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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

09.02.15 Paul Goldschmidt’s Healthy Obsession with Technique

Got this note today from my colleague Rob Richard who’s a big baseball fan.  That said, even if you are not a baseball fan, this article on Paul Goldschmidt and how his focus on technique led to his incredible rate of growth is definitely worth reading… and maybe even passing along to students.   Doug-  …


09.01.15 Reflections from Our First Workshop for Deans of Students

Two weeks ago week my colleagues Erica Woolway, Hilary Lewis, and I led our first Uncommon-wide workshop for Deans of Students. We got together with 60 or so amazing folks from across the organization who play a lead role in shaping behavior and culture in our schools.  They inspired us and taught us, so I thought…


08.29.15 Some Lively Weekend “Teacher” Reading

Morning. Happy weekend. Thought I might take the liberty of passing along some thought-provoking ‘teacher’ reading to go along with your weekend coffee. 1) First this op-ed piece from Natalie Wexler in the NY Times. It does a nice job of questioning the knowledge-versus-skills myth. Knowledge and skills (like “problem solving’ ‘critical thinking”) are, to me,…


08.28.15 Could Strategic Choice Help Overcome the Mirage?

Last week I wrote a bit about TNTP’s Mirage report and the takeaways for those who care a great deal about whether (and why) teacher development really works. You can read more here and here, but the gist was that teacher development is most effective when it’s embedded in a school culture where teachers and leaders…


08.24.15 More About Juliana Worrell’s Amazing Coaching Video

Last week I posted about a video of Juliana Worrell coaching Ashley Roberts. There were a lot of remarkable things about the clip: yes, the great coaching Juliana provided, but even more compellingly (and importantly, I tried to say), a great culture of openness and teamwork between Juliana and Ashley. My primary takeaway from TNTP’s Mirage…