Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

May’s Updated “Best” Lists


I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,500 categorized “Best Lists.

I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task.

So, I’ve started to go through them and highlight the ones that I’ve gotten around to completely cleaning-up and revising.

Here are a list of them from this month (you can see previous compilations here):

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans

The Best Sites For Learning About Flag Day

The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines

The Best Sites For Learning About The International Space Station

The Best Online Resources About President John F. Kennedy

The Best Sites To Learn About Pandas

The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day

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 Where Students Can Learn About Inventions

The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day)

The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day

The Best Sites For Teaching & Learning About Cinco de Mayo

The Best Resources For Learning About May Day


May 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

May’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,559 Of Them



Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,559 of them categorized here).

There aren’t many new ones this month.  However, I’ll be publishing all the mid-year “Best of 2016” lists in June.

The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources

Part 11 – Best Resources For Learning About Flint Water Crisis

The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations




May 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

May’s Top Posts From This Blog



I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Good Advice On NPR About “Grit”: “Take A Step Back & Chill”

Another Study Finds That Poverty Helps Create Lack Of Self-Control – Not The Other Way Around

“ReadWorks Digital” Came Online Today & It Looks Great!

“‘Helping Children Succeed’: An Interview With Paul Tough”

Gates Foundation’s Mea Culpa

Updated: Here Are The Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”

My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs Is On “The Value Of Diversity”

“Bloom’s Taxonomy According To The Big Bang Theory”

Quote Of The Day: The Dangers Of “Data Walls”

“Blended Learning is ‘the Next Generation of Education’”

Compare “Liberal” & “Conservative” Facebook News Feeds

The Incentive Follies

“UnboundEd” Is New Site For Free CCSS Lessons

Excellent Classroom Management Advice: Focus On Future, Not The Past

“Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy ‘Increases Student Engagement & Learning’”

Google Launches New Collaborative Space Called…Spaces

My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs Is On “The Art and Science of Happiness”

Guest Post: “The Benefits of Genius Hour for ELLs”

Quote Of The Day: “Unhelpful Punishment”

The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Students’ Names

“‘It is Long Past Time to Meet the Needs of Students of Color’”

Here’s The Video Of Our Ed Week Webinar On ELLs & The Common Core

The “Constraints Principle” Revisited

Hitting The ELL Jackpot With Ed Week’s New Special Report

My Next Project Is Revising & Making Public My IB Theory of Knowledge Curriculum – Feel Free To Contribute

The “Digital Divide” Is Topic Of My Latest NY Times ELL Student Interactive

President Obama Provides Great Analysis Of Key Community Organizing Adage: Do You Want To Be Right, Or Effective?

Free Resources From All My Books – UPDATED!

Copies Of Our New Book On ELLs & The Common Core Are Shipping Today – Here Are All Excerpts In One Place!

“‘When I Started Teaching, I Wish I had Known…’”

An Interview With…Me, About Teaching ELLs

My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs Is On “The Benefits Of Being Bilingual”

Yet Another Study Finds That Having An “Authentic Audience” Impacts Student Learning

Good Advice On How To “Outsmart Your Next Angry Outburst”

“Special Needs Teacher Comes To The Rescue On Flight”

“What Teachers Wish They ‘had Been Told’”

May 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Everyday People” By Playing For Change

I’ve posted many videos from the nonprofit community development organization Playing For Change.

Their new one is great!

Here’s what they write about it:

Turnaround Arts is proud to present “Everyday People,” produced by Playing For Change.

Thousands of Turnaround Arts students from across the country perform alongside Turnaround Artist mentors including Jack Johnson, Chad Smith, Jason Mraz, Elizabeth Banks, Tim Robbins, Yo-Yo Ma, Keb’ Mo’, Josh Groban, Bernie Williams, Misty Copeland, Paula Abdul, Trombone Shorty, Alfre Woodard, Citizen Cope, Doc Shaw, Frank Gehry, John Lloyd Young, Carla Dirlikov and more. In the video, produced by Playing For Change, students and their artist mentors sing, play and dance to Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” making the case that all people deserve to experience the power of arts and music in school.

Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities empowers high-need, low performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.

Learn more:

May 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“What History Teaches Us About Walls” Is Good NY Times Photo Gallery


What History Teaches Us About Walls is a good New York Times photo gallery.

However, it doesn’t quite deliver what its headline promises. The photo selection is excellent, but the commentary is far more limited than I would liked to have seen.

Nevertheless, I’m still adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Walls That Separate Us.

May 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Resources On President Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima


Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan:

Pres. Obama visits Hiroshima is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

At Hiroshima Memorial, Obama Says Nuclear Arms Require ‘Moral Revolution’ is from The New York Times.

Hiroshima Survivor Cries, and Obama Gives Him a Hug is from The NY Times.

Obama Becomes 1st Sitting U.S. President to Visit Hiroshima is from NBC News.

Here is the transcript of his speech.

And here’s an excerpt from it:


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