Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources Sharing The History Of Teens Organizing For Justice


In light of the teens leading the campaign for gun control now (see The Best Articles & Videos Showing How Parkland’s Teens Are Responding To Tragedy), I thought teachers would find it useful to also have resources available on the role of teens organizing for justice throughout history.

Please share additional resources – this is just the bare bones of a beginning list.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History

The Best Resources For Learning About Teens In The News

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

The Best Resources On Malala Yousafzai

Here is what I have so far:

Children have changed America before, braving fire hoses and police dogs for civil rights is from The Washington Post.

High School Students Demanding Gun Reform Join Rich History of Teen Resistance is from YES Magazine.

The Parkland Teens Are Part Of A Long Line Of Kids Who Led Social Change is from Fast Company.

Students Calling for Gun Control Can’t Vote Yet. But Age Hasn’t Stopped Young Activists in the Past is from TIME.

The Other Student Activists is by Melinda Anderson.

How Four Teenage Girls Organized This Week’s Huge Silent Protest is from Chicago Magazine.

February 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license:


In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Get On Demand is a new tool for creating chatbots. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Chatbots.

ReClipped Adds New Features for Recording & Sharing Video Notes is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Anchor seems like a very easy way to create podcasts.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English. Here’s a video about it:

Five Ways Teachers Can Use—and Create—Augmented Reality Experiences is from Ed Surge. You might be interested in A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

February 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Race & Racism



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 New & Revised: The Best Resources I’ve Used In Lessons About Race & Racism:

Black History Month Re-imagined is from Discovery Education. I’m adding it to I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History.

Restorative Justice in School: An Overview is from Cult of Pedagogy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More.

BRYAN STEVENSON ON WHAT WELL-MEANING WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RACE is from The Pacific Standard. I’m adding it to New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work. 

Schools See Major Uptick In Racial Harassment, New Data Suggests is from The Huffington Post.

Disparities continue in suspensions of black students in California is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

February 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Challenges Faced by Principals & how to Respond to Them”

Challenges Faced by Principals & how to Respond to Them is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Dr. Sanée Bell, Jen Schwanke, Mike Janatovich, Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Cynthia L. Uline and Lynne G. Perez share their ideas on challenging facing principals and how best to respond to them.

Here are some excerpts:

February 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

February’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. Nick Foles Just Gave Teachers A Gift Of A Great SEL Lesson
  2. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games
  3. The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”
  4. English Language Learners Tell Us What Helps Them Learn
  5. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom
  6. The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)
  7. Great Infographic: “You’re Hired: The Skills Employers Seek in New Hires”
  8. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)
  9. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures
  10. “Beautiful[AI]” Uses Artificial Intelligence To Create Your Presentations

February 23, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On “Do Now” Activities

Do Now Activities: What Works, What Does Not is the topic of my latest eight-minute BAM! Radio Show.

I’m joined in the conversation by Dr. Nancy Sulla, Michele L. Haiken, and Matt Homrich-Knieling, who have all also contributed commentaries to my Education Week Teacher column.

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

February 23, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

One Of The More Interesting Studies You’ll Read This Year: Junk Food & Low-Income Families

There is no shortage of “holier than thou” patronizing critiques of what they imagine the lifestyles of low-income people to be – with implementing work requirements for Medicaid just being the latest result (The Best Articles Questioning The View That Single Parents Are A Problem is another).

A lack of self-control is often one of the charges leveled at low-income adults and kids, despite overwhelming research finding that poverty causes (not the other way around) what some would consider self-control issues but, which, might in fact be logical choices (see The Best Resources Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough).

Now, an L.A. Times piece shares a fascinating study that finds low-income parents are so frustrated at having to say “no” to their children so often because of economic hardship, that they feel saying “yes” to junk food is an affordable way of making a loving gesture.

Here’s an excerpt from Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully? Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford:


Perhaps those who stand in judgment should remember the line:

“There but for fortune, go you or I…”

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