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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…


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…