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Q & A Collections: Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

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 three years. You can see those collections from the first two years here.

I'm alternating those posts with interviews I'm doing with authors about their new education books.   So far this summer, I've interviewed:

'There Are So Many Inspirational Teachers Out There': An Interview With Meenoo Rami

'Collaboration Is Crucial': An Interview With Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City schools, & co-author Laura Kotch

'A More Beautiful Question': An Interview With Warren Berger

Teaching Without Connecting Is 'Futile': An Interview With Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker

'Myths & Lies' That Threaten Our Schools: An Interview With David Berliner & Gene Glass


Today's theme is on the best ways to begin and end the school year. Previous themes have been:

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

Teaching Reading and Writing

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching Social Studies

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 [email protected].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.

Also, you can listen to ten minute interviews I've done with contributors to this column at my BAM! Radio Show.

Lastly, remember that you can subscribe and receive updates from this blog via email or RSS Reader.

And, now, following an excerpt from one of those posts, here's a list of all my columns related to the best ways to begin and end the school year:

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From 2013/14

"A Good Beginning is More Than Half of the Whole"

Author/educators Joanne Rooney, Harry and Rosemary Wong, and Peggy Campbell-Rush provide their suggestions on how to start a new school year well.

Ways To Start Off The New Year On A Positive Note

This post is a special guest response from author and educator Julia Thompson.

From 2012/13

1. Several Ways to Get the New Year Off to a Good Start -- Part One

Two of the best thinkers and writers on education issues today, Rick Wormeli and Roxanna Elden, respond to this issue.

2. Several Ways Teachers & Parents Can Start The New Year Well -- Part Two

Teachers Neil Wetherbee, Marsha Ratzel,Jessica Lahey, and Robyn Shulman share their suggestions.

3. Don't Wait Until Christmas To Smile

Author/educators Annette Breaux and Neila A. Connors contribute their thoughts.

4. Ways to Use Class Time During the Last Two Weeks Of School

This post offers suggestions from two exceptional teacher authors: Roxanna Elden and Donalyn Miller.

5. Ideas for the Last Two Weeks of School -- Part Two

This piece includes responses from three great educators: Chris Wejr, Alice Mercer and Bill Ivey.


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

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