Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My U.S. History Class Blog Has Now Been (Almost) Completely Updated


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.

May 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Almost Complete World History Class Blog

world history

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.

March 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

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., 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.

January 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

A New – To Me – Blog That Is Definitely Worth Reading: “Cult Of Pedagogy”


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):


January 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

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:


Monthly Posts At The British Council – Teaching English


December 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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If You Subscribe To Richard Byrne’s Blog By RSS, Double-Check It’s Still Working….


Free Technology For Teachers, written by Richard Byrne, is just about everybody’s favorite ed tech blog.

You can read it through many different avenues, but if you subscribe to it with an RSS Reader, there might be a problem that requires you to re-subscribe (there’s not a problem if you read it a different way).

You can read about the technical snafu and how to easily get back on track at Richard’s post, RSS Subscribers – I Need Your Help. You can easily fix it and not miss a post. And, trust me, you don’t want to miss a single post he publishes!

December 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Check Out These Finalists For The 2014 Edublog Awards!


The 2014 Finalists for the 2014 Edublog Awards have just been announced and voting has begun.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to check them out and learn about tech tools, blogs and other resources that you might have missed during the year. I know I always learn a lot from taking time to browse through them.

And one category you definitely don’t want to miss is the Most Influential Post one.

I’m a finalist in a number of categories, and I thank those who nominated me. I receive plenty of recognition, so I’d encourage you to vote for others.