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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 '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
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Teaching Opinion Teachers 'Need a Whole Board of Advisers'
Four teachers share recommendations about who they should turn to for advice, including students and colleagues they respect.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 4, 2021
9 min read
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Teaching Opinion The Best Sources of Classroom Advice Are 'Teachers Who Are on the Ground Every Day'
Five educators share where they think teachers should look for helpful instructional advice.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 2, 2021
8 min read
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Professional Development Opinion 'A Professional Learning Community Is Not a Faculty, Grade Level, or Department Meeting'
Three educators wrap-up a four-part series on professional learning communities.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 27, 2021
11 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Promoting PLCs to Face the 'Twin Epidemics' of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism
Four educators discuss the practical aspects of professional learning communities.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 26, 2021
10 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Professional Learning Communities Can 'Unleash the Learning!'
Five educators share what has made professional learning communities work for them and their colleagues.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 25, 2021
15 min read
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Professional Development Opinion 10 Strategies for Building a Professional Learning Community
Four educators share suggestions for how teachers can build online and in-person professional learning communities.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 21, 2021
14 min read
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Mathematics Opinion Don't 'Make the Math Classroom a Project-Based-Learning-Free Zone'
Three educators share advice on incorporating project-based learning in math classes, including asking the question "What's nearby?"
Larry Ferlazzo, April 19, 2021
9 min read
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English-Language Learners Opinion Assessment Strategies for English-Language Learners
Four educators share practical assessment strategies to support English-language learners.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 18, 2021
12 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion 'We All Have LGBTQ Students, Whether We Know It or Not'
Three educators provide suggestions to support LGBTQ students, including respecting pronouns and having LGBTQ authors in classroom libraries.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 13, 2021
11 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Strategies for Supporting LGBTQ Students
Three educators share ways to help LGBTQ students.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 11, 2021
10 min read
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Mathematics Opinion Using Project-Based Learning in Math Classes
Two teachers share practical strategies for using project-based learning in math classes, including one called "Notice & Wonder."
Larry Ferlazzo, April 6, 2021
8 min read