Larry Ferlazzo - Increasing Motivation Through Students Setting Goals

Researchers typically divide goals into two types - learning goals (also known as mastery goals) and performance goals.  Learning goals are motivated by a desire to increase one's skills and ability in an area or in accomplishing a task, while performance goals tend to be more motivated by a desire for recognition - from friends, teachers, or family - and a competitive desire to "be better" than others.
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Larry Ferlazzo: Metacognition, Learning Strategies And Student Autonomy

Metacognition has the common definition of "thinking about thinking" (see The Best Posts On Metacognition). In other words, it is the self-awareness to know what our strengths and weaknesses are, and how and when to apply the former and compensate for the latter.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Why I became a teacher

During that period I spent most of my time working for a national organization called the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by legendary organizer Saul Alinsky in the late 1930's. Local groups of religious congregations, labor unions and community groups would come together in different cities and contract with the IAF for training and staffing needs to help them build an organization to improve their neighborhoods and change the power dynamics of their cities.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Four strategies for grammar instruction

Acquisition vs. Learning

Most researchers acknowledge a distinction between language acquisition and language learning. A simple, rudimentary explanation of the difference is that acquisition involves being able to easily use the language to communicate, while language learning might place more emphasis on filling out grammar worksheets correctly. This does not mean, however, that the two are mutually exclusive.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Instructional strategies for multi-level classes of English language learners

Many schools, especially those with small English Language Learner populations, do not create separate classes for Beginners and Intermediates. What are a few instructional strategies that we can use in such an environment that provides an effective learning environment for our students and that doesn't drive the teacher insane at the same time?

Here are a few:

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Larry Ferlazzo: What Does Enhanced Discovery Learning Look Like In The ELL Classroom?

Facilitating learning is now expected of modern teachers, but what does that actually mean? What are the key features of being an effective facilitator and what do we learn from our students by teaching in this way? How can we use our students to help us become better teachers?

After deciding to answer it, I looked-up how the dictionary specifically defines the word "facilitation" and found it means "to make easier or less difficult."

In my mind, though, it means the exact opposite. Let me explain...

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Relationships by Larry Ferlazzo

The roots of the word "introduction" mean "bringing into existence" , and that's what we're doing with our classes at the beginning of a new school year. And, as we bring them "into existence," one challenge we face is will be help develop a "community of learners" or a "classroom of students."

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Larry Ferlazzo: Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer

Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer

Our school year ended in mid-June and our District had little money for actual summer school. We used to have over one thousand of our students attending for at least six weeks — not because they were failing and had to retake classes, but because they wanted to get ahead. Now, we’re down to four classes for students who have failed a class and have to take it again. And there are no classes for English Language Learners.

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