Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Hitting The ELL Jackpot With Ed Week’s New Special Report


Today, Education Week released a special report on teaching English Language Learners that is a must-read for anybody interested in ELLs, and it will remain one for a long time to come.

Too bad it came out the day after the final meeting of the Sacramento State University class I teach on educating ELLs.

The Ed Week report includes many articles and, my hat is off to them on this, there are Spanish-language versions of all of them.

A few of them are:

Teaching English-Language Learners: What Does the Research Tell Us?

Home-School Connections Help ELLs and Their Parents

English-Language-Learner Statistics

Quality Learning Materials Are Scarce for English-Language Learners

Here’s an excerpt from one of the articles:


The Ed Week series is a great companion to ASCD Educational Leadership’s wonderful February issue on ELLs.

I’ll add this post to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

May 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Next Project Is Revising & Making Public My IB Theory of Knowledge Curriculum – Feel Free To Contribute


After writing eight books over the past eight years, I’m giving my self two years to complete my next one (the manuscript deadline is September 2017).

However, that doesn’t mean I’ll be lounging around :)

This summer, I plan on completely revising my International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge curriculum. And, once it’s done, I plan on making it available freely here on this blog.

In fact, I’d love to create an even bigger free resource of TOK materials than I already have (see All Of My Theory Of Knowledge “Best” Lists In One Place!).

So, if you’ve got some great stuff you’ve created that you’d like to share with TOK teachers, let me know and I’d be happy to add it to the list – giving you full credit, of course!

May 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

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May 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations

Everyone has seen versions of this graphic, and I have not idea who the original creator(s) are. But they are useful, and I thought I’d bring together variations I’ve seen online and invite readers to contribute others, as well as letting me know the names of the original artists.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction 

May 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Good Advice On How To “Outsmart Your Next Angry Outburst”

The Harvard Business Review has become one of the best sources of classroom management strategies, and I’ve written about many of them.

Today, they published another useful piece, this one headlined Outsmart Your Next Angry Outburst.

Here are four simple questions they suggest we ask ourselves prior to communicating something that could go sideways on us:

What outcome do I want?

What should I communicate to achieve that outcome?

How should I communicate to achieve that outcome?

When should I communicate to achieve that outcome?

In fact, that sounds like good advice for in-and-out of a classroom!

Here’s an excerpt from the article:


I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

May 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Good Articles On Finishing The School Year Well


I’ve got lots of great suggestions on how teachers can handle these last few weeks over at The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

Here are two new additions to that list:

End-of-Year Learning Can Be Meaningful & Fun appeared at Middleweb.

How to End the School Year Right is by Justin Minkel at Ed Week.

May 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here Are Some Ideas For Handling “The Summer Slide”


We’re all familiar with the “summer slide” — the academic losses that many young people, especially in low-income communities, experience during the time they’re out of school.

You can find lots of related resources and strategies to combat it at The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide.”

You might specifically find my post, Here Are The Eleven Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”, useful.

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