Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “An Introduction to Growth Mindset”

It’s not like there’s a shortage of videos about a growth mindset, and you can find a bunch of them at The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

I’m adding this short one from Angela Duckworth’s Character Lab to the list:

An Introduction to Growth Mindset from Character Lab on Vimeo.

July 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good PSA Video For ELLs & Everyone Else: “No call or text is worth your life”

This short video on texting moves from funny to tragic pretty quickly, and is accessible to English Language Learners.

Having them talk and write about what happened in the funny parts, and then doing the same about the serious message at the end would be a great learning opportunity!

July 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Videos For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes – Please Suggest More

Many mainstream content teachers have English Language Learner students in their classrooms. And they often are not sure of the best ways to support them.

I thought it could be useful to bring together a collection of short videos that they might find useful. I hope readers will suggest others.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes.

Here are my video picks:

I’ve got to start with this great one from Valentina Gonzalez:

Next up is this one from Carol Salva. It’s designed for volunteers in an ESL classroom, but they’re good ideas for all teachers with ELLs to keep in mind:

There are so many good things to say about it and how it provides a glimpse into the challenges facing our English Language Learners. It’s a little longer than most other videos on this list, but it’s well worth the extra few minutes:

Here are some words of wisdom from Dr. Jim Cummins on scaffolding for ELLs:

Lastly, here’s a short excerpt from a longer interview the the Time of Remembrance Project did with me:

Here’s a video suggested by Carol Salva where a science teacher is offering her thoughts and examples:

Here’s another one from Carol where one of her students shares what has helped him in the classroom:

Again, I hope readers will suggest more short videos, especially ones that show scaffolding in action…

July 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New TED-Ed Video & Lesson Tries To “Thread The Needle”: “How does fracking work?”

This new TED-Ed video and lesson on fracking does a good job “threading the needle” of providing an objective look at the controversial practice, which many teachers will welcome since it can be a tricky issue to handle (especially in communities where fracking is done).

Unfortunately, however, the video is also somewhat boring. But it’s short, and can still function as an important resource that will probably encourage more educators to at least discuss the topic in classrooms.

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