Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners

I just realized that I didn’t really have a “Best” list for the series of on-going posts I’ve been writing about Web 2.0 tools for Beginning English Language Learners.

Since the next post I’ll be publishing will be a compilation of all my “All-Time” Best lists, I figured I should include this series.

So, here are links to all my previous Web 2.0 tools for Beginning ELLs, and I’ll be adding ones to future posts in the series:

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Phrase.It”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Padlet”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Szoter”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “”

This Is The Best Web 2.0 Site For ELLs & May Be The Best One For All Students

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Connect Fours”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Post It”

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “My Storybook”

Here’s A Successful Music Lesson We Did With Beginning ELLs (Hand-Outs & Student Examples Included) (this post discusses using the “Canva” Web 2.0 too)

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April 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Videos For Teaching & Learning About Figurative Language

It’s amazing the number of good videos available on YouTube that have been created to help students learn about figurative language. Here are a few — please let me know if there are others that you particularly like that I should include. Of course, having students create their own would be a great project, too.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

Now, for videos on figurative language:

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April 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On – & Advice For Using – Donors Choose (Please Share Your Experiences!)

I have a popular “Best” list titled The Best Places To Learn About Education Grants, but I thought it would be useful to create a new one sharing – and soliciting – advice specifically about using Donors Choose.

I’ve never used it, but am considering trying it out, so I’m hoping this list can help both readers and me.

I’ll start it off with some resources, but I’m hoping readers can share their own experiences in the comments section of this post….

Strapped schools turn to online fundraising sites for support is from The Hechinger Report.

8 Tips for Getting a Donors Choose Project Funded is from The Open Door Classroom.

Fundraising Site For Teachers Illuminates Classroom Disparities is from NPR.

Comment away!

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April 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Commentaries On “Teach Like A Champion” – Help Me Find More

Doug Lemov’s “Teach Like A Champion” is very influential. It has a number of good ideas in it though, in general, I’m not a big fan for many of the same reasons described in the links I share later in this post. I thought I’d begin to bring together some thoughtful commentaries on it (most which I’ve previously shared on this blog) and invite readers to contribute their own, as well as suggestions of links to others:

This lengthy Guardian feature on his work, The revolution that could change the way your child is taught, is worth a read by all teachers. He’s collected the videos referenced in the article here.

What I Notice and Wonder about Teaching Like a Champion by Ilana Horn is what prompted me to make this list. In addition to reading the post, check out the comments, particularly the ones by Grant Wiggins.

The Teach Like a Champion Paradigm is by Ben Spielberg.

This School Year, Don’t Teach Like a Champion is by Ray Salazar.

Please contribute other commentaries!

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April 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict

The verdict has been announced for the defendants in the Atlanta test-cheating scandal.

I can’t excuse their actions, but the charges and trial sure seem to be an enormous over-reaction, and I can’t not wonder if the fact that all of the accused were African-American entered into the equation.

Much has been written about the case over the past few years, and I have accumulated some of those articles at The Best Posts & Articles About The Atlanta Testing Scandal.

I thought the verdict itself was worth a separate “Best” list. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments section:

Taking the Fall in Atlanta is by Richard Rothstein.

When Teachers Cheat is from The Atlantic.

The Biggest Outrage in Atlanta’s Crazy Teacher Cheating Case is from The Fiscal Times. Thanks to Ben Spielberg for the tip.

Atlanta Educators Convicted in School Cheating Scandal is from The New York Times.

The Atlanta Cheating Verdict: Some Context is from NPR.

Atlanta teacher convictions: Do standardized testing pressures foster cheating? (+video) is from The Christian Science Monitor.

When Teachers, Not Students, Do The Cheating is from NPR.

Why the Atlanta cheating scandal failed to bring about national reform is from The Guardian.

America is criminalizing Black teachers: Atlanta’s cheating scandal and the racist underbelly of education reform is from Salon.

Atlanta Injustice Demands a Response is by David B. Cohen in Ed Week.

Quote Of The Day: Sentencing In Atlanta Trial Delayed Until Tuesday

Quote Of The Day: Prison Sentences In Atlanta

Accountability for Whom? is by Pedro Noguera.

Why Jailing Cheating Teachers Probably Won’t Help America’s Kids is from Take Part.

Just in case you haven’t seen this video segment on the Atlanta cheating scandal from last night’s The Daily Show, here it is…

I think it’s pretty good, though it does omit two important points — it doesn’t really talk about the overall problem of focusing on test scores, and doesn’t say anything about the fact that all the defendants were people of color.

Judge Reduces 3 Educators’ Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal is from NPR.

What Really Happened to Atlanta’s Students When Their Teachers Cheated is from The Atlantic.

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March 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

Grant Wiggins recently wrote what is clearly the best piece out there on reading comprehension research: On reading, Part 2: what the research REALLY reveals.

He’s promised to write a Part Two soon, also, which I — and I’m sure, many other educators — are looking forward to seeing (he just has – On reading, Part 4: research on the comprehension strategies – a closer look).

On literacy and strategy, part 6: my first cut at recommendations is another great post by Grant Wiggins.

I figured that his post would make a “Best” list like this timely.

In addition to his first post and his soon-to-be-published next one, here are a few others that I think belong on this list. I hope that readers will share more in the comments:

I’ll being with other related “Best” lists I’ve published:

My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them

The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea

The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading

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

My Best Posts On Metacognition

Here are two other related posts I’ve published:

How Reading Strategies Can Increase Student Engagement

Great Website “Into The Book” Updated

How to help English learners read more quickly is from The British Council.

Reading Strategies, Student Engagement, & The Question Of “Why?”

I’ll be updating this list with other resources I find and others that people suggest…

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March 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Digital Learning Day Is On March 13th – Here Are My “Best” Lists On Ed Tech In One Place!




Here’s how The California Writing Project describes Digital Learning Day:

Organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day celebrates effective teaching and learning practices powered by technology. Each year, hundreds of thousands of teachers and education leaders, and millions of students from all fifty states and the District of Columbia join this grassroots movement in schools nationwide. From classroom activities to district-and statewide initiatives, Digital Learning Day events are diverse and unique and share the goals of encouraging innovation, supporting teachers, and spreading best practices for the use of technology in schools.

You can learn more about it at the Digital Learning Day site and/or at The California Writing Project.

Here are my best “Best” lists related to ed tech:

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners

The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning

The Best Posts On The NY Times Ed Tech Article

“A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology To Help Engage Parents”

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

The Best Places To Learn Computer Basics & How To Fix Tech Problems

The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers

The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology

My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus One From Somebody Else)

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

The Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom Technology Tools

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2014

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2014

The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education

The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The Best places to learn Web 2.0 basics

The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites

My Best Posts Related To Twitter

The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest

The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Facebook

You can find even more by reviewing my regularly updated collection of over 1,400 “The Best” lists.

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March 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

It’s “Question Week” – Here Are All My Related “Best” Lists In One Place