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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.


07.30.14 On Teachers and the Advice They Get

Teachers   are drowning in advice.  Most of the time teachers are tasked with executing ideas and directives that come from people who don’t actually teach every day. Perhaps as a result, many of those ideas and directives are disconnected from the endemic problems that shape their daily work. This tends to exacerbate the wide range of…


07.29.14 TLaC 2.0 Excerpt: On Building Stamina

Our Grab And Go resource is about handy phrases you can use to build stamina in student writing. I hope it will be useful in helping teachers do what I think is one of the the most rigorous things they can do in the class room–ask students to write more. Posting materials on Building Stamina made…


07.28.14 Letter from Nanango

Jillian Robinson is a Pedagogy Coach in Australia, working with teachers regionally out of the Nanango State School in Queensland about two hours from Brisbane.  She and her colleague Lyal GIles, who’s Principal of Nanago State School, came all the way from Nanango to one of our workshops in New York and then flew back home…


07.08.14 On Managing the Attentiveness of Players in Practice: Another Video of Khris Clemens

Last week I posted a video of soccer coach Khris Clemens using correction instead of critique to help his players improve.  Today I’d like to share another clip from Khris’ practice–this one highlighting an important but easily overlooked topic in coaching (and teaching)–maintaining attention. Watching players attend (or not attend) to a coach often reminds me…


07.04.14 A Primer on Positive Reinforcement (aka Precise Praise)

This post is going to be short but useful. For workshops, we take sections of Teach Like a Champion and one-page-er-ize them.  Here’s a link to the one-pager we use for Precise Praise–handy all summer (and fall) I hope: for classrooms, coaching, camps and, I keep finding, parenting generally. Precise Praise Technique Notes