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ISBN-13: 978-1596671812 ISBN-10: 1596671815 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596671815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596671812
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I teach English, Social Studies and International Baccalaureate classes to English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.

I've written six books:Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching; Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies For Student Motivation; The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges; English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work; and Building Parent Engagement In Schools (with co-author Lorie Hammond).

I've won several awards, including the Leadership For A Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation and was the Grand Prize Winner of the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading.

I write a popular education blog at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ , a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week Teacher and a weekly post for The New York Times. My articles on education policy regularly appear in the Washington Post and the Huffington Post. In addition, my articles have appeared in publications such as ASCD Educational Leadership, Social Policy, and Language Magazine.

I was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a public school teacher.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Norton on June 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Confession: I'm a Larry Ferlazzo follower. Not a disciple, because Larry isn't much into that, but a follower who's read most of his essays and books on good teaching practice, including several I edited for the Education Week Teacher website. I've also interviewed Larry for a blog I help with. I've had dinner with Larry and his wife and fascinating conversation ensued. I loved his earlier book on parent engagement. So that's my transparency.

Here's the thing about Larry: He doesn't just get outside the box, he turns it INSIDE OUT. This excellent book is a good example. There are 100s of motivational books and articles you could buy and read, and when you boil most of them down, they're about external motivators -- rewards, guilt, atta-boy/girl strategies. They may work for a small number of students but they're not very sticky. Very few advice-givers take Larry's approach to motivation, with the teacher or advisor acting in ways that promote and nurture INTRINSIC motivation, the kind that begins to hang out in the adolescent brain/heart and eventually takes up full-time residency. Yes, it takes more effort on the part of the teacher/advisor -- but it's not wasted effort, like so many other approaches turn out to be.

In his hugely popular blog for educators, Larry is famous for his "How Do You..." posts (if you don't know about that blog, set aside a few hours to visit [...]). "Helping Students Motivate Themselves" uses the same how-to approach. It has two parts, Classroom Culture and Classroom Instruction, populated by 13 practical chapters presented as Questions, with specific, action-oriented answers. Take Question 5: "How do you help students see problems as opportunities, not frustrations?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bowen on January 24, 2014
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As a veteran teacher and author of, Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom, building relationships with kids is my stock-in-trade. It is how I survive the day with the coming-of-age-crew. Larry Ferlazzo's book is a great way to do just that. This is a well written classroom resource that gives some real insights and tangible lesson ideas to help kids become authentic learners and take true ownership of their educational careers. I applaud Mr. Ferlazzo's book and his genuine love of kids. Giving a child's education sort of back to themselves is the best way to build a closer and more effective community of learners.
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I'm reading this as part of an online class through Heritage Institute. Wow! This is great stuff . As teachers we spend a lot of time trying to motivate our students. We do all the work. This book shows how to put that responsibility back on the students to motivate themselves and teaches them how to do that. It goes on to talk about Higher Level Thinking, games and technology. It's easy to read and has good lesson plans as well as online links. I wish I had read it years ago.
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