Monday, June 10, 2013

Wednesday Interview - Teaching for Self-Driven Learning with Larry Ferlazzo

Join me today, Wednesday, June 12th, for a live and interactive conversation with returning guest Larry Ferlazzo. Larry will talk about his newest book, Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation.

From the publisher: "In this lively, research-based book, award-winning educator Larry Ferlazzo tackles everyday classroom challenges with creative instructional techniques to help middle- and high-school teachers develop self-motivated and high-achieving students. The practical tips, online resources, and mini-lessons in this book encourage students to take charge of their own learning, boosting their success in and outside of the classroom. Detailed lesson plans in every chapter align with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards and cover a variety of valuable skills, including personal responsibility and perseverance, social and emotional learning, standardized test-taking strategies, and much more!"
"I appreciate Ferlazzo's practical, well-organized, and research-based approach to this book. Reading it felt like a friendly tour through a toolbox of techniques teachers (and educators of all sorts) can apply and experiment with. I am left with practical suggestions I can put to use today to encourage intrinsic motivation in students of all ages." —Winifred Kehl, Blogger, Getting Smart
"Ferlazzo's book offers many valuable strategies to guide teachers to help students feel more positive about the learning process. Larry's book is filled with lesson plans that are so easy to adapt and personalize to one's teaching situation. It is a book that I highly recommend for all teachers. It should be a must read for all teachers in inclusion classrooms." —Elizabeth Stein, Teacher and New-Teacher Mentor, Smithtown Central School District 
Date: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and an audio mp3 recording is at and at

Larry Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written three previous books, Helping Students Motivate ThemselvesBuilding Parent Engagement In Schools (with co-author Lorie Hammond) and English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work.

He writes a popular education blog at, and has won numerous awards, including the Leadership For A Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation. He also was the Grand Prize Winner of the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading and was given The Education Partnership Award by the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento.

His articles on education issues appear regularly in the Washington PostTeacher Magazine and The Huffington Post. In addition, his work has appeared in The New York TimesEducational LeadershipSocial Policy, and Language Magazine.

Larry was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a public school teacher. He is married and has three children and two grandchildren.

Related Interviews:

Jun 14, 2011: Larry Ferlazzo on Helping Students Motivate Themselves
Apr 21, 2010: Larry Ferlazzo on English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work
Feb 21, 2012: Maurice Gibbons on Self-Directed Learning

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