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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

12.20.16 My Favorite No: Mistaking Knowledge Problems for Skill Problems

    At our workshops we sometimes show a great video called “My Favorite No.” In it, math teacher Leah Alcala gives her students a key problem to solve and chooses a ‘favorite’ student mistake to show and discuss. She calls the mistake her “favorite no” because it reveals an error that is common to much…


12.15.16 How to Practice: Nailing the Fundamentals with John Burmeister

Had a pretty amazing day in Chicago on Wednesday, talking teaching with a group of (mostly) MLS professional soccer coaches who are enrolled in US Soccer’s new Pro License course. The group includes guys who I admire as coaches and who I followed as players. I was a little bit starstruck… but I got over that…


12.09.16 Announcing the Teach Like a Champion Fellows Program, Cohort 2

About a year ago we began a new endeavor. We decided to pilot a program called TLAC Fellows. Here’s how we described it last May:   The idea is this: We want to create incentives for great teachers to become even better teachers. That is, we want ways for them to be ambitious and remain in the…


11.29.16 A ‘Cognitive Science Reading List’ for Coaches [Updated]

I’m down in Florida today doing a workshop on teaching for top soccer coaches as part of U.S. Soccer’s Academy Directors course. We’re going to be talking about feedback, Checking for Understanding, and learning design, but I’m also going to share my list of best books for coaches from the world of cognitive science as well. …


11.24.16 Check for Understanding: Courtney Huber’s ‘Master Clip’ Shows How

This week in our video review meetings we cut a master clip of Courtney Huber, a fourth grade teacher at North Star Academy’s Vailsburg Elementary School in Newark.  We call it a master clip because it is a case study in the use of all the parts of Checking for Understanding woven together.  It starts as…