Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Dango” Interprets Your Words Into Emojis


Dango is a new online tool that is supposed to “use deep learning to predict which emojis you want to use.”

Type something into it and, as the above image illustrates, Dango interprets what you wrote into emojis.

I’ve previously shared resources and ideas on how to use emojis in language learning/teaching, and I wonder if I can fit Dango into it somehow:

“Emoji Finder” Could Be A Fun & Different Picture Dictionary For English Language Learners

Here’s a nice lesson on using emojis to teach vocabulary.

Any ideas how to use it in class (I also wonder if I could use it in Theory of Knowledge class when discussing emotion?)

July 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Teaching Reading & Writing


Here are some new and useful resources related to teaching reading and writing:

Why is reading good for me? is from the BBC.  I’m adding it to My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

TEN WAYS TO DITCH THAT READING LOG is from Middle School Minds. I’m adding it to the same list.

Engaged Reading as a Collaborative Transformative Practice is an intriguing study. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement.

The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read is a very good column from the NY Times, and it means “bribery” in a different way than you might think. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly is from LifeHacker. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Students in My Math Classes Next Year Will Do a Lot of Writing. Here’s Why is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Getting Strategic About Teaching Revision in Writing appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Getting Students to “Buy-Into” Revision.

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Handwriting & Learning.

July 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

KQED Interviews Me About Saul Alinsky & His Connection To Teaching


Two days after Ben Carson suggested that Saul Alinsky was, and Hillary Clinton is, a devil worshiper, the KQED Mindshift blog published an interview with me about how I apply his work in the classroom.

Check out Books Teachers Share: Larry Ferlazzo and Rules for Radicals.

July 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Owl Eyes” Lets Students Read & Annotate, Plus Teachers Can Create Free Virtual Classrooms


Owl Eyes lets teachers easily (and at no charge) create virtual classrooms for students to be able to read books from the site’s library. Students can annotate the text, and teachers can create quizzes for their students.

The texts appear to be mainly ones that out-of-copyright, so the site could be particularly helpful to educators teaching the “classics.” However, there are also books that some of my students in the past have chose to read for pleasure reading, like Sherlock Holmes mysteries and books by Jack London.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

July 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

President Obama & “Agency”

I’ve written a lot on idea of student agency (see The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It).

Simply put, Agency is the ability to be pro-active in determining one’s life path and not just react to the surrounding circumstances. Agency also recognizes that outside factors provide some limitations, and that people have some ability to influence and determine one’s response to them.

I wrote about some of the highlights of President Obama’s speech at the Memorial Service for the slain Dallas police officers (see Video & Transcript: President Obama At Dallas Memorial Service).

However, I overlooked a part of his talk applicable to agency, and didn’t find it until a New York Times columnist featured it in his article (see With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential).

Here it is:


July 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Postal Service Issues Jaime Escalante Stamp Today


The United States Postal Service issued a stamp today honoring the late educator Jaime Escalante.

You can read more about it, and him, at:

Postage Stamp for ‘Stand and Deliver’ Teacher Jaime Escalante Is Unveiled from NBC News.

7 Times Jaime Escalante Taught His Students About the Importance of ‘Ganas’ is from the U.S. Department of Education.

Here are two scenes from the movie about his teaching, Stand and Deliver (note the end of the second one has a word that may be considered inappropriate for the classroom):

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