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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

02.04.16 On Control the Game and the Culture of Reading

We’re in Albany today with 150 or so educators from around the country talking reading. We spent a bit of time this morning talking about a video that I love—it’s of Maggie Johnson doing Control the Game reading of a key excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird with her 8th graders. This is one of my favorite…


02.03.16 More on the Unheralded but Highly Effective Technique #10: Own and Track

During a recent lesson, Vicki Hernandez, an 8th grade biology teacher at Troy Prep in Troy, NY, asked her students to answer this question about cell respiration: Certain poisons are toxic to organisms because they interfere with the function of enzymes in the mitochondria. This results directly in the inability of the cell to… A) Store…


02.02.16 A Question About SLANT

A colleague in Blackpool, England, Stephen Tierney, recently wrote to pass along some questions that had come up in conversations about TLaC with his teachers.   They were all good questions and he’s shared most of them (and my answers) on his own blog here:.  But for one question I thought it would help if i shared…


01.25.16 On Praise: Carol Dweck and Beyond

I love Carol Dweck’s work and think Mindset should be required reading for educators, particularly as a guide to giving positive reinforcement to students.  To summarize briefly, she describes how important a growth rather than fixed mindset is to children in determining how much they learn.  If they love difficulty and challenge, if they say not,…