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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

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…


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…