Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About Bastille Day


It’s Bastille Day today, remembering when the infamous prison was stormed during the French Revolution.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About France.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Bastille Day:
It’s Bastille Day! Everything you need to know about the French holiday is from The Telegraph.

July 14 – Bastille Day is a series of photos from Getty Images.

French Revolution – Storming the Bastille is from Awesome Stories.

1789: Bastille Day is from National Geographic.
What is Bastille Day?

Bastille Day from Kidz World.

Bastille Day Facts

July 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Explanations For Why You Shouldn’t Say “All Lives Matter”


I’ve previously posted explanations about why “All Lives Matter” is a misunderstanding of term “Black Lives Matter” (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism).

Now Vox has just published an excellent collection of helpful explanations that emphasize that point at Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways.

And, if those aren’t enough for you, here are a few more that I have previously shared and are not on Vox’s list:

Why “All Lives Matter” instead of “Black Lives Matter” is such a stupid thing to say is from Boing Boing.

July 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Useful Resources For Educators On #AltonSterling , #PhilandoCastile & Dallas Shootings


I was out-of-town for a few days, and didn’t write many blog posts during that time. However, I was active on Twitter. Here are tweets about those tragic events.

I’m adding this post to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

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 (Update – it has arrived!)

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.

Juno meets Jupiter, survives radiation shower at north pole is from the PBS News Hour.

‘Welcome to Jupiter!’ NASA’s Juno space probe arrives at giant planet is from CNN.

The Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter is from The New Yorker.

Juno’s Triumphant Night is from The Atlantic.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter’s orbit is from USA Today.

The Dreamiest View in the Universe is from The Atlantic.

June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Value Of Positive “Self-Talk”

This post was originally just on a new study, but I’ve converted it into a “Best” list.

I’ve written blog posts and lesson plans about encouraging students to use “self-talk” for motivation (see “Control Your Destiny”: Positive Self-Talk, Students & Stephen Curry and  We Did A Great ‘Growth Mindset’ Lesson With Our ELLs This Week – Here’s The Lesson Plan).

A new study has just been published reinforcing previous research on its effectiveness.  You can read about it at Thinking ‘I can do better’ really can improve performance, study finds.

Here’s an excerpt:


The study also talks about the effectiveness of imagery, so I’m adding this info to My Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success.”

June 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Learning About Mindfulness In The Classroom


Even though I’ve been a big advocate of Social Emotional Learning (see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources), I haven’t done a whole lot in the “mindfulness” area. This past year, though, we did do a related experiment, and I’ll share a post about its results in the future.

For now, though, here are a few “mindfulness” resources – please share others in the comments section:

Mindfulness Can Mean More Than Meditation – Can’t It? is a post I’ve published earlier.

Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools? is from The Atlantic.

Mindfulness in the Classroom: A How-To Guide is from Ed Week.

Student ‘Reflection Needs to Be a Habit’ is Part Two in my Education Week series on reflection in the classroom.  It discusses mindfulness.

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day is from The Harvard Business Review.

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