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Join Me At An Ed Week Live Online Chat On Tuesday (Plus, Info On Getting A Discount On My Book)


I’ll be the guest at an Education Week online chat about my new book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The chat box with be “open” an hour or two prior to officially beginning the chat, and you can leave questions or comments then or during the chat itself.

It should be fun!

By the way, because of the Ed Week chat, publisher Eye On Education is offering a 20% discount on the book if you order it on April 12th or 13th. You need to use the coupon code “FERLAZZO1” and order it off their website.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Hello,

    We are a group of PHD students currently attending the University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal and would like to ask you to take part in an online survey we are carrying out.
    In one of our courses we were asked to do some work based on data collected online and decided to focus our research on educational blogs distinguished in different categories by Edublogawards in 2009.

    Besides data collected straight from the blog itself we thought it would be interesting and useful to get some insight from the authors and administrators. We have thus developed an online survey available at

    to gather information regarding its main features and current relevance.

    We would be forever grateful if you could take 5 minutes to answer it before April 16.

    Kind regards
    Fátima, Sandra e Susana

  2. Larry
    It sounds like many struggles from the participants in your Motivating Students chat must arise in traditional public school settings which are also probably the source of the “30% teacher impact” studies; I believe a better, more disciplined and 100% committed culture that you will find in a high performing charter school will overcome the motivation hurdles mentioned. Teachers in high performing charters have a much larger impact than 30%. Your thoughts? Have you visited charter schools like YES Prep, West Denver Prep, Roxbury Prep, Sci Academy?

    • Jerry,

      I suspect you’re right about more students in charter schools feeling more motivated, but I suspect that’s because more motivated students with more engaged families tend to go there.


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