Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Study Finds That Threats & Using Guilt Tend Not To Produce Student Engagement – Duh!

A new study titled Autonomy and competence frustration in young adolescent classrooms: Different associations with active and passive disengagement shockingly finds that teachers using threats and guilt tend to not result in increased student engagement:

You can read another summary of the paper here. The paper itself is behind a paywall, though there are a few other ways to gain access to it.

The research says – of course – that those kinds of teacher actions do not promote autonomy or competence, two critical elements for intrinsic motivation.

I discuss the importance of those qualities in the book excerpt, Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves and in the video that’s embedded below.

I’m adding this info to:

Best Posts On Classroom Management

Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement

April 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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There Was A 1088% Increase In Public School ESL Teachers Between 1987 & 2012

A Quarter Century of Changes in the Elementary and Secondary Teaching Force: From 1987 to 2012 is a new report issued by The National Center For Education Statistics.

It has a fair number of interesting findings. You can see the entire study at the link, or read a summary at Ed Week.

The huge increase in ESL teachers certainly stood-out!

Here’s another stat in the report highlighted in The Washington Post, Minority teachers in U.S. more than doubled over 25 years — but still fewer than 20 percent of educators, study shows

April 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Guided Discovery in Teaching Essay Writing is from Clare’s ELT Compendium. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching.

Here’s a simple way to boost your learning from videos: “Prequestion” is from BPS Digest. Daniel Willingham writes about the same study. I’m adding both links to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL, where you’ll find other resources related to effective student video viewing.

Beyond Learning Styles & Multiple Intelligences appeared on Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Issue Of “Learning Styles.”

Poetry Writing Made Fun: 10 Cool Teaching Ideas is by CHERYL MIZERNY. I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.

What makes expert teachers? is by Harry Fletcher-Wood. I’m adding it to The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do.

To Become a Better Problem-Solver, Try Thinking Like a Toddler is from New York Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

April 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs

Though most teachers of all-English Language Learner classes understand the importance of supporting the home languages of their students, many other educators and community members are less familiar with its importance. I thought it would be useful to bring together a few related resources, and I’d love for readers to contribute more (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day) :

I’m going to start off with links to a recent three-part series on the topic that appeared at my Education Week Teacher column:

ELL Students’ Home Language Is an Asset, Not a ‘Barrier’

Understanding the Benefits of a Student’s Home Language

Home Language Support ‘Helps Learners Navigate Both Worlds’

The Home Language: An English Language Learner’s Most Valuable Resource is from Colorin Colorado.

Fostering Literacy Development in English Language Learners is also from Colorin Colorado and includes a section on home languages.

“But What If I Don’t Know English?” is another great resource from Colorin Colorado, and it’s available in Spanish and and in English. It shares ideas on how parents who don’t speak English can still help their children develop literacy skills.

4 Reasons Parents Should Speak Heritage Languages at Home is a useful article for teachers who have immigrant students.

April 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Importance Of “Purpose”

I’ve previously written about the importance of having a “purpose for learning” (see The Best Resources On Students Having A “Purpose For Learning”).

Here’s how the Mindset Scholars Network talks about it:

Students value their schoolwork when they believe it is relevant to their lives and/or will help them connect to a purpose that is bigger than themselves—whether it is a contribution to their family, their community, society at large, or something else.

Today, I saw a piece in New York Magazine discussing new research about the importance of having a purpose in one’s life.  There’s obviously a connection between that and having a purpose for learning.  However, what really struck me about the article was the final line:

I hadn’t really thought about it that way, but it makes a lot of sense.  And since I also do lessons about both (see The Best Posts & Videos On “Hope” — Help Me Find More and The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”), this perspective will help me put it all in context.

April 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Bilingual Is Better!

People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason is a new article in Quartz that does a good job of summarizing research that has found many benefits to being bilingual.

I regularly review this kind of info with my English Language Learner students to help with motivation (see The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual).

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

April 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Study Highlights Importance Of Teacher Diversity

Plenty of research has shown the importance of teacher diversity, and you can find a great deal of information on that topic at a series at my Education Week Teacher column, The Teachers of Color ‘Disappearance Crisis’ and at A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

A study (not behind a paywall!) was released this week that re-emphasized its importance.

Here’s an excerpt from one article about it, One Black Teacher Can Improve Outcomes for Black Students:

You can also read more about it at:

Education Week, Study: Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher.

Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School is from NPR.

5 Things We Now Know About Teacher Diversity: What Researcher Constance Lindsay Has Found About Race in School

Important NY Times Column On Importance Of African-American Teachers

April 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On John Hattie’s Research

Most educators have heard about John Hattie and his education research. I’ve shared many related resources over the years, and this first tweet by Scott Martin today prompted me to put them all together in one “Best” list (again, this are just resources I’ve previously posted in this blog – I’m sure I’m missing other good pieces). Feel free to suggest other additions (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research):

This Is Interesting: “8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On”

Two Good John Hattie Videos

What Does “Direct Instruction” Really Mean?

“‘Visible Learning for Literacy’: An Interview With Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey”

John Hattie’s Research Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated is by Peter DeWitt.

Hattie Ranking: 195 Influences And Effect Sizes Related To Student Achievement should probably be one of every educator’s “go-to” resources.

Monster Study On Learning Strategies Released

Making a Visible Impact is a useful article providing a good summary of John Hattie’s research findings about what works in the classroom.

John Hattie on BBC Radio 4: “Homework in primary school has an effect of zero.”

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