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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.


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12.18.14 Great Teaching: DIY Version

When I get asked to speak to audiences about teaching I try to make a couple of points: 1. The challenge is that we don’t have an achievement gap. We have achievement gaps: between children of privilege and the rest of our children, yes, but also between any school and the single best school; between our…


12.17.14 Teaching Quality: That’s the Word For It

I’m really glad that Teacher Quality has become the focus of so much of our discussion about making schools better, pretty much across all sectors and types of schools (and even across nations).  That’s pretty much as it should be: It’s pretty clear that quality of teaching is the thing that matters and the way to…


12.15.14 Some Cool & Useful Tools for CFU

One of the new techniques I describe in Teach Like a Champion 2.0, (due out in early January) is Show Me. It lives in one of the two chapters on Check for Understanding and describes ways that students can present data to teachers so they can quickly and efficiently scan to assess mastery during class. A…


12.11.14 A Teach Like a Champion 2.0 Excerpt: Question Delegation

Thanks to everyone who came to our Ratio workshop in Albany yesterday.  As always we were honored to work with you and learned a lot.  And as always we didn’t have time to talk about everything you might want to talk about.  We promised you a link to share the idea of Question Delegation, which I…