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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

04.18.18 Samara Levy: Cold Call + No Opt Out + Retrieval Practice

Super busy at TLAC Towers this week so i barely have time to write, but we just cut this great clip of TLAC Fellow Samara Levy of Livingston Collegiate Academy High School in New Orleans that i kind of had to share. It shows Samara in the midst of her daily retrieval practice.  The purpose is…


03.26.18 Right is Right Starts With The Way You Ask The Question

  We had a great time at our Engaging Academics workshop last week, with a great group of educators from around the country (plus one from the UK) who braved what we all hope was the last Nor’easter of the year to join us. I had an interesting moment in terms of self-reflection on the second…


03.16.18 Some Reflections on Rest and Maybe ‘Rest Position’

  One of the most thought-provoking comments at one of our recent workshops came from Cherese Brauer of KIPP, who was wondering about the role of rest and downtime in our students’ day- Particularly when the day is the necessarily busy day of a student in a school that’s trying to take kids not born to…


03.09.18 Retrieval Practice is the Perfect Tool to ‘Win Back the Margins’

At a recent video review session, TLAC analyst John Costello edited a video of older clips that we suddenly saw in a new way.  He wrote this reflection about what we noticed and why it was  important (and useful): Recently, the TLAC team spent time screening videos that featured great teachers “winning back the margins.” That…