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.... Show More

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Covid-19 has disrupted the best-laid district plans, school plans, and lesson plans of educators worldwide. As more schools, teachers, and students are upended by the rapid transition to online learning, what should our priorities be?
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County, Va. Her book, 10 Keys to Student Empowerment, features tools to unlock stu...
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In this episode, we look at examples of ways to make learning more relevant, engaging, and impactful by giving your students real-world problems to solve.

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Denise Krebs was previously the chief learner in her middle school classes at a small Catholic school in rural Iowa. She currently is the chief learner with her English language learnin...
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In this episode, we take a look for what qualities might make a great teacher by asking teachers about their favorite teachers.

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Elizabeth Villanueva is a passionate and committed teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, CA where she teaches 9th-12th grade Spanish. She leads an after-school l...
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Join us as we ask our guests to clarify the meaning of culturally responsive instruction and provide their best strategies for making culturally responsive instruction work in your classroom.

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Lisa Stringfellow has taught middle school English for over 24 years. In her work, she focuses on culturally...
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Reading and writing are synergistic when taught in tandem. Join us as we discuss instructional strategies for pairing the two.

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Author and Teacher, Laura Robb has written more than 25 books on literacy. She returns to the classroom for 3 to 4 months each year and has been awarded the 2016 Richard W. Halle Award by NCTE-- for outstandi...
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For years we were encouraged to be colorblind. As it turns out if we don’t see race we miss a whole constellation of things that are vital to teaching students.

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Ashley McCall serves as a 3rd grade bilingual English/Language Arts teacher at César Chávez Multicultural Arts Center on the south west side of Chicago and serves as a teacher repr...
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Our guests say that connecting our classroom lessons to current events makes learning more relevant, engaging, and meaningful to students. Join us as we look at the dos and don’t s for effectively teaching with current events.

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Kristen Koppers, NBCT, MA is a blogger, presenter, author, self-published author, and high school educator as well as an adjunct profe...
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Who are long term English language learners?  What contributes to their extend classification as ELLs? What unique needs do these students have and what strategies can we use to support them? Antoinette Perez has more than ten years of experience working with English Language Learners of all levels, including extensive experience with international and adult learners. She has worked in California and Georgia at schools with high pe...
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What are restorative practices? How do they differ from traditional school discipline? What is required to do restorative practices effectively?

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Dr. Sheila Wilson is a passionate educator who has been privileged to work with every level of learner: elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate during her three decades in educati...
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Writing and reading are interconnected.  In this episode, we explore teaching strategies that mutually support reading and writing instruction.

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Mary K. Tedrow, an award-winning high school English teacher, now serves as the Director of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project. Her book, Write, Think, Learn: Tapping the Power of Daily Stud...
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What makes a math lesson exceptional? What are the inputs and markers of a good outcome? In the episode, we ask teachers to share their best math lessons and unpack what made them so good.

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Avery M. Zachery graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education in 2009.  In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State Un...

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How does teaching and learning change when we shift our attention from student deficits to student assets?  What are the challenges? How do we surmount them?

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Carmen Nguyen is currently a Professional Development Specialist for ELs. Her passion for advocating for English learners and their families stems from my own experience...
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Instructional coaching can be a big asset or a stressful experience for teachers and coaches.  In this episode we look at how to make instructional coaching work  for teachers and coaches

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Carrie Johnson is a mathematics coach at Rose Park Elementary in Salt Lake City School District.  She began teaching in Salt Lake Ci...
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We've all taught good lessons and we've all taught bad lessons. What Makes a Good Social Studies Lesson? In this episode, we look at how to create a compelling and effective social studies lesson and offer some tips and strategies.

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Deborah Gatrell is National Board Certified Teacher and Utah...
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Join us as we try to better understand the difference between treating students fairly and treating students equally through practical examples of each.
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Dr. Julia Cloat is President of Via Educational Consulting and an Adjunct Professor at Northern Illinois University. Julia spent over 25 years serving in Public School Districts in rol...
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Education technology can be both an asset and a liability in the same classroom. In this segment, we ask teachers how they determine when to use education technology and when to pass.


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Irina V. McGrath, Ph.D. is a District Instructional Coach and Google Certified Trainer in Jefferson County Public School (JCPS), KY. She i...
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How can we refine the way we think about grading and implement grading with our students? Our guest offers a strategy that aligns the grading with the way students naturally learn.

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Al Gonzalez is a 6th grade Science Teacher working at Chimacum Middle School. He is an Early Adolescent Generalist National Board Certified Teacher who has been teaching kids in grades 4 through 8...
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What are the indicators and markers of authentic effective student engagement? Join us as we go down the list. How many are present in your classroom?

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Cathy Beck is currently the Superintendent of Cheatham County Schools in Middle Tennessee. She is the author of Easy and Effective Professional Development, and Leadi...
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Why does student agency matter anyway? In this episode, we'll explore the importance of student agency and why it matters more than ever in today's classroom. We'll close with useful tips that can provide a jumpstart for educators.


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Keisha Rembert is a passionate learner who is social justice and equity-focu...
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Writing just for a grade and achieving excellent grammar and context may not be the only benefit to writing for our classrooms. In this episode, we’ll find new ways that students can truly benefit from writing for an audience beyond the classroom.

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Katherine Schulten was editor-in-chief of The New York Times Learning Network from 2006-2018. (...
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