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Q&A Collections: Author Interviews

By Larry Ferlazzo — August 25, 2017 6 min read
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I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in early September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past six years. You can see all those collections from the first five years here.

Here are the ones I’ve posted so far:

This Year’s Most Popular Q&A Posts

Classroom Management Advice

Race & Gender Challenges

Implementing The Common Core

Best Ways To Begin The School Year

Best Ways To End The School Year

Student Motivation & Social Emotional Learning

Teaching Social Studies

Project-Based Learning

Using Tech In The Classroom

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching English Language Learners

Student Assessment

Brain-Based Learning

Reading Instruction

Writing Instruction

Education Policy Issues

Differentiating Instruction

Math Instruction

Science Instruction

Advice For New Teachers

Today’s theme is sharing links to many interviews with authors of books on education. You can see the list following this excerpt from one of them:

‘Making Evaluation Meaningful’

PJ Caposey agreed to answer a few questions about his new book, Making Evaluation Meaningful: Transforming the Conversation to Transform Schools.

‘Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies’

Django Paris and H. Samy Alim agreed to answer a few questions about their new book, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World.

‘Learn Better’

Ulrich Boser agreed to answer a few questions about his new book, Learn Better.

‘The Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms’

Two co-authors of the new book The Essentials For Standards-Driven Classrooms: A Practical Instructional Model For Every Student To Achieve Rigor agreed to answer a few questions.

‘Teaching Kids to Thrive’

Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford agreed to answer a few questions about their new book, Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills For Success.

‘Digital Writing for English-Language Learners’

Rusul Alrubail agreed to answer a few questions about her new book, Digital Writing For English Language Learners.

‘101 Strategies to Make Academic Vocabulary Stick’

Marilee Sprenger, author of the book 101 Strategies To Make Academic Vocabulary Stick, agreed to answer a few questions.

‘It Won’t Be Easy': An Interview With Author Tom Rademacher

‘Teach Like Finland’

Timothy D. Walker, author of the new book Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies For Joyful Classrooms, agreed to answer a few questions.

‘Understanding Key Education Issues’

Matthew Lynch, author of the new book Understanding Key Education Issues: How We Got Here And Where We Go From Here, agreed to answer a few questions.

‘The Perfect Assessment System’

Rick Stiggins, author of the new book The Perfect Assessment System (ASCD), agreed to answer a few questions.

Growing Critically Conscious Teachers

Angela Valenzuela agreed to answer a few questions about the new book she has edited, Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth.

‘How the Brain Learns’

David Sousa, author of the popular book How The Brain Learns (now in its fifth edition), agreed to answer a few questions about it.

‘The ABCs of How We Learn’

The authors of The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them agreed to answer a few questions about their book.

‘Students At the Center’

Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda agreed to answer a few questions about their new book, Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind.

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

"#EduMatch: Snapshot in Education”

Twenty educators recently came together to publish their own book, #EduMatch: Snapshot in Education, and its editor, Sarah Thomas, agreed to both answer some questions about it and coordinate responses from some of her co-authors.

‘Visible Learning for Mathematics’

Linda M. Gojak and Sara Delano Moore, two of the co-authors of Visible Learning For Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning, agreed to answer a few questions about the book.

‘More Mirrors in the Classroom’

Jane Fleming, Susan Catapano, Candace M. Thompson and Sandy Ruvalcaba Carrillo agreed to answer a few questions about their book, More Mirrors In The Classroom.

‘Visible Learning for Literacy': An Interview With Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey

‘Why We Teach Now': an Interview With Sonia Nieto

‘No More Reading For Junk': an Interview With Barbara Marinak & Linda Gambrell

‘Partnering With Parents’ by Asking Questions

Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein and Agnes Bain agreed to answer a few questions about their new book, Partnering With Parents To Ask The Right Questions: A Powerful Strategy For Strengthening School-Family Partnerships.

‘Critical Questions for Inspiring Classroom Excellence': an Interview With Baruti K. Kafele

‘Excellence Through Equity': an Interview With Pedro Noguera & Alan Blankstein

‘Learning That Lasts': an Interview With Ron Berger, Libby Woodfin & Anne Vilen

‘Total Participation Techniques': an Interview With Pérsida & William Himmele

“The Genius Hour Guidebook": an Interview With Denise Krebs & Gallit Zvi

‘Helping Children Succeed': An Interview With Paul Tough

‘Peak': An Interview With Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool

‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...': An Interview With Chris Emdin

‘Reading Nonfiction': An Interview With Kylene Beers & Robert Probst

‘Building School 2.0': An Interview With Chris Lehmann & Zac Chase

‘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

‘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

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

An Interview With Paul Tough On Character & Schools

Teachers As “Persuaders": An Interview With Daniel Pink

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.