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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…


04.10.19 One More Clip for ‘Show Call Week’

Ok, it’s not really ‘Show Call Week,’ but this is the third post I’ve shared this week involving an example of the technique, which is one of my favorites. Maybe it’s a sign. Anyway this one is from Sarah Wright’s classroom again. I posted another example of her Show Call earlier this week. This one is…


04.09.19 A Postcard from Cornerstone Prep in Memphis

Darryl Williams and I had the pleasure of visiting two campuses of Memphis’ Cornerstone Prep last Friday. They’re both ASD neighborhood schools–two of the highest performing in the ASD, and not surprisingly I learned a lot from our visit. The school was warm and inviting for students and adults.  In both cases expectations for what happened…


04.08.19 Lessons in Show Calling from Sarah Wright’s Classroom

Two weeks ago I posted this clip of Sarah Wright teaching English at Chattanooga Prep. It showed, to me at least, the indelible connection between order and joy in the classroom and was kind of a big hit with readers as well. This week, we got some new footage from Sarah’s classroom and as I watched,…


03.26.19 Tracking the data: From Classroom to Soccer Pitch

When I do workshops for soccer coaches I routinely show them videos of amazing classroom teachers at work and we talk about how to adapt and apply the ideas they use in a coach’s setting. One of the videos I show coaches most frequently is of Denarius Frazier, one of the best math teachers I know….