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I’m organizing questions and answers I’ll be covering at my Education Week Teacher teacher advice blog next school year.

I’ve received plenty, but could always use more.

What questions might you have about classroom management, instructional strategies, ed tech, school reform, assessment — you name it!  Some of the most thoughtful folks in the field of education contribute guest responses to questions.

By the way, people who ask questions that I end up using (and I use most of them) get to choose a free book from the catalogue of most major ed publishers (not that I’m a big believer in extrinsic incentives 🙂 ).

Feel free to leave them in the comments section here….

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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


  1. Creating a “system” to mentor older teacher embrace technology. Many of us need more time, mentoring, encouragement, and more time before we are given the next 1,415 pieces of new technology. When we “really” learn and use one technology, we will eagely thirst for more.

  2. What is the best way to scaffold lessons for teachers adapting to technology and common core changes?

  3. What’s the most effective way to approach literature education in the secondary classroom? Reading assigned for hw? Read alouds? Independent reading ? Thank you for your time.

  4. I’m cheating since I have two!

    What is the absolute best model for vocab? Absolutely no weekly vocab lessons/programs like wordly wise? Is the Frayer Model really all that? Heck I can’t even think of a picture to draw half the time! 🙂 How can we individualize more with classes of 40+ with varying EL levels and background knowledge?

    Books on tape. When do we use them? Teaching in a co-teach setting and sped teacher wants all the kids to have them for silent reading time but I want kids to actually read while at the same time helping the kids with special needs and knowing that it always benefits kids to have good models of proficient reading.


  5. I feel like Oprah Winfrey — Everybody gets a book! Thanks, and keep them coming. I’ll send you emails about how to get the free books.


  6. What are the ways of keeping using English as an instructional language in an other than ESL class (like geography) when both teacher and students are non-native speakers? Found it to be a problem not to fall back to Russian since not every kid is proficient enough yet in grade 7.
    Thank you.

  7. How can I get adult learners from traditional style classrooms to buy into project-based learning or more collaborative, exploratory approaches to language learning?

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