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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.

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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Equity & Diversity Opinion 'We Can’t Wait Until People Feel Comfortable Talking About Race'
White Fragility and Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School are two of many books on race suggested by four educators.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 18, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Tackling the 'Taboo' of Talking About Race & Privilege
Four educators share suggestions for books and articles white educators can read to learn more about race and racism.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 14, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Improving Instruction With Student Data
Three educators offer ideas on how they use student data to improve their instruction.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 12, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Using Data to Support Students
Three educators write about how they use data to improve their instruction.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 11, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Opinion 17 Approaches for Encouraging Students to Revise Their Writing
Five educators offer instructional strategies to use when teaching writing revision, including the power of an authentic audience.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 7, 2021
15 min read
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Ways to Help Ignite Students' Intrinsic Desire for Writing Revision
Five educators make suggestions that might help students want to revise their writing, including by using "editing stations."
Larry Ferlazzo, January 5, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Opinion 'I No Longer Give Grades on Student Writing Assignments, and It's the Best Thing Ever!'
Five educators share how they have helped students motivate themselves to revise their writing.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 3, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Author Interview: 'Reading & Writing With English Learners'
Authors Valentina Gonzalez & Melinda Miller answer questions about their book Reading & Writing with English Learners: A Framework for K-5.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 29, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion The 11 Most Popular Classroom Q&A Posts of the Year
Here are this year's most popular columns.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 23, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Making Revision of Writing a 'Collaborative Process'
Six educators discuss strategies they've used to encourage students to revise their writing, such as demonstrating their own practice.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 22, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Opinion 12 Strategies for Encouraging Students to Want to Revise Their Writing
Four educators share suggestions for creating the classroom conditions in which students want to make revisions to their writing.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 21, 2020
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Mathematics Opinion Teach Math in Ways That Are 'Proactive' & Not 'Reactive'
Eleven educators share their ideas on how to promote culturally responsive teaching in mathematics.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 18, 2020
23 min read
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Mathematics Opinion Twelve Ways to Make Math More Culturally Responsive
Four educators share ideas for using culturally responsive teaching in math class, including by helping students make community connections.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 17, 2020
14 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Eight Strategies for Engaging in Culturally Relevant Teaching
Mariana Souto-Manning answers questions about her book, "No More Culturally Irrelevant Teaching," in the final post of a two-part series.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 15, 2020
9 min read