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Q & A Collections: Author Interviews

By Larry Ferlazzo — August 25, 2015 2 min read

I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in mid-September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past four years. You can see all those collections from the first three years here.

Today’s theme - the fifteenth one in this summer series - is on Author Interviews, and I’ll be sharing links to interviews I’ve conducted with authors over the past four years.

Previous updated thematic collections are:

Classroom Management

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

The Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

Teaching Social Studies

Project-Based Learning

Brain-Based Learning

Using Tech In The Classroom

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching English Language Learners

Student Assessment

Teaching Reading & Writing

Education Policy Issues

Differentiating Instruction

You can see the list of Author Interviews following this excerpt from one of them:

From 2014/15

‘The New Teacher Revolution': An Interview With Josh Stumpenhorst

‘See Me After Class': An Interview With Roxanna Elden

Book Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between The World & Me’

‘School Culture Rewired': An Interview With Steve Gruenert & Todd Whitaker

‘The Reading Strategies Book': An Interview With Jennifer Serravallo

‘Culturally Responsive Teaching': An Interview With Zaretta Hammond

‘Reinventing Writing': An Interview With Vicki Davis

‘The Marshmallow Test': An Interview With Walter Mischel

From 2013/14

‘There Are So Many Inspirational Teachers Out There': An Interview With Meenoo Rami

‘Collaboration Is Crucial': An Interview With Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City schools, & co-author Laura Kotch

‘A More Beautiful Question': An Interview With Warren Berger

Teaching Without Connecting Is ‘Futile': An Interview With Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker

‘Myths & Lies’ That Threaten Our Schools: An Interview With David Berliner & Gene Glass

‘Digital Leadership': An Interview With Eric Sheninger

‘Read, Write, Lead': An Interview With Regie Routman

‘Building A Better Teacher': An Interview with Elizabeth Green

‘The Teacher Wars': An Interview With Dana Goldstein


From 2013/14

Teachers As ‘Givers, Takers & Matchers': An Interview With Adam Grant

‘Teachers Need To Behavie Like Johnny Appleseeds': An Interview With Daniel Coyle

‘There Are No Shortcuts': An Interview With Rafe Esquith

From 2012/13

An Interview With Paul Tough On Character & Schools

Teachers As “Persuaders": An Interview With Daniel Pink


From 2011/12

Several Ways We Can Help Students Develop Good Habits

New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg, author of the new best-selling book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, shares his responses to my questions on how to apply his research to our work in schools.

Several Ways To Help Students Develop Self-Control

Roy F. Baumeister, director of the social psychology program at Florida State University and co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength, describes his research on self-control as a “limited energy resource” and its classroom implications.

Part Two Of Several Ways We Can Help Students Develop Good Habits

Author Art Markman lists several ways teachers can help students develop better study habits.

I hope you’ve found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

The opinions expressed in Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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