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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

07.03.18 Announcing Our 2018-2019 Workshops: Registration is Open

Learn alongside colleagues from around the country. I’m happy to announce our schedule of 2018-2019 Train the Trainer workshops. Unlike in the past year you can register starting now for any of the workshops all year long. (Our Check for Understanding workshop, slated for October in London, is the one exception as we are still working…


06.30.18 England Reflections 1: Role Play and Practice are Different

  I’m sitting at Heathrow Airport after a pretty amazing four days in England where Colleen Driggs and I had the pleasure of working with teachers in Folkestone and Plymouth (Ivybridge, actually) as well as visiting the amazing Torquay Academy. It was great working with UK teachers. They’re always reflective and insightful, serious about their subject…


05.31.18 Formative Versus Summative Writing Prompts-Some Examples

  We’ve been doing a lot of work lately on three types of writing–Formative, Summative and Developmental.  I wrote recently about the differences among them here for example.  And here Ashley LaGrassa wrote about how using more formative prompts allowed her students to engage more comfortable in challenging work. Today I want to share further thoughts…