Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

All My BAM! Radio Shows About English Language Learners

Regular readers know that I do a weekly eight-minute online radio show with BAM! that accompanies my Education Week Teacher columns.

I’ve done a lot of them! And, like my column, they cover many different topics (see All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions).

So, to make it a little easier for readers/listeners, I’m going to start thematic lists with links to the shows covering a general topic.

This post is the first of those lists, and it’s including the shows I’ve done on teaching English Language Learners. I’ll add links to related shows as I record them:

Helping ELLs Develop Academic Language and Argument Skills with Dr. Vicky Giouroukakis, Dr. Maureen Connolly,and Tan Huynh.

Using the First Language of English Language Learners with Melissa Eddington, Wendi Pillars, and Tracey Flores.

Error Correction with ELLs: Correcting without Discouraging with Anabel Gonzalez and Katie Brown.

Identifying ELLs with Special Needs: What Are the Signs? with Maria Montalvo, Beverly Maxwell, Ann Wilson, and Jennie Farnell.

Bridging the Cultural Barrier with Immigrant Parents with Rusul Alrubail, Anna Bartosik and Jordan Lanfair.

Making Science More Approachable to English Language Learners with Alicia Johal, Maria Montalvo-Balbed, and Donna Bennett.

5 Ways Teachers Can Work Around an Awful Textbook with Mary Ann Zehr and Christopher Lehman.

If You Have ELLs in Your Class, but No Curriculum, Do This… with Annie Huynh and Wendi Pillars.

Encouraging Other Teachers Who Work with English Language Learners with Sonia Nieto, Alicia Lopez.

The Three Best Ways Teachers Can Encourage Support for English Language Learners with Jennifer Connors, Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder

How Are Common Core Standards Impacting Teaching Math to ELLs? with Ben Spielberg, Denisse R. Thompson, Gladis Kersaint.

Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs): Five Strategies That Work with Judie Haynes, MaryAnn Zehr.

How Can Teachers Meet Common Core English Standards with English Language Learners? with Maria Montalvo-Balbed, Debbie Zacarian

What Do We Need to Do to Better Support English Language Learners? with Karen Nemeth, Judie Haynes

March 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools

A disturbing new piece at Vox today prompted me to begin this new “Best” list.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, Survey: Muslim kids are more frequently bullied, often by teachers and school officials:

I’ve obviously posted about the topic before, but have been adding them to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

I thought I’d bring links to those previous posts, along with a few others, into this “Best” list and invite readers to contribute more suggestions:


Expelling Islamophobia is from Teaching Tolerance and so is Toolkit for “Expelling Islamophobia.”

Here are links to my previous related posts:

Funny, & I Think Effective, Video On Islamophobia: Cure It With Chewing Gum!

New PBS News Hour Report: “Teaching ‘different is okay’ to combat Islamophobia in U.S. schools”

Great Letter From Feds On Importance Of Welcoming Muslim Students – Ironic That It Comes Same Day As ICE Raids Begin

Quote Of The Day: How Anti-Muslim Sentiment Is Affecting Kids

Quote Of The Day: Attorney Journal Loretta Lynch On Anti-Muslim Bullying In Schools

What Would Anne Frank Say About Anti-Muslim Sentiments?

Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s Speech At Mosque

Everything Is Crazy, So What Do We Teachers Do In Class This Week?

Why Did My History Lesson Go So Well Yesterday?

I’m adding this list to All My “Best” Lists On Race, Racism & The Civil Rights Movement – In One Place.

March 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos

Earlier today, I shared a “Pay It Forward”-like video, and thought it would be useful if I brought all the similar ones I’ve posted in the past together in one “Best” list. They’re useful for many reasons – I show them to my English Language Learners and have them write and talk about what they saw happen in the clip.

Feel free to let me know of others that I can add:

Liberty Mutual took a portion of this last film and made it into a commercial:

March 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Videos For Learning About The Scientific Method

We learn about the scientific method in IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and especially talk about its application in all areas of life – not just science. I’ve previously posted about this topic, and thought readers might find it useful to see some of the videos I use, depending on the time available. Feel free to suggest more!

Here’s another version:

March 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Action Research – Help Me Find More

Teacher Action Research an be a useful tool for educators and our students.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Here are a few resources to get started – please suggest more in the comments section:

Putting Teacher Action Research Into Action is the headline of my new post over at the British Council. In it, I describe three times when I applied teacher action research in my English Language Learner classes.

Guest Post: Teacher Action Research is a post written by my colleague Phillip Taylor.

Action Research – as easy as 1, 2, 3 is by David Petrie at the British Council.

What Is Action Research? is from ASCD.

What Teachers Need to Know About Action Research is by Wendi Pillars at Ed Week.

The What, Why and How of Classroom Action Research is a useful guide from a university in Indiana.

March 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Latest Travel Ban By The Trump Administration

It’s getting hard to keep up with the Trump Administrations repeated efforts to challenge and restrict immigrants, but it’s not hard to see the increased stress our students are feeling because of those actions.

Today, President Trump signed a new travel ban targeting Muslims from several countries.

Here are my previous related “Best” lists:

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies focuses on actions targeting Mexican and Central American immigrants.

Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees shares info about the original travel ban rejected by courts, along with some initial info about the targeting of undocumented residents.

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges shares resources we can use to assist our students.

Here is some preliminary info on today’s revised travel ban:

What Trump changed in the new travel ban is a Washington Post interactive.

Trump’s New Immigration Ban: Who Is Barred and Who Is Not is a NY Times interactive.

The Trump Administration’s Dramatic Narrowing of Its Travel Ban is from The Atlantic.

Trump’s travel ban slammed by rights groups, Democrats is from Al Jazeera.

Trump’s New Travel Ban Might Be Better Politically Than Legally is from Five Thirty Eight.

Trump Critics Dismiss New Immigration Order as Repackaged ‘Muslim Ban’ is from NBC News.

President Trump’s new travel ban is much narrower — and possibly courtproofed is from Vox.

Trump signs new anti-terror travel ban _without new fanfare is from the AP.

Where Refugees Come From is a very good interactive from The New York Times tracing where the origin of refugees coming to the United States over the past several years.

It’s also depressing because the trigger for its creation was:

a new executive order on Monday to ban all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days. The order also cuts the refugee program in half, capping it at 50,000 people for the 2017 fiscal year, down from the 110,000 ceiling put in place under President Obama.

March 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Thirty-Seven “All-Time” Best Lists

I have nearly 1,700 regularly updated “Best” lists, and that number – combined with all the other resources on this blog – can sometimes be intimidating to readers.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve attempted to make it a bit more accessible by creating a series of “All-Time Best” resources, which you can find at All Of My “All-Time” Best Lists In One Place!

Now, without wanting to be too “meta,” I thought readers might find it useful for me to share a compilation of the “Best” Lists that I think are particularly useful/fun out of the 1,700 I’ve published so far (apart from my “All-Time” Best series).

Here they are:

Best Posts On Classroom Management

The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets

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

The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress

Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos — Contribute More!

The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement

The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important

The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual

The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy

The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death

So, You Want To Write A Book? Here’s The Best Advice…

The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research

The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction

The Best Education Articles From “The Onion”

The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech

The Best Articles Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics

The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions

The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

The Best & Most Useful Free Student Hand-Outs Available Online – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More

All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions

The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It

The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism

The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students

The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students

Best Posts On Writing Instruction

All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions

The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More

The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits

A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment

March 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On Classroom Seating Strategies

Classroom seating offers plenty of opportunities and dangers in any classroom.

Primarily because of space limitations, mine are pretty traditional, but it’s always worth considering other options.

Here are some thoughtful reflections on seating strategies. Feel free to offer more:

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces is from Edutopia. It includes topics like seating.

Classroom Seating: A Clue to Teacher Beliefs about Learning is by Angela Watson.

Ideas for Classroom Seating Arrangements is also by Angela Watson.

The Optimal Seating Plan? Letting Your Students Choose is from Edutopia.

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign is also from Edutopia.

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