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November 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Close Reading Can Be ‘Fun or Awful’”

Close Reading Can Be ‘Fun or Awful’ is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

In addition to my own thoughts, you can read guest responses on the “what, why and how” of close reading from Christopher Lehman, Cris Tovani, Pernille Ripp, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris. It’s Part One of a three-post series.

Here are some excerpts:

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November 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Show: “How Can We Help Students Appreciate the Value of Learning Geography?”

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How Can We Help Students Appreciate the Value of Learning Geography?
is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio show.

Elisabeth Johnson, the best Social Studies teacher I’ve ever seen and Kelly Young, from whom I’ve learned more about teaching than from anyone else, are my guests.

It’s an upcoming topic in my Education Week Teacher column, and both Elisabeth and Kelly have contributed written commentaries that will be included there.

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November 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“‘Getting What You Pay For’ In Teacher Evaluations”

‘Getting What You Pay For’ In Teacher Evaluations is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

This last post in series on teacher evaluation shares commentaries from W. James Popham, Barnett Berry, Pia Lindquist Wong, Rick Stiggins and Derek Cabrera, along with thoughts from readers.

Here are some excerpts:

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We-dont-evaluate-doctors

I’m adding the series to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

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November 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Using Teacher Evaluations ‘To Promote Growth’”

Using Teacher Evaluations ‘To Promote Growth’ is part Two in my Education Week Teacher series on…teacher evaluation.

It features contributions on the teacher evaluation process from Julian Vasquez Heilig (with Lisa Hernandez), Ben Spielberg, David Berliner and Paul Bruno.

Here are some excerpts:

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November 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’”

Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’ is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

In Part One of a three-part series, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, and 2012 National Teacher Of The Year Rebecca Mieliwocki share their thoughts on teacher evaluations.

Here are some excerpts:

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October 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Effective Math Instructional Strategies – Part Two”

Effective Math Instructional Strategies – Part Two is my latest Education Week Teacher post.

Leslie Texas, Tammy Jones and Denise Flick share their thoughts on math instruction, as do a number of readers. It also features an infographic.

Here’s an excerpt:

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October 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Show: “What are the Alternatives to Using Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations?”

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What are the Alternatives to Using Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations? is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

It’s the topic of a series I’ll be publishing in my Education Week Teacher column soon and two guests, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D. and Ben Spielberg, share their thoughts on the show.

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October 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Ways To Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’”

Ways To Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’ is my latest Ed Week Teacher post.

Anne Collins, Sue O’Connell, Alexandra Mattis and José Luis Vilson share their thoughts and suggestions about teaching Math in Part One of a two-part series.

Here are some excerpts:

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October 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How Can We Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’?

October 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Show: “What is the Best Way to Train Student Teachers?”

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What is the Best Way to Train Student Teachers? is the topic of my ten minute conversation with Linda Rief and Emily Geltz on my recently posted BAM! radio show. Emily was Linda’s student teacher two years ago.

They co-authored a piece in my recent Ed Week series on working with student teachers.

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October 10, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Seven Strategies For Working With Student Teachers”

Seven Strategies For Working With Student Teachers is the title of my latest Education Week Teacher post.

Today’s final post in the series features what I think is a particularly interesting combination — a quest response from Ted Appel, the principal of the inner-city school where I teach, who describes the innovative requirements he insisted upon if a university was interested in placing student teachers with us; followed by a commentary from Pia Lindquist Wong, director of a university teaching credentials program who found that her ideas dovetailed with those of Ted’s – the two then developed a partnership.

Here are two excerpts:

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October 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New Show On: “What Are the Best New Books for Educators with Limited Time for Reading?”

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Because of technical issues, BAM! Radio is a little behind in posting my weekly ten-minute interview with guests from my Education Week Teacher columns.

But they’ve begun to catch-up.

You can now listen to my conversation Megan Allen, Dr. Jeff Zoul, Erin Klein and I had about What Are the Best New Books for Educators with Limited Time for Reading?

It’s connected to my column last week on Book Recommendations For Teachers.

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October 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Letting Student Teachers ‘Sink-or-Swim is not Permissible’”

Letting Student Teachers ‘Sink-or-Swim is not Permissible’ is my latest Education Week Teacher post.

Michael Opitz and Michael Ford; PJ Caposey; Patty O’Grady; and Sally Zepeda all share their advice to student teachers and their supervisors.

Here are some excerpts:

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No-matter-how-good-their

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October 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Student Teachers Should ‘Be Colleagues’”

Student Teachers Should ‘Be Colleagues’ is the headline of my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

In it, several educators — Emily Geltz and Linda Rief, who co-authored their contribution (Emily was Linda’s student teacher two years ago); Carol Ann Tomlinson, Jessica Bennett and Jane Fung — share their advice to student teachers and their supervisors.

Here are some excerpts:

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Id-hope-the-message

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