Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Treasure Chest Of Immediately Applicable Motivation Strategies


I’ve previously shared much of Dan Ariely’s work on motivation, including his contribution to my Ed Week Teacher column. You can see them all at Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

TED Talks just re-circulated an older post of theirs titled What motivates us at work? More than money.

It quickly summaries many of Dan’s studies. Even though the research is geared towards motivation at work, they are all applicable to the classroom, as well.

I think every teacher can benefit from a three minute perusal of the article.

May 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Study Finds Poverty’s Impact On “Cognitive Bandwidth”


There has been an increasing amount of research documenting the impact poverty has on people’s psychology framework: that when some of our “cognitive bandwidth” is taken up by financial stress, less is left to devote to other decisions.   I’ve shared much of that research at The Best Resources Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough.

How poverty changes your mind-set shares new research documenting poverty’s effect on people’s thinking.

And the PBS News Hour wrote up a summary of those same studies: Analysis: How poverty can drive down intelligence

Perhaps, eventually, this kind of research will move some people away from the “blaming the victim” mentality that seems to drive much of the public discussion about poverty in the U.S.

May 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Teacher Decisions & Implicit Bias

There has been research on the number of decisions teachers have to make each day (see The Best Research On How Many Decisions A Teacher Makes Each Day).

The Hechinger Report just published an article related to that topic, but the important and unique twist to it is that the researcher discusses its relationship to implicit bias.

Check out 20 judgments a teacher makes in 1 minute and 28 seconds.

I’m also adding it to New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work.

May 1, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Researchers Find That Curious Students Achieve More Academic Success. In Other News, The Sky Is Blue

A new study has concluded that curious children are more successful in math and in reading:

You can read more about the study at Ed Week: Is Curiosity as Good at Predicting Children’s Reading, Math Success as Self-Control? Study Says Yes

Of course, try to show me a teacher who didn’t know this already….

The real challenge, and where all teachers could use some help, is in the best ways to cultivate that sense of curiosity in the classroom.

I’ve made a bit of an attempt to identify resources sharing those practical ideas at The Best Posts On Curiosity,

May 1, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study Finds That Teens Can Learn A New Language As Quickly As Younger Children

Prior research suggests that it is easier to learn a new language prior to age nine because of the brain development process (see Statistic Of The Day: How Long Does It Take To Learn English?).

But a new just-released study finds that this may not be the case:


An Ed Week article elaborates on these findings: Ability to Learn Languages Stays Strong Until Late Teens, New Study Finds.

I’ve obviously never mentioned to my English Language Learner students that past research had found that it would be more difficult for them to learn English.

However, sharing these new finds, I think, could be a useful motivator.

More importantly, though, I think this study will help me become a better teacher. Though I’m obviously a big believer in the power of a growth mindset (see The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”) and the importance of looking at students through the lens of assets and not deficits (see The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits), I wouldn’t be surprised if thinking it would be more difficult for teens to learn English unconsciously affected my expectations for students. Those expectations would certainly have had an impact on my teaching.

Food for thought for me and, perhaps, for others….

April 29, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

No Surprise To Teachers, But It’s Nice To Have Evidence: Study Finds That Students Improve Their Writing By Reading

Reading for Writing: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Reading Interventions on Writing is a new meta-analysis that finds what most teachers already know – students improve their writing by reading:

Thanks to Dylan Wiliam for the tip.

April 29, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Harvard Business Review Publishes Great Article On The Importance Of Asking Questions


In my lessons on helping students develop the capacity to ask good questions, we explore different areas where that ability could be helpful.

I always mention dating – to lots of giggles – but now I have specific research that backs-up that assertion!

The Surprising Power of Questions is a new article in The Harvard Business Review that shares research on how the ability to ask good questions is helpful in dating, in business, and in job interviews.

It’s a long article, and I certainly wouldn’t use the whole thing with students. But sections would be very engaging to students.

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

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