Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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There Are Eight Ways You Can Subscribe To This Blog For Free

Thousands of people subscribe to this blog for free so they can be notified of new posts.

There are eight ways you can subscribe to this blog for free, too, if you aren’t already doing so. You can:

Subscribe by a RSS Reader. One popular RSS Reader is Feedly (though there are many others). You can read about Feedly in this New York Times guide.

Subscribe to email updates through Feedblitz.

Follow me on Twitter, where I share my posts and many other resources.

Follow me on Pinterest, where I share posts and other resources.

“Friend” or “Follow” me on Facebook, where I also share my posts.

Add me to one of your Google+ Circles. If you send me a message there saying you would like to be notified of new blog posts, I will put you in that “circle” so you receive those notifications.

You can subscribe to a Flipboard Magazine for this blog.

Subscribe to a monthly email newsletter where I share my “Best” lists and my other picks of the best posts of the month.

Hope you find this list of choices helpful!

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August 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Congratulations To Edublogs – They’re Ten Years Old!

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Congratulations to Edublogs, the wonderful platform that hosts this blog, and a zillion other ones. This month is their tenth anniversary (and they’re giving away a lot of free stuff)!

They also unveiled a new website design today, which looks great!

I still can’t imagine why any educator would choose a different place to host a blog — Edublogs is simple to use, free or very low-cost to use, and offers great customer service.

If you want to learn more about blogging, you can find more info at:

The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging

The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers

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May 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My U.S. History Class Blog Has Now Been (Almost) Completely Updated

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I’ve spent this weekend, and the entire school year, updating my various class blogs. So far, I’ve shared about my ones for World History and for IB Theory of Knowledge.

I’ve now almost completed updated my U.S. History Class Blog for English Language Learners. It follows the chapter sequence found in Steck-Vaughn’s “America’s Story” textbook, but certainly the sequence would be useful for any U.S. History class.

I still have to add a post or two covering events from the last few years but, other than that, I think it’s fairly complete.

You’ll also find a lot of student-handouts that you can download, particularly in the first two-thirds of the chapters. Feel free to use them in your own classes, but please don’t distribute them commercially.

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May 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Almost Complete World History Class Blog

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This year, I taught World History to English Language Learners, and it was the first time I had taught it in several years.

To support instruction, I created a World History Class Blog. It has what I think are the most accessible online resources out there to English Language Learners.

Though it specifically follows the chapters in our textbook, Access World History by Great Source (by the way, thanks to Mary Ann Zehr for originally sharing it with me), it pretty much follows the chronology of events that most World History textbooks use.

Feel free to use it with your classes and to also recommend other resources I should add it to it.

Right now, it’s missing resources for the final two chapters, but I’ll be taking care of that in the next week or two…

One difference, though, between this one and the blogs I have for my other classes is that you won’t find uploaded materials that I use for lessons, and you won’t find student examples of work. But I still think the online resources on it are very useful.

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March 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I Thought These Statistics Were Somewhat Interesting: How Do Visitors Find This Blog?

This blog typically gets a little over five-thousand visitors each day, in addition to the thousands of other subscribers who read the posts through an RSS Reader or through email.

I hadn’t checked blog analytics for a long time to see the sources of that traffic, so I looked at stats for the past two months today and thought readers, particularly those who are other bloggers, might find it interesting to see what I found. Perhaps there are some places you’ve overlooked when you’ve shared your posts, and I’d love to hear how it compares to yours to see if I’m overlooking other places, too!

I also thought there might be some lessons in them — for me and for others…

1. Twitter is the 20,000 pound gorilla in the room and is the biggest source of blog traffic. That wasn’t a big surprise to me.

2. However, it was a bit unexpected to see Pinterest as the second biggest source, and it really wasn’t that far behind Twitter.

3. Facebook was third (I had thought it was going to be ahead of Pinterest).

4. Feedly was fourth, which was another surprise. Readers can see entire posts in the RSS Reader and share from there, also. Any ideas why there would be so many “click-throughs”?

5. Next came my Education Week Teacher blog, where I frequently share links to “Best” lists related to the topics covered there.

6. Edutopia follows, and that was another bit of a surprise. I usually share excerpts from my books there, but that’s once-a-year. I think other writers there may share links to my blog.

7. Flipboard is next, and that was unexpected, too. I know Sue Waters, among others, is a big fan, but I haven’t paid much attention to it. I guess I should start…

8. Quite a few visitors came from my blog at the British Council’s Teaching English site, where I post once-a-month.

9. Scoop.it, the popular curation site, was next.

10. Google Plus rounded-out the “top ten.”

I then looked at analytics over the past twelve months and found that they were quite similar. There were only two differences — Facebook was just about equal to Twitter as the number one source over that period, and The Washington Post, where I periodically write guest columns, moved ahead of Google Plus.

The primary lessons I see from these stats is that it pays to blog elsewhere and it’s important to share have a social media presence in multiple platforms to share posts. It’s not like the old days when you could blog and everyone read your posts either through an RSS Reader or through email.

Any other lessons you see that I’ve missed?

I’m adding this post to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

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January 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A New – To Me – Blog That Is Definitely Worth Reading: “Cult Of Pedagogy”

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I don’t have a very lengthy blogroll on my sidebar — blogs that I strongly recommend that people follow because I find almost all of their posts thoughtful, useful and very accessible (I’ll reproduce that full list at the end of this post).

Recently, I discovered a new blog that I’m adding there. It’s called Cult of Pedagogy, and it’s written by educator Jennifer Gonzalez.

I heard about it via John Norton and Middleweb (also on my blogroll!) through her post there titled 8 Things I Know for Sure about Middle School Kids.

I’ve since explored her extensive site and blog, and have shared quite a few of her resources in my “Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week” feature.

Her blog posts and videos are insightful and very, very practical. Here’s an example of one of her videos, and I’m adding this one to The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching. It’s about “Concept Attainment,” which I’ve written about a lot in this blog and in my books. In her video, Jennifer explains it much more clearly than I ever have in my writing:

You can see more of her fantastic videos here.

You might be wondering, “Who is Jennifer Gonzalez?” Here’s how she describes herself on her blog:

For eight years, I taught middle school language arts. Half that time was spent in an east-coast state, the other half in a Midwestern state. I earned my National Board Certification in 2004. Then, after having my first child, I left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom, knowing there was no way I could do both jobs well. In 2008, I was hired by a local university to teach pre-service teachers. This work gave me new passion for preparing and supporting educators.

So, I’d encourage you to read it regularly and you can also follow her on Twitter.

And, if you’re interested, here is my entire blogroll (which includes my classroom blogs):

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January 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Resources From All My Blogs

In addition to this blog, I regularly post at several other sites:

Engaging Parents In School:

Larry Ferlazzo's Engaging Parents in School Site

Weekly Posts At Classroom Q & A With Larry Ferlazzo:

Monthly Posts At The New York Times Learning Network on Teaching English Language Learners:

New York Times Learning Network

Periodic Posts at Edutopia:

Edutopia

Monthly Posts At The British Council – Teaching English

MY CLASS BLOGS:

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