Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Tonight’s Full PBS Show On The Hamilton Musical (Plus Lots of Extras)!


If you missed tonight’s PBS special on Hamilton, they’ve just posted the entire show online, and I’ve embedded it below.

You can also watch it at the Great Peformances website, along with lots of other extras they have there.

However, as Lin-Manuel Miranda warned on Twitter, “it won’t be there forever”:

I’m adding it to my very extensive The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

October 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: Cultivating Student Leadership


Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

In 2012, Education Week Teacher published an excerpt from my book, English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work, that had actually been published in 2010.

They titled the excerpt Cultivating Student Leadership, and you might want to take a look at it….

October 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post 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 (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far and The Best Resources On Class Instruction of 2016 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Independent Reading: A Research Based Defense is from Russ on Reading, and provides a lot of “ammunition” for those of us who advocate for students reading books of their choice. It’s an excellent response to what I would characterize as a recent misguided critique of the practice by Tim Shanahan, who I think is usually on target (I’ve written positively about much of his work).  I’m adding it to The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading.

Fluency Instruction: Building Bridges from Decoding to Comprehension is another useful post from Russ on Reading. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).

Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students? is by Rick Wormeli. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.  By the way, dealing with “controversial” topics will be the subject of a multi-part Ed Week series I’ll be posting next week.

3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction. Thanks to Shanna Peeples for the tip.

If you want to rig an election… is a timely interactive from The Washington Post – given Donald Trump’s constant talk of it. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

The trouble with transfer: How can we make learning more flexible? is from The Learning Spy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More.

I’m adding this next tweet to the previously-mentioned “Best” list on writing instruction:

October 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On Helping Students Develop Self-Control


Classroom Management: Cultivating Student Self-Control is the title of my latest eight-minute BAM! Radio Show.

I’m joined by Dr. Jennifer Davis Bowman, Bryan Harris and Amanda Koonlaba, who have all also contributed written commentaries on the topic to an upcoming series in my Education Week Teacher column.

I’m adding it to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

October 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Many States Spending Less On Schools Now Than Before Recession

You’ll want to check out the charts at today’s Washington Post article headlined These states are spending less on education now than before the Great Recession.

Here’s an excerpt:



I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

October 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in The Twenty Most Popular Posts In 2016 – So Far and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

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