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Q & A Collections: Teaching Reading & Writing

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I'll begin posting new questions and answers in late August, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past two years. You can see those collections from the first year here.


Today's theme is on teaching reading and writing. Previous themes have been:

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

I'll be spending the summer organizing questions and answers for the next school year, and there is always room for more!

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send it in, let me know if I can use your real name if it's selected or if you'd prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a variety of education publishers.

And, now, here's a list of all my posts related to related to teaching reading and writing:

From 2012/13

1. Many Ways English Teachers Can Improve Their Craft

Author/educators Penny Kittle and Carol Jago have contribute their responses.

2. "Ten Elements Of Effective Instruction"

This post includes pieces from Jim Burke and David B. Cohen, as well as comments from readers.

3. Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary

Several educator/authors - Marilee Sprenger; Jane Hill and Kirsten Miller; and Maria Gonzalez - provide guest responses.

4. Celebrating our Students' Good Writing

This post shares guest responses from three educators: Mary Tedrow, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.

5. Helping Our Students Become Better Writers, Part Two

Three educators -- Aimee Buckner, Carolyn Coman and Tanya Baker -- contribute their ideas here.

6. Helping Boys Become Stronger Writers

Educator and author Ralph Fletcher shares his ideas on how we can specifically help boys become stronger writers.

7. A "Napkin Curriculum For Writing"

Author and teacher Barry Lane provides his perspective in this post.

8. Teaching Writing by Respecting Student Ideas

Teachers Renee Moore and Ray Salazar share their contributions, and I add in my suggestions.


From 2011/12

1. Ways To Help Our Students Become Better Readers

Stephen Krashen and Richard Allington share their ideas on helping students develop a love for reading.

2. More Ways to Help Our Students Become Better Readers - Choice & Access

Teacher/Authors Regie Routman, Laura Robb, and Kylene Beers contribute their thoughts in this installment of the reading series.

3. Ways to Help Our Students Become Better Readers - Part Two

Nancie Atwell and Cris Tovani sent-in their responses for this post.

4.Ways to Help Our Students Become Better Readers - Part Four

This post featured recommendations from Kelly Young (my mentor), Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and Carol Jago.

5. Advice From The "Book Whisperer," Ed Week Readers & Me About Teaching Reading

Donalyn Miller, the "Book Whisperer," my colleague Dana Dusbiber, and several readers contributed here. I shared my own suggestions, too.

I hope you've found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

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