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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

03.23.17 Common Opportunities to Build Rigor: Means of Participation

Great teachers are always seeking to make their classrooms as rigorous as possible. Over the next three days, I’ll be sharing  thoughts about three ‘common opportunities’ –things I see in place when I observe great classrooms that can often make a big difference—quickly—in good ones. Common Opportunity #1: Improve the rigor of your classrooms by defining…


03.23.17 On ‘Good,’The Most Commonly Used Word in Practice

  If you had to guess the single most frequently used word in a typical practice, what word would it be? [I’m thinking about soccer here but it really could be any form of practice.] My guess is that it would be: “good.” Coaches say “good” to players constantly and with a variety of meanings.  This…


03.17.17 Video of the Week: Emily Badillo’s Right is Right

My very favorite video I’ve watched this week is of 4th grade teacher Emily Badillo at Excellence Girls Academy in Brooklyn.  It’s about the best example you’re going to see of the Right is Right technique. But it shows a lot more than that.  Here’s some play-by-play: Emily is asking her students about the key facts…


03.16.17 Lessons in Practice from the Seattle Seahawks

My Practice Perfect co-author Katie Yezzi recently came across a pretty amazing video of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talking about practice and his approach to it.  Beyond the key takeaway that practice is incredibly important to any performance profession–“Practice is everything,” Carroll says in the video–there are a ton of useful lessons for those…