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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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English-Language Learners Opinion Thirteen Instructional Strategies for Supporting ELL Newcomers
Five educators share effective instructional strategies to use with English-language-learner newcomers, including using images and games.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 23, 2021
17 min read
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Teaching Opinion Ten Ways to Use Retrieval Practice in the Classroom
Five educators explain why and how they use retrieval practice in their classroom.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 21, 2021
12 min read
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Teaching Opinion Six Strategies I Apply to Make My Distance Learning Classes Not Terrible
Larry Ferlazzo shares the six key strategies he's using in his distance learning classes, including developing student-leadership teams.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 16, 2021
10 min read
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Science Opinion Ten Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies for the Science Classroom
Four teachers share how they implement culturally responsive instruction in their science classrooms.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 14, 2021
13 min read
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Teaching Opinion Implementing 'Multiple Career Pathways to Engage All Learners'
Four educators wrap up a four-part series on teenage student engagement with several ideas, including providing noncollege options.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 10, 2021
13 min read
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Teaching Opinion Nine Strategies for Promoting Student Engagement
Five educators discuss how to maximize engagement, including the importance of understanding student motivation in and out of the classroom.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 7, 2021
18 min read
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Student Achievement Opinion The Idea of 'Learning Loss' Begs Us to Ask, 'Loss From What?'
A Georgia educator challenges the present thinking about "learning loss" and asks, "What if the loss is a loss in inflicting harm?"
Larry Ferlazzo, February 4, 2021
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Students Respond to Adults' Fixation on 'Learning Loss'
A Boston educator shares three guidelines for responding to "learning loss" she developed based on conversations with her students.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 2, 2021
9 min read
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Teaching Opinion Pandemic Lessons for a Post-COVID-19 Classroom
Five educators share ideas for lessons learned this year that will carry over when they return to "normal" classrooms.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 31, 2021
13 min read
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Teaching Opinion Increasing Engagement With Student Choice
Four educators discuss ways to increase student engagement, including providing choice and building a sense of classroom community.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 27, 2021
13 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Student 'Compliance Does Not Equal Engagement'
Four educators share suggestions for how schools can maintain student engagement, especially during the teenage years.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 24, 2021
15 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion 'The White Voice, Experience, and Interest Dominate Education'
Four educators "wrap up" a series on books and articles white teachers can read to learn about racism and what they should do about it.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 20, 2021
16 min read
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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
15 min read
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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
14 min read