Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Atlantic Begins Intriguing Podcast Series Featuring Teachers AND Their Most “Challenging” Students

The Atlantic has just begun an “audio series featuring teachers reflecting on one of their most challenging students—counterbalanced by the student’s version of the same events.

What I Learned From the Student I Couldn’t Stand is the headline of the first one.

If this first one is an indication of how good future ones will be, you’ll want to listen to them all. I plan on having the teacher credential candidates in the college classes I teach listen to it – it’s an excellent review of what not to do – and what to do – for classroom management.

Here’s the nine-minute recording:

I’m adding it to Best Posts On Classroom Management.

May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two New & Very Useful Writing Frames For Teachers & Students

One of my popular – and most useful – “Best” lists is The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.  It’s certainly one that I consult regularly.

I’m adding two new writing frames to that list.

Mary Osteen, one of my many talented colleagues, shared this one today at an English Department meeting.  She calls it “AREE!” with an explanation point so she can sound like a pirate 🙂

It stands for Assertion, Reason, Evidence, Explanation:


I think it’s a helpful frame.

However, what I believe really makes it stand out from some of the other frames on that “Best” list is this sheet that she’s developed to teach the frame:


She has students fill in the blank squares as a way to scaffold learning the writing frame progression.  For International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge teachers, this kind of form will look familiar because that’s how IB encourages us to teach the concept of Knowledge Questions.

You can download both of the documents pictured in this post here (Mary has given me permission to share). By the way, I’ve recently given up the use of my regular document scanner and instead use an amazing iPhone app called Genius Scan, which works great!

The second writing frame I’d like to share I learned about in the form of a tweet:

May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Important Reports On Education Released Today

Two important reports on education were released today.

One is a big Education Week multi-article report on testing and assessment called SPECIAL REPORT: STUDENT TESTING: WHAT’S NEXT.

One of the most interesting articles in the packet is headlined What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments?

Here’s an excerpt from it:

And ELL teachers won’t want to miss their article, More Testing Is Forecast for Nation’s ELL Students. I’m adding that one to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

I’m adding the entire Ed Week report to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

The other important report released today came from The National Center For Education Statistics.  They published their massive annual Condition of Education publication, which has all the data you could want about the nation’s schools and a whole lot that you probably didn’t want, too.

My eyes glazed over when I first downloaded the almost 400 page report, but I found searching the PDF for “English Language Learner” was useful, particularly for charts.

Here’s one example:

Here’s a video explaining their report:

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research

The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data

May 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this week’s top posts:

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

2. The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

3. The Best Resources For Learning About Cognitive Bias

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

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

May 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license:

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Edji lets you upload any text and have readers annotate it with comments. You can make all the comments public to readers, or keep them private. Thanks to Shelly Terrell for the tip.  Even though it only works with text and not websites, I’m still adding it to The Best Applications For Annotating Websites.

Prism also lets you just annotate text to upload, but in a very dynamic way.  Here’s a video describing it:

Timeline Storyteller is from Microsoft.  It seems useful, but not good enough to add to The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines.

TEN APPS TO HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP WRITING SKILLS is from The Edvocate. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay, even though it doesn’t quite fit into that list.

May 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Erik Weihenmayer becomes first blind man to climb Everest” On This Day In 2001 – Here Are Related Resources

Erik Weihenmayer climbed Everest on this day in 2001.

You can find resources about him, and Everest in general, at The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest.

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