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November 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2017

I do an annual “Word of the Year” feature, sharing the choices from various organizations around the world.

Only a few have been chosen so far, but the pace will pick up over the next few weeks and I’ll be adding links to this post.

Before I share this year’s choices, here are my lists from previous years:

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2016

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2015

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2014

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2012

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2011

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2010

I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Here’ are this year’s “Words of the Year” picks:

Children’s Word of the Year 2017: trump is from The Oxford Dictionary’s survey of kids in the United Kingdom.

‘Equality’ is Aussie kids’ word of 2017 is from another one of their surveys.

Word of the year 2017: says ‘complicit’ topped ‘totality’ is from The Guardian.

‘Complicit’ Is The Word Of The Year In 2017, Says is from NPR.

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’ is from The Associated Press.

‘Youthquake’ Is Oxford’s Word of the Year. Sorry, Broflake. is from The NY Times.

The Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year is a word nobody actually uses is from The Washington Post.

November 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Free Resources From All My Books

Every few months, I reprint this post so that new subscribers learn about these resources.

I have many free resources, including excerpts and student hand-outs, available from all my books. Clicking on the covers will lead you to them. The first book on this list won’t be out until April of next year, and there are not many resources available from it yet, but they will be soon!

And look for a fourth book in my student motivation series (out in 2019):





Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems.


November 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Statistics On How Visitors Find This Blog


Each year, I publish year-end statistics of how visitors find my blog (you can find last year’s post here).

About 17,000 readers subscribe to this blog daily and can read the content without visiting directly. However, another five-to-six-thousand readers do visit to read the posts each day. How do they get here?

Well, for 2017, the answer was:

The number one referrer wasn’t a big surprise – Flipboard. However, the increase of referrals was, indeed, a surprise.  Even though people can subscribe to the blog from there, I’m very surprised that 38% of readers find their way here from there. It’s a huge jump from last year (when it was 21%).

Twitter  came in second at 18%, just a one percent drop from the previous year.

Facebook was third at 14%, a three percent drop from 2016.

Pinterest was fourth at 6%, a drop of three percent.

Edutopia (which often publishes excerpts from my books), and Education Week (where I write a teacher advice column) are tied at about 2% each.

It’s sort of a “grab-bag” after that…

As usual, I’m not really sure what this all means and would love reader feedback and analysis!


November 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Some Final Thanksgiving Resources


Here are a few final Thanksgiving resources.  They’re too late to use in class this year, but they’ll be on The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Thanksgiving list for 2018:

What America Celebrates on Thanksgiving is from The New York Times.

Lesson plan: Thanksgiving through the lens of Native Americans today is from The PBS News Hour.

Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way is from Teaching Tolerance.

A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Booklet from a Native American Perspective is from Oklahoma City Public Schools.

November 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Teaching Resources For The Movie, “Coco”

Disney’s movie, Coco, is out in the theaters, and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing it!

It also seems like a potential great teaching and learning resource, both using many of the language-learning strategies found in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL, as well as for more critical discussions on how cultural traditions are used commercially (Disney initially attempted to copyright the term, “Dia de los Muertos.”). After the ensuring uproar, they made big attempts at being as “authentic” as possible in their story line.

I’ve previously created a similar list for another movie: The Best Resources – Critical & Positive – For Teaching With “Moana”

Here’s what I have so far, and I’ll be adding to it – feel free to offer additional resources in the comments section:

Pixar’s Coco is sweet, visually stunning, and much too predictable is the Vox story where I learned about Disney’s ill-fated copyright attempt…

You can find a ton of clips at the movie’s official site.

‘Coco’: A Latino-themed movie that gets it right is from NBC News.

They release this short prior to the movie’s release, and I’ve used it with my ELL students:

This Is What Latino Film Critics Are Saying About Pixar’s ‘Coco’

With ‘Coco,’ Pixar sets out to broaden US narrative on Mexico is from The Christian Science Monitor.

‘Coco’ forced Pixar to dive deep into a real-world culture — and add some diversity is from The Washington Post.

How Pixar Made Sure ‘Coco’ Was Culturally Conscious is from The NY Times (available in English and Spanish).

Pixar Hired Cultural Consultants To Help With ‘Coco’ And It Looks Like They Definitely Helped Shape The Movie

November 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Collections Of Instructional Strategies

There are many lists of different instructional/teaching strategies online. However, I thought readers might find it useful if I compiled a sort of “list of list” – a post sharing the exceptional ones.

And there aren’t many of them (though feel free to let me know which ones I’ve missed).

I’m just putting links on this list to compilations that share multiple instructional strategies, including quite a few that are not the “typical” ones many teachers already know. In addition, the site must be well-designed and share enough information that the teacher can apply each strategy immediately.

I’m starting off with only three, though am happy to add to it. In addition, I’m including a few links to related “Best” lists.

Here they are:

Teaching Tolerance Teaching Strategies

Facing History Teaching Strategies

Connecticut State Department of Education Instructional Strategies That Facilitate Learning Across Content Areas

Here are some related “Best” lists:

The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet

The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

The Best Resources For Learning About “Learning Strategies”

The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction

The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners

The Best Videos For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes – Please Suggest More

Q&A Collections: Instructional Strategies shares related posts from my Ed Week Teacher advice column.

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