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06.24.16 Competence and Trust, Part II–A Guest Post From Dan Cotton

This is the second of three posts by my colleague Dan Cotton that’s based on a series of conversations we’ve had about the nature of relationships in the classroom.  The first post appears here.   Dan writes: Consider this brief moment from outstanding high school English teacher Beth Verrilli’s classroom: Her students are reading Macbeth. They’re…


06.21.16 Competence and Trust, Part 1–A Guest Post from Dan Cotton

My colleague Dan Cotton and I have been talking on and off for much of this year about relationships and classrooms- both the importance of relationships but also some of the more surprising aspects.  Dan’s written a series of thoughtful reflections that I’m going to post–and respond to–over the coming days. Here’s his first: Trust is…


06.21.16 Tracking, Not Watching: A Field Guide 2.0 Excerpt

One of the most important skills for any teacher or coach is observing during independent practice. It’s one of the keys to Checking for Understanding. Joaquin Hernandez, Jen Kim and I put some new framing on this critical topic in the 2.0 version of the Teach Like a Champion Field Guide, which comes out in September. …


06.20.16 Omaha: A Guest Post by Peter D. Ford on Audibles and Flexibility in Teaching

Peter Ford is finishing his 21st year as a teacher.  He’s taught at a variety of district and charter schools in Los Angeles — enough to have “at least 5 former students who claim me as ‘dad’ and 3 others as ‘grandad.’ He currently teaches 8th grade mathematics (and Algebra 1) at Century Community Charter School in…


06.15.16 My Reading Reconsidered Interview with Bob Barrett on WAMC

In case you missed it, I recently did a radio interview with Bob Barrett of To The Best of Our Knowledge on my local NPR affiliate, WAMC in Albany.  Really nice to have a long (25 mins) in depth conversation with a jounralist who’s read the book and thought about it. Thought some readers might enjoy…