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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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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
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Teaching Opinion Twenty-Eight Educators Share Their Best Teaching Advice
Twenty-eight—yup, count 'em, 28—educators offer teaching advice that has helped them and their students.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 4, 2021
6 min read
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Teaching Opinion Educators: Would You Like to Contribute to This Blog?
Learn how educators currently working in a K-12 school can contribute to this blog!
Larry Ferlazzo, April 2, 2021
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Teaching Opinion 'Speak Up!' & Even More Teaching Advice From Teachers
Six educators continue this series of sharing the best teaching advice they've heard or given, including being willing to take risks.
Larry Ferlazzo, April 1, 2021
11 min read
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Teaching Opinion 'Keep It Simple' & Other 'Best' Teaching Advice From Educators
Seven educators share the best teaching advice they've either given or received.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 29, 2021
12 min read
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Teaching Opinion 'Stay Away From Negativity': Educators Share the Best Teaching Advice They've Received
Eight educators share the best teaching advice they've been given over the years.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 28, 2021
13 min read
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Assessment Opinion Alternatives to Standardized Tests During a Pandemic Year
Three educators suggest alternatives to federally mandated standardized testing during this year undercut by COVID-19.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 24, 2021
7 min read
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Teaching Opinion 'The Essence of Critical Thinking Is Testing Claims With Evidence'
Three educators discuss how to cultivate critical thinking among students, including by using "design" and "computational" thinking.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 23, 2021
7 min read
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Teaching Opinion Integrating Critical Thinking Into the Classroom
Four educators offer suggestions on helping students develop critical-thinking skills, including through the use of "evaluative praise."
Larry Ferlazzo, March 22, 2021
13 min read
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Teaching Opinion Eight Instructional Strategies for Promoting Critical Thinking
Four educators share tips for supporting the development of critical thinking in the classroom.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 21, 2021
17 min read
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Curriculum Opinion Introducing Primary Sources to Students
Five educators share strategies for introducing primary sources to students, including English-language learners.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 16, 2021
12 min read
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Curriculum Opinion Eight Ways to Teach With Primary Sources
Four educators share ways they use primary sources with students, including a strategy called "Zoom."
Larry Ferlazzo, March 14, 2021
13 min read