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Larry Ferlazzo's Monthly Website Newsletter -- March, 2016

February’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,541 Of Them

Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,541 of them categorized here):

The Best Free Online Tools For ELLs To Use For Assessing Their Language-Level

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

The Best Resources For Learning About The Zika Virus

Part 3 – Best Resources For Learning About Flint Water Crisis

Part 4 – Best Resources For Learning About Flint Water Crisis

Part 5 – Best Resources For Learning About Flint Water Crisis

The Best Videos Explaining Gravitational Waves (In An Accessible Way)

The Best Commentaries On Sci-Hub, The Tool Providing Access to 50 Million Academic Papers For Free

My All-Time Favorite Posts!

The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do

February’s 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.

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:

“How To Use Data – & How Not To Use It – In Schools”

Two New Useful Writing Resources

Statistic Of The Day: Explicit Teaching Of Grammar Is Not A Winner – What Do You Think Is?

New “Open eBooks” App Unveiled By White House Looks Like A HUGE Benefit To Students & Schools

Google Docs Expands Voice-Typing Ability Expanding Language-Learning Possibilities

New Study Finds That Most Kids Don’t Think Collective Punishment Is Fair – Here’s What I Do Instead

“Changing Your Mind” Is Title Of My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs

“Human” Is Impressive Video Series Of Personal Stories From Around The World

“Photos For Class” Is My Favorite Site For Finding Images

Student Instructions For How They Can Create A Cloze (Gap-Fill)

Nice YouTube Channel For University Of California Science Animations

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

Another Study Shows Limitations Of Standardized Tests For Teacher Evaluations

New Study Documents The Power Of Teacher Collaboration

Video: “Better Call Saul” Scene Illustrates The Limitations Of Grit

How My Students Evaluated Me This Semester

Justice Scalia’s Death – Resources For Teaching About It & Analyses Of What It Means For Ed

“Principals Must Support Teachers in ‘Quest of Continuous Improvement’”

Study: Learning About Failures Of Famous Scientists Improves Student Achievement

This Student Presentation Is An Example Of Why The “KnowMe” App Is Perfect For ELL Teachers

Great New Yorker Essay On Teachers

NY Times Video Of Success Academy Charter School: “Rip & Redo”

A Useful Lesson When Teaching Problem/Solution Essays – & Other Topics

“Drawing Out” Book Is Excellent For ELL Beginner Homework

Here’s An Example Of How I Scaffold A Short Writing Prompt

Here’s What My Students Think Of A Growth Mindset

My Latest NY Times Student Interactive Is On Chinese New Year

Video: “Close Reading” A Super Bowl Commercial

Study: Do Tests On Computers Assess Academic or Technological Abilities?

Teachers Can Get A Free DVD Of “He Named Me Malala”

“How to Practice Restorative Justice in Schools”

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

Videos & Lesson On Rube Goldberg Machines From Our School’s Physics Teacher

New Issue Of “ASCD Educational Leadership” Is A Must-Read On ELLs

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

Three Good Speaking/Writing Prompts – Along With Video Models

Sacramento Bee Story On Teacher Shortage Features Our School’s Student Teacher Support Program

Ted Cruz Provides Example Of Applying Good Research In Destructive Way – Maybe He Learned It From Ed Policy?

My Latest NY Times Student Interactive For ELLs Is About Valentine’s Day

Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Really Impressive Interactive Traces The World’s Population Over The Last 2,000 Years

“Building Relationships With Families of ELLs”

Reading Rainbow Unveils New Classroom Site Today

Here’s The Writing Prompt I Used With My Intermediate ELLs Today

“‘Successful Schools Solicit’ Family Engagement”

February’s Updated “Best” Lists

I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,500 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.

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

The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)

The Best Sites For Grammar Practice

The Best Websites For Intermediate Readers

The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs & Careers

The Best Hans Rosling Videos

The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games

The Best Music Websites For Learning English

The Best Resources For The World Day Of Social Justice

The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills)

The Best Web Tools That Show You Objects To Scale

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines

The Best Websites For Learning About Natural Disasters

Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)

The Best Online Resources To Learn About King Tut

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos

The Best Tools For Making Screencasts

The Best Ways To Create Online Tests

The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

The Best Teacher Resource Sites For Social Justice Issues

The Best Resources For World Read Aloud Day

The Best Images Taken In Space

The Best Sites To Learn About The U.S. Supreme Court

The Best Sites For Creating Sentence Scrambles

The Best Resources On Japanese-American Internment In World War II

The Best Online Resources To Learn About Charles Darwin

The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web

The Best Sites For Learning About United Nations Day

The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day

The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science

The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics

The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets

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

The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day

The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines

The Best Sites For Learning About Forest Fires

The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History

The Best Resources For Groundhog Day

The Best Sites To Learn About The Greensboro Sit-Ins

The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky

The Best Resources About Presidents’ Day

The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names

The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events

The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games



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