Author: Larry Ferlazzo

“Authoritative” School Climate Connected To Reduction In Student Suspensions

  I’ve previously posted about research on parental styles finding that  of ““authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive,” authoritative (“demanding and controlling, but they are also warm and receptive to their children’s needs”) tends to be much more effective (see Parental Style Study Makes Sense For Teachers, Too and Study: “Authoritative,” Not “Authoritarian,” Classroom Management Works Best For Boys). Now, a study has applied that same framework to school climate, and has found that “that an authoritative school climate (ASC), characterized by strict but fair discipline and supportive teacher-student relationships, was associated with a lower likelihood of suspensions.” The study is behind a paywall...

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Would You Pass “The Anne Frank Test”?

John McCain Would Have Passed the Anne Frank Test is an article from August that I’m just getting around to writing about. The most important piece in it is the passage I highlighted at the top of the post. It seems to me that it would be worthwhile discussing it both in Theory of Knowledge class when covering ethics and, of course, in History class. It reminds of of some of the most amazing class discussions I’ve ever had – over ten years ago when we were learning about the California Missions in my ELL U.S. History class.  I...

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New Resources On Race & Racism

  I’m adding these new resources to various “Best” lists. You can find links to all of those many lists that relate to race and racism at “Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching & Learning About Race & Racism: Creating a More Welcoming and Culturally Responsive School Community to Engage American Indian and Alaska Native Families is a three-part series by Mandy Smoker Broaddus. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More! Want more diverse teachers in more places? Start with diverse principals is from Brookings. I’m...

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Do You Want To Write A Guest Post On How You Differentiate Instruction For Your Students?

For the past six months, I’ve been running a series of guest posts on various aspects of teaching in English Language Learners, including many about specific content areas. You can see them here. I’d like to expand that series out to teaching both ELLs and English-proficient students in the area of differentiated instruction – in all content areas. I just published Juan Gomez’s post, GUEST POST: DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION IN MATH CLASS, and would love to share others – including for Math, Science, Social Studies, English, as well as more general strategies. These would be 300-800 word pieces. Please contact me...

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Guest Post: Differentiated Instruction In Math Class

Editor’s Note: Differentiation is a challenge for all of us.  I invited Juan Gomez to share his ideas on how to apply it in math class, and am adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction. You can see all my resources on the topic here.   In his 19 years in education, Juan Gomez has served as Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Induction Mentor, Instructional Coach, coached a variety of sports:  all while teaching at least four sections of a variety of math classes. His current interest is differentiation in the math classroom.   Differentiation.  Most years I...

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