Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Epic!” Provides 15,000 eBooks, Plus Virtual Classrooms, For Free


Epic! lets educators create a free virtual classroom with up to thirty students. They can then access any of the 15,000 eBooks that are available on the app (via PC, laptop, tablet or phone) and teachers can monitor what is being read and by whom.

Families have to pay if they want access to the site at home, though it’s unclear to me how Epic! can tell where students are when they are reading. Perhaps it’s based on the time of day it’s being used?

Regardless, it’s another good resource that students and teachers can use for either independent or classwide reading.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Major Review Of Research Reinforces Findings That Exercise Helps Learning

Plenty of research has found that exercise helps student learning (see The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources).

The Los Angeles Times today reported on a group of researchers from around the world who have spent months reviewing the latest research on the topic. You can read the article at To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say.

Here’s an excerpt:


June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Archduke Ferdinand Was Assassinated On This Day In 1914 – Here Are Updated World War I Resources


Archduke Ferdinand assassinated on this day in 1914.

I’ve just updated and revised The Best Resources For Learning About World War I.

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Favorite Posts In 2016 — So Far

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Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my mid-year selection.

You can see my choices for each of the past nine years here.

And you can also see a list of my My All-Time Favorite Posts!

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2016 — So Far:

Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from this year (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,580 this year):

The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It

The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills

The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations

The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

I had several articles published elsewhere, including some excerpts from my latest book on the Common Core and English Language Learners:

And here are a few other posts from this blog that I thought were particularly useful:

Download All Lesson Plans & Student Hand-Outs From Our ELLs & Common Core Book – For Free!

President Obama Provides Great Analysis Of Key Community Organizing Adage: Do You Want To Be Right, Or Effective?

An Interview With…Me, About Teaching ELLs

Using The “Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis” To Help Students Develop Creativity

Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included

We Did A Great ‘Growth Mindset’ Lesson With Our ELLs This Week – Here’s The Lesson Plan

“Ofrecer autonomía es clave para desarrollar la motivación”

New Study Reviews 25 Years Of Research Into What Helps Students Graduate – Here’s What They Found

Zootopia Movies Highlights Importance Of Grit, But Also Its Limitations

A Community Organizer’s Definition Of Leadership – How Can It Be Applied To Education? (Part One)

I Did A Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials

I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan

Teachers Might Find My “Concept Attainment – Plus” Instructional Strategy Useful

Lastly, The Sacramento Bee asked me to give ninety-seconds of tips for new teachers. Here’s the video:

June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Study Points To The Importance Of Reflection

I’ve shared many posts about the importance of reflection in learning (see The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection).

A new study reinforces that perspective.

Making Experience Count: The Role of Reflection in Individual Learning is by Giada Di Stefano, Francesca Gino, Gary P. Pisano and Bradley Staats at the Harvard Business School, and is not behind a paywall.

Here’s an excerpt:


June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Multimedia Resources On The Zika Virus


I haven’t added much to The Best Resources For Learning About The Zika Virus since I posted it in February.

Here is an interactive, a cartoon, video and infographic:

What Zika means for you: Assess your risk is a very well done interactive from The Washington Post.

MIND in Pictures: The Zika Virus is from Scientific American.

Click to see the entire infographic:

What is Zika Virus? [Infographic]

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