Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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 ; The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2018 – So Far

Here are this week’s picks:

Retrieval Practice: Hiding Broccoli in the Brownies is from Learning Scientists. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Retrieval Practice.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use):

July 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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 2018 – So Far):

Target’s Coupon Fix for Cash-Strapped Teachers is from The Atlantic.

Teachers unimpressed by AP World History changes is from Politico.

American Schools Are Safer Than Ever, but Annual Education Poll Reveals 1 in 3 Parents Now Fear That Their Children Are in Danger on Daily Basis is from The 74.

Did the Charter Takeover Improve New Orleans’ Schools? is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Charter school CEOs get massive paychecks thanks to private donors is from The NY Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement is from The Associated Press. I’m adding it The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

I’m adding these next articles to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs & Janus Cases:

The Teacher Paradox: Educators Organize Under Fire is from The American Prospect.

Teachers Unions Scramble to Save Themselves After Supreme Court’s Blow is from The NY Times.

After Janus, How to Tilt the Balance of Power Back to Workers is from In These Times.

July 21, 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 2018 – 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 new book on teaching ELLs, which was published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

Using Pictures in the ESL Classroom is from TESOL. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Exploring a Local Community Through Writing: Examples of Writing Assignments is from TESOL. I’m adding it to A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits.

Try Drama and Role Play with English Learners is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Using Drama In The Classroom.

Here’s a useful video:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!:

This next tweet shares a great video to show to ELLs and then have them write and talk about what they saw:

I’m adding this video to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More:

I’m adding this image from Carol Salva’s workshop to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom:

July 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

 

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2018 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

BrandQuiz is a new tool that lets you create surveys or…quizzes. It seems decent enough, and has a free option, but I don’t think I’m ready to add it to either The Best Sites For Creating Online Polls & Surveys or The Best Ways To Create Online Tests.

Bot Star lets you create Chatbots.  I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Chatbots.

iTeach: A Guide To The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom is from NPR.

Move Mirror: You move and 80,000 images move with you is new from Google. You take a short video of you moving, and then it will match it with images of many others making the same movement. Not sure that it has much educational value, but perhaps having ELLs use it and then describe what they are doing?

The Library of Congress has quite a few images that are in the public domain.  You can see them all at their Free to Use and Reuse Sets. I’m adding it to The Best Online Sources For Images.

I’m adding this tweet to the same list:

I’m also adding this Richard Byrne post to the same list: An Easy Way to Find Images for Google Slides Presentations.

Here’s another useful post from Richard: How to Protect Student Privacy With Blurring Effects in Videos. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For Online Student Safety & Legal Issues and to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

July 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Trailer For “The Fight to Reunify Separated Families”

This is a trailer for an upcoming documentary. Here’s how The Atlantic describes it:

One month ago, Anita and her five-year-old son, Jenri, were separated at U.S.-Mexico border. “I haven’t talked to him—I know nothing about my son,” says Anita in this trailer for an upcoming Atlantic original documentary. “This whole thing is a nightmare.”

But pro bono attorney Jodi Goodwin is fighting for Anita. The film, premiering in August, follows Goodwin as she leads a team of lawyers pressing the government to reunite the more than 2,500 children still separated from their parents— including Anita’s son.

 

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children.

July 20, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Now There’s A Surprise – Study Finds That People Like To Receive Thank You Letters

 

I’m sure this isn’t a surprise to anybody, but The NY Times just published the results of a study finding that people receiving thank you letters cared about their warmth, not how well they were worded (see You Should Actually Send That Thank You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write).

That may be obvious to most of us, but may not be as clear to our students.

Each Thanksgiving, I do A Simple & Effective Classroom Lesson On Gratitude, which is actually one of the all-time most popular posts on this blog.  In it, I describe how students write a thank you note to someone and often make a phone call, as well.

I think mentioning this study might help make students more comfortable doing the activity.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources On “Gratitude.”

 

July 20, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best” Lists Of The Week: Wars In History

 

This is the twenty-ninth post in a series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years.

You can see all those lists at the bottom of this post.

These are lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised,  so they are up-to-date.

You can find all my nearly 2,000 continually updated “Best” lists here.

Here are the lists I’ve revised and updated related to Wars In History (you can also find more resources at our World History and US History class blogs):

The Best Sites For Learning About The War Of 1812

The Best Resources For Learning What Caused The Civil War

The Best Sites For Learning About The American Civil War

The Best Sites For Learning About The Battle Of Gettysburg

The Best Resources For Learning About The Spanish-American War

The Best Resources For Learning About World War I

The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II (Part One)

The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II (Part Two)

The Best Sites For Learning About The War In The Pacific

The Best Resources For Learning About The Warsaw Uprising

The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust

The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank

The Best Resources On Japanese-American Internment In World War II

The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

The Best Sites For Learning About Nuclear Weapons

The Best Sites For Learning About The Korean War

The Best Resources To Learn About The Vietnam War

The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide

The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11

The Best Sites For Learning About The Afghanistan War

The Best Web Resources On The Iraq War

The Best Resources Showing Conflicts Around The World

 

 

 

The previous posts in this series have been:

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Teaching About Economics & Jobs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching About Health

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Useful Multilingual Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Online Learning Games

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Writing Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Reading Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching & Learning About Race & Racism

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources On The Environment

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Vocabulary Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Math Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Planets & Space

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Natural Disasters

Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Education Research

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Thematic Lists For Beginner ELLs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Active Citizenship

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Teaching With Movies

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Responding To Student Trauma

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Holidays, Anniversaries & Special Days

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Special Months

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Refugees & Immigrants

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Collaborative Learning

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Teaching About Current Events

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Parent Engagement

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Field Trips

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Geography

 

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