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Larry Ferlazzo’s Thoughts on Classroom Management

by Vicki Davis
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Today Larry Ferlazzo @larryferlazzo discusses classroom management. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, we're thinking about how we can all improve our classroom management skills. Larry shares tips from an “old pro” about how we can create a more successful classroom environment. (And a word on if it ever gets easier.)

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10-Minute Teacher Show Stitcher

In today's show, we'll discuss:

  • The first ingredient in successful classroom management
  • The important question we must ask ourselves about everything we do in the classroom
  • How to encourage intrinsic motivation
  • Something that happened in his classroom this week and how he handled it
  • Larry's feelings on if he's “arrived” or if teaching is still hard even when you're a “pro”

I hope you enjoy this episode with Larry!

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Full Bio

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Larry Ferlazzo has taught English Language Learner, mainstream, and International Baccalaureate classes at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, for thirteen years. He has written eight books on student motivation, classroom management, and English Language Learners.

He writes a popular resource sharing blog for teachers, a weekly advice column for Education Week Teacher, and contributes regular columns on education issues to The New York Times and The Washington Post. He also hosts a weekly BAM! radio show. Larry is an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis.

He was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a teacher. Lastly, a basketball team he plays for has come in last place every year since 2014, so he should not give up his day job for a career in sports.

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1 comment

Mark E March 31, 2017 - 9:49 am


Larry obviously has been in this a while and put a lot of thought into teaching.

Listening is so important but how much time is invested in teaching teachers how and why to listen? How much is this even discussed?

This is in the top #3 in my crazy ideas for redoing teacher training in my post this coming Monday.


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