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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

09.18.18 GUEST POST: Ruth Brennan Morrey on Teaching Players to Observe

  Teaching players to see and understand what’s happening around them is a critical issue in coaching–especially in soccer. It’s something I’m writing about in an upcoming book on the topic and it’s something I’ve tried to share other coaches‘ ideas about, especially the idea that some of the work of building perception can happen in…


09.17.18 Connecting Through Content

You’ve probably seen some version of this aphorism if you work in education:   They Don’t Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care   It’s s often given a sort of hallowed stature-it’s a truism & should shape our every decision in the classroom.   Maybe that’s why it’s attributed to…


09.07.18 The First Days of School: Installing a Procedure While Teaching Content

  Jen Rugani is the newest member of Team TLAC. She’s a former Principal at Leadership Prep Canarsie Elementary in Brooklyn and a former TLAC teaching fellow. As a teacher and school leader she felt pretty strongly about what the start to a good school year looked like so a recent video really caght her eye….


08.27.18 Sadie McCleary’s Guide to Making and Using Knowledge Organizers

  Sadie McCleary, Chemistry Teacher extraordinaire and Science Department Lead at Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School, is a good friend of Team TLAC. She’s a TLAC Fellow and constantly keeps in touch to share ideas she’s adapting and developing. And she has a special interest in Knowledge Organizers. This year she’s been trying to support other…