English-Language Learners

April 12 Live Chat With Larry Ferlazzo on Student Motivation

By Mary Ann Zehr — April 01, 2011 1 min read

Larry Ferlazzo is coming out with a book on how teachers can help students to motivate themselves, and he’s going to be a guest for a live chat at Education Week on that subject on April 12. Larry teaches English and social studies to English-language learners and other students at a high school in Sacramento, Calif. If you use technology in your classrooms, you’re probably familiar with his blog, Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day.

The new book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, is expected to be released by Eye On Education before the day of the chat, scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time on April 12. The publisher plans to offer a 20 percent discount on the book for those of you who sign on to the chat and purchase the book through the publisher’s website on April 12 or 13.

In his book, Larry aims to answer questions that include: “How can I help students see that it is important to take personal responsibility and not blame others for their mistakes?” and “How do you help students look at problems as opportunities, and not as reasons to just feel frustrated?” He makes the case educators should steer away from superficial incentives and rewards and, instead, create opportunities for students to make decisions and help them to see the long-term health and economic benefits of a good education.

The chat will be open for questions starting in the morning of April 12. It is a text-based chat; there is no audio. If you can’t tune in live, you can read the transcript for the chat shortly after it’s over.

I’ll be the moderator.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.