Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Explanations For Why You Shouldn’t Say “All Lives Matter”


I’ve previously posted explanations about why “All Lives Matter” is a misunderstanding of term “Black Lives Matter” (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism).

Now Vox has just published an excellent collection of helpful explanations that emphasize that point at Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways.

And, if those aren’t enough for you, here are a few more that I have previously shared and are not on Vox’s list:

Why “All Lives Matter” instead of “Black Lives Matter” is such a stupid thing to say is from Boing Boing.

July 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Useful Resources For Educators On #AltonSterling , #PhilandoCastile & Dallas Shootings


I was out-of-town for a few days, and didn’t write many blog posts during that time. However, I was active on Twitter. Here are tweets about those tragic events.

I’m adding this post to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning & Teaching About The Juno Spacecraft


NASA’s Juno Spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter on July 4th (Update – it has arrived!)

Here are some initial resources for teaching and learning about it. I’ll add more after it arrives:

All Eyes (and Ears) on Jupiter is from The New York Times, and includes videos and interactives.

Here’s the official Juno Mission website at NASA.

Popular Science has an interactive guide to the Juno Spacecraft. has a regularly updated page on the mission.

Juno meets Jupiter, survives radiation shower at north pole is from the PBS News Hour.

‘Welcome to Jupiter!’ NASA’s Juno space probe arrives at giant planet is from CNN.

The Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter is from The New Yorker.

Juno’s Triumphant Night is from The Atlantic.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter’s orbit is from USA Today.

The Dreamiest View in the Universe is from The Atlantic.

June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Value Of Positive “Self-Talk”

This post was originally just on a new study, but I’ve converted it into a “Best” list.

I’ve written blog posts and lesson plans about encouraging students to use “self-talk” for motivation (see “Control Your Destiny”: Positive Self-Talk, Students & Stephen Curry and  We Did A Great ‘Growth Mindset’ Lesson With Our ELLs This Week – Here’s The Lesson Plan).

A new study has just been published reinforcing previous research on its effectiveness.  You can read about it at Thinking ‘I can do better’ really can improve performance, study finds.

Here’s an excerpt:


The study also talks about the effectiveness of imagery, so I’m adding this info to My Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success.”

Olympian Laurie Hernandez Demonstrates The Power Of Self-Talk

June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About Mindfulness In The Classroom


Even though I’ve been a big advocate of Social Emotional Learning (see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources), I haven’t done a whole lot in the “mindfulness” area. This past year, though, we did do a related experiment, and I’ll share a post about its results in the future.

For now, though, here are a few “mindfulness” resources – please share others in the comments section:

Mindfulness Can Mean More Than Meditation – Can’t It? is a post I’ve published earlier.

Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools? is from The Atlantic.

Mindfulness in the Classroom: A How-To Guide is from Ed Week.

Student ‘Reflection Needs to Be a Habit’ is Part Two in my Education Week series on reflection in the classroom.  It discusses mindfulness.

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day is from The Harvard Business Review.

How to teach … mindfulness is from The Guardian.

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Favorite Posts In 2016 — So Far

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Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my mid-year selection.

You can see my choices for each of the past nine years here.

And you can also see a list of my My All-Time Favorite Posts!

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2016 — So Far:

Here are some of my favorite “The Best…” lists from this year (by the way, the total lists I’ve published reached 1,580 this year):

The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It

The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills

The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations

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

I had several articles published elsewhere, including some excerpts from my latest book on the Common Core and English Language Learners:

And here are a few other posts from this blog that I thought were particularly useful:

Download All Lesson Plans & Student Hand-Outs From Our ELLs & Common Core Book – For Free!

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

An Interview With…Me, About Teaching ELLs

Using The “Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis” To Help Students Develop Creativity

Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included

We Did A Great ‘Growth Mindset’ Lesson With Our ELLs This Week – Here’s The Lesson Plan

“Ofrecer autonomía es clave para desarrollar la motivación”

New Study Reviews 25 Years Of Research Into What Helps Students Graduate – Here’s What They Found

Zootopia Movies Highlights Importance Of Grit, But Also Its Limitations

A Community Organizer’s Definition Of Leadership – How Can It Be Applied To Education? (Part One)

I Did A Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials

I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan

Teachers Might Find My “Concept Attainment – Plus” Instructional Strategy Useful

Lastly, The Sacramento Bee asked me to give ninety-seconds of tips for new teachers. Here’s the video:

June 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Organizing & Maximizing Field Trips – Both “Real” & “Virtual”


I’m a big fan of field trips — the “real” kind, where we take students out of the classroom. I also believe, though, that “virtual” trips can be useful.

Here are resources, including past posts, about how to organize and maximize both types of field trips (and why they’re important):

Fewer field trips mean some students miss more than a day at the museum is from Brookings.

Field Trips Leave Indelible Memories is by Walt Gardner.

Google Expands Its “Expeditions” Virtual Field Trips For Schools (that post includes links to several other pieces I’ve written about Google’s Expeditions program)

The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips

The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips

Why the much-maligned field trip really matters is from The Washington Post.

Successful Field Trips with English Language Learners is from Colorin Colorado.

Skype Connects Classrooms With Field Trips Around the World is from Ed Tech Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects.

Smithsonian’s “Our Story” Is A Valuable Resource For Teachers & Parents (nice forms to use on field trips to any museum)

Learning from Live Theater is from Education Next and reviews research on the value of taking students on field trips.

English Language Learners Design Their Own “Ideal” Neighborhoods discusses a field trip I do every year.

How Field Trips Build Critical Thinking Skills is a post from MindShift about a recent study.

Here’s What Students Did On Our Field Trip To The Zoo

The Best Web Applications That Lets Multiple People Upload Their Photos To One Place

The Fabulous Field Trip Guide: Mobile Learning and QR Codes is from Shelly Terrell.
Google Unveils Lots Of New Ed Projects, Including Opening “Expeditions” To Everybody

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