Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Do You Know Of Videos Showing Teachers In Mainstream Classes Scaffolding For ELLs?


As regular readers know, I crazily agreed this semester to teach a a class of teacher credential candidates at Sacramento State University.

It’s more challenging than I had anticipated.

I’d like to ask readers for help….

There are a lot of videos out there showing educators teaching entire classes of English Language Learners (see The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom).

But I’m having a very hard time finding clips demonstrating teachers in mainstream classes that include a few ELLs which, arguably, will be the situation for most credential candidates.

Any suggestions?

November 8, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Treasure Chest Of Education Videos From Stanford


To celebrate its 125th Anniversary, Stanford hosted a symposium on education and videotaped many of the presentations.

Here are a few of the most useful ones:

Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman talks about active learning in this video. You can read the contribution he made to my Education Week Teacher column at A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A “Science Coach.” I’m adding it to The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy.

Travis Bristol “talks about the role of gender in the classroom and the ways to engage boys in the school environment.” You can read his contributions to my Ed Week column at The Teachers of Color ‘Disappearance Crisis’ and Strategies for Recruiting Teachers of Color . I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

Carol Dweck talks about a growth mindset. You can read her contribution to my Ed Week column at Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

Linda Darling-Hammond “speaks about the need for educators to teach students teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills to prepare them for a rapidly changing future.”

November 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Does Your Principal Support Teachers Developing A Growth Mindset?

Doug Lemov has published a good short post titled A Tiny Little Thought-Post on Growth Mindset for Grownups.

He concludes by asking an important question:


Certainly, much of what contributes towards answering that question comes from if a teacher has a growth mindset or not.

By the same token, I’d suggest as much a contribution, if not more so, comes from the kind of leadership exhibited by administrators.

We’re luck at our school that our previous and present administrators have promoted and do promote the kind of professional culture where I think many teachers would ask Doug’s second question.

I wonder how many other administrators create the same kind of atmosphere?

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

November 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Is One Of The Most Useful Blog Posts Teachers Of ELLs Will Read This Year


8 guaranteed ways to enhance teenage learner motivation in the language class is by ELL educator Adam Simpson and, if you’re a teacher of English Language Learners, it will really be one of the most useful posts you’ll read this year.

In fact, it’s so good that I’m adding the link to The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners.

November 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wonderful Video On Día De Los Muertos

Thanks to extraordinary ELL advocate and researcher Giselle Lundy-Ponce, I learned about this wonderful video on the Día De Los Muertos.

You must watch it, and it’s a great addition to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween, which also contains numerous resources on The Day of The Dead.

November 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Secret Life Of Pets” Trailer Has Great Scene For Teaching Self-Control

Removing yourself from temptations is one of the best recommended self-control strategies.

This hilarious trailer for the upcoming “Secret Life Of Pets” movie has a great scene that could be used to demonstrate the importance of doing just that…

Watch the whole clip, if you haven’t seen it before, but pay particular attention at about 1:05 into it.

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.