Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

January 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Treaty Of Versailles Was Signed On This Day In 1920 – Here Are Resources On World War I

The Treaty of Versailles was signed on this day in 1920.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About World War I.

December 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
1 Comment

The HMS Beagle Set Sail Today In 1831 – Here Are Resources On Charles Darwin

The HMS Beagle set tail on this day in 1831.

You might be interested in The Best Online Resources To Learn About Charles Darwin.

December 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

DONE! All 27 End-Of-Year “Best” Lists In One Place

Though I’ll continue to add to a couple of them (particularly the education “year-in-review” list), I have now finished posting all twenty-seven end-of-the-year “Best” lists.


I’ll probably be posted a little less over the next few days as I try to now catch-up with a ton of other tasks prior to our return from Winter Break.

Here they are:

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2016

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – Part Two

My Ten Best BAM! Radio Shows In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2016 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2016 – Part Two

The Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016

The Best Videos For Educators In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Year In Review Features — 2016

2016’s Most Popular Posts!

The good — and very, very bad — education news of 2016

The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2016

New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2017

The Best Collections Of Infographics, Charts & Maps – 2016

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2016

The Best Collections Of Education Research – 2016

My Ten Most Popular BAM! Radio Shows – 2016

A teacher makes eight education predictions for 2017 — some of them dire (I usually create a “Best” list of predictions made by different educators but, for now, my annual one published in The Washington Post is the only one that I’ve seen)

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2016

This Year’s 13 Best Q & A Posts!

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2016 – Part Two

My Favorite Posts In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two

December 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Three Holiday Gifts To You!

'happy holidays!' photo (c) 2009, melissa brawner - license:

Here are three Holiday Gifts To Readers (that I give every year!):

First, He understood not only what we did but what we were supposed to do is from The Los Angeles Times, and I think it’s the best newspaper story ever written about Christmas.

Second, here’s one of my favorite education-related video. It’s a great example of differentiated instruction. In the video, some ducklings were able to get over the curb on their own. However, several found that it was just too high. Look at how someone provides assistance to those having trouble, and how he doesn’t tell them what to do. Instead, he offers it as an option, as a choice they can make. It’s an example of an old community organizing axiom, “If you don’t give people the opportunity to say no, you don’t give them the opportunity to say yes, either.”

And, third,
several years ago I received a special Christmas gift from Mary Ochs, a good friend who gave me my first job as a community organizer thirty years ago and who was my mentor during my nineteen year organizing career.

It was an older copy of a very small book titled “Axioms For Organizers” by Fred Ross, Sr.

Fred Ross, Sr. was a legendary community organizer. While working for the Industrial Areas Foundation (which I worked for during most of my organizing career) he became Cesar Chavez’s key mentor and adviser. Ross was the author of an extraordinary book that is still available titled Conquering Goliath: Cesar Chavez at the Beginning. In fact, last year, he was selected for the California Hall Of Fame and this year a great biography was published, America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century.

Even though the little book that Mary sent me is long out-of-print, a quick Internet search found that it’s still available on a free online PDF.

The book is directed towards organizers, but all of Fred’s axioms offer important advice to teachers, as well.

I’d encourage you to review the entire PDF, which is very short, and here are a few of my favorites:

Short-Cuts –Short-cuts usually end in detours, which lead to dead ends.

Social Arsonist –A good organizer is a social arsonist who goes around setting people on fire.

People – It’s the way people are that counts, not the way you’d like them to be.

Organizing Is –Organizing is providing people with the opportunity to become aware of their own capabilities and potential.

Questions –When you are tempted to make a statement, ask a question.

Enjoy the holidays!

December 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Helpful Holiday Resources


Here are new additions to my already-huge list, The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa:

On Three Kings Day, New Yorkers Celebrate with Beloved Parade is from NBC News.

Becoming Santa is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

Discovering the magic of Three Kings Day, from Puerto Rico to the US is from Quartz.

Simple & Fun Lesson For ELLs Of All Ages: Writing & Recording A Letter To Santa Claus

Christmas Gift-Bringers of Europe

Here’s a little something for you – a holiday season activity is a lesson from ELT Stories.

Chat with a SantaBot

Skip to toolbar