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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Ask A Question, Any Question…

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My Classroom Q & A column over at Education Week Teacher continues to grow in popularity as it finishes its fifth year this coming June. The accompanying BAM! Radio Show has also expanded in popularity.

I’m now beginning to collect questions to cover during the next school year.

Feel free to contribute one question — either by leaving it in the comments section or by sending it to me using this contact form. As you probably know, a wide-ranging group of educators provide guest responses in the column to questions

Let me know if I can use your name or if you prefer to be anonymous.

And if I select your question, you get to choose a free book from a variety of publishers!

March 5, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Caution On Celebration Of Failure

I certainly encourage my students to take risks and not be afraid of making mistakes (at least, not those which can potentially result in physical harm or “catastrophic” consequences). In fact, I have a very popular related list, The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

An article in today’s New York Times, though, raises a wise word of caution that society is not as forgiving of mistakes by some as they are by others. Here’s an excerpt:


It’s important counsel to remember so we remember the limitations of failure celebration, as we do the same for social emotional learning (see The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).  Both can be used to the detriment of our students and their families.

Celebration of failure and mistakes has its place, but also must be kept in its place….

February 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Videos On Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments – Not Blocked By YouTube Safety Mode


I’m beginning to teach about the Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiments in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

I’ve always has a rich collection of related resources at our class blog, but many of the videos are blocked by YouTube’s Safety Mode (see The Best Ways To Deal With YouTube’s Awful Safety Mode) and, before I took the time to download the videos and upload them again to the blog, I decided take a few minutes to see if there were some equally good ones that were not blocked.

Here’s what I found:

The Milgram Experiment from Johannes Jørgensen on Vimeo.

Disclose TV Video on Milgram experiment

Stanford Prison Experiment Overview (13 min) from Ryan Beck on Vimeo.

Stanford Prison Experiment-Zimbardo from Sansa Morse on Vimeo.

Stanford Prison Experiment Video

January 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Building Relationships With Families of ELLs”

Building Relationships With Families of ELLs is the title of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Rusul Alrubail, Anna Bartosik, Jordan Lanfair, Anabel Gonzalez, Karen Nemeth, and Judie Haynes offer suggestions on how to engage with parents of English Language Learners. It’s a special post guest-edited by Rusul.

Here are some excerpts:







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