Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In December

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Helping Students Create “Public Narratives”

No Surprise But A Good Reminder – Critical Feedback Generally Only Works If People Feel They Are Valued

Am I The Only Teacher In The World Who Had Not Heard Of The “Stapleless Stapler”?

“The Banana Principle” Is A Useful Way To Talk About – & Implement – Change

I’m Not Sure Mark Zuckerberg Learned The Right Lessons This Year….

Copy-Edits Done On Our New Book – Look For It Soon!

‘Ethnic Studies Courses Benefit all Students’

“Clean” Video & Lyrics Of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s New Song About Ben Franklin

“eStory” Is A New Free Tool For Making Online Timelines

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On Mistakes We Make Teaching Writing

Wash. Post Published My Ed News Round-Up For The Year

Share Your Immigration Story At The U.N. Site “I Am A Migrant”

National Geographic “101 Videos” Is A Nice Series For Teachers & Students

More Resources To Help Students Find College Scholarships

Using “Quick, Draw!” With ELLs & Other Students

New Big Collection Of Free Music To Use With Facebook & Instagram Videos

Here’s My Tentative Plan For A Support Class For Long-Term English Language Learners – Tell Me How I Can Make It Better

Example Of Our Final “Ways Of Knowing Project”

Study: “You are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud”

Two Good Videos To Help Develop A Positive Classroom Culture

Wow! Amazing New Video Created By Smithsonian Will Probably Be Used In A Zillion ELL Classes

Interview With Eddie Williams, ELL Teacher Featured In “The Newcomers”

My Latest NY Times Post Is On Helping ELLs Learn Academic Language

“Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren’t bored to death”

Excellent Post On Education Research By Dylan Wiliam

“Let’s Learn English” From VOA Looks Like A Nice Online Video Resource

Here’s A Typical Formative Assessment I Give To My Beginning ELL Students – How Can You Make It Better?

“‘Questions are to a Teacher What the Lasso of Truth is to Wonder Woman’”

Advice From Ta-Nehisi Coates To Teachers

iCivics Adds Bilingual Social Studies Game

Video: “DECISIVE by Chip and Dan Heath – Animated Core Message”

New Research Quantifies The Vocabulary Improvement Generated By Reading – Here’s How I Plan To Use It In Class

“‘The Newcomers’: An Interview with Helen Thorpe”

 

November 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Favorite Posts In November

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Researchers Find That African-American Students Punished More Severely Than Whites For Same Behavior

“The Newcomers” Looks Like An Incredible Book – How Could I Have Not Known This Was Coming Out?!

“Ways to use Questions Effectively in the Classroom”

My New BAM! Radio Show Explores What Policy Makers Don’t Understand About Education

Quote Of The Day: Pronounce Students’ Names Correctly!

Make An Amazing Number Of Different Learning Games With “GameBuilder”

Very Useful Article On Resilience

StoryCorps Unveils Searchable Archive Of 400,000 Interviews

LyricsGaps Gets Even Better – Now ALL Existing Songs Can Be Assigned & Student Progress Monitored

Video: Grammar & The Search For Knowledge

“Reading Through History” Looks Like An Excellent YouTube Channel For…History Classes

Four New Additions To Best Sites For English Language Learners

This Is The Advice I Try To Follow Every Time I Have A Conflict With A Student Or Someone Else

“‘Strong Structures’ are Needed for Effective Classroom Discussions”

Excellent New Online Activities To Prep For Citizenship Test Unveiled

More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

One Of My Favorite – & Easiest – ELL Activities To Practice Speaking (Links & Recordings Included)

Video: “I’m Always Early” (& How I’m Using It In Class)

Using SEL to Challenge ‘Systems of Oppression’”

Three Specific Actions I’m Taking This Year To Support Student Academic & SEL Development

Wisdom From Nobel-Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman On Creating Change

 

October 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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October’s Top Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

You Can Now Pre-Order Our New ELL Book On Amazon!

“ActiveLit” Lets Students Play & Create Choose Your Own Adventure Games In Virtual Classrooms

New Metacognition Study & How I’m Thinking Of Applying It In My Classes – Feedback Welcome!

“ESSA & English Language Learners”

Video: Anti-Bullying Ad From Burger King

Uh Oh – Bill Gates Has A New Big Ed Idea

What Do You Know About “Differentiated Grading” For ELLs?

I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

Study Questions Whether Standardized Tests Assess Learning Or Engagement

My New British Council Post Shares Four Ways To Give ELLs Feedback On Their Writing

Everything You Wanted To Know About Performance Assessment, But Were Afraid To Ask

New Study Finds Advantages To Reading Print On Paper Over Reading On A Screen

Teacher Tells Students To “Speak American” – Walkout Follows

“Simple History” Is A Decent Free Alternative To Brainpop

Time To Start Working On My Fourth Student Motivation Book!

‘Writing in Math Class is a win-win for Students & Teachers’

“Empatico” Is A New Site For Connecting Online With Other Classes

My New BAM! Radio Show Is About ESSA’s Impact on English Language Learners

Google Publishes Series Of Video Instructions About Creating Online “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

Harvard Business Review Publishes Yet Another Excellent Guide To Classroom Management

What Would Your Ideal Classroom For English Language Learners Look Like?

“We Need to let Students ‘Read, Read, Read’”

Here’s A Reflection Exercise I Did With My Student Teacher

Here’s The Thematic Schedule I’m Using In My ELL Beginner’s Class

Al Jazeera Has Great Audio Reading Of Text Feature On Its News Site

This Is Interesting: All Smarter Balanced State English Test Scores Went Down & Most PARCC States Went Up

“Commaful” Looks Like An (Almost) Perfect Place For Students To Write Online

“Define American” Invites Immigrants To Tell Their Story

Google Unveils New Ear Buds That Automatically Translate 40 Languages

iSLCollective’s Video Lessons Are A Huge Asset For Any ELL Teacher

Perfect Critical Thinking Article For TOK Classes Published Today – Here Is How I’m Going To Use It

“Mistakes Teachers Make in Reading Instruction”

Bilingual “NASA Space Place” Looks Like A Good & Accessible Science Site

“ReadWorks” Adds Highlighting & Text Annotation

Useful Recommendations For Reducing Drop-Out Rates

“Payback” Is A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Tool To Help Students Envision College Costs

 

September 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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September’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Woolly Mammoths & Inductive Learning

New Study Suggests That Motivation & Growth Mindset Are Most Important Factors For Student Success

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

“‘White Educators Must Sharpen Their Humility’ Before They Discuss Race”

Slideshow For ELLs: “Cline” or “Spectrum” On Temperature

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On How Teachers Approach Race & Implicit Bias

“Simplish” Automatically Simplifies And/Or Summarizes Text

Another Study Finds That Learning By Doing Works….

“Apps 4 EFL” Looks Like An Excellent Site For English Language Learners & Their Teachers

Here’s What My ELL Students Are Reading & Writing About Columbus

Study Finds Adding More Periods Of Instruction That Didn’t Work In First Place Doesn’t Help High School Readers

Using “Spot The Difference” Pictures With ELLs

“New Teachers Should ‘Leave Gossip for Tabloids & Reality Shows’”

Here’s The Cover For Our Next Book On Teaching English Language Learners

U.S. History Students Creating A “Buffalo Hide Painting” – Lesson & Student Hand-Out

Yet Another Study Documents The Long-Term Harm Of Short-Term Extrinsic Motivation

Space X Releases Video Of All Their Failures – Perfect For Teaching The Value Of Making Mistakes

“Annotator Tool” Is A Good…Tool For Online Annotation

“Internet Polyglot” Is A Very Useful Site For English Language Learners

Nice Sign Welcoming All Students At Our School Today

New Short Video: Daniel Pink On Motivation & Schools

Good NY Times Piece On Empathy’s Role In School Discipline

“Time.Graphics” Is A New, Free & Useful Tool For Creating Online Timelines

A Message From A Houston Teacher

“Management [& Teaching] Is Much More Than a Science”

 

August 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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August’s Best Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

SAS Curriculum Pathways Introduces A Ton Of New Free Activities

“Playbuzz” Has Become A Remarkably Versatile Free Tool For Creating Online Games & Presentations

Quizlet Gets Even Better – You Can Now Create “Interactive Diagrams”

Great Lesson Idea – What Would You Put On Voyager’s “Golden Record”?

“Q & A Collections: Advice For New Teachers”

A Look Back: “We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity”

A Look Back: “Here’s My Entire ELL Beginners Seven-Week Unit On Writing A Story (Including Hand-outs & Links)”

Banning Racism With As Much Enthusiasm As Banning Fidget Spinners

Important Advice For White Educators (& Others)

“Don’t Be A Sucker”: Anti-Fascist Video Made By U.S. Military In 1943 Relevant Today

Video: “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist”

Q & A Collections: Differentiating Instruction

“Time-Travel” With Merriam-Webster To Learn When Words Entered The English Language

Statistic Of The Day: Yes, We Teachers Buy A Lot Of Food For Our Students To Eat

Very Interesting: The Most Important Letters In History

“Writing Sparks” Could Be A Useful Online Writing Tool

Resources For Spanish-Speakers Not Literate In Their Home Language

Eight Free Downloadable Children’s Books In Khmer – More On The Way (Maybe In Other Languages, Too)

New Study Finds VAM Is Biased Against Teachers Of “At Risk” Students

“The Platinum Rule” Is A Key To Effective Differentiation

Good Advice On Talking About Our Colleagues & Our Students

Extrinsic Motivation Strikes Out Again

Guest Post: “Co-Teaching Dos and Don’ts”

Ways To Encourage Our Students To Get Through “The Last Mile”

Guest Post: “PD in your Pjs: How to navigate #EllChat_BkClub on Twitter”

Good Video Showing How NOT To Manage A Classroom

New Study Finds That People Like You More If You Ask Questions

Interesting NY Times Interactive Shows What Occupations Share Similar Skills With Teaching

 

 

July 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July’s Best Posts From This Blog

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this past February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Using “Wrote My Way Out” From Hamilton With Students (Including Writing Prompt)

Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers

Our Next Book On Teaching ELLs Is Almost Two-Thirds Done!

Wonderful Animal Video For ELLs & Everybody Else

Collections Of Academic Sentence Starters

Podcast: Interview With…Me On Parent Engagement

Bingo! There Are Issues With This Study On Grit & ELLs, But I Am Sure Going To Use It With My Students

Amazon Makes Its Teacher Resource-Sharing Site Public Today

“Q & A Collections: Race & Gender Challenges”

Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting

New Study Finds Students Less Motivated In School The More They Think Wealth & Income Inequality Is Stacked Against Them

Privilege & Chief Justice Roberts’ Commencement Speech

Easily Create Vocabulary Quizzes With “Wordsmyth”

New Study Finds That Punishment May Encourage The Behavior Being Targeted

Change “Employees” To “Students” & This Article Has Good Research & Advice On Building Trust

New Geography Game: “Can You Draw The States?”

“‘Double Flip’ Your Classroom”

Study’s Conclusion Is Not As Useless As It Sounds: Low-Income Adolescents Are Less Likely To Attend College

Wrong-Headed Criticism Of Medicaid Mirrors Wrong-Headed Criticism Of Schools

“Factitious” Is An Online Game To Teach About Fake News

Every Teacher With An ELL Student In Their Class Can Benefit From Watching This Video!

Popular “Book Creator” App Can Now Be Used On The Web

Great Strategy For Interacting With Art!

“Quiz Game Master” Is A Nice Tool For Creating Online Learning Games

“Leaders can Support Innovation By ‘Listening More & Speaking Less’”

I’ve Found These Decent Online Exercises To Teach Paraphrasing – Can You Suggest More?

 

June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Top Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this pastFebruary.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

“Support Curriculum Innovations by ‘Failing Forward’”

New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere

Using The “Curiosity Gap” To Enhance Student Motivation

Students & Teachers Can Transcribe Ads From Former Slaves Looking For Their Families

“Make 1:1 Programs ‘About the Learning, not the Device’”

Study Suggests That Simple Writing Exercise Gets Big Results

What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?

Harvard Business Review Lays-Out A Good Three-Step Process To Introduce A Lesson

Video(s): My #VirtuEL17 Session On SEL & ELLs (Plus Supporting Links) & Everyone Else’s Session, Too!

This Is A Must-Watch Video For Any Volunteer Or Peer Tutor Working With ELLs

Here’s What I Will Do Differently (& The Same) Next School Year – Share Your Own “Resolutions”

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

Google Supports Development Of New “Lynching In America” Interactive

“Advice on Making a Mid-Career Change to Teaching”

I Suspect That Many ELL Teachers Will Want To Use These Personal Stories As Models For Their Students

“Author Interview: ‘Learn Better’”

New TED Talk From Anne Lamott With Great Excerpt On Writing – Here’s How I’m Using It In Class

Intriguing Research On How To Increase Intrinsic Motivation

Now THIS Is An Example Of Writing For An Authentic Audience: Writing For History

Important Video: Martin Luther King, Jr. Address To Junior High School Students, “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”

Google Unveils New Online Safety Game & Curriculum

“Genius Hours can be ‘Transformative’”

“Today I Learned” Is Great Series Of Short Videos From National Geographic

Lots Of Lessons In These Two Articles About How To Teach – & How Not To Teach – About Controversial Issues

“Teaching Advice To Remember – Part Three”

No, No, No! Do Not Grade SEL Skills!

Here’s What I’m Doing As “Part Two” For My ELL Beginner Finals

“Words Without Borders” Looks Like An Excellent New Source Of International Texts & Teaching Ideas

NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

New National Academies Of Science Report Identifies Three Qualities Key To Student Success

 

May 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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May’s Top Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in anticipation of this blog’s tenth anniversary in February.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

Here’s What I’m Doing As A Final With Beginning ELLs

“The Best Teaching Advice is…”

How My ELL Students Used Padlet To Create A “Picture Data Set”

My Last BAM! Radio Show For This School Year Is On Flipped Learning

Two New & Very Useful Writing Frames For Teachers & Students

Two Important Reports On Education Released Today

Read, Listen, Watch New Orleans Mayor’s Speech On The Removal Of Confederate Monuments

“Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom” Is My New British Council Post

“Teaching can be Tough, but We’re Also ‘Lucky’”

No Surprise: Study Finds Immigrant Students Have Trouble Concentrating When Laws Are Passed Attacking Them

I Talk About My Biggest Teaching Mistake In This Radio Interview

I’ll Be Writing Another Book This Summer

“Tech Helps us ‘be a Little Less Common & go far Beyond the Core’”

New Book Excerpt: Supporting ELL Students With Interrupted Formal Education

Big Meta-Analysis Says Four Teaching Strategies Are Most Effective For Low-Income Students

NPR Announces New Science Podcast For Kids & Their Parents

“Ways to Promote Transfer of Learning”

“Learning ‘Transfer is our Collective Goal’”

Six New Videos Teaching Bloom’s Taxonomy In Creative Ways

New Research Suggests That “Community Trust” Enhances Self-Control & Long-Term Thinking

“Equity for Rural Schools is ‘Often Ignored’”

“History does not move on the machinations of a select group of great people”

President Trump & The Civil War

How Are You Using Instagram For Teaching & Learning?

Guest Post: How One District Supports Personalized Learning

“Transfer Of Learning” & Elon Musk

NY Times Learning Network Announces Their Fabulous Annual Summer Reading Contest

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Teaching As A Second Career

This Is Intriguing – Now Anyone Can Create A Class In Google Classroom

 

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