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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Animal Translations” Are Great For ELLs

animal translations

I’ve previously published several posts about having English Language Learners use photos and videos as fun opportunities to invent “thought bubbles” or dialogues. I’ve also published a similar idea in a post titled What Are People In This Painting Thinking?

Today, TED Talks shared a number of short videos they shared at their conference. Some were new, some I had seen and published here, and several would be useful in English Language Learner classes.

Two of those useful for ELLs were from a YouTube channel by Chris Cohen that he calls Animal Translations, where he puts his voice to animal thoughts. The accent is a bit thick, so it might be difficult for ELLs to hear everything, but they’d certainly get the idea. Then, students could create their own internal dialogue they could perform while the video was shown on a screen without sound.

Here the two samples:

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March 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Creating the Conditions for Student Motivation” Is My New Book Excerpt At Edutopia

Creating the Conditions for Student Motivation is the title of the latest excerpt from my new book, and it’s appeared at Edutopia.

It’s the first post in a two-part series. The second post will appear next week.

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March 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“The Teacher’s Guide To Tech” Looks Great!


I’ve previously posted about how impressed I am with Jennifer Gonzalez and her Cult of Pedagogy (see A New – To Me – Blog That Is Definitely Worth Reading: “Cult Of Pedagogy”).

I’ve even more impressed after seeing her new ebook, The Teacher’s Guide To Tech.

As she accurately describes it:

it’s a 210-page interactive PDF that you can store on your home computer, work computer, even on a tablet or smartphone. It contains clear descriptions of over 100 tech tools (almost all of them free), divided into 30 categories, with links to over 100 videos showing how the tools work, practical ideas for using each tool in the classroom, a glossary of over 80 tech terms, and a clickable table of contents and index that help you navigate through the binder with ease.

You can read more about it here and also watch the video embedded below. It costs $19.99, and it’s definitely more than worth it. It makes things a lot easier for either an ed tech novice or an expert to have all of these resources in one accessible place!

Great work, Jennifer!

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March 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excerpt From My New Book: “What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing”

Mindshift, the popular KQED blog, has just published an excerpt from my new book.

The excerpt is titled What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing.

I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

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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.

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March 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Special Edition: Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week — Part Two

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. Since I’ve already posted one edition this week, this is a special Part Two.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Why We’re More Likely To Remember Content With Images And Video is an infographic and also provides a text summary. It’s from Fast Company. Unlike similar infograhics out there, it provides references for the research it cites.

6 important things to know about how your brain learns is from The Next Web, and it was shared by Eva Buyuksimkesyan on Twitter.

(Not) Blooms. is from The Agility Teaching Toolkit (@ASTsupportaali), and offers a unique perspective on explaining Bloom’s Taxonomy to students. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom. Thanks to Vipula Sharma for sharing it on Twitter.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward is a great video collection from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class is by Angela Stockman. I’m adding it to The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?

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