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Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

Welcome to Field Notes. I’ve named this blog to emphasize the idea that just about everything in my books is someone else’s brilliant idea. My idea was just to write it down. I like the role of the observer and think there’s a lot of power in it. Think about it—there isn’t a problem in teaching or learning that someone somewhere hasn’t solved. We just need to find them and take some field notes. So, join me here for discussion and observations related to Teach Like a Champion, Practice Perfect, and whatever else fits under the banner of teaching and practice.


08.26.14 Introducing the Teach Like a Champion 2.0 Cover Models

Teach Like a Champion 2.0  is a done deal. Once a book has a cover there’s no going back and you can see the new cover at left.  Consider this its official unveiling. I thought I’d use the occasion to introduce you to the two incredible teachers who appear on the cover. They are Bryan Belanger…


08.22.14 Video Post: On Giving a Consequence with Humanity

At a recent workshop, I asked participants: “How many people in the room have given a consequence and had it make the behavior you were trying to stop get worse?” Then I asked: “How many people in the room have given a consequence and had it have no effect on the behavior you were trying to…


08.22.14 Re-Post: A Teacher’s Review of The Giver

The film version of the Giver is out in theaters near you.  To mark its release I thought I’d re-post my own review… of the book… as a teaching tool. Reviews of the movie version are mediocre but as a book it’s–to my eyes–a work of significance and ideal for teaching.  Go to see the movie…


08.21.14 The Giver Giveth and the Giver Taketh Away

A few weeks ago a transatlantic flight finally caused me to watch Saving Mr. Banks the story of how Walt Disney won P.L Travers’ trust and warmed her cold, cold heart just enough to get her to gift the ages with a Disney version of her book Mary Poppins. Decent movie, Saving Mr. Banks. I f…


08.19.14 Hochman’s ‘But, Because, So’ Sentence Expansion Activity

Been reading through Judith Hochman’s Teaching Basic Writing Skills. Very compelling!  In it, she describes the power of writing as the most rigorous and challenging skill to learn, and wisely advises intense, consistent intentionality in teaching it- that is, not just having kids ‘write a lot’ but having them learn to create the basic forms of…