Larry Ferlazzo's Monthly Website Newsletter -- November, 2017

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October’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,789 Of Them

Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,789 of them categorized here):

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Family

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Holidays

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Halloween & The Day Of The Dead

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Computers – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Months, Seasons & Days Of The Week

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Sites Where Students Can Ask Science Questions & Receive Responses

The Best Sites For Learning About Weather

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Videos Explaining “Intersectionality”

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The Santa Rosa Fires (& How To Help Victims)

The Twenty Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Advice For Student Teachers & Their Collaborating Teachers

The Best Resources For Learning About Retrieval Practice

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – Part Two

The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017

All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – Part Two

October’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. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

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:

You Can Now Pre-Order Our New ELL Book On Amazon!

“ActiveLit” Lets Students Play & Create Choose Your Own Adventure Games In Virtual Classrooms

New Metacognition Study & How I’m Thinking Of Applying It In My Classes – Feedback Welcome!

“ESSA & English Language Learners”

Video: Anti-Bullying Ad From Burger King

Uh Oh – Bill Gates Has A New Big Ed Idea

What Do You Know About “Differentiated Grading” For ELLs?

I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

Study Questions Whether Standardized Tests Assess Learning Or Engagement

My New British Council Post Shares Four Ways To Give ELLs Feedback On Their Writing

Everything You Wanted To Know About Performance Assessment, But Were Afraid To Ask

New Study Finds Advantages To Reading Print On Paper Over Reading On A Screen

Teacher Tells Students To “Speak American” – Walkout Follows

“Simple History” Is A Decent Free Alternative To Brainpop

Time To Start Working On My Fourth Student Motivation Book!

‘Writing in Math Class is a win-win for Students & Teachers’

“Empatico” Is A New Site For Connecting Online With Other Classes

My New BAM! Radio Show Is About ESSA’s Impact on English Language Learners

Google Publishes Series Of Video Instructions About Creating Online “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

Harvard Business Review Publishes Yet Another Excellent Guide To Classroom Management

What Would Your Ideal Classroom For English Language Learners Look Like?

“We Need to let Students ‘Read, Read, Read’”

Here’s A Reflection Exercise I Did With My Student Teacher

Here’s The Thematic Schedule I’m Using In My ELL Beginner’s Class

Al Jazeera Has Great Audio Reading Of Text Feature On Its News Site

This Is Interesting: All Smarter Balanced State English Test Scores Went Down & Most PARCC States Went Up

“Commaful” Looks Like An (Almost) Perfect Place For Students To Write Online

“Define American” Invites Immigrants To Tell Their Story

Google Unveils New Ear Buds That Automatically Translate 40 Languages

iSLCollective’s Video Lessons Are A Huge Asset For Any ELL Teacher

Perfect Critical Thinking Article For TOK Classes Published Today – Here Is How I’m Going To Use It

“Mistakes Teachers Make in Reading Instruction”

Bilingual “NASA Space Place” Looks Like A Good & Accessible Science Site

“ReadWorks” Adds Highlighting & Text Annotation

Useful Recommendations For Reducing Drop-Out Rates

“Payback” Is A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Tool To Help Students Envision College Costs

The Twenty Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017

As part of my end-of-the-year “Best” lists, I always include a listing of the most popular posts from this blog during the first six months.  These are the ones that have received the most “hits” from the 1.4 million visitors this blog has received since January 1st.

Here they are:

1. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

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

3. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL

4. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

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

6. The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

7. Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

8. All 1700 Of My “Best” Lists

9. The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online

10. The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude

11. The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More

12. Big Meta-Analysis Says Four Teaching Strategies Are Most Effective For Low-Income Students

13. The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

14. The Best Language Learning Games (That Are Not Online)

15. Now This Is A Student Goal-Setting Strategy That May Actually Work

16. The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

17. The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far

18. Simple & Effective Speaking Rubric For Class Presentations

19. Oral Presentation Suggestions For IB Theory of Knowledge Classes

20. The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress

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