Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

January 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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December’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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.

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):

“Nine education predictions for 2015″

“The Most Popular Classroom Q & A Posts In 2014″

ESL/EFL Teachers Can Get Great Free Online Prof. Dev. With “The Electronic Village Online”

The Wash. Post Publishes My Annual “Best and worst education news” Of The Year

BAM! Radio Redesigns Site – Listen To All Thirty-Three Of My Shows!

‘Care Is The Catalyst For Learning’

Second Great Video Of Football Star’s Love Of Reading

Quote Of The Day: “constructivist methods are intensely valuable”

“‘There’s Nothing More Innovative Than Care’”

Study: Conscientiousness + Curiosity = Academic Success

Best Christmas Video Of The Year — From Improv Everywhere

New Sesame Street Video On Self-Control: “Imagine It’s Something Else”

Video: My English Language Learners Did A “One-Sentence Project”

Video: New TEDx Talk By Carol Dweck

A Step Towards Star Trek’s “Universal Translator”

“Supporting Student Engagement By ‘Building Community’”

“Student Engagement Is ‘The Act Of Being Invested In Learning’”

Obama Administration Insists On Evidence Before Supporting A Program – Unless It’s Their Own Ed Policy

Getting The Least Motivated Students More Motivated By Working With The Most Motivated

“Should students discover their own math lessons?”

“Student Engagement ‘Involves Joyous Effort’”

The Difference Between Failures and Mistakes

Wash Post: “single most important factor in helping children learn is the quality of their teachers” – WRONG!

“Ways Of Knowing” Final Projects By My IB Theory of Knowledge Students

“The Best Ways To Engage Students In Learning”

“Hstry” Looks Like A Nice Tool For Making Timelines Online

Extrinsic Motivation In My Classroom

“The ‘Secret Sauce’ Of Formative Assessment”

Quote Of The Day: The Benefits Of Collaboration

“Grit” Runs Amok In The New York Times

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November 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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November’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

“Formative Assessments are ‘Powerful’”

The Power Of Having A “Purpose For Learning” In The Classroom

“Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year

I’ve Now Done Thirty BAM! Radio Shows On Education Issues

Here’s The Simple & Powerful Gratitude Lesson I’m Doing On Friday Before Thanksgiving Break

Food & “Flow” Is The Topic Of My Latest NY Times Post for English Language Learners

Here’s The Form I Have Students Complete When They’re Listening To Their Classmate’s Presentations

Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language

“Close Reading Can Be ‘Fun or Awful’”

Quote Of The Day: “When Will I Ever Use This?” (& How I’ll Use It In Class)

Interview With People Behind The Most Popular English Language Learning & Teaching Sites In The World

Did The Obama Administration Signal A Major Shift In Teacher Evaluation Policies Today?

Excellent Infographic On Growth Mindset

Here’s A New Reading Activity I Tried Out Today That Went Pretty Well…

Video: Here Is How I Used The Shadow Puppet App Today To Teach Verb Tenses

“Start.me” Looks Like An Excellent Place For Students To Save Links

Wow! Shadow Puppet Is A Great iPhone & iPad App For English Language Learners

The Onion Explains Perfectly The Difference Between “Mobilizing” & “Organizing” For Change

My Latest British Council Post: “What Does Enhanced Discovery Learning Look Like In The ELL Classroom?”

Advance Praise For My Upcoming Book On Student Motivation

Video: Bloom’s Taxonomy According To Harry Potter

“Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’”

Trove Makes It Easier To Create Online Personalized “Newspapers”

Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

“Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”

Video: Excellent Short Summary Of Carol Dweck’s Research

Quote Of The Day: On Metacognition

“Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling”

“Ways To Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’”

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October 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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October’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

Publisher Offering 20% Discount On My Three Student Motivation Books

All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions

Do You Teach Math Or Science To English Language Learners?

Here Are Forms My Students Are Using To Evaluate Themselves & Me

“Character Education: A Cautionary Note”

Video Of The Month (If Not The Year): “That Came Natural — I Had To Work To Read”

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web

Why A Teacher’s Willingness to Say “I’m Sorry” Matters….


Singing, Recording & Authentic Audiences For English Language Learners

Here’s A Headline I Like: “School standardized testing is under growing attack”

What A Shock! Study Finds That Student Reflection Helps Learning

I Was Just Named “Educator Commentator and Blogger of the Year” At Bammy Awards


Teachers Can Receive Free DVD Of “12 Years A Slave” & Study Guide

A Simple Lesson On Climate Change For English Language Learners

“Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system”

Jimmy Fallon Models Yet Another Good Game For English Language Learners

Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today

Teaching Plato’s Allegory of The Cave

“Student Teachers Should ‘Be Colleagues’”

Students Will Love The BBC’s “Your Life On Earth” Interactive!

Warm-Ups, Bell-Ringers, Exit Tickets and…Vitamins?

“Seven Strategies For Working With Student Teachers”

What A Surprise – NOT! British Study Finds That Cash Rewards Don’t Motivate Students

Video: “The Big Bang Theory – Bad Teacher, Bad Student”

Great Explanation Of The Difference Between Inductive & Deductive Teaching & Learning

Listen To 13 Minute Interview With Me On Teaching ELLs & Engaging ELL Families

Civics, Citizenship & Academic Writing Is Topic Of My NY Times Post For ELLs

“Engaging With Class & Race In The Classroom”

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September 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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September’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

Shocking! Study Finds That School Counselors Help Students

“How Diversity Makes Us Smarter”

You Can Now Pre-Order My Upcoming Book On Student Engagement

“Book Recommendations For Teachers — Part One”

“‘The Marshmallow Test’: An Interview With Walter Mischel”

Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The Brain

VERY Interesting Info On The Results Of KIPP’s “Character Education” Program

Self-Control, Grit & All That Stuff

Two New Sesame Street Videos On Social Emotional Learning

“Teachers Should Dress As Students’ Advocate, Not ‘Peer’”

From The Onion: “Tips For Fixing The Nation’s Education System”

Wondering How To Handle A Controversial Topic In Class? What We Did This Week Worked Out Very Well

“My Storybook” Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online

The Ten “All-Time” Most Popular Posts From My Ed Week Column

My Latest British Council Post Shares A Fun Introductory Activity I Do Every Year

Teachers, T-Shirts & The Messages That They Send

170,000 Library Of Congress Images Put Online At Unique Interactive Site

More Great Teaching Ideas For #Ferguson #MichaelBrown

Big Surprise — NOT!: Study Says Students Are More Successful With “Active Learning” Than With Lectures

“‘The Teacher Wars’: An Interview With Dana Goldstein”

Gov. Jerry Brown Appeals Awful Vergara Court Ruling

“Education Is Not ‘Moneyball’: Why Teachers Can’t Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet”

Zaption Adds “Ready-To-Use” Video Gallery

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August 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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August’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

All My Ed Week Posts On Assessment — In One Place!

“A shocking statistic about the quality of education research”

Excellent Redesign For Site Highlighting UK Museum Interactives

Two Good Videos On How We Learn & How I Plan To Use Them In Class

How NOT To Make Public Policy Change Happen

Reminder: All Student Hand-Outs From My Student Motivation Book Available Free To Download

“The History Project” Is A Great Resource For Teachers Everywhere

“Thinking Like A Scientist Can Help Overcome Allure Of Appearances”

“The Problem With Goal-Setting”

“Rootbook” May Be The Easiest Tool For Creating Online Choose Your Own Adventure Stories

“The High Price Of The American Dream” Is A Free eBook & Great Writing Model For English Language Learners

“Google Classroom” Now Open To Any Teacher With “Google Apps For Ed” Account

Manuscript For My Third Book On Student Motivation Is Done!

Important Study: “Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall”

Good Classroom Management Advice: “The Person Who Asks The Questions Controls The Conversation”

“Detentions make no difference, pupils claim”

Great Poster: “If Great Scientists Had Logos”

“How To Build A Better Teacher” — Praise & Minor Critique

Do We Really Want Our Schools To Be Like Those In South Korea?

McKinsey & Company Projects That Common Core Implementation Will Result In Doubling of Dropout Rate

With Friends Like David Brooks, Social Emotional Learning Doesn’t Need Any Enemies

“Unite For Literacy” Is An Excellent Site For Beginning Readers

 

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July 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

Jimmy Fallon Comes Up With Another Good Game For English Language Learners

“Race To The Top Has Been A ‘Fiasco’”

Are Researchers Who Helped Popularize VAM Having Second Thoughts?

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s “Effective” If Students Won’t Do It

NY Times Creates Their Own Version Of Google’s Ngram Viewer

Now Yelp Creates THEIR Own Version Of Google’s Ngram Viewer

“Teaching Without Connecting is ‘Futile’: An Interview With Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker”

“12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free”

Is Summer Learning The Silver Bullet For Narrowing The Achievement Gap?

‘A More Beautiful Question’: An Interview With Warren Berger

The New Yorker’s “Wrong Answer” Feature Is The Must-Read Education Article Of The Summer

If You Were Going To Read Just One Thing About Bloom’s Taxonomy, Then “What’s Old Is New Again” Would Be It

“Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer”

“The Leftovers” Shared A Key To Motivation & Perseverance In The First 30 Seconds Of Last Night’s Episode

“Made From History” Is An Excellent BBC Site

Excellent (& I Mean EXCELLENT) Differentiation Infographic

All My Ed Week Posts On Student Motivation In One Place!

“Smarty Pins” Is A New Geography Game From Google

ThingLink Now Lets You Annotate Videos, Too

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June 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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June’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

What Can School Districts (& School Reformers) Learn From Pixar?

Teaching Complex Texts Requires ‘Getting To Know Your Students’

“Interactive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans”

John Lewis: “You Must Find A Way To Get In Trouble”

How My Students Evaluated Me This Year

“Response: The Role Of Arts Education In Schools”

What Are You Going To Do Differently Next Year?

More TOK & ELL Student Instagram Videos

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On “How Is Globalization Changing How and What You Teach?”

California Court Rules It’s All The Teachers’ Fault

I Explain The Picture Word Inductive Model In My Latest British Council Post

‘Creating a Culture Where Students Want to Succeed’

My Latest NY Times Post For English Language Learners Is On Pets

New Student Motivation, Engagement & SEL Resources

“Ways To Develop a Culture of Success in Schools”

My New BAM! Show: “How Can Teachers Meet the Common Core Requirement for Complex Reading?”


“slidebean” Looks Like A Good Way For Creating Online Slideshows

Here Are Some Instagram Videos My Theory Of Knowledge Students Created

“Teaching History By Not Giving ‘The Answers’”

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs Is On Sentence & Paragraph Scrambles — Plus More!

What A Disappointment — Khan History Videos Continue To Be Awful

Videos: Using Art As A Language-Learning Activity

“A Teacher-Counselor Partnership Is ‘Essential’ For Student Success”

Here Are The Eleven Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”

How I Incorporate Reflection Into Semester Summative Assessments

“Teaching History By Encouraging Curiosity”

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May 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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May’s Best Posts From This Blog

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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).

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):

Dr. Walter Mischel, Creator Of Famous Marshmallow Test, Is Writing A Book

Geography Instagram Videos By English Language Learners

“Ways To Develop A Teacher – School Counselor Partnership”

This Is One Of The Best Pieces I’ve Read On Teacher Evaluation: “The Problem with Outcome-Oriented Evaluations”

Resources On Ending The Year Strong

How We Can Develop a Culture of Success in Schools Is Topic Of My New BAM! Radio Program

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL — Gold Mine Included!

Learn About Synonyms & The World Cup In My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

‘Help Students Be Organized By Being Organized Yourself’

“Quill” Could Be A Very Useful Tool For Reinforcing Grammar Concepts

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On Making History Curriculum More Engaging

Important New Report Questions VAM

#IRA14 — Useful Tweets From The International Reading Association Convention

“School Leaders Must Focus On ‘Authentic Learning,’ Not ‘Test Prep’”

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs is on Mexico, Travel & “Articles”

Using Instagram, Bloom’s Taxonomy & Student Interest As A Fun Part Of A Semester Final

Great GIF: “European Colonial Empires from 1492-2008″

Another Reason Why We Need More Organizing, Not More Dialogue, In Education Policy Fights

Administrators Must Make ‘Alliances With Students, Teachers & Parents’

How Much Do We Teachers Spend On Our Classrooms?

I Learn Another Great Game For English Language Learners From Jimmy Fallon

Wow! 800 Pound Gorilla Google Unveils “Google Classroom” That May Make Many Present Tools Irrelevant

“Six ways teachers can stay energized” Is My New Post At Teaching English

Learn About Mother’s Day & Conjunctions In My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

“TUZZit” Looks Like An Intriguing Site For Online Graphic Organizers & More

New RSA Animated Video Of Daniel Pink Talk

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using As Part Of My Final For Ninth-Grade English

This Month’s ASCD “Ed Leadership” Is Out — Here Are 3 Articles I Recommend

‘The Grading System We Need to Have’

New Writing Prompt For My U.S. History Class

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using For My Geography Class

San Francisco Symphony Unveils Must-See Redesigned Website

Discovery Channel Cancels “Bad Teacher” Immediately In Response To Complaints

Class Activity: Setting A Goal For The Last Six Weeks Of School

Using Dance To Teach English Is Topic Of My Latest NY Times Post

An Interesting Exchange With Sugata Mitra

Sacramento Makes Correct Decision In Withdrawing From CORE NCLB Waiver

Cool NY Times Interactive Lets You Create “Blackout” Poetry With Their Articles

Yes, It’s Authentic: School Cancels Kindergarten Play Because It Doesn’t Prepare Kids “For College & Career”

“Many Ways To Help Our Students Grieve” Is My New Ed Week Post — & Here’s A Bonus

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