Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Free Webinar On “Equitably Grading ELs” – March 19th


Though I might have more questions than I have answers, I’ll still be helping Diane Staehr Fenner in a free Webinar on March 19th 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) on “Equitably Grading ELs.”

You can sign-up here.

I’ll certainly be doing as much listening as I will be talking…

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On “Differentiated Grading” For English Language Learners.

February 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Community Organizer Turned Teacher Aims for Social Change”


Community Organizer Turned Teacher Aims for Social Change is the headline of a video interview Dr. Rod Berger recently did with me.

You might, or might not, find it interesting or useful.

You also might want to check out an interview KQED Mindshift did with me a couple of years ago, Books Teachers Share: Larry Ferlazzo and Rules for Radicals.

February 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Can You Suggest Video Clips – Real Or From Movies – Showing People Accepting Personal Responsibility


I have a The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others which includes elements of a lesson I teach.

I’m looking to beef-up both my lesson and that list with more videos showing people taking responsibility for their actions and/or mistakes.

Any suggestions?

February 14, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wow, The National Writing Project Offers Wonderful Online Writing Opportunity To Students


The extraordinary National Writing Project has done it again and is offering a too-good-to-pass-up online writing opportunity to students.

Here’s an excerpt from their site, WRITING OUR FUTURE: AMERICAN CREED AND A NEW YOUTH PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY (you’ll want to go there to get all the other additional information):

NWP is getting ready to launch a new youth publishing opportunity connected to the PBS documentary American Creed (broadcast nationally February 27 and streaming free of charge starting February 28 at Through stories set in big cities, small towns, and rural areas around the country, American Creed wrestles with key challenges facing American youth today, including creating economic opportunity and finding ways to meaningfully participate in civic life. The film encourages youth to explore questions like “What should America’s national ideals be?” and “How do we close the gap between ideals and reality?” American Creed is co-produced by Citizen Film and WTTW.

You and the youth you work with are invited to add your voice to the conversation about American Creed. Bring the film to your classroom or learning center, and support young people in responding through writing, art, and media. Teens (13+) and young adults are invited to share their responses on the National Writing Project’s American Creed youth publishing site (also coming February 27).

Here’s a trailer for the documentary:

I’m adding this info to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

February 14, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Amazon-Day One” Offers An Exceptional Collection Of Useful Videos


Amazon-Day One is a really extraordinary collection of less-than-two-minute videos from some of the most brilliant thinkers out there.

You can see their video playlist here, and I suspect you’ll be as impressed as I was…

Many are directly applicable to education.

I haven’t gone through many of them, but I really like this one from Angela Duckworth:


So, I’m adding info on the channel itself to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

And I’m adding that particular Angela Duckworth video to:

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February 14, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Many Of Us Teachers Will Feel Like Steve Kerr In A Month Or Two


The NBA regular season will end in a couple of months, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr is having some issues with player motivation.

So, earlier this week he had the players work together to act as “player-coaches” during a game (see Steve Kerr right to let players coach, but Warriors’ motivational challenges remain) . That strategy is not unlike one that many teachers use as school reaches its final months and we have students prepare their own lessons to teach and/or do “Genius” projects (see The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong and The Best Resources For Applying “Fed Ex Days” To Schools).

The Chronicle article about what he did is an interesting one and, with some modifications, echoes the concerns and challenges teachers face as the year winds down, and raises helpful questions and ideas we should be considering.

This isn’t the first time the Warriors have brought up issues relevant to teaching.  Check out more at The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills.


February 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Guest Post: Guidelines For Teachers Observing Their Peers


Editor’s Note: We have been doing class observations at our school, and I recently posted The Best Resources For Doing Classroom Observations. I asked Antoine Germany, the Chair of our English Department, to write a guest post sharing the guidelines he has discussed with us. You can download the observation sheet we use here.

Antoine Germany is a veteran teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento and is Chair of the English Department.

Peer observations are a great way for teachers to reflect on their instructional practices as well as build a culture of collaboration among staff members. Here are a few guidelines to consider before embarking on classroom observations.

  • Have a clear lens of focus before entering the classroom. Before entering classrooms have a specific area you are looking to observe. Whether it’s student engagement, classroom setup, or opening or closing procedures, have an idea of what you are looking for beforehand so that you can focus and not grow distracted by all the moving parts in a classroom.
  • Ensure that observations are constructive and not destructive or overly critical. Peer observations are mainly for teachers to reflect and look for ways to improve. Observations are not evaluations and should be focused on the good things they observe and not on what they do not see or areas they might find unpalatable.
  • When observing, focus on students more than the teacher. When observing a classroom notice what the students are doing as they will reveal a great deal about how a lesson is being received. You can learn a lot about a lesson and a class culture by looking at student body language. Questions like: “Are students engaged,” and “How do I know students are critically thinking,” are great ways to observe what is actually happening in the class. Remember, students being quiet doesn’t necessarily mean that they are engaged or are even listening. Student engagement is the ultimate goal of any lesson or ‘teacher move’ so try to observe how students are consuming the information given by the teacher.
  • Lastly, give time to reflect and discuss on what you observe. Give yourself an opportunity to think about what you saw and how it compares to your classroom. Often reflection reaffirms why you do what you already do in your classroom. Other times observations gives you great ideas of how to improve your instructional practices or the culture of your own classroom. Giving yourself time to think, ponder, and share with other instructors at your school improves the school culture and makes professional growth possible.

February 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“What’s the next step on the path up the mountain?”

COACHING WORDS: YOU DON’T, YOU DIDN’T, YOU MUST, YOU WILL, WE WILL is an excellent post from Doug Lemov.

You’ll want to read the entire post.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to:

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