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06.17.19 The TLAC Way in the Music Classroom: A Guest Post by Stephanie Kelln

I had the pleasure of meeting music teacher Stephanie Kelln at one of our recent workshops. She hails from Colorado, teaches at Centennial Elementary in Evans, and approached meat one of the breaks to ask about using TLAC techniques in the Music classroom. My answer wasn’t great honestly, but hers–a blog post about how she used…


06.13.19 Erica Woolway: Borrowing from a TLAC Video to Build Vocabulary At Home

My colleague Erica Woolway is Chief Academic Officer of the TLAC team and my co-author on Practice Perfect and Reading Reconsidered. She’s also a mom to three fantastic boys and recently shared this blog post about how she borrowed an idea from one of our videos when reading with them at home. It’s characteristically insightful and…


05.31.19 What’s New at our Systems and Routines workshop?

We just finished the clip list for our upcoming one-day workshop on ‘Systems and Routines‘ this morning. ‘Systems and Routines’ is TLAC for the process of building procedures into the fabric of your classroom so the things you (and students) do repeatedly, you do well. We’ve shifted the emphasis even more strongly towards what we call…


05.17.19 Our Ratio Workshop Is The Perfect Way to Get Ready for Next Year

Our last two-day workshop of the year is one of our best: Ratio. We spend two days covering techniques to help teachers ensure that students do the cognitive work in the classroom. And it’s the perfect way to prepare for next (school) year and ensure that it’s a success. One theme is to get there by…


05.15.19 How Does Pacing Work? Ask Ben Esser!

Next year we’re re-working our Engaging Academics workshop to spend more time on the techniques teachers use to manage their Pacing–to make a lesson feel fresh,exciting and new even while it lingers on a key topic for a sustained period of time–to make learning substantive and rigorous but to also ensure sustained attention from students. This…