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The Best Classroom Q&A Posts in 2017

By Larry Ferlazzo — December 19, 2017 2 min read

I thought readers might be interested in seeing my personal choices for the Best Classroom Q&A Posts in 2017. Next week, I’ll be sharing the ones that received the most views during the last 12 months.

Here they are (not in any order of preference):

* Ways to Use Questions Effectively in the Classroom

Jeri Asaro, Dan Rothstein, Diana Laufenberg, Rebecca Mieliwocki, Jenny Edwards, Scott Reed, Cara Jackson, and Ben Johnson share suggestions on how to use questions effectively in the classroom.

*Effective Classroom Discussions Don’t Happen ‘Magically’

Rita Platt, Adeyemi Stembridge, PhD, Jackie Walsh, Doug Lemov, and Valentina Gonzalez share their suggestions for how teachers can best organize classroom discussions.

*Using Social-Emotional Learning to Challenge ‘Systems of Oppression’

This post on the role of race and equity in Social Emotional Learning is “guest-hosted” by Mai Xi Lee, the Director of Social Emotional Learning for the Sacramento City Unified School District. After her introduction, she brings together responses from Robert J. Jagers, Mary Hurley, Sonny Kim, Dr. Christina Arpante, Meena Srinivasan, Africa S. Fullove, and Kashia Jensen

*ESSA & English-Language Learners

Margo Gottlieb, Sarah Said, Catherine Beck, Heidi Pace, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Tabitha Dell’Angelo, and Lindsey Moses share their thoughts about how the Every Student Succeeds Act will affect English Language Learners.

*We Need to Create ‘Joyful Moments’ in Reading Instruction

Diana Laufenberg,Pernille Ripp, Valentina Gonzalez, Jeff Wilhelm, Barbara A. Marinak, and Linda B. Gambrell share their thoughts on mistakes to avoid when providing reading instruction.

*Approach Race & Implicit Bias by ‘Listening to Students’

Adeyemi Stembridge, Sanée Bell, Raquel Ríos, Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath, and Lynell A. Powell share their counsel on approaching race and implicit bias in the classroom.

*Mistakes New Teachers Make & How to Avoid Them

Michael Janatovich, Sarah Thomas, Roxanna Elden, Kristi Mraz, Christine Hertz, and Julia Thompson explore common mistakes made by new teachers and how to avoid them.

*The Best Teaching Advice Is...

Rita Platt, Fred Ende, Arpine Ovsepyan, Rachael George, and Cindi Rigsbee contribute the best teaching advice they have heard...

*Learning ‘Transfer Is Our Collective Goal’

Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Adeyemi Stembridge, Todd Finley, Kenneth Baum, and David Krulwich share their ideas on transfer of learning.

*Ways to Use Learning ‘Taxonomies’ in the Classroom

Meghan Everette, Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh, Dr. Sandra Love, Michael Fisher, Susan M. Brookhart, Howard Pitler, and Tony Frontier contribute their advice on using learning & questioning taxonomies in the classroom.

*ELL Students’ Home Language Is an Asset, Not a ‘Barrier’

Melissa Eddington, Wendi Pillars, Tracey Flores, Sandy Ruvalcaba Carrillo, and Mary Ann Zehr offer their thoughts on the role of an ELL student’s home language in the classroom.

*Student Goal-Setting in the Classroom

Dr. Sanée Bell, Rita Platt, Kevin Parr, Dr. Jennifer Davis Bowman, and Matt Renwick share their ideas on helping students set learning goals.

*Learning From Difficult Teaching Moments

Lorena Germán, Tom Rademacher, Diana Laufenberg, Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, and Jeff Bradbury share their stories of difficult teaching moments and what they learned from them.

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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