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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

03.26.17 Low Standards are Everywhere

My son turns 16 in about 6 weeks, which, as any parent will tell you, means he’s eligible for his learner’s permit. He’s gona be a driver.  Over breakfast this morning we were chatting away about this looming event. ‘Everyone says you just need to read the manual for about an hour or two the night…


03.26.17 The First Answer is Rarely Sufficient: A Common Opportunity for More Rigor

This is my third of three posts about “common opportunities” to make good classrooms more rigorous.  I posted last week about replacing “agree or disagree” prompts with something more nuanced like “develop,” and about making it clear to students how you wan them to participate in class. Today’s idea is making the reworking of ideas—verbally and…


03.23.17 Common Opportunities to Build Rigor: Means of Participation

Great teachers are always seeking to make their classrooms as rigorous as possible. Over the next three days, I’ll be sharing  thoughts about three ‘common opportunities’ –things I see in place when I observe great classrooms that can often make a big difference—quickly—in good ones. Common Opportunity #1: Improve the rigor of your classrooms by defining…


03.23.17 On ‘Good,’ The Most Commonly Used Word in Practice

  If you had to guess the single most frequently used word in a typical practice, what word would it be? [I’m thinking about soccer here but it really could be any form of practice.] My guess is that it would be: “good.” Coaches say “good” to players constantly and with a variety of meanings.  This…