Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Video Of Success Academy Charter School: “Rip & Redo”

You can find links to a number of articles about the Success Academy charter school chain over at The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Today, The New York Times has another one, and it shares a secret video recording of a teacher tearing-up a first graders paper.

Here’s an excerpt:


Listen, I suspect most of us teachers have had sixty seconds of our actions in the classroom where we have been terrible teachers, though I’d like to think that – in my worst moment – I wouldn’t do what that teacher did. What’s most disturbing to me, though, is that it appears the teacher is implementing a practice recommended by the school itself!

This latest news, along with the string of other reporting on Success’ practices, I think certainly takes the shine off the former golden child of charter schools….

February 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New PBS News Hour Video: “Why Detroit’s teachers are ‘sick’ of their inadequate schools”

I’ve previously posted about the crisis in Detroit’s schools.

The PBS News Hour aired a frightening segment tonight on what’s going on there. Strangely, it doesn’t seem to be available on its website, which usually hosts the video and transcript. But it is on their YouTube Channel, so I’m able to embed the video here:

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Ed Secretary Apologizes To Teachers

I never got around to posting about the new Ed Secretary’s remarks awhile back, but Greg Toppo’s article today in USA Today (Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators ‘unfairly blamed’ for schools’ challenges) about them gives me an excuse to post it as a “Quote of the Day.”

Here’s an excerpt:


Words are a nice start. Let’s see how his actions measure up….

February 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Growing Numbers Of “Immigrant” Students

As immigration resurges, U.S. public schools help children find their footing is an important article in The Washington Post.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border.

February 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study: Do Tests On Computers Assess Academic or Technological Abilities?

Comparing Paper-Pencil and Computer Test Scores: 7 Key Research Studies is an important article over at Education Week (Report: Kids who took Common Core test online scored lower than those who used paper is a similar one at The Washington Post).

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

February 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do

There have recently been a number of reports suggesting that research has identified the key qualities and methods behind effective teaching.

Though I’m wary of making an iron-clad list, and I’m certainly wary about defining the word “effective” (see New Study Suggests That Teacher Observations Should Focus More On Teacher Inputs, Less On Student Outcomes), I still thought it would be useful to make a compilation of links to the ones I think are most useful.

Feel free to make additional suggestions:

“The Science Of Learning” Is A Must-Read (& An Accessible One) For Teachers

Instead Of Reading The APA’s “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Teaching,” Check Out These Analyses Instead

“Learning About Learning” Provides Very Good Narrow Summaries Of Research & Over-The-Top Recommendations

Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English Language Learners

Tom Sherrington shares his own list, along with links to other reports I haven’t already mentioned.

I’ll end with this excerpt from What Makes A Great Teacher? by Ellie Herman:


February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

50 Years of Research Show Good Teaching Matters. Now What? is from Education Week.

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager To Step Down is from NPR.

Education Secretary Calls For Fewer (But Better) Tests is from NPR.

Stop repeating nonsense about ‘bad’ teachers. Just. Stop it. is from Icing On The Cake. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

He’s the stinkweed at the Teach for America garden party is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

Chicago Public Schools teachers and students need more than love is by Ray Salazar.

Teachers call CPS’ $100 million in cuts ‘act of war’ is from The Chicago Sun-Times.

Pondering the future of CTA, Sacramento post-Friedrichs is from Cabinet Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

Districts won’t have to spend federal money on tutoring is from Ed Source.