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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

NPR Publishes Everything You Wanted To Know About ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask….

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Well, the headline of this post is a bit of an exaggeration, but NPR has just published an important compilation of research about ELLs headlined 5 Million English Language Learners: A Vast Pool Of Talent, At Risk.

It’s probably the most up-to-date, and accessible, data about ELLs you’re going to find anywhere right now.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

February 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

We’ve spent the last two weeks in my English Language Learner Beginners class reading and learning about stories.

Last Friday, it was time for them to begin writing one, and I did a terrible job of getting them started. I think I was tired and wasn’t thinking clearly, and assumed too much and provided must less support than was needed.

So, over the weekend, I created a simple set of eight graphic organizers, plus borrowed two others from online, and we began again today. Needless to say, it went a lot better.

You can download the eight I created here. They are in the sequence I’m using them.

You can download the Conflict Graphic Organizer that I’m using here. Students use this as the sheet listed “Conflict” in my downloadables.

You can download the Plot Diagram Graphic Organizer that I’m using here. Students use this as the sheet listed as “Diagram Your Events” in my downloadables.

I don’t think you’ll find anything earthshaking in them, but they are workable. Let me know how you think I can make them better.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story.

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies

I’ve often written about how much I like SAS Curriculum Pathways, a free site with tons of interactive lessons that students can complete and then email to their teacher.

One particularly impressive feature they’ve added to a number of their U.S. History lessons is a task where students have to apply what they learned to a different fictional scenario. They talk about it in a blog post as an element of Bloom’s Taxonomy “apply” level, and it’s also an opportunity for students to “transfer” their knowledge (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More). More specifically, it’s an example of “near transfer” (applying knowledge to a similar situation) as opposed to “far transfer” (applying it in a substantially different arena).

If you’d like to learn more about transfer, check out the previously-mentioned “Best” list, as well as an excerpt from one of my books that appeared in The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge.

I’ll also be publishing a series on the topic later this spring at my Education Week Teacher column, which will include an experiment they’re doing – an animated video explaining the issue.

February 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study Finds That It’s True: Good Teaching Conditions For Educators Equals Good Learning Conditions For Students

Study: Teacher Satisfaction, Collaboration Are Keys to Student Achievement is the headline of an Education Week story about a new study (which is, unfortunately, behind a paywall).

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.


February 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality

Fears that President Trump was going to do exactly what he said he would do as a candidate about immigration appear to be becoming a reality.

Lawmakers, After Meeting With ICE, Say All Undocumented Immigrants at Risk of Deportation is the headline of a lead NBC News story this morning.

Here’s an excerpt:

This meeting comes after a week of raids across the country (see Immigration Raids Across The Country – Is This Just The Beginning? (If It Is, Here Are Helpful Resources) ), along with the arrest of a DACA-protected immigrant in Seattle,  the arrest of an undocumented immigrant seeking court protection from domestic violence, and specific news reports on White House plans to end DACA.

Stress levels in many schools around the country, including my own, are increasing because of these actions, and there has been support, and some resistance, in school districts where teachers are providing support to immigrant students.

I have been collecting resources to teachers (and their students) on strategies to deal with ICE raids here.  You might also find The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress helpful.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees.

February 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Immigrants In Our Community Are A Gift”

Gail Desler – with the support of educators and students – has organized the fabulous Time Of Remembrance website documenting Japanese-American internment in World War Two, along with the Vietnam War.

Because of my work with Hmong refugees, I was honored to received an invitation to be interviewed as part of the project.

The full video is thirty-six minutes along. ELL teachers might find it useful, since I discuss a wide-ranging list of issues, including the importance of looking at our students through the eyes of assets and not deficits, inductive learning, concept attainment, parent engagement, professional development and many other items of possible interest.

If you go to the video at the Time of Remembrance website, it has an outline and summary of what’s covered in different sections of the video.

I’ve embedded the full video below. In addition, I’ve also embedded a short clip that Time Of Remembrance has created from the original full-length video:

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