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January 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Ed Week Changes Access Policy To Articles & Blog Posts


Education Week has just announced a change in their access policy for readers of articles and blog posts on their site (including my weekly teacher advice column).

Starting the last week of month, non-subscribers can view ten articles/blog posts on the site for free during each month (viewing the same article or blog post, however, will still count as “one,” so you can revisit that as many times as you want and it won’t add to your count). You can view the first three of those ten without registering. However, at that point you’ll have to do a quick registration in order to access the remaining seven. You’ll only have to register once — after that point, you’ll just need to sign-in. You’ve always had to do kind of registration now to access a fair number of the articles on the site — though, in the past, their email newsletters have provided a link that would bypass that requirement. I don’t think that will be the case any longer.

(By the way, listening to my new podcasts related to each column are not subject to restriction. And you can always leave comments on blog, email me directly, or send me a tweet when you want write an answer to one of the “questions of the week” if you decide not to purchase an Ed Week subscription and save your “ten” for the response columns).

I wish they hadn’t had to do it, but it makes sense in order to develop a long-term plan for sustainability.

Of course, as with all the growing number number of sites implementing these plans, there are ways to get around that magic number of ten articles, and I assume the ones we all know will work with Ed Week, too — including accessing the site from home and school computers.

However, all those work-arounds can be inconvenient and take time.

One of the perks of writing for Ed Week is that I’ll get free access. However, I can say with certainty that if I didn’t, I’d pay for a subscription. The New York Times and The Washington Post are the only other two sites I pay to access an unlimited number of articles (though I’m rethinking if I want to continue it with The Post).

There are various subscription plans for Ed Week, and they’re generally less than $5 per month. That’s a small price to pay for access to articles that you truly can’t get anywhere else, plus you support the country’s preeminent journal covering education news, which also happens to be nonprofit.

You can read more about it directly at Ed Week at these links:

Important Changes Regarding Access to

Education Week to Adopt ‘Metered’ Subscription Model

Changes to Access on – Frequently Asked Questions

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January 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On The Air & First Episode Is On “Flipping” Classrooms


I’ve just begun a weekly ten minute BAM! Radio Network podcast where I interview a couple of guests who have written responses to the “question-of-the-week” at my Education Week Teacher advice column.

You can listen to the first show, which is on “flipping” classrooms, with at the BAM! site or download it (and subscribe for free) on iTunes.

I interview guests Jon Bergman and Troy Cockrum about the positives and potential negatives of the strategy. You read my Ed Week post with their written response here.

The next one — on parent engagement — should be up tomorrow.

I’ll also be including a link to it in each of my related Education Week Teacher posts. It’s just been slightly delayed because Apple wasn’t accepting any new shows on iTunes over the holidays.

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January 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

“‘Failure Is A Critical Part Of Learning’: An Interview With Art Markman”

‘Failure Is A Critical Part Of Learning’: An Interview With Art Markman is my latest post at Education Week Teacher.

Art Markman, PhD is a professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the author of Smart Thinking (Perigee Books), which he discussed at a post at my Ed Wk blog last year.

His latest book is titled Smart Change: Five Tools To Create New and Sustainable Habits In Yourself and Others.


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December 29, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

“To Flip, Or Not To Flip, A Classroom – That Is The Question”

To Flip, Or Not To Flip, A Classroom – That Is The Question is my latest Education Week Teacher post.

I’ve had some concerns about how a flipped classroom has sometimes been implemented around the country — and the world. So, in addition to having guest responses from enthusiastic proponents like Peter Pappas and Andrew Miller, Josh Stumpenhorst shares reservations similar to mine in his response.

You might also be interested in The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.



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December 25, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

Guest Post From National Teacher Of The Year: Bad Days “Happen To All Of Us”

'Today is a bad day' photo (c) 2009, Paul Downey - license:

Readers might remember that last month I posted a popular series at my Education Week Teacher column on the best ways to deal with bad days.

Because of some technical difficulties, I didn’t receive a response from Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher Of The Year, in time to include it there, so I’m publishing it here as a guest post.

The good news, though, is that we’ve worked out those technical issues and several responses from Jeff will be appearing in future posts at my Ed Week column.

You might also be interested in those three Ed Week posts in that series:

Response: Recover From Bad Days by Seeing ‘Disasters as Opportunities’, which included comments by Roxanna Elden, Allen Mendler and Julia Thompson.

Response: A Bad Day In The Classroom ‘Will Pass’, with contributions from Terry Thompson, Renee Moore and Cindi Rigsbee.

Response: Using ‘Self-Compassion’ to Recover From a Bad Day, including responses from Amy Benjamin and Dina Strasser.

What do you do when you’re having a bad day in the classroom? How do you get over feelings of frustration?

Jeff Charbonneau is the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. He is a Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering teacher at Zillah High School, in Zillah, WA. You can follow him on Twitter at @JeffCharbonneau:

The first thing to remember is that bad days happen. Period. Having a bad day is not an indication of your ability as a teacher. HOW you respond to that day is.

Let’s think about the different kinds of bad days:

Student Related

We work with students whose lives are incredibly complex. Many of my students have lived a much harder life in their 15 years, than I have in my 35 combined. As teachers we need to remember that.

Very often we become so focused on our lessons, that we assume that our students should have the same focus.

However, the reality is that when a student is acting out, rude, or otherwise non-engaged, it is normally due to something else in their life. We need to understand that sometimes our role as a teacher is to be a sounding board – a safety zone for a student to release the frustration, anger, and disappointment that they are suffering from in other parts of their lives.

I try to remember to not take everything personally. Students may be mad at “the teacher”, but greatly appreciate me as a person.

This does not mean that students should be excused from bad behavior – quite the opposite in fact. The consistency of rules and standards helps to create a safe environment for all of learners. As such, holding students accountable for their actions is a paramount duty.

My biggest piece of advice for dealing with student behavior is to first ask yourself why the student is acting out. Only then can you choose the appropriate course of action. Remember – it’s not about making sure your feelings are not hurt – it’s about helping the student learn to navigate their emotions.


Co-Worker Related

The world of “he said, she said” did not end with our teenage years. In fact, many times bad days have very little to do with procedures, policies, or rules, and instead have everything to do with relationships with our co-workers.

As teachers we have learned to have an incredible amount of patience with our students. How many of us give the same level of patience to the adults in our lives?

The next time you have a disagreement with a co-worker, try treating them the same way you treat your students; with compassion, understanding, and most of all, the respect necessary to allow all to remain dignified.  The techniques for building positive relationships with students do not change when working with adults.


Reflect to Recharge

No matter the cause, bad days have one thing in common. They happen to all of us.

The catch is to understand that bad days can be incredibly positive turning points in your career depending on how you respond to them. The key is have a meaningful and honest reflection with yourself. Try to calmly answer the following questions at the end of that bad day:

  1. What happened in my life and the lives of others just before the day turned bad? Were there other events that caused uncharacteristic behavior?
  2. What did I learn from today?
  3. What can I do to help prevent similar outcomes in the future?

Just remember that when all is said and done, bad days help to make good days look that much better.

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December 15, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Teachers Must Help Determine New Ideas Being Implemented”

Teachers Must Help Determine New Ideas Being Implemented is my latest post over at Education Week Teacher.

In addition to commentaries by Renee Moore and Kelly Young (who I consider a mentor and from whom I’ve learned more about teaching than anyone else), I share some of my own thoughts…


I’m adding that post to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

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