Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
0 comments

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 2016’s Most Popular Posts! ; 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?

1. Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

2. Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

3. New Study Reaffirms What Teachers Know: Relationships Matter

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

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

February 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
3 Comments

Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

We’ve spent the last two weeks in my English Language Learner Beginners class reading and learning about stories.

Last Friday, it was time for them to begin writing one, and I did a terrible job of getting them started. I think I was tired and wasn’t thinking clearly, and assumed too much and provided must less support than was needed.

So, over the weekend, I created a simple set of eight graphic organizers, plus borrowed two others from online, and we began again today. Needless to say, it went a lot better.

You can download the eight I created here. They are in the sequence I’m using them.

You can download the Conflict Graphic Organizer that I’m using here. Students use this as the sheet listed “Conflict” in my downloadables.

You can download the Plot Diagram Graphic Organizer that I’m using here. Students use this as the sheet listed as “Diagram Your Events” in my downloadables.

I don’t think you’ll find anything earthshaking in them, but they are workable. Let me know how you think I can make them better.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story.

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
0 comments

Important NY Times Piece On Our “Social Contract”

Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools? is an important New York Times column by Nikole Hannah-Jones.

It’s about our public schools, and also discusses the role and health of our public institutions. You’ll definitely want to read the entire piece, and it’s not very long.

Here’s an excerpt:

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
0 comments

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

I have an already-lengthy Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees, but the policies announced today are worthy of their own “Best” list.

One of my previous posts, Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality, contains several links to legal advice for teachers, students, and their families about how to respond to ICE raids. These new policies will certainly increase the levels of fear and stress among many of our students. As The New Yorker article, in particular, points out, another effect is likely to be undocumented parents not accessing services they and/or their children are entitled to out of fear.

Here are useful articles to learn about today’s announcement:

The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump’s immigration crackdown from Vox is probably the most complete article out there.

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions is from The New York Times, and has a link to a Spanish-language version.

Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’ is from The Washington Post.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules is from The Washington Post.

President Trump’s Fear-Based Immigration Orders appeared in The New Yorker.

Also, today, Politico reports on a related important story – The Trump administration is going to court to eliminate the right to a hearing before deportation of unaccompanied minors.

Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants? is a NY Times interactive.

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
0 comments

“Performance Assessments are ‘Absolutely Worth the Effort'”

Performance Assessments are ‘Absolutely Worth the Effort’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Joshua Dragoon, N. Chaunte Garrett, Travis Bristol, Kristina Doubet and Eric Carbaugh contribute their thoughts on using performance assessment in schools.

Here are some excerpts:

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
0 comments

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

A Practitioner’s Guide to Educating Traumatized Children is from Education Northwest. I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Responding To Student Trauma – Help Me Find More.

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces is from Edutopia. It includes topics like seating, which is going to be a focus of a future “Best” list.

Four Ideas for Approaching Political Conversations With Students is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

HOW DANI QUINN USES SHOW ME TO CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING is from Doug Lemov. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

Teaching and Learning About Governmental Checks and Balances and the Trump Administration is from The New York Times Learning Network.

I’m adding these tweets to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More:

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
0 comments

Video: “From Nowhere” Is A New Theatrical Film About Three Undocumented Teenagers

I learned about the new film, “From Nowhere,” after reading a review this week in The New York Times, Review: Immigrants ‘From Nowhere,’ Anxiously Living Under the Radar.

It looks like it’s a film that teachers would want to see and that might be worth showing clips in the classroom.

Here are a couple of trailers (there is some overlap between the two):

Skip to toolbar