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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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School Climate & Safety Opinion What Do Restorative Practices Look Like in Schools?
Such practices teach students how to resolve disputes amicably, own their actions, and be empathetic and forgiving.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 27, 2024
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Teaching Opinion How Teachers Can Keep It Real for Students
Building curiosity is one way to make content matter to students.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 23, 2024
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Teaching Opinion Where Did I Go Wrong? Teachers Learn From Their Mistakes
Treat students with compassion and kindness rather than thoughtlessness and irritation. Students and teachers alike can learn from that.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 21, 2024
10 min read
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Reading & Literacy Opinion How to Help Students With Their Writing. 4 Educators Share Their Secrets
In many classrooms, students are handcuffed by restrictive templates for assignments instead of getting to practice how to create.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 16, 2024
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Teaching Opinion Do I Really Have to Go to Summer School? How to Get Students to Change Their Minds
Students often view summer school as a punishment. Schools can take steps to shift that perception.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 14, 2024
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Teaching Opinion How to Expand Teens' Vocabulary
Students are unlikely to expand their vocabulary by copying definitions of words. There are other, better ways.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 8, 2024
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Teaching Opinion Should Cellphones Be Permitted in Classrooms? Teachers Offer These Strategies
Teachers can play a role in helping students figure out appropriate times for using their phones.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 7, 2024
10 min read
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English-Language Learners Opinion How to Connect With English-Language Newcomers. Teachers Share Their Favorite Lessons
Stock classrooms with books that reflect students’ lives, languages, and cultures and invite them into as yet unfamiliar worlds.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 6, 2024
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Teaching Opinion Teaching Advice in 6 Words, More or Less
The most insightful advice sometimes comes in small doses, explain educators.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 31, 2024
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Teaching Opinion School Is Relevant. How to Help Students See That
Students often say they don't know why they have to learn something. Try these strategies to help them understand and care.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 26, 2024
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Teaching Opinion Students Will Miss Deadlines. How Teachers Should Respond
Adults miss deadlines all the time. Should there be a double standard for kids?
Larry Ferlazzo, January 23, 2024
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Assessment Opinion What's the Best Way to Grade Students? Teachers Weigh In
There are many ways to make grading a better, more productive experience for students. Here are a few.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 16, 2024
14 min read
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Teaching Opinion Believe, Sleep, Play: 3 Research-Based Ideas for Effective Teaching
Many studies affirm that students achieve success more easily when they feel their teachers believe in them.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 15, 2024
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Teaching Opinion Differentiated Instruction Isn't Easy. But It's Not Impossible
The teaching method takes time and patience, and it needs to be tailored to fit the needs of each student.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 9, 2024
13 min read