Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Oops, I Forgot That October Is Connected Educators Month – Here Are Related Resources



Oops, I had forgotten that October is Connected Educator’s Month.

Here’s a description:

Connected Educators is an initiative of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and is conducted by the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with several partner organizations and a technical working group. Numerous other organizations and individuals have contributed to its success as organizers and participating organizations in Connected Educator Month.

Connected Educators pursues this mission through seeking to understand and promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.

You can find some older, but still useful, resources at The Best Resources For Connected Educators Month.

And you can find updated info at Connected Educators Month.

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: “How Kids Learn Prejudice”

How Kids Learn Prejudice is the headline of an important New York Times column.

It’s worth reading – not just for what it says, but also for the links it contains to research.

Here’s an excerpt:


Fortunately, the column also shares a link on how these negative influences can be overcome.

I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Quick Examples Of Concept Attainment

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of using concept attainment as an instructional strategy – with both English Language Learners and students who are proficient in English.

You can see many related posts at The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching.

The one that gives the best description of the process is I Did A Short Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials.

I just reviewed projects created by students in my ELL Beginners class and have used examples from their writing to create these two sheets I’ll be using Monday.  I’ll use them to teach how adjectives come before nouns (a particular challenge to those who have Spanish has their first language), remembering to put periods at the ends of sentences, and when to use “has” and “have.”





October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Common Core Moves Social Studies From ‘Memorization’ to a ‘Meaningful Place'”

Common Core Moves Social Studies From ‘Memorization’ to a ‘Meaningful Place’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Sarah Cooper, Michael Fisher, Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath, Jody Passanisi and Eugenia Mora-Flores share their thoughts on the impact of the Common Core Standards on Social Studies classrooms.

Here are some excerpts:






October 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Look Back: Students Remember More When They Tell Stories



Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

In 2012, I wrote a short piece for ASCD In Service titled Students Remember More When They Tell Stories.

Educators might still find it useful.

I also include additional information on the topic among the many links in The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations, along with my NY Times article, English Language Learners And The Power Of Personal Stories.

October 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Tonight’s Full PBS Show On The Hamilton Musical (Plus Lots of Extras)!


If you missed tonight’s PBS special on Hamilton, they’ve just posted the entire show online, and I’ve embedded it below.

You can also watch it at the Great Peformances website, along with lots of other extras they have there.

However, as Lin-Manuel Miranda warned on Twitter, “it won’t be there forever”:

I’m adding it to my very extensive The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

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