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Q & A Collections: Professional Development

By Larry Ferlazzo — September 06, 2014 2 min read
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I’ll begin posting new questions and answers next week, and during the summer I have been sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past three years. This is the last of these compilation posts for the summer!

The only post between now and new questions will be one listing the most popular posts from the past three years, and then get ready for a full season of forty-five new “questions-of-the-week.”

Today’s theme is on Professional Development and, in some ways, it’s a “catch-all” lists of posts that didn’t quite fit in the other categories. Previous themes have been:

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

Teaching Reading and Writing

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching Social Studies

Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

Teaching English Language Learners

Using Tech In The Classroom

Education Policy Issues

Teacher & Administrator Leadership

Instructional Strategies


Teaching Math & Science

Brain-Based Learning

School Relationships

Author Interviews

I spent the summer organizing questions and answers for this school year, and there is always room for more!

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send it in, let me know if I can use your real name if it’s selected or if you’d prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a variety of education publishers.

Also, you can listen to ten minute interviews I’ve done with contributors to this column at my BAM! Radio Show.

Education Week has also published a popular E-book collection of posts from this blog and added new material.

Lastly, remember that you can subscribe and receive updates from this blog via email or RSS Reader.

And, now, here’s a list of all my columns that roughly fall under the theme of professional development:

From 2013/14

Using ‘Self-Compassion’ to Recover From a Bad Day

In addition to sharing many comments from readers, educators Amy Benjamin and Dina Strasser post their thoughts in this post.

A Bad Day In The Classroom ‘Will Pass’

This post includes contributions from Terry Thompson, Renee Moore and Cindi Rigsbee.

Recover From Bad Days by Seeing ‘Disasters as Opportunities’

This column has quite a line-up, starting with Roxanna Elden, who is one of the most engaging and entertaining education writers around. Her contribution is followed by guest responses from two other exceptional educators and authors -- Allen Mendler and Julia Thompson.

Male Teachers ‘Walking A Tight Rope’

New York City teacher José Vilson and Sacramento educator Alice Mercer share their responses.

Wondering ‘How Gender Influences a Teacher’s Struggles & Successes’

This post features a guest response from educator Ray Salazar who, in addition to sharing his personal experiences and thoughts, interviewed other teachers, too.

From 2011/12

What Principals Look For In A Prospective Teacher

High School principal Eric Sheninger, Middle School principal Pete Hall, and Superintendent Pamela Moran share their advice.

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.