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11.28.17 Some Videos To Go With My ‘Podogogy’ Interview

Had a great conversation with Jon Severs recently on TES’ Podogogy podcast and the interview airs tomorrow 11.29. (6am UK time).  Lots of great question with a particular focus on Systems and Routines–for both both academics behaviors. While I haven’t listened to it yet, I am happy to say I remember the interview- sometimes, when your…


10.03.17 Retrieval Practice: A Teachers’ Definition and Video Examples

  We’ve been reading up a lot on retrieval practice lately.  Hopefully we’re not alone in that. From a cognitive science standpoint it’s absolutely central to improving learning. You might recall  Daniel Willingham’s assertion about the importance of knowledge: Data from the last thirty years lead to a conclusion that is not scientifically challengeable: thinking well…


06.01.17 Video from our Annual ‘Practice Perfect’ Workshop

Just two weeks to go until our annual Practice Perfect workshop when we spend two days studying what is probably the secret to more effective teacher training- deliberate practice. Teaching is a performance profession–though few people think of it that way.  This means that we perform live. We go on stage five times a day. And…


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…