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June 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions


As regular readers know, I’ve been doing a weekly ten-minute online BAM! Radio Show for the past year-and-a-half. In each show, I’ve interviewed guests who have contributed to one of my Education Week Teacher columns. They’ve been pretty popular, with nearly 30,000 downloads each month.

I thought readers might find it helpful if I put links with descriptions to each show in one place. I won’t be starting them up again until September, but will continue to update this list when I do…

Three Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Teaching with Val Brown, Julia Thompson

Overwhelmed: Help for Those of Us Whose Lives Are Out of Balance with Debbie Silver

Would These 5 Tips Make You More Open to New Teaching Practices? Sally Zepeda, Bill Sterrett, and Pete Hall

Encouraging Other Teachers Who Work with English Language Learners with Sonia Nieto, Alicia Lopez

The Three Best Ways Teachers Can Encourage Support for English Language Learners with Jennifer Connors, Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder

Teaching Strategies 2.0: What Is a Digital Portfolio? Why It Matters with Rusul Alrubail, Michael Fisher

The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Professional Development with Rick Wormeli

Why Some Teachers Stay, While Others Quit with Sharon Jacobs

A Second Look: Teacher Attrition at High Poverty Urban Schools Karen Baptiste, Pia Wong, Yvette Jackson

How Small Learning Communities Create Powerful Climates for Academic Success with ReLeah Cosette-Lent, Ted Appel

How Are Common Core Standards Impacting Teaching Math to ELLs? with Ben Spielberg, Denisse R. Thompson, Gladis Kersaint

Exploring the Difference Between Student Participation and Student Engagement with Jennifer Gonzalez, Bill and Pérsida Himmele

Fitting Technology Into the Common Core Standards: Do This, Don’t Do That with Michael Fisher, Andrew Miller

What Are Good Examples of Reading Lessons Aligned to Common Core Standards? with Cheryl Dobbertin

What Are the Differences Between Project-Based, Problem-Based and Inquiry Learning? with Jeff Wilhelm, Suzie Boss

What Are the Best Ways to Teach Literature in the Age of Common Core? with Nancy Steineke, Sean McComb, Bill and Pérsida Himmele

Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs): Five Strategies That Work with Judie Haynes, MaryAnn Zehr

The 10 Best Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary in the Classroom with Katie Brown, Marilee Sprenger

Maker Movement, DYI, 3D Printers: New Fad or Real Path to 21st Century Skills? with Laura Blankenship

What Is Your Advice to Educators Who Want to Write a Book? with Marjorie McAneny, PJ Caposey, Alan Sitomer

Differentiated Instruction and Tracking Students: Is It Time to Reconsider? Laura Robb, Regie Routman

Effective Classroom Management: Do This, Not That with Pernille Ripp, Dr. Bryan Harris

How Can We Increase the Ranks of Teachers of Color? with Gloria Ladson-Billings

Are Caring and Relationship Building Compatible with Implementing Common Core Standards? with Mai Xi Lee, Sean Slade

How Can Teachers Meet Common Core English Standards with English Language Learners? with Maria Montalvo-Balbed, Debbie Zacarian

Can We Effectively Evaluate Teachers Based on Factors Teachers Completely Control? with Ben Spielberg and Ted Appel

Student Engagement Versus Student Compliance: How Much Does It Really Matter? with Debbie Silver, Dr. Bryan Harris

What Are the Myths and Misconceptions Around Formative Assessment? with Nancy Frey

How Can We Help Students Appreciate the Value of Learning Geography? Elisabeth Johnson, Kelly Young

Close Reading: What It Is, What It’s Not with Chris Lehman

Accountability: What are the Alternatives to Using Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations? with Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D., Ben Spielberg

How Can We Make Math More Engaging and Accessible to Students? with Dr. Anne M. Collins, Sue O’Connell

What Is the Best Way to Train Student Teachers? with Emily Geltz, Linda Rief

How Can Teachers Best Manage Race and Class Issues In Schools?  with P. L. Thomas, Ashanti Foster

Second Thoughts: Teacher Attire, Does it Really Matter? with Roxanna Elden, Renee Moore

How Is Globalization Changing How and What You Teach? with  John Spencer, Diana Laufenberg

How Can Teachers Meet the Common Core Requirement for Complex Reading? with Amy Benjamin, Wendi Pillars

What Are We Losing By Eliminating Arts From the Curriculum? with Virginia McEnerney, David Booth

What Can We Do to Develop a Culture of Success in our Classrooms? with Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Chris Lehman

How Can History Teachers Make the Curriculum More Engaging? Peter Pappas, Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez

What Are the Best Ways for Teachers to Work With School Counselors? with Leticia Gallardo, Mindy Willard

How Can We Help Students (And Ourselves) Stay Organized? with Julia Thompson , Ariel Sacks

How Can Administrators Help Create an Engaging Curriculum with Anne Reeves, Kelly Young

Dissecting Grades: What Do They Mean, What Are They Worth? with Rick Wormeli

How Can We Help Students Handle Loss and Grief? with Mary Tedrow, Stephen Lazar

How Can We Differentiate Instruction More Effectively? with Carol Tomlinson

What Are the Real Benefits of a 1:1 Program? What Are the Biggest Challenges? with Alice Barr, Dr. Troy Hicks

How Can We Get All Students in Our Classes Thinking and Learning All the Time? with Bill and Pérsida Himmele, Jim Peterson

What Are the Five Best Practices to Promote Better Student Learning with Diana Laufenberg, Jeff Charbonneau

What Do We Need to Do to Better Support English Language Learners? with Karen Nemeth, Judie Haynes

How Can We Reduce Teacher Attrition at High-Poverty Schools? with Barnett Berry, Ilana Garon

Why Precisely Do Teachers Leave High Poverty Schools? with Angel L. Cintron Jr. and Paul Bruno

What Are the Habits of Lifelong Readers, How Do We Instill Them? with Donalyn Miller

What Are the Basics Every Teacher Should Know About the Maker Movement? with Sylvia Martinez, Tanya Baker

Character, Grit, Perseverance: Magic Bullet? with Jason Flom and Debbie Silver

How Do We Increase Involvement Among Parents Who Are Already Overwhelmed? with Darcy Hutchins and Mai Xi Lee

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June 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Latest BAM! Show Provides Advice For New Teachers


In my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show, educators Val Brown and Julia Thompson share the best advice for new teachers, which will also be a topic of one of my future Education Week Teacher columns.

This is the last show for this school year. I’ll be starting-up again in September.

In the meantime, however, you can listen to well over fifty previous shows I’ve done over the past year-and-a-half. One thing I will be doing over the next month or two is create a linkable list, with descriptions, to all of them.

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June 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My New BAM! Show Is About Teachers Maintaining A Healthy Home/Work Balance


In my newest BAM! Radio Show, Debbie Silver and I have a ten minute conversation about how teachers can balance and maintain both an effective professional life AND a healthy personal/family life.

It’s an upcoming topic in my Education Week Teacher column.

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May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My New BAM! Show Is On How To Encourage Other Teachers – & Ourselves – To Be Open To Change


My latest BAM! Radio Show is on how to encourage other teachers — and ourselves — to be more open to change.

Educators Sally Zepeda, Bill Sterrett, Pete Hall and I have a ten minute conversation on the topic, which will also be a focus of my Education Week Teacher column next month.

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May 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Check Out My Interview With Sonia Nieto & Alicia Lopez On Teaching ELLs


Well-known multicultural studies pioneer Sonia Nieto and her daughter, Alicia Lopez (an accomplished teacher of English Language Learners in her own right), are guests in my latest BAM! Radio Show.

We discuss how teachers can encourage their colleagues to support ELLs in the classroom.

Sonia and Alicia have also written a piece for one of my upcoming Education Week Teacher columns.

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May 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Best Ways Teachers Can Encourage Support for ELLs” Is Topic Of My New BAM! Show


The Three Best Ways Teachers Can Encourage Support for English Language Learners is the title of my latest BAM! Radio Show.

I chat with Jennifer Connors, Diane Staehr Fenner, and Sydney Snyder for ten minutes and, even though the title focuses on “teachers,” we spend most of the time discussing how administrators can help and support us in our work with ELLs in the classroom.

Check out my guests’ written commentaries in a future Education Week Teacher post.

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May 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Student Digital Portfolios Is Topic Of My Latest BAM! Radio Show


Teaching Strategies 2.0: What Is a Digital Portfolio? Why It Matters is the topic of my latest BAM! Radio Show.

You can listen to a ten-minute conversation I have with Rusul Alrubail and Michael Fisher on the topic, which will be a focus of one of my future Education Week Teacher columns.

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April 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“The Do’s and Don’t’s of Effective Professional Development” Is Focus Of My New BAM! Show

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Effective Professional Development is the title of my latest BAM! Radio Show.

Rick Wormeli and I have a ten-minute conversation on the topic. Rick has also contributed a major written commentary about professional development that will appear in my Education Week Teacher column next month.


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