Learning About Osama bin Laden — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Freedom Riders” — May, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Mississippi River Flooding — May, 2011

The Best Photos From The White House News Photographers Association — May, 2011

The Best Travel Photographs Of The Year — May, 2011

The Best Sites Remembering Bob Marley Thirty Years After His Death — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit” — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death — May, 2011

A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Helping Students See They Might Not Always Be The Best Judges Of Their Behavior — May, 2011

The Best Posts Discussing Arrogance & School Reform — May, 2011

The Five Best Articles I’ve Written About Education — May, 2011

The Best Sites For Using Aesop’s Fables In The Classroom — May, 2011

Part Sixty-One Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — May, 2011

The Best Sites About The Latest Volcano In Iceland To Erupt — May, 2011

 

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