Author: Larry Ferlazzo

“Building Student Relationships by Applying ‘the Golden Rule'”

Building Student Relationships by Applying ‘the Golden Rule’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. In it, Jana Echevarria, Dr. Beth Gotcher, Joe Mullikin, Denise Fawcett Facey, Rachelle Dene Poth, Chris Hull, Douglas Reeves, and Melissa Jackson to share their thoughts on teachers’ strengthening relationships with students. Here are some excerpts: Share...

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Using “Common Planning Time” Effectively In Schools

  Many schools, including the one where I teach, provide a “common planning time” for teachers to work together.  Most schools don’t provide enough – for example, we just have one hour each week. What are the most effective ways to use that limited time? Four researchers – Ilana Seidel Horn, Brette Garner, Britnie Delinger Kane, and Jason Brasel – spent considerable time observing and videotaping these teacher meetings and wrote an insightful analysis that I think many schools will find useful. Coincidentally, I interviewed Ilana this year about her new book on student motivation and math for Education...

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Guest Post: Teaching Biology To English Language Learners

  Over the past few months, I’ve published two series of guest posts from teachers of English Language Learners: one on teaching math, and the other on ELLs and Special Needs. I recently put out a call for guests posts from ELL teachers of science, and will be adding them to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners. Elana Rabinowitz write the first one: GUEST POST: SCIENCE & ELLS Jacqueline Zacarias wrote the second one: GUEST POST: MAKING ELLS FEEL WELCOME IN SCIENCE CLASS Or-Tal Kiriati wrote the third: GUEST POST: TEACHING ELLS SCIENCE WITH SELF-MANAGED LEARNING The fourth post...

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A Look Back: “How Students Can Grow Their Own Brains”

  This blog has gotten many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here. I originally shared this post in 2010. In 2009, I began teaching explicit lessons related to student motivation and Social Emotional Learning.  Of course, since that time, I’ve written several very practical books on the topic. I’m not going to reprint here the entire lengthy post, but “How Students Can...

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Free Resources From All My Books

Every few months, I reprint this post so that new subscribers learn about these resources. I have many free resources, including excerpts and student hand-outs, available from all my books. Clicking on the covers will lead you to them. Look for a fourth book in my student motivation series (out in 2020) and a second edition of The ESL/ELL Teachers Survival Guide (out in 2021), along with three books Katie Hull and I are editing on teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies (out in 2019):     Share...

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