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Q & A Collections: Instructional Strategies

By Larry Ferlazzo — September 07, 2016 3 min read

I’ll begin posting new questions and answers next week, and during the summer have been sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past five years.

Here are the ones I’ve posted:

This Year’s Most Popular Q & A Posts!

Classroom Management Advice

Student Motivation & Social Emotional Learning

Implementing The Common Core

Race & Gender Challenges

Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

Brain-Based Learning

Teaching Social Studies

Project-Based Learning

Using Tech In The Classroom

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching English Language Learners

Student Assessment

Reading Instruction

Writing Instruction

Education Policy Issues

Differentiating Instruction

Math Instruction

Science Instruction

Professional Development

Teacher Leadership

Administrator Leadership

Relationships In Schools

Today’s theme is on instructional strategies, and I’m using that term broadly. I’ve shared many instructional strategies in previous specialized thematic collections. The ones in this post are important ones that don’t quite fit into the previous lists.

You can see them following this excerpt from one of them:

* How To Use Data - & How Not To Use It - In Schools

What data is, how can it be used effectively, and how can it be misused are questions we’ll consider today with commentaries from Nancy Fichtman Dana, Dr. Jenni Donohoo, Myron Dueck, Pete Hall, Andrew Miller, Jessica A. Hockett, Kristina J. Doubet and Kimberly Long.

* ‘Best Practices’ Are Practices That Work Best for Your Students

This post features contributions from Roxanna Elden, Barnett Berry and Pedro Noguera, along with comments from readers.

* ‘Start By Matching Student Interests, Then Build From There’

Diana Laufenberg, Jeff Charbonneau, Ted Appel and special guest John Hattie share their thoughts.

* ‘Help Students Be Organized By Being Organized Yourself’

Debbie Diller and Leslie Blauman share their thoughts, as do readers.

* Practical Ideas To Help Students & Teachers Stay Organized

Three educators -- Julia Thompson, Ariel Sacks and Gini Cunningham -- contribute their responses.

* The Role Of Arts Education In Schools

This post features guest responses from three educators -- Virginia McEnerney, David Booth and Heather Wolpert-Gawron.

* Best Homework Practices

Educator/authors Dr. Cathy Vatterott and Bryan Harris contribute their thoughts here.

* Assisting Students With Special Needs

Three experienced educators -- Michael Thornton, Gloria Lodato Wilson, and Ira David Socol -- offer their thoughts on the topic.

* Several Ways We Can Help Students Develop Their Creativity

This post features guest contributions from Jonah Lehrer, former staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, and from Ashley Merryman co-author of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children.

* Several Ways To Help Students Become Better Listeners

Middle School teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron, author of ‘Tween Crayons and Curfews :Tips for Middle School Teachers and I share our ideas...

* Several Ways To Teach Critical Thinking Skills

Three guests share their recommendations: Ron Ritchhart, author and researcher for Harvard’s Project Zero; educator Todd Stanley, co-author of Critical Thinking and Formative Assessments: Increasing the Rigor in Your Classroom; and Robert Swartz, Director of The National Center for Teaching Thinking.

* Thoughts On The Meaning Of “Rigor”

Barbara R. Blackburn, author of Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word; Cris Tovani, author of So...What do They Really Know?; and “Senior Provocateur” Ira Socol provide diverse guest responses, and I throw-in an intriguing chart.

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

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