Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SAS Curriculum Pathways Introduces A Ton Of New Free Activities

 

SAS Curriculum Pathways, my favorite online site (see I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies and SAS Curriculum Pathways, Just About The Best Online Ed Site, Has Gotten Even Better…) has just unveiled a ton of new free online interactives.

The new exercises are for just about every subject, and they’re too numerous to list here. You can see them all here.

The only negative is now I’ve got to take time and add a bunch more links to them in our class blogs 🙂

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies

I’ve often written about how much I like SAS Curriculum Pathways, a free site with tons of interactive lessons that students can complete and then email to their teacher.

One particularly impressive feature they’ve added to a number of their U.S. History lessons is a task where students have to apply what they learned to a different fictional scenario. They talk about it in a blog post as an element of Bloom’s Taxonomy “apply” level, and it’s also an opportunity for students to “transfer” their knowledge (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More). More specifically, it’s an example of “near transfer” (applying knowledge to a similar situation) as opposed to “far transfer” (applying it in a substantially different arena).

If you’d like to learn more about transfer, check out the previously-mentioned “Best” list, as well as an excerpt from one of my books that appeared in The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge.

I’ll also be publishing a series on the topic later this spring at my Education Week Teacher column, which will include an experiment they’re doing – an animated video explaining the issue.

August 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SAS Curriculum Pathways, Just About The Best Online Ed Site, Has Gotten Even Better…

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I’ve previously written a lot about how much I like SAS Curriculum Pathways, a free site with tons of interactive lessons that students can complete and then email to their teacher.

It’s just gotten even better….

One, today they unveiled a big upgrade to the design of their site, and it looks great.

Secondly, they have a nice new feature called Explore Primary Sources, which provides lots of creative lessons for students to access…primary sources.

August 6, 2013
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Two Great Sites – SAS Curriculum Pathways & Awesome Stories – Upgrading Big Time This Month

'Awesome' photo (c) 2012, Sam Howzit - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I have posted often about two of my favorite sites, SAS Curriculum Pathways and Awesome Stories. They’re both free and are on more of my “The Best…” lists than you can shake a stick at.

And they’re both getting even better this month….

SAS Curriculum Pathways has added a bunch of new activities that I’m looking forward to using with both my ELL and mainstream students. You can read one of my previous posts about it to learn a little more.

Awesome Stories will be unveiling their new website later this month (here’s one of my previous posts about them). Here’s what they say it will include:

New Functionality Launching in August:

Teacher Portal

Student Portal

Standards-based Search

Advanced subject, grade Search

Teacher Accounts linked to Student Accounts

Teacher Assignment, Grading, Communication

Assignable CCSS “Tasks” linked to Story Chapters

Teacher Class Reports

School Reports

District Reports

Great stuff!

October 19, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“SAS Curriculum Pathways” Looks Like A Winner

Earlier this evening, Mary Ann Zehr, formerly a reporter with Education Week and now a high school ESL teacher in Washington, D.C., sent a tweet recommending something called SAS Curriculum Pathways for history resources.

Since I have always respected Mary Ann’s judgement, I immediately checked it out.

And I’m impressed.

It has a huge amount of interactives in all subjects. In many of them, students complete the activity online, and then send their work electronically to their teacher (it can also be printed out).

Before I continue, I should also mention that it’s free…

I really don’t know who SAS is (I didn’t have time to investigate), but they have set this system up so it’s free to educators and their students. The teacher signs-up and is give a log-in name for all the students in a school. It doesn’t appear that students need their own individual log-in because they have to type in their name before beginning any activity. Let me tell you, that will make using this site immeasurably easy — students won’t have to remember — or forget — individual passwords!

Since I’m teaching US History this year, I mainly focused on those sites, and they looked pretty good and accessible to ELL’s with audio support for the text. The site, though, has resources for all subjects.

In my quick review of the US History sites, they all appeared engaging, though primarily geared to lower-levels of thinking, primarily comprehension and recall. But since I use the Web generally as a reinforcement tool, that works fine for me.

Let me know if you’re familiar with SAS or, if you are just starting out with it, what you think of their other activities.

I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About U.S. History.

February 8, 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:

SAS Curriculum Pathways is a great site (see (see I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies and SAS Curriculum Pathways, Just About The Best Online Ed Site, Has Gotten Even Better…). They’ve just announced an expansion of their Read Aloud section, which allows users to hear and record books.  Read about it here.

12 Ideas for Using Video in Class is from ELT Connect. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

5 Ways We Can Build Relationships with ELLs is by Valentina Gonzalez.

Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier is by Justin Minkel.

Tell it Again!The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers is a useful, and free, downloadable eBook from The British Council.

This man collected 6,000 orphaned Polaroids. See what he’s doing to tell their stories. is a Washington Post story. I think his site could be useful for ELLs to write their own stories about his pictures. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

The latest issue of my favorite, and free, English-teaching journal, Humanising Language Teaching, is online now.

Media Lit Connections has published a special issue on ESL and Media Literacy.  I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

I’m adding this new video from Colorin Colorado to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”:

This tweet shares a neat project. It’s a variation of the One Sentence Project, so I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”:

This is a new, and somewhat disappointing, video from the Institute of Education Sciences. I wish it was far more engaging. And I wish the narrator would slow down. I doubt if many content teachers are going to want to watch it. So I can’t add it to The Best Videos For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes – Please Suggest More.  But I thought readers should at least know about this new clip.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners:

December 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Apps, Online Tools & Other Resources For Math

I haven’t created many “Best” lists for math, since I don’t teach it, but thought it would be worth bringing together what I have shared about that subject into this post.

Please feel free to let me know if you think I’m off-base on some, or if I’m missing others:

All my Education Week Teacher posts on Math Instruction.

The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress

The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science

The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners

The Best Places To Find Theatrical Movies On Science, Math & History

The Best Resources For Writing In Math Class

The Best Posts About The Khan Academy

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Numbers

Three Apps That Solve Math Problems Through a Picture is from Richard Byrne.

With both Jo Boaler and Dan Meyer endorsing Super Math World, I can only assume it’s a great math learning game.

You Can Now Create Your Own Activities With Amazing Math App Desmos

New “Volley” App Looks Like A “PhotoMath” For…Everything

PhotoMath Is Now Available For Android

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web

“Mathpix” Solves Handwritten Math Problems

Visual Math Learning Pre-Algebra Lessons offers audio with text support and illustrations on a variety of math topics.  The audio is clear and at an accessible pace.  It has links to many good interactive math activities but, unfortunately, they don’t have audio.

Harcourt’s That’s A Fact game  reinforces elementary lessons, provides audio support to its text, and students like playing it.

Villainy Mission One and Villainy Mission Two teach geometry and algebra through a story “game” about bad people taking over the world.  Players have to stop them.  Besides it being a fun way to learn math, a lot, if not all, of what the characters speak is shown in text as well as heard.  It’s been developed by Thinkport in Maryland.

The Learn Alberta organization has three math sites called Math Under The SeaMath 5 Live, and Spy Guys Math.  Instead of explaining each one, I’m going to suggest that they’re definitely worth the time to just go and check them out.

SAS Curriculum Pathways, one of my favorite online sites, offers a free Math 1 course. You can read more about it here.

“Equations That Changed The World”

10 Tweaks That Can Deepen Math Tasks is from Middleweb.

Students Must ‘Engage in Math Problem-Solving’ & not Just ‘Follow Procedures’ is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns.

Great Clip From “Lady Bird” On A Growth Mindset

Using Jilk’s (2016) “It was smart when…” statement to name and notice students’ mathematical strengths is from Embracing Life With Major Revisions.

Finding the Beauty of Math Outside of Class is from Edutopia.

Author Interview: ‘Motivated – Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In’ is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns. In it, Ilana Horn, author of “Motivated: Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want To Join In,” agreed to answer a few questions about her book.

Five Ways To Shift Teaching Practice So Students Feel Less Math Anxious is from MindShift.

The MTBoS Search site is a search engine for posts from Math teachers.  It’s pretty impressive.

November 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017 – Part Two

 

I continue these end-of-year “The Best…” lists…

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

You might want to explore The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two, too.

The title of this “The Best…” list is pretty self-explanatory. What you’ll find here are blog posts and articles this year (some written by me, some by others) that were, in my opinion, the ones that offered the best practical advice and resources to teachers this year — suggestions that can help teachers become more effective in the classroom today or tomorrow. Some, however, might not appear on the surface to fit that criteria, but those, I think, might offer insights that could (should?) inform our teaching practice everyday.

For many, the headlines provide enough of an idea of the topic and I haven’t included any further description.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2010

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2009

In addition, you might find these useful:

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice In 2011

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2010

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2009

Here are my choices for The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017- Part Two:

I’ve got to start off with by suggesting readers check out the posts at my teacher advice column at Education Week Teacher.  Hundreds of top teachers have provided guest responses to just about every imaginable education question, and they’re all categorized and easy to access.

A related resource are the eight-minute radio shows that accompany each Ed Week post.  Those are not behind Ed Week’s paywall, and you can find them at All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

The Best Interactive “Copy-Edit This!” Grammar Quizzes In The New York Times

I’ve shared a lot about the importance of pronouncing students’ names correctly, including sharing commentaries from my students on the topic (see The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names). Recently, Ed Week ran a good op-ed on the subject, Pronouncing Students’ Names Correctly Should Be a Big Deal.

The Best Resources For Learning About “Nudges” In Schools

When Faced with Conflict, Try an Introspective Approach is a new Harvard Business Review article by Elizabeth Grace Saunders is a good summary of the approach I try to take when I have a conflict with a student or anyone else. And it’s worked out well, I think, for my students, colleagues, family members and me…I’m adding this info to Best Posts On Classroom Management.

Three Specific Actions I’m Taking This Year To Support Student Academic & SEL Development

The Best Advice For Student Teachers & Their Collaborating Teachers

New Metacognition Study & How I’m Thinking Of Applying It In My Classes – Feedback Welcome!

The Best Resources For Learning About Retrieval Practice

George Saunders Wins Literary Prize – Here Are Past Posts About His Work & How I’ve Used It In Class

The Annenberg Institute has published a pretty impressive two-part series of practical articles on performance assessment:

Performance Assessment: Fostering the Learning of Teachers and Students

Performance Assessment: A Deeper Look at Practice and Research

And, if those don’t contain enough info for you, I’ll be adding them to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

Brainpop videos are good, and I have a teacher’s subscription to them. But you have to pay in order to see them. Simple History is a YouTube channel that provides a decent selection of comparable – and in some cases, better – animations. They don’t offer the extras, like quizzes, offered by Brainpop. And if your school or district pays for Brainpop, the additional student creation options are great. However, if you’re in a school that doesn’t pay for it, and you’re already spending your money on a ton of other school-related resourced (see The Best Data On How Much Money Teachers Pay Out Of Their Own Pocket – What Do You Spend?), then Simple History is worth a look.

Now that Katie Hull are “done” with our third book on teaching English Language Learners (I put “done” in quotation marks since we still have to review the copy editor comments and then the final galley sheets before it’s published in April of next year), it’s time for me to start working on my next one. That one will be my tenth book overall, and the fourth in my series on student motivation. The first three were (each link leads to a ton of free resources):

Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges

Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation

Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond

This fourth installment will be published by Routledge either in the Spring of 2019 or 2020, depending on how ambitious I am next summer 🙂In the meantime, you can access tons of free resources from all nine of my books here.

Empatico is a new site designed to help teachers have their students connect with other classes online. There are a lot of others out there trying to do similar things (see The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects). Empatico seems a bit more structured than some, though, and that might make it more attractive to certain educators and less so to others. You might also be interested in Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World.

How Do You Make Kids Love Reading? is by Timothy Shanahan. Here’s an excerpt that makes an important point, though I do think it’s a false choice – you can do both:

If you want kids to love reading, then make reading important in your students’ lives.

Instead of providing free reading time during the school day, pose academic and social problems for the kids to solve (or, better, let them pose their own); problems that reading can help address.

Harvard Business Review Publishes Yet Another Excellent Guide To Classroom Management

I know that many educators have read the book “Made To Stick,” by by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

Here’s a nice summary of it:

The National Day Of Writing Is On Oct. 20th – Here Are 36 Related “Best” Lists

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

Impressive Fall Slate Of Free Webinars From NY Times Learning Network

Former high school teacher Clint Smith has a a good – and short – essay in The New Yorker today headlined James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil. He talks about Baldwin’s “A Talk To Teachers,” which you can read in its entirety here.

Another Study Finds That Learning By Doing Works….

Resources For Talking About Race In The Classroom

The Best Resources For Learning About School Dress Codes

Resources From All My Blogs

SAS Curriculum Pathways, my favorite online site (see I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies and SAS Curriculum Pathways, Just About The Best Online Ed Site, Has Gotten Even Better…) has unveiled a ton of new free online interactives. The new exercises are for just about every subject, and they’re too numerous to list here. You can see them all here.

Can I Still Rely on the National Reading Panel Report? is an excellent post from literacy expert Timothy Shanahan. I certainly still rely on it, and it was great to read that follow-up studies have found that its recommendations work for English Language Learners, too. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More

I’ve written and shared a lot about differentiated instruction (see The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction) I read an interview with author Kim Scott where I think she hit on a key to successful differentiation (you can read the full interview at Lead by Caring and Challenging: An Interview with “Radical Candor” Author Kim Scott). Here’s the “money” quote:

Whether it’s knowing how students will react to classroom management strategies, the different styles of error correction, or if they’re having a bad day and want to do their work alone in the library, the idea of a platinum rule is good point to keep in mind.

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues is a new article in the Harvard Business Review that offers a lot of good advice about how we talk about, and to, our colleagues and our students.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

The Best Resources For Teaching Students The Differences Between A Good & Bad Slide

Overcome Resistance to Change with Two Conversations is a very good Harvard Business Review article.

I particularly like the four ground rules (check out the article itself for elaboration on each “rule”) it suggests for “Talking With Resistors:

Forget efficiency

Focus on listening

Be open to change yourself

Have multiple conversations

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

The Best Resources On Developing A Sense Of Community In The Classroom

I was recently interviewed by Val Brown on parent engagement.

It was part of the Center for Teaching Quality “microcredential series.”

If you find it useful or interesting, you can read and/or listen to other commentaries I’ve done on the topic.

Great Strategy For Interacting With Art!

The Best Harry Potter Teaching & Learning Resources

Earlier this year I posted Here Are Two Activities I’ll Be Doing With My ELL Students The Day We Come Back From Break, which I included a lesson I did with students sharing research on how having cellphones out hurt cognitive performance. It ended up being quite effective, probably more so than anything else I’ve done around cellphones. With periodic reminders of the research when students had their phones our when we weren’t using them for class, it seemed to reduce inappropriate phone use and reduced classroom tension (it’s nicer for me to say “Remember what we learned about leaving phones on the desk” instead of “Please put your phone away.”) Now, another study has found similar results. You can read about it at The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows.

The Best Suggestions On Ways Teachers Can Sanely Approach PD Over The Summer & Still Have Time To Relax

Good Reminder About How To Give Constructive Feedback

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

A Collection Of Resources On “Tricky” Teacher Topics

What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?

The Best Resources For Examining “Privilege”

Harvard Business Review Lays-Out A Good Three-Step Process To Introduce A Lesson

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

Now THIS Is An Example Of Writing For An Authentic Audience: Writing For History

“Words Without Borders” Looks Like An Excellent New Source Of International Texts & Teaching Ideas

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