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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

01.04.16 Start the New Year with a Systems Upgrade (w Video of Caitlin Reilly’s Class)

Coming back from Winter Break can be tricky.  Everyone’s been away from their routines for two weeks.  Maybe they’re not as sharp as they could be.  And maybe by mid-year it’s not just winter break that has led to decreasing follow-though.  My colleague Jen Kim offered up this very useful discussion of clip we recently watched…


12.11.15 “He Worked it Out!”: Emilie Tarraf’s Culture of Error (Video)

We’re talking Check for Understanding at our Engaging Academics workshop in Albany this morning- specifically how great teachers normalize growth mindset–struggling forward, errors and all–and make that seem like the most normal thing in the world.  This is critically important because if students try to hide their mistakes from their teachers it is 10x harder to…


10.19.15 HISD’s Erin Krafft Installs Turn and Talk & Builds a Culture of Error (Video)

For our video meeting this week, Chief Video Officer, Rob Richard promised the TLaC team clips that were ‘new’ and ‘pretty exciting.’  Now, Rob is not given to hyperbole.  ‘Pretty exciting’ on the Rob-o-meter is pretty serious praise so the pre-meeting buzz was, let’s just say, intense. With good reason, it turns out. We’d just received…