Review: Rules for Radicals by Larry Ferlazzo
Larry Ferlazzo and Rules for Radicals make the timely, challenging, dynamic and the totally unique part of the classroom. By following Ferlazzo’s Rules for Radicals, teachers can get students’ attention, stay true to their own teaching style and most importantly, leave a great impression on their students – without changing anything about your own teaching style.
Do you think you would be a more effective teacher if you let someone else give you guidance?
We need to build our students’ identity from the inside out and listening to Ferlazzo helps us to do this. He understands how difficult it is to communicate with students. To help teachers and students communicate effectively, Ferlazzo describes a “narrative signature” that is the way he makes sense of the messages, how he shows them, how he fills students in. By writing what he means for those purposes, teachers will be more honest with their students.
As a teacher for many years, Ferlazzo has wanted to share this information with those in whom he has greatest respect. Rules for Radicals was written by a young man (60) who suffers from ADHD and Mr. Ferlazzo has had the opportunity to train and become more like Larry. The target market for the book is educators, and the success of the first two editions of Rules for Radicals tells us why.
Ferlazzo has been in the class room for quite some time, and based on the acceptance of his theory and the first edition of Rules for Radicals he has confidence that Rules for Radicals is going to be one of the most successful books of the year and to recommend it in regard to this can be stated with great confidence.
Students and teachers can be prepared with these rules. Ferlazzo has many of them, but he has quite a few sets of rules to help a teacher structure and track the progress of each lesson. Commonly referred to as a rubric, the Rules for Radicals is found on the first and second editions of Rules for Radicals. According to Ferlazzo, this is not a rubric that students must create, but a solution to what he calls his “crisis point.” Using the rules, the teacher can use a more efficient way of breaking the lesson down. Each time a lesson is broken down in this manner, the lesson can be successfully delivered by the teacher. Rules for Radicals is not a final statement. Ferlazzo is seeking a community to share his wisdom, so he is reaching out to readers who have good ideas that can be implemented in the classroom.
Rules for Radicals teaches all necessary learning skills that are present for children of the “middle”. Five lesson themes are presented: empathy, logic, excellence, friendship and social understanding. Some examples are allowing facts and interesting stories to unify an understanding of the concept, understanding that people are good and better people can be made to be better, identifying standards and other concepts, completing a task or helping someone to complete a task, remaining calm and aware of an incident that may become repeated. Rules for Radicals offers daily ideas to keep teachers up to date on crucial topics.
Looking at Rules for Radicals as a whole, teachers can find that this book offers good general education and the knowledge that helps them teach Math, Latin, English and Science. Following Ferlazzo’s Rules for Radicals will make students better. What better time to become a Radicals teacher?