Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Videotaping Sub Instructions – Here’s Mine For Today

I very seldom miss school because of illness.

Usually, I know well in advance when I’m missing class, and am able to go over the plan with students and with a “leadership team” for each class period (see Use ‘Compassion’ When Planning for a Substitute Teacher).

I’ve always wanted to videotape sub instructions for my classes. However, anytime I’ve been sick enough to miss school, the last thing I wanted to do was talk to anybody – much less make a video.

This morning, though, I woke-up with a sore throat and since I’m also recovering from sciatica, and some things are happening tomorrow that I can’t miss under any circumstances, I decided to take the day to rest up.

And I felt well enough to make this video, which both my student teacher and the sub say students thought was funny, but they also “loved it.” It’s not great shakes of a video, but I think the novelty of it had an impact.

Have you used videos when you’re going to be gone? If so, how did it go?

Absence instructions from Larry Ferlazzo on Vimeo.

April 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wikitongues Is Trying To Record “oral histories and dictionaries in every language in the world”

Here’s how Wikitongues describes itself:

More than half of the 7,000 languages spoken and signed today are expected to vanish in less than a century. Wikitongues is a unified front against that reality. Together with speakers and signers from around the world, we’re recording oral histories and dictionaries in every language in the world before it’s too late.

It has an impressive YouTube page, and you can read more about it at The Race to Save the World’s Disappearing Languages.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day.

Here are a couple of their many videos:

April 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

National Geographic’s “Open Explorer” Lets Anyone Create Their Own Expedition

National Geographic has just unveiled Open Explorer.

They call it a “digital field journal” where anyone can document their exploration of anything (they use “your backyard” as one simple example), as well as follow the explorations of others (many are much more involved than a backyard).

You need to register for the site, which takes a few seconds. The buttons to “start your own expedition” don’t seem to work right now, but you can easily get to it by clicking on the “Dashboard” button at the top right of the screen after you register. I’m sure they’ll fix that glitch soon.

You can read more about it at Why We Created This First-of-Its-Kind Digital Field Journal.

I have students in my ELL World History class do a project on Explorers, and I’m trying to figure out if I can incorporate this new tool in it.

I’m adding this info to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience.”

April 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“‘Change Doesn’t Come Simply Because we Wish it’: Sonia Nieto On Justice & Teaching”

‘Change Doesn’t Come Simply Because we Wish it’: Sonia Nieto On Justice & Teaching is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

Today’s “A Look Back” features a response contributed by educator and author Sonia Nieto.

Here are some excerpts:

April 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: The Public Trusts Teachers


Thanks to Alexander Russo, I learned about an impressive CNN piece titled These charts show why America’s teachers are fired up and can’t take any more.

It’s really worth taking a look….

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis.

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