Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

I have an already-lengthy Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees, but the policies announced today are worthy of their own “Best” list.

One of my previous posts, Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality, contains several links to legal advice for teachers, students, and their families about how to respond to ICE raids. These new policies will certainly increase the levels of fear and stress among many of our students. As The New Yorker article, in particular, points out, another effect is likely to be undocumented parents not accessing services they and/or their children are entitled to out of fear.

Here are useful articles to learn about today’s announcement:

The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump’s immigration crackdown from Vox is probably the most complete article out there.

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions is from The New York Times, and has a link to a Spanish-language version.

Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’ is from The Washington Post.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules is from The Washington Post.

President Trump’s Fear-Based Immigration Orders appeared in The New Yorker.

Also, today, Politico reports on a related important story – The Trump administration is going to court to eliminate the right to a hearing before deportation of unaccompanied minors.

Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants? is a NY Times interactive.

February 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Spanish-American War

The U.S. Battleship Maine sank in Cuba on this day in 1898:

Here is a beginning list of related resources, which I’ll be adding to over time:

The Library of Congress has a simple introduction.

The Library of Congress also has a collection of video newsreels from the war.

Here’s a good interactive tutorial on the war.

Here’s a Choose Your Own Adventure where users play the role of either a U.S. or Spanish soldier.

Here’s a matching exercise of war facts.

Here’s a useful lesson plan from Stanford.

February 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

This blog is now ten-years-old, and I talked about it in Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One).

In that post, I also shared the twenty most popular “Best” lists from over the years.

Here, in Part Two, I’ll share the most popular non-“Best” lists posts:

1. Easily Make Your Own Unique (& Fake) CNN, NY Times, Etc. Website With “News Jack”

2. Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

3. Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges

4. March’s Infographics & Interactives Galore – Part Four

5. What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class (Part Two)?

6. Why Is It Important For Students To Learn About Bloom’s Taxonomy?

7. Have You Ever Taught A Class That Got “Out Of Control”?

8. How Students Evaluated Me This Year — Part One

9. What Is The Accurate Edison Quote On Learning From Failure?

10. Writing Letters To Students

11. This Is The Best Video I’ve Seen On Perseverance & Resilience: “There’s no dishonor in having a disability”

12. Here’s The “Growth Mindset” Article & Prompt We’re Using As Part Of Our Semester Final

13. A Good & Simple Collaborative Storytelling Lesson

14. “I Like This Lesson Because It Make Me Have a Longer Temper” (Part One)

15. A Simple & Effective Classroom Lesson On Gratitude

16. Reading Logs — Part Two (or “How Students Can Grow Their Brains”)

17. An Effective Five-Minute Lesson On Metacognition

18. Useful “Fixed” vs. “Growth” Mindset Worksheet For Students

19. Excerpt From My Book On Teaching English Language Learners

20. This Has Got To Be One Of The Most Useful Sites On The Web For ELL Teachers

February 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One)

I began this blog ten years ago.

Writing it has made me a better teacher for my students, and I hope it’s been helpful to others. It’s been an incredible gift to be able to connect with so many talented educators around the world.

I began writing it as a place for me to keep resources that I would use in the classroom in one place. Little did I know it would result in nearly 20,000 posts (including 1,675 “Best” lists), over ten million visitors, and over fifteen-thousand subscribers – and lead to eight books (with two more on the way).

I have also begun writing other blogs — my teacher advice column at Education Week Teacher, Engaging Parents In School blog, and others.

I appreciate the people I have met — online and in person — through this blog, and everything I have learned from you.

Thanks, and forward to another year!

In addition to the above few words, I thought people might find it interesting to see what have been the most popular posts since this blog began (you can also see a list of my personal favorite ones here and here).

I’m doing this anniversary post in two parts.  Today, I’m sharing the twenty most popular “Best” lists (which I regularly revise and update), and tomorrow I’ll list the twenty most popular non-Best posts (I’ve published that post, and you can see it here).

Here they are:

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

2. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL

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

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

5. The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects

6. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

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

8. The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude

9. The Best Teacher Resources For “Foldables”

10. The Best Sites For Grammar Practice

11. The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English

12. The Best Sites For Learning Spanish Online

13. The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites

14. The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”

15. The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters

16. The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

17. The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

18. Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Music Sites

19. The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography

20. The Best Websites To Help Beginning Readers

February 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: 2016’s Best Posts From This Blog

In late February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in:

 A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 

 A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2011’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2012’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2013’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2014’s Best Posts From This Blog

A Look Back: 2015’s Best Posts From This Blog

Here is a a collection of my favorites from 2016:

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

A Look Back: How Much “Content” Knowledge Do You Really Need To Be An Effective Teacher?

A Look Back: Important New Study Looks At Assets, Not Deficits, Of Teen “Defiance”

A Look Back: The New Study Headlined “Group Work Harms Memory” Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

A Look Back: Video – “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write”

A Look Back: Here Are Downloadable Scaffolded Instructions For Students To Create A “3/2/1” Poster

A Look Back: “The Endless Loop Of Negative Attention”

A Look Back: “KQED Interviews Me About Saul Alinsky & His Connection To Teaching”

A Look Back: “Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class”

A Look Back: Remembering “Breaking The Plane” Solved My Classroom Problems This Week

A Look Back: “The Elephant In The Room In The Talent vs. Practice Debate”

A Look Back: “Wash. Post Publishes Letters From My Students To Trump (ELL Sentence Frames Included)”

A Look Back: No, Most Educators Are Not “Fueling Student Anxieties” – Trump Is Handling That On His Own

A Look Back: “Video: Big Bang Theory Shows (Sort Of) How Close Reading Is Supposed To Work”

A Look Back: “Opportunities & Dangers Of Big New Growth Mindset Study”

A Look Back: “Finding Dory,” Growth Mindset & Grit

A Look Back: “Two New Useful Resources On Teaching Writing – And An Old One”

A Look Back: “Here’s A Narrated Version Of My Slide Deck On SEL & The Common Core”

A Look Back: “New Study Says Teacher-Student Relationship In Fifth Grade Sets Stage For Future Behavior”

A Look Back: “What My Students Say About Teachers Mispronouncing Their Names”

A Look Back: “Pres. Obama Provides Great Analysis Of Key Organizing Adage: Do You Want To Be Right, Or Effective?”

A Look Back: Best Resources On Culturally Responsive Teaching

A Look Back: “A Community Organizer’s Definition Of Leadership – How Can It Be Applied To Education?”

A Look Back: “Zootopia Movies Highlights Importance Of Grit, But Also Its Limitations”

A Look Back: “Study Reviews 25 Years Of Research Into What Helps Students Graduate – Here’s What They Found”

A Look Back: “I Did A Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials”

A Look Back: “I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan”

A Look Back: “Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included”

A Look Back: “Ideas for ‘Close Reading’ with ELL Students”

A Look Back: “Download All Lesson Plans & Student Hand-Outs From Our ELLs & Common Core Book – For Free!”

A Look Back: “Ofrecer autonomía es clave para desarrollar la motivación”

A Look Back: Sacramento Bee Video Of Me Sharing Tips For New Teachers

A Look Back: “Common Core Writing and ELLs”

A Look Back: “How to Cultivate Student Agency in English Language Learners”

A Look Back: “Using The “Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis” To Help Students Develop Creativity”

A Look Back: “Useful Writing Scaffold For A Classroom Wall”

A Look Back: New Study Shows Intervention Has Big Impact On “Achievement Gap” – Also Shows Shortcomings Of Ed Research

February 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best “Around The World” Videos

Travelers creating their own “around the world” videos has almost become a genre since “Where The Hell Is Matt?” became popular in 2008.

I think students enjoy watching them in Geography class and learn something from them, too.

Here are the best ones I’ve seen, starting off with Matt’s 2012 version:

And here’s the original from 2008:

Kien Larn made these two. The first is his most recent one, and the second is a very popular video he made three years ago:

“3 guys Irish dancing around the world” is a video showing travelers doing the same thing in different countries:

Here’s a guy who took panoramic videos of himself in different places around the world.

I don’t think it’s anyway near as interesting as the two “Matt” videos, since Matt shows much more interaction with people, but it still could be useful in a Geography class…

I just learned about this next one, which is not quite the same genre, but close:

Let me know about ones I’m missing….

February 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals

 

As I shared last month (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I began with:

The Best Resources For Helping ELLs Learn About Sports & Other Fun Activities

The Best Resources For Helping ELLs Learn About U.S. Money

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Space & Planets

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About “Feelings”

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Jobs

I already have a The Best Sites For Learning About Animals, but many of those resources are not accessible to ELL Beginners (at the bottom of this post – bold – I have links to lesson plans about animals that I use with Beginners).

Many of the links are the still-active ones I copied-and-pasted from my website. Please let me know if you have additional suggestions of sites to add:

Language Guide:
Farm Animals
Pets
Insects
Birds
Mammals
Reptiles & Amphibians
African Animals
Sea Animals

Who Pooped?

Animal Games

More Animal Games

Animal Matching Game

The Greedy Dog

The Lion and the Mouse

Pet Activities

Proud Peacock

Penguins

Gumbie Cat

Insects

At The Zoo

Living Things

Dolphins

Polar Bears

Bats

Insect World Records

More Bats

Even More Bats

Snow Monkeys

Butterflies

Metamorphosis

Animal Families

Insects

Bugs

Farm Animals

Farm Animal Quiz

I Spy Animal Game

The Sea

Kids San Diego Zoo offers the most accessible information about different animals.

Creature Features from National Geographic offers good, but less accessible explanations.

Animals and Plants from the Denver Zoo also offers good, but less accessible explanations.

For Teachers:

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “My Storybook” includes hand-outs and links for another animal-related lesson plan.

One of my New York Times Learning Network interactive for English Language Learners is on parrots and pets. Students have to choose correct word definitions and a summary, and then write about their favorite pets.

Build Your WIldself is from the New York Zoos and Aquarium. Instead of explaining it here, I’m just going to suggest you read a post from Kevin Jarrett which explains it in detail.

This would be a very good video to show Beginning English Language Learners while teaching them about animals. Students could watch it and then retell what happened, while at the same time learning the types of the animals in the film.

You’ll want to watch it until the end.

January 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Jobs

As I shared last month (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I began with:

The Best Resources For Helping ELLs Learn About Sports & Other Fun Activities

The Best Resources For Helping ELLs Learn About U.S. Money

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Space & Planets

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About “Feelings”

I also have The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers and The Best Places For Students To Write Their Resumes, but many of those resources are not accessible to ELL Beginners.

Many of the links are the still-active ones I copied-and-pasted from my website. Please let me know if you have additional suggestions of sites to add:

English Guide – Jobs

Listen and Read – Scholastic

GCF Work Skills

Looking For a Job

Police Officers Needed

Workers Protest

Civil Service

W-4 Form

Jobs Concentration

Abbreviations Used in Employment Ads

Jobs Video

Pedro’s Week

Hank’s Interview

Classified Ad Vocabulary

My Next Move

Jobs Exercises

Jobs Vocabulary

What Is My Job?

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