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Classroom Q&A

With Larry Ferlazzo

In this EdWeek blog, an experiment in knowledge-gathering, Ferlazzo will address readers’ questions on classroom management, ELL instruction, lesson planning, and other issues facing teachers. Send your questions to lferlazzo@epe.org. Read more from this blog.

An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools.

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Social Studies Opinion 18 Ways to Make Social Studies Class More Culturally Responsive
Educators share ways to make students feel more welcome in the classroom while also helping them develop "critical consciousness."
Larry Ferlazzo, September 29, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Educators Will Teach 'Truth About Oppression' Despite CRT Attacks
Although some educators fear for their jobs, they say not teaching what students need to know would be a disservice.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 26, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion How Attacks on Critical Race Theory Are Affecting Teachers
The experience has left some teachers fearing for their safety and livelihood and retreating from their practices.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 18, 2022
16 min read
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Teaching Opinion From Reading Instruction to Teacher Leadership: 1,000 Educators Share Their Advice
For more than a decade, Larry Ferlazzo has been curating intelligence from colleagues and K-12 experts. Read what they have to say.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 16, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Want Insight Into Schooling? Here's Advice From Some Top Experts
From motivating students to identifying successful leadership, accomplished educators weigh in on those and other topics.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 14, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Collaborate With Your Colleagues. You'll Prosper and So Will Your Students
Teachers can learn a lot from their peers and all the other staff members in their school.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 12, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Looking for Ways to Organize Your Classroom? Try Out These Tips
Be sure to set up your classroom so that it helps students learn and you save time.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 9, 2022
3 min read
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Teaching Opinion How to Avoid Making Mistakes in the Classroom
Teachers aren't immune to making mistakes—some are even beneficial—but many can be prevented.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 7, 2022
5 min read
Teaching Opinion Plenty of Instructional Strategies Are Out There. Here's What Works Best for Your Students
Don't stick with the same teaching methods for all students. Others may prove more effective.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 6, 2022
6 min read
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Professional Development Opinion What's the Best Professional-Development Advice? Teachers and Students Have Their Say
Becoming a better teacher starts with being respectful and using common sense.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 2, 2022
6 min read
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Standards Opinion Educators Weigh In on Implementing the Common Core, Even Now
Though outlawed in some states, the standards still offer a strong foundation for English, math, and other subjects.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 31, 2022
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Teaching Opinion 10 Ways to Build a Healthier Classroom
If teachers want students to realize their academic potential, first they have to build relationships with them.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 29, 2022
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion Listen Up: Give Teachers a Voice in What Happens in Their Schools
With the help of teacher leaders, schools have a better chance of thriving. Here are 15 ways educators can speak up.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 26, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The Best Ways for Administrators to Demonstrate Leadership
Successful administrators support their teachers in numerous ways, starting with showing they are appreciated.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 24, 2022
4 min read