Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

How to Motivate (Not Demoralize) a Student with ADHD is from ADDitude. I’m adding it to Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.

Nine Teaching Ideas for Using Music to Inspire Student Writing is from The NY Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Winners From Our Fifth Annual Student Editorial Contest is from The NY Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to the same list.

Who I Am as a Reader – A Reading Memoir Writing Project is from Pernille Ripp, who writes about her end-of-the-year project. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

Comprehension Skills or Strategies: Is there a difference and does it matter? is from Timothy Shanahan. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

Our Students’ Questions Should Be a Top Priority is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

What Is the Point of a Makerspace? is from Cult of Pedagogy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Maker Movement” — Help Me Find More.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?:

Here’s a TED-Talk on “Comics Belong In The Classroom”:

Here’s some great teaching advice:

May 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What A Great Article On The Power Of Being A Good Listener

The Power of Listening in Helping People Change at the Harvard Business Review is a great article that can be used in so many ways.

It shares tons of research about what it takes to be a good listener and the benefits of being one.

I particularly liked this section:

 

That idea fits in nicely with the classroom culture I’ve tried to create of everyone helping everybody.  I’ll certainly use that as a read aloud prior to class presentations  You can see other related ideas at The Best Resources On Developing A Sense Of Community In The Classroom.

Because of other parts of the article – it’s a fairly long one – I’m also adding it to:

The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

 

May 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “It Is Lovely To Speak Your Native Language”

 

Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary is a depressing, yet accurate, story to read.

But, as the article points out, speaking another language is something to be celebrated – even in the ignorant nativist sentiment that is found in the world (see Border Patrol Detains U.S. Citizens In Montana For Speaking Spanish).

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.

May 26, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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May’s Most Popular Posts

 

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.

You might also be interested in Eleventh Anniversary Of This Blog: What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Eleventh Anniversary Of This Blog – What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this month’s most popular posts:

  1. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games
  2. Another Study Finds Poverty’s Impact On “Cognitive Bandwidth”
  3. Good Advice On How To Increase Your Influence – Anywhere
  4. Guest Post – “As the New Moon Grows, We Can Too: How Educators Can Learn More About Muslim Students During The Month of Ramadan”
  5. Oral Presentation Suggestions For IB Theory of Knowledge Classes
  6. The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”
  7. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures
  8. Make Your Own “American Chopper” Meme
  9. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)
  10. The Best Sites For Learning About The 2018 World Cup In Russia

May 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Resources On Race & Racism

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I’m adding these new resources to various “Best” lists.  You can find links to all of those many lists that relate to race and racism at “Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching & Learning About Race & Racism:

9 People Reveal a Time They Racially Stereotyped a Stranger is from The NY Times.

We Are the Original Southerners is from The NY Times. It offers a Native American perspective on the Confederate Monument controversy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments.

Dress codes can’t cover for bad teaching is by Andre Perry. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Dress Codes.

Brown v. Board of Education ended school segregation. So why are schools still not integrated? is from NBC News. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Breaking Up Immigrant Families: A Look at the Latest Border Tactic is from The NY Times.

Culturally Responsive Instruction is a collection from Cornelius Minor. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

I’m adding this video to The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King, Jr:

May 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are My Next Projects

I’ve got several new projects coming up.

Here they are, in chronological order:

* I’ll have a presentation on “Supporting ELLs Through Differentiation, Motivation & Affirming Error Correction” at VirtuEL on June 23rd. This is a free day of online professional development for educators of ELLs. Learn more here. You can see my presentation, and everyone else’s, at last year’s event here.

* Katie Hull Sypnieski and I are doing a series of videos for Ed Week on differentiated instruction. Look for the first one in mid-summer.

* I’ll be writing my fourth book on student motivation over the next three months. It’s title is Building Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom: A Practical Guide. You can access free resources from the previous books here.

* The American Educator, the journal of the American Federation of Teachers, will be publishing a lengthy article by us on teaching ELLs. It will appear in its fall issue.

* I’ll be coordinating, as well as teaching a component, of an exciting pilot program we’re doing for Long-Term English Language Learners at our school next year. You can learn more about it here.

* Katie Hull Sypnieski and I will begin work on a second edition of our popular The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide.

And, of course, I’ll continue to be blogging here, writing my Ed Week Teacher advice column, and authoring pieces for The British Council and The New York Times Learning Network, not to mention hosting my BAM! Radio Show.

I’ve got a few other things in the hopper, though I’m not ready to share them publicly.  I’ll keep readers posted….

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