Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: “You Don’t Need” Algebra & Geometry

Who Needs Advanced Math? Not Everybody is the headline of a New York Times interview with educator Andrew Hacker.

I am very sympathetic to his position. I just wish he cited the source for some of the statistics he cited, like this one:


Does anybody know the source of that number?

I received an answer to the above question via Twitter:

And what do you think of his position overall?

December 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: Math & Constructivism

I would recommend that all teachers, and particularly math educators, read a recent article in The New Republic about Dan Meyer. It’s headlined The Man Who Will Save Math.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding this info to The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior.”

August 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Khan Academy & Pixar Unveil “Pixar In A Box”


Thanks to John Fensterwald, I initially heard about Pixar In A Box, a new project unveiled by Khan Academy yesterday:

its new online curriculum Pixar in a Box analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school students in mind but available to everyone, Pixar in a Box’s interactive exercises, in-depth video lessons, and hands-on activities are an informative addition to Khan Academy’s extensive educational resources.

I’m not a math teacher, so can’t say much about the quality of the program. However, I can say that the videos seem much, much better than the usual Khan fare.

Here’s a an introduction to the Pixar In A Box:

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts About The Khan Academy.

July 31, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

You Can Now Create Your Own Activities With Amazing Math App Desmos


I am amazingly ignorant about math, but a zillion math teachers tell me that Desmos is the best math app out there, which I shared in recent ASCD Educational Leadership article, Apps, Apps Everywhere: Are Any Good, You Think?

Dan Meyer has just shared the Desmos unveiled a new feature – the ability for teachers to create their own activities on the site.

I don’t understand any of this, but I’m assuming this makes Desmos even better!

July 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: The “frustrating disappointments” of Ed Tech

Are We Investing in History Repeating Itself? is an interesting article about ed tech that appeared today in Bright.

Here’s an excerpt:


You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

The same article also mentioned a nice site called MathTrain.TV set-up by a California middle school teacher. His students create videos – much more engaging ones, I might add, than what you’ll see at The Khan Academy — teaching math concepts to an authentic audience.

Here’s an explanation of the site:

April 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Ways To Teach Common Core Math To ELLs”

Ways To Teach Common Core Math To ELLs is the title of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, educators Bill Zahner, Ben Spielberg, Gladis Kersaint, Denisse R. Thompson, Maria Montelvo-Balbed, and Denise Huddlestun share their suggestions for how teachers can best handle the challenge of teaching Common Core Math to English Language Learners.

Here are some excerpts:





I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

April 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Common Core Math & ELLs Is Focus Of My New BAM! Radio Show


How Are Common Core Standards Impacting Teaching Math to ELLs? is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

I talk with Ben Spielberg, Denisse R. Thompson, and Gladis Kersaint, all whom have also contributed written commentaries which will appear in one of my future Education Week Teacher columns.