Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

February’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,679 Of Them

Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,679 of them categorized here):

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Jobs

The Best Resources For Learning About The Spanish-American War

The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees

The Best Videos For Learning About Civil Disobedience

The Best “Around The World” Videos

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One)

Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog


February 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Most Popular Posts Of The Month

As regular readers know, at the end of each week I share the five most popular posts from the previous seven days.

I thought people might find it interesting to see a list of the ten most popular posts from the previous thirty days:

  1. Simple & Effective Speaking Rubric For Class Presentations

  2. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

  3. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

  4. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

  5. Good Advice On “De-Escalating Power Struggles In The Classroom”

  6. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)

  7. The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2012 — So Far

  8. A Look Back: Every Teacher Who Has An ELL In Their Class Should Watch This “Immersion” Film

  9. Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

  10. The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Extending School Day Or Year Is Topic Of My Latest BAM! Radio Show

Is Extending the School Day or Year Really a Good Idea? is the topic of my latest eight-minute BAM! Radio Show.

Christine Brandt, Matthew A. Kraft and Barry Saide join me in the discussion, and they’ve also all contributed written commentaries to a future Education Week Teacher column.

I’m adding it to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Study On Reading Takes Right Idea & Messes It Up

Supporting Students Reading Complex Texts:Evidence for Motivational Scaffolding is a new study shared by Dylan Wiliam on Twitter.

It starts with a premise used many times before — they have tutors try different instructional strategies to help teach reading to determine which ones are most effective. Many of the ones they used can be found at The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

The interesting twist, however, in this study is that they add a strategy that is not often found in these kinds of studies — they want to see how those teaching techniques compare with ones that would focus on generating student motivation.

Great idea!  Of course, I was hoping to read how they were going to incorporate the most common and effective form of enhancing student motivation to read – having them read books of their choice (see The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading).

Alas, I was disappointed.  The study’s authors were focused on “motivational scaffolding”  that emphasized competition and extrinsic rewards.

They found that their versions of “motivational scaffolding” were more effective than other strategies in teaching reading comprehension.  Of course, it’s based on short-term test results, and overwhelming evidence demonstrates that extrinsic motivation might result in short-term gains, but generally also results in lower long-term motivation (see Best Posts On “Motivating” Students).

I am regularly surprised at how often researchers often miss what is staring them right in the face.


February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

TED Video: “Weird, or just different?”

Though I’ve not been a fan of all of Derek Sivers’ videos (see my article, Dancing Guy Doesn’t Teach Good Leadership Lessons), I like this short one that Jen Adkins, my talented colleague at school, showed today.

It was made in 2009, but I don’t remember seeing it before.  I think it would be useful in many situations, including IB Theory of Knowledge classes:

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

ASCD Educational Leadership Publishes My Article On Personalized Learning

Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning is the headline of my fairly lengthy article in the latest issue of ASCD Educational Leadership.

In it, I discuss various personalized learning strategies for both English Language Learners and English-proficient students. I also include a list of recommended free resources.

I’ll be adding it to my list of published articles here.

I’m also adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”.

February 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

NPR Publishes Everything You Wanted To Know About ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask….

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Well, the headline of this post is a bit of an exaggeration, but NPR has just published an important compilation of research about ELLs headlined 5 Million English Language Learners: A Vast Pool Of Talent, At Risk.

It’s probably the most up-to-date, and accessible, data about ELLs you’re going to find anywhere right now.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

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