Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Finding Dory,” Growth Mindset & Grit


I’ve just returned from seeing the movie “Finding Dory,” and feel like it’s the perfect movie to illustrate the best points of a growth mindset and grit, two concepts that are sometimes misused.

Here is the definition that I’m most comfortable with when talking about those characteristics:


Dory – along with Marlin and his son, Nemo – showed an enormous amount of effort, deployed numerous different strategies, and sought and received a great deal of help in the search for Dory’s parents.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit” and ‘It’s Time to Change the Conversation About Grit.”

July 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Videos: Illusion Of The Year AND One Showing How It’s Done

I’ve posted many illusions, along with explanations of how I use them with English Language Learners and in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

Today, the “Illusion of The Year” was announced and, as I do every year, it’s posted below – prepare to have your mind blown.

But there’s additional treat – someone made a simple video explaining how it was done. That one is also embedded below…

July 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Research Studies Of The Week

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I often write about research studies from various fields and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature.

By the way, you might also be interested in My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2016 – So Far.

Here are some new useful studies (and related resources):

What is Worth Reading for Teachers Interested in Research? is a great collection put together by Robert Coe. It covers lots of issues, but I’m adding it to The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do.

Here’s a good summery of research on student motivation from Digital Promise. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Emotionally positive situations boost memory for similar future events is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to My Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class.

Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids? is from The Atlantic and discusses important recent research. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

Small increases in sleep improve grades is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.

The scientific case for doodling while taking notes is from Quartz. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Educational Value Of Doodling.

July 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Today Is Canada Day – Here Are Related Resources


Today is “Canada Day” in Canada.

On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec.

I’ve just updated and revised The Best Sites To Learn About Canada.

Feel free to suggest additional resources…

July 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Race & Racism


Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More:

You probably heard about actor Jesse Williams speech at the BET Awards. The L.A. Times has the video and an extraordinary annotated text version of his speech at Jesse Williams says black lives matter — we break down why his BET speech matters.

A New Argument for More Diverse Classrooms is from The Atlantic.

Want To Address Teachers’ Unconscious Biases? First, Talk About Race is from State Impact Indiana.

July 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

The Newcomer Toolkit has just been released by the U.S. Department of Education. It’s pretty extensive, though I’m less-than-impressed with its organization – not only do they have each chapter start with a “page one,” none of the pages themselves are even numbered! The section that I think is particularly useful is the one on parent engagement.

Watching the brain during language learning is from Science Daily, and seems like a fascinating study.

Think Positive is a lesson from ELT-Cation. I’m adding it to  Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class.

What is the most effective approach to foreign language instruction? – Part 1 is from the Language Gym.

Watching 4th Grade English Learners ‘Go Deep’: Part 1 and Watching 4th Grade English Learners ‘Go Deep’: Part 2 are both from Ed Week.

21 Of The Most Powerful Things Ever Said About Being An Immigrant is from BuzzFeed Books.

Fast fluency: Can we identify quick language learners? is from Science Daily.

Want to learn a new language? Get a partner and play this video game is another study via Science Daily.

Making the right choices: ‘Lean On Me’ is an intriguing lesson using music with ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

EnglishClass 101 is a good source of podcasts for ELLs.

What Does ‘Brexit’ Mean for E.U. Use of English? Likely Very Little is from The New York Times.

On the frontline of integration: how Swedish schools are helping refugees is from The Guardian.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses — Contribute Your Suggestions!:

June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning & Teaching About The Juno Spacecraft


NASA’s Juno Spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter on July 4th.

Here are some initial resources for teaching and learning about it. I’ll add more after it arrives:

All Eyes (and Ears) on Jupiter is from The New York Times, and includes videos and interactives.

Here’s the official Juno Mission website at NASA.

Popular Science has an interactive guide to the Juno Spacecraft. has a regularly updated page on the mission.

June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this every-weekend feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they 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. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

2. Studies: Attendance & Passing Classes More Important Than Test Scores

3. What Are Your Ideas For Incorporating the “Maker Movement” In Teaching English Language Learners?

4. Research Studies Of The Week

5. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

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