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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.

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.
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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.




Knowing When to Say Yes and When to Say No to Education Technology

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. Follow on Twitter: @Ajay460 @irina_mcgrath @michelleshory @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork Irina V. McGrath, Ph.D. is a District Instructional Coach and Google Certified Trainer in Jefferson County Public School (JCPS), KY. She is also a co-director of the Louisville Writing Project (LWP) and the...


How to Better Align Grading with the Way Students Really Learn

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. @educatoral @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork 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 for the past 25 years.


The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Student Engagement

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? Follow on Twitter: @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @Scortez7178 @cathypetreebeck @kdyer13 Cathy Beck is currently the Superintendent of Cheatham County Schools in Middle Tennessee. She is the author of Easy and Effective Professional Development, and Leading Learning for ELL Students. Kathy Dyer is Manager of Innovation and Learning...


As a Teacher, Why Should I Make Student Agency a Priority

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. Follow on Twitter: @klrembert @SarahOttow @lmeduconsulting @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork Keisha Rembert is a passionate learner who is social justice and equity-focused always. She has taught middle school ELA and United States History and now teaches...


How Can Students Write for ‘Authentic’ Audiences? and What Difference Does It Make?

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. @KSchulten @mrskellylove @tmce0419 @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork Katherine Schulten was editor-in-chief of The New York Times Learning Network from 2006-2018. (She is still a contributing editor there part-time, but is also working on...


Lessons Learned About Power Struggles in the Classroom

Classroom management can be a challenge, especially if you are just starting out and uncertain of the power struggles that can emerge. Today’s guests share their mistakes of dos and definite don’ts. @larryferlazzo @ritaplatt @tweenteacher @bamradionetwork Gabriella Corales obtained her Bachelors in English and Communication Studies from Texas State University and her Masters in Education from Stanford University and is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Teaching...


In My Classroom, I Don't See Color, I Don't See Race. What's the Problem?

If you don' see race what do you see? How did striving to be colorblind become a disservice to students of color and an indicator of racism? In this confusing and evolving milieu, what is a white teacher to do? Follow on Twitter: @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @terrinwatson @ChrisEmdin @ShannonRWaite5 Shannon R. Waite, EdD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy Division in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. She...


Reading Logs: What Works, What Does Not?

Reading logs are a well-worn tool for supporting reading instruction but do they work? What are the best ways to encourage reading and hold students accountable? @larryferlazzo @bethiej1027 @MBethNicklaus @Bamradionetwork Beth Jarzabek is a middle school teacher in Western Massachusetts who is lucky to explore books with 7th and 8th grade students in her Language Arts Lab classes and facilitates the creation of brilliant projects in her Genius Hour classes. Mary Beth Nicklaus is a...


What Is the Appropriate Role of Phonics In Reading Instruction Today?

There are strong opinions on phonics among educators today. Has phonics received a bad rap? Join us for a second look at the appropriate role of phonics in teaching reading. @larryferlazzo @CaseySchultz24 @Bamradionetwork Casey Schultz was the lead writer and designer of the EL Education K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block ( and partnered with LearnZillion to transform the full K-5 EL Education ELA curriculum into the LearnZillion digital platform....


The Mistakes We Made In Teaching Math and What We Learned

In this episode, we look at the epic mistakes we've made in teaching math and what we learned along the way. @larryferlazzo @EScillieri @bbrady_brady @JMKotchEdD @Bamradionetwork Beth Brady is a math interventionist in Northampton, Massachusetts. In her 26 year tenure in Northampton, she has taught first and second grades and currently works with the district's elementary teachers to incorporate Math Recovery into the mathematics curriculum as the district's Math Recovery...


Co-Teaching Strategies that Work for Teachers and Students

Co-teaching can be an extraordinarily effective instructional model when all of the elements align. Join us for a discussion about what works and what doesn't. @larryferlazzo @ElizabethLStein @JennyVo15 @Bamradionetwork Elizabeth Stein is a special education and Universal Design for Learning instructional coach and consultant. She is the author of Two Teachers in the Room: Strategies for Co-Teaching Success (Routledge). Jenny Vo earned her BA in English from Rice University and her...


Avoiding the Biggest Mistakes School Administrators Make

We've all made mistakes in our teaching practice and most of us are eager to learn from them and move on. We know school administrators also miss the mark at times. In this episode, we look at leadership mistakes and how to avoid them. Anne Vilen is Senior Writer and Project Manager for EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) and co-author (with Ron Berger & Libby Woodfin) of Learning that Lasts: Challenging, Engaging, and Empowering Students with Deeper Instruction. Previously,...


Five Keys to Successful Student Small Group Work

Collaborating in small groups is a classroom practice that students often say they hate and love. What are the keys to making student collaboration productive and enjoyable? @larryferlazzo @teachermojo @KarenGoeller1 @JillLKester @Bamradionetwork Jill Kester has over 25 years’ experience in TESOL. In her 12-year tenure as an ESOL teacher in Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia, she served as department leader, coaching and mentoring new teachers. As Senior Associate at SupportEd,...


How Trauma Affects Students: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

Many students come to school traumatized by various kinds of past and ongoing experiences in their lives. How can teachers identify and teach students who have been through traumatic events @larryferlazzo cwolfeiowa @ritaplatt @Bamradionetwork Dr. Christy Wolfe is an assistant professor in the Education Department at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law (JD) and the Graduate College (PhD). Rita Platt is a Nationally Board Certified...


What Makes a Game an Effective Learning Activity Versus a Time Waster?

Games can be an effective learning tool, but they can also be a fruitless waste of classroom time. How can we identify the best games for learning? @larryferlazzo @eschildge @fisher1000 @Bamradionetwork Nationally Board Certified Teacher in English as a New Language (EAYA ENL) with 20 years of combined experience teaching ESL and foreign language, advocates on educational issues related to English learners (ELs) and develops training on how to best educate ELs for NYSUT's Education &...


Understanding the Challenges Native Americans Face in Public Schools

Our guests tell us that in the eyes of many Americans, Native Americans no longer exist. in this episode, we take a look at the challenges Native Americans face in our public school. @larryferlazzo @Bamradionetwork Mandy Smoker Broaddus is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. She works for Education Northwest as a practice expert in Indian education and previously served as the Director of Indian education for the state of Montana.Gregg...


Finding the Right Tech Tools for Teaching Social Studies

In this episode, we look at the best education technology tools for teaching social studies and how to use them. @larryferlazzo @kdyer13 @kenhalla @sarahjcooper01 @Bamradionetwork Sarah Cooper teaches eighth-grade U.S. history and is dean of studies at Flintridge Preparatory School, a 7-12 independent school near Los Angeles. She is the author of Making History Mine: Meaningful Connections for Grades 5-9 and also writes frequently for MiddleWeb's Future of History blog. Ken Halla is...


Students Evaluating Teachers: A Good Idea?

The pros and cons of encouraging students to evaluate teachers in K-12. What can we learn? What to avoid. @larryferlazzo @kdyer13 @DrYemiS @RoxannaElden @Bamradionetwork Kathy Dyer is currently the Learning and Innovation Manager at NWEA and a long-time believer that quality learning occurs when we learn with, from and for others. Roxanna Elden is the author of See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers. And the creator of the New Teacher Disillusionment Power Pack. Adeyemi...


Effective Technology Tools and Tips for Teaching English

Join us for a discussion on practical tech tools and tips for using them to teach English. @larryferlazzo @JCasaTodd @JennyVo15 @Bamradionetwork Jenny Vo earned her BA in English from Rice University and her M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. She has spent all her 23 years in education working with English Learners and currently serves as an ESL ISST in Katy ISD in Katy, Texas. Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian in Ontario Canada, a former...


8 Tips for Integrating Writing into Social Studies Classes

Our guests share practical advice on the best ways to introduce writing into socials studies lessons. @larryferlazzo @misteralvord @StanPesick @dawnjmitchell @Bamradionetwork Dawn Mitchell is a consultant with the Spartanburg Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project housed at USC Upsate, an adjunct instructor with the education depts. at Furman University. Rachel Johnson is a middle school teacher in South Carolina. She teaches social studies. Stan Pesick...