Larry Ferlazzo - Five Guidelines For Effective Classroom Management

Yes, having engaging lessons is an important element of good overall classroom management, but it's not enough.
 
We live in the world as it is, and not as we'd like it to be.  No matter how good of a teacher you are, not every lesson is going to be engaging to every student.   Not only might the content or the process not hit the mark, but our students experience stress both inside and outside of school that affects how they see and act in the world - just as we all do.
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Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom

When I was beginning to learn Spanish, there was nothing scarier than trying to communicate in that language to a proficient speaker, nothing more satisfying than when I felt understood, and nothing as deflating as being met with a blank stare.

Here are four ways I encourage my Beginning English Language Learner students to speak English:

1. Use the English Central website 

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Putting Teacher Action Research Into Action

Personally, I just view it as a teacher systematically putting a simplified version of the Scientific Method to use in his/her classroom:
  1. Formulate a hypothesis
  2. Experiment
  3. Analyze the data collected from the experiment.
  4. Form a Conclusion

Of course, teachers - and everybody else - apply this method constantly, ranging from how we shoot basketballs to how we bake a cake. Teacher Action Research, however, puts it into action in a little more formalized way.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Critical thinking

I describe it as the ability to seek-out, elicit, and consider different information and various perspectives of situations, fairly weigh the evidence on all sides and how it all connects to existing background knowledge, and then use that process to come to an independent conclusion.   

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Larry Ferlazzo: Strategies for self assessment

Carol Dweck, the psychologist well-known for her work on a growth mindset suggests that creating opportunities for students to clearly see for themselves the growth in their own knowledge can help give them a

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Larry Ferlazzo - Online tools

These include The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use) and The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites.

Now, though, I think it's time to narrow them down to my choices for the "best of the best" or, in other

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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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