Classroom Q and A

Classroom Q and A

An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: In this show Larry pursues practical answers To Classroom challenges.


February 7, 2022 11 mins

The ranks of English language learners continue to expand rapidly. Some have no proficiency with the language, but many are intermediate English skills. In this episode, we explore strategies that are well suited for ELLs who have more developed English fluency.

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Luisana Gonz...

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The middle school classroom is so unpredictable. In this episode, our guests share what they’ve learned works when teaching middle school students and what doesn’t. Join us for a discussion about what middle schoolers need and what qualities make middle school teachers effective.

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Serena Pariser has twelve years of ...

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We all know that arts and crafts can just be enjoyable busy work or a tremendous way to activate student learning. In this episode, we explore practical ways to use arts and crafts more effectively.

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Jerilou J. Moore, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at the University of Mississippi School of Education, has taught art classes for teachers.  S...

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New and veteran teachers generally agree that performance observations are just slightly more appealing than a root canal. In this episode, we invite a panel of teachers and administrators to explore ways to make the practice more productive and less distressing?

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Dr. Elvis Epp...

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We are still struggling to come to grips with American slavery and now the heightened dissonance around the topic has spilled into our classrooms. In this episode, we talk about the challenges of teaching about slavery and how to navigate them with integrity, transparency, and efficacy.

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Keturah Proct...

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Art has the ability to be a powerful tool for engaging, differentiating, and humanizing virtually any subject. Join us as we cover several practical strategies for using art effectively in any classroom.

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Keisha Rembert is a passionate learner and fierce equity advocate. She is an award-winning educator who taug...

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In this episode, we talk about the small ways we can adapt the way we teach that can have a big impact on students and their learning. We close by looking at the barriers to making these minute changes.

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Holly Spinelli is a students’ rights activist with specific focuses in alternative, strengths-based...

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It’s hard to believe that we’re still talking about pandemic learning, but here we are. So how much of what we learned are we actually applying as we head back to school this year?

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Dr. Robert S. Harvey is an educator and writer, faith leader, community connector, child advocate, and public scholar. Dra...

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Most of us have never faced a pandemic on this scale, so there was much to learn and we did.  Of course, there were mistakes made and some that seem so obvious in the rearview mirror. In this episode, we take a candid look at what we missed and why?

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Altagracia (Grace) H. Delgado has been...

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As we gear up for another round of pandemic teaching and learning, we zero in on what will be needed to support students who learn differently.

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Dr. Ann H. Lê is a published author in a variety of educational journals and textbook chapters, as well as a guest speaker...

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In this episode, I check in with four teachers on their expectations and plans for the new school year. What developments, challenges, and silver linings do you see ahead? What do you now feel is more important and what matters less?

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Keisha Rembert is a passionate learner and fierce eq...

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Questioning is an essential part of any classroom. Often, teachers are the ones asking the questions and student questions are simple and basic. In this episode, we talk about strategies to encourage students to ask deeper more higher-order questions.

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Mary Beth Nicklaus is a language arts teacher and reading specialist for Wisconsin R...

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We’ve become more effective teachers by leaving isolation behind. Support when we’re struggling, professional development, improved well-being, and inspiration to do better are among the benefits of reaching out to other teachers for help. In this episode, we discuss specific ways to find and reach out to other educators.

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There is no shortage of opinions, suggestions, and advice on how to teach. What sources do you most and least trust for teaching advice?

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Andrew Sharos is a current administrator and teacher who lives in Chicago. He is the founder and CEO of the Village Project Consulting Group, which provides pr...

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For those teachers struggling with gender-neutral terms and wondering how to appropriately support LGBTQ students, this episode provides some much-needed insight and guidance.

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Silvina Jover is an English-Spanish Social Studies educator at the secondary school level. Born in Argentina and raised in Uruguay, Silvina arriv...

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We all know the many shortcomings of one-size-fits-all approaches to assessing student learning. In this episode, we focus on effective strategies for assessing English language learners. What works, what doesn’t?

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Cindy Garcia serves as the district-wide instructional specialist for Bilingual/ESL ...

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There is no shortage of advice for teaching and teachers. Among the recommendations, some are duds, some are cliches, and some are invaluable gems. In the episode, we discuss the best teaching advice we’ve received in our careers.

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Emily Golightly has taught for the past 17 years in NC, se...

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How do we teach critical thinking when reason, evidence, and logic are increasingly displaced with an unwillingness to examine facts that conflict with our strongly-held beliefs.

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Dara Laws Savage is a 26-year educator from the great state of Delaware. She has served on numerous local, regional, and ...

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Join us for a discussion about how to make primary sources more engaging and relevant starting with a list of dos and don’ts.

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Sarah Cooper teaches eighth-grade U.S. history and is Dean of Studies at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada. She is the author of Making History Mine. Kev...

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The ranks of English language learners will likely expand under the new administration in Washington D.C. In this episode, we explore in-person and remote strategies for teaching newcomers to the country and our classrooms.

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Luiza Palacio has been a Spanish and an ESL teacher for 19 years. She holds a...

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