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05.22.15 Coaching to Develop Players vs Coaching to Win: Some Examples

It’s a big soccer weekend coming up here in the US and that, plus some recent conversations about the teaching implicit in coaching, prompted me to try to write a bit about the difference between coaching to develop kids and coaching to win. For coaches, the goal, unless you coach both at the elite level and…


05.22.15 TLaC 2.0 Excerpt: Double Planning

The following is taken from chapter 4 of Teach Like a Champion 2.0.  It’s one of my favorite sections of the new book. It’s natural for teachers to write lessons that focus on what they will be doing: which key points they will cover, questions they will ask, activities they will facilitate, work they will assign,…


05.21.15 US Soccer sets out to Control for ‘Relative Age’ in Identifying Players

Several years ago I got to watch U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore run a training and identification session for promising U14 boys near Boston.  The session was impeccably well-designed, and I have often reflected on how much I learned.  At the end of the session, though, the boys were scrimmaging and Tony graciously spent…


05.21.15 Rue Ratray Guest Post: On Rigor, Frustration & the Monomyth

Rue Ratray is one of my heroes. He’s an amazing and inspirational teacher (and now teacher coach) in Lawrence, MA.  I recently asked him to write an occasional guest blog for Field Notes.  This is his latest, on the topic of Rigor and Frustration.  Great ideas throughout for teaching reading, especially. I don’t think anyone reading…


05.20.15 From Reading Reconsidered: On Teaching Vocabulary

Another excerpt coming at you from the throes of finalizing Reading Reconsidered.  This excerpt is on our two-pronged approach to Vocabulary.  Read below, and if you like what you read, please come join us to learn (and teach us!) more about Vocabulary at our June 1st Vocabulary Workshop in Albany, NY.   To command words is to master both…