Archive for August 21st, 2011


Questions to Ask Yourself

August 21, 2011

Larry Ferlazzo’s poses questions to ask yourself

Larry Ferlazzo teaches English and social studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento. He has published three books and writes a popular resource-sharing blog for teachers.

Here we are at the start of a new school year and I haven’t had one single “teacher dream” yet. While teaching, long about August 1st, I’d begin to have the dreams and ask myself some difficult questions about teaching. I was surprised when I found this blog post written by Larry Ferlazzo that is called: Five Questions That Will Improve Your Teaching.

The questions:

  1. Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer to the person with whom I am communicating—or will it push me further away?
  2. Is what I am doing (or about to do) going to connect to the student’s self-interest?
  3. Who’s doing the work?
  4. Is what I’m doing connected to higher-order thinking?
  5. Am I using ‘whole-class processing’ strategies?

Some of these questions aren’t his own but perhaps you’d like to think more deeply about them and read the entire blog post with Larry’s thoughts and beliefs. If so please click here.

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