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11.29.16 A ‘Cognitive Science Reading List’ for Coaches [Updated]

I’m down in Florida today doing a workshop on teaching for top soccer coaches as part of US Soccer’s Academy Directors course. We’re going to be talking about feedback, Checking for Understanding and learning design but I’m also going to share my list of best books for coaches from the world of cognitive science as well. …


11.24.16 Check for Understanding: Courtney Huber’s ‘Master Clip’ Shows How

This week in our video review meetings we cut a master clip of Courtney Huber, a fourth grade teacher at North Star Academy’s Vailsburg Elementary School in Newark.  We call it a master clip because it is a case study in the use of all the parts of Checking for Understanding woven together.  It starts as…


11.18.16 How Katy Mills Uses Cold Call to Build Engagement and Rigor

Katy Mills is the Team Leader for English at Westbourne Academy in Ipswich (UK). She recently shared some video that she shot from her classroom. Mostly, she was looking for feedback, but in watching it I found myself really impressed, so I asked Katy if she’d be willing to share some examples of her teaching.  …


11.17.16 A Great Example of the PIPP–Private Individual Precise Praise–from Chile

One of our favorite classroom moves is the PIPP…Positive Individual Precise Praise, a name that has to make the final four of unwieldy names. The origin of this name came was that it comes from the Private Individual Correction (PIC). The idea is that if you have to correct a student on their behavior or effort during a lesson,…