Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 2016 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

StoryWorld is a new site that has about forty bilingual stories (English/Spanish or English/Chinese) with audio support for the text. Teachers can easily create virtual classrooms. You can get a thirty-day free trial (no credit card number required). Then, it costs $69 per year for a classroom. I think it might be particularly useful for my Spanish-speaking students who are not literate in their home language. I’m going to try it out this month and see. I’m also adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress and The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language.

I’ve previously written a lot about The Teaching English British Council Facebook page. I can’t say enough about it – it’s just about the most useful site on the web for teachers of ELLs. In addition to being useful for ELL teachers, though, they’ve also begun to share helpful materials for teachers of anybody. I’d encourage you to become a regular visitor if you aren’t already.

English Australia Journal is a treasure trove of ideas for teaching English Language Learners.

IATEFL and TESOL are the two major international organizations for teachers of English Language Learners. IATEFL Glasgow 2017: In sum is a post by Sandy Millin that includes lots of posts and videos from the recent IATEFL conference.

Doing and Talking Science: A Teacher’s Guide to Meaning-Making with English Learners is from WIDA. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.

District Pays Out $150K to Settle Immigrant’s Discrimination Lawsuit is from Education Week.

The Backseat Linguist has a nice commentary on a recent study about phonics. It raises important questions, especially in light of some who claim the study prove phonics is the way to go. Personally, I’m a believer and practitioner in teaching phonics inductively – not in the mind-numbing way it’s often taught. You can see more at The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics.

You’ll want to read A Newcomer’s Journey by ELL teacher Astrid Emily Francis.

ELT Base has a lot of useful English-teaching and learning resources.

Here are two new studies on English Language Learners of not particularly useful value (in my opinion, at least), but it’s at least worth knowing about them:

Improving English-language learners’ content knowledge and comprehension

Are two commonly used early warning indicators accurate predictors of dropout for English learner students? Evidence from six districts in Washington state

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students:

This is a simple, but brilliant, game.  I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom:

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

For Email Subscribers Only

Feedblitz generally does a great job of delivering daily emails to subscribers with posts from this blog.

Occasionally, however, they mess-up.

It’s possible that some subscribers didn’t receive emails over the weekend. If that’s the case, come directly to the blog to check out the posts you missed. With luck, Feedblitz will correct any problems over the next day.

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two):

Beyond test scores, here are new ways states are tracking school success is from The PBS News Hour. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

Long rated by test scores, schools may soon be judged on student absenteeism too is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

Here are 2016 Finalists for the National Awards for Education Reporting. Alexander Russo says some worthy pieces are missing.

Ohio Town’s Schools Hope to Be ‘More Than a Line Item’ in the Federal Budget is a New York Times article about this week’s visit to a school in Ohio by Randi Weingarten and Betsy DeVos.

How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Speaking of choice, this week The Supreme Court heard a case that could have a big impact on the issue: Supreme Court Weighs State Aid to Church Programs

Charter schools are expanding where they aren’t needed — especially in Los Angeles, new report says is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

California bill that critics say could cripple charter schools back in the spotlight is from Ed Source. It’s a bill that would stop county Boards of Education from approving charters that have been denied by local districts, and I sure hope it passes. I’m adding it to the same list.

Preschool is good for children, but it’s expensive. So Utah is offering it online. is from The Washington Post.

The Invented History of ‘The Factory Model of Education’ is an older post, but new to me. It’s by Audrey Watters.

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two 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:

‘Hidden Figures’ Curriculum Brings Film’s Lessons To The Classroom is from The Huffington Post. The curriculum is free.

What to Do on Lame Duck School Days is from Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

ON SCAFFOLDED DESCRIPTIVE WRITING OPENINGS is from The Learning Profession. I’m adding it to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.

Echoes of History? A Lesson Plan About the Recent Rise of Europe’s Far-Right Parties is an excellent lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network that my student teacher and I are modifying for our World History ELL class.

I thought this next tweet might be able to be used as another version of the The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations:

Here’s an excellent and practical interpretation of IB’s rubric for the Theory of Knowledge oral presentation (I’m adding it to The Best Posts On IB Theory Of Knowledge Oral Presentations):

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Learning As An Act Of Rebellion

As regular readers know, the challenge of helping students develop intrinsic motivation to learn is constantly on my mind (see The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students).

Recently, I’ve been thinking of another strategy to use with students – framing learning as an act of rebellion.

I was prompted to initially think about this by Study: Teens are more likely to eat healthy if they think it’s rebellious.

Next, I began thinking about applying it to reading (see Help Me Create A Series Of Lessons On “Reading As An Act Of Rebellion” (Or Let Me Know If You Have One Already) ).

Then, this week I saw this article: Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain—it’s good for democracy, too

And a New Yorker cartoon running this week also seemed to relate to the idea:

I don’t think this framing is really a “gimmick” – the challenges of racism (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More); economic and wealth inequality (see The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality) and other socio-economic issues (see The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement) are clearly apparent to them and everyone else.

And though education is clearly not a direct route around those challenges (see The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality), it can be a partial answer, especially if we help our students develop the tools needed for them to become “active citizens” (see A Look Back: “Yes, Schools Should Develop Active Citizens &, No, We Don’t Need Another Test To Do It”).

I’ve applied a bit of this frame when teaching about “fake news,” and it seemed to be effective.  And it’s pretty easy to use the same frame in IB Theory of Knowledge classes.  The next time I teach an intervention or mainstream ninth-grade English class, I think I’ll try to use it that frame more strategically.

What do you think?  Have you used this “frame”? How has it gone?

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