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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

02.08.18 Honing Those Teacher ‘Dance Moves’ (Video)

Radar is out term for your capacity to see your class accurately for what it is. It’s a critical teaching skill. Decision-making always starts with perception–the more accurate the perception the better the decision. The psychologist David Berliner has studied this among teachers and found that novice teachers observing a classroom often fail to perceive them…


02.06.18 A Masterful No Opt Out by Denarius Frazier (Video)

Every once in a while, you come across an example of a teacher using a technique in the classroom that captures almost everything you wanted to say about it–Why a teacher would use it. How. It’s a case study in how to apply a tool to advance learning and it pushes your understanding of the idea…


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…