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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

02.14.18 “Steve Kerr Let The Warriors Coach Themselves.”

  There’s been quite a bit of chatter about Steve Kerr’s decision to “let the warriors coach themselves” this week. (Coverage here and here) I wanted to share a couple of thoughts. This was a neat move. Giving players leadership and ownership over their endeavors, done right, can be very powerful. And Kerr spoke about wanting…


02.12.18 Coaching Words: You Don’t, You Didn’t, You Must, We Will

The language we use to help people know how to grow and improve is important. When we give feedback, we’re giving technical information but we’re always also building culture between and among us at the same time. I found myself thinking about language when I recently heard some coaching interactions on the youth sports field but…


02.08.18 Honing Those Teacher ‘Dance Moves’ (Video)

Radar is out term for your capacity to see your class accurately for what it is. It’s a critical teaching skill. Decision-making always starts with perception–the more accurate the perception the better the decision. The psychologist David Berliner has studied this among teachers and found that novice teachers observing a classroom often fail to perceive them…


02.06.18 A Masterful No Opt Out by Denarius Frazier (Video)

Every once in a while, you come across an example of a teacher using a technique in the classroom that captures almost everything you wanted to say about it–Why a teacher would use it. How. It’s a case study in how to apply a tool to advance learning and it pushes your understanding of the idea…