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The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014

By Larry Ferlazzo — December 18, 2014 1 min read
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It’s that time of year when it seems like everybody is putting together “Best Of The Year” compilations.

And I’m no exception with this blog.

Since I’ve just reached a milestone of two hundred “Response” posts over the past few years, I’ll soon be creating an “All-Time Best” list.

But, for now, here are my choices for the best ten Classroom Q & A posts that appeared during this calendar year - not in order of preference:

1. The Best Ways To Engage Students In Learning

Julie Thompson, Myron Dueck, Bryan Harris, and Debbie Silver share practical suggestions on increasing student engagement.

2. Close Reading Can Be ‘Fun or Awful’

This post shares guest responses on the “what, why and how” of close reading come from Christopher Lehman, Cris Tovani, Pernille Ripp, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris.

3. Teacher Evaluations Need To ‘Support, Not Sort’

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, and 2012 National Teacher Of The Year Rebecca Mieliwocki share their thoughts on teacher evaluations.

4. Ways To Teach Math Besided ‘Drill The Skill’

Anne Collins, Sue O’Connell, Alexandra Mattis and José Luis Vilson share their thoughts and suggestions about teaching Math in Part One of a two-part series.

5. Teachers Should Dress As Students’ Advocate Not ‘Peer’

In Part One of a two-part series, four educators - Roxanna Elden, Renee Moore, Jane Fung, and Rebecca Mieliwocki - share their thoughts on how teachers should dress.

6. ‘The Teacher Wars': An Interview With Dana Goldstein

7. ‘The Grading System We Need To Have’

Rick Wormeli, the well-known educator, author, and speaker, provides the primary response in this post.

8. Ways To Cultivate ‘Whole-Class Engagement’

Jim Peterson and William & Pérsida Himmele provide practical suggestions on how to get our students participating more in class more of the time.

9. Great Teachers Focus on Connections & Relationships

Eric Jensen, Jason Flom, and PJ Caposey share their suggestions for five best practices that teachers can implement in the classroom.

10. Differentiating Lessons By ‘Content, Process, or Product’

This post features a “power-packed line-up” of guest responses, with Carol Tomlinson, Donalyn Miller and Jeff Charbonneau contributing differentiation suggestions.

Look for the next Response in a few days...

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