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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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Teaching Opinion Teaching Writing Requires Leaving Students With an 'I Can Do It!' Spirit
Three educators share suggestions for writing instruction, including a visual-thinking strategy.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 21, 2021
12 min read
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Teaching Opinion Four Strategies for Effective Writing Instruction
Three educators share their best ideas on K-12 writing instruction, including writing frames and graphic organizers.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 19, 2021
10 min read
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Teaching Opinion How Students Want to Reimagine Education Next Year
The main features students are looking for are relevancy and supportive relationships.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 14, 2021
9 min read
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Teaching Opinion Using Rubrics for 'Targeted Feedback'
Three educators discuss the why's and how's of rubrics for assessment.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 13, 2021
10 min read
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Teaching Opinion Rubric Do’s & Don’ts
Six educators share their thoughts on rubric use in the classroom.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 10, 2021
12 min read
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Seven Strategies for Grammar Instruction
Five educators share instructional strategies for engaging and effective grammar instruction.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 5, 2021
14 min read
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Teaching Opinion The What, Why, and How Of 'Interleaving'
Four educators explain the strategy of "interleaving" and how it applies to classroom practice.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 30, 2021
13 min read
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Teaching Opinion 'There’s a Lot of Potential Learning From Teachers Waiting to Happen'
Three educators and researchers share suggestions about how the two groups can better work together.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 25, 2021
10 min read
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Teaching Opinion What Education Researchers Can Learn From Teachers
Four educators discuss how researchers can make sure they are not asking the "wrong questions."
Larry Ferlazzo, May 24, 2021
14 min read
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Teaching Opinion Ten Ways I’ll Be Teaching Differently Next Year
I share 10 instructional practices I've developed during the pandemic that I will be continuing into the next school year.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 21, 2021
6 min read
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Teaching Opinion Students' Questions Can 'Drive Their Learning'
Four educators provide advice on how teachers can equip students with tools to support their asking open-ended & relevant questions.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 18, 2021
14 min read
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Teaching Opinion 'Students Will Ask Great Questions If We Give Them the Chance'
Four educators share ideas for encouraging students to develop questions, including through project-based learning.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 16, 2021
14 min read
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Teaching Opinion 'Cultivating Student Questioning Is Not a Onetime Thing'
Five educators and authors discuss ways to cultivate students asking questions, including through "question-storming."
Larry Ferlazzo, May 11, 2021
15 min read
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Teaching Opinion 10 Strategies for Encouraging Students to Ask Questions
Four educators share ways to encourage students to ask questions, including the "Notice & Wonder" routine.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 9, 2021
14 min read