Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Great Video Celebrating 98th Birthday Woman Who Helped Inspire “Hidden Figures” Movie

Earlier this week, I shared the trailer from the upcoming movie, Hidden Trailers, about three African-American women behind NASA’s initial successes (see Video: “Hidden Figures” Looks Like A Great Movie).

Today is one of the women’s 98th birthday – Katherine Johnson – and here’s a new video celebrating it:

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write”


KQED Mindshift hosted a Facebook Live session with me this afternoon on “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write.”

I’ve embedded the forty-minute video below. It seemed to go well and received quite a few positive comments. I kept it very practical. Feedback is welcome!

I’m adding this to The Best Posts on Writing Instruction.

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

So Many Textbooks, So Many Useless Ones

For new teachers, textbooks can provide a hugely helpful source of support. But, as many of us know, a huge number of them are next-to-useless.

Here’s a new excerpt from a summary of recent research on the topic (Do Textbooks Matter?):


I wish we could instead spend the millions wasted on textbooks towards more useful materials like high-interest books. Unfortunately, here in California, this unfortunate laser-like focus on textbooks has led to the well-intentioned but flawed Williams Act, which requires every student to have an up-to-date textbook but which doesn’t allow those funds to be spent on more useful materials. In fact, apart from our Theory of Knowledge textbook, all the useful texts I’ve in my classes have come out of our school’s funds. Fortunately, our school’s leaders understand what our students need.

To be fair, however, there’s no guarantee that districts and schools would spend the money saved on textbooks towards better materials or effective professional development (see The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More).

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death.

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Unveils Impressive Site: “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks”


Yesterday, the National Park Service turned 100 (see The National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today – Here Are Related Resources).

However, I didn’t learn until today about the site Google just unveiled called The Hidden Worlds Of The National Parks.

It’s pretty impressive.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks.

Here’s their introductory video:

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Today Is “Women’s Equality Day” – Here Are Related Resources


Today is Women’s Equality Day:

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certifiation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

A few days ago I posted 19th Amendment Ratified On This Day In 1920 – Here Are Resources On Women’s Suffrage.  However, I think ratification and certification are two different things.

Earlier today, The White House also issued Presidential Proclamation — Women’s Equality Day, 2016.

You might be interested in:

The Best Resources For Learning About Women’s Suffrage

The Best Sites For Learning About Women’s History


August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Excellent Issue Of ASCD’s Educational Leadership Is Now Online

I have regularly posted about ASCD’s amazing and free teaching and learning resources.

They’ve just shared another one – the latest issue of their flagship publication, ASCD Educational Leadership.

Most of the articles in it are behind a paywall but, as usual, some gems are available for free.

Here are the ones that stand-out to me:

What To Do In Week One? is another of Rick Wormeli’s outstanding efforts. Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

Another very practical article is headlined Building Bridges with Students Who Have ADHD and is written by Lisa Medoff.

You’ll want to read, and watch, Show & Tell: A Video Column / Two Times Ten Conversations by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

And, lastly, of course. Carol Tomlinson’s regular column is one to always read. This month’s entry is titled One to Grow On / Fox Taming and Teaching.

August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in The Twenty Most Popular Posts In 2016 – So Far and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

1.Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

2. Video: John Oliver Takes On Charter Schools

3. Request Free Kindle E-Readers For Your Classroom

4. Study Reinforces That Prior Knowledge Is Important – As Well As Critical Thinking Skills

5. The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude

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