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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

05.14.19 Who’s Reading the Cognitive Science?

I do a fair amount of work in the sports sector: mostly working with soccer/football and rugby federations and professional franchises, talking about developing players better by teaching better. At first I felt guilty about this work, even though I love it. How could I justify spending my time on that when public schools look like…


05.08.19 A Case Study in the Power of Academic Procedures and Routines

Perhaps the single most powerful way to bring efficiency, focus and rigor to a classroom is by installing strong procedures and routines. You define a right way to do recurring tasks; you practice doing them with students so they roll like clockwork. This applies at least as much to ‘academic’ tasks as it does to more…


05.08.19 Department of Pet Peeves: Vilifying ‘Teacher Talk’

Forgive me but I have to scratch an itch. One phrase I often hear in the discourse about teaching is “teacher talk”- it almost always used as a pejorative, often by teachers themselves. You’re supposed to know better than to do it. It’s not just that this view point is hugely simplistic–surely a teacher speaking, perhaps…


05.03.19 From the Editing Room: Matthew Gray’s Check for Understanding

John Costello is Team TLAC’s lead video editor (not to mention a soon-to-be PhD in Education) He recently cut a gem of a clip of Matthew Gray teaching English–and Checking for Understanding–at Oasis Academy South Bank in London. We’re excited to share the clip with you. But I’m also excited to share a series of reflections…


04.12.19 What To Expect From Our Behavior and Culture Workshop in May

On May 9 and 10 we’ll be offering our two-day Behavior and Culture Train the Trainers workshop in Albany, NY. The workshop focuses on how to build vibrant, positive and orderly classrooms that not only allow teachers to maximum student learning but that ensure that all students feel safe, successful and known. I thought I’d take…