Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Performance Assessment, But Were Afraid To Ask

The Annenberg Institute has published a pretty impressive two-part series of practical articles on performance assessment:

Performance Assessment: Fostering the Learning of Teachers and Students

Performance Assessment: A Deeper Look at Practice and Research

And, if those don’t contain enough info for you, I’ll be adding them to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

October 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – Part Two

I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading (including having students describe – in writing and verbally – a chronological description of what they saw).

I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

I’ve also published quite a few “fun videos” lists during the previous ten years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween

The Best Christmas Videos For English Language Learners – Help Me Find More

The Best Random Acts Of Kindness Videos

Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 — Part Two:

Simon’s Cat videos are always great for ELLs, and here are five new ones:

You can bet I’ll be using this short video when my ELL Beginner students are learning about animals. They’ll be able to write and talk about what happens in the clip – after they stop laughing!

This short video on texting moves from funny to tragic pretty quickly, and is accessible to English Language Learners.

Having them talk and write about what happened in the funny parts, and then doing the same about the serious message at the end would be a great learning opportunity!

October 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Study Finds Advantages To Reading Print On Paper Over Reading On A Screen

A new study has found significant advantages to reading on paper over reading on a screen.

You can read more about it at A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Which Is Best – Reading Digitally Or Reading Paper?

October 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Teacher Tells Students To “Speak American” – Walkout Follows

 

One hundred students walked-out of a New Jersey high school after a teacher told students they should speak “American” and not Spanish.

You can read more about it at the NBC News article Students Walk Out After Teacher Orders: Speak ‘American.’

Here’s a video of the incident:

I’d recommend that the teacher, among other actions, read The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs, which holds true for all students and not just ELLs.

Here’s an interview with one of the students who was reprimanded by the teacher:

October 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Sokanu” Looks Like A Useful Tool To Help Students Explore Career Choices

 

I have some concerns about Laurene Powell Jobs’ effort to reinvent high schools  (see The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools).

However, her organization has just released an online tool students can use to explore possible interest in various careers.  It’s called Sokanu and seems fairly engaging and somewhat useful. I wish the descriptions of the different careers was a bit more engaging than a long piece of text, though.

Nevertheless, I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers.

October 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Simple History” Is A Decent Free Alternative To Brainpop

 

Brainpop videos are good, and I have a teacher’s subscription to them. But you have to pay in order to see them.

Simple History is a YouTube channel that provides a decent selection of comparable – and in some cases, better – animations. They don’t offer the extras, like quizzes, offered by Brainpop. And if your school or district pays for Brainpop, the additional student creation options are great.

However, if you’re in a school that doesn’t pay for it, and you’re already spending your money on a ton of other school-related resourced (see The Best Data On How Much Money Teachers Pay Out Of Their Own Pocket – What Do You Spend?), then Simple History is worth a look.

Here’s a sample:

October 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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October’s (2017) Best Tweets – Part Three

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Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2017.

October 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Best Video For ELLs On The Salem Witch Trials

I’ve always been surprised that there are few ELL accessible videos on the Salem Witch Trials.

I’ve shared a few at our U.S. History Class blog, and do some related activities. Students are always very engaged.

Today, though, I’ve finally found one. Even though we covered the topic last week, at least it will be there for next year…

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