Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far. and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two. Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

Pushing Past Myths: Designing Instruction for Long-Term English Learners is by Maneka Deanna Brooks. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Supporting Long-Term English Language Learners.

The scientific, efficient way to learn languages: “spaced repetition” is from Quartz.

Legends and Folktales has an excellent series of animated…folktales from around the world.  I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Folklore & Myth Sites.

New Ideas for Teaching English using Songs and Music is by Kristin Lems. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

Waverly Labs offers real-time translation with its Pilot earbuds is from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

Schools Are Ill-Prepared to Educate ‘Superdiverse’ English-Learners is from Ed Week.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary:

February 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far. and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two. Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents is a very useful site from the U.S. Department of Education.

Subtly is a browser extension designed to assist people learn English while watching videos.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More – they’re great for having ELLs watch them and then describe what they saw:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners:

This tweet would be good to teacher “over, under, around” to ELLs:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of Prior Knowledge (& How To Activate It):

This would be a good video to show ELLs and then have them describe what they saw (you might also be interested in The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – Part Two):

February 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Everything you Wanted to Know About Dual Immersion but Were Afraid to ask”

Everything you Wanted to Know About Dual Immersion but Were Afraid to ask is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

Elizabeth B. Beltran, Barbara Gottschalk, Dr. Conor P. Williams, Carol Salva, Margarita Calderón, Ph.D., Shawn Slakk and Leslie Davison explain what “dual immersion” is in concept and in practice.

Here are some excerpts:

January 27, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Under-Used Teaching & Learning Strategies”

Under-Used Teaching & Learning Strategies is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Kathy Glass, Amber Chandler, Carol Salva, Jennifer Davis Bowman and Janet Allen propose their “nominees” for under-used – and effective – instructional strategies.

Here are some excerpts:

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New & Useful Resources About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some new resources I’ve just added to The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King:

Don’t Forget That Martin Luther King Jr. Was Once Denounced as an Extremist is from TIME.

January 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Good “Underused” Instructional Strategies

My latest eight-minute BAM! Radio show talks about good and “underused” instructional strategies.

I’m joined in the discussion by Carol Salva, Dr. Jennifer Davis Bowman, Kathy Glass, and Amber Chandler, who have all also contributed written commentaries to my Education Week Teacher column.

I’ll add the link to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

The show is becoming increasingly popular and now gets downloaded over 70,000 times each month.

December 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2017

 

It’s that time of year again — time to share the choices from readers of this blog for the best education-related book they read in the this past year.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2016

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2015

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2014

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2013

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2012

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2011

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2010

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2009

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2008

I’m also adding this post to All My 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.

I’m picking three personal favorites:

Carol Salva’s book, Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students With Interrupted Or Minimal Education. You can read an excerpt here.

Helen Thorpe’s book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope In an American Classroom. You can read an interview I did with her here.

Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter To Teaching. You can read an interview I did with him here.

Now, here are the choices of many readers who sent their comments and tweets (even if you didn’t send them in earlier, you can still leave your favorites in the comments):

Gary:

Ken O’Connor 15 Fixes for a Broken Grade Book

Tim Hebda:

There were many but a tip of the hat goes to Intention: The Book. The fantastic resource, written by Dan Ryder and Amy Burvall, captures purposeful uses of creativity to demonstrate student understanding. This is a must have for all educators.

Jean Baker:

The best book was The Math Mindset. It changed the way I taught math and helped many students to be more successful.

Kristine Sieloff:

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World by Django Paris and H Samy Alim.

Matthew Hillebrand:

Teach like Finland by Timothy D. Walker; I found the ideas refreshing and insightful and have incorporated many of them in my 24th year of teaching.

Connie Weber:

Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Ritchhart

Published in 2015; I’ve read it three times, getting more out of it each time. It’s the whole picture of learning: group culture, purpose, beliefs, language, time, modeling, routines, interactions, environment and use of space. It’s deep and transformative, not at all gimmicky. Not about a specific curriculum or content, instead applicable to all we do within education. Inspiring as well as practical.

Maria Maughan:

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang. Applying research in short term “doable” and long term classroom strategies.

Olivia Mulcahy:

Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School by Carla Shalaby —I’d Buy it for every teacher if I could. The idea that the kids we label negatively are the “canaries in the coal mine” and can alert us to the toxic in the school system/environment…creates a real path toward change and truly doing right by kids and families. Nearly every passage was quote worthy.

William Burdick:

“Shift This” by Joy Kirr “Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couros ”Teach Like A Pirate” by Dave Burgess “Ditch The Textbook“ by Matt Miller and many, many more.

Hall Houston:

“Small Teaching” by James Lang.

December 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in  The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far. and  The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two. Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

Culturally Responsive Instruction for Holiday and Religious Celebrations is from Colorin Colorado.

Making State Report Cards Work for English Learners is from New America.

Goal Setting with ELLs is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Students Setting Goals.

I really like this writing assignment. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction :

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