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The BEST Classroom Q & A Posts in 2015

By Larry Ferlazzo — December 29, 2015 2 min read

A few days ago, I posted a list of the ten most popular Classroom Q & A posts in 2015.

I’ve published many posts throughout the year, and some of the ones I think are best haven’t been up very long. So, I thought it would be helpful if I a published a second list of posts that have been published during 2015 that I think have been particularly good.

Here they are, in no particular order (even though they’re numbered):

1. ‘Growth Mindset Starts With Us, Not With Them’

Part One in this series features responses from Eduardo Briceño, Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz. They share their thoughts on how to implement a growth mindset in the classroom.

2. Policy Decisions Must Be ‘Done With’ Teachers, Not ‘Done To’ Them

This post includes contributions from Randi Weingarten, Jody Spiro, Susan Ochshorn and Meghan Everette discussing how teachers can effectively engage in educational policy decisions. I’ve also included comments left by readers.

3. Strategies for Dealing With an ‘Awful’ Textbook

Educators Mary Ann Zehr, Christopher Lehman, 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples Kristina J. Doubet, Jessica A. Hockett, Kimberly Carraway, and Libby Woodfin share their suggestions on how we can deal with the challenge of being stuck with an awful textbook.

4. ‘Schools Cannot Thrive’ Without Teacher Leadership

Regie Routman, Aubrie Rojee, Megan M. Allen, Shane Safir, Sean Slade, and Barnett Berry share their thoughts on what teacher leadership looks like....

5. Start With ‘Learning Goals’ Before Thinking About Tech

Educators Suzie Boss, Ken Halla, Jennifer Gonzalez, Kristina J. Doubet, Eric M. Carbaugh, Heather Staker, Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke provide their suggestions on how to balance the use of technology in the classroom.

6. Challenges Faced By Women Teachers & Ways To Respond To Them

Educators Megan M. Allen, Rusul Alrubail, Pernille Ripp, Amy Williams and Patricia (Tish) Jennings discuss the challenges women face in the teaching profession.

7. Our Teaching Mistakes & What We Learn From Them

Roxanna Elden, Julia Thompson, Ekuwah Moses, Jenny Edwards, Kevin Parr and Leslie Blauman bare their souls to the world as they write about their biggest teaching mistakes.

8. Teach English-Language Learners by Meeting Them ‘Where They Are’

Wendi Pillars, Annie Huynh, Regie Routman, William Himmele, and Pérsida Himmele share their advice on teaching English Language Learners.

9. ‘It’s Time to Change the Conversation About Grit’

Kristine Mraz, Christine Hertz, Ebony O. McGee, Ron Berger, Thomas Hoerr and Dave Stuart Jr. write about “grit” and what it means, and doesn’t mean, for the classroom.

10. Personalized Learning Is ‘a Partnership With Students’

Diana Laufenberg, Allison Zmuda, Pernille Ripp, Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey and Steven Anderson share their thoughts on what personalized learning looks like in the classroom.

11. Strategies for Recruiting Teachers of Color

In Part One of a three-post series, Richard Buery, Dr. Margarita Bianco, Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard and Christopher Rogers share stories from school districts that have implemented innovative strategies to recruit and retain teachers of color. The series was guest-hosted by Travis Bristol, PhD (Stanford Center For Opportunity Policy in Education) & Terrenda White, PhD (University of Colorado-Boulder).

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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