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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

01.16.17 A Martin Luther King Day Reflection on Courage

For the past few years I’ve tried to spend the morning of MLK day studying the details of his life, usually by re-reading sections of my favorite books on the subject, Taylor Branch’s America in the King Years trilogy. Last year I started writing about my annual reflection on King’s life and work. This morning I…


01.06.17 Building Academic Vocabulary: A Postcard from Jo Facer’s Classroom

A few weeks ago we shot video at the Michaela School in London- truly a thought-provoking and inspirational place. I’ve just started in watching the footage, beginning with Jo Facer’s English class, and have already found a dozen moments I’m going to cut video of. But for now I just want to share a photo of…


01.05.17 Final Thoughts on Fist Bumps and Relationships

  If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you probably read my colleague Dan Cotton‘s series of outstanding posts over the course of this past year on the topic of building relationships with students. Dan’s reflections began with a fist bump–or more precisely with a reflection on the guidance we’d heard teachers given to use…


01.05.17 Technology in School: My View as a Parent

      Speaking solely as a parent here, but I am as eager for my children’s schools to insulate them from technology at times–to ask them to read and write and think for long stretches without the distractions and disruptions technology creates–as I am for their schools to expose them to and immerse them in…


01.04.17 Engaged Cerebral Classroom Culture: Aidan Thomas’ Master Class on Wait Time

The TLAC team and I had a blast at our weekly video meeting this morning.  The highlight was a series of Wait Time examples from Aidan Thomas’ math class at Uncommon’s Leadership Prep Bed Stuy in Brooklyn.  From one lesson of Aidan’s, Joaquin Hernandez presented us with seven examples of Wait Time (there were more left…