Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Today’s A Good Day To Review The Japanese-American Internment Shame


Today is a day that a resister to the internment of Japanese-Americans is receiving the Medal Of Freedom posthumously from President Obama. It’s also a day when anti-Muslim hysteria is being fanned by many, and when even some are praising the internment as a potential model for today.

So, it’s a good day to review my recently updated The Best Resources On Japanese Internment In World War II and see these new additions to it:

This chart exposes the racism and paranoia behind Japanese internment is from Vox.

Minoru Yasui to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom is from NBC News.

NPR has a piece on Minoru Yasui.

Seventy Years After Manzanar, the Stories of Incarceration Live On is from NBC News.

Ansel Adams’s Subversive Images of Japanese Internment
is from The Atlantic.

October 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Professor Likes To Lecture, So Writes NY Times Column Saying Everybody Else Should, Too


Lecture Me. Really. is a weak column by a college professor who likes to lecture.

She claims teachers should lecture because it teaches listening and note-taking skills. I would suggest that there are better ways to help students develop those abilities (see The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More and The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More).

In addition, she dismisses research saying that lecturing is particularly problematic for students of color and those from low-income communities, saying we shouldn’t change doing things just because students find it “difficult.”  Now, that’s a rationale for doing what you want to do even if it is ineffective!

Listen, I get that some direct instruction some of the time is necessary and useful.  But not most of the time.

We need to keep it balanced and, when I say balanced, I mean the scale needs to be tipping away from lectures…

You might also be interested in:

The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy

The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior”

September 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

ELL Treasure Chest “Colorín Colorado” Unveils Great New Site Design


Colorín Colorado, the great resource for all teachers and parents of English Language Learners, unveiled a new site redesign today.

In addition to the new lay-out, they added new features. Here’s a quote from their announcement:

Colorín Colorado is pleased to announce that it has launched its new website!  The new site, made possible by the long-time support of founding partner American Federation of Teachers and our more recent partnership with the National Education Association, features the outstanding, research-based bilingual content our audiences know and love presented in a new, user-friendly design, along with new ELL resources.


Highlights of the new site include:

  • A fresh, modern design featuring the artwork of award-winning illustrators Rafael López and David Díaz
  • Better display and easier access on mobile phones and tablets
  • Video featured throughout the site showing excellent ELL instruction at all age levels
  • A video library that compiles all of our ELL classroom videos and interviews
  • An updated navigation making it easy to find (and come back to!) what you’re looking for
  • Integration of the Common Core and ELLs blog within Colorí
  • Updated information on ELL resources by state
  • A resource library featuring all of our great recommended resources
  • Booklists for kids, teens, and professionals organized by topic
  • Easier access to our Spanish-language content for parents and educators
  • Easier sharing on social media channels (with a new sharing option for Pinterest!)

September 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Wreckage Of The Titanic Was Found Thirty Years Ago – Here Are Related Resources

The wreckage of the Titanic was found thirty years ago this week.

You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About The Titanic.

August 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

Dave Orphal has nuts-and-bolts post about setting up a Socratic Seminar. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions.

I learned about this next resource, The Global Oneness Project, from Valeria Brown:

The Global Oneness Project offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms.

I’m adding it to The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.

Here are the 20 Most Popular posts from Middleweb, one of my favorite resources sites on the Web.

What to Do the First Day of School (and Why) is by Justin Minkel. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School.

9 Mistakes New Teachers Make is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Advice For New Teachers.